Five & One: March 31st, 2017

Five Things & One Challenge

Martin Seligman, the author of “Learned Optimism” and “Flourish” is one of the ground breaking researchers in the field of positive psychology. From a neurological perspective, he determined that if the ratio of positive to negative thoughts is less than 3 to 1, we are prone to slip towards depression. This is why in our Questers’ Way we finish every class with the “Five Things” exercise – students share positive experiences from class that day.

Here’s a way you can try this at home with your kids:
When they get home, ask them to think of five things, one challenge. For now, have them try to list five positives they took from their day, and one challenge they faced. (The “challenge” is just a more positive way to frame a negative or difficult experience.)

This may be difficult for some kids (and adults) at first. Over time, they will strengthen their neural pathways by practicing this skill every day. The result will be a natural tendency to look for the positive or opportunity in a situation, instead of dwelling on the negative.


Our first three things this week are some awesome classes and workshops starting soon!

Cartooning 6 Week Class: Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm starting April 13th
Students use creativity as they choose options in creating their own cartoon characters. Learn techniques for drawing heads and bodies, starting with typical proportions, procedding with creative variations. This form of fine art is “fun art”! Instructed by Bill Dougal

Mystery Play 10 Week Class: Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm starting April 11th
Students will write and perform a mystery play. Through a process of improvisation and traditional writing, scenarios will be developed. Plot intrigue will be fueled by considerations of method, motive, and opportunity. Develop Clues characters and solutions will be developed culminating in a finished play. Sherlock Holmes stories will serve as inspiration. Instructor By Dan Coyle

Make Art Like a Master 6 Week Class: Wednesdays 5:00-6:00pm starting April 12th
Explore a variety of artistic styles of some of the world’s famous artists. Projects may include painting with short color strokes like Van Gogh or cutting paper in to people shapes like Matisse. View art samples by artists and have fun creating pictures in their styles. Instructed by Dori Dougal.

Big Fun for Little Ones!
Weekdays (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Fridays) we are developing new games and programs for the park to continue to enhance your Questers’ Way experience. Daytimes will be focused on our 0-5 age group with lots of new fun on the way!

One Year Anniversary!
Questers’ Way turns one year old on April 9th! Next weekend will be full of fun and celebration all weekend long!

One Challenge: We are excited to offer more programs from community partners (individuals and local businesses that wish to share their talents through our center). Help us spread the word! We want to connect with awesome people in our community and help each other grow and share. If you have a connection you think may benefit us, contact us at!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *