March 26 Children’s Religious Education

RE this week, March 26

 

Pre-Kindergarten: We Are Many, We Are One. This week we return to some lessons about nature with a class called “Spring Brings Changes to our Earth.” Our students will hear Ruth Krauss’ story, The Happy Day, and make some bird nests.

Kindergarten-First Grade: Spirit Play.

This week we begin a series of stories about our BLUE promise: Believe in your ideas and act on them.  This, of course, reflects our fifth principle: To affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.  The story the students will hear this week is based on a folk tale from China called “The Hummingbird.”

Second-Third Grade: Moral Tales (http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/tales).
This week we begin with the session on “Seeing Others with Awe.” They will note their gems of goodness and then make life size affirmation self portraits.

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

The week’s class begins the lesson “Spirit of Life.”  The students will hear of the story of “Creation,” hold a water communion, and then play with water.

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

This week we continues the workshop called the “Call for Abundance.” The students will work on two activities: one about access to resources, and one called, “What to do when the savings run out.”

 

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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