This badge went against all values we were trying to instill in the girls at the end of the last semester of their Junior year. They were struggling to work as a team. They were bickering and emotional and well... being 5th grade girls. But, it was one that I felt they needed to earn. It built some self-confidence and it helped me bridge the thought with them that they are now the "older girls". They need to be able to do things on their own, if for no other reason than I believe with my whole heart they can. So, we tackled it...
Independence 1: Help take care of a car
Independence 2: Learn 2 sewing skills
Anything to do with sewing... I got this! For this requirement, the girls sewed a button on to two layers of felt flowers and then onto a safety pin for a felt flower corsage. Weeks later I saw them adorning backpacks and that really makes you smile.
The other practical skill we learned with this was sewing a patch on! I volunteer sewing services to my girls, because mothers don't sew. But, these girls are going to know how! I purchased bandanas and had some left over fun patches. The girls each chose one and a thread color. I showed them how to whip stitch it on quickly and explained this is all they need to do for badges and patches. They were excited. We'll see if they really learned when they have or don't have badges on their uniforms next year.
Resource: Habit Tracker
HOMEWORK: Independence 3: Break a habit (on my honor)
Resource: Habit Tracker
Independence 4: Clean to a beat (set up to a beat for Court of Awards)We cranked up the music and cleaned the place up and then set the place up for Court of Awards. The girls did great working together... time management was a bit of a problem, but all in all they did a great job.
Independence 5 - Field Trip to HyVee: Run an errand
Each girl will have an item she has to go find for our snack and use good shopping skills to make wise choices. The girls were given $5 and were tasked to find a healthy snack AND drink. They had to complete the challenge own their own, including paying for it. I stressed the importance to watch their prices, as I wouldn't bail them out. I also gave them 2 additional challenges for a little competition. Whomever finished first got to keep the change. Whomever spent the least amount of money also got to keep the change. They weren't allowed to share ideas or work together for this... after all, it's the Independence badge.