Learning about Brownies

Oct. 20th, 2017 11:18 am
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Normally I do a Brownie post fortnightly, but somehow I've miscalculated, and, as it's the end of the half term, you're getting another post this week!

With only two leaders present (Sparkly Owl had gone to a wedding reception) we decided we'd go for something easy, and continue with learning about Brownies, how the organisation came about, and some of our traditions.

We began by reading the Brownie Story - in which two children visit a wise old owl and learn how they could be helpful brownies.  I adopted the same method as last time, split the girls into twos and allocated each couple a character; when their character does something in the story the girls act it out.  Some of the Brownies remembered doing this from last time, about a year ago, but they all joined in with enthusiasm.  The only slight disappointment was two of our new girls were away, for whatever reason, and missed out.

After which we moved into the large hall for a running quiz.  We were surprised at how little the older Brownies could remember about some of the guiding basics - like when Thinking Day is.  We do try to tell them about such things, because it gives them an idea of how big an organisation they belong to, and that there are Guides and Brownies all over the world.  On the plus side, it's inspired us to celebrate Thinking Day next year - because it falls on a Brownie evening - and we'll then have a go at the World Guiding badge.

Finally we began to talk about the Brownie promise.  We thought this might be quite difficult to discuss 'be true to myself and develop my beliefs', but it led to a really good talk about dealing with bullies, and having faith in yourself.  Even some of the quieter girls joined in, and they all had really sensible things to say - impressive for 7 to 9 year olds.

And now, a question for my flist, because you were all very helpful when I was preparing for the World Traveller badge:
Does anyone (anywhere) have a friend or relative who runs a Brownie/Girl Scout/Guide unit for the 7 to 10 age group, who would be interested in swapping postcards with us.  Obviously everything would be sent to the Leader(s) rather than directly to the girls.
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This was suggested by Okapi as of benefit to some of the things I do in church.  Initially I thought about BSL, but then realised if I was intending to do this properly it would require more than a month, so I decided to learn some Polish instead.  There is a significant Polish contingent in our area, so it seemed logical.

I signed up for Duolingo and began the first lessons.  But after nearly a fortnight I realised I wasn't going anywhere, although I had a large list of vocabulary.  I have nothing to hang the language on, in that there's no similarity to any of the other languages I have a smattering of.  And nothing was going in.  I decided to admit this wasn't working and stop, rather than battling on for another week.  On the plus side, I now have a certain feel for the language when it's spoken.

To the replace this, I've been watching a youtube video with basic BSL greetings, which means I might at least be able to sign 'welcome' which would be welcoming.

I haven't even done much of my sewing.  We were away or out most of the weekend, and this week I've been sorting odds and ends for our holiday and have generally been feeling uninspired.  All I've done is sew one button, which I think helps to pull the appliqué together better for this square:
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