Grades K – 2
9:30 am & 11:30 am
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 3 – 5
9:30 &11:30am (September thru December)
Curriculum: Spirit of adventure & Love Connects Us
Spirit of Adventure is a curriculum designed specifically for active children. Religious education has been defined by fine motor activities and table crafts, intimate personal sharing in a sharing circle, and with non-competitive exploration. The author of this curriculum wanted to incorporate different kinds of learning, the learning from physical movement and the learning from challenge and adventure. Included are activities like dissecting a computer, building cantilevered architecture using graham crackers, interviewing a sports coach, eating smoked oysters, and singing Jingle Bells in “dog” language! There are also circus arts, an Animal Blessing, and a Popcorn Sale. Bring those active busy children in and watch them be amazed!
Love Connects Us celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community. Moved by love and gathered in spirit, we embrace our responsibility toward one another and the world at large. We encourage one another’s search for truth and meaning. We strive to be active in peace-making and other efforts to improve our world.
9:30am ( starting January 2018)
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.