Mental wellness experts recommend reflection as a healthy habit for self-care and to improve relationships. Even for kids, regular reflection can build a helpful habit in life and in service. Reflection also actively reinforces learning. It is a core element of the experiential education cycle, which consists of doing, reflecting and applying what is learned.
For Builders Club members, service activities provide the opportunity to deepen meaningful experiences with reflection. By incorporating reflection into your club’s regular activities, members can build self-awareness, assist self-regulation, process experiences, think about their learning, gain gratitude, appreciate others and more.
There are so many ways to reflect! Common practices include debriefing and discussion, written reflection (like journaling and blogging), creating art (like collages and photo essays) and physical activities (like representing what they learned). Explore these resources for helpful and fun reflection ideas:
- Builders Club Reflection on Service tool
- Reflection Activities from Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement
- Questions to ask before, during, and after volunteering from Doing Good Together