SKUUF Children’s Class- “Wins”
“Wins”- The ultimate goals for each class.
Preschool-1st grade- Exploring– Exploring what it means to be me and a member of a loving respectful community.
2nd-5th grade- Developing– Developing a UU identity and a moral compass.
6th-8th grade- Embracing– Embracing respect for myself, others, and the Earth.
9th-12th grade- Empowering– Empowering compassionate global citizens.
Check out descriptions of our very popular – Classes for Grades 6-10
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Nursery care is available downstairs in the nursery each Sunday from 9-11 am for children under four years of age. Our paid care provider is Wendy Rowbotham. A second volunteer helps Wendy each Sunday. Parents are welcome to stay with their child in the nursery.
Our preschool through 1st graders will be using the Chalice Children curriculum. It is designed to help young children learn about their church and congregation. It is based on the belief that children gain a sense of belonging to their religious community and the Unitarian Universalist faith when they have concrete experiences with its people and places. The UU symbol of the chalice is a focus throughout the sessions and simple rituals like rhymes, fingerplays, and games start each morning and assist the children in getting to know one another. Each session contains stories, activities, and projects to keep every learning style busy and content.
Our 2nd and 3rd graders will be using the, In Our Hands: A Peace and Social Justice Curriculum, this year. The version they will use is for kids in grades 1-3. Last year we used the 4th-6th grade In Our Hands curriculum with great success. The program explores children’s knowledge about issues of peace and justice. It explores constructive ways of both resolving conflict and unfairness, and promoting peace and fairness in their personal relationships. Children also explore promoting peace and fairness in their relationship with nature. The sessions are organized according to the following sections: arrival and centering, focusing, reflecting, exploring, integrating, and closing.
The children in grades 4-5 will be using the Windows and Mirrors curriculum. This program comes from the UUA’s online selection of curriculum in their Tapestry of Faith series. The program 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. Throughout the year, each child will create a large windows and mirrors panel. The panels will be displayed in the spring time for the congregation to see.
Our youth in grades 6-9 will be taking part in the Neighboring Faiths class. The curriculum introduces youth to the faith traditions and practices of other religious groups in their community. The goal of the program is for youth to participate in others’ traditions not as observers, but as “people being religious together”. Youth will reflect on the unique and the universal of the religious experience and they will explore their own values as they relate to other faith traditions. Youth become more aware of the connections between UUism and other faith traditions. A final goal is to increase the understanding and appreciation of religious diversity.
Youth in grades 8-12 are invited to attend Youth Group. Our Youth Group meets twice a month on the second and fourth Sundays from 6-7:30 pm. We have wonderful Youth Group leaders, and equally wonderful youth. In March 2017, the Youth Group plans to visit Nicaragua for their bi-annual service trip.
One Sunday each month is set aside for fun activities. The dates of our “fun Sundays” usually coincide with holidays and school vacations. Activities may include family hikes, service work or field trips. Annual events are making gingerbread houses, celebrating May Day and decorating the Maypole, walking Quincy Bog and baking pies for the homeless shelter.
We strive to incorporate aspects of community and worldwide service into our RE program each year. Last year, some of our service projects included making pies for the homeless shelter, donating to heifer international and planting a fruit tree.
Opportunities for musical enrichment for children abound. We offer Children’s Choir each year, as well as songs during Children’s Chapel and a multi-generational Music Service.
All classes are taught by a large group of wonderful volunteers from the congregation. Our volunteers vary in age from high school youth to senior members of the fellowship. It truly takes village to run the RE program!
Religious Education Philosophy
Our philosophy includes nurturing a sense of community, valuing oneself and others, understanding Unitarian Universalism, appreciating the beliefs of other religions, fostering an awareness of our responsibility to our world and its inhabitants and encouraging the experience of wonder.
Our curricula and classes are based on the Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
- That each and every person is important;
- That all people should be treated fairly;
- That our congregations are places where all people are accepted and where we keep on learning together;
- That each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life;
- That everyone should have a vote about the things that concern them;
- In working for a peaceful, fair and free world;
- In caring for our planet earth.
From “Beginning Unitarian Universalism” by Helena Chapin and Mary Ann Moore.
Please contact our Director of Religious Education if you have any questions!
Meredith Flynn, DRE