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Implementation (World of Wonder)

Every congregation has its own approach to structuring religious education. You can implement the World of Wonder program with any model your congregation uses.

As leader, you will choose the combination of activities for each session. You know best how to shape the World of Wonder program to fit your congregation's religious education model, the culture of your congregation, the children in the group, and the time and space allocated for each session.

Some activities call for adult visitors. Arrange visits at least a few weeks in advance and confirm the arrangements a week before the session. While planning these visits takes time and effort, they provide valuable opportunities for children to interact with adults in the congregation whom they might not otherwise meet. As their circle of Unitarian Universalist role models widens, children will gain a sense of belonging in their faith home and begin to imagine themselves as adults in the congregation.

Many World of Wonder activities require you to take the group outdoors. Find suitable places well in advance and obtain necessary permissions. Make sure you will not disturb others in the outdoor space and check for insects and poisonous plants.

Within the sessions, you will find suggestions for adaptation. Feel free to add your own. Grab a highlighter and adapt as you wish for your space, time, and group. Remember, you are the best guide for these young learners.

These sessions can be used at any time of year. It is recommended they be used in sequence. The order of sessions and activities are designed to help participants with diverse backgrounds and learning styles deepen their learning in community.

Be aware of time and the flow of the session and the program, so you can respond to a "teachable moment" or change your plan to suit where the group is. For example, if children seem reluctant to share feelings and experiences in the group, expand the games or the artistic or musical expression activities at first, and gradually increase time for sharing insights as sessions proceed. Choose activities to meet children's need for challenge, physical activity, and fun to build a sense of community and draw children into the program.

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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.

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