April 30 Children’s Religious Education

RE this week, April 30

 

Pre-Kindergarten: We Are Many, We Are One. This week we return to some lessons about nature with a class called “Spring Makes our World Beautiful; with Color.” Our students will hear Daisaku Ikeda’s story, The Cherry Tree, and go on a color walk!

Kindergarten-First Grade: Spirit Play.

This week we continue a series of stories about our INDIGO promise: Insist on Peace, Freedom, and Justice for all.  This, of course, reflects our sixth principle: To affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.  The story the students will hear this week is “A Name on the Quilt.”

Second-Third Grade: Moral Tales (http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/tales).

This Sunday, we begin the session, “Do No Harm.”  The students will revisit their Gems of Goodness, hear the story “The Answer is in Your Hands,” and play an acting game.

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

This Sunday, we begin the session, Humor.  The students will hear the story of Mullah Nasruddin and his Donkey and make up funny names, and practice some laughing yoga.

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

This Sunday, we begin the workshop, “The Call for Peace.”  Students will practice listening and meditation.

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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