Each CYFD class teaches unique, age-appropriate topics in age-appropriate ways. Some CYFD teachers are drawn to teaching a specific class based on the subject and manner in which it is taught.
For: Pre-K and kindergarteners
This curriculum geared toward our emerging learners examines the different values of UU including friendship, kindness, and ritual, all designed for young children’s understanding. A very easy and fun curriculum to teach, including stories, art projects, and dancing/moving, this is popular with teachers.
Good for: Beginning teachers, parents of very young children, parents of children who are not old enough to separate; those who wish to give young children a happy and fun introduction to church.
Signs of Our Faith
For: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders
This curriculum helps children “do” religion by introducing them to the concept of signs, symbols, and rituals. Through stories, rituals, social action, art, drama, and games, children learn about concepts such as the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting each other in our faith journeys, and fairness. A well-planned and easy curriculum with a lot of flexibility, Signs will be fun and inspiring to teach.
Good for: Beginner teachers; those who wish to impart values; those whose goals are to foster a new generation of UUs. On several occasions, the class will attend worship as a group.
Jesus and His Kingdom of Equals
For: 4th, 5th, and 6th graders
This excellent curriculum teaches the stories about Jesus the man, putting aside the question of his divinity. Explore Jesus’ life, his teachings, his childhood, his philosophies, and what made him unique at that time and place in history. Learning takes place through stories, skits, art projects, and more. This curriculum is very fun and easy to teach and as such is very popular with our returning teachers.
Good for: Beginning teachers, those who want to learn more about the historical Jesus, those who want to foster discussion among emerging abstract thinkers.
Building Bridges and Coming of Age
For: 7th, 8th, and 9th graders
This hallmark curriculum of UU congregations is what results in everyone’s favorite service, Coming of Age and faith statements. Students will explore world religions, will visit other houses of worship, will hear from guest speakers, and will learn more deeply about UU. Then they will begin to craft their own statements of faith, answering the “Big Questions”. As part of this class, children will be paired with a mentor who will guide them and help them with their faith statements. This popular class to teach also includes the following off-site activities: team-building, service project(s), weekend retreat, optional social activities.
Good for: Those who want to explore other religions; those who wish to be remembered as an influential part of a child’s life at key developmental stages; those who wish to make an impact in the religious life of a child; those who like to expand dialogue on religious topics; those who would like to share some of their own religious beliefs or experiences in a context of open discussion.
For: High School students
Youth-led with adult advisory help, this group spends the first part of the year in team-building, community service, and recreational activities with a UU-ritual focus. The second part of the year may include a youth-led service, an outreach project, and a separate OWL curriculum. Much of the focus of YRUU is on providing a safe space for teens to authentically express their unfolding religious selves. Expanding from that is an emphasis on serving others and learning how to be in community. YRUU meets between 2-3 times per month on Sunday evenings and includes trips to places like Laser Tag arenas, movies, restaurants, amusement parks, or campsites. Chaperone fees are paid.
Good for: People who enjoy games and recreational outings; people who are good organizers; those who do not wish to teach on Sunday mornings. “Fireflies” (overnight chaperones who can make the rounds during usual sleeping hours) are needed as well.
Our Whole Lives (OWL)
For: K-2; 4-6; High School
OWL may be offered based on interest to any of the following groups this year: younger elementary, older elementary, and high school. Teachers must be specially trained to deliver this nationally-hailed curriculum on relationships and issues of gender, sexuality, and reproduction, all geared for the appropriate ages. Elementary OWL classes would meet for approximately 6-8 weeks during Second Hour; High school classes would meet for approximately 4-6 weeks on Sunday evenings.
Good for: Those who want to make a lifelong difference in children’s lives; those who want to promote healthy relationship values such as listening, friendship, trust, and respect; those who love to laugh; those who do not want to miss Sunday worship.