An internationally recognized Christian formation program.
This latest addition to the Godly Play® series focuses on methods for mentors to use with school-aged children. There are multiple ways mentors can keep older children engaged, from changes to the environment, adding more stories, adding print material to the room, adding more sophisticated materials for free-art response to the stories, and more. There are compelling reasons for doing Godly Play with this age group and this book shows you how.
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Praise for the Godly Play series:
"Jerome Berryman recognizes the inherent spirituality of childhood and his message in this book empowers parents and caregivers to nurture their children’s connection to their place of belonging in God’s ongoing story."
—Christian Education Journal
"Jerome Berryman's work helps children internalize the Christian tradition, and then offers them the opportunity to use that tradition in their daily living."
—Rev. Jim Carr, Methodist Minister, San Antonio
“. . . A fundamental guide to how Godly Play can grow with our children on the developmental journey through middle and late childhood. The book calls us to create spaces for older children that give them permission to play, to wonder, to allow for mystery and big questions—Godly Play spaces.”
—Melinda Wenner Bradley, Director of Communication and Training at Faith and Play Stories (the Quaker adaptation of Godly Play)
“Cheryl’s depth and breadth of experience with children of all ages and her commitment to faith formation make this book a solid addition to every Christian educator’s library.”
—The Rev. Dr. Rosemary Beales, Godly Play Trainer
Foreword by Jerome W. Berryman and Heather Ingersoll
Chapter 1: The Children
Chapter 2: The Environment
Chapter 3: The Spiral Curriculum
Chapter 4: Leading the Session
Chapter 5: Response Time
Chapter 6: The Feast
Chapter 7: Nurturing the Nurturers
Chapter 8: Why Do It?
Appendix A: Maps of the Godly Play Room
Appendix B: Chart of the Spiral Curriculum
Appendix C: Sample Story Schedules
Appendix D: Annotated List of Suggested Print Materials for a Godly Play Room
Appendix E: Chart of Six Conditions Needed to Nurture Children’s Spiritual Lives
Appendix F: Young Person’s Drawing of a Cross