Ok, you caught us, they're frogs! We were inspired by Leap Day, and wanted to bring you all an easy, fun activity to do with mentees of all ages on any day of the year. Our friends at www.easypeasyandfun.com teach us how to make the cute little Origami Frogs pictured above. When you and your mentee are done, consider decorating your frogs and having a race across the table!
What You'll Need:
A square sheet of paper
Red Paper to Make a Tongue
Pencils, Crayons, Colored Pencils, or Markers for Decorating
Grab the spot that’s marked with the red spot on the image above and fold it outwards. Do the same with the other side. Flip it over – it’s slowly starting to look like a frog isn’t it?
Last part is a bit tricky but if you want to make your frog jump it’s a must. You’ll have to fold the back of the frog twice on places indicated with the blue and red line.
Position the frog as it’s shown on the 4th image (above) and fold it backwards along the red line (you can help yourself with the ruler or a credit card etc…). It will now look like the image number 4 (and 5 if you flip it). Now fold the frog along the blue line (fold it forwards).
Earlier this week the Department of Education announced that they would be partnering with the departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Justice in launching Every Student, Every Day: A National Initiative to Address and Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism. The initiative aims to bring diverse groups of key stakeholders in communities across the country together to tackle the underlying causes of chronic absenteeism at the local levels.
Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing at least 10 percent of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused. Chronic absenteeism is a leading cause of low academic achievement, and a predictor that a student may drop out of school later in their academic career. According to the Department of Education, an estimated seven and a half million students miss 18 or more days of school a year; missing out on important lessons, due dates, and other required classroom matters.
Mentoring programs, such as Be A Mentor, help to prevent chronic absenteeism by changing the attitude of students regarding school, and making the presence of a mentor an additional positive aspect of their learning environment. Students in Be A Mentor programs have reported the belief that there is a caring adult in their lives and have shown increased school attendance. Kadija Holmes in the video below attests to the same with her own mentor. "He's the only person that actually cared about me when it comes to school, the only person that actually made me care more, the only person that made me come to school more than I was, and the only person who made me think about the positive rather than the negative,” she said.
Mentors have the power to encourage youth to get on, or stay on, the right path and to believe in their own success. When we say that mentors change lives we mean it, so we are proud of these government agencies stepping up to combat chronic absenteeism and support mentors.
For more information, and to download the Community Toolkit to Address and Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism, please visit the Department of Educationwebsite.
We couldn't let February pass us by without celebrating Black History Month, so we are bringing you a variety of activities for our Monday Activity today! Black History Month is a great time for people of all ethnicities to learn more about African American culture and gain exposure to topics that may not come up on a regular basis.
Custom Kente Cloths
For our more artistic mentees, consider drawing out a personalized Kente cloth with them. Kente is a ceremonial African cloth native to Ghana, but still used to celebrate African-American culture. The cloth is traditionally created by weaving narrow strips of brightly colored, intricate, geometric patterned fabric together, but you and your mentee can create the same effect using strips of paper and glue.
Each color in Kente cloth has a symbolic meaning, so your mentee can choose the colors that mean the most to them.
African American Inventor Facts
If your mentee is more of a history buff, consider celebrating Black History Month discussing the contributions of Black inventors and innovators. Our Project Shine and Career Path mentees may find it especially inspiring to learn about these individuals who chased their dreams and became pioneers.
This is an excellent learning opportunity for both of you to discover some of the lesser known Black inventors. For instance, we all know that Daniel H. Williams was the first person to successfully perform open-heart surgery, Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in Major League Baseball, and that Garret A Morgan invented the traffic signal; but most people do not know that Morgan also invented the gas mask, that John Burr invented the lawn mower, or that shoes were made affordable for the masses thanks to Jan Matzeliger and his shoe lasting machine.
Here are a few more lesser known Black inventors:
Patricia E. Bath- Laserphaco Probe, a device used to perform cataract surgery
Lloyd P. Ray- Dust Pan
Otis Boykin- Pacemaker
Alice Parker- Heating Furnace
Picture books are a great way of giving younger mentees a history lesson in a way that is captivating and interesting to them. Your mentee's school library probably has some, if not all, of these wonderful picture books that tell powerful stories of slavery, segregation, and overcoming in a manner suitable for children. Take a trip to the school library and talk to your mentee about Ruby Bridges, Bessie Coleman, and the 1963 March on Washington D.C.
Be A Mentor would like to thank our friends at Low Country Laundry for naming us as the December beneficiary of their Giving Program, and for their continued support of our organization! Our programs would not exist without generous business partners likeLow Country Laundry.
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Take advantage of the nice weather we will be having, and get outside with your mentee! All you need is a stretch of sidewalk and a piece of chalk to create this fun game that will help your mentee practice their math skills.
This is the perfect activity for our Kinesthetic learners who absorb information better while doing an activity.
The game pictured is practicing addition, but you can customize the game to subtraction, multiplication, division, even simple algebra problems depending on which area your mentee could use a little help in.
Want more activity ideas? Check out our Pinterest!
I Cans!- Collecting Your Strengths
Learning your strengths and weaknesses is a vital part of development, but too often we get bogged down in the things that we cannot do. We are aiming to build a strong since of self-esteem in our mentees, so today we're focusing on the "I Can!" moments.
What You Need:
A plain, small can, jar, or container- These can be found at most dollar stores and craft stores
Markers, Colored Pencils, or Crayons for decorating
Strips of plain white paper
A pencil or pen
Before you see your mentee, write or label the words "I Can" onto the container you are using for this activity. On the strips of paper, ask your mentee to list different things he or she can do well. For example "I can help my mom cook dinner!", "I can help my little brother with math homework!", or "I can tap dance!" Have them write at least five things to start, and every time you see your mentee add another one. When you all are done, let your mentee decorate their can however they would like while you converse about the significance of those five "I Can"s. This is the perfect activity to bring your mentee a little pick-me-up when they feel down on themselves, and offers a keepsake to remember your time together.
Want more activity ideas? Check out our Pinterest!