2017-2018 Classes and Curriculum
Preschool through First Grade
Lower Parish Hall
Teachers: Sonia D’Alarcao and Tom St. Thomas
The youngest group welcomes children from 2.9 years through approximately first grade. Newcomers can speak with Sara about class placement! The curriculum that we are exploring in this group is called “Celebrating Me and My World.” In this class, the children are encouraged to:
- develop a positive self image
- feel safe, accepted, and at home in church
- become familiar with the terms “Unitarian Universalist,” “Unitarian Universalism,” and “chalice”
- feel a growing inter-connection with nature
- develop cooperative skills
- practice what he or she sees, feels, thinks, remembers, and prefers
- extend the boundaries of their world
Older Elementary: Grades 2-6
Upper Parish Hall
Teacher: Jenny Donahue
The older elementary group is a mixed class that embraces children of various ages and abilities. Each member of the group helps one another and the curriculum is differentiated for various abilities. Each month, this group focuses on activities, lessons, and experiences that directly link to the church’s worship theme. The curriculum is part of the “Soul Matters Sharing Circle,” and we strive to make the learning experiential. In other words, each session is designed to engage children in three fundamental spiritual experiences; what Soul Matters call “the three S’s.”
- Silence = meditation, listening, mindfulness.
- Service = leadership, helping others
- Sunshine = connection with nature and our bodies through outdoor activities or movement
Jr. and Sr. High Youth Group
Teachers: Dan Lovetere and Dave Garcea
Youth in Junior and Senior High School join together in The Hive (the modular unit next to the church) every Sunday morning. This year the group will be participating in a curriculum called “The Fifth Dimension,” and it’s based around watching and discussing episodes of Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone.”
This curriculum seeks to help participants:
- Consider social issues and the ways in which our faith can help us understand our values.
- Understand ways in which the right of conscience calls us to do what’s right, even if there are possible negative consequences.
- Examine how our choices affect others around us, as well as ourselves.
- Explore how taking a stand is related to perspective and point of view.