Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: World of Wonder: A Program on the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism for Grades K-1


Part of World of Wonder

Life is like a compost heap. The rotting debris of everyday trials just keeps piling up... but if we wait long enough and remain steadfast and strong, even the stinkiest pile will bear good and worthwhile things. — posted on the Earth Friendly Gardening blog, author unknown

Children continue exploring circles of life by studying decomposition. The story, "And It Is Good," shows the important role decomposition plays in the cycle of life. The main activity is the creation of an Earthworm Wonderland. The Faith in Action activity and Alternate Activity 1 engage the children in a congregational composting project.


This session will:

  • Introduce decomposition's role in the cycle of life
  • Teach children how to compost with worms
  • Empower participants as leaders in the group
  • Reinforce the seventh Unitarian Universalist Principle, "respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part."

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Respond to a story that demonstrates the importance of decomposition in the cycle of life
  • Become familiar with decomposition by creating a worm composting project
  • Experience a creative expression of decomposition by making a cacophony together
  • Perform leadership roles.