Leadership Garden Legacy was the creation of Debra Slover who once said “Every person is a unique seed in the world’s garden.
Each seed grows a leader from which greatness can blossom.
Imagine the future of our planet if we nurture each child to sprout greatness.” As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was given the chance to review U.N.I.Q.U.E Kids: Growing My Leadership Garden Program with my children in 2nd and 4th grade when I received her book and U.N.I.Q.U.E Kids Activity Guide and Journal to go along with our adventure, as well as U.N.I.Q.U.E. Growing the Leader Within
We were taken on a journey with a sweet little lamb named Hugh. He was feeling a little bad about himself when he met Leda at the “Leadership Farm”…thus his visit through the ensued as he was shown how he could plant his own “Leadership Garden.”
Throughout his visit, the garden is used as a metaphor for developing courage and purpose in Hugh’s life and pulling out “weeds” as he goes, things or thoughts that get in the way of his positive “growth.” He visits Understanding Field, Nurturing Meadow, Inventive Roost, The Quality Yard, Unstoppable Pasture and The Expression Pen guided by Annabelle, the Border Collie of the Leadership Farm. At each stop, Hugh meets a new animal friend to teach him about that area of the Farm.
I used this book 2 to 3 times a week with my boys. We would read a chapter, discuss it together and then do an activity in our “Leadership Journal.” I thought the pictures in this book were warm and inviting. They took us right down to the “Leadership Farm.” Each chapter focused on a different trait that would help us be the best we could be and get rid of any negative things blocking our growth. One of the things that really stuck with my boys was the “weed” analogy. When they were having a difficult time, maybe not acting quite as nice to each other as possible, I would ask them if they perhaps had a “weed (any harmful thoughts or behaviors)” getting in the way that they needed to pull out in order to be more compassionate? This book was written for kids 8 to 12 and most of the concepts were understandable to my boys. We are big gardeners and have a few small farm animals, including a rooster named Jessie that my son loves, so the theme of gardening made these concepts come alive in that manner.
The U.N.I.Q.U.E. Kids book costs $18.95, the PDF download of the activity guide costs $8.95 and there is also an MP3 audio download for $8.95 as well. But Leadership Garden Legacy is offering a “Spring Special Discount” of 20% on all their Leadership Tools for readers of Old Fashioned Girls or other members of the This Old Schoolhouse Community! To receive your discount, enter the discount code: TOS-SS20D upon checkout. This is a limited time offer and the code will expire on May 31, 2013. They also offer discounted “bundles” of the materials. With the bundle price of the books and the TOS extra 20% discount this is a $28.70 TOS savings off of the regular prices of their products…Just for us!!!
They offer an older student or adult book as well: U.N.I.Q.U.E. Growing the Leader Within which also tells the story of Hugh the lamb, but has applications for a more mature audience 🙂 This book also has an MP3 audio download. The book is $18.95, the accompanying guidebook is $18.95 and the MP3 download is $14.95.
With Spring upon us and gardening time in the air, you may just find that this book is another tool you can use to help your children continue developing leadership skills!
~Off to Pull Some ~Weeds”~