Many Hands, Make Light Work...

Fairville survived Hurricane Sandy, but many branches and sticks have fallen off the trees. This was a perfect opportunity for the children to learn about one of the Quaker testimonies. We gathered together beforehand, and I told the children about a big word…Stewardship.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines stewardship as:

STEWARDSHIP : the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially : the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care

Mills, a serious branch collector.

The challenge is not only translating the definition of stewardship in away 3 and 4 year olds can understand, “Stewardship is another way of saying taking care of the earth,” but finding an activity that is concrete and meaningful in order to live out the testimony. Living out stewardship meant that we were picking up branches and sticks today. A simple activity with a greater purpose…

We collected the branches and put them in a pile.