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Session 9: The Gift of Mutual Caring

Session 9: The Gift of Mutual Caring
Session 9: The Gift of Mutual Caring

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  • We know from science that nothing in the universe exists as an isolated or independent entity. — Margaret Wheatley, American author and...
  • Activity Minutes Opening 5 Activity 1: The Wonder Box 5 Activity 2: Story — Leila Raises a Puppy 10 Activity 3: Animal Friends Pretend Play...
  • Folk tales, sacred texts and contemporary stories tend to either glorify or demonize our relationship with animals. For good or for bad,...
  • Materials for Activity Chalice and candle or LED/battery-operated candle Lighter and extinguisher, if needed Newsprint, markers, and tape...
  • Materials for Activity Wonder Box (See Session 1 or instructions.) A toy, stuffed dog (preferably, a guide dog dressed for work) and/or...
  • Materials for Activity A copy of the story, Leila Raises a Puppy Optional: "Leila Raises a Puppy" coloring sheet , and crayons Preparation...
  • Materials for Activity Copies of Handout 1, My Animal Friend , for all participants Color markers or crayons to share Preparation for...
  • Materials for Activity Toy or stuffed animals for all participants A copy of chalice-lighting words and words for blessing the animals...
  • Materials for Activity Wonder Box poster Leader Resource 1, Guide Dog, and tape or glue stick Copies of Taking It Home for all participants...
  • Take a few minutes and think about how this session went. Reflect on the children's reactions to the story and the activities. Were any of...
  • Materials for Activity A copy of Leader Resource 2, Vegan Dog Treats Recipe, which includes all materials, ingredients, and instructions...
  • Materials for Activity Preparation for Activity Identify a guide dog training facility, an agency that places guide dogs with disabled...
  • Materials for Activity A copy of the story, St. Francis and the Wolf Optional: "St. Francis and the Wolf" coloring sheet , and crayons...
  • We know from science that nothing in the universe exists as an isolated or independent entity. – Margaret Wheatley, American author and...
  • Read or tell the story. Have you ever had to give something away that you really loved? This is a story about a little girl who gave away a...
  • This telling of "St. Francis and the Wolf" was written by John Feister, editor of AmericanCatholic.org, based on the story recorded by...
  • Printing This Handout Download a high-resolution copy of this Handout (PDF) for printing.
  • Printing This Handout Download a high-resolution copy of this Handout (PDF) for printing.
  • This recipe comes from the Gourmet Sleuth. After mixing all the ingredients and kneading, divide the dough into small batches. Have...
  • Children and Wildlife Not all animals are appropriate candidates for mutually caring relationships with young children. As Susan Gilchrist...

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