top of page
Summer Launchpad: Kickstarting Organized, Confident Kids


taking off rocket only.png

Inspired by Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this fun, hands-on workshop is designed to equip students with practical skills and mindsets for success in middle school and beyond.


Through TED Talks, YouTube videos, DWK movie clips, and more students will participate in hands-on activities and lively discussion focused on building awareness and skills that promote learning, organization, self-awareness, communication, and much more!

Diary of an Organized Kid


  • August 6, 7, 8:

    • 5 of 10 spaces available ​

  • August 13, 14, 15:

    • 6 of 10 spaces ​

  • August 20, 21, 22:

    • 6 of 10 spaces ​

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
9:15 - 11:45am 
Larkspur Community Center



  • Who: students entering 6, 7, 8th grades

    • 10 students per session 

  • Where: Larkspur Community Center. 240 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, 

  • When: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings

-Session 1: August 6, 7, 8 from 9:15-11:45 am 

-Session 2: August 13, 14, 15 from 9:15-11:45 

-Session 3: August 20, 21, 22 from 9:15-11:45 

  • Handouts and Google documents/PDFs will be provided via Gmail.

  • Optional parent/guardian follow-up available

  • Investment: $695

space console 2.png
space console 6.png

Technology Requirements: 

  • Devices: participants bring an iPad or Chromebook for use during specific lessons/activities. 

  • Cell phones will be collected at the beginning of each class and returned during the break and collected again at the end of the break, etc.   

  • Be certain your child has a Gmail address that can receive shared Google docs (many school accounts cannot so check this)

General schedule for each day:

  • Every session consists of 8+/- lessons & activities related topics above 

  • Breaks? Yes.

  • Snacks? Yes, please bring snacks.

space console 4.png

"I wanted to let you know that (our son) has adjusted to middle school so much better than we expected. He is getting straight As and enjoying the new freedom of middle school. He’s playing an instrument for the first time in his life (trumpet). This is his greatest challenge at Davidson so far. Thank you for helping him get off to a great start."

-Parent of DOK participant, summer 2023 

Program Description:

DoK is about building skills and confidence that enable a smoother transition to the new school year.  Through a mix of engaging discussions and interactive activities, students will explore a range of highly relevant topics, some of which are listed below. Useful materials including handouts and shared Google documents/PDFs will be provided. Topics include:
space console 1.png

  • Executive function skills:  The workshop disrupts the typical "planning and organizing," school-stuff approach to EF skills in favor of a more accurate and practical understanding of these quality-of-life skills. 

  • Organizational skills:  Strategies, tools, handouts, etc. that enhance study habits, improve writing skills, enable focus, set up smoother AM/PM routines, improve note-taking skills, and more will be shared and discussed in depth. 

  • Mindsets:  Helping students challenge limiting beliefs and pivot towards open-mindedness and a growth mindset is a cornerstone of the experience.

  • Home life:  Build awareness and understanding of behaviors that frustrate parents and promote communication and problem-solving skills.

  • Social-emotional learning (SEL):  We will explore stress tolerance and ways to better understand and manage emotions.

  • Technology and screen time: Via articles and TED Talk snippets, students will participate in light-hearted, straight talk regarding the impacts of excessive screen time on cognitive growth, attention, and sleep. 

  • Nuts and bolts tech skills:  Students will bring and use their device of choice for these hands-on lessons -time, task management, note-taking, etc.

  • Peer pressure: Students will learn about how it impacts behavior and decision-making, along with practical strategies to resist it and even lead, positively.

  • Goal setting:  Leave this course with a set of priorities and a plan of action.

Registration Process:

  1. Use the contact form and provide your child’s name and grade.

  2. Registration and payment options 

    1. Provide a deposit of $200, which is refundable until July 1. 

    2. Or pay in full

    3. Venmo @Dan-Leibowitz 

  3. To reserve a space a refundable deposit of $200 is required. 

  4. If you reserve a space and wish to cancel, please do so before July 1.  After July 1 the deposit it non-refundable.

  5. Similarly, if you opt for full registration, it is also refundable until July 1.

bottom of page