For the past few months I’ve been involved with a girls’ club that we started because there was an unusual situation at a nearby parochial school. There was a relatively small number of girls in both 3rd grade classes, and since it’s around 4th grade when the girls start getting all cliquey and well, mean, a few moms wanted to start a club once a month after school as a way of giving the girls something they could all do together and really cultivate solid friendship values. Turns out that ALL the girls were interested and have been coming! It’s been so much fun and so nice to see the girls really listening and having fun together.

Our basic schedule is: Snack, Virtue Talk, Project, Clean-Up. Pretty basic right? It works so well and fills up an hour and a half. Then the girls are shuttled back to school to be picked up. It’s been trial and error with each meeting but so much fun and so fulfilling. I give the virtue talks which so far have been on: Friendship, Modesty & Femininity, Loyalty and Sociability.  I talk, ask questions, we discuss, and then it’s off to the projects such as: jewelry making, embroidering their initial on a napkin, or for example our latest one, the aspects of tea.

It was great! We did it in small group rotations. The girls learned to arrange food, make bite-sized cucumber sandwiches, arrange flowers, and all about tea and its preparation. In May we will have a tea party with the girls and their mothers and it will be a great chance for them to get to know each other better as well! And since May is dedicated to Our Lady, we will all say the rosary together as well.

I think it’s a great thing to get involved with. So many young girls don’t understand or get the chance to hear what it means to be a good friend, how to live loyalty, or what true femininity is all about.  If they don’t hear it from their family members or from someone trustworthy, where else will they receive the “formation”? Hannah Montana?  It’s so important because these kinds of values, hopefully solid ones, will stay with them for life.

Have you ever done anything like this? Any ideas for more talks and simple, fun projects to do with the girls?