This week has been a whirl wind of activity with work on the tree house and core skills being our primary points of focus.
We had a wonderful time this week with music and art on Tuesday and Thursday respectively. At music we learned more about the solfège syllables (Do, Re, Mi, Fa) and spending time with drums and piano. We sang a bluegrass song and everyone was able to try out the banjo and mandolin. At art we began a new project that practiced our cutting skills and should be looking great by the end of next art period.
A big part of this week was working on our Badge Plan Binders. The Eagles are setting their learning goals for the year by choosing which Badges in each of the core skills that they want to earn.
This week's hike was to the top of Piper Mtn. in Gilford. We had a wonderful time at the summit and on the way up. We also saw a large amount of grasshoppers at the summit and many were caught. I would like to congratulate all of the eagles on completing a challenging hike of over 2,000 feet in elevation!
We had big lessons in time management this week. Each day a different Eagle is the "Time Keeper" and they are in charge of keeping everyone on schedule. If they forget to give 2 minute warnings and are late to the next activity, they start losing points. If they are told it is time for the next activity and are late, they also lose points. This week we had a few very late realizations that they forgot what time it was! The Eagles figured out how to still get all of their work done on those days and now they check the time constantly and are really learning the value of being not just on time, but early!
We had a big discussion about being a Victim vs. being a Hero and the traits of each mindset. We encourage our Acton parents to use this vocabulary at home. If your Eagle is really struggling with something, dwelling on something negative, being lazy, indifferent or distracted, you can ask "Are you being a Hero right now or a Victim?"