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In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
After Activity 6: Dramatic Exercise — What Happened Next?, gather the children in a circle. In this activity you will share your own stories and encourage the children to share their own experiences with using their consciences. This activity helps the children connect their own experiences with the ideas in the story and their experience in the drama.
Ask the children to share some personal stories relating to times they have used their consciences. You may frame this as questions:
As children share, look for opportunities to remind the group that they all do use their consciences on a regular basis. Also look for opportunities to normalize that it is often difficult to listen to or hear one's inner voice.
When a child shares a story, avoid commenting on the story. Unless the story provides an important learning opportunity ("It can be hard to listen to our conscience sometimes, can't it?" or "Notice how many different ways/how often we all use our consciences, every day."), simply say, "Thank you for sharing." You do not want to praise some children more than others for their experiences. You do want to model "democratic process" as expressed in the fifth Unitarian Universalist Principle: We may not all share the same ideas of conscience, but we respect one another's.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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