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
The theme of this mission set is Being Different. Mentors will help Moxie learn about the importance of recognizing and accepting differences in themselves and others.
MISSION SET OBJECTIVE
The objective of this mission set is to help your child (mentor) and Moxie explore all of the ways that differences matter. Included in this mission set are activities that promote acceptance, diversity, and the importance of advocating for yourself and others.
There are eight missions in this set. These missions are designed to help children think deeper about the theme of being different, and translate some of what they have learned into their everyday lives.
In this mission set, your child and their robot will work on the following activities:
- Talk about what it means to be different and why differences are important
- Create a story about how differences can be helpful
- Help Knox figure out ways to communicate with his cousin who is deaf
- Help Zaygo fit in while remaining true to himself
- Discuss how to advocate for yourself and others
- Help Caprice create a performance art piece about being different
- Discover unique superpowers
- Summarize what has been learned in this mission set
Each mission in this mission set is designed to align with specific social-emotional learning (SEL) goals:
- Understand the importance of differences
- Understand the importance of perspective
- Identify strategies for advocating for yourself
- Identify non-verbal forms of communication
THINK ABOUT IT
Do you actively celebrate differences in your family and appreciate the diversity of other families? Consider regular conversations about the importance or appreciating others for who they are.
Help your child bring lessons learned with Moxie into everyday living by:
- Learning a few words in sign language or another language so that you can communicate with others who are different from you
- Reading a story with your family that has been written or illustrated by an author of a race, culture, or religion that is different from your own
Common Sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org
Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (Useful sections on friendship, problem solving, and emotions): http://www.ecmhc.org/index.html
Britannica For Parents (Articles on Social and Emotional Learning): https://parents.britannica.com
Dr. Liz Angoff (Resources for talking to children about neurodiversity):