Overview & Integration

Core 4:



 1C: Has a culture that allows participants to take initiative and explore their interests

7B: Enables participants to develop life skills, resilience and self-esteem via activities

CASEL Competencies:

Self-Management, Self-Awareness, & Responsible Decision Making

6DQ: Engagement in Learning

Motivating work to reach high standards


Have you ever faced a challenge that was really difficult and thought to yourself, “I’m too young to be able to do that!” Or maybe you have heard an adult say, “I’m too old to learn that.” This can happen from time to time but the truth is, our brains are never too young and never too old to learn! Perseverance means not giving up or continuing to do something until you are finished despite obstacles and difficulties. Perseverance means you don’t quit. When completing a difficult activity, you may have felt frustrated, angry, sad, hopeless, or wanted to give up. It is important that in those moments, we don’t give up, but find a way to just keep pushing forward. People with lots of perseverance tend to be very successful in life because they keep pushing for their dreams, even when it feels hopeless. Take some time this week to work on something that feels hard and difficult. When you feel like giving up, remind yourself that you can do it, take a few deep breaths, and keep working. One day you will get there, as long as you never give up!

Reflection Questions

  • What does perseverance mean? 
  • Share about a time when something felt too difficult and you gave up. What did it feel like to give up? 
  • Share about a time when you have faced a difficult task and persevered.
  • Why do you sometimes want to give up?



  • When you just want to give up, what can you do instead to persevere? 
  • What would the world be like if everyone quit when things felt too difficult? 
  • What challenge are you currently persevering through?

Arts/Crafts Reflection Questions

  • How did you practice perseverance during this activity? 
  • What challenges did you face, even small ones, that you had to overcome? 
  • How did you feel when you finished the activity?
  • Share about a time when you were doing a project that was really hard? 
  • What can we do to help others persevere when they are having a hard time? 
  • What did you learn about perseverance from this activity?

Games/Physical Activity Reflection Questions

  • How did you or your team persevere during this game? 
  • How did you all keep going, even when it was difficult? 
  • How does it feel to overcome a challenge when playing a game?
  • Why might it be important to always be challenging yourself? 
  • How could you make this game more challenging?