Ethics For Children, Tweens & Teens

Here, young humans empower their ethical development, create life-long freindships, and stand up with care and courage for a GOOD WORLD in action.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Memory Games!

This is the game board for our ETHICAL MEMORIES and HOPES GAME!
We enjoyed each others memories and building the future at the same time!
Can't wait for next season with you all! Let's reach out to our spheres of influence this summer to grow our Ethical Community!!!  You are welcome to bring some friends to the Sleep Over this summer -- and your parents too!

Here's Deepali's Story Workshop.
We took classic short tales and the children designed enacted simple profound story transformations.
Simple experiments in change included:
What if the animals all said YES when the Little Red Hen asked them for help making bread?
What if the Tortoise and the Hare talked when the hare falls hurt in the race?
It may be obvious "what happens" but the feelings and writings it brought up, through enacting and then writing,  were authentic connected experiences, empowered by realizing stories change because of what characters do -- and we change by what we do.

The children are enacting the Tortoise in the race with the Hare.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Remember this game?
"Mother May I?"

In this game, the leader says "Yes, you may!" -- and you advance through requests, taking 2 steps forward, or one jump .....different actions.
In our month of May, our theme was about DEED -- "Mother, MAY I.... help?"  "Mother Earth, MAY I help?"


Ethics for Children focused on DEED.  Within our larger season's focus on ACTIVISM, this included going on two outings: First the Children's March called NEXT GENERATION NOW and then the AIDS WALK NYC.

Though the rainy muddy day of the Children's March made numbers small on the day of the march, the work we did to understand and prepare for march was significant in itself.  Children learned at Ethical Culture about "the Soap Box" that welcomes "freedom of speech."  We practiced getting up on individually to share our values with others.

We had been developing speeches for a few weeks, with guest writer Deepali and group leader Audrey, about our relationship to trees, and their relationships to animals and humans.   Some children shared their speeches on the soap box in our workshop space, others actually even shared with the WHOLE Ethical community.  Marifer made a wonderful discovery, through observing the shyness of a fellow presenter, that you could just BREATHE on the soapbox, and that that is a kind of message all its own.  This was a spicy discovery, like having a profound secret, or riddle for the audience to decode.

At the Children's March, we enjoyed many of the speakers.  Just being there was a huge challenge for us and the crowd who came since it was pouring rain unrelentingly all day.  Two adult speakers told their stories from the Civil Rights Movement's very own Children's Marches.  They had been young teens who left school to march for racial justice in the south.  Their stories were wonderful, and they emphasized the role of music and song in the experience of social justice work.  Songsters from age 4-20 sang homemade songs about envisioning the future with hope.  "No war," wailed a young boy.  "In the future there will be anything you can imagine," pondered a young girl.  One eight year old girl, stood up for Domestic Workers United, sharing her experience of being the daughter of a woman whose job is to help other families with their children.  She spoke with such dignity of the importance of this job, and the hard work her mother does to achieve it well, and the necessity of fare labor supports.  Another young girl spoke about her immigration from Yemen and the discrimination she has faced in this idealistically open-minded country.  Twins led a teen movement, and for the first time Trump was mentioned.  They are standing up for the role of FACTS in a slippery terrain.  Each child on the stage and in the audience had adults there supporting them.  The intergenerational commitment was life affirming and joyful.

At the AIDS WALK NYC, the weather was fully supportive of our ease. We walked to raise money and awareness, inviting sponsorship from our NYSEC members.  Our group is small but fascinatingly all ages.  The conversation is the human-star-of-learning -- where each of us carry insight and perspective uniquely for the dialogue.  We carried posters of the RED RIBBON symbol -- the first-ever ribbon to represent an illness, as a way to stand up for the right to health care, and health research.  We talked about the terrible disease that had been such a mystery in the 80's, and how scientists play an instrumental role in such a dilemma as this.  Scientists needed to be called upon to research the problem in order to gain understanding and thereby, solutions.  Science in Ethics has been a seasonal theme for our program this past spring, so this was a wonderful example of how science influences the direction of humanity. And since at least one of our "dads" is a scientist, we know first hand, that scientists need to be paid money to support their work, since they are people with lives and families to support.  We talked about how discrimination and "othering" played into delayed action and policy in support for AIDS victims.  We talked about how people died of this disease, and also, how they survived with it.  Indeed, I feel very gratified to say, many survivors I know were out marching today, as they have every year for decades now!

We talked about how important it is for people to care about each others health, and solve the health problems of society.

Balloons were given to us from all directions along our way.  We got gold stars to start.  We walked under balloon bridges.  And finally, when things were winding down, a group carrying an enormous bouquet of red balloons gave us the bouquet.  It was so heavy in its pull toward sky that we had to anchor it down with extra intention.  With any more balloons,  Oberson may have flown upward.

Gratitude to contributors who supported our endeavor, financially!

Saturday, May 13, 2017


Please sign up for our AIDS WALK TEAM:  ETHICAL 
at this link:
Please join or donate ETHICAL - 9707 for AIDS Walk New York!
Another "WALK" that might interest families is the MOMS DEMAND ACTION walk to end gun violence, on Saturday, June 3rd, 2pm-4pm. The walk starts at Korean War Veterans Plaza in Brooklyn, crosses the bridge to a rally on the other side.  To sign up text BRIDGE to 644-33.  They suggest you wear orange, in solidarity with an action by Hadiya Pendleton's friends, who wore orange in honor of her after she was shot at the age of 15 in Chicago. Orange is what hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves from harm. .

Friday, April 14, 2017



at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn 
is on Saturday, May 13th.
"Next Generation Now: March and Rally for Youth Empowerment"

The Young Ethical Explorers of NYSEC will be going! Please join us! Let's connect!  Wanna meet up!? Hope you'll come! 

1.  To meet up, RSVP to or
On day of, you may text organizer Audrey at {212-nine20-4483}

2.  For a friendly connection at the event itself,  stay posted here at

2. To introduce a youth-voice, get up on the Soap Box of Free Speech and speak your mind! speak up for your values!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

April begins a month of Brain Storms

Miles and Lillian learned a new song from our guest songster, Joanie Klips!
Miles, Joannie, Lillian 

Miles taught us how to make Flip Books by using the window as a light box. So clever!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Migration of Monarchs

MMMMMMM Science:

Guest Scientist Jesus and his apprentice Maria Fernandez
share knowledge of the Monarchs in Mexico, and the way many people had to collaborate across language, culture, and opinion to contribute their observations of "tagged" Monarchs, to discover, and thereby, map, the path of Monarch Migration.
Young scientists study a World Map of migratory animals, contemplating the purposes migration serves.

A butterfly ready to fly!

So wonderful to have NYSEC Leader Ann Klaeysen join our projects.

Readers study, as their butterflies rest.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Eggs-cellent Egg-quinox Eggs-periment!

Dear Young Ethical Scientists,

We are balancing eggs this week!  Start right away!
Wake up on Monday March 20th, the first day of Spring
for the Spring Equinox's Famous Perfect Balancing Moment:
at six-twenty-nine a.m.

Take notes!
How many eggs did you manage to get standing and for how long?
And try again in the eve, and the next day -- all week long if you can! as many times as your age!

We'll share our RESEARCH about Egg-Balancing.
Send an email to
with your RESULTS and we'll tally up the evidence of many efforts!

QUEST: DO EGGS BALANCE ON THE EQUINOX: the day when night and day are equal.