These sessions can be used at any time of year. It is recommended they be used in sequence. The order of sessions and activities are designed to help participants with diverse backgrounds and learning styles deepen their learning in community. Because the program is organized in units, significant change to the order of sessions is likely to lead to confusion.
Be aware of time and the flow of the session and the program, so you can respond to a "teachable moment" or change your plan to meet the group where they are. For example, if children seem reluctant to share reflections with one another, you might expand the games or the artistic or musical expression activities at first, and gradually increase time for sharing insights as sessions proceed. Choose activities to meet children's need for challenge, physical activity, and enjoyable moments to build a sense of community and draw children into the program.
Schedule the program around your congregation's holiday traditions. Being part of the life of the congregation is as important for children as attending religious education sessions with their peers.
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Last updated on Thursday, August 16, 2012.
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