Toddler and Pre-K Children in RE
Supplemental: Celebrating Me and My World
Our newly-formed toddler class is part extension of child care, part RE. Parents take the lead in rotating to supervise this classroom, incorporating opportunities for free play, cooperative games, and activities from age-appropriate curricula to help provide a sense of identity with UU worship. Celebrating Me and My World is a collection of fun, exploratory activities centered around everything from hands and feet to sharing and helping.
"Chalice Children is designed to help young children learn about their church and congregation. The curriculum is based on the belief that preschool children gain a sense of belonging to their religious community and the Unitarian Universalist faith when they have concrete experiences with its people and places." (from Chalice Children, Introduction) Featured in this program is the chalice, the centerpiece of the worship circle experience, as well as wondering questions about the nature of the world, and various holidays around the world.
This program helps children develop a sense of home that is grounded in faith. In these sessions, children explore the deep sense of sacredness, the beauty of hospitality, and the gift of loving relationships that a home can represent. As participants actively explore the concept of home, they create a community home in your meeting space. Watch for small differences in children's respect for one another and their engagement with the wider congregation as they learn to identify their Unitarian Universalist congregation as a home.