In "Faithful Journeys," a Tapestry of Faith program
Children experience the variety of the world's dance music and the commonality of joyful, expressive movement that all cultures share.
Play some music and talk about it, before inviting children to dance (once the dance party begins, it will be hard to stop for a discussion). Engage children to identify the instruments or languages they hear and speculate about the geographical and cultural origins of the tunes. If any children in the group have mentioned their connection to particular country or culture, point out any music you play from that country or culture.
Do not make assumptions about country of origin, cultural affinity, or knowledge about a particular country or culture based on children's physical appearance or something you know about a family in your congregation. Children and their families are the best arbiters of their national and cultural identities.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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