Cleaning Conquerors!

Studio Maintenance has gone on longer than normal the past couple of weeks, and the heroes have discussed different solutions to conquer this problem. At last week’s town hall meeting, they voted to not start close until the studio is completely clean. Due to this vote, close has become shorter, which has disappointed them. During a close this week, they held another discussion and voted to solve the problem. Here is what they decided:

  1. Throughout the day, all the heroes must work on picking up anything they use.
  2. Hold one another accountable to picking up throughout the day.
  3. When studio maintenance begins, all heroes need to first clean their desk.
  4. Once their space is clean, they will meet in Squad Groups to clean assigned spaces in the studio.
  5. When the Squad Group believes the assigned space is clean, they will ask the Studio Maintenance Champion to approve it.
  6. Once the Squad Group completes all assigned spaces, they will ask other Squad Groups, “How can I help?”

It has been incredible to see these heroes have come together to solve this problem with the desire to keep the studio sacred.

Lastly, it is finally here – The Children’s Business Fair! As you know, the heroes have been planning and preparing for this event over the past four weeks. It all began with an idea to form a company, develop a product, and lead into some deeper knowledge about what it means to be an entrepreneur. They also figured out their break-even analysis and projected sales. This past week has been all about preparing for their “Grand Opening” tomorrow! There is excitement, along with nervousness, in the air. At launch on Wednesday, the heroes came up with ways to overcome their nerves. Below are their suggestions:

  1. Pray
  2. Prep
  3. Think about pros and cons
  4. Deep breaths
  5. Paper clip in pocket
  6. Think positive thoughts
  7. Count slowly
  8. Have a mint
  9. Take a break
  10. Bend your knees

Have you asked your hero:

  1. What their mission statement is for their business?
  2. How much it costs per unit to make their product?
  3. How much they need to sell to break-even?
  4. How much their total net profit could be?
  5. What they did at Launch today with their neighbor?
  6. How many days until the Children’s Business Fair?


Heroes listening to Mr. Blain share his story as an entrepreneur.

Heroes sharing their shadow art.

Business Fair Simulation with the ELS Buddies.

Celebrating a hero’s birthday with the entire J.A. community.

Entrepreneurs at Heart

Throughout their Entrepreneur quest, the heroes have learned valuable life lessons from starting their own businesses. They began the quest filled with confidence, turning their passion into a business idea. They had the  fortitude to take action, transforming their ideas to a product that would serve the needs (or wants) of others. They dared to think differently from others and found ways to resolve conflicts.

The heroes continued to follow their business plans wholeheartedly and unwaveringly, even when it seemed impossible. Even when others said, “No, you can’t,” they boldly said, “Yes, I can!” There was no obstacle or challenge that kept them from moving forward, striving for excellence, while having the humility to learn from their mistakes. Day by day, they deepened their love of learning, using various strategies to solve problems they may encounter. Filled with curiosity, they did not fear any surprises along the way. As they counted down the days to the business fair, despite feelings of anxiety or the  fear of failing, they did not back down from taking risks. These young entrepreneurs stayed positive and excited about the possibilities that await them.

Until the day before the fair, they worked harder while feeling great joy. Every hero felt proud of what they have accomplished, not because they made perfect products to sell or the money they would make from their businesses, but because of all the hard work they put into their businesses and the joy they would give to others. This includes not only the customers, but also their fellow entrepreneurs at the business fair. During a discussion about exploring ways to set up their business fair tables, they were presented with two different businesses, one with an elaborate business fair table presentation and the other with a more simplistic presentation. The aim of the exercise was for the heroes to discover the importance of presentation and business strategies, then to apply them to their own preparations. But the heroes revealed more wisdom than expected when they were asked which business they would buy products from, expecting them to choose the business with a better presentation. Instead, they all agreed to buy from the businesses without the elaborate presentation because they wanted to help the business owners since they probably would not get many customers. This may not be what the world would consider a wise decision from a practical standpoint. Regardless, the heroes chose the narrow path with wisdom beyond their years that could only come from the Lord! Needless to say, the heroes have truly transformed into entrepreneurs at heart, not because they started a business, but because they have the courage and determination to help those in need no matter what it takes.  

Week 4: 9/24 – 28






Bible verse

1 Thessalonians 4:9

You have been taught by God to love each other

1 Thessalonians 4:11 – 12

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: you should mind your own business and work with your hands… so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

1 Thessalonians 4:14

We believe that Jesus died and rose again

1 Thessalonians 4:16

The Lord himself will come down from heaven

1 Thessalonians 4:17

We will be with the Lord forever


Growth mindset

Back to Front and upside down

By Claire Alexander

Would you try something new even though you know that you would probably make mistakes?

Drum dream girl

By Margarita Engle

Do you believe you can be good at anything? Or are there some things that you will never be good at?

Everyone can learn to ride a bicycle

By Chris raschka

Do you agree or disagree that anyone can learn something if they work hard at it?

Ruby’s wish

By Shirin Bridges

What would you say to someone who says that they are not smart?

The dot

By Peter Reynolds

Do you feel proud when your work is perfect or when you did your best even though your work is not perfect?


Business fair tables scenarios

Which stand would you buy from?

What information would you include in your poster? Would it get the attention of more customers if it had more or less words and images?

Is it better to put all of the products you are selling out on the table or only a few samples of your product?

What will you add to your table display to catch the attention of customers passing by?

What would you say to a customer who passes by your table? What if they do not show any interest in your product?

What will you do with the money you make from your business? Spend it or save it?

Project time


Business fair preparations

Business plans update

Business fair booth plans

Business fair  banner

Business fair streamer


Business fair simulation

Entrepreneur’s pitch

Quest reflections


Questions to develop a growth mindset

Town hall meeting

How do you face obstacles?

When something is not working, do you try something else or keep trying to do the same thing?

How did you make good use of available resources?

How did you set high standards for yourself?

Did you work as hard as you could have?

Upcoming event:

Art and Core Skills Exhibition

Thursday, October 4

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Please come to our Art Exhibition where the heroes will have their own version of “Art Prize!”  They will have their artwork on display and you could place your votes for your favorite artwork!

The heroes would also like to take this time to show you their progress and hard work during the Core Skills Exhibition. They are so excited to share with you their goals and show you how they strive to achieve their goals each day.

Huddle Up – The ES Has Squad Groups!

Last week we watched a video with Kirk Cousins (Vikings Quarterback) sharing about his role as a leader, the importance of trusting the Holy Spirit’s leading over his own ideas, and the desire to serve God in all he does. What a great way to kickoff something new taking place in the elementary studio – Squad Groups.

Heroes have been placed in a group with an appointed Squad Leader for the entirety of this session. This is a way to intentionally equip heroes as leaders, as well as provide heroes with someone they know they can go to first to seek help and guidance. Just as the Viking players look to Cousins for leadership on the field and in a huddle, heroes can look to Squad Leaders for support and guidance.

The responsibilities of Squad Leader include:

  1. Reading weekly leadership articles and/or devotions provided by the guide.
  2. Meeting weekly with the guide and other Squad Leaders.
  3. Helping heroes in their Squad Group when/if needed, along with helping heroes outside of their group.
  4. Helping heroes find someone who may be able to assist them if they are unable to provide guidance.

Heroes in their squad groups during project time.

As we approach the business fair, the heroes accomplished an incredible task in preparation for the business fair! They figured out their total expenses, break-even analysis, and total net profit. All the heroes are working on articulating those numbers in order to show a deeper understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur. Just watch Shark Tank and you’ll discover knowing your numbers is just as important as having the knowledge and passion for your product.

Have your asked your hero:

  1. How many days are left until the business fair?
  2. What their mission statement is for their business?
  3. What heroes will be going on the news to talk about the business fair?
  4. How many products they need to sell to break-even at the business fair?
  5. Who the new art guide is?

Heroes making abstract art with the new art guide.

Owning their Learning


Journey Academy heroes take ownership of their learning. They build self-esteem and increase confidence when they set their goals each morning, looking over their badge books, and making decisions on their own. They are intrinsically motivated to focus, stay on task in order to meet their goals. They are in control of the pace and direction of their individual work. They have greater awareness of their strengths and limitations, as they learn to manage their skills and self-monitor their progress towards their goals, all of which contribute to improved academic progress. They also collaborate with each other to structure their learning environment, moving the furniture around the studio and allowing flexibility in their schedule. The heroes consistently further their own learning by developing problem-solving skills, forming their own opinions, and using their creativity to utilize effective learning strategies. Because the heroes carry the responsibility for their learning  process, they are empowered.

Developing a growth mindset, many heroes shared how they learn from their mistakes and failures. They learned from those who used new strategies to overcome struggles. Though they may have failed, the heroes felt so proud to share new discoveries that helped them learn from their mistakes. The heroes also shared how they would try and try again and never give up. They always laugh when asked if they should just give up since it’s impossible or it’s just too hard, thinking it would be silly for someone to just give up just because they failed or made a mistake.

The third week of their Entrepreneur quest focused on developing marketing strategies. The heroes quickly grasped the concept of supply and demand, making decisions for their product supply and pricing that would help increase consumer demand. They have also been thinking of effective strategies to advertise their company. Some heroes recorded videos of their commercials that were very convincing and effective in persuading consumers to purchase their products. They also immediately recognized some strategies that other companies use in their commercials to persuade them to purchase their products. Their favorite strategy was anthropomorphism, which they all agreed was very effective so they would use this strategy for their businesses. They have been busy designing their posters, flyers, and business cards to invite friends and families to the Children’s Business Fair.

Week 3: 9/17 – 21






Bible verse

1 Thessalonians 3:9

The joy we have in the presence of our God because of you

1 Thessalonians 3:12

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else

1 Thessalonians 3:13

May He strengthen your hearts that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father

1 Thessalonians 4:1

Live in order to please God

1 Thessalonians 4:7

God calls us to live a holy life


Growth mindset

Brave Irene

By William Steig

What helps you overcome your challenges: your own efforts, problem-solving strategies, or help from others?

The OK book

By Amy Rosenthal

Would you rather try things that are easy or hard?

Peanut Butter Rhino

By Vincent Andriani

Read by Evi Fras

What do you do when you make a mistake?

Salt in his shoes

By Deloris Jordan

What do you do when you begin to get frustrated?

When someone tells you that you are smart, do you believe you were you born smart or did you work hard to get smart?


How would you convince customers to buy your product?

iconic ad slogans

greatest taglines

Would you use advertising strategies that may increase sales but trick the customers?

toy commercials

What advertising strategy would help your business?

Company jingle

Would you rather  have too much of your product or not enough but get sold out?

supply and demand

Would you imitate a competitor who succeeds in selling their product?

Project time

Marketing strategies

Company logo

Company slogan

direct marketing: letters, emails, catalogues, samples

Ad analysis

sales promotions: bogo, coupons

Advertising strategies


false advertising

Supply and demand worksheet

Business posters, flyers, business cards

Advertisement videos

15 second commercial

Competitors research

Toy sale


Questions to develop a growth mindset

What did you do today that made you think hard?

What happened today that made you keep on going?

What mistake did you make that taught you something?

What can you learn from your struggles today?

What did you try hard at today?

Acton Parent Bootcamp – This may be all you really need to know

Written by Laura Sandefer and originally posted September 20, 2018

Want to feel like an Acton parent who just finished our new parent bootcamp? Here are the bullet points to help you thrive on this learning adventure of a lifetime:

Our mission at Acton Academy is for each person who enters our doors to find a calling that will change the world.
We promise to honor the Parent Contract and nurture our magical tribe which is like a garden in the elementary studio, a trekking adventure in the middle school and an elite team in our Launchpad studio.
We prepare Eagles for extraordinary lifelong adventures after Launchpad, so struggle and occasionally unhappiness are important parts of the journey into real growth and maturity.
If your Eagle is in the early years of the elementary studio, take a deep breath, relax and enjoy these precious years. Curiosity and kindness matter far more than academic progress.
For late elementary, middle school and Launchpad parents, showing an intense interest in your Eagle’s work through growth mindset praise is the most powerful motivator.
Be prepared to tolerate occasional unhappiness or frustration without catering to it. Strive to put your Eagle “back in the game” with encouragement to play honestly by the rules when Weekly Points (effort); Badges(excellent work) or 360-Peer Reviews (Leadership) result in low Freedom Levels and sometimes the desire to quit.
In most cases, simply trust the processes and natural consequences. If your Eagle receives an Honor Code violation, it will be a powerful learning experience. A cause for concern is if your Eagle receives two Honor Code violations, a Transition Contract or persistently remains in low freedom levels in middle school or Launchpad. If you want to do more to help your Eagle in late ES, MS and LP: (1) ask your Eagle for a tour of Journey Tracker and monitor short term goals; (2) double down on your family plan; and/or (3) address Resistance (more courage); Distraction (remove video games and television); and Victimhood (probe family dynamics.)
If your Eagle struggles mightily, try not to blame yourself: sixty percent of temperament is hereditary. Have faith, however, that young people will surprise you with the rationality of their choices. So if you offer a frustrated Eagle a cushy private school with a lower workload and cheap social distractions as an alternative to Acton, do not be surprised when he or she chooses it. Instead, consider a far less attractive school; removing internet privileges and a mandatory after-school job in construction or at a fast food restaurant. Then prepare to be surprised by the change in attitude.
I’m so happy to be traveling with you.

Heroes with Goals


Every morning, the heroes set goals for the day. They also confidently set their goals for the whole school year. Setting goals helps them take responsibility for their own behaviors and learning. As they set goals, they make a conscious choice to challenge themselves and make tough decisions to deal with any obstacles they may encounter. One hero encouraged his friends to face challenges saying, “In Journey Academy, failure is not an option because we learn from our failures!” They continue to motivate and inspire each other to stay in the challenge zone, marking the sprinklers in their challenge donuts, thus earning themselves a donut party! They recognize their progress as they get closer and closer to their goals and are filled with enthusiasm with their goals in sight. Then when they reach their goals, they celebrate their effort, determination, and persistence.

The heroes have been discussing and debating their choices with regards to earning, spending, and saving money. Some heroes shared how they earned money when they do chores, while others did chores without getting paid. Some heroes get a weekly allowance, while others did not. Some heroes prefer buying products with popular brand names, while others would rather buy products that are less expensive. They also debated often about  what constitutes as needs or wants. Although many heroes differed in their experiences and preferences, they respected one another’s ideas and choices. Many heroes learned how to disagree with others respectfully. Some heroes tried to convince others and were able to persuade some to agree with them. Learning these life skills have helped them plan their businesses and experience the true meaning of entrepreneurship.

Week 2: 9/10 – 14






Bible verse

1 Thessalonians 2:13

The Word of God is at work in you who believe.

How is God’s Word working in you?

1 Thessalonians 2:14

You became imitators of God’s churches


How could we become imitators of god’s churches?

1 Thessalonians 3:6

…good news about your faith and love

Do you have good news about your faith?

1 Thessalonians 3:7

We were encouraged about you because of your faith

How can your faith encourage others?

1 Thessalonians 3:8

You are standing firm in the Lord

How do you stand firm in the Lord?


Growth mindset

Flight School

By Lita Judge

Think of a time you learned something new. What steps did you take to learn it?

The girl who never made mistakes

By Mark Pett

What would you say when someone laughs at another’s mistake?

Elephants cannot dance

By Mo Willems

Think of a time you failed at something. How did it make you feel? What happened after you failed?

Emmanuel’s dream

By Laurie Ann Thompson

Think of a time that you had to struggle to learn something. What did you have to do to overcome the challenge?

Brave Irene

By William Steig

What helps you overcome your challenges: your own efforts, problem-solving strategies, or help from others?


What does it mean to be an entrepreneur?

By Rana DiOrio & Emma

Would you purchase an item that is more expensive because of its popular brand name or the exact same product that is less expensive but not very popular brand name?

Lily learns about wants and needs

By Lisa Bullard

What is the purpose of your product? Is it a need or a want? Which is more important?

Ella earns her own money

By Lisa Bullard

Earning money

By mari schuh

Would you rather sell a small product for less money or one big product for more money?

Spending money

By Mari Schuh

What would you say to a customer who bargains with you? Role play

Saving money

By mari schuh

Is it better to create a product with less expensive materials to make more profit or more expensive materials to ensure quality?

Project time

Product development

Product samples

Needs and wants worksheet

Money board games

Money math worksheets

Money activities

ES Art marketplace

Cost planning

Price point

Clay sculptures

Materials / supplies list

Marketplace simulation


Goal setting questions

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

What is something you would like to get better at?

What do you think is the greatest benefit to you reaching your goals?

How can reaching your goals help others?

How do you plan for potential obstacles? When you feel like giving up, what will you do instead?

Dream Big. Pray Big.

Journey Academy was so blessed to welcome a special visitor this past week. Many of you had the pleasure of meeting Ellie and hear her speak about her experience as a pioneer in education. She was part of the first graduating class at Acton Academy in Austin, Texas. We are beyond thankful for her insight and wisdom she provided throughout the week!

Ellie (from Acton) sharing her Hero’s Journey

This past Wednesday the heroes created a masterpiece during their art session. What made this art time unique was the fact that they would sell their creation to ELS heroes during project time rather than keep it. The heroes stepped into the shoes of an artist, transformed the studio into an Art Market, and practiced hooking potential buyers.

During our debriefing from the Art Market the heroes shared their disappointments, highlights, and what they will implement differently at the Children’s Business Fair. Below were some of the comments:

  1. I turned a puff ball into a “Fidgety thing.” Using a buzzword can bring in customers.
  2. I played with what I created since I turned my art into a toy. This made the ELS heroes want to play with it and buy it.
  3. It was disappointing to see heroes walk buy and not buy something I worked hard on. I learned to go up to people and try to bring them closer to my booth to see what I am selling.

Open for Business – Art Market

Today we had a Hero Talk by Kelly Rozema. She would describe herself as an entrepreneur by accident. She wanted a sign in her kitchen, which lead to orders from around the country and partnerships with local shops. The heroes had the opportunity to “weed” a sign just like her employees do. At the end of her time with us, she reminded the heroes to dream big and pray big. How fitting!

Hero Talk

Have you asked your hero:

  1. If a Hero’s Journey is ever completed?
  2. What was the most difficult or disappointing part of the Art Market?
  3. What was the most rewarding part of the Art Market?
  4. What Squad Groups are?
  5. What part of their Business Plan they completed this afternoon?
  6. The 3 A’s we did at close today? (Hint: Appreciation, Apologies, and AHA moments)

When the Acton Honeymoon Fades – What’s a Parent to Do?

Written by Laura Sandefer and originally posted September 10, 2018

The beginning of a new journey at Acton is a high.

The newfound freedom of being in a learning environment that buzzes with joy and intensity is exhilarating. Our children are nervous and overwhelmed, yet intensely alive with anticipation and eagerness.

But the day will arrive when they come home sad, mad, frustrated, hurt, confused or “bored.”

The honeymoon is over. And the real work of learning and growing has begun.

This is the gritty path of the hero’s journey and it is not for the weak of heart.

So what can we as parents do when it’s no longer fun and our children hit a wall or want to quit?

I have found three traits of a Socratic Guide are also transferable mindsets for me as a parent – especially on the hard days.

Be calm. Emotional outbursts hurt children. As a mom, I can be a safe place for my children when my reaction is a calm, peaceful one. They need to know my honest feelings but they also need to know that I have self-control and my emotions don’t rule me. A zen-like calm is the ideal state for a Socratic Guide. I’ve learned this is powerful as a parent, too.
Be consistent. Our Guides hold boundaries that are clear and agreed upon. There is no confusion about what happens when a boundary is crossed. This has helped me dramatically as a parent. We have our own family covenants so delivering consequences is not emotional or dramatic. It’s consistently clear-cut. Boundaries are actually freeing.
Be confident. “I’m confident in you. I trust you can do hard and important things.” This is the fundamental belief at Acton. We believe every single child is a hero designed to find a calling and change the world. Carrying this mindset into my home has changed everything.
Bottomline: the day will come when suddenly the hero’s journey feels confusing and hard. But you’ve got the perk of stealing from the Socratic Guide handbook and using it to be that safe, trusted, confident and calm parent that a young hero craves to come home to.

(And please know that there are support systems all around if you get overwhelmed with the tough journey of parenting. Just let me know if you ever need ideas for resources to pursue for your own journey.)

Getting Gritty

The ELS heroes have accepted the challenge to develop grit. They have convinced each other that effort counts twice than talent. Many heroes chose perseverance as the most important character trait for them to succeed. And although at first they did not know what resilience meant, they were confident that they were resilient because they do not give up easily, despite any obstacle that might keep them from reaching their goals.

Grit is not so hard to get for our heroes since they have already chosen to have a growth mindset. Our new heroes are quickly grasping the difference between growth and fixed mindset. All the heroes who have been immersed in a growth mindset last year are helping their new friends understand the importance of a growth mindset. The heroes continue to encourage one another take on new challenges, to learn from their mistakes, and celebrate each other’s successes.

With grit and a growth mindset, it is not surprising that the heroes would have so much courage when facing dilemmas that challenges their faith. During their Bible readings, in the second chapter of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, they have been reading about Paul’s courage in sharing the gospel. When the heroes imagined themselves in situations that may test their faith, the heroes were full of courage as well. They resolved to remind friends to pray before eating even when they are at a birthday party, to read the Bible even outside of school, and to tell friends about Jesus even when a friend may say they just want to play instead of reading the Bible. And with a growth mindset, many heroes came up with solutions to various dilemmas they discussed. Such as, if another friend just wanted to play video games or use their iPad instead of reading the Bible, one hero suggested that he would invite his friend to watch Bibleman who is cool and uses Bible verses to defeat his enemies. Even in a scenario where they were threatened to not get invited for a playdate again if they keep talking about Jesus, a hero said she would tell the parents, not to tattle on her friend, but to tell them about Jesus too.

When faced with the challenges of the Entrepreneur Quest, the heroes showed no fear in starting their own businesses. Rather they were filled with excitement, not from the money they would make or in pleasing people, but from experiencing freedom in creating something on their own. From the first day of the quest, they were so thrilled to plant the Magic Seeds of Entrepreneurship: make something with his or her own hands, sell it to another hero, and experience the freedom and responsibility of having a little extra spending money as a reward. They were buzzing with excitement as they created a product that they were passionate about and they believed others needed. Some heroes even chose to work together with shared interests and agreeing on a product they would like to sell to their friends. Many times they loved their product so much that they spent their own money to buy it. One hero decided she would make more that one product which led to more profit, allowing her to be able to buy more items from the store. Another hero truly believed in his heart that his friends would really love his product and did not want to burden them with losing the only dollar they have to spend, so he said he would give it away for free. As they created their products, through their conversations, one would notice that the heroes were motivated by making a high quality product that would serve the needs of their customers, with no mention of the profit they would make from the sale. They were so determined to make their product better so when they ran out of time for the day, they decided that they would continue working on it, “the next day, and the next day, and the next day.”

So the heroes will continue facing challenges on their Entrepreneur Quest. Many have already shared some business ideas or have even starting working on their products. The attached business plans list some ideas they have so far and they will keep updating this information within the next couple weeks as we learn more about being an entrepreneur. Please use this information as you complete the Grand Rapids Children’s Business Fair online application for your hero’s business and feel free to make changes to their business plans according to your planning at home.

Entrepreneur Quest 2018

Week 1

 September 4-7

Business plans

Three magic seeds of entrepreneurship

Business fair application

Company name and logo

Entrepreneur vocabulary

Goods and services worksheet

Week 2

September 10-14

Product development

Product name

Materials / supplies list

Product sample

Cost planning

Price point

Money math worksheets

Week 3

September 17-21

Marketing strategies

Advertising strategies

Competitors research

Product slogan

Advertisement videos

Supply and demand worksheet

Week 4

September 24-28


Business fair preparations

Business fair invitations

Business fair booth plans

Business fair posters

Table decor art

Entrepreneur’s pitch

9/29 Children’s Business Fair


Entrepreneur Quest – Week 1: 9/4 – 7





Bible verse

1 Thessalonians 2:2

God gave us the courage to declare his Good News to you boldly, in spite of great opposition.

Imagine you are at a your friend’s birthday party and everyone starts eating without praying first. Would you invite them to pray with you, pray quietly on your own, or start eating too since everyone else is eating?

1 Thessalonians 2:4-6

We are not trying to please people but God who tests our hearts.

We were not looking for praise from people.

What would you do if your friend tells you that if you keep talking about jesus, she will not invite you for a play date again?

1 Thessalonians 2:8

We were delighted to share with you our lives.

Who has shared their lives with you? Why is that important to you?

1 Thessalonians 2:12

Encouraging, comforting, and urging you to live lives worthy of God who call you into his kingdom and glory

Your friend has been working so hard to get her badge but it is taking so long. How would you encourage your friend? What advice would you give a friend who experienced failure?


Growth mindset

The thing Lou couldn’t do by Ashley Spires

Hero’s contract signing

Growth vs. Fixed mindset

There are some things i’ll never be good at.

When i make a mistake, i try to learn from it.

I feel embarrassed when other do better than me.

I enjoy getting out of my comfort zone.

I like showing others that I’m smart and talented.

I feel inspired by the success of others.

I feel good when i can do something others cannot.

It's possible to change how intelligent you are.

You shouldn’t have to to try to be smart.

I enjoy taking on new challenges.

How to Catch a Star

By Oliver Jeffers


Would you rather avoid failure to look smart or risk failure to learn and improve?

Hana Hashimoto sixth violin

By Chieri Uegaki

Do you believe if you have to try or put in effort, then you’re not very smart or talented?

Ish by Peter Reynolds

What would you do if someone criticizes your work? How would you feel?


Imagine this: you have a shiny, red, magical machine. In an opening at one end, you put the wild and crazy ideas that you have. Out of a conveyor belt at the other end pops real solutions that solve real world problems. Maybe it’s an iPhone app that helps you to talk to your dog, a medicine that makes you immune to bug bites, or a cup that keeps hot chocolate hot until the last drop. The machine is your mind and your hard work. You can turn a great idea into something real, but it takes a special formula: something you love to do + a problem or need you see in the world = your calling.

What is something you love to do?

What problem or need would you  like to solve?

14 year old CEO

How did you come up with your business idea? Would you give someone else your idea if they offer to give you $30m?

Children’s Business Fair 2017

What excites you the most about creating a business?

Making money

Helping others

Having more freedom

Company Logos

guess the logo game

If you were investing in a company, would you be more concerned with making money or by whether or not the business was really making a difference?

Which of these qualities/skills of an entrepreneur will you practice?

Courage: not afraid to try new things or take risks.

Listening: being a good listener in order to understand values, needs and suggestions of others.

Perseverance: being willing to work hard to get what he/she wants.

Project time

Business plans

Three magic seeds of entrepreneurship

Goods and services worksheet

Company name and logo

Logo maker

Business fair application

Entrepreneur vocabulary


Growth mindset reflections

Did you work as hard as you could have?

Did you spend enough time to do quality work?

How did you regulate procrastinations, distractions, and temptations in order to complete your work?

Hero bucks bank accounts

Do you feel that you should get a reward for every good work you do?

We Are Entrepreneurs!

The Entrepreneurship Quest has officially begun and these heroes are eager for the arrival of the Children’s Business Fair on Saturday, September 29. This week the heroes picked a product they will sell, wrote a pitch, and shared it with their parents. Many of you received a call yesterday about supporting your hero’s passion by giving them $20 in order to apply for the business fair. The pitches were pretty convincing!

In groups during project time today, the heroes stepped into the role of an entrepreneur for a cookie company. They researched three different business plans to figure out which one would be more profitable. The three models were:

  1. Buying all the ingredients, then making and selling the cookies.
  2. Buying pre-made cookie dough, then making and selling the cookies.
  3. Buying pre-made cookies and selling them.

They discovered being an entrepreneur requires a lot of planning. One hero stated, “I get why we are doing this. We should figure out how much everything is going to cost for our business so we can set a price to try and make money. Some of us set a price, but we might want to change that after we figure out how much we spent on everything.”

Yesterday, Journey started something new called Math Lab. If any hero feels they are struggling with a particular math concept they can:

  1. Sign up for a ten minute Math Lab session.
  2. Write down the concept they would like to focus on.
  3. Have the opportunity to visualize that concept in a new, different way.

The first Math Lab was a huge success as all the slots quickly filled up. Math Lab is just another example of how these heroes own their learning, recognize areas they may be struggling in, and show a desire to grow.

Thank you, Jeanette Stein, for guiding the heroes in math lab and for sharing your experience as an entrepreneur during the Hero Talk for the ES and MHS heroes. It was quite fitting that our buddy time today was all about math.

Buddy Time

Have you asked your hero:

  1. What their business is going to be?
  2. What the difference is between a logo and a slogan?
  3. What makes a great slogan?
  4. What Bible Verse they are learning during this quest?
  5. What they did during buddy time?