How are schools making kids more resilient and independent? As heard on NPR:
Let Grow is reaching out to elementary schools across the country to assign kids the Let Grow Project as homework. Participating kids decide to do something on their own that they haven't done before — whether it's walking the dog around the block, or making dinner... The schools also set up "Let Grow Play Clubs" — mixed ages, no structure, and no adult direction. Just free, child-led play.
Lori Koerner is the principal at Tremont Elementary in Long Island, one of a dozen New York schools piloting the project. She said that they saw a direct effect in the classroom. "The children were just more self-assured, and confident."
Let Grow knows that schools have plenty on their plates, so our initiatives take barely any class time. (Really!)
They're designed to make it EASY and NORMAL to give kids back some independence.
Across America, these two school initiatives are changing childhood:
The Let Grow Project: Teachers tell their students to go home and do one thing they feel ready to do on their own -- with their parents' permission. The result is often a great leap in confidence and decline in anxiety (in both generations)! MORE INFO AND MATERIALS HERE.
The Let Grow Play Club: Schools keep their gyms or playgrounds open till dinnertime for self-directed free play. Kids build social skills by making their own fun with creativity-boosting "loose parts." The mixed-age play and long stretch of tech-free time provide opportunities for social/emotional growth that even recess can't match. MORE INFO AND MATERIALS HERE.