Welcoming and Entering
Materials for Activity
- Handout 1, Covenant Key Words
Preparation for Activity
- Copy Handout 1 for all participants.
Description of Activity
Give a handout and a pencil to each child as they arrive. Ask them to take a seat, read the list of words, and beside each word write the first word which comes to their mind. Encourage them to use one-word responses and write them down without thinking long about them-their gut reactions. Invite participants to share verbally with the group some of the words they came up with in their associations. If a word seems unusual to you, ask the child why they think they associated that words with the covenant words.
Tell the group that they will talk in a moment about comments posted on the Rainbow Wall Hanging. Suggest children take a few minutes to look over the words on the wall hanging or try to remember something they contributed in a past session.
Including All Participants
If some participants may find reading a challenge, pair individuals as they arrive. Have one child read a word from the list and the other respond quickly with a one-word association. Or, have a co-leader begin reading from the list and invite all participants to call out their word associations; new arrivals may join in as they enter.