04 October 2009

Earning Their Patches

EACH WEEKEND WE are trying to force encourage the kids to do some sort of new project or activity -- very similar to what kids do in Pathfinders or the Boy/Girl scouts back in the States. Like in the scouts, Kerri and I are offering 'patches' that they can earn by successfully completing a project or task. They earned a few patches yesterday

First, we took the kids on a hike/bike ride along a river near our house. There came a point where we could no longer bike down the path because it was too technically difficult -- especially for Henry. So we dismounted and I took the kids about 300 meters upstream then gave them their challenge: cross the river and make it back to the bikes in less than 10 minutes (the reward would be a 'navigation patch'). The task would have been quick simple except crossing the small river/creek was a bit of a challenge. I ran back to Kerri and the bikes and we waited...and waited...and waited. Finally, about 9 1/2 minutes later we saw three kids coming along the river bed -- on the other side. Success.

Then, later in the afternoon, Patrick and Julia earned two more patches. Take a look. Patrick chose a raft-making task where he had to create a raft that will support a toy figure, using only items from our yard. The Swiss Army Knife he bought in Geneva came in real handy. Success!

Julia chose a baking project and she made calzones completely from scratch and completely by herself. I can tell you without a doubt that this was a success. She made four -- filled with tomato sauce and cheese -- and they were gone very quickly.
Next week I'm pushing them to try for a 'laundry', 'ironing', and 'car washing' patch.


J. et K. said...

We did 'scouts' growing up in Africa. I recall a woodworking project in which I attempted to 'build' myself a pair of high heels...

Vic Heaney said...

We're coming back for some of those calzones. Julia is our Ace Number One Chef.

By the way, they sell Reeses Peanut Butter Cups in UK supermarkets.

bhshrode said...

Elizabeth is in Adventurers, which is Pathfinders for K-4th grade. She is currently working on a Lego patch.