Curriculum

Religious Education Curriculum for Children & Youth

Fall/Spring 2020-2021 Class Descriptions

This year our Religious Education (RE) classes will meet online. Our youngest children in the nursery and toddler age group and their parents/guardians will have opportunities to engage in short “meet ups” with other families and our two nursery/ childcare providers. 

For our children in grades Kindergarten through 7th, we are using a curriculum called “Soul Matters” which uses monthly themes such as “Renewal,” “Healing,” “Stillness,” and “Commitment.” Decentering Whiteness Lessons are incorporated every month for each class along with “Soul Matters” material. Each section within the Kindergarten through 5th grade “Core Packets” curriculum is designed around a particular “lesson” or angle on the monthly theme. The building blocks in each of these themed sections include: 

  • “Introduce It” – Object lessons and wonder box presentations to help leaders introduce the lesson/theme angle for the children 

  •  “Tell It & Talk About It” – Stories (and some puppet scripts) to help bring the theme angle to life through storytelling 

  • “Meditate on It” – Various mindfulness practices to help children engage the theme angle in a more reflective and quiet way. 

  • “Explore It” – Small group activities and experiential learning designed for online experience. Just because we can’t be together physically doesn’t mean we can’t play and create together online! 

  • “Take It Home” – Ideas about how to weave the theme angle into family and home life.

Sixth and Seventh Graders follow a “Crossing Paths” curriculum that explores some of the religions of the world including Unitarian Universalism. Our 8th/9th graders are doing Coming of Age this year and our High School Youth Group meets weekly on zoom for deep discussion on current topics as well as worship planning, fundraising, and working towards their summer service trip.

Class description  grades k/1

Soul Matters Sharing Circle is designed to engage young children in an online setting using virtual games and object based stimuli . The curriculum includes monthly themes such as “Deep Listening” and “Healing” to connect our Unitarian Universalist principles with the core building blocks (described above) to help children gain a deeper understanding of how the principles show up in their daily lives. 

Class description  grades 2/3: 

Our Second and Third Grade students have a more developed understanding of the online platform Zoom. This year we are focusing on introducing spirituality in a fun and educational manner. The same monthly themes K/1 will be using will be incorporated here but with a spin. An introduction to the four strategies [simultaneous creation, science experiment-based lessons, treasure hunt approaches, and “Find ‘N Show” type approaches] will keep attention focused on education based learning while still creating connections and strengthening relationships with peers. The teachers will try to plan a few outdoor meetups this fall. 

Class Description grades 4/5:

Fourth and Fifth graders have a more complex understanding of the technological development of online classes. This curriculum uses monthly themes such as “Deep Listening” and “Healing” to connect our Unitarian Universalist principles with core building blocks to deepen their understanding of how these principles show up in their daily life. The four educational strategies [simultaneous creation, science experiment-based lessons, treasure hunt approaches, and “Find ‘N Show” type approaches] will be incorporated like the 3rd and 4th grade class but 4th/5th grade will engage in the curriculum with a level of complexity that is developmentally appropriate for their age. The teachers plan to offer some additional outdoor meetups for those who are comfortable meeting occasionally for socializing while wearing masks. These meetups will be scheduled on non-class days and will not impact the online RE class schedule. 

Class Description grades 6/7:

Crossing Paths explores some of the religions of the world. We use world religions to introduce the beliefs of other practices while creating a foundation of understanding Unitarian Universalism. The Crossing Paths curriculum uses four stages for each class to aid in comprehension of these world religions. The mountaineering based stages are as follows: Map Day, Tack Day, Summit Day and Lake Day. We are starting the year off with Sixth and Seventh graders learning about Judaism and Christianity. In the months to come, religious education students will experience virtual field trips, stories, pictures, and videos to enhance their understanding of world religions and build their concept of UU identity.  In addition, the teachers will organize a few outdoor meet-ups for the class. 

Class Description grades 8/9:

Our youth in grades 8 and 9 have their Coming of Age (COA) year. COA is our program for bridging from “childhood” to “youth.” The youth are paired with adult mentors from the congregation and they work on creating their faith statements while exploring big concepts like Morality, Identity, Life Passages, Rituals, Honoring our Ancestors, Spiritual Practices, UU History, and Decentering Whiteness. 

Youth Group grades 10/11/12:

Our High School Youth Group meets weekly on Zoom for check-in, deep discussion on current topics as well as worship planning, fundraising, and working towards their summer service trip. The Youth group plans and leads their annual worship service and their annual service trip. Each year, one youth serves as a Lay Leader on the congregation’s worship team.    

RE Class Registration    

Fall 2020 RE Calendar

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