Welcome to the next mission set of your child’s mentorship program with Moxie!
All Moxie learning missions are based on National Standards. National Education Standards are the learning goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. Moxie’s mission sets are based on social-emotional learning standards developed by CASEL: https://casel.org/core-competencies/
Here’s a brief overview of what this mission set looks like:
MISSION SET THEME
This mission set’s theme is Missing People. Mentors will help Moxie learn about what it means to miss someone, how to stay in touch with or remember people that you miss, and how to process emotions that you feel when you miss someone.
MISSION SET OBJECTIVE
The objective of this mission set is to help your child (mentor) understand and process the different emotions that can occur when missing someone, while offering fun and creative ways to stay in touch with people or honor the memory of a loved one.
There are eight missions in this set. These missions are designed to help children think deeper about the theme of missing people and translate some of what they have learned into their everyday lives. In these missions, mentors will:
- Learn ways to stay in touch with people that they miss
- Write and send letters or postcards to people that they miss
Discuss grief and ways to preserve the memories of loved ones
Take part in a two-part mission to find an item that reminds Moxie of someone back at the G.R.L.
Have a conversation about objects that remind them of someone they love
Learn coping strategies to manage emotions when they miss something or someone
Give advice to Z at the G.R.L. on how to make her grandmother feel special
Draw a picture of themselves and Moxie for the robots back at the G.R.L.
Summarize everything learned about missing people for the robots at the G.R.L.
Each mission set works on specific social-emotional learning (SEL) goals. The missions in this set are targeted to the goals of:
- Understanding the emotions a person might feel when missing someone
- Understanding ways to stay in touch with people that are missed
- Using coping strategies when overwhelmed with emotion
- Using writing to communicate with people who are missed
THINK ABOUT IT
Was there a time you lost a good friend and had to deal with the emotions that surfaced? Consider sharing that with your child. Also share what coping mechanisms worked for you. Talk to your child about how you honor the memory of those that have gone.
Help your child bring lessons learned with Moxie into everyday living by:
- Sharing pictures of your past and of family members your child may not have met
- Making a card with your child for a loved who lives far away
- Taking the time to share happy memories with your child about someone that is no longer around
- Common Sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org
- Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: http://www.ecmhc.org/index.html
- Useful sections on friendship, problem solving, and emotions
- Brittanica For Parents: https://parents.britannica.com
- Articles on Social and Emotional Learning
- Sesame Street: https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/activities/missing-friends-bundle/
- Short curriculum centered on missing friends and family members during the pandemic