Youth and Family Themes

July/August Curriculum

The 8 Secrets To Happiness

Each of the secrets we will review are based upon eternal laws of the universe. The truths of these laws are that they can be put in motion to make a difference in our lives. You will gain awareness of how you can use the laws to create your joyous life and achieve all that you desire.

JULY:

Week#1 – Believing My Story:  Spiritual well-being is the expectancy of your good. However, things do not come out of thin air. There is a saying in Science of Mind, ‘treat and move your feet’.

Readings:  We will read pg 81 of the book Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth and discuss when Jesus said, “All things are possible to them that believe,” he meant that we can become our true inner potential. Faith is allowing our own uniqueness to unfold and allowing things that are attracted to us manifest in our life. We will read a story about a stranded pilot who had to face either giving up and dying or attempt to do something impossible, or convince himself that he could do the impossible.

Activity:  We will do a self-portrait using mixed art and write or draw ourselves doing an activity that we love or want to be doing.

Tweens/Teens:  We will watch a video about a homeless boy who steals the talent show and discuss how our attitudes have an impact on our success. We will discuss what Jesus meant when he said, “Greater works than these will he do if you can believe, and the statement “…You will always receive what you actually expect.”

Affirmation:  My actions speak louder than my words. I believe I can.

 

Week#2 – Living My Story:  This week the children will put their unique stories in action by creating the lesson we will do in class based on our month-long topic of prosperity. Each child will get to decide and create a lesson based on our SOM principals and choose what activities we will do to experience their message.

Readings:  The children will choose from a selection of books or will tell their own story to share with their class and come up with discussion topics or questions that help others to participate and share their experience in the story.

Activity:  Children will choose from an assortment of activities or will make up their own activity, game, or project that will help tell their story and that reflect each child’s special gifts.

Tweens/Teens:  We will discuss what Jesus meant when he said, “Greater works than these will he do if you can believe, and the statement “…You will always receive what you actually expect.” The children will tell their own story to share with their class and come up with discussion topics or questions that help others to participate and share their experience in the story.

Affirmation:  It’s me who decides my mission and fate, practicing and learning of my gift to create.

 

Week #3 Create Freely

Message:  We have the freedom to create anything we desire for our lives. But to create freely, means to create without resistance. Nature shows us the blueprint daily on how to create without resistance … without putting any obstacles in the path.

Reading:  We will read the book Unstoppable Me! by Dr. Wayne Dyer, teaching children how to hold on to the no-limit thinking they are born with. We will discuss how the law of creative freedom without resistance of any kind is available to us just as it is true for each animal and plant.

Activity:  We will practice resistant free, creative expression by finger painting and take a walk outside to observe nature creating with total freedom.

Tween/Teen:  We will read an excerpt from A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson…our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…and discuss the SOM principal of cause and effect – what we persist in recognizing we persist in holding in place. We will watch an inspirational story about a teen overcoming adversity and then practice The Free Fall trust activity.

 

Week #4Give & Receive

Message:  The secret to attaining what we desire is to give what we seek. As with all laws of the Universe, there is a two way flow that creates a cycle. The cycle is to both give and to receive.

Reading:  We will read (or play YouTube video of Madonna reading her book) the book Lotsa de Casha by Madonna and learn how the richest man in the country discovered the secret to happiness and found a friend. We will discuss why it is important to give and receive and how to increase the circulation of money and love in our lives.

Activity:  We will create a symbol of abundance and flow of love by making heart made of money using Origami. The children will write nice thoughts about each of their classmates on paper hearts to gift. We will celebrate our gift by moving to Pharrell Williams’ Get Happy video on YouTube

Tween/Teen:  We will discuss that what we see in the world around us is a mirror of what we give. We will practice being a mirror, reflecting what our partner does and make a list of things we want to receive and ways we can give. Teens will be asked to spend a day only giving the following week and discover how it feels.

Affirmation:  I give with a loving, appreciative heart.

 

AUGUST:

Week #1 – Understand Karma

Message:  What we put forth in our lives is what we will receive. The Law of Karma is present in every religion. It is a universal law of cause and effect.

  • We reap what we sow
  • You have a choice in every situation

Reading:  We will read the book Rudy and Cirrus of Karma, by R.M. Smith about a boy who blames his siblings for something he did and learns about karma from strange encounters when he was sent to run an errand. We will discuss how karma plays out in our lives based our choices we make.

Activity:  We will create a flower garden symbolizing growth. Using slips of paper we make flowers with affirmations of what we desire to reap.

Tween/Teen:  We will explore the idea of cause and effect and how it is present in all the world’s religions and discuss why this theme is consistent. We will ask what we are influenced by in our society that may cause pain and separation between us and within us and discover how feelings of gratitude and love can empower a change in thought.

Affirmation:  I reap what I sow.

 

Week #2 – Be Carefree

Message:  To live carefree is to live from a place of effortless ease…we each have gifts and talents that are unique to us. When we rejoice in what others seem to do without effort, we realize that together we discover and share our gifts with the world in harmony.

Reading/Video:  We will watch a selection “Let Go” from the movie, Finding Nemo and discuss that the only way for Marlin to find Nemo is by relying on the gifts and talents of those he encounters and by letting go in order to complete his journey. We will discuss what it means to live carefree without worry, how our perspectives and thoughts affect our world.

Activity:  We will experience the Chinese Finger Trap and how when we struggle, it becomes harder to accomplish our goals. We will watch Pharrell Williams’s Get Happy music video and dance our own Spirit.

Tween/Teen:  We will explore how nature demonstrates path of least resistance and how our forefathers used this as they traveled across the west. We will find examples in our own lives where we use the path of least resistance and acknowledge when you recognize what your gifts are, you find your purpose and live in harmony. We will practice rejoicing in other’s gifts.

 

Week #3 – Relish the Journey

Message:  Being present in each moment of our lives leads to more happiness. We will use passages from “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle as we celebrate the moment of now. Practicing the power for enjoying each moment.

Reading:  We will read a book inspired by Eckhart Tolle and written by Seth Ofgang called, Don’t Worry, Be Happy: A Sea Turtle Story about a turtle who finds happiness by focusing on the beauty that surrounds him. The children will be encouraged to follow their own hearts, while focusing on the present moment.

Activity:  While listening to Pharrell Williams’s Get Happy  we will find or draw images of things that interest us now/today. We will play a game finding things in the room using our senses while blindfolded encouraging us to be focused in the moment.

Tween/Teen:  We will read excerpts from The Power of Now by Eckhert Tolle and discuss how and why we should live in the now. We will play a game where we find our way around the room blindfolded using our senses and encouraging total presence. Teens will be encouraged to spend one day next week without video games or phone and report their results the next Sunday. We will move and express ourselves to Pharrell Williams’s Get Happy.

 

Week #4 – Experiencing flow and nonresistance in nature and ourselves

Message:  The last Sunday of Secrets to Happiness we will be to bring the children outdoors and experience the resistant free nature of our world. Below are some activities you can choose from to strengthen these concepts with your kids.

Activities:

Working together without resistance!

  • Wheelbarrow Races
  • Three Legged Races
  • Potato Sack Races
  • Hula Hoop Races
  • Jump rope Races

Give & Receive

  • Crazy Clothes Relay

Your kids will get a kick out of this hilarious relay. You will need two sets of a few clothing items such as large T-shirts, sunglasses, and hats. Line your class up in two teams. Each student will take a turn dressing in the given clothes (putting them on over their own) and then running to the end of the playground and back. Once the students make it back, they must undress and tag the next person in line.

Relish the Journey

  • Egg Relay

Young students love races! Divide your class into several teams. Allow your students to race to the finish line carrying raw eggs on a spoon. The first player to cross the line wins the race.

  • Bat Spin Relay

At the starting signal, the first players on each team will run down to their team’s bat, stand the bat up, bend over to put their head on the bat, quickly spin around 10 times with their head on the bat, and then run back to their team to tag the next player. Play continues until all players have gone.

  • Frisbee Relay (created by Ocean)

With two lines of players, the first in line runs forward and away from his line. The first person in the other line who has the Frisbee throws to the person running out who stops to catch the Frisbee. After the first person throws, he/she moves to the back of the opposite line. The person, who caught the Frisbee, throws back to the second person in his opposite line and goes back to this line. This continues to the second person and so on.

This procedure dedicates one line as the throwing and the other as the running line which is why the players switch lines each throw.

If someone misses the Frisbee more than 3 times, he/she is retrieves Frisbee’s until the next game. If someone makes a throw that the receiver cannot possibly catch more than 3 times, he/she retrieves Frisbee’s until next game. Cooperation, working with various abilities and talents, patients are required.