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GRIT= Courage, Determination, Resilience, Perseverance, and Stick-to-it-ness!

Can you predict academic success or whether a child will graduate? According to psychologist Angela Duckworth you can, but not how you might think.

After studying people in various challenging situations, including National Spelling Bee participants, rookie teachers in tough neighborhoods, and West Point cadets, she found: One characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success. And it wasn't social intelligence. It wasn't good looks, physical health, and it wasn't IQ. It was grit, the quality that enables individuals to work hard and stick to their long-term passions and goals. 

On November 3, several members of our faculty will be offering a one-day meetup designed for 4th grade girls. During this fun and energetic day of investigation, exploration, and self-discovery, girls will explore their passions and discover their grittiness.

Trash Talk: Get the Dirt Out (Melody Imburg)

You know what has dirt?  Trash has dirt.  You know what has grit?  People have grit, particularly those who figure out the effective ways to get rid of our trash in the most environmentally safe and responsible way!  

At Orchard House, we practice reduce, reuse, and recycle- we also learn why it's important to do so.  We would love to share our arts-integrated approach to learning through song, role play, and even a fashion show.  Come get gritty with us!

Making Some Noise: The Voice of Leadership (Taylor Hollander/Suzi Horner)

Studies suggest that: 1) young girls need more opportunities to develop leadership skills; 2) many girls and boys have biases against young female leaders; and 3) both speaking and listening are important components of youth leadership.

Through a series of fun activities, Making Some Noise helps participants find and use their voices, so that they begin to realize their potential for leadership. The program also spotlights the difference between hearing and listening - that having a strong voice and being a leader is not the same as talking loudly or ignoring what others have to say.

Encouraged to express their preferences and opinions in an emotionally safe space, the girls learn the value of speaking up, asking for help, understanding others, and pushing beyond their comfort levels.

Pieces of Me: Self-reflection and Connections (Elizabeth Lafoon/Sally Ann Smith)

Twenty years ago, research indicated that by age nine, a majority of girls feel confident, assertive, and positive.  By the time they hit high school, less than a third of girls still felt that way.  To keep that confidence through these formative years and beyond, there are two essential skills all girls should practice: self-reflection and self-compassion. 

A girl who has a sense of self and who believes in own her abilities, even through the hard knocks, doesn’t shy away from challenges and decision-making.  She takes on new tasks with tenacity and determination.  As she learns to rely on her own choices, knowing she has a strong sense of values and a solid system of support, she grows more confident.

In Pieces of Me, girls will explore and develop a deeper appreciation of values, environment, and interests while reflecting on the many facets that make-up who they are and how they move in the world around them. The journey will culminate with the creation of a Mini-mindful Memoir notebook for daily writing and reflection.     

Questions? Contact Melody Imburg, 228.2436, ext. 118 or mimburg@orchardhouse.org