In our Sunday school, the elementary grades (K-5) are divided up into classes containing 1 to 2 grades (depending on enrollment in a given year). Here are the classes for 2019-2020:

Yellow class — gr. K-1
Green class — gr. 2-3
Blue class — gr. 4-5

OWL comprehensive sexuality education program

We offer the well-regarded OWL comprehensive sexuality education class for grades K-1 and gr. 4-6, every other year (next offered in 2020-2021). To learn more about the OWL program, click here.

Sunday mornings at 9:30:

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All children in grades K-8 may attend Sunday school classes if they wish. Sunday school classes use a varied program so that kids have fun while reaching educational goals (see Sunday morning curriculum below).

Children are encouraged to attend the first part of the service with their parents, to help them learn what it is people do in services. Children generally leave for Sunday school at the end of the first hymn. Parents are always welcome to join their child(ren) in class.

From June through mid-August, we offer Summer Sunday school for grades K-5. Summer Sunday school is more like day camp — fun activities, often outdoors, with a chance to meet kids in other age groups. Note that there is only one service (at 10:30) from mid-June through the end of July.

Your children and Sunday services

Children attend the first part of the Sunday service every week, and six intergenerational services each year. Their participation in services is key part of our educational program.

As they attend the first part of weekly services, children learn several skills. They are exposed to a variety of live music presented by our guest musicians. They hear short readings from a variety of religious perspectives, and they get a chance to center themselves for a moment. They learn how to sing in a group; over the course of the year, about ten songs are used repeatedly, so they build up a small repertoire of songs they know. (In 2014-2015, these included songs such as “This Littel Light of Mine,” “Come Sing a Song with Me” by Carolyn McDade, “For the Beauty of the Earth,” etc.)

By attending intergenerational services, children learn more skills, e.g., they learn how to listen to worship associates and ministers speak at more length. More importantly, they learn more about our religious viewpoint. In the Water Communion (late August) and the Flower Communion (early May), they learn how what it means to be a part of a liberal religious community that values individuality. In the No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant and Easter services, they learn that we think of Jesus as a human being who worked for social justice. In the Thanksgiving service, they learn about gratitude, and about our take on this traditional holiday. And in early February, we have an intergenerational service that focuses on the Unitarian Universalist heritage as symbolized by the flaming chalice. In each of these services, children get to hear a key story about our liberal religion.

Child care is always provided during Sunday services, and you should feel free to take your child to child care at any time during a service. The lobby has large windows into the Main Hall and is wired for sound, and you can take your child there at any time if they need to be more active.

Sunday morning curriculum for elementary grades:

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Our age-appropriate Sunday school classes are designed to help children reach our four big educational goals: to have fun and build community; to gain basic religious literacy; to learn skills associated with liberal religion (singing, speaking, cooperation, basic leadership, etc.); and to prepare them to become UU adults if they choose to do so when they are old enough to decide on their own. In their classes, children play games, act out stories (as in the photo at left), have discussions, make friends (we hope!), take tours, and more.

Curriculum overviews are below. For a week-by-week online curriculum plan, showing lessons taught each week, click here.

Yellow class (gr. K-1)

Yellow group (gr. K-1), 2018-2019 — In the fall, the Creating Home curriculum helps children develop a sense of home. In early winter, children learn about feminist god-images using the story book Hide and Seek with God. Late winter brings the wider religious world with stories from Picture Book World Religions.

Yellow group (gr. K-1), 2019-2020 — In fall, the Around the Church, Around the Year curriculum introduces children to their congregation. In early winter, children learn more about feminist god-images with Hide and Seek with God. In late winter, children explore the wider religious world with more stories from Picture Book World Religions.

Green class (gr. 2-3)

Green group (grades 2-3), 2018-2019 — This group begins with Spirit of Adventure to learn about Unitarian Universalist values through fun activities. In early winter, Timeless Themes presents stories from the Hebrew Bible (Torah). In late winter, From Long Ago introduces stories from other religious traditions.

Green group (grades 2-3), 2019-2020 — This group begins with Spirit of Adventure to learn about Unitarian Universalist values through fun activities. In early winter, Timeless Themes presents stories about Jesus and his times. Then in late winter, Holidays and Holy Days introduces world religions through holidays.

Blue class (gr. 4-5)

Blue group (grade 4-5), 2019-2020 — In fall, this group will explore Unitarian Universalist values with the Toolbox of Faith curriculum. In early winter, Timeless Themes presents stories from the Hebrew Bible. In late winter, they explore creation myths from around the world with the Beginnings curriculum.

Spring project

Candymaker

The spring project looks more like summer camp than Sunday school. All school-aged children meet together at the beginning of the session, then kids get to choose which activity they want to do that week.

In the photo, children are “apprenticed” to the Candymaker in the Judean Village.

In 2019, the spring project will be Peace Experiments, where children may choose from a range of fun activities that are inherently peaceful. (As written up in the magazine Geez: Holy Mischief in an Age of Fast Faith.)

In 2020, children will participate in Judean Village, a recreation of a village in the land of Judea in the year 29. For an overview of this popular curriculum, click here.

Summer Sunday school

During summer months, all school-aged children meet together in a summer camp-like setting that emphasizes having fun and building community. Each week is a different fun activity, such as taking a field trip to Mitchell Park, making paper mache bowls, etc.

Old Curriculum

Yellow Class (Gr. K-1)

In 2014-2015:
— Fall term: Creating Home — link to the full curriculum on the UUA Web site
— Winter term: Stories about God — Hide and Seek with God — link to the curriculum’s story book at Google Books
— Late winter term: Picture Book World Religions — link to sample lesson plans and picture book list

In 2015-2016:
— Fall term: Around the Church, around the Year — link to the full curriculum on Google Books
— Winter term: Stories about God — Hide and Seek with God — link to the curriculum’s story book at Google Books
— Late winter term: Picture Book World Religions — link to sample lesson plans and picture book list

Green class (gr. 2-3)

In 2014-2015 (gr. 2):
— Fall term: Spirit of Adventure — link to overview and sample lesson plans
— Winter term: Timeless Themes — link to full curriculum on Google Books
— Late winter term: From Long Ago and Many Lands — link to curriculum plan on this Web site

In 2015-2016 (gr. 2-3):
— Fall term: Spirit of Adventure — link to overview and sample lesson plans
— Winter term: Timeless Themes — link to full curriculum on Google Books
— Late winter term: Holidays and Holy Days — link to an online review

Blue class (gr. 4-5)

In 2014-2015 (gr. 3-4):
— Fall term: Stepping Stone Year — link to full curriculum on Google Books
— Winter term: Holidays and Holy Days — link to an online review
— Late winter term: Holidays and Holy Days — link to full curriculum on Google Books

In 2015-2016 (gr. 4):
— Fall term: Travel in Time — link to full curriculum on Google Books
— Winter term: Jesus and the Kingdom of Equals — link to publisher’s page for this curriculum
— Late winter term: Beginnings — link to full curriculum on this Web site

Lavender class (gr. 5)

In 2014-2015 (gr. 5):
— Fall term: In Our Hands — link to full curriculum on Google Books
— Winter term: Jesus and the Kingdom of Equals — link to publisher’s page for this curriculum
— Late winter term: Greek Myths

In 2015-2016 (gr. 5):
— Fall term: Race to Justice — link to full curriculum on Google Books
— Winter term: God Images — link to online review
— Late winter term: Why Do Bad Things Happen? — not available online

Note: features of legal minors in photos above are intentionally obscured to preserve privacy.