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June 2017

   

The RE program at UUCVH isn’t just about childcare for our wonderful children, but really it’s more about providing rich learning opportunities throughout the year that are both relevant and important to our children’s lives. While we do know the principles and they are an important part of the work we engage in, a lot of our focus is on how we care for others, how we work together and how we help to make our world a better place. The children this past month worked together to create “kid-friendly” sit-upons for our service for themselves and for any children who are guests to our congregation… they helped to create beautiful window boxes to decorate the inside of the church and they helped to create a tomato garden which we hope will provide us with an abundance of fruit that we can share with our beloved church members. As you can see we are busy, busy, busy.
 
This month we have shifted our focus a bit to celebrate our families specifically around mother’s day and father’s day to help us remember the important contributions our parents make to our families and our lives. We have also been talking a lot about the differences of our families and how though our families may be different there are a lot of similarities. Each family loves their children and each family loves their church. By dialoguing about differences and similarities, we foster acceptance of others, not just tolerance of differences. Last week we delved into the important topic of transgender individuals with the help of a crayon that was blue inside but had a red wrapper. Sometimes simple at first helps children understand the complex challenges in our current world.  I am happy to report the children were very able to understand the correlation of a crayon that felt different on the inside than it looked on the outside and how they identify themselves within their own families and communities. We are excited to see what is next on this journey we share together. 

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