Leadership

Our leadership studies help students to learn how their brain works, teaches them some learning tricks and even helps students train the brain to work more effectively. At the beginning of each Epic Days, our Distance Education students will delve into the guideposts and three R’s of leadership.

The 3 R’s of Leadership:
I Am Respectful! I Am Responsible! I Am Ready!

  1. Seize the Day! I live mindfully in the present!
  2. Own It! I am responsible for how I act, no matter how I feel.
  3. Words Have Power! I think before I speak.
  4. Commit! I commit to work toward achieving my goals and dreams.
  5. Failure Leads to Success! I learn from my mistakes.
  6. Honesty is the Best Policy! When I have integrity there’s nothing to fear because I have nothing to hide.
  7. Be Open to Change! My way is not the only way.
  8. Balance! I develop healthy habits and build healthy relationships.
  9. Anything is Possible! I can work hard, dream big, and live a wonderful life.

I Show I’m A Leader By Being Respectful, Responsible, and Ready.

Based upon a foundation of literature and using several other tools of learning including biographies, quotations & discussions, mindfulness exercises, Growth Mindset principles, movement, music, and learning games, our students explore each of these statements and look at how they apply them in their lives. We end the year with the final concept: Anything is Possible. I Will Discover & Create My Best Self to launch them into a summer of discovery and fun.

Epic and Dive Deeper

Each week we provide you with the highlights of what your child is learning during Epic day.  To continue the learning at home we also provide you with links to additional fun activities.  Help your students to find out more about these fascinating concepts–Go ahead and Dive Deeper! (Please see suggested links below)

Week 16: Dec. 14-18, 2020

Historical time period: The Articles of Confederation

Leadership: 

Guidepost: Failure Leads to Success. I learn from my mistakes.

3R Connection:  I am respectful of my learning process. I know that everybody makes mistakes.

Concepts: 

  • The United States needed a strong government to govern the people.
    • The Articles of Confederation had many flaws.
    • The Constitution fixed the flaws in the Articles of Confederation.
  • We can find word spellings and meanings in a dictionary.
    • Noah Webster made the first complete dictionary.
    • Words in a dictionary are in alphabetical order.
  • Benjamin Franklin is one of our most important Founding Fathers.
    • He wasn’t just a politician, but also a writer and inventor.
    • One of his most famous scientific experiments was to prove that lightning is electricity.

Dive Deeper:

  • Alphabetical Order: Check out some of these fun activities to improve your ABC order skills: ABC Order Activities
  • Why not follow in Benjamin Franklin’s footsteps and experiment with electricity? Try out some of these activities. Talk about what you learn.

Questions to talk about:

    • How did the artists get so much detail for the faces in those tiny pieces of jewelry?
    • What do you notice about the facial expressions, clothing styles, and hairstyles?
    • Which portraits are your favorites? Why?
    • What palette colors and textures were most often used?
  • Create your own miniature portrait, painting, or drawing. It doesn’t have to be done on a canvas. It can be done on a small oval, circle, or rectangular cut paper. Here is a link to some ideas for you to do: 40 All-time Cutest Miniature Painting Ideas #D
    • If you want an added challenge, look up some portraits of some of the men who were part of the Constitutional Convention, and do a miniature portrait of one of the them: Founding Fathers Portraits

Week 17: Jan. 4-8, 2021

Historical time period: The Constitution: The Preamble

Leadership: 

Guidepost: Failure Leads to Success. I learn from my mistakes.

3R Connection: I am responsible to learn from my failures and mistakes.

Concepts: 

  • The Constitution starts with a preamble, or introduction, that we can all memorize.
    • Our Constitution uses a system of checks and balances to keep one group of people from becoming too powerful.
    • The Bill of Rights states the rights we are entitled to.
  • Using the right words helps our readers understand what we are talking about.
    • The words of our founding documents, like the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, were chosen carefully and intentionally.
  • Benjamin Franklin was an inventor and we can all be inventors by using the engineering design process.

Dive Deeper:

  • Look at the exquisite penmanship of the Preamble to the Constitution. Preamble to the Constitution-handwriting Notice how perfectly slanted and evenly spaced the words and the paragraphs are. Also, look at some of the different names and signatures on The U.S. Constitution: Constitution signatures Look at the beautiful lettering styles in manuscript and cursive. How does this writing compare to your penmanship? How do you think they learned to write like that?
    • Ballpoint pens weren’t around in the 18th century. The Founding Fathers wrote with quill- pens and ink. All school children learned to write this way. It was a well-practiced art to write beautifully and neatly, being careful not to smear or drop blots of ink on the paper.
    • Create your own writing quill and ink and write your name or signature.

For an added challenge, try making the alphabet letters using a calligraphy style from the 18th century:

Fun for Kids: Make and Write With a Quill Pen

Week 18: Jen. 11-15, 2021

Historical time period: The Constitution: Separation of Powers

Leadership: 

Guidepost: Failure Leads to Success. I learn from my mistakes.

3R Connection: I am ready to learn from my mistakes and try, try again.

Concepts: 

  • The Constitution is written with three branches of government.
    • The legislative branch if Congress.
    • The executive branch is the president.
    • The judicial branch is the court system.
  • The Capital Building in Washington DC is where Congress meets.
    • There are two branches of Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate
    • The idea for a new law starts out as a bill and goes through a process to eventually become a law

Dive Deeper:

  • James Madison was the drafter of the United States Constitution. Celebrate his efforts with your own “Constitutional” dinner, featuring what has been described as his favorite meal: Virginia ham, buttery rolls, apple pie, and cider. Are any of these foods your favorite’s too? Try making this special meal from scratch for extra goodness.

Week 19: Jan. 18-22, 2021

Historical time period: The Presidency & George Washington

Leadership: 

Guidepost: Honesty is the Best Policy! When I have integrity there’s nothing to fear because I have nothing to hide.

3R Connection:  I am respectful and honest because I know what is right, and what is wrong.

Concepts: 

  • The executive branch includes the president, vice president and his cabinet.
    • George Washington was the first president of the United States.
    • We have had 45 presidents.
  • Just like ingredients in a recipe are important, the parts of a story are also important.
    • The parts of a story are theme, plot, characters and setting.
  • The Washington Monument stands tall in Washington DC as a monument to Pres. George Washington

Dive Deeper:

    • Become familiar with the faces, names, and some important facts about all of the Presidents of the United States: United States Presidents Interactive
      • How many Presidents have we had?
      • Who is our current President?
    • George Washington and the Founding Fathers were prolific writers. Parents, enjoy reading some of these historic papers and letters with your older children, and discover more about these leaders:
  • Get a great view of potato plant growth (above and below ground)…Try this experiment:  Grow Your Own Potatoes!
  • Listen to this Presidential campaign song for George Washington, written in 1789:

Here’s another musical tribute to George Washington: Hopkinson’s Dedication To George Washington, Instrumental only

  • Does music play a part in our political campaigns today?
  • How do we learn about Presidential candidates, their campaign platforms, leadership, and character today?

If you like, make up your own tribute, ad-jingle, or song for your favorite U.S. President

or political candidate. Include details and ideas that might persuade others to your

viewpoint.

Week 20: Jan. 25-29, 2021

Historical time period: Pres. Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase

Leadership: 

Guidepost: Honesty is the Best Policy! When I have integrity there’s nothing to fear because I have nothing to hide.

3R Connection:  I am responsible to choose well and show integrity.

Concepts: 

  • John Adams was the second president and Thomas Jefferson was the third.
  • The president lives at the White House.
  • Because of the war going on in Europe, Pres. Jefferson was able to buy all the land owned by France in North America.  We call this the Louisiana Purchase.
  • Lewis & Clark were sent to explore the territory all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
  • Books were an important part of Thomas Jefferson’s life.  He learned about all sorts of subjects and influenced many Founding Fathers in the early days of the United States.
  • His influence is still felt today through the Library of Congress.
  • Lewis & Clark encountered many Native American tribes.
  • Plains tribes live in teepees and can easily move from place to place.

Dive Deeper:

  • Animals have different physical features. Print and cut out these animal cards and sort them.Animal Sorting Cards.pdf
    • For younger students: Let them freely decide how they want to sort  the animals (by colors, number of legs, etc.)
    • For older students: Classify the animals scientifically, and explain why:

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