ABOUT WAYS

You’re going to love working with the Ways! They are a rambunctious group with tons of energy, approximately ages 7-10. They’re old enough to share insightful conversations and enjoy independent work while still young enough to cry when they get hurt and look for their leaders’ attention and affirmation.

Ways respond really well to clear boundaries and individual rewards for staying within those boundaries. Such as, “you get a point every time you raise your hand” or “the person who cleans up the fastest gets a piece of candy!”. Communicating time and expectations is also really helpful when working with Ways, for example “We’re going to stay inside for 15 more minutes to finish this activity, then you’ll get 30 minutes of free play outside.”

A great tip for working with Ways is to hold the schedule and teaching tools below with very loose hands. Flexibility is key. There might be a day they are really excited about the Apply or Create activity and another day they get bored in 5 minutes. That’s okay. You’re not failing. Remember the focus is that they feel valued, loved and heard so some days that might mean hearing that all they really want to do is play another round of Ninja.

ABOUT DAILY OVERVIEW

Below, you’ll find summaries for each day. Click on any of the underlined orange text to get more detailed instructions for each activity. You can also find printable pages there.

Before your conference, you and your teammates will evenly divide responsibilities and focus on two or three activities individually.

You are responsible for having copies of the activities you are in charge of each day.

Don’t forget to check out the side bar if you want more information.

 
 
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I am Colorful

Today’s all about:

“You are colorful because of the all the colors that make you uniquely you.”

Click any of the activities below to get more details.

Teach - Using a globe or one of our books, talk with the Ways about what it means to be uniquely Colorful.

Apply - Who doesn’t love cookies?! Using frosting, make different colors to represent different parts of your lives.

Engaging the Active Way - This is a great time to get active and play a game with the Ways, either indoors or outside. Click here for game ideas!

Engaging the Creative Way - Get crafty making a Treasure Box that will be unique to each Way.

 
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My Story Matters

Today’s all about:

“Your Story Matters because no one has a story exactly like yours! “

Click any of the activities below to get more details.

Teach - Settle in and read the book The Best Story by Eileen Spinelli, and discuss what makes a story the best.

Apply - The Ways will start thinking about their stories of the last 1 to 2 years and use timelines or other creative methods to plan them out.

Engaging the Active Way - This is a great time to get active and play a game with the Ways, either indoors or outside. Click here for ideas!

Engaging the Creative Way - If there’s time, select one of these crafts or activities to do with them.

 
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My Feelings Matter

Today’s all about:

“Your Feelings Matter no matter what.”

Click any of the activities below to get more details.

Teach - Read the book The Way I Feel by Janan Cain and practice making different faces!!

Apply - Color coding! Take the Timelines from yesterday and match life events with colors to describe emotions.

Engaging the Active Way - This is a great time to get active and play a game with the Ways, either indoors or outside. Click here for game ideas!

Engaging the Creative Way - Sand Story Tubes! Using their timelines, the Ways will make sand tubes with the colors of their stories.

 
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I am Homeful

Today’s all about:

“You are homeful because you can be at home wherever you are.”

Click any of the activities below to get more details.

Teach - Read the book A Home for Little Turtle by Ariane Chottin and discuss what home means.

Apply - Home is a place we feel safe, secure, and go for help. Use this activity to discuss specific examples of each!

Engaging the Active Way - This is a great time to play a game with the Ways, either indoors or outside

Engaging the Creative Way - Paracord Keychains are a great hands on way to discuss being safe and secure.

 
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My Goodbyes Matter

Today’s all about:

“Good-goodbyes matter so they’re not “bad” byes.”

Click any of the activities below to get more details.

Teach - Learn how to say good goodbyes by practicing SHIP: Say Sorry, Hugs and High Fives, I’ll See You Later, and Pack, Plan, and Pray.

Apply - Practicing the H of SHIP—Hugs and High Fives—do an affirmation circle, either just with the Ways or with all of the TCKs together.

Engaging the Active Way - This is a great time to play a game with the Ways, either indoors or outside

Engaging the Creative Way - Practice H and I by making Thank You cards to end the time together.