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Curriculum (Grades PreK-8)

 

Curriculum Overview

Preschool and Kindergarten Curriculum: (We Care) Children who are in the preschool room (ages 3 – Kindergarten) will be spending part of their time engaging in free play. The other half of the time will be spent working with the RE Coordinator and Childcare Staff with the We Care curriculum. This is a collection of stories and activities for young children to develop a sense of self and awareness of others’ selves, as well as build a foundation for learning about our UU Faith Tradition.

First and Second Grade Curriculum: (Spirit of Adventure: Discovering UU Identity through Active Learning) Children in this class will continue to develop their UU identity through active learning with an emphasis on the UU Principles and Sources. Students will learn more about famous Unitarian Universalists and the Seven Principles though active projects such as: sports, medicine, food and science. Lesson plans will be created from the Spirit of Adventure curriculum, Stories of Our World curriculum, and Tapestry resources while also being modified to best meet the unique needs of our students.

Third through Fifth Grade Curriculum: (Holy Days and Holidays) This program has students learning about the origins and meanings of holiday and holy day celebrations. They will experience festivities and transitions through stories, food, music, crafts, and ceremony. By learning about and celebrating important days from around the world, students will be able to practice living the principles and find their own place in Unitarian Universalism.

Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grade Curriculum: (Popcorn Theology and Popcorn Theology Too: the Sequel) Students in this class will explore issues of theology and ethics through film. Teachers will be able to select from films recommended in the curriculum and lead discussions after viewing selected scenes with students (while eating popcorn of course!).

 

Schedule

Preschool and Kindergarten:
September 8, 2019 First Day: Discovering Each Other
September 15, 2019 Discovering Friends: Appreciating Each Other
September 22, 2019 Discovering Friends: Cooperation
September 29, 2019 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Outdoor Hike with Sue DeBlieck
October 6, 2019 Celebrating Each of Us
October 13, 2019 We're Alike but We're Different - pt 1
October 20, 2019 We're Alike but We're Different - pt 2
October 27, 2019 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Trick or Treat for UNICEF with Mary Richards
November 3, 2019 Fall Celebration!
November 10, 2019 Feelings and How We Address Them
November 17, 2019 Indigenous People's Day
November 24, 2019 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Attention with Anne Kimber
December 1, 2019 Celebrating Winter
December 8, 2019 The Meaning of Hanukkah
December 15, 2019 Kwanzaa: Harambee and Jumbo!
December 22, 2019 Intergenerational Service
December 29, 2019 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Awe with Peggy Earnshaw
January 5, 2020 My Family and All Kinds of Families
January 12, 2020 How Families Change
January 19, 2020 Celebrating the King
January 26, 2020 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Integrity with Peggy Earnshaw
February 2, 2020 My Family: Sharing and Caring
February 9, 2020 Discovering Our Congregation and Beliefs
February 16, 2020 Discovering the People in Our Fellowship
February 23, 2020 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Resilience with Peggy Earnshaw
March 1, 2020 Springtime Celebration
March 8, 2020 Thinking About God: What Is a Higher Power?
March 15, 2020 Meaning of Passover
March 22, 2020 What is Easter?
March 29, 2020 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Wisdom with Mary Richards
April 5, 2020 Caring for Others
April 12, 2020 Caring for the Earth
April 19, 2020 Celebrating Our Year
April 26, 2020 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Liberation with Jerri Heid
May 5, 2020 Prepare for Religious Education Sunday
May 12, 2020 Prepare for Religious Education Sunday
May 19, 2020 Religious Education Sunday & Teacher Recognition
First and Second Grade:
September 8, 2019 First Day: Welcome to the Spirit of Adventure!
September 15, 2019 Sports: Lessons for Life
September 22, 2019 Sports: The Good and the Bad
September 29, 2019 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Outdoor Hike with Sue DeBlieck
October 6, 2019 Medicine: Saving Lives
October 13, 2019 Medicine: Learn First Aid with Clara Barton
October 20, 2019 Halloween: Dia de los Muertos
October 27, 2019 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Trick or Treat for UNICEF with Mary Richards
November 3, 2019 Food: Stone Soup Sunday
November 10, 2019 Food: Popcorn Sale! (for Guest at Your Table)
November 17, 2019 Doggy Treats and Henry Bergh, founder of ASPCA
November 24, 2019 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Attention with Anne Kimber
December 1, 2019 The Winter Solstice
December 8, 2019 Hanukkah! Learning About Other Traditions
December 15, 2019 Kwanzaa: Liberation and Pride
December 22, 2019 Intergenerational Service
December 29, 2019 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Awe with Peggy Earnshaw
January 5, 2020 Science: Comets, Constellations, and Conservation
January 12, 2020 Science: A Take Apart Party - How Does Stuff Work?
January 19, 2020 Science: Inventions and Inspiration! What Will You Make?
January 26, 2020 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Integrity with Peggy Earnshaw
February 2, 2020 Building: Jell-O by Unitarian Peter Cooper
February 9, 2020 Building: Frank Lloyd Wright, Unitarian architect
February 16, 2020 Henry David Thoreau: Harmony with Nature
February 23, 2020 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Resilience with Peggy Earnshaw
March 1, 2020 Building: Daniel Chester French, Unitarian Sculptor
March 8, 2020 Exploring: Treasure Maps and N.C. Wyeth, pt 1
March 15, 2020 Exploring: Treasure Maps and N.C. Wyeth, pt 2
March 22, 2020 Web of Life: Henry David Thoreau
March 29, 2020 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Wisdom with Mary Richards
April 5, 2020 Web of Life: P.T. Barnum, Universalist
April 12, 2020 Web of Life: Beatrix Potter
April 19, 2020 Web of Life: Blessing of the Animals
April 26, 2020 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Liberation with Jerri Heid
May 5, 2020 Prepare for Religious Education Sunday
May 12, 2020 Prepare for Religious Education Sunday
May 19, 2020 Religious Education Sunday & Teacher Recognition
Third through Fifth Grade:
September 8, 2019 First Day: Welcome to Holy Days and Holidays!
September 15, 2019 UU Pilgrimage
September 22, 2019 John Murray Day
September 29, 2019 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Outdoor Hike with Sue DeBlieck
October 6, 2019 Indigenous People's Day
October 13, 2019 Sukkot
October 20, 2019 Dia de los Muertos
October 27, 2019 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Trick or Treat for UNICEF with Mary Richards
November 3, 2019 Diwali: Hindu Festival of Lights
November 10, 2019 Maulid al-Nabi
November 17, 2019 Dance of the Deer
November 24, 2019 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Attention with Anne Kimber
December 1, 2019 Yule/Winter Solstice
December 8, 2019 The Meaning of Hanukkah
December 15, 2019 Kwanzaa
December 22, 2019 Intergenerational Service
December 29, 2019 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Awe with Peggy Earnshaw
January 5, 2020 Fete de Vodun
January 12, 2020 Chinese New Year
January 19, 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 26, 2020 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Integrity with Peggy Earnshaw
February 2, 2020 Black History Month
February 9, 2020 Susan B. Anthony Day
February 16, 2020 Powamuya
February 23, 2020 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Resilience with Peggy Earnshaw
March 1, 2020 Festima: The Festival of Masks
March 8, 2020 Holi
March 15, 2020 Spring Equinox
March 22, 2020 Flower Ceremony
March 29, 2020 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Wisdom with Mary Richards
April 5, 2020 Passover
April 12, 2020 Easter
April 19, 2020 Children's Day: Tengo no Sekku
April 26, 2020 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Liberation with Jerri Heid
May 5, 2020 Prepare for Religious Education Sunday
May 12, 2020 Prepare for Religious Education Sunday
May 19, 2020 Religious Education Sunday & Teacher Recognition
Sixth, Seventh, and Eight Grade:
September 8, 2019 First Day: Watch Trailers & Select Movies
September 15, 2019  
September 22, 2019  
September 29, 2019 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Outdoor Hike with Sue DeBlieck
October 6, 2019  
October 13, 2019  
October 20, 2019  
October 27, 2019 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Trick or Treat for UNICEF with Mary Richards
November 3, 2019  
November 10, 2019  
November 17, 2019  
November 24, 2019 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Attention with Anne Kimber
December 1, 2019  
December 8, 2019  
December 15, 2019  
December 22, 2019 Intergenerational Service
December 29, 2019 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Awe with Peggy Earnshaw
January 5, 2020  
January 12, 2020  
January 19, 2020  
January 26, 2020 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Integrity with Peggy Earnshaw
February 2, 2020  
February 9, 2020  
February 16, 2020  
February 23, 2020 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Resilience with Peggy Earnshaw
March 1, 2020  
March 8, 2020  
March 15, 2020  
March 22, 2020  
March 29, 2020 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Wisdom with Mary Richards
April 5, 2020  
April 12, 2020  
April 19, 2020  
April 26, 2020 Soul Matters for Kids Large Group: Exploring Liberation with Jerri Heid
May 5, 2020 Prepare for Religious Education Sunday
May 12, 2020 Prepare for Religious Education Sunday
May 19, 2020 Religious Education Sunday & Teacher Recognition

 

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