Monday, June 4, 2012

20 Helpful Tips for Growing Assets in Kids!

It's that time of year!  The sun is out and we are going outside and getting our hands in the dirt to grow flowers and food.  The growing season offers many great opportunities to grow Developmental Assets in our kids!Developmental Assets are the supports, values and skills young people need to grow up healthy, caring and responsible.

Caring Neighbourhood:  put in an extra row of peas for the neighbourhood youth
Parent Involvement in Schooling:  bring flowers or veggies to the classroom for young people to enjoy
Service to Others: plant flowers at a Nursing Home
Youth As Resources: volunteer together in a community garden
Family Boundaries:  include a growing related chore like watering balcony plans or weeding
Positive Peer Influences:  start a youth ‘green guerrillas’ program
Creative Activities:  make a mini greenhouse from a large pop bottle
Time At Home:  grow beans up bamboo poles to create a backyard wigmwam
Achievement:  enter child’s flowers/veggies in an agricultural fair
Reading:  Link your growing project to story time (Jack and Beanstalk and The Enormous Turnip)
Caring:  growing teaches how to care for plants and the environment.
Cultural Competence:  ask a First Nations Elder to discuss wild plants and their uses
Planning and Decision Making:  help young people with decisions – where, what, when to plan
Personal Power:  participate in the “100 Mile Diet” or learn about the the “Food Basket Challenge
Self Esteem:  have a harvest celebration to feel good about growing efforts

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