Continuing the theme of Curiosity at home!

Continuing the theme of Curiosity at home!

Dear Parents,

Each month, we try to provide you with some ideas for continuing the discussion around what it means to be a family of our current theme. This month, we are exploring ideas around curiosity.

With Your Kids (Ideas to engage Curiosity as a Family)

Family Rituals

From Tapestry of Faith, Faithful Journeys, Taking It Home https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/journeys/session9/132491.shtml

Share Curiosity

Gather as a family before an evening meal. Have each member of the family name something they are curious about or something they learned that day. If you like, light candles as you share. Consider saying candle-lighting words that affirm asking questions, for example, “We give thanks for our curiosity and the answers it brings.” Avoid editing or answering one another’s questions, correcting information, or exchanging dialogue until everyone has shared. Where possible, provide resources and encourage family members to seek answers themselves. It is okay to validate questioning as a process that is as important, if not more important than, determining answers. (To keep this activity popular, avoid pressuring family members to do research every time a “wondering” is shared.)

Attention to Curiosity

Pay extra attention to times when your child asks questions, shows curiosity, or otherwise actively seeks to learn. Point out instances of your child acting faithfully in a way that affirms or promotes a free and responsible search for truth and meaning our  — their own search, or others’.

Stories To Read Together

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher (Family Fletcher Series) by Dana Alison Levy  (Author)
Book: https://www.amazon.com/Misadventures-Family-Fletcher/dp/0385376553/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1550764198&sr=1-1&keywords=the+family+fletcher

“Follow the lives of the four Fletcher boys, Sam, Jax, Eli, and Frog and their two Dads (the kids are all adopted) over the course of a school year. Each boy struggles with his own hurdles, from finding new interests, to difficulty with friends, to trying out a new school, but it all blends together perfectly in a show of everyday family life.” – review

Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi  (Author), Lea Lyon (Illustrator)
Book: https://www.amazon.com/Lailahs-Lunchbox-Ramadan-Reem-Faruqi/dp/0884484319/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1550790291&sr=1-1&keywords=lailahs+lunchbox

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBslngZwZ9A

Family Journeys

From Tapestry of Faith, Faithful Journeys, Taking It Home https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/journeys/session9/132491.shtml

 Choose a topic that interests family members or a question you would like to have answered. Spend an evening in a library or online, learning everything you can about it. Challenge each person to learn at least one new thing (or five, if you are ambitious).

Family Games for Curiosity

I Spy Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m344VlHbmXM

Twenty Questions
One person thinks of a person, place or thing, and the others try to guess by asking questions that can be answered yes or no. For example: “Is this a person?” / “Is the person alive?” / “Is it a character from a book?” / “Is it a man?” If someone guesses correctly before twenty questions have been asked and answered, it is their turn to think of a person, place, or thing for others to guess.

Family Movie Night Ideas

 Peep and the Big Wild World (3 ten-minute episodes for Preschoolers) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYkzNuEQhUs

And a ton of other YouTube Videos to share such as:
Peep and the Big Wild World: A Peep of a Different Color https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKdqzvQDtvM 
Peep’s Moon Mission narrated by Joan Cusak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdj8lPvW0rc

 Beauty and the Beast (2017) https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/beauty-and-the-beast-2017
“…the story encourages viewers to look beyond the superficial and to be compassionate, curious, humble, and generous. Director Bill Condon took care to make sure that this version had diverse supporting characters, including a gay LeFou (Josh Gad) — Gaston’s sidekick, who briefly dances with a man — and people of color not represented in the animated version.” – Common Sense Media

For You (Support for Parents as Faith Formation Guides)

 The Problem with Curious George/Raising Race Conscious Children: A parent negotiates a reading of Curious George with her 3-year-old through the lens of racism. http://www.raceconscious.org/2015/10/the-problem-with-curious-george/

I Wonder: Tools to Inspire Curiosity, Reflection, and Empathy in Kids: From the “Doing Good Together” website. https://www.doinggoodtogether.org/bhf/blog/i-wonder

There’s No Good Mother’s Day card for a not-good mother:  The author is curious about what to do for her own and any mother who isn’t a good fit for the butterflies and schmaltzy sentiments for Mother’s Day. https://www.salon.com/2018/05/07/theres-no-good-mothers-day-card-for-a-not-good-mother/

Don’t Shy Away from Ignorance – use it to better yourself: TED TALK. Becoming familiar with “I Don’t Know” as the start of an adventure.  Value questions and curiosity to transform a family, making ignorance a catalyst for change. https://www.ted.com/talks/laura_fox_don_t_shy_away_from_ignorance_use_it_to_better_yourself#t-301666

 

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