In Person Workshop Overview

“Ignite Their Spark” is a workshop designed to empower children to create their own space for learning and personal development. We provide the systems and tools necessary that enable growth and exploration. Our program will awaken their imagination, inspire curiosity, and expand their learning horizon. It's our job as parents to ignite the spark in our children's lives. As a parent myself of three daughters, I know these lessons are far easier for my children to embrace if they don't come from me, their dad. Our instructors are former and current educators, entrepreneurs, health and wellness coaches, and of course, parents.

 

WEEK ONE

Part 1: With technology and being plugged in on a daily basis, it can be challenging for children to be able to communicate effectively and comfortably in person. This session will discuss the art of conversation and interaction with peers and adults. Learning body cues and key elements to make the conversation flow better will be discussed. We will reference the book How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

 

Part 2: We will implement a six week challenge for the children. We will discuss one new habit that the children can do to improve their quality of life. They will also learn how to create a habit tracker for their personal use. Each week we will add one new habit, so at the end of the workshop your child will have created six new habits to improve his/her well-being. We will reference the books Atomic Habits by James Clear and The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. We will discuss in depth what keystone habits are and which ones your child can implement on a daily basis.

 

WEEK TWO

Part 1: In this session we will be discussing daily goals, weekly goals, and yearly goals. Too often people never set or write down goals. People who WRITE their goals down and REVIEW and ADJUST them regularly are more likely to achieve them than people who just set goals.

 

Part 2: We will introduce one of the most powerful practices your child can do, journaling. We will teach two different journaling practices, which are the "Wouldn't it be nice if" and the "Future/Past" techniques. We will also discuss the importance of adding gratitude to their journaling practice. This is a wonderful creative process in which to engage. Journaling will become a personalized experience for your child that will evolve over time.

 

Part 3: We will review our past week's habits and add an additional habit.

 

WEEK THREE

Part 1:  We will discuss meditation and mindfulness. We will introduce two different meditation techniques: Silent unguided and the Love and Kindness Guided Meditation. We will cover some key health benefits of meditation and how to best utilize this incredibly powerful tool in your child's daily life. Even meditating for ONE MINUTE a day can have lasting positive effects. 

Part 2: What is Stoicism and how can this philosophy be beneficial? There is a negative belief attached to Stoicism that implies one is without emotion. When actually the key underlying message in Stoicism is, "You can't control what happens in your life, but you can control how you respond." Victor Frankel said it best, "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is a power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom." That space is where the magic happens. We will be referencing Ryan Holiday's The Daily Stoic:  366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living.

 

Part 3: We will review our past week's habits and add an additional habit.

 

WEEK FOUR

Part 1: We will discuss the Joy of Giving and what that really means. Joy is a deeper, more permanent state of happiness; it's about giving your time and energy to make someone's day a little better. Joy is the feeling one gets when one brings a little happiness into someone’s life. After a short discussion, the children will build goodie bags with our nonprofit Zips4kids (zips4kids.com). Some of these bags will be taken home and kept in the family car so that the children can experience the joy of giving when passing the bags out. The remainder of the bags will be donated to the Volunteers of America Homeless Vet Program that we support.

 

Part 2: We will review our past week's habits and add an additional habit.

 

WEEK FIVE

Part 1: In this class the children will create a Vision Book. It is something that I began five years ago, and each year I produce a new one. I designed this book after creating numerous vision boards and taking the Life Book course by John and Missy Butcher. It is a wonderful way to see your goals and capture your year. In this book, I have my favorite affirmations and power phrases as well as pictures, goals, and past success milestones in my life. It is a great way to keep track of where I am and where I am going; but most importantly, where I have been. Each student will design his/her own Vision Book. This is your child’s space to create. We will provide writing prompts and ideas that will be placed throughout the book. Please make sure your child has a blank journal for this class.

 

Part 2: We will review our past week's habits and add an additional habit.

 

WEEK SIX

Part 1: In the final class we will have a conversation about money. We will highlight the difference between interest and compound interest. We will also discuss the importance of supporting charities and nonprofits that have a positive impact in your local community. We will reference the book, The Richest Man In Babylon, by George Samuel Clason.

 

Part 2: We will review the past five weeks and go over any questions your child may have. We will take a look at the new habits formed and discuss what positive changes have been made in your child’s life. 

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