Goal and Badges:
3. Safety Test
Hello in Spanish
Tea Party Invite
|Drawing in Journey book. If you can read it you may notice my daughter reversed the now and future garden pictures.|
We built in time for any of the girls who hadn't done the safety test to do it. We only had one girl who had froze during the phone number part. I pulled her aside during the gathering activities and she was able to earn her pin fairly easily.
We also started something from Garden Journey Handbook, saying hello in a different language each week. This week everyone said hello in Spanish like Cora, one of the Garden Girls from the Journey Book. First we asked if anyone knew how to say hello in Spanish, quite a few did (they all grew up with Dora and Diego). After those girls demonstrated, we went around the circle and everyone said "Hola!".
|From Journey Handbook|
At this point in the meeting, we explained to the girls about the party and what we were going to do. Then I had a card with a flier type invitation glued on the inside (the email version of the invite), then I had tea party stickers and cutouts for them to glue on the front of the card. They all took turns signing the inside. At the end of the meeting the girl whose sister's troop it was brought home the invitation so that her sister could present it to her troop.
|Page 53 of Adult Journey Handbook|
We had the girls sit in our Daisy Circle (without the parachute underneath, too slippery) with the two leaders in the circle as well. We told the girls to think of animals they find in the garden (frog, squirrel, deer, butterfly, bird, etc...). Then the person who was "it" (I started) walked around the back of the circle and picked one of the girls and an animal. The girl who was picked then had to move around the circle pretending to be that animal. After one lap she would get to be "it" and picked a new girl with a new animal. We repeated this until every girl got to be "it."
At first, the girls were very put out that they would have to pretend to be the animal someone else chose and not the animal they chose. They protested (some rather loudly). When I saw this I realized it was a better game then I thought. It teaches flexibility, rule following, and team work. We were very firm in that they had to be the animal chosen for them. That was the game. With a little firm nudging the game went smoothly after the initial few minutes. The girls who didn't like their animal were a little less enthusiastic in their acting, but they did it. Occasionally, I or my co-leader showed them an idea for how to act like that animal which resulted in much hilarity and ice being broken.
I think all the girls really enjoyed the game and as a sort of "reward" for following the rules at the end we let all the girls pretend to be an animal of their choice in a big mishmash of loud and happy garden creatures.
|Pretending to be a butterfly|
Snack and Story Time
When my co-leader got to the end of the story not a single one knew what it was about. They were being so rude that I came over and interrupted, giving them a very firm talking to (borderline yelling) about their behavior especially during a story about Respecting Authority! I was harsher than usual and they stared at me through wide eyes.
After asking them to tell us who was in authority here (me and my co-leader) I told them we were going to try this again and this time I would tap them on the head if they were being disrespectful. This time the girls sat and payed attention beautifully, very proud when I passed them by without a tap. Several girls received light taps and shaped up quickly.
At the end, they received a lot of praise for doing it right this time and we were able to have a really nice discussion about the story, meeting rules, why we have rules, and respect.
|Recommended Questions from Handbook|
Thinking back, I couldn't have come up with a better lesson on Respecting Authority, though I have no idea how you would recreate it.
1. Pictures of real geraniums.
2. Green construction paper.
3. Geranium leaves template in three different sized leaves.
4. Green and blank tempera washable paint. 5. Circular sponge paint brush.
5. Circular sponge paint brush.
8. Violettempera washable paint.
9. Green sharpie.
10. Glue. 11. Stapler. 12. Googly eyes. 13. Red card stock (a small scrap is enough). 14. Small paper plates.
12. Googly eyes.
13. Red card stock (a small scrap is enough).
14. Small paper plates.
15. Green pipe-cleaners.
15. Green pipe-cleaners.
1. Use geranium leaf template to cut out several sizes of geranium leaves from green construction paper. I made the template from printing out a picture of a leaf, gluing it onto an old manila folder, and cutting it out.
2. Cut out five magenta petals per girl (and maybe a few extras just in case) from card stock.
3. Cut out tiny lips (because you can't draw on paint) of red paper.
4. Cut pipe-cleaners into 3/4 length.
5. Lay out at each girls spot a paper plate with their name on it and several leaves. In the center lay out 2-3 paper plates with green and black paint mixed to make a dark green and sponge brushes (luckily I had a full set of sponge shape brushes including four 1/2 inch circle brushes)
1. As the girls come in and take their seats, show them how to dab the paint onto the center of the leaves.
2. When they are finished set them aside for later. Make sure to wash out the brushes thoroughly so you can use them later for the center of the flower.
Later in meeting:
2. Go around and staple down the stems as the girls pass around pictures of real geraniums.
3. Show the girls how to overlap and glue on their petals at the top of their stems.
4. Have the girls glue on their leaves and use the green sharpie to attach the leaves to the stem.
5. Use light purple paint (on a paper plate) and the newly cleaned circle sponge brushes to paint Gerri's face.
6. Place eyes and lips on flower, glue most likely not necessary. The paint seals them on.
|One of the girl's Gerri's|
The best game to teach respectful speech and manners (in my opinion) was likely played by your parents and possibly their parents. I certainly played "Mother, May I?" when I was little.
Rules are simple. Kids line up a good distance away from the person playing "Mother" (in this case me). "Mother" calls out the name of one of the kids and gives them a certain number of a certain type of steps forward. For example: 1 giant step, 5 baby steps, 2 backwards steps, 2 hops, 3 crawls, 1 leap, 3 spinning steps, 6 itty bitty ballerina steps...etc. Let your imagination go wild. Before they can move forward, the kid needs to remember to say, "Mother, may I?" To which "Mother" responds, "Yes, you may," and the child proceeds forward. If the child starts to move without saying "Mother May I?" it's back to the starting line for them.
We had our girls pack up and put on their coats and shoes. Then we played this game in the front yard until (and while) the parents arrived. It must have still been chilly out, because I have a vivid memory of the girls leaping across the yard bundled up in their winter coats. It was a fun way to end the meeting. Just today my daughter was trying to persuade her brother to play Mother, May I? with her.
The girls had the usual handout for "Respecting Authority."