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In "Sing to the Power," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants practice listening, and experience the gifts that can come with taking the time to hear another person's story and point of view.
Allow five or ten minutes before your guest arrives to brainstorm questions that the children may want to ask. These can include basic personal information, such as where the person was born, how old they are, who is in their family of origin, and whether they have a spouse/partner and/or children. Include questions that dig deeper, such as "What have you done that you're really proud of?" "When was a time that you were scared?" "What's one thing you really want to do before you die?" "Who are your heroes?" or "What has made you happiest?"
Designate one or more participants to record the oral history on audio or video. If you wish, this role can switch with each question.
When your guest arrives, invite them to briefly introduce themselves. Then have participants take turns asking questions.
At the end of the interview have all participants thank your guest for their time.
After the guest has gone, invite participants to reflect on the experience, with questions such as:
Invite the children to write a thank-you note to the guest.
Participants who tend to be physically active may benefit from having a quiet, manipulable, such as Silly Putty(R) or clay, to engage their hands during the meditation.
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Last updated on Monday, October 20, 2014.
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