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. At the bottom, there is a printable PDF of the daily summaries.

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 tie dye? Using coffee filters, we’re going to make tie dye to symbolize how colorful we all are!

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

Engaging the Creative Way - Get crafty making a Block Robot! Today we’ll start by painting our wooden blocks and beads

 
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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 are going to share parts of their stories using Story Paths. With long sheets of paper, they can physically walk their paths from the last couple years.  

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

Engaging the Creative Way - How colorful are our stories? The Ways will dip dye strings for their Robots.

 
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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 - Robots can have emotions, too. Today, the Ways will be giving them faces to express themselves.

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

Engaging the Creative Way - Robots Assemble! Today the Ways will put their Robots together.

 
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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 - Using an original graphic, the Womples will start to identify what “home” means to them.

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

Engaging the Creative Way - Now that the Robots are completely assembled, it’s time to add personal touches to make them even more unique.

 
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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 and Plan.

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 kids, either indoors or outside

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