I had such a great time last week in Michigan on a school visit tour. Though never stated in the text, my Super Lexi chapter books are set in Michigan, where I spent my own childhood. I have such a deep love for the people and the state itself, I include it in the backdrop of most of my fiction. It was so comforting to be back.
The focus of my elementary school visits is to celebrate neurodiversity by empowering kids to use their diverse gifts for the greater good. In my assemblies, I work to illustrate how all people have value, and how we are unique for a reason.
Then, we get into the fun part: we brainstorm ways to discover our gifts by following what we love, and we hammer out easy ways we can apply those passions for the greater good. Last week, I challenged the kids to organize their thoughts on a bookmark that I provided, and to take action that day.
The kids had the most amazing suggestions, including:
- Start a book club
- Sell homemade baked goods for a charity
- Cook food and donate it to a homeless shelter
- Invite a new student over to play video games
- Donate old video games to a younger child or a child in need
- Play soccer with a younger child
- Walk a neighbor’s dog
I love seeing them light up when they discuss the magic that is already in them.
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