Pre-school: Spirit Play:
Our youngest children in RE go straight to the Pre-school room this Sunday instead of going to the sanctuary first. The children are greeted by their teachers, and, immediately, begin their RE time, which, using a Montessori approach, allows for creative wondering and exploration at their own pace after an initial lesson or story.
K/1 Grades: World of Wonder:
Kindergartners and first-graders will be introduced to the human relationship to the Earth, which is expressed in our 7th UU Principle: Respect for the Interdependent Web of All Life. The children will hear a story of how a gecko learned how he was connected to and depended on many living things in the jungle, followed by activities such as making a paper gecko.
2nd/3rd Grades: Sign of Our Faith: Being UU Every Day:
Our children in 2nd and 3rd grades will examine how their lives do and can exhibit traits and values that show living their lives being faithful to what they love. In the first session, the children learn about religious and secular signs, symbols and rituals in their lives. They will create a symbol that represents themselves as one of the activities.
4th/5th Grades: Windows and Mirrors:
Our children’s abilities are nurtured as they identify their own experiences and perspectives, and to seek out, care about, and respect those of others. The sessions lend themselves to diverse experiences and perspectives, teaching that there are always multiple viewpoints, and everyone’s viewpoint matters. In the introductory session, our youth will begin to explore how individuality creates the lens through which they view others and all life that shares this planet. They begin by learning about Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution as a stepping stone for discussion.
Junior High Youth: Riddle and Mystery:
Our 6th through 8th graders will be assisted in their own search of understanding as each session introduces and encourages them to process a Big Question. The first session introduces the concept of big questions. Our youth will experience rhythm and chant while singing UU hymn #1003 “Where Do We Come From?” In addition, time will be spent on WIT Time – “What I Think” about the day’s Big Question.