Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Sing to the Power: A Social Justice Program for Children Grades 4-5

Taking It Home: The Power to Make Change

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. — Anne Frank

IN TODAY'S SESSION... we celebrated the completion of the program with rituals honoring the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. We stated ways we can express different kinds of power as leaders for positive change.

EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Ask your child to show you the bracelet they created in Sing to the Power. Invite them to share what each bead means, and what they remember about the various kinds of power symbolized by the four elements.

FAMILY RITUAL. The children participated in a ritual in which each person dropped a stone into a bowl of water and shared one action they will do to create positive change. Incorporate this ritual into your family life, perhaps on Sunday evenings as a way of leading into the school-and-work week. Place the bowl where family members can see it during the week and remember their pledge.

FAMILY ADVENTURE. Plan an activity for your family that expresses your power as leaders for positive change. This might involve political action or protest, direct service to someone you know, helping a social service organization, or caring for the environment. As you plan your activity, and as you reflect after the activity, consider what kind of power is involved in your project.