Today, our classes tackle topics that include how to differentiate between “need” and “want;” different methods of making group decisions, including the methods used in our church; the dignity of work; and the question of whether we can ever solve life’s mystery.
Preschool participants continue their use of Spirit Play.
The Kindergarten and First Grade class is using the World of Wonder curriculum. Today’s session, titled “Enough Stuff,” helps children identify the difference between need and want and introduces relevant actions that make a difference in caring for the web of life. While some participants may be familiar with the 3 Rs (Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle), this session introduces another R, Refuse, which is demonstrated in the central story about a very fun “no presents” birthday party. The 5th R is Rot (decomposition), which was explored on October 28th. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/wonder/session14
The Second and Third Grade class is using the Signs of Our Faith curriculum. Today’s session, titled “Fair Group Decisions,” is about the fifth Principle and use of the democratic process. Children examine different methods of making group decisions, practice making group decisions in a hypothetical situation, and learn about the congregation’s governance systems. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/signs/session14
The Fourth and Fifth Grade class is using the Windows and Mirrors curriculum. Today’s session, titled “All Work Has Honor,” teaches the concept of dignity of work and makes children aware of their own work, whatever it consists of. They hear a story, “Beautiful Hands,” about a child ashamed of her work-worn hands until a teacher articulates how her hands show the beauty of physical work. Children refine their own understanding of dignity of work by examining and discussing photographs of children at labor. In Faith in Action, they engage in an advocacy project that promotes a fair minimum wage and universal dignity of work. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/windows/session14
The Junior Youth class is using the Riddle and Mystery curriculum. Today’s session is titled “Life as Mystery.” The Big Question for this session is: Can we ever solve life’s mystery? Here is another question which may prompt a quick “no.” The session examines this seemingly obvious answer inviting youth to revisit a few Big Questions from previous sessions. A story, in the form of a drama, suggests that questioning is basic to human nature. In one activity, youth create UU entries for a Mystery Day Parade modeled on the traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The session leads them to consider the big questions most important in their own lives. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/riddle/session14
More information on the overall program can be found at Religious Education Program for Fall/Winter 2018-19.