I teach in a private school where we attend chapel weekly. We have
students of all denominations. Throughout the year we celebrate major
holidays of our world religions. We view it as inclusion for our mixed
population, but also as education. I am blessed that I do not have to
worry about the type of repercussion you mention. I agree with you, to
teach it purely secularly leaves off the meat of the lesson. I know in
public school you have to be really careful about that. I intend to
teach this lesson as education about the process of making a mandala,
something that is found in so many world religions and cultures. I
modified some of the language in the blessing to be a bit simpler for
5th graders. I'll let you know how it turns out.
Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School
click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.