Confidence and Competence

Our heroes have been gaining more confidence in completing their tasks, beginning with setting goals and believing that they will meet those goals. They demonstrate confidence in finding solutions to their needs independently, through collaboration, or doing research, reminding each other 3B4G. Their confidence remains even in the midst of mistakes, encouraging one another to try again. In an incident during recess, one hero was playing with another hero’s squishy ball with water beads inside, when the ball ripped open, leaving water beads all over the floor. Immediately, all the heroes stopped what they were playing and started picking up all the water beads to help, then one hero instantly grabbed tape to fix the ball, while some heroes comforted the other hero who was sad about her broken toy, including the hero who broke the toy. After apologizing several times, this hero kept repeating to himself that he learned from his mistake, and even reminded others to be careful with playing with the ball. He remained confident that his mistake, no matter how grave it may seem at the moment with water beads all around him, his friend crying, and all his friends trying to clean up his mess. This was an amazing demonstration of confidence under pressure.

Even during storytime, the heroes proved their confidence in learning from their mistakes in reading our Military Special Forces: Choose your own Adventure book. At the end of the mission as Navy Seals, through the choices they made, the story ended narrating their failure in capturing the enemy. The mission ended with a hope that “others would succeed where we have failed.” But the heroes did not easily accept failure as the end game. They immediately suggested getting on another truck, plane, or boat. They believed they could try again and succeed in the mission!

Our heroes’ confidence paves the way to gaining competence in their learning. They are well-experienced in tracking their own academic progress through their badge books and core skills programs. They discuss their performance levels and goals with others, especially to celebrate their accomplishments. Another amazing sight to behold is how every hero encourages another hero to meet their goals, never pointing out their own accomplishments, comparing themselves, or competing against one another. When a hero completes a level in math or reading, or even close to meeting their goals, they celebrate the accomplishment, regardless of how small it may seem. A hero who completes level 4 in a program is honored by all the heroes, even those who are in level 10. Never would you hear a hero say, “I already passed that level,” instead the heroes would be seen hugging and jumping with joy for that one hero’s accomplishment.

Competence is also demonstrated through the heroes’ perseverance in engaging in strategies they have tried and new strategies that challenge them. Through their badge books and core skills programs, the heroes are able to create a sense of where they are, where they are going, and what to do next. Their competence in learning stems from a growth mindset with an understanding that they are more than able to improve their own learning. Our heroes recognize mistakes as part of their learning process and believe that they only fail if they give up. And they have resolved to never give up. Regardless of scenarios and situations and challenges we talk about during discussions, our heroes remain adamant about their decision to never give up.


Our special guest speaker this week for our Hero Talk is our very own Middles School Hero, Camryn. She was very proud to show our heroes pictures, awards, and certificates that her Dad and Grandpa received while serving in the US Marine Corps. Camryn also brought her Dad’s uniforms when he served as a Marine and let the heroes try them on! She brought her Grandpa’s very special uniforms fully decorated with medals and badges. Camryn even found her Grandpa’s backpack which he used while fighting in World War II!

Learning about the different military branches has helped our heroes make their choices regarding which military branch they would like to represent as a recruiter during the exhibition.

They have made decisions amongst themselves, including giving up their choices to let others go before them or join a friend who is working alone. Independently, they resolved issues that arose with selfless hearts.

Our Week at a Glance



Bible verse song

1 Thess 5:15-18

Philippians 3:3

We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort.

What is the difference between being confident and prideful/arrogant?


Philippians 3:8

Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

Imagine you are a missionary telling someone about Jesus who has never heard about Jesus. What is the most important thing to tell them about Jesus?

Philippians 3:9

I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ

Would it be easier to make good choices by following a list of rules or by being like Jesus?

Philippians 3:10-12

I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.

Is it good or bad to be a perfectionist?

Philippians 3:13-14

I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

What is your focus? How does your focus help you reach your goals?

Writer’s workshop

Typing club

Letter writing

Spelling city

Labeling illustrations



Play-based learning TWTh


Hula hoop




Nature hike



The “Why” behind our quest


The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. We pursue our mission with excellence and integrity to become leaders, innovators and warriors.

What is more important in pursuing your mission, excellence or integrity?

Saving others


Imagine you have joined the Air Force, would you be interested in attending college or are you ready to develop working skills?


Which careers interest you?


How do Airmen find an excellent work-life balance? Why is this important?

How to join

Every Airman has different reasons for joining. Which of these is most important to you?







Phase 1 Orientation

Phase 1 Indoctrination

Phase 2 Development

Phase 3 Application

Phase 4 Transition

Project time

Air Force


Air Force in Action

Camryn’s Dad and Grandpa

Marine uniforms and medals, yearbook, photos

Air Force poster board

Air Force flags

Military flags

Pledge of Allegiance ASL

Song for Veterans

Air Force uniform craft

Speed test

Airman challenge 



Flags coloring


US Military deployments around the world:

Air force stamps on world map



Air force song


Paper cutting craft




In what ways did you feel confident today?

How did you tell others about Jesus today?

What helped you make good choices today?

How did you learn more about Jesus today?

How did you challenge yourself this week?

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