In "Creating Home," a Tapestry of Faith program
Children will use rhythm sticks and a simple chant (Leader Resource 1, Rhythmic Chant) to focus on situations in which young children leave their homes and come back.
If the children decorate their own rhythm sticks in this activity and take them home, the faith home religious education experience is extended. If you choose to send the sticks home, be sure to send a copy of the chant, also.
Invite the children to sit cross-legged on the floor. Distribute the rhythm sticks and show the children how to hold them in their hands with their thumbs and palms facing inward. Children will do a four-beat rhythm by hitting both sticks together on the floor twice and then hitting sticks together once over their laps and holding a count, in this pattern:
1 — Floor
2 — Floor
3 — Together
4 — Hold
The children will beat this rhythm throughout the chant.
Now, ask the children to put down their rhythm sticks to learn their spoken part of the chant. Tell them that after each line you say, they will respond with the line "We all come home."
Using Leader Resource 1, Rhythmic Chant, say your first line, then lead the children in saying "We all come home." If two co-leaders are present, have one read the leader's lines and the other assist the children in saying their part.
Now put together the rhythm and the words.
If you have time and the group seems ready for this, you may like to ask the children to contribute other phrases about occasions when they go away from home and then come back. Substitute individual children's suggestions for the provided words to make a new chant. Examples might be swimming lessons, a sleepover at a cousin's house, going to the supermarket, or walking a pet dog.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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