June 18 Children’s Religious Education

Religious Education Classes this week, June 18

Pre-Kindergarten: The We Are Many, We Are One class celebrates the year together.  They will hear Kim Stafford’s story We Got Here Together, and play!

Kindergarten-First GradeSpirit Play.
This week, the Spirit Play class will reprise the story of our seven promises.

Second-Third Grade:Moral Tales (http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/tales).
The Moral tales class ends with a lesson called Working Together.  The students will hold their final gems of goodness session, hear the story “The Bundle of Sticks,” make a bundle of sticks, and ask “What would UU do?”

Fourth-Fifth Grade: Toolbox of Faith (http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/toolbox).

The Toolbox of Faith class will end with a class called “Resiliency.”  Students will hear the story of Miriam from the Bible, and make tambourines!

Middle School: Heeding the Call (http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/call).

Our Middle School class will end with a session named “The Call for Joy.”  Students will hear about an organization called “Clowns Without Borders.” They will practice laughing, and make a “Joy to the World” mural.

Our classes this year:

Pre-Kindergarten: We Are Many, We Are One. This year-long preschool curriculum offers children the grounding of a religious community and tradition, along with the freedom to discover their uniqueness.  The underlying theme throughout is anti-bias, multicultural education which celebrates diversity and interdependency. It includes lessons like: “Each Tree is Special” and “Monsters Can Be Nice!”

Kindergarten-First Grade: Spirit Play.
Based on the Montessori method, and drawing on a “morning-as-worship” model, Spirit Play embraces multi-age grouping, self-directed learning, creative expression, multiple learning styles, cooperation and respect within a classroom community, the sacred mystery of life, and a commitment to freedom in spiritual exploration.   Through story, wondering, and creative art response, children make meaning of the language of our faith and life’s questions. This year’s selection of stories focused on UU principles.

Second-Third Grade: Moral Tales (http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/tales).
The stories in Moral Tales draw upon many of our Unitarian Universalist sources, portraying moral dilemmas and paths to goodness and justice through a variety of cultural and religious lenses. Yet every story resonates with Unitarian Universalist principles and purposes, which are intentionally integrated into the sessions. In this way participants will develop awareness and understanding of other religions as they strengthen their own identity as Unitarian Universalists.

Fourth-Fifth Grade: Toolbox of Faith (http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/toolbox).

This is another of the Tapestry of Faith classes. The goals of the class are to “reflect on the qualities of our faith, [and] gain insight into what makes our faith important in their lives, and how they can grow in our faith.”
As Unitarian Universalists, we are called not to admire justice from a distance but to live right in it, under its roof. This series of workshops offers a unique opportunity to engage youth in the critical work of developing skills as Unitarian Universalists committed to social justice. The workshops encourage youth to reflect on their own lives while also making connections to the lives lived by others. This both/and approach increases youth’s self-awareness while also developing leadership skills. The stories offer real-life examples of people facing the complexities of living lives of justice. It is under this roof that the youth become Justice Makers. Justice does not come into being automatically. Individuals must work together, learn together, listen together, laugh together, and heed the call together.

Middle School: Heeding the Call (http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/call).

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