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Week 29

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these challenging times. We have been having a rewarding and new experience of learning remotely. Luckily for us, we have Eagles who were up to the challenge! It is wonderful to see the Eagles taking charge of their learning and experiences even at home.
The Eagles took on family badges with their families while we were remote for the last part of this session. I am glad to hear everyone is working on them and glad to see that they are coming to fruition. We look forward to awarding family badges at the next Badge Ceremony!
Civilizations this week was about Confucius and the rise of Julius Caesar. We talked mostly about kindness with Confucius and ambition with Caesar. The Eagles were very engaged and had a lot to say about benevolence and ambition. We had wonderful conversations.
We joined an online art class this week with Larry Frates from the Belknap Mill. It was wonderful to see the excellent drawings that the Eagles produced from watching the live stream.
We hope that everyone has a wonderful break! We look forward to our next session and the Entrepreneurship Quest! Together we will tackling the remaining challenges of learning remotely as we move forward in our learning and experiences. Thank you for helping to forge this new path on our collective Hero's Journey!
Here is a link to a great podcast about your child learning from home. What I love about this conversation is that they remind us to look for the moments when your child "loses themselves" in an activity and is experiencing pure joy. Let them have this precious time without interruptions! Yes, we want them to plug away at core skills, but it is more important to be able to follow your heart and your passion and to let your Eagle fully explore something that they find interesting.

Week 28

This has been the first full week of our social distancing and/or quarantine. So far things seem to be going well. We have continued having morning and closing circles, core skills, civilizations, communication, and quest. There has definitely been some adjustment to the new online chat platform, but overall we are trying to keep a similar schedule and activities that the Eagles would have been having in the studio. I am looking forward to hearing about progress on the family badges that the Eagles and families are working on. 
For communications, the Eagles wrote stories about someone being kind to them and then learned to write 5 new words in another language. We had words from French, Latin, and Chinese! It was interesting to have such a diverse set of languages. 
In civilizations this week we talked about the Mauryan Empire of India and the great King Asoka who swore off violence after he saw how it affected the people. Then headed to China where we talked about Shui Huangdi and the Qin empire and their development of Calligraphy.
We look forward to seeing the Eagles and everyone when we get back to the studio. We hope everyone is happy and healthy. We know things are exceptionally challenging right now. It is hard to step into "guide" role instead of "parent" role and to not help them accomplish their tasks and not answer questions. We encourage you all to remember that our Eagles are capable of greatness and to look for opportunities to let them show you how great they can be! Redirect, redirect, redirect and instead of helping, offer encouragement and growth-mindset praise for effort. A professor of mine once said: "Don't be afraid to let them fail, mostly because when you think everything has gone wrong and it will all fall apart is when they somehow pull it off out of nowhere and it was better than you could have imagined it."
Here is Laura's blog on tips to creating a Family Plan (one of the Family Badges):
A look back at some of our favorite memories since August : )