Second week in February 2013
Goal and Badges:
Finish up earning the Orange Petal and begin working on the Purple Petal “Respect Myself and Others.” Have a small Valentines Celebration.
Arrival: Gathering- Cut out Gloria leaves
Draw what you did with your Zinkies
4:05 Daisy Circle- Daisy Promise
Present Zinkies and tell what did with them
Water team garden
4:15 Snack and read Gloria’s story
4:55 Make Gloria or
5:15 Final squeeze and hand out stuff
5:20 Decorate Valentines bags
5:30 Sit in kitchen to exchange valentines, share smoothie flavors and enjoy final treat.
The Zinkie Project was our Responsibility Project that we handed out at the end of the last meeting (see two blogs ago). I’m going to go ahead and share some of the stories of what happened with those poor little Zinkies.
Two days before our meeting, I got a frantic email from one of the moms. Her daughter had lost her Zinkie, maybe the dog had eaten it, and where could she buy another one? I called my co-leader so that we were on the same page on this only to find out her daughter had lost hers as well. My co-leader’s daughter had been playing with it the first night, her mom warned her that she was going to lose it if she didn’t put it away, but her daughter decided to play with it anyway and it was now missing. My co-leader refused to help her find the Zinkie.
To the mom of the email, we asked her not to replace the Zinkie. We told her that her daughter wouldn’t be the only one who lost it and wouldn’t be made to feel bad about it, but part of the lesson was that it was the scout's responsibility and if she lost it then the consequence was that she didn’t have it any more. The mom seemed to accept this without a problem.
In the end, three of eight girls lost their Zinkie.
My daughter didn’t, but I’ll share her story and you can decide if it was cheating. My daughter was playing with her Zinkie, made her a paper house and paper food. When she was talking about keeping it safe so she didn't lose it I suggested she put it in her doll house which she did. Five days later, (on the day of the meeting) my then five year-old had completely forgotten this conversation and had no idea where the Zinkie was. I told her to look in the doll house where, low and behold, it was still resting.
So, I guess, I helped my daughter keep track of hers Zinkie. Really, it was a very hard project for a kindergartener (though two of the girls who lost it were first graders). I recommend doing it with a toy that’s a little bit bigger.
|The turtle Zinkie is sitting on a quarter|
Cut Out Leaves
A happy coincidence was that at our Valentines Day meeting we were also doing Gloria the Morning Glory, whose leaves are shaped like hearts. When the girls first came in they each had a pile of green squares and I showed them how to fold them in half and make them into heart-shaped leaves to use for later.