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MCYC Training Programme

Leading Group Times Group Activity 1 • Make a spidergram of ‘what makes a good group time?’

Leading Group Times

Joel Fraser

2012


Group Activity 2 • Make a spidergram of what you want each camper to experience through your group times.

Leading Group Times

Joel Fraser

2012


Great Philosophers • Children are the greatest philosophers... – They approach everything new, experiencing things for the first time – They don’t have any preconceptions – They are open and honest when sharing their thoughts

• We need to harness their fresh outlook in our group times Leading Group Times

Joel Fraser

2012


Planning • Preparation is key – Failing to plan will result in poor group times – Plan your group times before camp – If you are with other leaders share out the group times so there is less to prepare – Aim to spend double to group time in planning i.e. 40 minutes for a 20 minutes group time

Leading Group Times

Joel Fraser

2012


Group time

Planning and preparation


How to Plan • Take time to study the quiet times. • Think outside the box, be creative! • You could include: – Videos – Audio – Objects to create interest – Drama – Games Joel Fraser

Leading Group Times

2012


How to Plan • You don’t have to follow the booklet • Questions can be substituted or used as discussion points • Keep to the theme but make it you own! • Think about the children who may be in your group. There may be children who: – Can’t read or write – Have dyslexia – Are nervous – Who have an ASD – Have ADHD

Leading Group Times

2012


Group time • Decide whether to have separate or joint group times, there are pros and cons. • Choose a suitable area. • Aim to plan a creative group time to cater for different learning styles. • Allow the group to bond and become confident, especially at the start of the week. Leading Group Times

Joel Fraser

2012


Group time • Asking children to read can be daunting, ask for volunteers. • Don’t pressure children into anything. • Ask open-ended questions rather than closed questions. • Build in enough time for talk, wait. • Don’t worry if things go slightly off topic – it may be more beneficial. Leading Group Times Joel Fraser

2012


Group time • • • •

Give all children the opportunity to speak Praise any answer, no matter how small Be positive – all answers are fantastic! If your group are quiet make your questions more general and open • Share ideas between leaders first as an example. Leading Group Times

Joel Fraser

2012


Questions • Allow time for children to ask questions. • Make sure children know you are available 24/7 for any questions. • Try to answer questions as best you can, ask your other leaders for their input • Refer questions to the padres if you are unsure – we don’t have all the answers! Leading Group Times

Joel Fraser

2012


Group Activity 3 • Plan a group time from the booklet in front of you. Remember – be creative!

Leading Group Times

Joel Fraser

2012


Example • Example object lesson which could be used in a group time: • Kilner jar, sand and pebbles – – – –

Sand in first – no room for pebbles Pebbles in first – room for sand Pebbles = important: God, family... Sand= all the little things that we put first

Questions ? Joel Fraser

Leading Group Times

2012


Group Times