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This year at my boys’ school we got a new teacher. She had previously worked as a kindergarten teacher in a different town, and has unique and different ideas on traditional school. With my middle kid, he tends to get very bored in his classes with more traditional learning so this is a very good fit for him.
This teacher often speaks about growth mindset and how it can affect kids learning. She is really working on the kids to have a growth mindset. Basically we tend to have a fixed mindset on things and about ourselves. We think of ourselves as either good or bad at something. And that’s just how it is. We can’t change if we intelligent or unintelligent, a good parent, or bad parent. That’s who we are. The growth mindset shows us that is not true. It’s not fixed, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. You can become more intelligent if you work at it. Better at parenting if you try.
This works really well with my boy. He is all about knowing everything, until he doesn’t. Then he wants to quit and be negative.
My boy is constantly told he will be a leader one day. However, he struggles with empathy and dealing well with being challenged in any sort. He is the one that struggles the most, but can benefit so much from a growth mindset. He often says I am smart so I don’t need to learn this anyway.
When I saw a Big Life Journal ad on Facebook I had to contact them! This was right up our alley for my son for Christmas. His teacher has assigned him 3 things as daily homework.:
1. Reading for 20-30 minutes
2. Writing in a journal about your day
3. Taking time to play.
Since this growth mindset journal is about helping your child develop a growth mindset it is aimed at equipping our kids with skills they need to live their dreams. And really, who doesn’t want that for their kids?
One of the things I like about this journal is there is tons of interesting things for them to read like stories, poems, quotes, and illustrations. But then it gives them writing prompts, so it’s not just like the journal I have him writing in now, basically a note book and then sometimes he doesn’t know what to write about. I can suggest topics but that doesn’t always go over well.
This is a guided journal. So they aren’t in this alone. Also it is created specifically for kids. So it works on their levels and gets them to change their mindset before it is so ingrained and fixed like some of ours can be.
The growth mindset activities in this journal are designed to help our kids recognize their ability to learn and motivates them to harness the power of their own mind. And it is done with simple clean looking pages with plenty of white space, band very pretty to me.
We want to help our children to learn to embrace challenges, to persevere, and how to grow from mistakes and failures. This is something I struggled at with my middle kid. How do I teach him to embrace challenges and failures. I want him to see them as opportunities not to shut down. Life is going to be full of challenges much harder than a “mean teacher who keeps making him do the harder spelling instead of the easy spelling all the other kids get.” I don’t think I am doing my job if he hits those and just crumples into a ball.
This journal has stories from all kinds of amazing people like Elon Musk, J.K. Rowling, and Walt Disney. But it doesn’t just have their successes, nope it has their failures too. We all know that if these people gave up at the first sign of failure we wouldn’t have their amazing legacies now.
This journal is broken down into 26 weeks with each week covering a new theme or topic including:
Make a Difference in the World
Follow Your Heart
You Are Not What You Have
Believe in Yourself
Effort is Key
Failure is Learning
This journal even prompts kids to write a story! Or to draw a picture about something! These are things my son is ll over.
I love that they thought of making it a book that lies flat so it can be opened and easy to write in, and has a pretty satin ribbon that is actually sewn in because…well… kids…and those buggers get lost. You can feel the quality in this journal when you touch it. It’s not a cheaply made thing for kids. It is very well made, and can be a keepsake for kids to look back on later in life.
I actually fell in love with it so much that I went online to find a growth mindset journal for adults as I think the concept is one I can learn from and it would be fun to have something like this for me…. and you know what I found? They have one coming for adults in 2018. If you would like to sign up to find out when they launch that you can do that here: Sign up now