Week 10 – Chapter 5

By February 4, 2016Uncategorised

Week 10-29

This is it – our very last week.

Just as our Coco, Salma, Lochie and Rafi learn work together and support each other, we too practise just that with a fun role play. Next, we review ways to make teamwork more productive. We wrap up by brainstorming ways to keep in touch with friends of today and of the future. Lastly, we squeeze in a final self-evaluation to see how our social and emotional skills may have bloomed and what we can do to keep on growing! The kids at Quirky Kid learnt a lot about their social and emotional skills and we hope that your child did too!

How to use the stories with your child at home:

  • Revise this story together with your child;
  • Discuss your own experiences in relation to similar events;
  • Ask questions about how your child would resolve some of the events described in the story;
  • Explore the emotions each participant experience with focus no empathy and how each emotion ‘looks’ like and ‘feel’ like.

The Activities

The activities in this chapter include pen & paper, art and craft, role play, and puzzle-based activities, concluding with a Fieldwork activity to be done at home in the participant’s own time.

Replay the Science: Leadership and communication

Working as a team is often easier with preparation, especially when the team is planning to take on a big project, like setting up a tent. This activity requires participants to draw themselves and a few peers in action, constructing a tent. To increase the challenge, a number of events must be included, such as a dispute about where to pitch the tent. By drawing the events in sequence, participants must visualise themselves engaged in teamwork, developing strategies to resolve arguments and overcome unexpected events.

The aim of this activity is to invite participants to clarify the process of teamwork by considering what role they may play and how the team would interact to achieve the desired goal. The main purpose of this activity is to give participants the opportunity to visualise themselves working effectively with a few of their peers, together accomplishing a series of events as a team. For some participants, this may not have occurred in practice. This activity also encourages the use of speech and thought bubbles for the purpose of helping participants to develop a dialogue and to predict thoughts which may arise during the process of group work.

Goals for Participants

The goals for participants during this activity are:

  • to learn how to work as a team in challenging scenarios
  • to improve teamwork skills and increase strategies for overcoming issues
  • to explore how others may approach teamwork
  • to practise the dialogue required to work as part of a team .

Project: How to Keep in touch

This hands-on activity provides a step-by-step guide to writing and sending a letter to a friend. Participants are encouraged to draft a brief letter to another person in the group or a peer outside of the workshop. Facilitators may wish to write a brief letter to anyone who is not being sent a letter from another participant to ensure everyone receives some correspondence after the workshop. The Letter Writing Guide gives some example sentences and suggestions to make the process easier. Some participants may prefer to draw a picture for a friend, rather than writing and this should be encouraged.

One purpose of this activity is for participants to become more aware of ways of maintaining their social connections. By writing to a peer, participants are learning that friendships can be nourished from a distance, giving hope to those who have experienced losing touch with a friend. Another purpose of this activity is to strengthen bonds within the group before completion of the workshop. The Best of Friends program often brings participants together who would like to keep in touch and this activity helps this process.

Goals for Participants

The goals for participants during this activity are:

  • to expand their methods of communicating with friends
  • to learn basic letter-writing skills and how to address an envelope
  • to experience the joy of posting and possibly receiving a letter
  • to consider their preferred method of communication
  • to brainstorm and list topics for future correspondence with friends.

TBC

Evaluation

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