Sunday afternoon, I participated in a very special Girl Scout story time at The Book House in Millburn, where Fernando, Delores and I got to share our story, DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE! Our goal was to help the girls earn their “Respect Myself and Others” Petals.
First, after an animated reading of DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE, I asked the girls several respect-focused questions about the story. Here they are, if you’d like to do the same with your class or troop:
What did you think of Delores? Of Fernando?
Were they respectful to each other? How or how not?
Were they respectful of themselves? How or how not?
Did they learn from their mistakes and become better seal/mouse because of it? How?
Next, I had the girls think about their own lives. How can they show respect for the themselves and others? As they brainstormed examples, I wrote them down on a master list so we could all refer to them during the craft. Here are their responses:
Finally, for the craft, I had the girls make Respect Fans. The fan craft was a twist on the Feathered Fan craft below created by picture book author Rebecca Gomez. If you choose to do this activity, you’ll definitely want to follow this link to get the details on creating Rebecca’s charming feathered fan.
Our added twist was to write examples showing respect for self and others in each blade. (This is where the master list was helpful, especially since the girls were still beginning writers.) Each fan needed to include at least two examples that related to self and two that related to others.
I think all agreed that the lesson and craft were fun and successful in getting the girls thinking about respect and the many varied ways that it can be shown.
Thank you The Book House for having me, and thank you Daisies, for being such thoughtful, engaged participants. Finally, thank you Delores and Fernando for letting us learn from your experiences! Happy Reading, all!