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?

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