Posts tagged: Collaboration

Fridge Spirituality

My refrigerator is covered in activity schedules, a recycling calendar, family photos, and children’s art. Anyone…

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Resolve to Learn Together

People of all ages make personal New Year’s resolutions. Adults resolve to be more patient, develop an exercise…

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Holiday ‘Marker Talks’

Many of the children I teach come from households that celebrate multiple religious and cultural holidays. Others have…

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Imagining a Better World with Wish

“Why do bad things happen?” asks my son. That question is hard enough to answer, but he doesn’t stop there.  He…

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Encouraging Creative Thinking

While hanging out with a babysitter one evening, my children decided to create their own tabletop game. They drew a…

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Exploring Teamwork with Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie

Preparing for a family get-together, I gave each child a different job. My youngest collected cups and my third…

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Reflecting on Our Work with Kids

The start of a new school year means many program leaders are scrambling to build relationships with new children and…

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Language that Builds Community

“This is a story for Amelia,“ announced the adult leading storytime. “It’s a story for Marcus, and a story for…

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Becoming a More Reflective Leader

When I first started organizing an afterschool program for third and fourth graders, my supervisor’s advice to…

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Exploring A Million Views

My daughter loves creating videos. Lego movies inspire stop-action Lego shorts.  Super Bowl halftime shows prompt…

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Promoting Children’s Voices through ‘Grand Conversations’

One of my pet peeves with curricula for children’s programs is how teacher-directed most of the activities are. The…

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Exploring Just Help! with Kids

How can children learn to build a better world? According to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the answer is in…

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Encouraging Children to Lead

“Mom, I saw some people asking for money by the off ramp. They didn’t have any coats and it’s pretty cold…

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Children, Community Science & Climate Change

Earlier this month, the Pacific Ocean made news because it is shrinking faster than scientists expected. One reason…

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How Gratitude Builds Community

We hear a lot about supply chain ‘issues’ right now. Store shelves are emptier than in pre-pandemic days. Online…

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Teaching Spiritual Discourse

One of parents’ greatest fears is that others will indoctrinate their children with ideas that don’t match their…

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Child-Led Spiritual Learning

As a child, I often was bored in school even though I loved to learn. I would quickly tune out adult monologues and rip…

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Project-Based Spirituality

A few years ago, my children’s school decided to sponsor two Habitat for Humanity home builds. The actual…

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Public Learning

The common idea that spirituality is a private matter  creates a dilemma for organizations that partner with families…

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Public Learning Reflective Process

For teachers and program facilitators who want to be reflective practitioners, Mills College School of Education…

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Contextual Engagement

Engaging children in spiritual work is a contextual experience. Yet much of our understanding about children’s…

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Create a Virtual Protest

Even as places open for in-person experiences, virtual engagements can continue to be part of children’s and…

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Using Virtual Rooms to Strengthen Community

Over the past year, teachers, therapists, librarians, and others have created virtual rooms with bitmoji to engage…

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Helping Families Navigate Multiple Spiritual Traditions

Many children are growing up in families that have ties to multiple spiritual traditions. In a household where one…

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