Grades K – 1
9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Curriculum: Spirit Play
Based upon the Montessori method, Spirit Play uses ritual storytelling with props to help children find the religious language to live into their own answers to existential questions such as: who am I, where did I come from, How do I choose to live my life and what are my gifts? Teachers guide children through a prepared and structured environment that allows them to explore their own interests at their own pace.
Spirit Play stories include topics relating to our Principles, Sources, world religions and UU history and liturgy with a special emphasis on our sixth principle, “We work for a fair and peaceful world.”
Grades 2 – 3
9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Curriculum: Love Will Guide Us
In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, “Where did we come from?” “What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?” “How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?” “What happens when you die?” Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these questions. Participants will learn that asking questions is valued in Unitarian Universalism, even as they begin to shape their own answers.
Grades 4 – 5
9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. (September thru December 2018)
Curriculum: Harry and UU
Harry and UU is based on the Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling, books that immerse children in the idea that one can work to make the world better.
The curriculum includes many fun wizarding activities, but the main purpose of the curriculum is social action. The class forms a chapter of Dumbledore’s Army and fights against seven Horcruxes during the year. The Horcruxes are real world social action projects such as:
The Illiteracy Horcrux
The Poverty Horcrux
The Child Slavery Horcrux
The Sickness Horcrux
The Animal Cruelty Horcrux
The Environmental Horcrux
Also included is a bonus Horcrux, the Hatred Horcrux, added in response to recent activities of hatred in the United States.
The curriculum spends about four classes on each Horcrux fight, with three classes devoted mainly to education and small projects, and one class devoted entirely to action. The goal is to produce tangible results on seven real-world problems.
9:30am (January-May 2019)
Curriculum: Science & Religion
The Science & Religion curriculum is a unique offering written by members of the congregation. Originally created for the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, the course helps children answer questions about the place of humanity in the universe, the nature and meaning of life, and how scientific reasoning influences and enhances our faith as Unitarian Universalists. This program offers ample opportunities for active learning through real-world science experiments as well as time for reflection and dialogue on the meaning of these experiments in a religious context.