Kindergarten and First Grade: Wonderful Welcome
Wonderful Welcome engages and challenges leaders and children alike to explore how and why we are willing to welcome others into our lives. We will learn how to welcome not only strangers, but family, our peers, our neighbors, and even non-people such as our animal friends and nature itself. How do we welcome? We welcome by sharing intangible gifts, those positive qualities which we all have inside us such as kindness, love, invitation, covenant, and empathy. In this program, children learn to articulate and express a variety of intangible gifts, empowering them to share these gifts with others.
Second and Third Grade: Moral Tales
The goal of this curriculum is to provide children with the spiritual and ethical tools they will need to make choices and take action in an increasingly complex world. The stories in Moral Tales draw upon many of our Unitarian Universalist sources, portraying moral dilemmas and paths to goodness and justice through a variety of cultural and religious lenses. Yet every story resonates with Unitarian Universalist principles and purposes, which are intentionally integrated into the sessions. In this way participants develop awareness and understanding of other religions as they strengthen their own identity as Unitarian Universalists.
Fourth and Fifth Grade: Windows and Mirrors
Our older elementary group will embrace the contribution of diversity to our collective ability to pursue truth, fairness, justice, and love with Windows and Mirrors. They will be creating a window/mirror panel each time they meet, culminating in an exhibit for the congregation. Windows and Mirrors nurtures children’s ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to see out, care about, and respect those of others. The sessions unpack topics that lend themselves to diverse experiences and perspectives – for example, faith heritage, public service, anti-racism, and prayer. The program teaches that there are always multiple viewpoints and everyone’s viewpoint matters.