This year’s offering include:
Children’s Programming: UU Identity and Nature!
Nursery: Our littlest members (ages 0-2) enjoy free play in a safe, caring environment. Miss Nancy and our other Nurser volunteers just love those babies! On Sundays where we have an Intergenerational Service, the Nursery is open to children ages 0-4.
Pre-K/K: This year, our littlest UUs, ages 3, 4, 5 and 6 (if the child is still in Kindergarten) will be learning from the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith curricula “World of Wonder,” written by Alice Anacheka-Nasemann, Julie Simon and Pat Kahn. This program takes our Pre-schoolers and Kindergarteners on a journey exploring our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle and is designed to instill in them respect for the interdependent web of all existence and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery. Time spent experiencing and exploring the world around us during these early instructional years begins a practice that can bring lifelong openness to the wonder nature can spark.
Bible Literacy for Grades 1-8
Lower Elementary: Both the Lower and Upper Elementary will spend this year exploring the Bible using the curricula Bibleodeon, written by Richard and Tirrell Kimball. Children in grades 1 – 3 will explore the Old Testament, while our 4th and 5th graders will learn stories from the New Testament. This curricula introduces biblical scriptures by presenting the best-known Hebrew and Christian stories with fun and interactive games, such as investigating the Cain and Abel crime scene and solving the “Mystery of the Day.” Participants also act in playlets, illustrate a timeline, give awards to outstanding biblical women, and more. They explore connections between biblical events and UU principles, between biblical ideas and their own lives.
Middle School: Continuing in the Bible Literacy theme, while exploring the UUA’s Six Sources, our wonderful teachers and assistants will be using the curricula “Riddle and Mystery.” This curricula, authored by the same team who brought us Bibleodeon, will lead our 6th – 8th graders in their own search for theology and understanding of some of life’s big questions – “Where do we come from? What are we? What happens after we die? What/who is god?” to name just a few.