Having Eyes That See (Life Lessons That Brought Me Closer to God)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

What the Kids Are Up To... Production

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Once the children were on their entrepreneurial path,

I wanted to introduce examples of other successful (craft) businesses...
so we started the week off with a field trip to a local Craft Marketplace! 



The focus:                                                                                                                      
Production/Testing/ Product Placement and Distribution

The lesson:
How to create a streamlined product, package it, and successfully distribute it to the customer

The assignment:
Organize business supplies and materials
Create sample product
Introduce sample product to a "test group" to get feedback
Do a SWOT analysis to anticipate business strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats


And once they ventured out with sample product in hand
we quickly found the strengths and weaknesses

as I realized that I had forgotten to introduce the first rule of strategic planning...

"Structure Follows Strategy"

The reason we didn't have successful business structure
was because we hadn't discussed our business strategy!

But I've also learned that...

"Failure is Feedback"

and according to child development expert and author Ellen Galinsky 
there are seven essential life skills every child needs...

Focus/ Self-Control
Perspective Taking
Making Connections
Critical Thinking
Taking On Challenges
Self-directed/ Engaged Learning

So back to Session 1 it was...
(because as an Early Childhood Educator I'm all about simultaneous instruction)
And their next assignment would prove helpful, putting them back on track, and
leading them toward the future success of...

Color*full Creations
creating a life full of color
What the kids are up to next...

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