Educating the Heart: Standards-Based Activities to Foster Character, Community, and Self-Reflection

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This is a timely, nonsectarian collection of activities and thematic units designed to help children explore and connect with their inner selves and with nature, people, and their communities. Guided by a universal definition of spirituality, lessons involve intuitive knowing, character, creativity, connections, self-reflection, emotion, and the objective study of religion. The lessons can be easily integrated across content areas and into existing curriculum and are supplemented by numerous variations and ...

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Overview

This is a timely, nonsectarian collection of activities and thematic units designed to help children explore and connect with their inner selves and with nature, people, and their communities. Guided by a universal definition of spirituality, lessons involve intuitive knowing, character, creativity, connections, self-reflection, emotion, and the objective study of religion. The lessons can be easily integrated across content areas and into existing curriculum and are supplemented by numerous variations and extensions. Teaching techniques are included in appendixes along with reproducible worksheets.

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A must-read for anyone hoping to develop a more caring and compassionate classroom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569761496
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 5 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Hagee has an M.A. in education and has taught kindergarten through 8th grade. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Table of Contents

Preface v
Introduction vii
Guiding Concepts viii
Questions and Answers Related to Teaching to the Spiritual Side of Children x
Using This Guide xii
Chapter 1 Reading and Writing Activities 1
Creation Stories 2
Buddy Reading 5
Writing Journals 7
Passionate Questions 9
More Reading and Writing Activity Ideas 11
Chapter 2 Science and Math Activities 13
Drinking Flower 14
Life Circle 16
Knowing Myself 19
Flower Sets 22
Giving a Million 24
Math in Nature 27
More Science and Math Activity Ideas 30
Chapter 3 Art and Music Activities 31
I Would Be Good 32
Rotating Art 34
Me Puzzle 36
Self-Portrait 39
Songs from the Heart 41
More Art and Music Activity Ideas 43
Chapter 4 Physical Activities 45
Gleaning 46
Popcorn Minute 49
Shaking Energy 51
More Physical Activity Ideas 53
Chapter 5 Social Studies Activities 55
Media Awareness 56
Future Places 58
America's First People 60
More Social Studies Activity Ideas 62
Chapter 6 Community and Connections Activities 63
Kindness Tree 64
Pen Pals 66
Positive Thoughts 68
Talking Circle 70
Trust Walk 72
Word Tools 74
More Community and Connections Activity Ideas 76
Chapter 7 Thematic Units 77
All about Me 78
Multiple Intelligences 90
My Culture 98
More Thematic Unit Ideas 105
Chapter 8 Yearlong Themes 107
Character 108
Clan Animal 116
More Yearlong Theme Ideas 119
Appendix A Standards and Multiple Intelligences 121
Learning Standards 122
Multiple Intelligences 124
Appendix B Worksheets for Activities 125
Appendix C Resources and References 135
Index 144
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