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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Growing your children into leaders of tomorrow. Leadership Garden Legacy Schoolhouse review 2013 #hsreviews

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   As my children are getting older I often wonder what types of adults they will be? I know I want them to be leaders, not just a follower. I want them to lead others and to lead themselves to Christ. Leadership skills are something that you need to constantly tend to, so I was delighted for the opportunity to review some curriculum from Leadership Garden Legacy

   They teach kids how to be leaders using Gardening metaphors which kids can relate to and understand from an early age and carry that on with them as they get older. We were given a couple items to help us in our studies, U.N.I.Q.U.E. KIDS: Growing My Leadership Garden this is geared for kids 8 -12 and is a delightful book that is full of color and characters that make learning about leadership skills fun. I feel this book would be appropriate for children as young as 5 with the help of a parent or older sibling.The other was U.N.I.Q.U.E.: Growing the Leader Within. This is also geared for children 8-12 but could be used with older kids as I did, my boys being 13 and 14 appreciated that this book was not as childish as the U.N.I.Q.U.E Kids book and I felt it could be appropriate for up to 16 years of age or so. This book is in black and white and is all about the program without the cute and colorful, it has also added in some notes where appropriate.

   We were sent both physical copies of the books needed to complete the course
U.N.I.Q.U.E. KIDS: Growing My Leadership Garden   $18.95

Contents

Introduction - Message to Adults
Part One: Welcome to the Leadership Garden
1. Leadership Garden
2. Planting a Leadership Garden
Part Two: The U.N.I.Q.U.E. Tour Begins
3. Understanding Field
4. Nurturing Meadow
5. Inventive Roost
6. Quality Yard
7. Unstoppable Pasture
8. Expression Pen
The End

U.N.I.Q.U.E.: Growing the Leader Within  $18.95

Contents

Prologue
Introduction
Part One: Welcome to the Leadership Garden
1. Leadership Garden
2. Planting a Leadership Garden
Part Two: The U.N.I.Q.U.E. Tour Begins
3. Understanding Field
4. Nurturing Meadow
5. Inventive Roost
6. Quality Yard
7. Unstoppable Pasture
8. Expression Pen
Epilogue
Acknowledgements
Appendices:
The Future - Empower Seeds of Greatness
About the Author

The Leadership Garden Guidebook
 and also some digital downloads
U.N.I.Q.U.E. KIDS Activity Guide & My Leadership Garden Journal - PDF Downloads $8.95
U.N.I.Q.U.E. KIDS Audio Book MP3 Download $8.95
U.N.I.Q.U.E.: Growing the Leader Within - Audio Book MP3 Download

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I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to get started. I could have easily started the day after it arrived, but I took a couple days to read through the guides on my own so as to know what was expected of my kids. There is not much prep work needed which I like. My time is spread thin and I am trying to simplify our life and homeschool. I am also trying to instill some self guided learning in the boys. They are learning to be independent workers at least 60% of the time, I feel that part of this transition is being a leader. They need to be able to lead themselves in their studies and also maybe lead their sibling along with them. We decided on 1-2 lessons a week and this was easily accomplished. The hardest part I had was getting my kids to open up, they are not big on deep thought communication. This is something we are continually working on. We are going to grow our very own leadership garden when our weather ever decides to cooperate, we have decided to place it out front in the flowerbeds for all to see its splendor and we can admire it as we sit on the porch when the weather is nice. 
We started each lesson with listening to the MP3 and then we set out to do the activities, we started as a group and then they went off and did them on their own, so they could explore their feelings in private. At the end of the week we got back together and discussed the outcome of that week's lesson. It was a slow process as far as sharing goes, they tend to be a little on the private side. 
I really saw them start to open up after the 4th lesson, taking a little longer than I had hoped but it was progress. They are starting chapter 6 this week, we are a little behind our original plan as we took some time off for Easter week and then I went to convention and came home sick. They have been working on it some in this time but at a much slower pace as I have not been up to par. This did show me they were interested in pursuing this as I did not pressure them to do anything but their basic schoolwork doing this down time and they took initiative to pick this up on their own. This made me so happy to see. 
  My boys do well when they can see a correlation between what they are learning and something concrete in life, so this worked perfectly when using the analogy of gardening and growing their inner leader. I want the kids to also learn to reap what they sow, meaning they will get so much fruit from their labors when they tend to their gardens. One thing I will mention is that this is not written from a Biblical approach, now that is not to say there is anything wrong with it. I enjoyed the program immensely with my boys and I feel they gained so much from the experience. I did however add Bible Verses that went with each lesson to keep in tune with our Biblical approach. This just added a few extra moments of prep on my end but it was not extra strenuous and I did not mind at all, I want my children to have a Biblical attitude in everything they do. I truly believe God is helping them to make them a leader to show people the way to him. We just need to give them a little extra help. This is a prime example of how you can take a secular program and tweak it to meet your Biblical teachings. You do not have to shy way or skip a secular program because it is not written in a Biblical manner, this is the joy of homeschooling you can make it what you want. 
We are going to begin doing some family focused community outreach as the weather gets nice both at home and at camp as we are starting homeschool camp in a couple weeks. I cannot wait to see them develop their leadership skills over the next couple months and take what they have learned to minister to the community with helpful attitudes. I want them to lead their peers and show them what having Godly character means. I look forward to finishing up this program in the next couple weeks and then putting it to good use. 
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