Discover Growth Mindset and How to Believe in Yourself!

Episode 1 - Discover Growth Mindset and How to Believe in Yourself

A Symphony of Trash: The Children’s Orchestra of Paraguay

In this episode, Zara and Leo travel to Paraguay. They discover Los Reciclados de Cateura, the children’s orchestra that plays with instruments made out of recycled garbage. Follow their journey and find out how YOU can dream big and believe in yourself!

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In this episode, children will:

  • discover what it means to live a big life
  • learn about a growth mindset and neurogenesis
  • learn they can grow your brain by learning new things
  • be inspired by The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura from Paraguay 

Supplemental Resources


  • Read Chapter 1 "Believe in Yourself" of the Big Life Journal - Second Edition. In this chapter, children learn about believing in themselves and practice positive self-talk.

Big Life Journal - Chapter 1


    Podcast Activity Kit PDF (ages 5-11)


    1. Use Your Amazing Brain Grows And Changes poster in the Growth Mindset Printables Kit to demonstrate how we can build new connections in the brain by learning new things and practicing.

    2. Create a Jar of Awesome (in the Podcast Activity Kitto celebrate the small wins that move your child closer to their dream! It can make all the difference in how they feel about their progress and will help them stay motivated. Every time they feel unmotivated or discourage, re-read the wins from their jar. It will help them to keep going!

    3. Have your children complete the 5-Day Self-Love Challenge (in the Challenges Kit) to cultivate their confidence and build self-esteem. The challenge will help children discover their strengths and self-worth and practice creating affirmations.

    4. Color the Growth Mindset Coloring Sheets in the Growth Mindset Printables Kit as a fun way to continue your discussion on growth mindset. Your children can color as they listen to the Big Life Kids Podcast. In class, students can color as part of their downtime activity.

      Discussion Questions

      • What is a growth mindset?
      • Why is it important to have a growth mindset?
      • Why do you think children who played in the orchestra became so successful?  

      For Parents and Teachers


      Produced by Alexandra Eidens and Big Life Journal team. Written and directed by Sarah Cyrano. Sound design and original music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Sound mixing by Mattia Marcelli. Characters played by Sean Chiplock and Ryan Bartley. Managed by Kait Bibb.

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      10 thoughts on “Episode 1 - Discover Growth Mindset and How to Believe in Yourself

      1. avatar Karen says:

        Great resource, although my son was a bit turned off by the silliness of the presenters. He also was disappointed that the story didn’t line up exactly with the text in the Journal. We loved the story though and the follow up activities.

      2. avatar Sammie says:

        If you beleive in yourself it gives you a groth mindset. I love this podcast it helps others.I like to listen to it and write in my Jornal.

      3. avatar Juvs says:

        Hi. The podcast is great and fun to listen to but my children are visual learner. I just thought I woud be great if we can put this in a kinda video effect. Just a thought.

      4. avatar Mai says:

        Great Source! My daughter loves to listen before bedtime

      5. avatar Jasmine says:

        A great resource which helps to make those real-life links to realise how everyone is human! No matter our talents or intelligence each person makes mistakes and how we handle those mistakes is what truly matters. I love the links on how to make musical instruments and I LOVE THAT LION POSTER. It would be a great art exercise for kids to recreate with their own motivational words :)


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