Each month as a family we rotate through a theme that helps us focus on the internal (intrinsic) values that reside within each of us. The set up is a game format which helps us remember what we are working on during the month. Quote, Theme, Game Board, Game Pieces, Mini Lesson & Our Puppet are the components of this game.
Goal: To help children remember the internal values the reside within them
Purpose: To engage in self-motivation by remember the great feelings that come from doing something good or working toward the accomplishment of something.
December Quote: “The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” -Aristotle
December Theme: Challenges
Game Board and Pieces: Game Board: Pictures depicting Caring, Communication, Getting Along and Problem Solving. Game Pieces: Sun. The idea is to place a sun on the game board each time a child does something related to the theme. This is to help them visually see the good that they are doing. Statistically we learn better with visual aids.
Mini Lesson: Talk about what challenges are. Ask questions about the challenges your children encounter each day. Help children to recognize the good that can come from challenges and explain that we have tools to help conquer these challenges (caring, communication, getting along and problem solving)
Puppet: I use a Puppet with the kids for added entertainment. They like a visit from a friend to explain how the game works or congratulate them on a job well done!
Results: As I have worked with my children on the monthly themes, I have seen improved behavior and a increase in positive reflection in themselves.
My Role as the Parent: Help remind them of when they have done something related to the theme and encourage them to stick a game piece on the game board. And, sometimes they even remind me of the times I have met the theme and then I get to put up a game piece. I must admit, it does do something to be reminded of the good thing(s) that I have accomplished.
Materials Needed to Organize a Monthly Theme with Visuals:
Images that represent the positive ways (caring, communication, getting along, problem solving) to overcome challenges (game board) and an image that represents the game piece. For my theme, I used a sun. You can select images from Microsoft clip art or create your own images.
Organized materials for the December theme challenges can be found at the Build ME Blocks store.