Version 2 is here!
Our first book Dream It! is all about finding a dream — the hardest and most important step. But we won’t leave you hanging there. With the Dream Workshop we’ll walk you through the whole process of turning dreams into reality: dreaming (goal setting and optimistic thinking), mapping (planning and perseverance) and playing (doing and overcoming obstacles).
Dream > Map > Play = Dreamaplay
The Dream Workshop is a short introduction to the overall process of how to turn dreams into reality. It’s perfect for classrooms, after-school clubs, homeschooling, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and anybody that has about 1 hour to play some fun games to learn how to dream and make those dreams real.
As you can see above, we have three pencil-and-paper activities, one for each step of our formula.
- First, we need a dream, so students fill their buckets with ideas
- Second, now that we have a dream, we need a plan. Students plan an imaginary dream to travel the world using the 5 W’s: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How.
- Third, now we just need to do it and have fun. But, it’s not always that easy. Students are challenged to overcome obstacles by solving an “impossible” maze and literally thinking outside the box.
The Dream Workshop Facilitator’s Guide
The Workshop comes with a detailed facilitator’s guide with step-by-step instructions and even a script they can follow with lots of examples. It was designed to be as easy as possible and tested in real-world classrooms by the University of Cincinnati. In fact, we’re still testing it now and revising it each time.
The Dream Workshop Itinerary
- Quick introductions.
- Activity. Ice-breaker.
- Overview: How to turn dreams into reality.
- Activity. Step 1: Dream it! — The Bucket List.
- Activity. Step 2: Map it! — The Journey Around the World.
- Stretch break.
- Activity. Step 3: Play it! — The Maze.
- Activity. Sharing a dream and team-building exercise.
- Certificate of achievement.
Total time = 60 minutes, depending on your group.
Kids have been understanding the concept really fast! Which is great! We want to give them a memorable lesson to last a lifetime. As we say in the course, our formula is not only good for setting life goals but also overcoming upset. If you’re sad, you have the dream to be happy. Then you need a plan, like having a friend tell you a joke. Then you need to find a friend. If your friend is bad at telling jokes, you need to make a new plan, like get a hug.
After the workshop, we hope kids would like to do a deep dive into the most important and difficult step, how to dream, with our new book, Dream it! It is scientifically proven to increase optimistic thinking, growth mindset, grit and hope! How can you beat that!?
Stay tuned. We’ll be posting more information soon.
- More pictures.
- More explanations.
- And we’ll post the workshop for anyone to use in January 2020.
How-To Dream Activities
Pictured at the top of this page are two activities from our Dream Workshop. (We have a variety of activities to choose from.) In the first, students are encouraged to share their dream. The sharer gets to wear the coveted talking hat. In the second activity, students make dream catchers with their facilitators and talk about some of their fears about doing it.
The below picture is from our book launch, but our Dream Workshops often work the same.
The Dream Club
While we developed our book, Dream It, we did years of testing the activities. Maybe it goes without saying, but we learned a lot! The teachers liked to call it The Dream Club. We took that idea and turned it into our Dream Workshop Pilot Program (pictured below), where we attempted to teach kids the whole book in one sitting.
After the Dream Workshop, continue the lesson with a deep dive into learning how to dream and set life goals.
A playbook to spark your awesomeness!
By Scott Stoll, Sara E. Williams PhD and YOU!
Dream It! is an 80-page, full-color workbook — or as we like to call it, a Playbook — to teach kids how to dream, set goals and think optimistically. The Playbook is chock full of evidence-based activities, games, and brainstorming questions to help kids (and adults) open the door to a life full of possibilities! With this Playbook as your guide, not even the sky’s the limit.