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  • A is for Africa: Using African-centric Material with Preschoolers

    By Andrea Arrington As a professor of African history, one of the first things I do with my classes is assess what they know—or think they know—about Africa. We discuss images in mainstream Western media and pop culture and identify problems in those presentations of Africa...
    2/22/2016
  • Bedtime Stories

    As parents and caregivers, we sometimes have to hold difficult conversations with children. I have had a few of those while raising my daughter. One that I will never forget happened in January, 1998. My daughter was seven and a serious book lover. Though she could read for...
    By Jessica York | 8/18/2015
  • Talking About Race: Start the Conversation

    I have found that many Unitarian Universalist parents are very proud of how open and honest they are when they talk to their children. However, the eagerness for clear and explicit conversation comes to a screeching halt with regard to race. No, not for every parent,...
    By Aisha Hauser | 2/19/2015
  • Resources for Families...So Faith Can Grow, Part II

    “…parents are continually asking how they can better understand and interpret UU values during the week. They feel under pressure to respond to such questions as: What is the Bible? What do UU’s believe about God, or about heaven and hell? Parents want to know how they can...
    By Pat Kahn | 5/26/2014
  • Resources for Families: Enriching the Ground So Faith Can Grow

    The family is a huge factor in a child's faith development. Reverend Makanah Morris has likened family life to a ground in which seeds of a child's faith are planted. She writes, "The seeds are planted in the early environment, but the ground can also be prepared for spreading...
    By Pat Kahn | 4/18/2014
  • 30 Powerful, Family-Friendly Ways to Love

    Many parents and educators would say “love” is the most important value to demonstrate and to teach the children in our care. Some of us might say "justice." The annual 30 Days of Love campaign from Standing on the Side of Love, which closes next week, offers reflections...
    By Susan Lawrence | 2/12/2014
  • UUs, Religious Education, and the Bible

    No problem in the religious education of children in our Western culture is so omnipresent as this one: What shall we do about the Bible? —from Today’s Children and Yesterday’s Heritage by Sophia Lyon Fahs What shall we do about the Bible?  The question comes...
    By Pat Kahn | 11/5/2013
  • Teaching All of Our Children

    by Sally Patton See me beautiful each and every day. Could you take a chance? Could you find a way to see me shining through In every thing I do, And see me beautiful. —lyrics by Red Grammer, from the “Teaching Peace” CD When I started the Involve Project over 14...
    9/23/2013
  • Boston Marathon 2013—What Story to Tell Children... and Ourselves

    [The day before our blog was set to launch, explosions at the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line killed three people and injured at least 100. Our scheduled first post, on awakening our environmental stewardship on Earth Day, will appear later this week. —Editors] My son Owen,...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 4/16/2013

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