Youth and Family Curriculum

Sunday Themes and Curriculum 

Special Message from our youth director, Adrienne Cherry:

CSL Olympia Youth & Family are supporting our youth and teens by providing ongoing parent-guided curriculum lessons which will include mindfulness practices, video books, activities, family connecting games and conversation. Teens have two CSL Teen Zoom meet-up opportunities hosted by San Jose CSL Teens every Sunday at 12 pm and a mid-week check-in every Wednesday at 5 pm. They also have a weekly check-in option with our own teen advisor.

2022 MONTHLY THEMES

Living Everyday Wonder: Youth will explore everyday wonder and find ways to use curiosity to combat challenges. They see how curiosity creates the basis for connection and love throughout the world and makes the ordinary extraordinary. They learn how they can interact with Spirit as a co-creative partner and we teach our youth to believe in themselves and to trust their own intuition and wisdom, utilizing the innate curiosity that exists in our youth.

May 22, 2022 — Emotions: The Eye of the Storm

Affirmation: I can find peace and calm at the center of a storm.

Spiritual Lesson: The Eye of the Storm

We can help calm the turbulence in a metaphorical
anger storm by focusing on the “eye” of the storm, where there is peace and calm.

Active Listening: Book/Music/Video

Youth watch several videos demonstrating how movie characters use different spiritual tools to uplift themselves as a reminder that we have the power inside to change our perspective.

Creative Expression –  My natural storms

Youth replicate nature’s storms with sand and water, watching how everything returns to calmness. We practice sending our storms out to sea while imagining our happy place being surrounded by things that calm us.

Connecting: Me as the Ocean

We imagine ourselves as the ocean creating, sustaining, and responding to life, accepting our turbulence and calmness as our tools. Youth share drawings of them as the Ocean.


May 15, 2022 — Emotions: If You’re Happy and You Know It

Affirmation: I’m happy to be alive, living a joyful life.

Spiritual Lesson: If You’re Happy and You Know It

This fun children’s song in principle is an affirmation, declaration, and mental equivalent to living a happy and healthy life and showing it out loud.

Active Listening: Book/Music/Video

Youth watch several videos demonstrating how movie characters use different spiritual tools to uplift themselves as a reminder that we have the power inside to change our perspective.

Creative Expression –  My Blessings Box

We learn that happiness is an inside job, share things that bring us complete joy, and make a blessing box as a reminder that happiness is through gratitude.

Connecting: If You’re Happy and You Know It – game!

Youth take turns coming up with an ending to the song, If You’re Happy and You Know it, and the rest of the class repeats what they do when they know they are happy. We have fun making up silly things to do.


May 8, 2022 — Emotions: The Fear Factor

Affirmation: I face my fears through courage, strength, and faith.

Spiritual Lesson: The Fear Factor

Let’s stretch, grow, and expand using our spiritual power tools and support. But first, we need to identify, acknowledge, and face our fears. Youth learn the right times to utilize a fight or flight response and lean into their superpower of faith to stamp out fear.

Active Listening: Book/Music/Video

Youth learn about their “lizard brain” and the “flight or fight” reaction from the book, The Mindful Teen, The Art of Stress: Handling Difficult Emotions. We listen to a guided meditation as a spiritual tool for calming and organizing our emotions and discuss how this practice made us feel and have a change of perspective.

Creative Expression –  Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There!

We think of our worst fears and play a game of Is it True? And we dispel our fears with knowledge, faith, and love. Our feelings and emotion are effects caused by underlying beliefs. We learn that we can work on the cause by asking if our story of fear is true or not. By sitting in our divine truth, we can overcome our false fears and live in our power.

Connecting: Instead of fighting the Waves, Learn to Surf! 

Youth learn the SOBER (stop, observe, breathe, embrace, respond) mindfulness practice to handle difficult emotions. Then we imagine being a tree in the wind, realizing that our core is strong and our strong roots are embedded in love.


May 1, 2022 — Emotions: What’s on Your Spice Rack?

Affirmation: I am blessed and grateful for my emotions and feelings.

Spiritual Lesson: What’s on Your Spice Rack?

Emotions are like a spice rack we spin to find one that is the focus of the moment. Youth learn that emotions are beneficial and have lessons to offer as they strive to achieve a balanced life.

Active Listening: Book/Music/Video

Youth watch a clip from the movie, Inside Out which explores the emotions of joy, anger, sadness, fear, and disgust. We talk about the possible impact of having one emotion that is prevalent over all other emotions could have on someone.  

Creative Expression –  Welcoming our emotions

We play focus games that train our minds to greet emotions with curiosity and play with choosing emotions by changing perspectives. We discuss how to face big emotions and match some of our spiritual practices that can help provide important support for processing through the experience.  

Connecting: Emotional Balancing Act  

Youth take turns reacting to extreme made-up scenarios and then imagine staying in that emotional state even when the situation changes. We recognize that being in harmony is going with the flow of energy, allowing emotions to come and go, and remembering their inner strength and love is what keeps them stable and at peace.  


April 24, 2022 — Creativity: BOLDLY GO…

Affirmation: “I courageously step into Life with all that I am!” Dr. Christian Sorensen

Spiritual Lesson: BOLDLY GO…

This final week, we get rid of language or thoughts that hold us back. This releases our mental blocks and gets us ready to bring our creative selves into the open. We practice being vulnerable and comfortable being our truest selves.

Active Listening: Book/Music/Video

Youth continue their nature Yoga practice and try new poses that may seem impossible. We read the book, The Rhino Suit by Colter Jackson about a girl feeling the weight of injustices, who builds a rhino suit for safety. She realizes the “suit” prevents her from experiencing the beauty of the world too and decides to take a risk…

Creative Expression –  Thinking Outside The Box

Youth practice flipping sentences from “NO” to “YES”. Examples: “don’t run in the halls” becomes “remember to walk mindfully in the halls.” Youth makes an origami not-so-box-box to put their gift in as a reminder to “think outside the box.”

Connecting: I am a Spiritual Superhero

Youth create their own adventure story as a superhero unafraid of the world and using their superpowers of love, expression, creativity, and wonder as they describe their “a day in the life” as a spiritual superhero!


April 17, 2022 — Creativity: Reveal, Release, Rise (repeat)

Affirmation: “I courageously step into Life with all that I am!” Dr. Christian Sorensen

Spiritual Lesson: Reveal, Release, Rise (repeat)

There is a “higher place” in consciousness where we can envision and create. This is a gift to ourselves and allows us to create lives full of joy and love. Just as the caterpillar cocoons itself and dreams a new reality of becoming a butterfly, we too get to reveal our greatness, release our cocoons of self-doubt and old perspectives, and rise to meet our creative spirit on its next journey.

Active Listening: Book/Music/Video

Youth watch a video about Ostara and the celebrations and stories around the time of the spring equinox while coloring their Easter Egg mandala.

Creative Expression –  Revealing my nature “bunny mask”

Youth explore nature and pick up a variety of spring objects from outside to decorate their bunny mask as a symbol of their new creative spirit.

Connecting:

Youth practice this week’s theme of “Reveal, Release, Rise Up!” by Releasing clothes, shoes, blankets, personal care items, and food to be donated by our teens to local shelters.


April 10, 2022 — Creativity: Dance with the Donkey

Affirmation: I am an open, dazzling representative of inspiration and peace.

Spiritual Lesson: Dance with the Donkey

Ready…5-6-7-8! Waltz with a wombat? Jitterbug with a jaguar? How about dancing with a donkey? Try it, you’ll like it!

Youth experience the symbol of the donkey as their shadow or the part of us that says “no.” We learn to dance with our donkeys and step in our light, knowing that safety, peace, and love is always there to welcome our spirit’s “YES.”

Active Listening: Book/Music/Video

Different celebrations are important to religions all over the world. This week, Christians celebrate Palm Sunday. Through this celebration, we can honor the infinite creative presence by learning how to dance along our own paths through life. Youth watch a video about Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem and discuss how we can celebrate our own journey.

Creative Expression –  Creating My Own Tradition  

Youth explore Christian traditions that go along with Holy Week, join in a practice of Palm Sunday and make up a tradition that celebrates their own journey.

Connecting:

Youth take turns demonstrating or describing their new tradition of celebrating their journey using the journey maps we created last week.    


April 3,02022 — Creativity: Say Yes to the YES!

Affirmation: I know myself as Spirit knows me: creative, unique, wonderful!

Spiritual Lesson: Say Yes to the YES!

As we learn how to discover ourselves, we also learn how to move past our doubts about our abilities or imagination. We are always connected to the Universe and we can always tap into that source.

Active Listening: Book/Music/Video

Youth watch a clip from the movie Frozen when Anna wanted to play with her sister. We discuss times when we chose to play or not and how much we can grow from simply saying “yes” to life.

Creative Expression –  Yes to Success  

Youth draw a map of their successes, thinking back to when they chose to say yes to an experience that led to success in an area of their life. We follow our map of success and discover some thoughts and perspectives that were keys to our success.

Connecting: Youth share some of their fun talents/party tricks and appreciate how each of us is uniquely gifted. We invite others to say yes and try on each other’s talents to see how it feels. We discuss how sometimes saying yes takes us not only out of our comfort zone but leads us to other new opportunities and fun experiences.


March 27, 2022 — Play: So Happy Together

Affirmation: I am having fun in my community

Spiritual Lesson: So Happy Together

We have explored how joy and rest is important for our daily lives, but we need to think about how it also helps us build and maintain relationships. It is important to be our true happy selves so we can attract those who will uplift that best version of us.

Active Listening: Book/Music/Video

Youth watch a clip from the movie Frozen when Anna wanted to play with her sister. We discuss times when we chose to play or not and how much we can grow from simply saying “yes” to life.

Creative Expression –   My Happy Community

Youth pretend they are in charge of planning out a working community, where everyone is thriving, having everything they need to survive, and sharing their talents to help grow the community. They design the community so that everyone has a role to play, and where their talents and self-expression add to the enjoyment and inspires other communities to do the same.  

Connecting: Play Time!

Each week this month youth prepare something they love to do and share it as an activity for class. We create an Adventure Day together and set a date to explore something fun. We have a silly face contest.


March 20, 2022 — Play: Resting refreshes my Spirit

Affirmation: Resting refreshes my Spirit

Spiritual Lesson: Rx: Laughter

We are always searching for ways to improve and heal ourselves and look at all aspects of our lives. An important facet we often overlook is joy. Remembering to bring humor and joy into our lives will help us enjoy this journey.

Active Listening: Book/Music/Video

Youth virtually travel the globe to experience how different cultures set aside time in their daily lives to rest and we discuss how we can incorporate resting as our meditation throughout the day. We answer questions about what benefits we think we will experience after one week of setting our daily resting time.

Creative Expression –   My Happy Place

Youth design their ideal room/fun rest space and discuss things that make them feel rejuvenated in their daily lives.

Connecting: Play Time!

Each week this month youth prepare something they love to do and share it as an activity for class. We create an Adventure Day together and set a date to explore something fun. We have a silly face contest.


March 13, 2022 — Play: A Spoonful of Humor IS the Medicine

Affirmation: Laughter reveals my Wholeness.

Spiritual Lesson: Rx: Laughter

We are always searching for ways to improve and heal ourselves and look at all aspects of our lives. An important facet we often overlook is joy. Remembering to bring humor and joy into our lives will help us enjoy this journey.

Active Listening: Book/Music/Video

We watch young comedians on AGT.

Creative Expression –   Laughter Buddy

Youth think of things that make them laugh and try to move through the week focusing on those things. They create a small funny stuffed animal friend to remind them of this principle.

Connecting: Play Time!

Youth prepare something they love to do and share it as an activity for class. We create an Adventure Day together and set a date to explore something fun. We have a silly face contest.


March 6, 2022 — Play: Playing Twister with God

Affirmation: I am having fun with the Divine.

Spiritual Lesson: Playing Twister with God

As we journey to deepen our connection with ourselves and God, it’s easy to forget to leave room for play and having fun with the version of ourselves we have created. Hard work is important, but it is also important to balance it out with time for pure delight.

Active Listening: Book/Music/Video

We listen to a Tedx video about the importance of Playfulness. We discuss how playfulness can be our Superpower and then watch a video: The Universe Is Basically Playful.  

Creative Expression –   Wisdom Collage

Youth create a collage of different realizations they have come to that have led to enjoyable experiences later on and discuss what might currently be holding them back.

Connecting: Play Time!

Youth prepare something they love to do and share it as an activity for class. We create an Adventure Day together and set a date to explore something fun.

We share our favorite jokes and try not to laugh along with a laugh track.


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