A UU Identity curriculum for preschoolers, introducing the basic tenets of our faith. These tenets are love, our covenantal community, our celebration of diversity, a personal sense of wonder and awe, and our hope and work for a better world.
In our first class of the year, the children will become aware that our congregation is a UU community and that our symbol is a chalice.
A Tour of the Inside of Our Congregation
We’ll explore the inside of our congregation’s building and discover its special places.
A Tour of the Outside of Our Congregation
We’ll explore the outside of our building and discover its special places. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
This class will help children understand the shape of the chalice, to help in the beginning development of a sense of identity as a UU.
All Around Us
People are an important part of what makes a church.
We will demonstrate that the chalice is a sign that is part of the larger world – the world of love, peace and joy.
The Beauty of Nature
The children will identify appreciating nature as a spiritual experience, which is a type of experience welcome in our congregation.
Using edible fruit, we’ll explore the shape and parts of the chalice, reinforcing the understanding of the chalice as a UU symbol.
Chalice Flannel Board
Celebrating the uniqueness of each person .
We will connect caring and helping with the congregation and understand that caring for others is an important part of being a UU.
The children will connect a safe, fun experience of Halloween with their UU congregation, and experience how exploring fears together makes them less scary.
A Special Jigsaw Puzzle
Explore how many kinds of families make up our UU community.
Family Snack Party
The children will experience creating a “welcome table” for their families and understand that there are many kinds of families.
We will learn about thankfulness and gratitude as part of the children’s experience at a UU congregation.
How Many Days Until Christmas?
We will practice how to be patient while waiting for a holiday to unfold, and become aware of the story of the birth of Jesus.
Candlelight is a part of many holiday traditions in the winter. Children make a candle centerpiece to take home.
Weddings and Other Services of Love and Union
We will understand that UUs support marriage between two people who love each other, and see that our congregation is an important place for celebrations of all kinds.
We will learn about the practice of a child dedication ceremony and understand that it’s an expression of love.
Special Worship Services
Explore some rituals and special services of this congregation.
Wondering About Stars
We will explore the beauty of stars and express our sense of wonder through song, movement and art.
Wondering About the Moon
We will experience the wonder of the moon and the night skit and invent our own ideas of what the images in the moon are.
Celebrate Love for Valentine’s Day
Explores the value of caring.
The Wonder of Weather
Wonder and learn together about weather in our natural world.
Discover the wonder and learn about rainbows.
Celebrate the wonder of dreams.
Celebrate the creative expression of each child’s unique spirit.
Explore and play with shadows.
Celebrate the returning of new life in the springtime with eggs and baskets. Hear a story about Jesus as a beloved teacher.
Teddy Bear Month: Friendship
Our congregation is a place to make friends and to be a friend.
Teddy Bear Month: Fixed!
Caring for each other when we feel sick.
Teddy Bear Month: Lost!
Sharing our fears with friends makes us feel less afraid.
Teddy Bear Party
A caring celebration of Teddy Bear Month
Children work cooperatively to build a neighborhood with blocks.
Celebrate and express love for parents and other caregiving adults.
Celebrate this group of friends and say goodbye for the summer.