Programming for Children, Nursery-6th grade
September 10, 2017 – June 3, 2018
9:15am-10:30 and 11:15am-12:30pm
We accept new registrations throughout the school year.
Nursery up to 2-years
Our youngest children are cared for in the first-floor Nursery. Here we create a warm, accepting atmosphere where trust is formed, helping our tiny ones to be comfortable and happy. Children will have time for exploration and plenty of cuddling. Parents are asked to leave a cell number at the Information Desk. If a child is unhappy and cannot be comforted in a reasonable period of time, you will be contacted. Another option is for parents and babies to view the service in the Cry Room, directly across from the Nursery.
Parents often ask, “When can my child move out of Nursery into Childcare?” This is a case-by-case call made by the Director of Family Ministries in consultation with the Nursery staff. It depends in large part on their ability to stay the entire time without parents present. We also take into consideration attendance in Childcare and the ratio of children-to-adult (3-to-1). Once your child has turned 2-years, let’s talk!
Childcare 2- and 3-year olds by Sept. 1
A warm, loving year-round staff helps our little ones transition from home to church. Children will have lots of time for free play. Though this is primarily play time, it includes World of Wonder, a take-home program with monthly themes that helps them explore their world through stories, art, movement and music. Parents are welcome to stay with their child until they feel comfortable in this setting.
Preschool 3-years old by Sept 1
Chalice Children is based on the philosophy that a preschooler’s spiritual development is related to their own direct experiences. Through dramatic play, creative expression and interactions with others, children come to know their church as a community of people who come together in a sacred, special place, and their world as a place of wonder. Our morning program includes a friendship circle, story, music, chalice lighting ritual, and a snack. Theme-based crafts are provided, as well as time where children may explore and participate as they choose.
Kindergarten 5-years old by Sept. 1
Our Houses, Our Homes is a curriculum designed to help Kindergartners feel at home in the world. It explores the concepts of birth and death that are presented with age-appropriate learning experiences that include a visit from a pregnant mom to hear a baby’s heartbeat, watching the journey of a butterfly from its beginnings as a caterpillar, and a visit to Lone Fir Cemetery to honor the full cycle of life. There is also an opportunity to create a village of houses in which the children get to paint and decorate large boxes that become their homes for a few Sundays during the year. By exploring being at home in their church, we hope children will experience the spirituality of family and a larger understanding of community. Parents provide essential support by assisting in the classroom throughout the year for this very labor intensive, but very fun, curriculum.
1st & 2nd Graders
Treasure Hunting will be the focus for our 6– and 7-year-olds. Each week, through games, crafts, songs and stories, children will explore themes which illustrate Unitarian Universalist Principles. For example, the first week the children will treasure hunt among themselves to find people “who have curly hair,” “who have a sibling” or “who like chocolate ice cream.” The story and discussion that follow the hunt emphasize the idea that Unitarian Universalists treasure people’s differences and similarities. This lesson illustrates our first Principle. Themes focus on treasuring our own and other’s thoughts and feelings, exploring our Unitarian Universalist faith, our world community, and the interconnected web of life.
3rd & 4th Graders
Signs of Our Faith guides children to do their best to live faithful lives every day. It presents fourteen traits or values that most Unitarian Universalist love, including the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another on our faith journeys, and public witness. Children examine how their lives do and can exhibit these traits and values, and come to understand that their faith is a living faith whose histories and teachings are fortifications for living with integrity in a complex world. We will then explore how Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community.
Amazing Grace intends to help fifth and sixth graders understand right and wrong and act on their new understanding. Its purpose is to equip them for moving safely and productively through the middle- and high school years, when they will be continually tugged toward both ends of the ethics continuum. Through their involvement in Amazing Grace, children will come to recognize and depend on their Unitarian Universalist identity and resources as essential to their movement toward understanding, independence, and fulfillment of personal promise.
This curriculum uses stories, activities, discussion, and more to help youth address such questions as: Why do bad things happen? What is the role of God, gods, and goddesses? Who am I? Is evil or goodness within us? Is it something we choose? What are my own ideas? How can I follow my own ideas and not somebody else’s? Is “you decide for yourself” really the ultimate UU answer to these questions? It offers old wisdom in fresh form, and new understanding in active, challenging exercises. It invites older children toward an adolescence enriched by self-knowledge and a deepening ethical sense. It is meant to be fun and engaging for children and leaders alike. However, its enjoyment is always purposeful, and its messages are always meaningful.