The goal of Lodestone is to magnetize the Middle School. Lodestone will provide fun and as well as deep teachable moments, so that middle schoolers are attracted like iron to a magnet! We want them to drag their parent(s) in on Sundays!
Lodestones are rocks that are made up of magnetite, an iron oxide ore. They are naturally magnetic. In ancient times, compasses were made using small pieces of lodestones. Some believe that lodestones have magical uses for attracting friends and wishes. Lodestone, the UU program for Middle Schoolers, will magnetize your group and make it so fun and deep that the middle schoolers will want to attend no matter what.
Lodestone includes suggestions for 9 Social Nights as options for building friendship and community. These may be offered on Friday or Saturday nights for 2 hours, once a month. With the Family Conversations in the Death, Race and Money Units, you may not wish to schedule additional Social Nights if your families are already very busy. However, they are here if you need them. The Social Night scripts also provide ideas for even more games and activities. These Social Nights are updated from the ones in Katie Covey’s 1998 “Traditions with a Wink” Middle School curriculum.
September Six Foot Banana Split
October A Scary Stories Evening
November Weird Foods Night
December White Elephant Gift Exchange
January Pie Making Party
March Science Fair Social
April Egg Hunt
Sunshine, Silence and Service
There are activity choices for each session which reflect the opportunities we can provide to Middle schoolers in UU community. These opportunities address the needs of young teens to:
•take a break from “screen time” and “technology,”
•be in deep conversations,
•move their bodies,
•give their brain some downtime,
•spend time in sunshine and nature,
•learn and mature.
I call the opportunities the three “S’s” –
•In addition, there will be opportunities for the 4th “S” of “Silliness!” since these are middle schoolers after all.
I want the middle schoolers to be dragging their parent(s) in on Sunday morning!
Here is more about the three “S’s.”
Sunshine – as a theme means Sunshine/Movement. Middle Schoolers change as much as infants in the first 3 years. They need movement and, if possible, outdoors, to counter the aches and pains, stress and tiredness of the age. If we can’t always offer sunshine, we can offer movement.
Silence – as a theme is offered as Silence/Mindfulness. These activities will help Middle Schoolers learn centering and reflective techniques, to counter the blast and overload from technology and the Information Age.
Service – as a theme means Service to others. Lodestone invites them to practice leadership and giving.
Silliness means giggles, name games, Jenga, and closing chants.
"Katie Covey is a wonder! After previewing the money unit, I am in awe of her eye for creation, still astonished at her integration of new ideas, activities, and concepts, and thrilled that she continues to produce amazing content for our religious educators and congregations across our association. What. A. Gem!" - Eric Bliss, Youth Ministry Specialist, Congregational Life Staff, Pacific Western Region UUA