In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
Before you begin, look around the room and make eye contact with each person. Read or tell the story.
Ring the chime (or pluck the mbira) to indicate that the story is over.
When you have finished the story, take some time to help the children shape a definition of courage by examining the feelings and actions of the characters in the story. In this discussion, you can also guide them to think of and tell about times when they, themselves, took a risk even though it was scary, because it was the right thing to do.
Begin with questions about the story:
Then switch gears. Ask the children: Have you ever done something that was scary, but you did it anyway because you knew it was the right thing to do? If the children don't respond right away, tell them a personal story about a time when you took a risk because it was the right thing to do. Let the children each share a story if they have one. Make sure that you put a time limit on each child and give each child a chance to speak.
If you have children in the group who may find it difficult to sit still while listening to even a participatory story, you may wish to make fidget objects available to them. Fidget objects are fully described in the Leader Resources section; they can provide a non-disruptive outlet for a child who needs to move.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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