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Sneak Peek! A Look at Our Newest Curriculum

November 21, 2016. By

If you know one thing about nonprofits, it’s that our priorities shift according to the needs of the people we’re serving, and sometimes that means putting a big project on hold and coming back to it later.

We’re very excited to be picking up the Magnificent Marvelous Me! Leader’s Companion right where we left off. We’re working with our beloved advisors to make sure that our content is up-to-date and useful for our diverse audience, and we’re piloting brand new art and priming activities to improve social and emotional learning skills for elementary-aged children.

As our vision board for the curriculum is coming together, we wanted to share a sneak peek at some of the activities we’re really excited to share with wall

  • Group Storm: together, create the sounds of a thunderstorm. Begin in a circle with everybody rubbing two fingers together. Then rub your whole hands together to sound like rain. Slowly add in bigger noises: pat the ground and occasionally clap hands to sound like thunder. After you reach the crescendo, slowly back down until everyone is back to rubbing their fingers back and forth. We know what storms feel like when they’re outside, but has anyone felt a storm of emotions, more than one swirling around at once in their body? What does that feel like?
  • Food portrait. Introduce the children you work with to the art of Giuseppe Arcimboldo. He was famous for creating portraits from natural objects—particularly, food. Show students a variety of his portraits, and ask them what they notice. What foods can they identify? Then, explain that they will be making their own portraits out of food. Have cut-outs of food imagery prepared, and allow children to draw their own food with markers to cut out. You might ask what food best represents them and why. 
  • Mime it! In groups of two or three, have children act out expressions of kindness. Make a list of scenarios ahead of time to read off to the children. Examples might be a child falling down and hurting himself and the other one or two helping them up or one child comforting another child who is crying. Be sure to remind children to ask if it’s okay to touch before they mime anything. Give children several minutes to come up with their mime and then circulate the room. At the end of the exercise, ask what they learned about helping, and what they learned about miming and communication with one another.

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