In our SPACE Program children from Kindergarten – Grade 5 will meet together. Some weeks the group will split according to age, other weeks we will split according to activities and some weeks we will stay together in one big group.
The Theme for September is: What Does It Mean to be a People of Intention.
Intention is different from setting goals or resolutions in that it “pulls us into” who we truly are. Goals and resolutions “push us out” into future possibilities. In our first session we will have an outdoor games day to celebrate our intention to have fun while we learn this year. To set intentions, we listen to our inner voice which tells us who we truly are, and so our second session offers components for accessing our inner voice.
With intentions, failure is expected and a part of life. Intentions are part of who we truly are, and so when we make a mistake, we return to who we truly are and try again. Only the enlightened Buddha is perfect, says one source, so get over making mistakes. This is why mistakes are the theme of Session 3. Session 4 offer opportunities to put intentions into action by “Doing the Best We Can.”
Sept 8: Outdoor Games
Join us for the first day of our programming year… Games Day! We will be playing games outside that expand understanding of being a “People of Intention” through kinesthetic learning and delighting in the natural world.
Sept 15: Accessing our Inner Voice
Where is our inner voice? How do we find it? How does our inner voice help us set good intentions? We will explore these through art, mindfulness and games.
Sept 22: Making Mistakes
Other religions have rituals for acknowledging mistakes and asking for forgiveness, such as the Catholic practice of Confession and Reconciliation, and the Jewish Days of Atonement. What do we UU’s have to reconcile when we make mistakes? Our children and youth will come up with their mistakes ritual!
Sept 29: Doing the Best We Can
Through songs and games, we will explore how to get back to our intentions after making mistakes or getting distracted.
The Theme for October is: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Belonging.
In the midst of all the talk of belonging this month, I hope you and your children find yourself especially grateful for the space of connection and belonging that you’ve carved out for each other.
What story do we belong to? In this session, we will focus on inclusion and how to include others in our lives. Join us for storytelling, meditation, and songs about where we all fit in.October 13: Belonging to Yourself
Who are you? This week we will be focusing on how each person is special and should be celebrated! Through crafts, games, and stories, children will explore what it means to be unique.
October 20: Belonging and Not Belonging
How do we set ourselves free when we feel we don’t belong? In this session, we will be focusing on how to identify what belongs in certain places and what doesn’t, and also touch on bullying. How do you help your friends so everyone feels a sense of belonging?
We are all interconnected. From humans to plants to animals, we all belong on this Earth and need to understand where we belong. Join us for this exploration of interconnectivity through stories, games, and art.