Sami's Circuit and Assemblies, Questions & Answers

 

Is your child excited about Sami's visit, but you aren't sure what the hype is all about? We've compiled a list of commonly asked questions. Don't see your question listed here? You can send Sami a question using the form at the bottom of this page!

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Who is Sami?

 

Sami Kader grew up in Roseville, California. At age eight, he began gaining weight and facing rejection from those around him. Throughout his elementary, junior high, and early high school years, he was mocked, bullied, and generally unaccepted by his peers. Now a youth motivational speaker, Sami has received local and national media coverage for his work with the youth in his community. Sami believes that all children deserve the chance to succeed, and that believing in yourself is one of the most important parts of leading a happy, healthy life.

 

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What does Sami talk about in his elementary assemblies?

 

Sami's assemblies are grouped by grade level (K-2, 3-5, and middle/high school) and the assembly content is tailored to each of those age groups. On occasion, upon a school's request or time limitations, K-2 and 3-5 may be grouped together. The K-2 and 3-5 assemblies focus on the importance of leading a happy, healthy lifestyle through healthy eating, getting up and moving, and respecting yourself and others. Sami shares a very simplified version of his life story, including how he didn't feel like he "fit in" when he was young, how he was teased, and how the teasing made him stop believing in himself. Using his own experiences, and the fun of interactive games and team cheers, Sami demonstrates the power of believing in ourselves and encouraging each other to do the same. Sami emphasizes that we don't need to change what we look like in order to be happy, that we are all amazing the way we are, right now. Sami has the kids practice the use of positive words to themselves and to those around them as a way to overcome negativity.

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So what is the Circuit in "Sami's Circuit"?

 

On a day following Sami's kickoff assembly, the kids (and teachers!) participate in Sami's Circuit - a fun, energetic exercise event that includes upbeat music and great lighting effects the kids love. Sami stresses that it doesn't matter what exercise you're doing, that just getting up and moving is what matters. Sami, a father himself, understands the challenges of getting kids motivated to get up off that couch and move around. The energy of Sami's Circuit spreads throughout the room and gets every kid up and having fun! Participants use positive words to encourage one another throughout the entire experience.

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Are there any physical limitations to doing the Circuit?

 

Sami's Circuit exercises follow very few rules. The exercises are better thought of as suggestions. Whatever physical limitations a child or adult may have, Sami encourages tailoring each station of the Circuit to the individual's abilities. The goal of Sami's Circuit is inclusiveness. Please note: because Sami's Circuit contains flashing lights and energetic music, those with epilepsy or sensory issues should take caution when participating. 

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Does this teach kids that they need to lose weight?

 

Absolutely not. When Sami shares the story of his childhood with students, he specifically points out that it was NOT ok for him to be treated differently because of how he looked. He explains that his biggest obstacle wasn't his weight, but how he had to overcome not believing in himself. Sami believes that leading a happy, healthy life is an important goal for all of us, but not because of looks or a number on a scale. "Losing weight" is never a part of any Sami's Circuit activity or assembly. 

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My child is talking about the "Negative Voice," what is that?

 

Sami takes a very careful approach to discussing what adults know as our "inner critic." Believe it or not, this inner critic can start as young as 12-18 months of age!* Sami strongly believes that the first step to overcoming any obstacle is to identify it. Identifying an "inner critic" to a 6 year old can be challenging. With this in mind, Sami has created "The Negative Voice," a character that Sami interacts with in his K-2 and 3-5 assemblies, demonstrating how negative self-talk like "I can't do this," "I'm not good at this," or "I should just give up," can be overcome by using our positive words, such as "I got this!" "I CAN do this!" "I am awesome today!" and "Never give up!" The approach has been so well-received, that in 2016 Sami authored a book based on this concept titled, "Sami vs. The Negative Voice."  

 

If your child asks you about the Negative Voice, it's a great conversation starter! You can help explain the importance of overcoming negative self-talk if and when it pops up. You can practice positive self-talk with each other by using phrases similar to the ones above (Sami's all-time favorite is YOU GOT THIS!). Sami explains to the children that the Negative Voice is not a real, living thing to be afraid of, but that it is something that exists only when we are speaking poorly to ourselves or others.

 

* From: https://healthypsych.com/silencing-your-inner-critic

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I just received a flyer for a "Family Night," what is that?

 

In order for the entire family to support one another in leading happy, healthy lives, your child's school may host a Sami's Circuit Family Night as part of the assembly package. During this family night, everyone in the family is encouraged to get up and move! Sami kicks off the night by explaining to the parents what their kids learned in their assembly, and then it's time to get moving! The exercises are set in 1 minute intervals, and each group moves from station to station, trying out 8-10 different forms of exercise. These exercises vary based on space and equipment limitations. The lights are turned down low, and the upbeat music mix and flashing light show keeps the energy going! Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring a water bottle!

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