Class Groupings and Curricula for 2018-2019
For those of our little ones who are younger than Preschool we will be offering a Nursery this year!
Preschool, Kindergarten and First Grade: “Spirit Play”
By Rev. Dr. Nita Penfold, Rev. Ralph Roberts and Beverly Leute Bruce
Using key elements from Montessori education, the Spirit Play program creates a spiritual community of children and presents the core stories of our Unitarian Universalist faith in ways that support multiple learning styles. In this program, children are encouraged to make meaning through wondering, art, and play.
Every day our children go forth into a complex world where they are often faced with difficult decisions and situations. Moral Tales attempts to provide children with the spiritual and ethical tools they will need to make choices and take actions reflective of their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values.
Fifth and Sixth Grade: “Harry and UU”
Harry and UU is based on the Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling, books that
immerse children in the idea that one can work to make the world better. The curriculum
includes many fun wizarding activities, but the main purpose of the curriculum is social
action. The class forms a chapter of Dumbledore’s Army and fights against seven
horcruxes during the year. The horcruxes are real world social action projects.
Seventh and Eighth Grade: “Building Bridges”/“Coming of Age”
By Mary K. Isaacs
Building Bridges is a world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search.
Group RE 2018-2019: What is it?
Several times throughout the year there will be opportunities for the Preschool-8th grade students to come together to learn, play, and worship in ways that bring them closer to one another and help them practice their faith. We encourage all students to attend these special group sessions to help each other learn as peers and mentors.
This year our theme for Group RE is: “Windows and Mirrors”
By Gabrielle Farrell, Jenice View, Natalie Fenimore
Windows and Mirrors nurtures children’s ability to identify their own experiences and
perspectives and to seek out, care about and respect those of others. The sessions unpack
topics that lend themselves to diverse experiences and perspectives—for example, faith
heritage, public service, anti-racism and prayer. The program teaches that there are
always multiple viewpoints and everyone’s viewpoint matters.