What is God by Etin Boritzer, which is sure to spark a thoughtful conversation with kids. It also provides a great overview of religions and prayer around the world.
Old Turtle by Douglas Wood, which is a wonderful fable for peacemakers and all who ask the question What is God?
|Too wet and rainy for mossy tree, we spent the morning with hot beverages in the dining room.|
Before we got started, I asked everyone to share what image popped into their heads when I asked the question. What is god? Elliot responded quickly with "trees and the forest and rocks and rivers and the spirit of everything." Maya added, "Sometimes it can be a man, sometimes I think of the sky."
|Elliot's rainbow spirit.|
We also looked at images people around the world use to think about god, from Buddha and Jesus to still lakes, mountains, and nebulae. While we read, I invited the kids to draw their own images. This was the perfect activity to keep their hands busy during a long story. They both listened, and offered so many thoughtful questions and ideas of their own.
|Max got the idea in his universe pajamas!|
When we finished, Elliot decided we needed a craft to go along with the day, so we built god's eyes for a while and continued the conversation with coffee and hot peppermint tea. What a perfect way to spend a Sunday morning before heading to a local apple festival.
|The girls at the apple festival, before the petting zoo, the apple pie, the brats, and the face painting.|
|Max and Scout (and Joe)... Scout was so well-behaved, and everybody's favorite dog at the festival.|
|We love our state park experts! Collecting wild flower seeds for spring.|
|Bugs Bunny in the Almelund Log Barn Cinema.|