Classes and curriculum
More information about the curriculum for each class available by following the links below. Class calendars and further information for each age group can be found by using the navigation bar to the left.
Combination of three print Unitarian Universalist curricula: “We Are Many, We Are One,” “Chalice Children,” and “Celebrating Me and My World.”
"We Are Many, We Are One"--Stories, games and projects encourage children to honor themselves, their religious community, nature and cultures from around the world. Features rich array of games, songs and family newsletters to build relationships between teachers and home. 36 sessions.
"Chalice Children"--Based on the premise that children learn best through experience, this program helps nurture spiritual growth, creativity and a sense of community through imaginative activities and rituals such as rhymes and fingerplays. Includes 36 sessions (plus 5 alternates) that introduce children to concepts such as birth and death, dreams and the natural world.
"Celebrating Me and My World"-- This curriculum celebrates the wondrous qualities of children and the animals, objects, and people around them. Provides preschoolers with experiences and opportunities to grow in trust and caring and to develop their self-identity and sense of connectedness with all of life. Each session helps children identify with their classmates and religious community and affirm acceptance of one another, and nurtures spiritual and ethical growth. Unitarian Universalist principles and values that are implicitly promoted throughout the program include the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity, and compassion in human relations; and respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part.
World of Wonder (Tapestry of Faith)
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. It is founded on the premise that direct experience in nature is essential to children's physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development. Time spent experiencing and exploring nature during the kindergarten and first grade years can set a pattern for the rest of children's lives, bringing lasting openness to the wonder nature can spark. Includes Faith in Action activities focusing on social action.
Toolbox of Faith (Tapestry of Faith)
Toolbox of Faith invites fourth- and fifth- grade participants to reflect on the qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith. Each of the 16 sessions uses a tool as a metaphor for an important quality of our faith such as reflection (symbolized by a mirror), flexibility (duct tape), and justice (a flashlight). Includes Faith in Action activities that can be used for Social Action lessons.
6th-8th Grade—Neighboring Faiths (Print) and Building Bridges (Tapestry of Faith)—World Religions (Print)
This curriculum is split into two parts covering two academic years. The first part is World Religions (e.g. Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Earth-centered religions);the second part covers Unitarian Universalism and Christian denominations. Plans call for the UU and Christian portions of this curriculum to be used in 2014-15. Includes 3-4 field trips to other houses of worship/faith communities and classroom visitors from those faiths. Additional activities may include arts and crafts related to the particular religion being studied at the time, interfaith social action projects, and Children’s Chapel lessons pertinent to the curriculum (e.g. Day of the Dead).
9th-12th—Virtue Ethics: An Ethical Development Program for High School Youth (Tapestry of Faith)
We make hundreds of decisions every day. Some are small. Some are life changing, although we may not know their significance when we make them. This program’s premise—in the words of the Buddha, recited in every workshop Opening—is that “our thoughts and actions become habits and our habits shape our character.” We have some control over our character. We can shape the person we want to be by making intentional, thoughtful decisions. Our youth will also take part in five spiritual practices workshops this school year, e.g. meditation, yoga and a drumming circle.