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Can you share advice or ideas for 8th Grade GEMS?

I'm a new GEMS counselor this year, and I've taken on the 8th graders. Do any of you out there have advice for leading the 8th grade course? We're doing the new Esther curriculum, which I've really enjoyed reading through. I think it's excellent! Do you do any fun activities outside your lesson focusing on hair, nails, going out to dinner, etc? I'd love some ideas!! Thanks!
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Do you have craft ideas for GEMS?

Hi, I am a GEMS counselor, but not a craft counselor. The craft counselor mentioned to me that she is looking for craft ideas. This seems like a good place to share craft ideas. I'll start with a GEMS craft that my own daughters still do at home. Easy Friendship bracelet instructions: Cut a 3 and a half inch diameter circle out of a cereal box. Cut eight 3/4 inch slots around the outside edge. Put a half inch hole in the middle. Note: none of the dimensions have to be exact. Take 7 pieces of floss tie them together in a knot. Put the knot in the center hole of the cardboard. Put one piece of...
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