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.
Name each object and ask a wondering question about each one. As items come back to you, display them on the table. Then say, in your own words:
Today I have a story to share about an astronomer. Her name was Cecilia Payne and she was a Unitarian Universalist. It's a big deal that she was the first person, ever, to be called an astronomer. More importantly, she loved science and believed that using reason to figure things out was a way to answer the big questions we all share.
Remove the sound instrument from the story basket. Remind the children that you will 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. If someone is unable to close their eyes or sit still, invite them to hold one of the story basket items or an item from the fidget basket.
In a calm voice, say:
As you breathe in, feel your body opening up with air. As you breathe out, feel yourself relaxing.
Repeat this once or twice. 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 instrument.
Read/tell the story. When you have finished, sound the instrument again. Lead a discussion with these questions:
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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