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In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Gather the children in a circle in the storytelling area and show them the story basket. Say something like, "Let's see what's in our story basket this week."
Tell the group the items in the story basket will be placed on this table after the children have passed them around the circle. Take the story-related items from the basket, one at a time, and pass them around. Objects that are fragile, or which should not be passed around for any reason, can be held up for all to see and then placed directly on the table. Briefly name the various objects.
Now remove the sound instrument from the story basket. Tell participants that every time you tell a story in Love Will Guide Us, you will first use the instrument to help them get their ears, their minds, and their bodies ready to listen. Invite them to sit comfortably and close their eyes (if they are comfortable doing so). You may tell them that closing their eyes can help them focus just on listening. In a calm voice, say, in your own words:
As you breathe in, feel your body opening up with air. As you breathe out, feel yourself relaxing.
Repeat this once or twice and then say:
When I hit the chime (turn the rain stick over), listen as carefully as you can. See how long you can hear its sound. When you can no longer hear it, open your eyes and you will know it is time for the story to begin.
Sound the chime or other instrument. When the sound has gone, begin telling the story, "The Everything Seed," which illustrates the origins of our universe with the metaphor of an unfolding seed.
Sound the rain stick to indicate the story is over. Bring back the story basket with its seeds and take one out. Take a few minutes to guide the children in a brief discussion, using these questions:
You may wish to make fidget objects available to children who find it difficult to sit still while listening to a story. Fidget objects, described in Leader Resource 4, can provide a non-disruptive outlet for a child who needs to move or who benefits from sensory stimulation.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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