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3rd through 12th Grades

During the fall session we are experimenting with a slightly modified class structure that we’ve developed for the older students called We’re in This Together (WiTT). WiTT grew out of discussions about the best way to serve our third through twelfth grade students using pedagogical best practices. During each class session all of the WiTT students and their teachers will start out together to participate in an opening that will focus the group and introduce the day’s theme. Then the teachers will lead small group activities that relate to the day’s theme. We expect that WiTT will enable our teachers to be more flexible by allowing students to work in developmentally appropriate and interest-related groupings. The experiment will run for the first RE session, ending December 4th, and will include an evaluation process. After December 4th we will review the outcomes to determine if we will continue to use the WiTT framework.

The 2016-2017 curriculum for the older students is adapted from the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith program “Amazing Grace: Exploring Right and Wrong.” Teachers will use a mix of active and contemplative activities to support students as they deepen their understanding of right and wrong and ethical versus unethical behavior using a foundation of Unitarian Universalist principles and identity. We will also implement the theme in multiple Children’s Chapel sessions by focusing on UU history.

 
K thru Second Grade

Spirit Play

The Montessori and Berryman worship approaches form the structure of Spirit Play. As in Montessori, the key elements are the classroom environment and the teachers. These elements free the children to work at their own pace on their own issues after an initial lesson. Spirit Play is a proven educational method whose values support Unitarian Universalism.

Please note that pre-school through 3rd graders have flexibility to attend the appropriate group (childcare/Spirit Play/class) according to their interests and readiness. Nicole Alemanne, Director of Religious Education, is happy to work with parents to assess the best placement for their children.

 
Babies, Toddlers, and PreK

Childcare is available in our Nursery on Sundays from 10AM to 1PM. Babies and toddlers up to and including four years of age can be registered for care in the Nursery.

Please bring a diaper bag each week with spare diapers and a change of clothes. No attempt is made to conduct a structured program for children of this age. We have, however, set the following goals for children of this age group:

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Religious Education Registration

All children and adolescents involved in any Religious Education program at UUFG, including Youth Group, must have a current, updated, registration form filled out and on file.

A new registration form needs to be filled out annually or whenever a child’s living situation changes. Any time new people wish to attend UUFG Religious Education classes, they can register.

Parents, children and youth do NOT need to be members of UUFG to register for and participate in UUFG Religious Education and Youth Group programs.



 

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