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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 4, 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.

Shout It from the Roof: Here I Am World! (Lauren Jones/Elizabeth Lafoon)

20 years ago research indicated that by age 9, a majority of girls are confident, assertive and feel positive about themselves. However, by the time they hit high school, less than a third of girls still felt that way.  In today’s world, girls’ self-esteem is still “taking a nosedive” after age 9. 

A girl who has a sense of self and of her passions, who believes in herself and in her abilities, doesn't shy away from challenges and decision making.  She takes on new tasks with tenacity and determination. As girls learn to rely on their ability to make decisions, they grow more confident.

Through a journey of self-reflection, the girls in Shout It from the Roof will explore their passions, dreams, and hopes for themselves and the world around them.  The journey will culminate with the creation of a six-word memoir and a totally awesome selfie!

Questions? Contact Melody Imburg, 228.2436, ext. 118 or