During the month of November, 2019, our children and youth classes will be exploring the theme of Attention. The introduction to our packet says that “Our attention is a tool, a force, the means by which we consciously interact with the world.”
For examples of how your family can explore the theme of Attention at home, read the Soulful Home newsletter, emailed to everyone each month and also available on our website under the Members Area tab, at the Soulful Home Newsletters page.
Here is one of the activities that you’ll find in this month’s Soulful Home:
At the Table
What might get your family’s attention in a fun way for these thought-provoking questions this month? Could you copy your five favorite questions onto slips of paper, put them in a hat, and pass them around? Write a few out on sticky notes and affix them to the chairs where you sit to eat? Take turns guessing numbers, one to 14, and then reading out those questions to answer together?
1. Who pays better attention? Adults or kids?
2. Do you pay better attention when you are sitting quietly and listening or standing and moving around a little?
3. Name something that you’ve done to get the attention of your parents or peers.
4. Have you ever been the person who draws attention to another person’s accomplishments, to lift them up and offer praise?
5. Would you rather be the center of a group’s attention, or be among the crowd of observers?
6. Who is someone whose style you admire, someone whose chosen look gets your attention in a positive way?
7. What topic or subject always has your full attention, so that you never feel bored or unfocused?
8. How do you know when your pet wants your attention?
9. If you had the attention of the United States Congress or the Canadian Parliament for 5 minutes, like Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg did in October of 2019, what would you say to them?
10. Sometimes, when our attention wanders, we actually come up with some pretty great ideas or realizations. Describe a recent daydream or wandering thought that was interesting to you
11. What’s the best way to get the attention of trusted adults outside of your immediate family, if you needed their help?
12. Advertisements and TV commercials use humor and surprise to get our attention. What’s a funny commercial that you’ve seen recently?
13. How does it feel to you when you get attention that you DO NOT want, such as when you make a big mistake (or get loudly blamed for one!), or accidentally do something really noticeable?