Our Religious Education Classes for Children
All of these classes are described more fully in the religious education program prospectus.
Infants and Toddlers
We invite our infants and toddlers into a safe, loving environment where they will quickly feel comfortable. The Playroom for infants and the Playgroup for toddlers are staffed and equipped to be warm, welcoming, secure and happy places where the children are cared for while their parents attend the worship service and other functions.
Playroom: Child Care Supervisor: Leslie Arluck, Child Care Providers: Olivia Lienwohl, Amber Donat
2 Year Olds: Child Care Providers: Gemrose Lewin, Charmine Prince
Bridges includes supervised play and a variety of planned activities for three year olds using art, music, poetry, stories, conversation, movement, drama and experiences from the natural world.
Teachers: Mary Lou Kluger, Elizabeth and Charles Weinstein
Butterflies recognizes four year old's growing maturity and social skills. Crafts, music and companionship are vital parts of the program. Unitarian Universalist principles are introduced on an age-appropriate level.
Teachers: Charlotte Herdman, Ralph and Jessica Vega
A Discovering Year
The kindergarten program nurtures children's spiritual and religious growth through connections to their ever-widening environment. The children celebrate this world as they explore themselves and friendships, their families and congregation.
Teachers: Rosemary Lopez, Karen Martinez, Richard Maxted, Melissa Pappas
This curriculum is designed to help first graders feel at home in the world through experiences of building and living in different kinds of houses and by addressing a variety of life situations, including birth, death, fears and relationships.
Teachers: Nancy Baldwin, Debbie Kahn, Paul Winkler
Free to Believe
This program is designed to nurture the emotional, social and spiritual life of second grade children. It explores our Unitarian Universalist principles, values and beliefs through hands-on activities, stories, games, songs and discussions.
Teachers: Christina Richer, Gregg Rieber, Danielle Keeney
Feasts and Festivals
Through a diverse array of costumes, customs, festivals and foods, third graders celebrate the myriad of the world's major cultures and religious traditions. In doing so they discover their common bonds with peoples of the planet.
Teachers: Lisa Brody, Bob Gayle, Jean Lucarelli, Laura Grassie
Toolbox of Faith
These fourth graders reflect on the qualities of a person of our faith, such as integrity, courage and love. They use everyday tools as metaphors for these qualities, such as a flashlight for justice, duct tape for flexibility. They learn how to make life decisions within the tenets of our faith.
Teachers: Niha Malcomson, Leyla Hoell, Robert Hoell, Ken Hughes
This program is an introduction to the Jewish and Christian scriptures for fifth graders in a liberal religious setting. The children explore connections between biblical events and Unitarian Universalist principles and values, between biblical ideas and their own lives.
Teachers: Claudia Barbey, May Choi-Steele, Jerry Jalazo
The Questing Year
Sixth graders undertake four quests designed to help them seek and discover their own answers to deep life questions about human faith and the web of all existence. Connected through the central themes of social action and spiritual search, the Mystery Quest, the UU Quest, the Action Quest and the Inner Quest are both challenging and fun.
Teachers: Gray Hirshfield, Ken Mainarich, Mary Ralph