After her first fieldtrip went into overtime (Wednesday’s trip to North Vancouver), Isabel was determined to do better! When the clock struck one, she quickly sent everyone through the bathroom and right out the door! They didn’t have their missions!
When I tried to contact them, she maintained radio silence (or missed the call), but when they arrived at the destination she checked in.
She, Maksim, Ruby, Raffael, and Grant huddled around her walkie-talkie (AKA cell phone) while I picked their Photo Mission and Bring Back items out of the box to relay.
Photo Mission: Kid Hugging a Tree
Bring Back: A feather
It was Earth Day last week, so the missions were right on the money, and while they didn’t see a single feather (it started to rain when they left the exhibition), all was made well when she submitted her final report: Triple Points!
Cubby Card Mission: Accomplished – New High Score! – 25 pts.!!
Lara and Isabel drew a pro crew of Big Kids for their mission to Staples:
Maksim, Jackson, Carter, Rolland, Felix, and Grant loved the idea of taking on “secret missions.” It took no time at all to have them fully engaged, and when they saw the mystery mission box, they were even more on board.
For each additional mission they picked, they could earn up to 10 points, with 3 bonus points for extra photos.
Mission Scoring Card:
Doing the mission on budget (2 pts., within 25% = 1pt.)
When people achieve goals, it creates a positive feeling in themselves, about their abilities, and their perseverance.
Accomplishment is best delivered in regular doses, and research among entrepreneurs shows that setting short-term, achievable goals and celebrating successes not only leads to better learning, it also builds confidence to get out there, and take over the world!
Make a list, and check it twice, because when you tick things off, dopamine (the neurotransmitter of pleasure) is your reward.
So the Spring season class, Mission Accomplished, that Lara and I are co-presenting, is giving the kids (and Lara) a chance to flex the dopamine muscles.
What else are we doing on Fridays, at Big Kids Club?
Mission Accomplished is a fieldtrip intensive class, with outings every week (the first of its kind!), and the opportunity for everyone to play a part.
Their first mission – already accepted – is to design, create, and laminate a new set of cubby cards. After that, Lara and the kids will be picking their tasks out of a hat, and making it up as they go along. With just 3 hours to complete each mission, the clock will be ticking, and no matter what they come up with, the reward will be seeing their work on display – in the cubby card bowl, garden boxes, on the walls and online.
Get your dopamine flowing! Join us, on Friday Apr. 15, from 1 – 4, for the season kick-off, and keep up with the action right here on the blog.
This season’s fieldtrip-intensive Friday afternoon class is the chance for our Big Kids to take on some of the big jobs around daycare.
Talia Erickson has a to-do list, and Lara Blacklock has the can-do attitude to make this class all about “doing” things.
We need to re-home our frog friends (into a bigger tank), and to plant the upside-down strawberry growing machine. We want to build a latch-board, and make new cubby cards for the kids.
Lara’s never done any of these jobs before, but with the help of… the internet, and her dynamic, anything-goes approach to accomplishment, she and the kids will spend Friday afternoons taking on Talia’s missions, and ticking the tasks off the list.