Youth and Family Themes

July Curriculum

July:  Understanding Each Other

Week #1 – July 2:  Respect Through Communication
Main Message:  Youth will demonstrate that individuals belong to different groups and communities and that speaking and acting kindly shows respect toward others and can result in a culture of kindness. Youth will identify ways that they can help those with disabilities in the community, how to respond to those in need, and how to reach out to people who have different cultural backgrounds than us to begin communication that brings about peace in the world.

 Reading:  We are going to talk about the “R” word today…Respect. We will watch a few videos about respecting cultures and individuals. As we watch, we will think about whether the person or people talking make sense to us and then discuss what happens due to ignorance about a certain culture.

Lesson:  This week the youth will learn about diverse populations of people and how we can respect others by learning about who they are and where they come from. By reaching out and communicating with others who seem different from us, we realize that we have much more in common and begin to know why we are ONE.

Activity:  We will watch a true story about a girl born with Down Syndrome who was very popular in school because of her loving heart and positivity and the student body that embraced unselfish inclusion. We will get into small groups and describe how comfortable we are interacting with people with disabilities and how we can show respect for people in other countries with challenges we’ve never faced.

Advanced Material Tween/Teen:  We can show kindness to others by respecting who they are, but we also need to show that same respect to ourselves. Speaking positively about ourselves is one way to show that. We will practice speaking our truth to others and complimenting others on their God qualities.

Affirmation:  I invite people from all diverse backgrounds to enrich my life and allow me to see more of who I am in others.

 

Week #2 – July 9:  Respect Through Acts of Kindness
Main Message:
  Youth will demonstrate that individuals belong to different groups and commu­nities, and that speaking and acting kindly shows respect toward others and can result in a culture of kindness. Youth will identify ways that they can help those with disabilities in the community, how to respond to those in need, and how to reach out to people who have different cultural backgrounds than us to begin communications that bring about peace in the world.

Reading:  We will watch videos about getting comfortable making friends with people who seem different from us. We will read the book, You Are Special by Max Lucado, about small wooden people who stick colors on each other based on their looks or talent until Eli the woodcarver encourages his subject to embrace his uniqueness.

Lesson:  By learning various ways we can show our respect for others, we get closer to living with more kindness in our lives through our own actions and others’ actions toward us! Being respectful of yourself models the way you want others to treat you – with kindness.

Activity:  We will come up with ideas of how we can show respect to ourselves and people in our school or community who may be different from us, and then create a mobile showcasing the ways we decided to show respect in those areas of our lives. We will hang it for others to see and be inspired by.

Advanced Material Tween/Teen:  We can show kindness to others by respecting who they are, but we also need to show that same respect to ourselves. Speaking positively about ourselves is one way to show that. We will practice speaking our truth to others and complimenting others on their God qualities.

Affirmation:  I create kindness in all areas of my life by demonstrating respect for myself and others.

 

Week #3 – July 16:  Respect Through Finding Kindness
Main Message:  Youth will demonstrate that individuals belong to different groups and communities and that speaking and acting kindly shows respect toward others and can result in a culture of kindness. Youth will identify ways that they can help those with disabilities in the community, how to respond to those in need, and how to reach out to people who have different cultural backgrounds than us to begin communications that bring about peace in the world.

Reading:  We will watch news videos and read articles about everyday people doing random acts of kindness in their communities, and share acts of kindness that we’ve noticed our family, peers, and community doing. We will discuss what it means to receive an act of kindness from others and what impacts kindness can have on the world.

Lesson:  We are inundated with news stories about all the terrible things that happen in the world, but there is good all around us as well. People showing compassion, care and kindness to others are all around us.

Activity:  The youth will look at different publication sources and out in their community for examples of caring, concern and kindness to share with the group. We will discuss how conflicts have led to division in the world, and how acts of kindness have helped to being people in communities and nations together by honoring our differences. We will create a mixed art poster showcasing all of our examples of Acts of Kindness to share.

Advanced Material Tween/Teen:  We can show kindness to others by respecting who they are, but we also need to show that same respect to ourselves. Speaking positively about ourselves is one way to show that. We will practice speaking our truth to others and complimenting others on their God qualities.

Affirmation:  When I become aware of the kindness happening around me, I can easily find new ways to demonstrate and receive kindness.

 

Week #4 – July 23:  Respect Through Honoring our Differences
Main Message:
  Youth will demonstrate that individuals belong to different groups and communities and that speaking and acting kindly shows respect toward others and can result in a culture of kindness. Youth will identify ways that they can help those with disabilities in the community, how to respond to those in need, and how to reach out to people who have different cultural backgrounds than us to begin communications that bring about peace in the world.

Reading:  IWe will review the book, You Are Special by Max Lucado, embracing our uniqueness. We will then read the follow-up book, If Only I Had A Green Nose by Max Lucado, about a boy wanting to fit in and discovering a hard lesson showing how important it is to be who we were created to be, and why that matters.

Lesson:  When we bridge differences, find common ground, value our diversity, open our minds and hearts to not only accept differences, but celebrate them, we communicate in ways that build connection and cooperation.  – adapted from peggyspeaks.com

Activity:  Each youth will be tasked with building a model with limited materials and tools. Their goal is to try to complete the model in creative ways before reaching out to others who may have materials and tools that could help complete the model. They will have to use their communication, collaboration, and compromising skills to allow everyone’s adaptations to reach a collective goal.

Advanced Material Tween/Teen:  We can show kindness to others by respecting who they are, but we also need to show that same respect to ourselves. Speaking positively about ourselves is one way to show that. We will practice speaking our truth to others and complimenting others on their God qualities.

Affirmation:  I recognize, honor, and celebrate the differences in others.

 

Week #5 – July 30:  Update Coming Soon
Main Message:
  Youth will demonstrate that individuals belong to different groups and communities and that speaking and acting kindly shows respect toward others and can result in a culture of kindness. Youth will identify ways that they can help those with disabilities in the community, how to respond to those in need, and how to reach out to people who have different cultural backgrounds than us to begin communications that bring about peace in the world.

Reading:  We will participate in a virtual tour of the “Race Project, Are We So Different” as we explore what science shows us about our common ancestry and challenges how we think about race and about the differences and similarities among people. Racism is not about how you look, it is about how people assign meaning to how you look.  – Robin Kelly, Historian

Lesson:  This week youth will explore why people emigrate from one country to another and demonstrate how we can show care, compassion and respect for immigrants by demonstrating the art of inclusion with a creative skit performance.

Activity:  The youth will watch a documentary of a Syrian family as they overcome the hurdles of the Immigration Ban and reunite after two years apart. We will look at why people emigrate from one country to another and how other countries have shown care, compassion and respect for people who want or need to immigrate. Youth will choose a topic for a project about immigration..

Advanced Material Tween/Teen:  We can show kindness to others by respecting who they are, but we also need to show that same respect to ourselves. Speaking positively about ourselves is one way to show that. We will practice speaking our truth to others and complimenting others on their God qualities.

Affirmation:  I take the time to understand people of diverse backgrounds and help spread the art of inclusion kindness.