ARE YOU deeply concerned that our children need more empathy skills to navigate the world they and we are living in. With a wee bit of tweaking, Green Circle is a program/process for today’s children, also.
Green Circle was developed by Gladys Rawlings a dedicated teacher and civil rights activists that was touched by the hardening of the hearts of the children and parents involved in the Philadelphia school community regarding the busing policies of the school district in 1951. We added dialogue rules to teach the children. We call it ROPES:
R for Respect O for Openness P for Participation E for Exploration and S for Safety.
The following is a list of concepts that are introduced in four 1/2 hour flannel board presentations to a group of children by a trained parent or volunteer.
__The Green Circle represents “your world of people–the people you care about”.
__The Circle is Green to represent, “life, growth, and expansion”.
__The Circle must grow to include family and friends.
__It feels good to be inside the Green Circle…..
__It feels bad to be outside the Green Circle…..
__You are the most important person in your world of caring, because you can decide who is in and out of your circle of caring.
__People who are outside the Green Circle feel the same as you did when you were on the outside
__You must take positive action in order to include someone in your circle.
__Each person is unique, but we all share common needs.
__People can be both rich and poor and be in the Green Circle.
__People of all different sizes and shapes can be in the Green Circle.
__People of all colors can be in the Green Circle.
__People of all religions can be in the Green Circle.
__People of different ages and genders can be in the Green Circle.
__All people belong to the human family.
__Our Circle grows when our hearts are compassionate and loving.
__Each person must decide for themselves who will be in their Green Circle.
__Other people influence you in your decisions and your relationships.
__You can know how it feels when someone else is left out.
–Storytelling: The Story of Churkendoose. Ends with this poem:
Does the Pear Tree say to the Apple Tree “I hate you because you are not like me?” Does the Green Grass say to the Sky so Blue, “I’m green, why aren’t you green too?
A Rose smells sweet because it’s a flower. An Onion tastes strong, a pickle tastes sour. They are different, but they all get along; And, no one thinks its wrong.
MUST I BE A CHICKEN OR A GOOSE? Or…Can’t you like me as a Churkendoose?
Class Problem Solving:
1.__State the Problem
2.__Brainstorm the solutions
3.__Talk about the solutions
4.__Choose a Solution
5.__Evaluate the Solution. Did it work?
Closing Activity–Keeping open to Surprise Packages
*****If interested in becoming an official participant/ trainer for this Green Circle program/process, please contact Cynthia Yoshitomi at: Childwisdom1@gmail.com.
We will be setting up training programs in the Winter and Spring 2016. The Scripts are in Spanish and English. We welcome Parents, Grandparents, Teachers, Administrators, PTA members. We welcome private and parochial schools to participate also. We have great reviews from Santa Monica School District. Los Angeles School District and California PTA.
Please contact us at ChildWisdom1@gmail.com as soon as possible