We are well into our Winter/Spring term in our religious education program and it’s been a great start! It might be helpful for families with and without young children to know about some touchstones and ongoing elements in each of our classes.
Every week in all classes, our children light their class chalice and share joys and concerns. In our preschool class, Chalice Children, the battery-operated chalice flame is passed from child to child, so that EVERYONE lights the chalice.
Our kindergarten and first grade class is using a labyrinth as a continuing element in their curriculum, Creating Home. Most weeks the children have an opportunity to place their name stone in the center and use the labyrinth to focus their attention.
Second and third graders have homework each week in their Moral Tales class as they use their “Gems of Goodness” notebooks to record times during the week when they committed “acts of goodness.” On Sunday morning children place a gem into a glass jar to help them see a tangible reminder of how their acts accumulate. “As we act with goodness, our jar will become full, just like our hearts.”
In the 4th/5th grade class Sing to the Power, children hear stories about people stepped up to own their own power, led by their faith. The class uses the elements of earth, air, fire and water to explore different aspects of power and attach circles to their class poster every week.
Our children and their teachers are having a wonderful time every Sunday. I hope you will have a chance to visit our classrooms soon to see these and other ongoing projects!