Preschool and Elementary School
Preschool children must be three by September 1, we follow school district age guidelines.
This year, the religious exploration classrooms will be exploring the same themes that the adults will be exploring in the sanctuary during Sunday services and beyond. Given a monthly theme, our classrooms will be filled with games, stories, and hands-on activities which will engage the mind and help each child walk their own path of discovery around our worship themes of anticipation, blessing, resiliency, defying hate, kinship, delight, promise, resistance, freedom, and wonder.
If you would like to explore some of the sources of our stories, games and activities, please visit the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Tapestry of Faith children’s curricula here.
Dedicated volunteers from the congregation team-teach, or guide, the class in their yearlong exploration. All parents/guardians/adult family members are strongly encouraged to assist the teachers when you see that more adults may be needed.
Parents, please remember to pick up your children from class promptly at the end of the service and stay to help clean up, if needed. Our volunteer guides also enjoy being able to join the congregation for coffee and conversation.
In addition to the regular curriculum, elementary classes will be participating in our monthly Justice Sundays on the first Sunday of the month led by a Religious Exploration team of guides.
During the first Sunday of month (from September through May), a Religious Exploration team of teachers guide lessons for elementary aged children built around the mission and vision of our monthly plate partners. With the goal of increasing awareness and creating on-going partnerships between our congregation’s families and the plate partner organizations, we strive to create collaborative projects that will benefit the organizations and build future justice makers for our global community.
Our Whole Lives for 4th-5th grades
During the 2016-2017 program year we are thrilled to be introducing the Our Whole Lives for 4th and 5th grade program for the first time here in Boise! This is an 8-session program for learning about and discussing the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Participants will read It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris, and examine topics such as values and sexuality, communication and decision making. Each session includes a HomeLink – a homework activity for parents and children to complete together. This program will be facilitated by congregation members who will be trained and certified for this particular class.
More information about all of the Our Whole Lives program can be found here.