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Week 6: Growth Mindset & Goal Setting

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In the last newsletter, we focused on grit which is a quality that aids in getting through life’s many challenges and a skill that can be developed over time. People with grit tend to have a growth mindset- a way of thinking that is positive, encourages self-awareness, and is goal oriented. Growth mindset is a frequently used term within the school community because of its importance in developing the mind. We want to encourage parents and families to use a growth mindset on a daily basis, in everything that we do.

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Complete these family activities to help your child develop a growth mindset

1. A Family Vision Board "is a place where we put inspiration, goals, experiences and adventures we want to have and dreams on one board. Usually it’s beautiful and motivating pictures cut out from magazines. The images represent what you want to do during that year, what goals you want to achieve and what you want to learn.” Learn more about this activity here: See more examples here:

2. Meaningful Mad Lib: Have you child think about the following statement and fill in the blanks. This activity is a helpful way to help them transition from this school year and prepare for their future. “Encourage them to experiment with their mad lib, plugging in different answers until it begins to feel personally meaningful.”

"I am leaving behind < things from my past >.

As I prepare for the next phase of my life, I know I have < strengths >.

Going forward, I will use these strengths to work towards < goals >."

3. Make a Family Bucket List : "Typically, a bucket list is a list of accomplishments, experiences, or achievements that someone wants to have during their lifetime.

To teach your kids goal setting - and have fun in the process—you can create a YEARLY bucket list." For more goal setting activities see here:

4. Goal Setting Activity for Kids: To help your child achieve goals and develop more long-term positive thinking, try using Dr. Oettiengen’s WOOP strategy:

Wish - Help your child come up with a goal she would really like to accomplish.

Outcome - Engage your child in visualizing the best outcome that could result from accomplishing this goal. What would this outcome look like? What would it feel like?

Obstacle - Take wishing and visualizing a practical step further by generating a list of obstacles that could prevent your child from reaching the goal. These obstacles could include wanting to give up or getting distracted by something, like wanting to play with toys or check a cell phone.

Plan - Finally, make a plan for dealing with these obstacles if/when they occur. Have your child say or write sentences like If/when [Obstacle] , then I will [Plan to overcome the obstacle] . This activity and others can be found at :

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