Roots Class (pre-k to 1st grade) w/Marie:
Continuing our thinking together about homes, we are talking about places that people gather together. The children came up with living rooms, kitchen, and the dining room as places people gather in their homes to be together for food, play, and just being together. I’m introducing the concept of hearth to them, an older word for the place people have gathered together for many many years, and this is something people do in their living spaces all over the world. We read the very beautiful picture book Mirror by Jeannie Baker. This lovely book takes you simultaneously through a day in a family’s world in Sydney, Australia and one in North Africa. I’m so enjoying our class focus on using what the children know from their own home experiences to connect as a group, and bridge that knowledge to the things we do together as Unitarian Universalists at our spiritual home at Wildflower. In our next class we’ll be building hearths.
Seedlings Class (2nd to 4th grade) w/Piaf:
This week we continued working on creating our board game. We are using our 7 UU Principles to guide the game-making, as well as enjoying the creative process of making the board and pieces. As kids shared differing ideas of how the game should work, we were able to practice one of the values (Each person should have a voice/vote.) We also brainstormed ways that people can follow these principles in their daily life as we created the scenarios that will be included in our “Pick a Card” pile.
Wildflower Youth (5th grade & Middle School) w/Solveij:
After participating with children in circling during the service, the Wildflower Youth group learned about another practice grounded Native American cultural and spiritual practice. We checked in with our whole selves — spiritual, mental, physical and emotional with a Medicine Wheel. We also played a game and talked about what we loved and would want to change about the Youth Camping Trip that we took last weekend.