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Useful background reading for Tapestry of Faith leaders:

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 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. These include activities for multiple intelligences and a variety of learning styles. All games are easy to play, require little or no preparation, are adaptable to a variety of situations and skill levels, and provide step-by-step instructions.

Recommended environmental resources for World of Wonder:


Broda, Herbert W. Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning: Using the Outdoors as an Instructional Tool, K-8

Bucklin-Sporer, Arden, How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers

Burns, Loree Griffin. Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard

Carson, Rachel. A Sense of Wonder

Casey, Dawn and Wilson, Anne. Barefoot Book of Earth Tales

Chiras, Dan. EcoKids: Raising Children Who Care for the Earth

Christopher, Todd. Green Hour: A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids

Cornell, Joseph B. Sharing Nature with Children (I and II)

Gaylie, Veronica. The Learning Garden

Goleman,Daniel; Bennett, Lisa; and Barlow, Zenobia. Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence

Louv, Richard. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder

Stone, Michael K. Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability

Ward, Jennifer: I Love Dirt!: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature

Weil, Zoe. Above All Be Kind and Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life


Center for Ecoliteracy

Children and Nature Network

Institute for Humane Education

Loree Griffin Burns

National Wildlife Foundation’s “Green Hour” campaign

The Nature Conservancy

Nature Rocks

No Child Left Inside (U.S. state initiatives):

Northwest Earth Institute

Zero Waste Home

Art, Music, and Spirituality

Tapestry of Faith offers two free, online supplementary resources to enrich your experience leading religious education programs: Spirituality and the Arts in Children's Programming by Dr. Nita Penfold, and Making Music Live by Nick Page.

Spirituality and the Arts in Children's Programming provides detailed guidance for using the plastic arts in creative, spiritual ways. Making Music Live supports leaders of all levels of musical experience to incorporate music, especially singing, into religious education. Its chapters explain why, and how, to teach songs, even if you are not a musician.

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

Nurturing Children and Youth:
A Developmental Guidebook

Tracey L. Hurd
This book belongs to the Tapestry of Faith Toolkit Series provided by the UUA Faith Development Office. Toolkit Books provide background knowledge, inspiration, and practical guidance to program and lead UU faith development and to help us explore and live our faith in our...

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