Children and Youth Curriculum and Classrooms
The R.E. Curriculum: All the classes, except Child Care, run on a three-year educational cycle which includes: Unitarian Universalist Principles and Values (Year 1), World Religions and Moral Development (Year 2), and Peace, Social Justice and the Environment (Year 3). The detailed curriculum information below.
The Unitarian Universalist Association Tapestry of Faith Curricula is the predominant source of lessons for our classes. The Tapestry of Faith program is a lifespan faith development program geared to each age group. Its modules for children and youth complement our three year cycle.
During the regular church year, September -May, we offer a variety of programs for children and youth. In the Summer a variety of “Guest Stars” provide RE activities. If you have any questions about these programs, please contact Adrean Dills, the Director of Religious Education at 916-672-9318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Child Care Program: Child care is offered downstairs during services. The program offers age-appropriate games, stories, art, manipulative materials in a loving and caring atmosphere. Simple U.U. principles are introduced during the year through stories, games, songs, and dramatic play opportunities.
· Elementary Age Program: The K-2nd and 3-5th grade classes meet in the downstairs R.E. space. You and your child(ren) are welcome to visit these classes or become a regular attendee. Each class uses Unitarian Universalist curricula to teach children in fun and interactive ways.
Youth Program: Following the Time for All Ages , youth are encouraged to find their Advisers, who are often standing near the back of the Sanctuary. Youth are encouraged to utilize UU resources and to begin working together to shape the program to their interests.
SFUU R.E. Curriculum Focus for 2018 - 2019
The focus for this year is Social Justice. Each class will have its own age-appropriate curriculum that draws heavily from the Tapestry of Faith offerings as well as other UU offerings and source material from social justice programs. The C/YRE Committee in conjunction with the Director of Religious Education discusses and establishes the curriculum for the year.
Social Engagement Projects– Children and youth will be working with Laura Koerner approximately one Sunday per month on a practical, achievable social engagement project. All age levels including youth are invited to participate.
K-2nd Grade Class -- This age group will have a combination of lessons from the In Our Hands: A Peace and Social Justice Program and the Love Will Guide Us program from Tapestry of Faith. In Our Hands focuses on self-awareness and conflict resolution while the Love Will Guide Us lessons teach children how to let love guide them when presented with challenges in the world around them.
3rd - 5th Grade Class -- This age group will be focusing on the Amazing Grace program from the Tapestry of Faith offerings and lessons from the In Our Hands: A Peace and Social Justice Program. Both of these are UU curricula. Amazing Grace is designed to assist youth in identifying right and wrong and making choices in a complex world, while the In Our Hands curriculum focuses on self-awareness and conflict resolution.
4th - 6th Grade OWL -- Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a lifelong learning sexuality and relationship education program. 4th-6th graders from our congregation and the community will be invited to participate for 8 weeks in the spring. This class will happen during usual RE time for the ease of families with multiple children.
Youth Group -- On Sundays the youth group is not joining the Social Engagement Sundays program, they will have time to discuss current events and theological questions over “coffee” with their advisors. Youth and two adult advisors will be walking to a local coffee shop or the Loft area for discussion. Starter questions will be provided, but youth are encouraged to bring topics that feel relevant and alive for them.
MUUGs -- Youth will be provided with information about district MUUGs events. They will also be encouraged to do small fundraising projects to support their participation in district events.
Social Events -- Youth group will have monthly meetings offsite in the evenings. These are intended to be fun group activities that could include art or cooking projects, bowling, etc. Parents from two different households must be present. All supervising parents must have background checks and be aware of SFUU policies regarding youth events.
~ Adrean Louise Dills, M.Div.