The Religious Education Program at Heritage uses the Tapestry of Faith series of curriculum provided by the Unitarian Universalist Association (www.uua.org/re/tapestry). Here are the plans for September 2018 through January 2019.
Our Preschoolers’ curriculum is based on Spirt Play developed by Heritage members/teachers Dr. Ann Roberts and Beth Staggenborg.
Our Kindergarten/1st graders are using the World of Wonder – developed by Alice Anacheka-Nasemann, Pat Kahn, and Julie Simon. It is founded on the premise that direct experience in nature is essential to children’s physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development, this program delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery. Learn more here: www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/wonder
Our 2nd and 3rd graders are using the Signs of our Faith curriculum by Jessica York. Signs of Our Faith guides children to do their best to live faithful lives every day. It presents fourteen traits or values that most Unitarian Universalist love, including the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another on our faith journeys, and public witness. Children examine how their lives do and can exhibit these traits and values, and come to understand that their faith is a living faith whose histories and teachings are fortifications for living faithfully in a complex world. Learn more here: www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/signs
The 4th and 5th graders are exploring Windows and Mirrors by Gabrielle Farrell, Natalie Fenimore, and Dr. Jenice View with Aisha Hauser and Susan Lawrence. The metaphor of windows and mirrors represents the dynamic relationship among our awareness of self, our perceptions of others, and others’ perceptions of us. Learn more here: www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/windows
The Junior Youth children will be assisted in their own search for understanding using Riddle and Mystery developed by Richard S. Kimball. Each of the 16 sessions introduces and processes a Big Question: Does God exist? What happens when you die? Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me? Learn more here: www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/riddle