Summer time is a time for kids to really explore who they are and what they are passionate about. When kids discover their passion, and are encouraged to pursue that passion, they are freed to become the best person that they can be. Included in this activity is a set of cards with a variety of hobbies, interests, and abilities that kids can be "passionate" about. This lesson can be done one-on-one, with a small group, or even with a class.
There are 100 different "passion" cards which have a variety of hobbies, interests, and preferences that kids may be interested in (example: basketball, fixing computers, doing science experiments, helping people, etc). There are also a few labeled "other" if you would like to write in some of your own. There is a guided practice worksheet included for students to record their results at the different levels of this activity.
1. Before beginning the lesson, introduce the word "passion" and discuss what it means to have passion.
2. Have the child first sort through into three piles: Very Interested, Somewhat Interested, or Not Interested.
3. Looking only at the "Very Interested" pile, have them narrow down to the top 10 things that they are most passionate about.
4. Narrow these top 10 into a top 5.
5. Narrow the top 5 into top 3.
6. Determine the number one passion.
7. Assess the activity- describe how you felt when I asked you to get rid of some of your passions? How did you decide which ones to get rid of? What do your top interests have in common? What makes this one the top passion for you? What are you doing RIGHT NOW related to this passion? If you could do ANYTHING related to this top passion, what would you like to do?
8. Summarize the lesson by explaining that people have different things that they are passionate about, and when we pursue our passions is when we are most happy. How could a potential career tie in with your passion?
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