Tonight was insanely hectic, but I finally had fun at a Daisy meeting. I know that dividing them up and rotating them through works well to keep them from getting too out of control. I know this. And yet, I somehow fail to do it more often than not. A lot of the times, the content of the meeting doesn’t lend itself to splitting them up.
We opened with a brief review of Respect Myself and Others. I tied it into behaving appropriately as we had a guest tonight. I also read the troop rules to the girls.
My husband graciously came to the Daisy meeting as well to talk to the girls about his travels with the military. He knelt on the floor with them and used a globe to show where we live compared to where he’s traveled. I showed them photos and souvenirs.
When he finished, I divided the girls into three groups, counting them off one-two-three (this coincidentally split up my one girl from her two friends, so this probably helped to keep things a bit calmer…though I did have to verbally pry two of them a part with a “don’t make me count to three” warning).
The first station dealt with cookie booths. The mom of one of my kindergarteners is a pro at this since her older daughter is a Senior. She and another mother worked with them on responding to questions and proper etiquette.
At the second station, the girls colored “we appreciate what you have done for us” cards and assembled hygiene kits. I printed out two “thank you for helping us help veterans” cards for the girls to sign. I’ll give these to the two dentists offices who donated items for the kits.
At the third station, the girls made pinwheels. They each had to come up with at least one way for us to use our cookie money to help others. They wrote their idea on the pinwheel.
This is one of the ideas I borrowed from the GSRV Planning Guide for Daisies. I would do this activity again, but I would modify it. Their directions have the girls writing their idea on the line you use as a guide to cut spinners. This made pretty much every idea illegible. It would be better if the girls wrote their idea in the triangular area that is still visible once the spinners are folded down.
To make them, we stuck a straight pin through the corners of the sections to be folded down. Then we placed several small beads behind the pinwheel (to keep it from hitting the pencil when it spun) before sticking the pin through a pencil eraser. We used wire cutters to snip off the part of the pin that stuck out so the girls wouldn’t prick themselves. A few of the erasers were soft so the pins didn’t want to stay put. To remedy that, we just bent down the end of the pin before snipping off the point.
After the girls cycled through each station, we came back together to talk about needs versus wants. I’m actually really excited about the girls earning the Making Choices Leaf. I hadn’t planned on tying it into Hurricane Sandy as I didn’t know it was going to happen when I mapped out my year, but it presents a great opportunity for the girls to step outside of themselves to help others. It’s one thing to collect food for families – its purpose doesn’t necessarily register with the girls. But when you tell them that there are girls just like you, who are Daisies just like you, and this is what happened to them…well that makes it more personal, and therefore relatable. You can’t get more nitty-gritty about needs versus wants than the aftermath of a natural disaster.
So. I started out by asking the girls what “needs” were. I got some good answers – food, water, shelter, air (and hearts and brains). Then I tried to go a bit more in depth as to what makes something a need, and what makes something a want.
One of the moms and I stuck pictures on the wall of needs and wants. The girls stood up, and when the buzzer went off, had to race to get one want and one need and sit back down before the the time was up. Definitely something to do again. We went around the circle and each girl had to tell me what category each picture fell into.
I used this to segue into talking about Hurricane Sandy. I really, really hope I didn’t shell shock the girls. One or two of them (including Bean) looked a bit worried. I tried to explain what it would feel like if you came home to find everything gone – toys, clothes, house…You would have to start over from scratch. You would hope that there would be someone out there to help you.
Which is where we come in. I had the girls bring the items they brought to the circle. I had them pull out the “need” and explained that these things they need to have – socks, underwear, school supplies, etc… Then I had them pull out the “want” and explained that even though we don’t technically need these things, that if you’ve lost everything, something small like a stuffed animal or a pretty headband can make you feel better.
This is pretty much were we ended the meeting. I did go on a little bit more about helping others, but we were already running over for time, so we did our closing circle and left.