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In "Windows and Mirrors," a Tapestry of Faith program
Tell the group that the story, "The Water Bearer's Garden," comes from India . Ring the chime (or other noisemaker), make eye contact with each participant, and read or tell the story.
Sound the chime (or other noisemaker) again at the end. Invite participants to think silently on their own about the story. Say:
Now we are going to practice listening and discussing skills—both are needed to help us understand the story from multiple perspectives. Let's find out what one another thought about the story.
Remind them not to assume others think or feel the same way. Ask everyone to use "I think" or "I feel" statements. Encourage the group to listen to each comment and then share some silence. Use the bell or chime to move between speakers.
Invite participants to retell the story, briefly, in their own words. What children recall and relay tells you what they found most meaningful or memorable.
Then use the following questions to facilitate discussion. Make sure everyone who wants to speak has a chance.
Ask the group to think of other flawed objects. You might suggest ripped jeans, a lamp with no bulb, a torn umbrella, or a scratched mirror. Guide the group to consider how the objects' flaws could be gifts or blessings.
Invite the children to consider the next question quietly to themselves. If they are comfortable doing so, they may close their eyes. Give a full minute for reflection.
Tell them they might like to use their reflections when they work on their Window/Mirror Panel later in the session.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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