In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
More than 30 languages are spoken in India. Some are tied to a religious culture (e.g., Hindu people who speak Hindi, Muslims who speak Arabic) while others are native to a region, such as the greeting word "khublei" in the story.
Have children sit in a circle. Go around the circle, handing one card to each child. As you hand out each card, say "hello" in the language on the card and have the child repeat it back to you until they can say it.
Return to your seat. Say, in your own words:
We're going to learn how to say hello in a number of new languages. I'm going to start, in English, which is also spoken in India. I'll turn to the person on my right and say "hello." They will say "hello" back and then turn to the person next to them and say "hello," who will also repeat it and turn to the next person and so on. When it goes all around the circle, the next person will begin. They will say "hello," but instead of English they will use the language printed on their card. We will go around the circle again, until everyone has said "hello" in all the languages on all our cards.
Ask for questions. Answer questions until you are sure everyone understands. Then begin.
When the group has completed the activity, ask children to pass their cards back to you. Process with these questions:
To take this simple game to the next level, see if someone can remember all the ways to say "hello."
Be aware of children with any reading difficulty. Take the time to give clear oral instruction to each child when you give them their card.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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