Sparrow’s reading parenting articles again…

I have admired Maria Montessori’s philosophy since I began  learning about it early in my career, and just ran across a short article on the core of her thoughts.  I rather hate the title of the article, but let’s blame that on the writer trying to make his article click-bait-worthy.   Please replace in your mind the word “Commandments” with “Reminders” and the words “the Perfect Parent” with “a More Mindful Parent”.  Enjoy, friends.

Jedi Mindfulness

I have always wanted to incorporate the image of the Jedi knights into how I teach and approach children, yet I struggled with the Star Wars’ canon idea that one must let go of emotion to use the Force.  that was counterintuitive to me.  Fortunately, I found this delightful article to share with everyone, in which the author goes beyond the basic movie idea (as well as talking about its limitations).

Peace, Sparrow

Unitarian Universalist Programming for Scouts

Did you know that the UUA publishes “Love and Help” for young Scouts and “Religion in Life” for older Scouts?

Spiral Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts as well as families who are creating their own activity and values clarification experience for their children can all use these books.  Look in the UUA’s InSpirit Bookstore for these booklets, emblems, and certificates.

Cake or pillars?

As we begin organizing the children’s programming for the new academic year, will we use a layer cake approach or pillars?  Way Cool Sunday School model or Spirit Play?  Join Sparrow on Sunday for a quick review of these religious education practices and the chance to put all our ideas into one big friendly basket before Rev. Jan and Sparrow begin to chart out the year.  11:45 in the Library.

Why does religious ed not look like public school ed?  Why do some children expect play time when they get to RE?  Why do we focus on kindness, resilience, and spiritual practice?  Why do our kids say “nothing” when asked what happened in RE?

We do not yet have child care sorted, any big kids who would like to help out, please send a message to

Thank you, Religious Education Families

On June 3, the RE parents surprised me with a bookstore spree – thank you all so much.  I have indulged in a huge armful of books:

  • The White Stag
  • The Two Princesses of Bamarre
  • Fire Bringer
  • East
  • The Sight
  • Ombria in Shadow
  • The Old Straight Track
  • The King of Elfland’s Daughter: Special Edition
  • Morphology of the Folktale
  • The King’s Damosel

as well a nice handful of movie DVDs – The Hobbit, Fantastic Beasts, and A Wrinkle in Time!