Drumming: Drumming is one of the best things that ever happened to Neo-Paganism,
and the earlier a child gets involved, the better. Drum with your child, either with
just your drums, or while keeping a beat to recorded music. Once they can keep up with
a simple beat, they should be encouraged to bring their drum to Pagan gatherings. There
will probably be rituals where they will be able to play. The experience of being part
of a group of drummers contributing to a ritual is overpowering. Children have few
opportunities to take part in rituals in such an active way. Inexpensive drums are
available in music and toy stores.
Gardening: Have your child choose the plants, plant, care for, harvest, and prepare
the garden for winter. The size and complexity can increase with the child’s age. Have
your child write and carry out a garden blessing. Remember that a garden can be a window
box, plants in pots on a balcony, or even an indoor herb garden kept by a sunny window.
Nature Journal: With your child, keep track of one year, noting dates of flowering,
appearance of leaves, changing and dropping of leaves, migrations of birds, behavior of
animals, weather, etc. Take nature walks to gardens, ponds, lakes, parks, etc.
Non-Pagan Activities: There are many activities sponsored by non-Pagans that can be
part of a Pagan education. Summer camps, nature and science centers, and scouting all
teach knowledge of and respect for nature. Art museums sometimes offer workshops in skills
such as mask making. Community centers and ethnic societies give lessons in traditional dance and music.
Class: Though the most important part of your child’s religious education will take
place in informal or ritual contexts, more formal schooling can be integrated into a Pagan
education program. The more formal aspects of Paganism can be presented in a weekly class.
It should last no more than one hour. Treat it as if it is as important as any other
appointment. This will show your child how important Paganism is.
Give your child a notebook. In it they can record what is taught in class, as well as
rituals and prayers that you teach them. Then they will be able to perform them on their own.
Begin each lesson with a short (5 min or less) period of meditation or lighting a candle,
and ask a blessing from the Goddess and God.