NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Welcome to Religious Education at First Church! If you are a first time visitor to First Unitarian Church and are curious about our Sunday school program, make sure to look at our prospectus for information on our curriculum.
To your side you can find out what your child will be learning, and doing, this coming Sunday; as well as review upcoming events that are RE related. And, below, you will find "Family Connections." This segment, which is updated periodically, offers helpful tips, thought provoking questions, and insight into how to foster spirituality within your children.
Director of Religious Education
If you are anything like me, you are about done with these snow / cold days. Our children need to go back to school! Unfortunately, with another month of winter ahead, we probably haven't seen the last of old man winter. So, here are a few suggestions on how you can maximize your time with your children on those unexpected days off, using our 7 principles as a guide...
Every person is important.
Have each person in your family write something positive / special about every other person in the family on slips of paper (one compliment per slip). Mix the slips of paper up in a hat or bowl, and take turns reading the affirmations.
Be kind in all you do.
Challenge your children to answer this question - What is the absolute kindest thing we can do today? Make cookies for a neighbor? Clean the entire house? Write a letter to someone important? Dream it up, and then do it!
We're free to learn together.
Take turns teaching each other something new. Crocheting, cooking, how to stand on your head, or why club penguin rocks are all great examples of things we can teach one another. Or, watch a YouTube tutorial and attempt to do whatever is being taught.
We search for what is true.
Challenge your children to a fact finding competition. Allow each of them 30 minutes on the computer, and see what is the strangest and wackiest fact that they can come up with. Then, go where their curiosity takes them.
All people need a voice.
Make your house a microcosm of egalitarian society - vote on everything today. Too much for you? Then, come up with a collaborative dinner menu. Buy and prepare everything together.
Build a fair and peaceful world.
As a family, set out to shovel your neighbors driveways. You may just want to focus on the neighbors who are elderly or disabled, or you may wish to shovel every driveway on the street.
We care for our earth.
Believe it or not, there are still birds hanging around these cold temperatures. So, why not make a bird feeder today? There are many different ways to do this. Find a tutorial online that fits your creative style and available materials.
This Sunday, March 9, 2014
PreK - 5th Grade: Work Day - Join Patricia Rohrer for a work day. Today, you choose what your work will be.
PreK - K: Feeligns are Natural - We all get happy, sad and angry some times. But, what are we supposed to dow ith these feeligns when they overcome us? Today, your child will explore their feeligns and learn that feelings are natural.
1st - 5th Grade Room 4: Great Mistakes - Today, your child will learn about great mistakes, like the Chocolate Chip Cookie. They will discuss how, sometimes, mistakes aren't a bad thing and that all mistakes provide us with an opportunity to learn. They will create mistake positive posters, and share their greatest mistakes.
1st - 5th Grade Room 5: Oh, the Tings we have Learned! - Today, your child will talk about "Life Lessons." They will dream up what life lessons Cinderella, Lincoln, and a UU fighting for Social Justice would have learned. Then, they will come up with a short list of life lessons they have learned. They will document their life lessons in photographs, which will be put to music later on this year.
Jr. High: What Moves you in literature? - What's your favorite book, or poem, or short story? What about it speaks to you? have you ever created a piece of literary art? Share with us today!
Sr. High: 30 Days: Environmentalism - Today, the youth will start their unit on environmental issues, by choosing one of two '30 Days' episodes.
UPCOMING EVENTS, INVITATIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
"It Takes a Village", March 9 - I once heard someone say, 'Religious ED is just as important as Sex ED. If our children don't learn it from us, they'll learn it on the streets.' The good news is that any one of us can be a religious educator. Join the DRE in the service today and discover how you can use your unique gifts to minister to our children.
PreK - K Celebrate Nature, beginning April 6 - Starting today, the preschoolers and Kindergarteners will spend several Sundays (April 6 - May 11) celebrating the coming of spring, and all that nature has to offer. On their 6 week journey, they'll experience the wonder that comes from being in nature, and will learn how they can help our mother earth!
1st - 5th Grade Social Justice Project, beginning April 6 - Today, both of the 1st - 5th grade classrooms will combine in order to plan and implement a large social justice project of their own design. This social justice project will be implemented over 5 weeks (April 6 - May 4), allowing the children time to plan, prepare, promote and review their work. Don't let your child miss out on this unique leadership opportunity!
Easter Sunday, April 20 - No matter what Puxatony Phil says, spring is coming - a time of rebirth, a time of transformation, a time for planting seeds. Join us in multigenerational worship for this celebration of spring!
Chalica Book - A beginners guide to Chalica. Contains an introduction, a resource page, a brief history of Chalica, and suggestions on how to celebrate and honor each principle with actions, food, gifts, and books. Email for a copy.