I signed up for a kickstarter campaign. Why?
You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but did you also know there is Giving Tuesday? It is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
Please consider making a donation to support 4 girls from Glenwood Elementary continue participation in the program. I have seen these girls learn and grow so much developmentally from Sept-Nov. They need to continue in the program, but the school cannot support their scholarships for the entire school year.
We only need $1400 for the girls to be able to participate from January to May. Please consider making a tax deductible donation, any amount will help.
Giving Tuesday….what a great idea. Lets make it a great day! Click HERE to donate to our GoFundMe campaign!


Mondays are Girls TALK days at the Endeavor Charter School. Samantha LOVES to come with and help me with the lesson. I love that we have this special time together. Here she is getting into character for the book reading I Love My New Toy.


We played jump rope games, which were a hit!


And talked about our words and how they are like toothpaste….once they are out, you cannot take them back.


This is why it is so important to “think it through” before you say or do something.

At the end of the lesson, one of the quietest girls in the program handed me this and gave me a big hug.


She was super reluctant to participate initially, even in the games. But now she chimes in and is the first to volunteer. And she thinks Girls TALK rocks….what could be better than that?

Feeling very grateful this week for all who have made the program get off to such a great start. I cannot wait to see what comes next!

moving forward

I blogged about some recent disappointments on our family blog. Click here for that update. But, it made me really think about the direction for Girls TALK. I submitted a grant application to a local organization, but got a big fat NO. Sigh. Those that know me well know that I am not quick to give up. So, I have decided to try and build my existing programs with scholarship spots for the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year. I turned to the company that helped me with the 501c3 paperwork for help. They help me with a budget, formal grant application (12-15 pages) and the best part…..identify 3 organizations that would be a good fit for funding. Even better? If one of those 3 say no, they look for another organization for free!

So, this was me this week…..getting all my info together.


I am aiming for 5 scholarship spots per site. This is a great time of year to ask for money…..only a month and a half left in this fiscal year. Hoping that some foundations are feeling generous!


Wrapping up the month

The lessons for this week were a review of what to do when you are in a group.

First – do what is expected because that makes people in the group feel comfortable.

Next – do not interrupt (fair or rude). Wait for your turn to talk and share the talk time in a group.

The last thing I wanted to touch on regarding what to do when you are in a group involves playing games and competition. That was the focus this week, along with a final review.

I demonstrated how to be a bad sport playing the game Candy Land. I love this role play. I really am a bad sport and in the end quit the game because I am losing. This led to a discussion about what it means to be a good sport. And, the most important thing when you are playing a game is not winning, but having fun.

The book reading was Me First by Helen Lester. Pinkerton always has to be first, and when he asks to be first for a “sandwich” he mistakenly gets himself into a situation to care for a sand witch. Samantha had the honor of being the sand witch at Willow Oak….she loves helping out with the book readings 🙂

More hula hoop games were requested this week, and I happily obliged.

Our Minute It To Win It Game….noodling. I bet you can figure out how to play from the pictures 😉

Oh, how could I forget this part….the girls brought in THIRTY canned food items for TABLE (and we only had 10 girls participate this week because of sicknesses and other activities). Go Girls TALK girls!

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Being a part of group: part 2

This week we talked about an important issue when you are a part of a group…. interrupting. We all do it, but it can really get in the way of the group accomplishing a goal. There are actually 2 kinds of interruptions – fair and rude.


  • Occurs near the end of someone’s comments when the listener predicts that the speaker is about to finish talking and wants to jump in to add a thought.
  • Usually is related to what the speaker is talking about.
  • Actually shows that the listener is really “into” what the speaker is saying; they are excited.
  • You should not challenge a fair interruption or get upset, but rather “go with the flow.”

Now this does not mean that fair interruptions are ok. But rude interruptions are very different.


  • Occurs when a person starts to talk before the speaker has had a chance to finish his idea.
  • Happens when the person accidently starts talking at the same time as someone else and keeps talking over the other person.
  • Occurs when a person hears most of what the speaker says but completely “ignores” the speaker’s idea and goes on to state his idea.
  • The person does not really seem to care what the speaker is talking about.

My favorite example of rude interruptions is the classic no one needs mom until the telephone rings 🙂

The book reading was Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. It is one of my favorite books.

Our way of being active this week? Hula hoop games. Super fun! Check out some super cute pics from our fun!

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A little behind….

Life has gotten in the way of my blogging recently. It does not happen a lot, but every now and then life gets in the way. I love to blog and write, so this is hard for me.

A cold, family camping trip, oh and the work of establishing  a new non profit. Sigh. Here is an update from the latest lesson and more….

This month we will be talking about what it means to be a part of a group. The first topic: doing what is expected (vs unexpected). When you do what is expected, people in the group feel comfortable around you. When you do what is unexpected, people feel uncomfortable. I was quick to add that if you do what is unexpected, it does not make you a bad person, just someone who needs to think differently.

The book reading was David Goes To School by, David Shannon.

I started the lesson with a real question that does not have any easy answers: How can I be brave enough to say no or disagree without hurting someone’s feelings? I was really amazed at the answers the girls gave.

Our way of being active? Battleship! Think cones, bean bags, crab walking and teams. I will apologize that my bean bags had corn in them….a little harsh when the competition got high. Will modify the game next time around 🙂 Here are some pics from our be active game.

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 Learning to be a part of a group is such an important skill. Check back for more about this skill later on this month.