Girls on the Run: For 3rd-5th Grade Girls
At Girls on the Run, we teach girls life skills while training for a 5K run/walk.
What is Girls on the Run?
Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in 3rd through 5th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.
The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age. They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. We start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. Then, we look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships. And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.
Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. At the end of each 10-week season, the girls participate in the Girls on the Run 5K. This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum. Completing the 5K gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.
Why This Age?
GOTR is best-suited for prevention purposes for girls between the ages of 8 and 12 years old. This is a time when children are still receptive to what adults have to say, yet they are beginning to feel the pull of peer pressure. Studies show that around the time of fifth grade, some girls go to a place that we call “The Girl Box.” The Girl Box is a place where girls feel as if they are valued more for their appearance, who their friends are and what kind of clothes they wear – as opposed to the strength of their character. It is the perfect time to address important personal and relationship issues to a girl – like learning how to manage her emotions, the dangers of gossiping, how and when to speak up for herself and more. It is a great time to develop skills to handle these issues to help each girl STAY OUT OF THE BOX.
Girls on the Run (Version 3) Curriculum Overview
Identity: Self-Care, Self-Awareness, Knowing Self
Lesson 1: Building Our Girls on the Run Team
Connectedness: Selecting Healthy Relationships and Keeping Them HealthyLesson 10: Let’s Cooperate
Lesson 11: I Choose to Stop and take a BrThRR
Lesson 12: Let’s Plan
Lesson 13: It Takes Courage
Lesson 14: Putting an End to Gossip
Lesson 15: Being a Stand-Byer
Lesson 16: “Best” Friends
Lesson 17: Practicing our 5K!
Empowerment: Celebrating and Sharing Our Strengths
Lesson 18: Power Up
Girls on the Run 5K: All teams will participate in the annual Girls on the Run 5K at Vasona Park in Los Gatos the Saturday after Mother's Day.
The Final Celebration takes places immediately after the 5K or at your next, and final, lesson the week following the 5K.