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. 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 the 9:00 and 11:00 am 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 in the 9:00am worship service, 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.
Detailed Curriculum Information
K-2nd Grades: Wonderful Welcome
The Wonderful Welcome uses curriculum engages and challenges children to explore how and why we are willing to welcome others into our lives. We welcome not only strangers, but family, our peers, our neighbors and even entities that are not people such as our animal friends and nature itself. This program uses stories from our UU heritage and focuses on collecting intangible gifts like Friendship and Covenant.
3rd-5th Grades: Faithful Journeys
Participants embark on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. In each session, they hear historic or contemporary examples of Unitarian Universalist faith in action. Stories about real people model how participants can activate their own personal agency – their capacity to act faithfully as Unitarian Universalists – in their own lives, and children have regular opportunities to share and affirm their own stories of faithful action. Through sessions structured around the Unitarian Universalist Principles, Faithful Journeys demonstrates that our Principles are not a dogma, but a credo that individuals can affirm with many kinds of action. Over the course of the program, children discover a unity of faith in the many different ways Unitarian Universalists, including themselves, can act on our beliefs.
Youth: Riddle and Mystery
Once a month, youth will attend the worship service with the larger congregation. They will also have lessons prepared by the Ministers and DRE, who advise the youth group once a month. Youth will also explore lessons from the Riddle and Mystery program, which assists youth in their own search for understanding. Each of the 16 sessions introduces and processes a Big Question. The first three echo Paul Gauguin’s famous triptych: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? The next ten, including Does God exist? and What happens when you die?, could be found on almost anyone’s list of basic life inquiries. The final three are increasingly Unitarian Universalist: Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?