• Melissa Groff

Session 1, Week 1

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." -Lao Tzu

Remembering what we tell our Voyagers has helped me many times throughout the process of starting Solvit Academy. Our first step was reading the book Courage to Grow. As we enter into this school year with many hopes for our young learners, there is wisdom in this quote. With Session 1 underway I'd like to give you a peek into the studios and what to expect from their first week.

What it is. The majority of this week will be spent building the culture of each studio and learning about the systems and processes that make Solvit Academy an "extraordinary world". For Spark Voyagers, this is either their first introduction to school or a reintroduction after last year was cut short. At circle time, Melissa discussed what the day would look like, being respectful to ourselves and others, and an age-appropriate inspiring message about the Hero's Journey. Today they discussed the question, "Would it be fun to live in a world with no rules?". Perhaps your Voyager would like to share their answer with you! In Exploration, Lexi introduced guardrails at the morning launch and the Voyagers worked towards creating their own studio contract with each other. Today they watched an animated version of the Hero's Journey and read Wilma Unlimited. They discussed what parts of the book align with the Hero's Journey story arc. The kids are very excited about their lip dub challenge. Maybe your Voyager will recite the lyrics they learned today!

What it isn't. Your learner will not be coming home with worksheets to show you how busy they were this week. In fact, they may not spend much time on core skills at all. We spend the beginning of the session getting the learners ready to tackle tough academic challenges. The Voyagers will need each other to ask questions, receive feedback, and give support as the year continues. Establishing the trust and relationships needed for this is an important step in their journey this year.

Questions to ask your learner:

-What did you do today that made you think hard?

-What happened today that made you keep on going?

-What can you learn from this?

-What mistake did you make that taught you something?

-What did you try hard at today?

-What strategy are you going to try now?

-What will you do to challenge yourself today?

-What will you do to improve your work?

-What will you do to improve your talent?

-What will you do to solve this problem?

We are so proud of the Voyagers for taking this very important step on their hero's journey. Looking forward to a year full of growth!


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