Our goal is a varied and solid curriculum that is interactive and vibrant, engaging both children and their teachers.
This Year’s Curriculum for 1st to 7th grade:
Tapestry of Faith
Tapestry of Faith
The UUA curriculum is Tapestry of Faith, the teaching of which nurtures Unitarian Universalist identity, encourages spiritual growth, helps develop a transforming faith, and explores vital communities of justice and love.
Spirit Play for Pre-K to 1st Grade: A Unitarian Universalist curriculum using Montessori methods and adapted from Godly Play by Jerome Berryman, it was developed by Nita Penfold D.Min., Rev. Ralph Roberts, and Beverly Leute Bruce. The key elements are the classroom environment and the teachers. These elements free the children to work at their own pace on their own issues after an initial lesson.
Faithful Journeys for 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders: Participants embark on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. In each session, they hear historic or contemporary examples of Unitarian Universalist faith in action. Stories about real people model how participants can activate their own personal agency – their capacity to act faithfully as Unitarian Universalists – in their own lives, and children have regular opportunities to share and affirm their own stories of faithful action. Through sessions structured around the Unitarian Universalist Principles, Faithful Journeys demonstrates that our Principles are not a dogma, but a credo that individuals can affirm with many kinds of action. Over the course of the program, children discover a unity of faith in the many different ways Unitarian Universalists, including themselves, can act on our beliefs.
Riddle and Mystery for 5th, 6th and 7th graders: The purpose of Riddle and Mystery is to assist sixth Graders in their own search for understanding. Each of the 16 sessions introduces and processes a Big Question. The first three echo Paul Gauguin’s famous triptych: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? The next ten, including Does God exist? and What happens when you die?, could be found on almost anyone’s list of basic life inquiries. The final three are increasingly Unitarian Universalist: Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?