Zara and Leo arrive at the biggest rally in the Sahara Desert... with absolutely no racing experience. How will they be able to compete against the pros?Find out why you should focus on your OWN progress instead of comparing yourself to others, and meet the Ugandan CHESS player who became a champion using this EXACT strategy!
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In this episode, children will:
- Learn how to focus on their own progress
- Travel to Uganda
- Be inspired by Phiona Mutesi, a champion chess player
- Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
- It's Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
- The Day you Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
- The Queen of Katwe (PG, 2016) A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess. Biographical film about Phiona Mutesi.
- LEAP (PG, 2016) This movie teaches you can reach your wildest dreams with hard work and determination.
- Music Video- The Power of Yet by C.J. Luckey.
1. Read Chapter 5 "Be Unique, Be You" in Big Life Journal - Second Edition.
2. Create a “Big Life Board” A collage of images and words representing child's dreams, goals, things, and people that matter to them.
3. Print and display the printable poster for young athletes: a great reminder for kids to focus on doing their best and improving their results (it's part of the Growth Mindset Printables Kit).
4. Teach young children to let go of negative thoughts through the use of the “balloon technique”. Tell your child to catch self-critical or negative thoughts, then imagine blowing them into a balloon and letting it go. They can then replace the negative thought with a more positive one, or with an affirmation like, “I’m doing my best.”
- How did Zara and Leo feel during their first rally race?
- How did playing chess help Phiona focus on her own goals and not worry about what other people do?
- Have you ever compared your progress to someone else’s? What can you do to focus on your own personal best?
For Parents and Teachers
- 7 Tips to Rewire Your Child’s Brain for Positivity
- 9 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Confidence
- 5 Ways to Foster a Healthy Competitive Mindset in Young Athletes
- Watch Life Lessons I Why You Shouldn't Compare Yourself to Others
Produced by Alexandra Eidens and Big Life Journal team. Written and directed by Sarah Cyrano. Sound design and original music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Sound mixing by Mattia Marcelli. Characters played by Sean Chiplock and Ryan Bartley. Managed by Laura Hernandez.
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