Our students did a fantastic job at the annual talent show.
Wendy Henderson teaches YE to her middle school students at Vista Grove Preparatory Academy in Mesa, Arizona. “Youth Entrepreneurs helps them believe they can accomplish anything, no matter their circumstances, even at a young age. Entrepreneurism puts them in charge of their lives.” Meet Wendy.
Her YE connection: Wendy warmly refers to her school’s principal, Mr. Batista, as “a businessman at heart.” With Youth Entrepreneurs already in place at nearby high schools, he was eager to bring the program to Vista Grove. “Our kids tend to come to us with low self-esteem because of their home circumstances,” Wendy says. “YE helps students believe they can accomplish anything no matter what their circumstances are.”
YE in middle school: Youth Entrepreneurs typically takes place in high school classrooms. But with curriculum rooted in foundational values and timeless principles, YE can be applied
across many disciplines and in many settings. Wendy sees the big impact YE is having on her middle school class. “Our students are still young enough that they’re not too cool to learn! I hope to make a difference for them and teach them to be advocates for their own education. YE helps to give them that strong foundation.” And her students hold their own at pitch competitions — even in competition with high school Youth Entrepreneurs students, they been very successful, taking second and first place! “It gives them such a belief in themselves!”
Most memorable mindset shift moment: “The most profound change I have noticed is after we did the handshake activity,” Wendy says. “In this day and age, kids have a really tough time with direct eye contact. But now I’ve noticed that every time they come into class, and also speaking to people outside of class, they’re looking people in the eye. That’s huge in everyday life. You can’t network well unless you can look people in the eye, and that’s been a mindset shift for all our students.”
The power of an entrepreneurial mindset: Before becoming an educator, Wendy was a business owner herself. She owned a moving and storage company — but business ownership simply wasn’t her passion. “I try to teach my students that entrepreneurial skills don’t apply only to owning a business,” she says. “We’re all entrepreneurs of our own lives.” She puts a heavy focus on YE’s Foundational Values because she knows those will carry her students far.
"We’re all entrepreneurs of our own lives."
How she defines entrepreneur for her students: “An entrepreneur is someone who is in charge of their own life and solves a problem for profit,” Wendy says. “Even if the problem is finding a job, and you are the product you’re selling, that’s entrepreneurship!”
YE equips students to overcome obstacles. A great obstacle Wendy has overcome: Wendy took classes at community college after dropping out of high school and getting her GED. “I studied accounting, but it wasn’t my passion,” she remembers. Many years later, while she was a single mom of three, she decided to go back to college while working several part-time jobs. “My kids were 15, 12 and 1. I look back on it now and I don’t know how I did it!” She earned her degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology at Tarleton State University, and then earned her Master’s degree in Education at the University of Phoenix.
If her students remember just one lesson from YE, it’s this: “Our students learn that they’re in charge of their own lives. If you know what you want your life to look like, then go out and create that life. The best way to predict the future is to create it!”
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What is the story of groundhogs day, what does it mean? Why on every February 2nd, does Punxsutawney Phil (Punxsutawney Phil is the name of a groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. On February 2 each year, the town of Punxsutawney celebrates the legendary groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food) Come out to view his shadow?
Let's check it out.
(Adapted from "Groundhog Day: 1886 to 1992" by Bill Anderson)
Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives. It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.
If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole.
If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.
The groundhog tradition stems from similar beliefs associated with Candlemas Day and the days of early Christians in Europe, and for centuries the custom was to have the clergy bless candles and distribute them to the people. Even then, it marked a milestone in the winter and the weather that day was important.
Read the book by Gail Gibbons an American writer and illustrator of children's books. She was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and studied graphic design at the University of Illinois.
January 23, 2017
News from the Kindergarten
Jan 23rd --- 100 Day Activity. All Day Activities and Special Treats. You don’t want to Miss it!!
Jan. 25th --- Kinder Prep 5:30-6:30 at VGPA
February 2nd --- Ground Hog Day --- Special Shadow Activities
Feb. 8th --- Kinder Prep –5:30-6:30 at VGPA
February 14th --- Valentine Activity February 19th --- Presidents’ Day --- No School
NOTE: We have special light up snowflakes that we will turn on whenever we have everyone present for class.
Also watch for Kinder Prep News.
We are registering for Kindergarten 2018-2019 School Year.