Small Group Workshops
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A workshop on treating others with respect and courtesy
Not your Grandma’s finishing school, this course teaches children how to consciously engage with each other in real-life social settings.
Young people, ages 6-10, will be introduced to guidelines on how to treat others with courtesy and respect. “Please” and “thank you” don’t just sound good; this course aims to show how words and language have the power to shape our world. Acceptance, inclusivity and the importance of active listening will be discussed. In addition, children will learn basic table manners.
*For more in-depth table manners and dining etiquette, please see my Breaking Bread workshop.
A Lot of Different Flowers Make a Bouquet
A workshop celebrating diversity
First held on and in honor of MLK Day, this 2-hour workshop centers around the appreciation and acceptance of diversity. For children, it is easy to accept those who like what they like, dress how they dress and think how they think. The real challenge children face is finding value and being inclusive of those who are different or with whom they disagree.
This workshop will help children, ages 8-14, understand that everyone should feel seen, valued and respected for who they are, and develop the mantra “I will accept you even if I don't agree with you”. When children are able to accept others and celebrate diversity, they develop more meaningful relationships and experience greater connections. Diversity and acceptance also help children practice empathy, making them better learners as they are able to understand situations from multiple perspectives.
A workshop on wedding day "I dos" and "I dont's"
Just in time for wedding season, this workshop introduces kids to wedding etiquette, or ” wed-etiquette” and gracious guest guidelines.
In this 2-hour workshop, children ages 6-12 will learn what to expect during a typical wedding ceremony, the who’s who of the wedding party, reception meal manners, dance floor decorum, and other nuptial necessities.
Since weddings are as varied and unique as the people who are in them, the children will also be introduced to the distinctive elements of traditional Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and non-denominational ceremonies.
Hachiko and other Lessons of Loyalty
A workshop on loyalty, trust and friendship
First held during March’s National Cherry Blossom Festival which commemorates the gift of Japanese cherry trees from Tokyo to Washington D.C. as a symbol of friendship, this workshop for kids ages 6-10 focuses on another Japanese symbol, the dog Hachiko.
This 2-hour workshop centers around Hachiko’s story, his embodiment of loyalty, trustworthiness and friendship, and other similar stories.
Loyalty and trustworthiness are two of the most important traits children can have. They are the glue that holds friendships together. When children have bonds with loyal friends, social anxiety and depression is reduced and self-worth is boosted. These traits are also important as children grow and crucial to being a valuable leader, teammate or co-worker.
Teaching a child who they can trust, and why, is just as important as teaching a child how to be trustworthy. This workshop also introduces kids to the importance of limiting their trust and creating boundaries with people they don't know well.
Being Kind to the Earth
A workshop on extending kindness to the Earth
In this workshop, children will learn how and why it’s important to extend kindness and gratitude to our planet for all that she provides. The concept of “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle” will be a focal point, along with age-appropriate introductions to pollution, conservation, and environmental issues affecting the planet. Ideas on ways to protect the Earth will be discussed along with small, incremental changes that we can make at home that make a big impact on Earth conservation.
Education is the main instrument for change, and by planting these seeds early on, we set the stage for young people to grow into responsible and caring adults for the benefit of everyone that calls planet Earth their home.
Kindness + Positivity
A workshop on countering negative thinking and seeing the world through a positive lens
Kindness is teachable and contagious, and promotes a more positive world. This 2 hr.-course for young people ages 6-10 aims to show children how kindness and positivity are important for a healthier and happier life, not just for ourselves but for those around us. The course also focuses on countering negative thinking and viewing the world through a positive lens while promoting self-awareness and self-confidence.
Loose Lips Sink Ships
A workshop on tattling, telling, gossiping & venting
"Words have no wings but they can fly a thousand miles" -Korean proverb
Understanding the subtle yet significant differences between tattling, telling, gossiping and venting is hard for people of all ages, much less kids. In this 2-hour workshop, children 8-14 will learn when it's best to keep quiet and when to speak up, and how to speak their minds and express their feelings while being mindful of others.
A workshop on navigating various dining situations with confidence
From holiday feasts to backyard BBQs, this 3-hour course is designed to help guide young people on how to graciously navigate various dining situations with confidence.
With less emphasis on outdated rules and more emphasis on mealtimes as a means to build community, Breaking Bread aims to curb impulsiveness while encouraging willpower and self-restraint, key skills known to impact the success of one’s life.
Dining etiquette is an extension of respect for ourselves and others. Good dining etiquette brings friends and families closer together thereby building community and valuable social capital.
Table manners and dining etiquette including table settings, utensil usage, food handling, and gracious guest guidelines will be covered. At the end of the workshop, students will have the opportunity to “break bread” together and practice their new skills over a delicious meal. learn more
Netiquette: Digital Diplomacy
A workshop on being respectful and responsible online and protecting others from harmful online behavior.
Netiquette: Digital Diplomacy helps shape a kinder and more positive online world and empowers young people, ages 8-14, to be polite, respectful and empathetic digital citizens.
Cyberbullying: What it is, how to recognize it, and how to respond of it happens to someone they know.
Respectful Online Behavior: How to communicate with others online in a polite way, and the importance of treating others the way they would want to be treated.
Digital Citizenship: The responsibilities that come with being a member of an online community, and how to be a positive contributor.
Online Safety for Others: How to recognize and report or inappropriate behavior online, and how to support friends or family members who are experiencing cyberbullying or other forms of online harassment.
Netiquette: When Sharing is not Caring
A workshop that encourages young people to be mindful of the information they share online, and gives them the tools to protect themselves.
Netiquette: When Sharing is Not Caring encourages young people, ages 8-14, to be mindful of the information they share online and gives them the tools to protect themselves and safely navigate the online world.
Online Privacy: The importance of protecting personal information online, and how to create strong passwords and use privacy on social media and other websites.
Online Predators: How to identify and avoid online predators, and what to do if you encounter one.
Safe online communication: Guidelines for chatting, messaging, and video calling.
Social Media and Online Reputation: The importance of considering the consequences of online behavior both online and offline.
From Out of the Ashes
A workshop on grit, resilience and growing from adversity
The American Psychological Association states that "grit is what separates the very best from those that are simply good enough". In this 2-hr workshops for kids ages 8-14, kids will learn about grit, resilience and growing from adversity. The legend of the Phoenix will be discussed as will more modern stories of those who have overcome great obstacles and persevered.
Perhaps the most important of the character strengths, grit and resilience are reliable predictors of success, Unlike intelligence and IQ, which are more or less fixed, grit and resilience can be taught and developed. The importance of growth mindset, hard work, and failure as part of the learning process will be discussed.