This program is written for fourth- and fifth-grade children. You may find it useful to think about the developmental norms for this age group. Not all children arrive at each developmental stage at the same time, but knowing what to expect overall can be helpful, especially to first-time leaders.
In her book, Nurturing Children and Youth: A Developmental Guidebook (Boston: Unitarian Universalist Association, 2005), Tracey L. Hurd lists characteristics of the older school-age child:
Faith Development Skills
A group may include children with a range of physical and cognitive abilities and learning styles, food allergies, and other sensitivities or limitations. Adapt activities or use alternate activities to ensure that every session is inclusive of all participants. Sing to the Power was developed with the kinetic learner in mind, offering a variety of activities involving both small and large motor skills. Physical activities are great for participants in this age range who need to move and explore learning with their bodies. However, for children who have limited mobility of their hands, feet, or legs, some of these activities may require adaptation. Leaders should assess the physical requirements of the group early in the program and pay close attention to the sections on Including All Participants which may suggest ways to include children with mobility restrictions in an activity without eliminating its kinetic aspects, which are integral to this program. You can also some of the alternate activities that employ musical or logical/mathematical intelligences.
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Last updated on Tuesday, August 21, 2012.
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