By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | August 23, 2012
Some kids love going to school, and unfortunately some do not. Goal setting can help but many have difficulty connecting the now to the future job and earning power. Here is a simple, low-tech way to get your kids to want to go to school for an education— a visual wants map!
You will need:
- sheet of poster board, any color
- school glue or glue stick
- old or discarded magazines
The poster board can be whole or divided into parts for now, the near future and distant future. Have your son or daughter look through magazines to find pictures of things they want or would like to have. For example: a cell phone, game system, brand name sneakers (or clothes) in the near future or a car, house, family and a dog for the distant future. (Children can also clip words to add to the poster board!)
When the children are finished cutting out pictures, help them arrange them on the poster board according to the now, future and distant future. As they begin to glue the pictures in place you and your child can talk about what is needed in order to obtain these wants. A good education is likely to get you a better paying job, which may mean more money. Cha-ching!
If your son wants to play football in high school, he glues the picture of the football player to the ‘near future’ section. You discuss the grades requirements that you and the school have in place. If your daughter is taking drivers ed and is thinking about a car, she can add the picture of her dream car to her poster board. You and she can discuss the different prices for a used or new car and rules you will have about school and driving.
Tape or use mounting putty to affix the children’s wants map to their wall or door where they will see it every day. They can add new wants as they see fit and who knows— family may get ideas for birthdays and holidays!
You can expand or modify the wants map to fit your needs. If your daughter wants friends she can cut out a picture and words that will lead to friends like: truthful, honest, confidential, fun and be a friend. If your son wants to eat healthier, he can create a good food and bad food map. You are only limited by your imagination!
Copyright © 2014 Jackie Saulmon Ramirez. All Rights Reserved.
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