As a part of our last lesson, I asked the girls what they liked most about Girls TALK and if they would change anything. This feedback is really important since this was our first time running the program. Some girls said the book readings were the most fun, while others liked the physical exercise. One girl’s feedback went something like this: “I really liked that I had a place where you could talk to people about being girls and no one would make fun of you. I wish the lessons were on Mondays and Wednesdays each week so that I would have something to look forward to on Mondays as well as Wednesdays.”
We had a great final lesson yesterday. First on the agenda was tallying up how much money the girls raised for Girl Rising.
I am proud to report that the girls raised $803.08!! That was WAY more than we anticipated and will go a long way in helping girls in other countries get access to education. Go girls!
The topic for the final lesson was how to learn to like yourself. Girls (and even most grown ups) have a much easier time taking care of others when compared to taking care of themselves.
The book reading was Making Friends is an Art.
Then it was time to celebrate with a balloon release and cupcakes (oh, and some token group shots of course!)
I can honestly say that I probably had more fun than the girls this fall. Now to plan for our spring sessions! There are already have 8 girls registered for spring session 1!!!
Today we talked about how to deal with bullying. It happens, and it happens at a younger age than most people would think, and girls especially can be pretty mean to one another. We started off with a book reading of How Full is Your Bucket? with the idea that “thinking girls” should do things to fill people’s buckets not empty them. My daughter helped out with the book reading.
This week’s exercise was kickboxing. I demonstrated the moves then we headed outside to do some warm up drills. Think frog jumping and sprint work.
Then it was time to practice some kickboxing moves. I was quick to stress that I did not want the girls to kickbox as a solution to bullying, but that it can be a great way to relieve stress.
I printed a handout of kickboxing moves for the girls to help with practicing at home. Here is an example of one move:
My hope is that parents will join in on the practicing. I know I will!
Today we talked about making good food choices. The girls brought in a list of their favorite foods and we put them into categories. It was interesting to see where their choices fell on our chart 🙂
We had a special helper with our book reading today – my daughter! She was Marlene McKean in the book I Do Not Eat the Colour Green. She had a blast and loved getting have red hair for the afternoon 🙂
I asked the girls to set 2 goals this week – 1) practice our exercise twice and 2) try to include fruits and veggies in every meal.
Now for this week’s exercise: walking. As always, we spent part of our lesson practicing.