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In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
The story you will hear was first told by Aesop who was a Greek slave under the Roman Empire hundreds of years ago. Because he was such a good storyteller, Aesop was freed from hard labor to entertain the rulers. He was a wise man, and probably when he told this story he was thinking not just of how children in a family or a school group sometimes fight, but about adults, too — people in different countries, everyone in the world — and how much better the world would be if we all agreed to work together.
Before you begin, make sure the story text, the craft sticks and the rubber band are nearby. Take a deep calming breath, and tell the story.
Ring the chime (use other sound instrument) to indicate that the story is over.
When the story is concluded, ask children to help you gather broken craft sticks and return them to the story basket. Then resettle the group in a circle and lead a discussion to help children explore and apply the idea that we can do more, and be stronger in many ways, when we act together. This discussion provides, also, a way to model that cooperation means appreciating what each person contributes to a group. You may want to point that out, during the discussion.
If you like, use two pages of newsprint to capture children's ideas about (1) types of activities that are more easily done by a group and (2) actual experiences children have had working together in a group.
Begin by drawing out children's responses to the story. Then you will ask them to brainstorm together things that they have done that were easier with a group of people:
Next, lead the brainstorming. Ask children to think of activities they have done with other people that were made easier by people doing them together. Some examples might be cleaning their bedrooms; cleaning the house or their school classroom; baking cookies; making up a dance or a song; building something such as a Lego house or a snow person; acting in a play or singing in a chorus; shoveling snow or watering a garden; or completing a project for school.)
Next, invite them to share short personal experiences of times when they worked together with others, or felt supported by others. You may need to lead off with a story about an experience you had working cooperatively with others.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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