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Dea r r ea Der s:

As they say we cannot do the same thing and expect a different result so as you probably noticed we have moved Lead Up distribution to a Thursday vs. a Saturday. Year Two for us is all about tree shaking.  We are hoping this move will  attract some enlightened socially conscious  business folks to get on board FINALLY with educational advertising so BG, Digicel, Atlantic, Sagicor,  First Citizens, Neal and Massy, Blue Waters and company..... pay attention. This is a short edition vs. our regular 24 pages but it is packed with goodies. Our short term goal is to get to 32 pages by January 2013 with your help. Those who commit to us recognize we are literally building an army of leaders out of a generation  so they are not standing alone like most of us do today when we are trying to make a difference.

Our theme this month is "Be Fearful of Mediocrity" . Mediocrity surronds us and like any infectious disease, it  has the ability to contaminate our thoughts and actions.Block it out at all costs from your world. Watch your company since you are likely to become more like the the 5 people you spend most of your time with this year.  And on this note, we highlight  in this issue the talented Isabelle Brash who has learned to rise above  the rest setting her own standards ensuring she is one upping herself with each batch of her magnificent chocolates.   Stay great! Sallyann Della Casa Special Contributors Sophie Barcant Steve Palmer

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Given as future leaders you are naturally curious we thought is would be really cool this month for us all to learn about nature. Learning about nature is inextricably tied up with learning about climate change and other environmental problems and we chose some super cool fun books so enjoy and ask lots of questions to your parents and teachers. Tell them we said it was ok to ask them;-)

Each of nature’s creatures “passes the energy” in its own unique way. In this upbeat rhyming story, the food chain connects herbivores, carnivores, insects and plants together in a fascinating circle of players.

A simply told story about a man who falls asleep while chopping down a kapok tree. The forest's inhabitants snakes, butterflies, a jaguar, and finally a child - each whisper in his ear about the terrible consequences of living in 'a world without trees' or beauty, about the interconnectedness of all living things.

The climax of the story occurs when many of the students at Trace Middle School stand up to the executives of Mother Paula’s Pancake House to protect the Burrow Owls.

Through sublime landscapes and warm images of a boy and his family, Kadir has created a dazzling, intimate interpretation, one that rejoices in the connectedness of people and nature inspired inspired by the song we all know and love.

THINK ABOUT THIs Q. How many trees are cut down to make a sheet of paper? At least One ;-(

Amazon could shrink by 85% due to climate change, scientists say Scientists say 4C rise would kill 85% of the Amazon rainforest! Dow Village Gov't

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FiNdiNg t h E

Sw EET SPo T iN Pa RENt iNg




n my work as a therapist I am often called on to give parenting advice or feedback. Sometimes, it seems to me that parents are searching for the perfect technique, the ideal response, “the manual” with all the answers. While I suppose most of us know that there’s no such thing, we can feel kind of lost in the confusion of possible responses to any given challenge with our kids. Sometimes I even feel like a disappointment to my clients when I don’t have a quick answer to whatever parenting dilemma they are dealing with at the time. I do, however, have some general guidelines I suggest to parents when they consult with me. These guidelines do not always lead to easy answers or solutions, but I believe they lead us in the right direction on a number of important factors. Here are my guidelines for finding the sweet spot in parenting:


Follow the 35 MPH Parenting Rule. Basically, I advocate what I sometimes call “35 mile an hour parenting.” In my practice, I often find parents at one or another end of a spectrum – either doing too little in terms of shaping their kids, or going a bit too far out of frustration or anger or fear – 0 to 60 in ten seconds! I usually try to suggest to them that the most effective path of parental influence is often somewhere down the middle of the road (or speedometer!).


Practice authoritative parenting. Many parenting experts would advise an “authoritative” approach to parenting that lies somewhere between the extremes of “authoritarian” and “permissive”

parenting styles. Authoritarian parents tend to make every decision and are strict and unyielding in control of most aspects of their children’s lives, while permissive parents allow their kids great areas of control over their lives, exercising very little direct influence in terms of rules or behavior shaping. Authoritative parenting draws on the strengths of both approaches. Positive rules and expectations are given an important place in helping kids learn how to behave well in a variety of situations and relationships, and lots of nurturing and love are afforded to kids in both discipline and daily living.


Remember: “This kid. This situation. This moment.” There really is no one, magic answer for any situation. We need to try to take into account the many variables at work when our kids require support or discipline: temperament, developmental stage, the context of the behavior, what they’ve been trending like in their behavior lately, etc. I think many parents instinctively con-

sider this stuff as they determine whether now is a moment to come down firmly or let something slide, but we sometimes question ourselves. Trust your gut – if you’ve been thinking things through. Practical wisdom is what it’s all about.


Know when to talk and when to keep quiet. It’s hard to resist the temptation to lecture, but so often our kids’ learning is more effectively accomplished if we allow the consequences of their choices do the teaching. Yes, there is certainly a time for conversation and explanation, but knowing when to be silent is a great skill to develop.


Keep the long-term goals in mind. Often we can get some insight into the way we should approach a current challenge with our kids by considering the long-term goals of parenting – raising healthy, generally happy, responsible, and capable adults. When we take the longterm view, sometimes clarity can begin to emerge in our strategy.

Keep cultivating your relationship with your child. Like the rest of us, our kids don’t want to hear crabby lectures from someone who doesn’t seem to even be trying to understand or know them and their situation. We need to keep listening, trying to understand, learning about their life, exploring their interests and being an empathetic person. They’ll listen more if we do. Remember, you are not the only influence on your child’s life – and that’s okay! We should allow ourselves to take advantage of that proverbial village that’s available to help raise our child. Peer groups, neighbors, mentors, church/synagogue/temple members, schoolmates, teachers, coaches – there are many relationships our kids can potentially benefit from. Cultivating connections to other caring adults, on our kids’ behalf, and then allowing ourselves to lean into this network when the going is tough, can be a great resource and support for effective parenting. Is there someone else or somewhere else our child can be learning the lesson we are trying to instill? Is there another place they might learn the skills we are trying to help them develop? Pay attention and find other relationships to help you reach your parenting goals. And remember to fill some of these roles for other parents as well. We’re all in that village together!

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Giving birth to a child is the noblest deed. But a good parent is the one who imparts the right virtues and morals to his/her children. So how do you know if you are a good parent? HERE’S THE ANSWER. YOU ARE A GOOD PARENT IF: EXPRESS YOUR LOVE 1. YOU

The first and foremost thing that a child expects from his/her parent is lots of love. They understand the language of love only through hugs, kisses and cuddles. So, display your affection more often. Your frequent displays of affection will also make them feel secure about your relationship with them and make them, confident enough to tackle things in life.


The best thing you can gift your child is your time. Although household chores and office work take up a major part of your daily life, make sure you spare many hours of the day for them. This is more important during the growing-up years when they need your assistance every now and then. For them, your proximity is the solution to every need.


As your toddlers begin their journey towards young age, allow them to handle age-appropriate responsibilities. For example, keeping their toys in place by themselves. Taking up responsibilities will prepare them for the bigger responsibilities that are awaiting them in the future.


Whenever they do some good thing, you must ensure you reward them in the right way. This will reinforce the right behavior in them. To illustrate, whenever they tidy the house, allow them more play time in the garden, instead of allowing them to play games on the computer, since this affects their eyes.


If they do something wrong, you shouldn’t blame them or get upset with them. Instead, you make them realize their mistakes. You should teach them the right way of doing things. For example, if your child beats another child in a fit of rage, instead of telling them that they are bad, tell your child, what they did was wrong. In place of that, they should have told you if the other child was doing something wrong.

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t eac h er s’ CORNER Bethlehem Girls

Improving Your Student’s Thinking Skills

It ’s aLL IN t h e

QUest IONs!

One of the simplest and easiest ways to develop kids' thinking skills is by wording questions in the right way. When teachers learn to ask questions that stimulate kids' thought processes, learning can be fun for children of all ages. Whether we are conscious of it or not, different types of questions require us to use different kinds or levels of thinking. Knowledge, comprehension, and application are more concrete thinking skills. DOes YOUr st UDeNt h aVe KNOWLeDGe?

Knowledge involves remembering or recalling appropriate, previously learned information to draw out factual (usually right or wrong) answers. Asking the Right Questions: Use words and phrases such as: how many, when, where, list, define, tell, describe, identify, etc., to draw out factual answers and test your child's recall and recognition skills. Sample questions: • How many eggs in a dozen? • When was Abraham Lincoln president?

DOes YOUr st UDeNt c OMPr eh eND? Comprehension involves grasping or understanding the meaning of informational materials. Asking the Right Questions: Use words such as: describe, explain, estimate, predict, identify, differenti-

ate, etc., to encourage your child to translate, interpret, and extrapolate. Sample questions: • Explain how an egg becomes a chicken. • What important events occurred during the years Lincoln was president?

DOes YOUr st UDeNt KNOW h OW t O aPPLY Wh at t h eY Lear NeD?

Application involves applying previously learned information (or knowledge) to new and unfamiliar situations. Asking the Right Questions: Use words such as: demonstrate, apply, illustrate, show, solve, examine, classify, experiment, etc., to encourage your child to apply knowledge to situations that are new and unfamiliar. Sample questions: • What do an egg and the shape of

the globe have in common? Can an egg grow into a cow? • How did Abe Lincoln's personal views on slavery fit with the events of the time? Analysis, synthesis, and evaluation require more abstraction and are known as critical thinking skills.

DOes YOUr st UDeNt aNaLYse?

Analysis involves breaking down information into parts, or examining (and trying to understand the organizational structure of) information. Asking the Right Questions: Use words and phrases such as: what are the differences, analyze, explain, compare, separate, classify, arrange, etc., to encourage your child to break information down into parts. Sample questions: • What is one difference between eggs laid by a frog and a chicken?

• Compare and contrast some significant contributions made by presidents during the 1800s.

DOes YOUr st UDeNt KNOW h OW t O sYNt h esIZe?

Synthesis involves applying prior knowledge and skills to combine elements into a pattern not clearly there before. Asking the Right Questions: Use words and phrases such as: combine, rearrange, substitute, create, design, invent, what if?, etc., to encourage your child to combine elements into a pattern that's new. Sample questions: • What might happen if a cow laid eggs? Knowing what you know about egg-laying animals, what could you say about animals that don't lay eggs? • What if Abe Lincoln lived today? What problem might he solve? CONTINUED ON PG 10

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There are so many things in nature and all around us in its natural element that can be used to do some really cool craft projects. Stamping is loads of fun and you can do it on paper, fabric and on anything really. Make sure if you are doing it on fabric you use non water based paint so it stays on. And be sure to take a careful look the next time you pick up anything reallyâ&#x20AC;Ś.it might just be a great stamp!

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Improving Your Student’s Thinking Skills


QUESTIONS! DOES YOUR STUDENT KNOW HOW TO EVALUATE? Evaluation involves judging or deciding according to some set of criteria, without real right or wrong answers. Asking the Right Questions: Use words such as: assess, decide, measure, select, explain, conclude, compare, summarize, etc., to encourage your child to make judgements according to a set of criteria. Sample questions: • What do egg-laying animals have in common? • What might have happened if Abe Lincoln never lived? What are some ways that history might be different? The use of critical thinking is one of the most valuable skills we can pass on to our students. Gifted children, especially, tend to take mental leaps and you might notice that they use synthesis and evaluation without teaching or prompting. Supporting and nurturing these skills is crucial to the development of strong academic and lifelong problem-solving skills. Remember, the most important thing is to have fun with these skills. When students enjoy discussions with teachers, they'll love to learn!

TIPS - GREAT TEACHER! • Create a warm, caring, supportive classroom environment. • Maintain open, honest communication. • Connect your students to their power of kindness. • Empower your students to contribute. • Keep your students safe. • Set boundaries and high expectations. • Be a positive role model.


ROCKSTAR TEACHER OF THE MONTH! Q. What is the most important thing my students or a student have taught me now or in the past that has made me a better teacher? A. The most important thing my students have taught me that has impacted the teacher I am today is the quality of caring. Once a student senses that I really care about him/her their attitude towards their work as well as their behavior changes to the positive. This gives me a great sense of accomplishment. Q. Why did you become a teacher? A. I became a teacher because of my love for children. At an early age I saw how having a good education could improve the lives of people in general. Q. How are you changing the world each day? A. I change the world everyday when I help students to awaken the natural curiosity of their minds and so develop their fullest potential.

LEADERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY by volunteering their time teaching youths how to be leaders of tomorrow

BARBARA KING Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF)

SASHA JATTANSINGH Programme Assistant, GEF Small PATRICIA BHAIRO-BEEKHOO Research & Development Manager Grants Programme, United Nations Development Programme Holiday Snacks Ltd.

SOPHIE BARCANT Love and Logic Facilitator and Mother of 8!

Name: Mr. Shazad Mohammed School: Standard 4 teacher at Chaguananas Government

GERALDINE ROBERT Accounts Receivables Clerk FLOW

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HOW WOULD YOUR BUSINESS LOOK TODAY TO ITS FUTURE LEADERS? Very few business leaders today even consider this question. And in fact there is no truer measure of how exciting, inspiring and innovative your company looks to your existing employees than having a bunch of 8-12 year olds visit you. And we are not talking here boring show and tell fieldtrips. How engaging is your workplace. Does it excite the senses? How does

VISIT TO AIRLINES INDUSTRY Yes, American Airlines made a plane available to us while at KAPOW in the US where our Founder started off as a volunteer. And Etihad Airlines in Abu Dhabi plans to incorporate their actual simulation plane used to train pilots where students can experience take-off, landing and an actual plane crash on our fieldtrips. And Caribbean Airlines………please take note and return our calls. It is two years now we have been calling you. VISIT TO BANKS Financial I.Q. is huge on our agenda and we simply cannot understand why it appears to be nonexistent in the school systems globally. We recently did this amazing site visit to the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, the oldest bank in the Middle East and our students got to use money counting machines and do transactions with the tellers, do mock calls to call center, listen and grade on their handling of customer issues etc. They also got to present their ideal bank and what it would look like to the bank officials and guess what? Some of their ideas were taken to the bank board….yep they were that good and they “saw” things the adults would never envision. As of today not a single local bank of Trinidad and Tobago will allow us in on a fieldtrip stating

teamwork look and feel in your company? How well does everyone understand the career choices, talents and roles of their peers? Are you stimulating your employees the minute they walk through the door? These are just a few questions the next generation of leaders can give you the sincere answer to with a simple site visit. We, through our sister Foundation, Growing Leaders, conduct fieldtrips

confidentiality issues but we wonder why is it that Bank of America, Morgan Staley, Citibank, National Bank or Abu Dhabi all allows us to have these fieldtrips? Also we heard the Central Bank of TnT has a financial I.Q. program for schools but as of today we have yet to meet a banker or a school who has actually seen it in play……hmmm! Notice in the pictures the kids are interactive and engaged and not just posing for a picture with some company official press shot…..boring! VISIT TO HOSPITALITY SECTOR We just completed a fieldtrip in Dubai with the incredible folks at Media One Hotel. It involved a sleep over at the hotel, drilling of the heads of each department with the “star” being head of house-keeping since the kids were super curious about how long it takes to clean a dirty room versus a real dirty room. And we ended on a bank with some incredible chef lessons where teamwork was highlighted. And we do have to note here ex. GM of Hilton Trinidad, a star really, Mr. Ali Khan did allow give us his chef staff for an amazing week of chef camp in 2011;-) If you are interested in partnering with our sister Foundation to develop on–site field trips, please contact us at 683-0606/772-6299.

into places of business all over the world as part of our leadership training. We choose socially responsible companies and then hand- hold them through the process since we do expect the future leaders we bring to companies to leave with their minds buzzing as if they just walked out of an Apple store. Following is a few of our fieldtrips and how they look.

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isdom of the ages states that” as a man thinketh so is he”.

We all have free will and we all have self control. We are totally free to choose what we spend time thinking about. No one ever told us while growing up that we needed to control our thoughts. We just let them run wild on whatever may jump into view, be it memories, dreams, past conversations, fears and worries. Whatever jumps into mind while not focusing on a task, work or a project is what we tend to accept and go flowing with. During this free thinking time we can choose to dwell on happy positive ideas, memories, dreams, thought,s dialogue with the Divine or we can choose to allow our thoughts to dwell on sad, negative memories, scary imaginings, negative ideas and worries. The better we are at controlling our thoughts the better we can be at not allowing ourselves to get upset by others. We can actually choose to not perceive conflict when others come as us with a verbal attack. We can actually look at them and tell ourselves that that person has a problem and we can choose to not be part of their anger, outburst and attack. We can remain neutral, we can choose to listen or not, but not allow our feathers to be ruffled. Most people do not use this choice and free will when it comes to their thoughts and responses and real conflict arises. I like the metaphor of regarding our minds and thoughts as if a horse. A wild horse dashes here there and anywhere it feels to. The tame bridled horse only goes where it is led. We can lead our own thoughts to where we want them to go. Healthy survivors of concentration camps, kidnappings and prisoners of war share the survival strategy of spending their hours and days of imprisonment willfully keeping their mind on prayer, happy memories and positive thoughts. They willfully did not entertain thoughts of despair and hopelessness. Many materially poor people are happy because their thoughts are preoccupied with helping their fellow poor neighbors and nurturing those in their care. They are too busy making a living, crafting, creating,

working and caring to allow their minds and thoughts to dwell on negative ideas which lead to unhappiness. Anthony Robbins, a modern life coach whose audience count is now approx 4 million, demonstrates in his live seminars how some people suffering with depression can stop “doing depression”. He actually shows people how to stop doing it. This also goes for self pity and worry and fear. We are in full control of our thoughts and can choose to think of other things other than worrying, fearful and self pitying thoughts. (This is for moderate depression and fear). Recognizing our self talk is the first way to understand how our thoughts govern us and create our lives.” Life is what you make it!” Is a well known saying because our thoughts control how our life turns out. Our subconscious often tends to obey and lead us to create what we tell ourselves. Most of us are struggling to succeed at something but have told ourselves we are no good at it. We were maybe told as children by angry and frustrated people that we were hopeless at……something…, would never amount to anything, we were a terrible…speller, cook, painter…etc. And we kept that statement as truth. Do you ever tell yourself and others openly how hopeless you are at……cooking, sales, spelling, balancing a check book?.. how you will never be able to……find a nice friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse…….? That you are not lovable? Etc If you do, then you have limiting beliefs. It is possible that if you discard these limiting beliefs about yourself then your mind and subconscious will allow you to become good at the task you believe you are hopeless at. You may or may not grow to be very proficient at it but at least your mental openness to learn it could lead to other growth and learning and other opportunities. Happiness is largely in the mind….your thoughts and your mind decides if you are happy so too does accepting circumstances you are in. Harboring thoughts of gratitude leads to happiness. Not dwelling on or having things. Let’s raise our levels of awareness, will and self control to think positively. Virtuous, life giving thoughts for ourselves and those around us and build a better society.

Growing Leaders of Signal Hill, Tobago

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am so excited to talk to you about Cocoa today. I have a feeling it has to do with the fact that I am a chocoholic and I do believe farming and agriculture is one of the most important industries in Trinidad and Tobago. Do you know we have some of the best cocoa in the world? Kids, I want to tell you this cool story we found out about the Kuna Indians in Panama and the amazing healing powers of cocoa. The Kuna Indians know the secret of cocoa—not just that it tastes delicious, but that its healing properties are profound. It is the ‘antioxidant of antioxidants,’ as one researcher describes it. Cocoa power bests even renowned super fruits—acai, blueberry, cranberry, and Please consult your doctor pomegranate—in that respect. before using any of these The Kuna, who live on the San Blas remedies. This should not take Islands off the coast of Panama, still harthe place of your doctor's advice. vest and prepare their native cocoa drink as they have for centuries. They

drink a lot of it—40 cups a week per person, more than any other people in the world. Dr. Norman Hollenberg, a physician and Harvard researcher, has studied the Kuna for more than 20 years and he discovered what drinking that beverage does for them: They have one-ninth the incidence of heart disease, and one-sixteenth the number of age-related diseases, including diabetes and cancer, of residents on mainland Panama. He says it is the flavanoids in the unprocessed cocoa that provide those amazing health protective properties that the Kuna enjoy. The healings power of cocoa comes from the berries of the cocoa tree. The Kunas prepare it without milk. They take a pot of water and place bananas into it, then take ground-up cocoa beans and cook them in with the bananas and water, then they strain out banana pieces. It tastes sweet and creamy and delicious. The Kuna don’t have milk or sugar, so

they don’t ingest the calories found in our hot cocoa. But it wouldn’t be easy for us to consume the amount of cocoa required to get the major anti-oxidant effects the Kuna get. So there is this cool company called CocoaWell who has come up with a supplement that provides the same health benefits of cocoa. The CocoaWell product line supplies the equivalent antioxidant power of 16 bars of dark chocolate in two small capsules, without the calories, fat, and sugar of a beverage. While incorporating Kuna wisdom in its business, CocoaWell gives back. The company works with the Kuna Cocoa Institute, not only ensuring that it sources pure and certified fair trade cocoa, but also to improve farmer’s livelihoods. The philanthropic institute, funded by a portion of the CocoaWell revenues, enables the Kuna to continue their traditional harvesting methods, allows them to replant thousands of cocoa tress to secure their way of life, and to preserve their culture.


Cocobel’s amazing chocolates

As a little girl living in South Trinidad, feeds you---you can actuI would have never imagined how ally nourish yourself on cocoa beans mysteriously made their something you placed into way into my adult life in July 2008. the earth—no technology My adventure started with the can replicate that. question “I wonder how chocolate is Agriculture is natural made?” and continued with “curimagic. ouser and curiouser …”. Just like I love working with our Alice in Wonderland, I had suddenly local fruits like guava, fallen into the rabbit’s hole of never mango and passionfruit and tions every time I eat: how was this ending awe and enchantment—I was unique spices, like the tonka bean— food grown? Where was it grown? blissfully unaware of where I was tastes like almond and vanilla—so Who grew the produce? Am I supheading, and the new discoveries many things grow wild here that porting our farmers when I eat this were mesmerizing! many of us have yet to food? Food is such a necessary part As a trained archidiscover. We are alof our lives that we take it for tect, my first apways looking to other proach to chocolate lands for inspiration--- granted. Farmers possess some of the oldmaking was as a but the treasure est knowledge in the world and they challenging craft. everyone else wants hold the key to one of our most basic The metamorphosis to capture is hidden needs for survival. Making local from cocoa bean to here, in our soil---so chocolate makes me feel like I am liquid chocolate is we need to secure it part of that special cycle—and my what really captured before we lose it. food is for nourishment and for me and what still has The fact that this pleasure! me in wonderment magical journey of The beauty of working with nature today. chocolate starts in the The cocoa beans I soil, our very own soil, is that you don’t have to be any paruse are harvested at has taught me to value ticular age to start—the magic and Drying the cocoa beans mystery of growth surrounds us—we Rancho Quemado Esthings differently in just need to step barefooted into our tate in south of life. Since the birth of Trinidad. The farmers of the cocoa Cocobel, I ask myself the same ques- backyard to start the journey. have a major responsibility to ferIsabelle at Raghunan Road ment and dry these beans perfectly— Gov’t taling to students about they are the ones that start the preserving our local cocoa chocolate making process and if they plantations and allowing them don’t pay attention my chocolate to sample her chocolates. could never taste as good—so I have great respect for them. People think that the artwork I do with the chocolate I make is cool but I think being able to grow food is so much more amazing. Think about it— you plant a seed or a sapling; you feed it with water; it starts to grow; you witness leaves unfolding, stalks stretching, fruits bearing—and then it

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