My Mandala Kids on Globe

This experiential curriculum uses mandalas to help children learn about their past and current connection to the Divine and to their faith community. Can be taught in one or more lessons. 

From the author…

“In 2017, the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions program for children K-5th grade was focused on the theme, “What is your spiritual journey.” During my research and planning to lead the 4th-5th Grade group, I was somehow led to consider using mandalas to tell a story. Because our children were so young, the theme could have been a tough question to answer. We also had children with special education and behavioral needs in our community. Having kids write or journal answers would have been quite a challenge. Many cultures around the world use mandalas in various ways — as prayer, as a blessing, as cultural story-telling, as a meditative tool, as calendars, as oracles, etc. We could lead the children in make their own mandalas and using them as a way for them to show via a picture rather than tell with worlds what their spiritual life has been thus far. A clever set of queries would need to be developed to help them get to the answers they seek. Most kids did not know what a mandala was before walking into my classroom, but all left with a deeper knowledge of themselves and their journey.”

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Author: Stacy Schanno


Publisher: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Age Group: 4 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years

Preparation Time1.00

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TopicsCentering, Children's Spirituality, Community, Faith & Practice, Inner Light, Lessons & Activities, Meditation & Centering, Peace, Quaker Faith & Practice, Queries, Settling, Spiritual Deepening, Spiritual Journeys

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