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ERIC Number: EJ818106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
Five Classroom Activities for Sustaining a Spiritual Environment
Bellous, Joyce
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v11 n1 p99-111 Apr 2006
This article outlines five activities that provide an environment conducive to the wholeness of each child and the health of a group: including, attending, embracing, releasing and remaining. Including is hospitality offered to difference, so that each child shows up; attending is a just distribution of attention, so children learn meaningfully; embracing is appropriate ministrations of presence, so children become relational; releasing enables children to learn on their own; and remaining refers to faithful constancy, "being there", dependable availability and integrity. Using these five activities, teachers create a spiritually rich environment in which all children feel they belong yet are free to be themselves. I hope to show its centrality in creating a learning community capable of meeting the deepest human needs. By carrying out these five activities--including, attending, embracing, releasing and remaining--adults create an environment that fosters spiritual growth and grow towards human maturity themselves. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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