Personal Development

In our efforts to have well-rounded students, Valley Oaks requests that all students complete the following activities by the end of each school year. Most of the activities will be an integral part of the curriculum you are following. You can use this checklist as these school-wide expectations are completed, no matter which curriculum you are using. Ideas for each activity are included, but you can discuss other options and grade level expectations with your Resource Teacher. Keep in mind that you will need to provide information that demonstrates what your student has learned from participating in these activities.

Activities:

GOAL SETTING

Have a family discussion about goals. Suggestions: Why are goals important? Should you set goals that are easy or hard to reach? How will you be different at each stage of goal-setting? What goals have you as parents set in your lifetime? How can each goal be accomplished? The student should set at least two goals for each of the following:

  • Daily goals
  • Weekly goals
  • Monthly goals
  • Yearly goals
  • Goals I will complete by age 21
  • Goals I will complete by age 40

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Students should serve a minimum of three hours in order to receive credit for completing this goal. Suggestions: School (farm, library), Museum (docent, help with events), Community (clean-up, volunteer organizations, charity fundraisers) Church (clean-up, help with children). Document work completed (what, where, when, how long) and get the signature of the person in charge.

CULTURAL AWARENESS

Select a culture and learn more about it. Suggestions: attend an event (Greek Festival, Scottish Celebration, Cinco De Mayo parade, etc.), eat the food, visit a locale, learn the language, research, etc. Document your activity by writing a paper or doing a project that includes what your activity was, dates attended, and what you learned.

FINE ART PERFORMANCE

Attend a musical or theatrical performance (Bakersfield Symphony, College/High School Orchestra/Choral, Bakersfield Music Theater, American Theater of Arts for Youth, etc.) Suggestions: Do research before the concert, write a concert/play report, or do a research paper on the composer. Document event, date, and location.

EXHIBIT

Visit an exhibition (K.C. Museum, K.C. Fair, CALM, any museum/zoo, Bakersfield Art Museum, etc. Suggestions: Do the pre-visit research, write a summary, do a research report, or do a drawing of what you learned and enjoyed. Document name of exhibit and date attended.

TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT

Begin or continue developing computer skills. See grade level suggestions in the handbook. Give a sample or presentation to your resource teacher.

PROBLEM SOLVING

Identify a problem and create a solution. Find something that needs to be improved, cleaned up, organized, invented, modified, etc. Suggestions: Science Fair Project (“how to” packet available) or write a description of the problem and how it was solved. Document what, how, where, and when this task was accomplished.

ORAL PRESENTATION

Give a pre-prepared oral presentation to a group of people. Suggestions: Oral Language Festival, Living History Day docent, Enrichment Class, group of teachers, church group or community organization, Poetry/Verse, etc. Document what was presented, how long the presentation was, who the audience was, and where it was given.

GRADE LEVEL PROJECT

Kindergarten – “What I want to be “OR” All about me” project

First – Learn about a career through research, an interview, and visit (one page and drawing/collage) OR learn the name of your city, facts about it, and/or make a map.

Second – Famous American Person project and his/her influence on history OR research Personal Ancestral/Family History. (one to five pages with pictures/drawings – packet available)

Third – Kern County Report – focus on historical leaders, resources, climate, and Native Americans. (three pages)

Fourth – California Missions Project – Research a mission, write a report, and create an art project.

Fifth – State Report – (“How to” Packet available) and “States and Capitals” Test.

Sixth – Ancient Civilization History Report or Country Report – include pictures and drawings. (three to five pages)

Seventh – Renaissance/Medieval History Report (research a person, event, or artwork from the time period OR do a Life Science Report choosing a topic from the text. (three to five pages)

Eighth – Pass the Constitution Test (ten-week preparation class is offered)