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In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
This is our story theater. It won't fit in the story basket but it is our item of focus for today's story.
Make sure all the children can see the story theater from where they are sitting. If you like, invite some or all the children to come closer and inspect the story theater.
Hold up the plastic bag of sand, if you have one. Empty the sand into the story theater.
Ask the children to identify what they see in the story theatre. Prompt for sand, clay rocks, paper water, and two figures of people. Tell them that today's story is an old one, set in the Middle East in a country called Persia which is now called
. You can show them where
is located on a globe or map, if you have one.
Tell the group:
The story that we are going to hear is about two friends who have a fight, and the choices they make about what to do with their feelings. The second man chooses to forgive his friend for hurting him.
The act of forgiveness is one of the most important choices we can make. Forgiveness can help us keep our relationships with others. It can help us have hearts full of love rather than bitterness.
Post the newsprint where you have written the word, "FORGIVING." Ask the children if they can find two words in that one big word. The answer is "for" and "giving."
Suggest that keeping these two small words in mind can help the children remember what "forgiving" means. Tell them that forgiveness means giving kindness, empathy, and love to another person, even if they have hurt us. When we are angry at ourselves and forgive ourselves, we are giving kindness, empathy, and love to ourselves.
Now remind the children that you will begin the story by playing the sound instrument. Remove the chime, rain stick or other instrument from the story basket. Invite the children to sit comfortably and close their eyes (if they are comfortable doing so). You may tell them that closing their eyes can help them focus just on listening.
In a calm voice, say:
As you breathe in, feel your body opening up with air. As you breathe out, feel yourself relaxing.
Repeat this once or twice and then say:
Now you are ready to listen. When I hit the chime (turn the rain stick over), listen as carefully as you can. See how long you can hear its sound. When you can no longer hear it, open your eyes and you will know it is time for the story to begin.
Sound the chime or other instrument. When the sound has gone, begin telling the story.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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