The curriculum is divided into three parts:
- The first eight lessons are centered on the girls getting to know themselves–examining their values, their likes and dislikes, and who they envision themselves to be. As the girls get to know themselves, they are also sharing with each other. Lesson topics and learning goals include “fueling our healthy pace,” “centering: the importance of slowing down,” and “celebrating gratitude.”
- The next eight lessons concentrate on team building, being supportive, learning to listen and cooperate, etc. Lesson topics and learning goals include “standing up to peer pressure,” “gossiping hurts everyone,” and “it’s okay to choose my friends.”
- The last eight lessons relate to the world at large. This includes making a contribution to your community and learning to recognize and deal with the negative messages we often receive from the world (media awareness, negative peer pressure, etc.) Lesson topics and learning goals include: “learning about community,” “tuning into a new message (media literacy),” and the development and implementation of a group community project.
The 24 lessons conclude with the opportunity to participate in a 5k event.
*In Kent County we use an approved 20 lesson curriculum.
Each of the twenty four Girls on the Run® sessions adheres to a formal structure that combines physical activities with experiential learning activities.
Every session begins with a getting-on-board and warm-up activity that brings the girls’ focus to the lesson topic. The warm-up is followed by a stretching routine that allows for question and answer time and deeper discussions around the topic. A work-out game follows, where the girls participate in a variety of running activities that incorporate individual or team goals. This is followed by a wrap-up that includes cool-down stretching and final discussion. Each session closes with positive words from the team coach regarding individual and group behaviors.
Girls on The Run Session Overview (10 Week Version)
Self-Care, Self Awareness, Knowing Self
Lesson 1: Getting To Know Each Other
Lesson 2: Plugging Into the Girls on the Run Cord
Lesson 3: Choosing to be a Girl on the Run
Lesson 4: Positive Self-Talk and Why I Choose It
Lesson 5: Fueling Our Healthy Pace
Lesson 6: Being Emotional is Healthy
Lesson 7: Celebrating Gratitude
Lesson 9: Valuing What’s Really Important
Selecting Healthy Relationships and Keeping Them Healthy
Lesson 10: Learning About Cooperation
Lesson 11: Standing Up To Peer Pressure
Lesson 12: Standing Up For Myself
Lesson 13: Gossiping Hurts Everyone
Lesson 14: Beware Of Bullies
Lesson 15: It’s Okay To Choose Our Friends
Lesson 16: Practicing Our 5k!
Celebrating and SHARING Our Strengths
Lesson 18: Tuning In To A New Message
Lesson 19: Learning About Community
Lesson 20: Designing Our Community Impact Project
Lesson 21: Implementing Our Community Impact Project
Lesson 23: The Finishing Touches
* The Final Celebration may be conducted outside the regularly scheduled sessions when convenient for the girls, parents/caregivers and coaches.
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