Week 4 Story
Note to parents: These weekly stories are intended to be an additional resource as we work together to support the development of your child. These stories will align with the “theme of the week” for our upcoming class. In Week 4, our theme will be “I love a good challenge”. The purpose of this theme is to better understand and develop what’s called a “growth mindset”.
How to use these stories: When your child joined Legacy Kids, they were given a “stuffy”. These weekly stories will feature their “stuffy”. Encourage your child to have their stuffy with them while you read the story together and discuss the questions below. This process of externalizing the story to someone else (their stuffy) can be helpful as they internalize the principles discussed.
[Stuffy] and the big challenge!
Once upon a time, there was a stuffy named [Stuffy]. [Stuffy] was excited because today [he/she] was going to go play with [his/her] friend, Bob the Bear. When [Stuffy] got to Bob’s house, [he/she] noticed that Bob was playing with a rope in his driveway.
[Stuffy] said, “Hi Bob, what are you up to?”.
“I’m practicing with my jump rope”, Bob said with a smile.
“What’s a jump rope?”, asked [Stuffy].
Bob replied, “Let’s me show you!”. Bob grabbed one side of the rope with his right hand and grabbed the other side of the rope with his left hand. Bob then swung the rope over the top of his body and then jumped as the rope swung underneath his feet. Bob did a few normal jumps but then he started to do all sorts of fancy tricks. Bob hopped on one foot, he swung the ropes to the side, and he even swung the rope so fast it went under his feet twice between jumps. [Stuffy] was amazed! How did Bob learn how to do that?!
“How do you do that?!”, [Stuffy] shouted. “I wanna learn!”.
“I can teach you”, Bob replied, “but it will take lots of practice”.
Bob showed [Stuffy] how to hold the rope, how to swing it, and when to jump.
“I’m ready to try!”, [Stuffy] said in a confident voice.
[Stuffy] held the rope, got [his/her] feet ready, and swung the rope around [his/her] body. Even though [Stuffy] made the biggest jump [he/she] could, the rope hit [his/her] feet.
[Stuffy] was surprised and a little disappointed that [he/she] wasn’t able to jump over the rope. “What happened?,” [Stuffy] asked.
“Your jump was good, [Stuffy]. I think it just wasn’t at the right time.”, Bob replied.
“Okay, let me try again,” [Stuffy] said. [Stuffy] thought for sure that it would work this time. Just like last time, [Stuffy] held the rope, got [his/her] feet ready, and swung the rope. But just like last time, the rope hit [his/her] feet.
[Stuffy] tried again and again, but [he/she] just couldn't do it. [Stuffy] was feeling frustrated.
“I quit!”, [Stuffy] shouted while throwing the rope on the ground, “I’m no good at this.”. [Stuffy] was feeling really disappointed. Why couldn’t [he/she] do it as good as Bob?
“What do you mean you quit?”, Bob asked, “You just started learning!”.
“Can’t you see?!”, [Stuffy] asked. “If I were any good at jumping rope it wouldn’t be so hard for me to do!”. [Stuffy] sat down on the grass and crossed [his/her] arms. “I’m never gonna try that again. Jumping rope is a stinky-cheese game anyway”.
Bob sat down next to [Stuffy] and said, “[Stuffy], I remember feeling the same way when I started jumping rope. It took me a LOOOOOOONG time before I was able to start doing the tricks I was showing you. I remember wanting to quit but my parents taught me that it was okay to make mistakes, because that is how we will learn something new.”.
[Stuffy] was a little confused, “How do mistakes help me learn? Doesn’t a mistake mean I did something wrong?”.
“Well, sort of”, Bob replied. “When we make a mistake, we can learn a little more about the right way to do something. Like when you were jumping rope, it looked like your jumps were just a little bit too late, making the rope hit your feet. I bet you if you were to jump a little sooner, that rope would go under your feet. Does that make sense?”.
“I think so”, [Stuffy] replied. “I will probably have to remind myself a lot to not get too frustrated while I'm learning something new.".
“My parents actually taught me something I can say to help remind me!” Bob said, “they taught me to tell myself, “I love a good challenge”.”
“I love a good challenge,” [Stuffy] said to [himself/herself]. “Okay, I’m ready to try again”.
“Great!”, Bob said with a big smile. “Remember, try your jump a little bit sooner this time”.
[Stuffy] nodded. [Stuffy] grabbed the rope, got [his/her] feet ready again, thought to [himself/herself], “I love a good challenge”, and swung the rope. It worked! [Stuffy] had jumped over the rope! [Stuffy] was so surprised and excited that [he/she] accidentally let go of the rope and it went flying in the air!
Bob laughed, “Great job! I guess the lesson we learned that time was to keep holding on to the rope.”
[Stuffy] and Bob practiced for the rest of the day and had a blast learning how to jump rope.
And that is the end of the story.
What is something you are learning right now that is hard for you?
What is something you know how to do that was hard to learn? How did you learn it?
What is going to be challenging about your Legacy Project? How can your parents help you with this challenge?