It’s Winter and our UU children are drinking in the warmth of the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism.

(If you sing the principles to the tune of “Do-Re-Mi”, I promise you’ll know them as well as all the kids.)

1-Each person is worthwhile  (September’s focus)

2-Be kind in all you do  (October’s focus)

3-We help each other learn  (November’s focus)

4-Search for what is true  (January’s focus)

5-All people have a say  (February’s focus)

6-Work for a peaceful world  (March’s focus)

7-The web of life’s the way  (April’s focus)

 

 

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It’s hard to believe, but the end of summer is within sight. Those of you who have not yet had the opportunity to directly participate in the “UU World Travelers” religious education program may not know all the wonderful things the students have been learning or how the program works.

Here’s a quick synopsis … The students are sung out of the sanctuary and gather in the Jupiter Room. We light a chalice and each child is given the opportunity to share during “joys and concerns.” This is an important part of each Sunday as our younger members find their voice in this mostly adult-centered institution.

At the conclusion of joys and concerns that day’s volunteer “tour guide” is introduced and s/he shares information about a particular “destination.” Often times that destination has been a real place.

This summer we’ve carpooled to Tom and Monta Manney’s homestead, we’ve toured the UUFM kitchen, camped in the UUFM back yard, and will soon head to the Community Gardens. Students learned about Japan via photos, food, and origami. They experienced Mt Olympus via stories of Zeus, Athena, Hercules, Achilles, and other Greek gods. They enjoyed Morocco via photos, food, and donning traditional Moroccan clothing; and London via language, sports, and tea and crumpets.

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June

This month we take off on our summer World Traveler adventures. On Friday, June 1st, we kick off our summer of travel with a travel-themed Parents’ Night Out. Then we’ll have a Bon Voyage party for all of our travelers on June 3rd. The next three Sundays we’ll visit the Manney’s property, camp out and canoe, and take a “trip” to Japan with the McKees. Grab your passports and come join us!

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May

This month we will conclude our school-year classes and prepare for our summer World Travelers’ program. On May 20th, the preschoolers, K-2nd, and 3rd-8th graders will present what they have learned this semester in their classes to the fellowship during the service. We will also prepare for the summer by doing some spring cleaning and painting on May 19th at the fellowship. We still plan to have a lot of fun, too. On May 4th we will have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Parents’ Night Out and on May 17th we will eat dinner together during our monthly Third Thursday soup supper. Yay for May!

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April

April is a month for growth and renewal. This month the K-2nd and 3rd-6th graders will begin to study the New Testament. The preschoolers will learn about and celebrate Passover, Easter, and May Day. And, the infants and toddlers will study themes like spring, Easter, picnics, the five senses, and plants. As a group, we will have fun at a scavenger-themed Parents’ Night Out on April 6th, at a fellowship Easter brunch and egg hunt on April 8th, at the fellowship Soup Supper on April 19th, and at our Family Fun event of gardening on April 28th. I hope you will join us for all of these enriching lessons and activities!

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March

Our RE children sure are lucky! In the month of March, they will continue their studies of the Bible, the Chalice Children curriculum, and weekly nursery themes. They will also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day twice: once at Parents’ Night Out on March 2nd, from 6:30-9:30 pm, and the other at the Family Fun Parade Viewing on March 17th at 12:00pm. Please join us for learning and fun this month.

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February

In the month of February the children in the RE program are going to show their love for each other, the Fellowship, and their community. On February 3rd, at Parents’ Night Out, they are going to make valentines and cookies, on February 5th, they are going to count cans to donate to the Flint Hills Breadbasket, and on February 11th they are going to have a Valentine’s party at Meadowlark Hills with the UUFM residents there. They are also going to continue to love learning in their Sunday classes, studying the Bible, the Fellowship, weekly themes, and the Our Whole Lives curriculum. It is going to be a lovely month!

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January

This month in the RE program, we begin anew. The K-2nd and 3rd-6th graders will begin a new curriculum on the Judaeo-Christian roots of Unitarian Universalism, the preschoolers will resume their Chalice Children curriculum with new lessons, the infants and toddlers will explore new themes, and the K-2nd and 4th-6th graders will start their Our Whole Lives program. We will also celebrate the New Year during Parents’ Night Out on Friday, January 6th and have some Family Fun at the Fellowship’s Chili Tasting on Saturday, January 14th. The month promises to be a great start to 2012. Happy New Year’s Everyone!

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December RE activities

In the month of December we will be continuing our social action work from last month by participating in the Guest at Your Table program. In our classrooms, we will celebrate the holidays of Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas. We will also have two celebrations of our own: a birthday-themed Parents’ Night Out on December 2nd and a Family Fun Cookie Swap on December 17th. Please join in all of the festive fun!

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RE in November

The month of November is social action month in the RE program. The 3rd-6th graders will be working on an ethical eating project, and the K-2nd graders will be working on multiple social action projects involving animals. In the pre-K room, the preschoolers will be learning how to help at the fellowship and at home, and in the nursery, the infants and toddlers will be practicing activities, like setting the table and picking up toys, to help their families. We will also have two social activities: on November 4th we will have Parents’ Night Out and on November 19th we will have our first annual Family Fun Thanksgiving Potluck.