Curriculum for 2017-2018

Nursery (infants through age 5)
Children ages 6 weeks through 5 years will be gently cared for in our nursery by paid staff and kept happy and busy through stories, play, and music.
Primary (kindergarten through grade 3)

Our explorations this year focus on the universal themes of love, justice, empathy, and caring for our Earth. Children in this age range will explore these topics through a variety of experiences and activities. Each class will follow a rhythm involving gathering time, a main lesson, and active work in the form of projects, games, or movement.

In the fall, we will use materials from the curriculum “Love Will Guide Us” to explore love in a variety of forms. Our winter explorations will revolve around concepts of justice and community, and we will use lessons from the curriculum “Faithful Journeys.” In the Spring, we will delve into exploring ideas of empathy and taking care of our Earth using the “Moral Tales” curriculum.

Additionally, our RE year will be punctuated by multigenerational services, thematic lessons in concert with our monthly worship themes on the first Sunday of each month, and special events such as equinox celebrations and teacher appreciation day.

Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)

Our exploration this year focuses on the topic of social justice. Using the “Windows and Mirrors” curriculum, children will discuss topics of privilege, racism, and the value of different kinds of work. Each week, children will work on their original creation of a window/mirror panel, which will be  displayed in a culminating exhibit at the end of the RE year.

Junior Youth (grades 7 to 9)

Young people in this age group will participate in the Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education program at the Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing. A mandatory parent meeting will be held prior to the first session, and participants are expected to be in attendance for the entire program. Dates and further details soon to come.

From the UU Bookstore description:

A sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. A holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world.

Unlike many other sexuality curricula currently available, this program is comprehensive and progressive. In an inclusive and developmentally appropriate manner, it addresses sensitive topics that are typically excluded.

[This edition of the curriculum involves]... activities, perspectives, language, and resources for today’s young teens. Topics include values, language, anatomy & physiology, puberty, gender identity, sexual identity, body image, social media/internet, bullying/bystander responsibilities, consent education, and more.

Senior Youth (grades 10 to 12)
Youth in this age group will participate in alternating discussion groups focusing on our Fellowship's monthly topics such as beauty, hospitality, faith, and hope, and service-oriented projects to support our larger community.

A link to an article our former DRE Jennifer Rehbein wrote in 2014, in response to a parent's concern.

For all Ages

Multigenerational Worship
On selected Sundays through the year, our Religious Exploration classes will remain in regular worship with the entire congregation, to participate in planned multigenerational services.  These are not "days off" from Religious Exploration.  They are an intentionally planned part of the total program, so that our children might have the experience of belonging to the larger UUFLB community, and so that they might grow in their identity as Unitarian Universalists.  

Caring Sundays
Caring Sundays are weeks set apart for our children to engage in direct service to those in need, both within and outside our congregation.

Special Events
Our year is full of planned special events, on Sunday mornings and at other times.  Please stay tuned for more information.  Events in 2017-18 may include a Winter Solstice craft fair, rehearsal and planning for multigenerational services, special discussions on Unitarian Universalist understandings of God, and the meaning of Easter for Unitarian Universalists.