Testimony of Community

11/30/07

The kids have recently started a segment on the Testimony of Community.  Thus far, they have talked about what communities they belong to and how they contribute to those communities.  They have discussed doing a service project, voted evenly between preparing a snack for Quaker Meeting and cleaning up a park, and last week, they did the park cleanup.  I think they can still make snacks some week -- not this week, but you could spend some time deciding what to make and figuring out what kids will need to bring or do ahead of time.
 
I have attached some materials we have found on the web to give some ideas of things to do regarding community.  There are two art projects that you can choose from:  One involves cutting out outlines of family members and making a display of your family, and the other involves a group collaborative piece, gluing different colors of yarn to a piece of paper.  I will have the supplies for these art projects ready, so you can choose which one you want to do (I hope).
 
I will also bring as a possible reading selection "The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room" and "The Runaway Bunny" (see attached curriculum "growing1-4" for suggested discussion questions).  Feel free to substitute another book on community if you prefer.
 
Here is the schedule for the hour that we have been following:
 
10 minutes:  Group physical activity in the solarium, including 4-5 year olds.  This may be a song with movement (e.g., "The mulberry bush", also in "growing1-4"), or other game.  Afterwards, the older kids go to the downstairs room.
 
10 minutes:  Circle time, using the "talking rock". 
 
30 minutes:  Main activity(ies), book reading, discussion, and/or art activity
 
5 minutes:  Settle down, talk about what they will say when asked after meeting what they did
 
5 minutes:  Join adults in silent worship

12/6/07

This will be the last day on the topic of the testimony of community.  As a community service project, they will be making snacks for meeting.  I thought it would be neat if they made rice crispy treats.  To do that, you will need a flat pan, a hot plate, a pot, a stirring spoon, a spreading spatula, marshmallows, rice crispies, and optionally chocolate chips.  Please let me know which of these items you would be willing to bring, and I will round up the rest.  Also, if you have any other ideas of additional snacks they could prepare, let me know. 

After that, there is a joint art project they can do which involves each of them gluing a different color of yarn to the same piece of poster board.  Celia is bringing the supplies for this.

If you have any more time, then it's nice to have a book to read.  Unfortunately, I don't have one to offer, so if you have a good kids book about community, please bring it. 

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Larry Powelson,
Jun 13, 2009, 10:24 PM
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Larry Powelson,
Jun 13, 2009, 10:25 PM
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Larry Powelson,
Jun 13, 2009, 10:25 PM
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