Monday, September 17, 2012

World of Girls: Session 1

To begin everything off, I showed the girls our world map and explained we would be "visiting" lots of countries and marking our journey. I brought labels with me and the girls would fill them out as we traveled. 

I tried to make sure each part of our meeting would touch a country somewhere in the world. This did begin to prove a little difficult with snack time as the meetings progressed, but it was worth it and the girls enjoyed it. 

Session 1 snack consisted of  Salsa & Chips, Tamarind Candy, Jarritos. My Co-Leaders Mom was kind enough to get the girls candy and soda from an international store close to her. So, we traveled to Mexico for snack times. 

As they snacked I explained how there were girls living all around the world and their lives are sometimes very different than our own.... some better, some much worse. But, that we all have a few things in common and a lot of times interests form common bonds. We talked about Girl Guides and how many countries have Girl Scouting programs. We then recited the Girl Scout Promise and Law thinking about the thousands of girls around the globe that were meeting and doing the exact same thing as us! We even mentioned that it was very possible that another troop was meeting at the exact same time to start the exact same journey book. 

Our troop loves to sing. So, I looked up a couple songs that would tie into this international/global feeling and tried to think of a way to "touch" another country. I chose the International Hello Song and Princess Pat. The lyrics to those songs can be found on the "Songs" page here on the blog. 

One of the activities the journey suggests you do is make a passport. We had a surplus of lunch bags, so I pre-punched the holes and binder clipped them together into a paper bag album. I had the girls thread through yarn and decorate the album. Each meeting I would go to Crayola and get the flags/facts on each country and have those ready. The girls colored the flags, cut them out and pasted them into the pages of the passport. 

We then played two games. The first was Banyoka. It's an obstacle course and described in the leader's book that goes with the journey. We also played Cencio Mollo, which is a handkerchief game. I'm not sure if we didn't understand the game well enough or if it just wasn't one that ended up being a huge hit with my troop, but the girls were into Banyoka much more than Cencio Mollo. 

At the end of the meeting, we had a recap. We talked about all the countries we visited and labels the map. The book says to run yarn from each, but our meeting place is not one where we could leave our map and the map was rolled between each meeting. So, we simply labeled the map and wrote  on the label what we did for that country. The girls really enjoyed looking for the countries, seeing where they were in relation to the USA, and remembering what we did. As the meetings progressed, they liked going back and recounting what we did, too. 

To wrap up the meeting and calm down from all the games, we read the story: Flying into Shali’s Desert Home. For the next meeting we asked the girls think of girls in stories and one word to describe them for an activity for next time. They could be any girl from a movie, book, or comic. As long as they could communicate who it was and what they were like, they didn't need to write anything down. 

Until next time... good luck with Session 1.

11 comments :

  1. Chinese Jumprope could be another game you could introduce to the girls. My Brownies loved it! The troop purchase one for each girl to take home with them, as well.

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  2. This is an amazing resource. Thank you for taking the time to record this all!

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  3. I agree, Thank you so much for all of this information. As a working mom and troop leader it is priceless!

    Jalery Arce-Kelly
    Brownie Girl Scout Leader in Westchester County NY

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  4. thank you so much for this blog My question since i'm super new to this!!! How do I save your blog so i can find it when i need it???

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  5. I know how you feel! If you look up at the top of your screen when you're online, do you see "Bookmarks"?
    Then you can click on that and "add bookmark" to get back here.

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  6. Thank you so much for writing this. I'm a fourth year gs leader but I'm really struggling with this journey. It's very helpful to see what works and what doesn't. Instead of playing Cencio Mollo we played Honey If You Love Me. I was concerned that Cencio Mollo didn't have a definite end to the interaction between players whereas in Honey If You Love Me, once the player says "Honey I love you but I just can't smile" the girl who is "it" moves on to the next player. The girls really enjoyed it and we talked about the fact that games around the world are different in some ways and the same in others.

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  7. How long do you meet for each session?

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  8. I can't get my hands on the girls book until after my next meeting. Do you know where they is a digital copy of the stories from the girls books, such as Shali's desert home, for me to read to them?

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    1. Gsusa doesn't have digital copies of the books. I had one copy of the book to use.

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Thanks!!