Director of Religious Education

This Sunday we discussed self-care for mental health. In the younger group, students heard a story about various strong emotions and practiced a calming meditation & yoga sequence. The older group brainstormed ways to stay healthy physically and mentally and noticed how much overlap there was between the two lists. Finally, they made stress balls out of balloons and flour and then helped the younger kids to make their own stress balls.

This week, both groups in Children’s Religious Education discussed the many different types of families that exist in the world, using a book to spark the conversation. The older group also discussed stereotypes about mothers, comparing those to the unique human beings we know and love. Then, each child created a Mother’s Day card for a mother or mother-figure in their life.

colorful paper chalice on a black background

This week both classes learned the story of the origin of the UU chalice symbol. Did you know that the chalice symbol was used during World War II by an underground network of individuals helping persecuted people make it out of Nazi-controlled areas? Each class then created a collaborative chalice to hang in our classrooms when they are complete. The younger group made wildflowers to decorate their chalice, while the older group created the sun catcher chalice that you see above, which will eventually hang in the window.

image of children's artwork for the 7 UU principles

This week we welcomed our newest addition to the Children’s Religious Education program, Solveij Rosa Praxis. We are so excited to have her join us!

The older group worked on creating an illustrated poster of our 7 UU Principles to hang in our beautiful new classroom that is undergoing the last of its remodel as we speak.

The younger group read The Big Orange Splot, a story about a man who creates a very unique house in a neighborhood of identical homes. Afterwards, kids made their own unique houses out of cardboard boxes and colored paper.

This week we met in the Community Room to accommodate the exciting remodeling activities that are happening in our classrooms. I can’t wait to show you all our beautiful new set-up in the coming weeks.

To strengthen the bond between children from the two classes, we played several team-building games, including Human Knot and Drop the Sheet. We had a lively group and a lot of fun on a cold morning!

This week, we continued with our special clay project as kids created animal or plant shapes to attach to the clay rattles, using a crosshatching technique and slip to fasten them securely. Karen will bring them to her studio to fire them in her kiln and bring them back to Wildflower to be picked up on whichever Sunday you are present. They’ll be lined up on the high shelf in the Rainbow Room. If your child would like to add color, they can use acrylic paint to decorate the rattles.

The next two weeks will be intergenerational services and then we’ll be back to our usual curriculum. Happy Holidays to all!