Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Windows and Mirrors: A Program about Diversity for Grades 4-5

Alternate Activity 1: Sharing Our Privilege and Skills - Reading to Younger Children

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Books from your congregational or local library, appropriate for pre-school children

Preparation for Activity

  • Arrange with your religious educator to have the group read to a pre-school age group. If there are enough people, pair up each pre-schooler with a child in the Windows and Mirrors group.
  • Select books with co-leaders and adult volunteers. You may ask the children, also, to recommend books they enjoyed when they were younger.

Description of Activity

The group will share their privilege of age and their learned skill of reading with younger children in the congregation. This activity gives children an opportunity to intentionally share their privilege to help others in the faith community.

If there are enough people, have the older children read to the pre-schoolers one-on-one. Or, elicit volunteers from the group to read.

After the reading time, discuss with the older group what it felt like to read to the youngsters. How did it feel to read to the pre-school group? Did it feel like sharing a privilege to them? Why or why not?