Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Wonderful Welcome: A Program for Children Grades K-1

Reading Recommendations

  • Nurturing Children and Youth: A Developmental Guidebook by Tracey L. Hurd (Boston: Unitarian Universalist Association, 2005)
  • The Gift of Faith: Tending the Spiritual Lives of Children by Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar Second Edition (Boston: Skinner House Books, 2003)
  • Welcoming Children with Special Needs<: A Guidebook for Faith Communities (PDF) by Sally Patton (Boston: Unitarian Universalist Association, 2004)
  • Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv (Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2005)
  • The Outrageous Outdoor Games Book by Bob Greyson (Torrance, CA: Frank Schaffer Publications, Inc., 2001) includes more than 100 group projects, games and activities for outside experience, including activities for a variety of learning styles. All games are easy to play, require little or no preparation and are readily adaptable to a variety of situations and skill levels. Step-by-step instructions are provided.
  • Junkyard Sports by Bernie DeKoven (Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishers, 2005) offers 75 innovative, creative demonstration games using nontraditional approaches but outlined in the modes of six traditional team sports including soccer, baseball and volleyball. Games are geared to be adapted and modified by the participants across a wide range of ages and abilities. Fosters leadership, compassion and cooperation as participants create and adapt games.

Arts and Spirituality

  • Scribble Art: Independent Creative Art Experiences for Children by Mary Ann F. Kohl, 2nd revised edition (Bellingham, WA: Bright Ring Publishing, 1994) includes many media: drawing, painting, assemblage, printmaking, collage, sculpture and crafts. It contains open-ended projects that are suitable for almost any age. Each page presents one project and is illustrated with line drawings. Each project is coded to show at a glance how much time and preparation are needed and what age or experience levels are appropriate.