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
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.
Grades 3 – 5
Curriculum: Sing to the Power & Windows and Mirrors
Sing to the Power affirms our Unitarian Universalist heritage of confronting “powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.” Using a metaphor of the four elements—earth, air, fire, and water—as a framework, participants experience their own power, and understand how it can help them to be leaders.
Windows and Mirrors nurtures children’s ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek 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.