March 2019

Dear Families, Welcome to 2019!  What an exciting year it is going to be here at First Unitarian!  This month’s theme is Journey.  Please use the following resources to explore this idea as a family. 

 

“What does it mean to be a family of Journey?”

With Your Kids

(Ideas to engage Journey as a Family)

 

Family Adventure Ideas

Pilgrimage – the Journey Out

What places would be considered pilgrimages in your family? A special bench in a park where you shared news of a new family member? A place where a pet is buried? A National Park where a child made their first big hike? Name these places as places of pilgrimage for your family.

Stories To Read Together

 

Journey, Quest, Return (Aaron Becker’s Wordless Trilogy)

by Aaron Becker (Author, Illustrator)

Share all three. They are wordless so use it as a silent moving picture book.

Journey: https://www.amazon.com/Journey-Aaron-Beckers-Wordless-Trilogy/dp/0763660531/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0763660531&pd_rd_r=4ece4fa1-00a8-11e9-9c11-8d51749b796d&pd_rd_w=hy6CN&pd_rd_wg=TbzHg&pf_rd_p=6725dbd6-9917-451d-beba-16af7874e407&pf_rd_r=V8RM7M0EY3PPAEHV70TT&psc=1&refRID=V8RM7M0EY3PPAEHV70TT

 

Quest: https://www.amazon.com/Quest-Aaron-Beckers-Wordless-Trilogy/dp/0763665959/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544905788&sr=8-1&keywords=quest+by+aaron+becker

 

Return: https://www.amazon.com/Return-Aaron-Beckers-Wordless-Trilogy/dp/0763677302/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0763677302&pd_rd_r=2d2cb10f-00a8-11e9-a4a0-976c58c08714&pd_rd_w=OTLTm&pd_rd_wg=RvokJ&pf_rd_p=6725dbd6-9917-451d-beba-16af7874e407&pf_rd_r=RD30QJP8FAF9NPTXMKF8&psc=1&refRID=RD30QJP8FAF9NPTXMKF8

 

Family App Ideas

My PlayHome

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/my-playhome

“Parents need to know that My PlayHome is a highly interactive, dollhouse-style app for kids. Kids can choose from five “types” of family members in generic white, Asian, and African-American skin tones; the characters include moms, dads, boys, girls, and babies. Kids can add all 15 characters (each has a different outfit, hairstyle, etc.) to their homes, allowing for flexibility in creating a variety of family types. They can create a mixed-race family, one with two (or three) moms, or one with only sons.” – Common Sense Media

 

Theme Connection: Our families are places of trust. You can build a family like your own.

 

 

Family Journeys – Marking the end of the journey of life

When Families Grieve – Sesame Street

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2VpflpbOmk&t=23s

https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/activities/explaining-what-happened/

 

Family Movie Night Ideas

Lion King (G)

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/the-lion-king

Theme Connection: The journey of life is a circle of birth, life and death.

 

 

 

 

For You

(Support for Parents as Faith Formation Guides)

 

Starting over; Despite our best intentions, all parents make mistakes, act inconsistently, and generally fall short of our goals. But we can also model asking for forgiveness.

Michelle Richards

https://www.uuworld.org/articles/starting-over

 

How to Teach Humility to Your Kids in a Digital Age

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-to-teach-kids-humility-in-a-digital-age/

 

 

Dates to Remember:

Sunday, March 17 9:15 and 11 am All Ages Spirit Play only for Spring Break

Wednesday, March 20 No Wednesday Night Programming

Sunday, March 24 9:15 and 11 am All Ages Spirit Play only for Spring Break

Wednesday, March 27 Wednesday Night Programming

Sunday, March 31 Service for All Ages (Child Dedications) No Classes

 

 

 

 

New This Winter/Spring! 

Gentle Yoga on Wednesday Nights!  With Jodi Stanfield

Beginning January 9th in Mary Safford Room
Bring a mat or thick towel and a strap (a tie or a sash will work)
Free will donation.

 

Our Whole Lives 5-6

1/9/2019

  • Mandatory Family Meeting

1/16/2019

  • Parent/Child Orientation Program

1/23/2019

  • Sexuality and Values

1/30/2019

  • Images in Popular Culture

2/6/2019

  • Body Image

2/13/2019

  • Changes of Puberty

2/20/2019

  • Gender

2/27/2019

  • Feelings and Attractions

3/6/2019

  • Reproduction and Staying Healthy

3/13/2019

  • Decisions and Actions

3/20/2019

  • Spring Break

3/27/2019

  • Consent and Peer Pressure

4/3/2019

  • Healthy Relationships and Celebration!