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2 - 4 year-olds: Preschoolers and Parents of PreschoolersPreschoolers and Parents of Preschoolers (POP!)Preschoolers are invited to play with friends on the ERUUF playground under youth staff supervision. Parents of Preschoolers are invited to gather at the picnic tables on the playground for discussion, camaraderie, and support. What are the unique challenges facing POP during the pandemic? How can parents be the primary spiritual guides and spirituality educators for our children? The facilitators of the Parents of Preschoolers will be following this curriculum.
K - 2nd Grade
World of Wonder (fall)
This program delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and appreciation of nature's beauty, excitement, and mystery.
Wonderful Welcome (spring)
The Wonderful Welcome curriculum engages and challenges participants to explore how and why we are willing to welcome others into our lives. We welcome not only strangers, but family, our peers, our neighbors, and even entities that are not people such as our animal friends and nature itself. Come join us in opening our hearts up for radical welcome.
3rd Grade - 5th Grade: Harry and UU
This program is based on the Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling, books that immerse children in the idea that one can work to make the world better.
The curriculum includes many fun wizarding activities, including herbology, potions, runes, and divination. Over the course of the year, the class forms a chapter of Dumbledore’s Army and fights against seven Horcruxes. The Horcruxes are real-world social issues, and the goal is to produce tangible results through social action.
6th - 8th Grade
This year Middle School Youth Group and R.E. are combined, and alternate weeks on Sunday mornings. MSYG offers opportunities for 6th-8th graders to come together for fun group games, social bonding, community service and justice projects, as well as "lock-ins" or, this year perhaps "lock outs" overnights on campus. Middle School R.E. will be exploring a racial justice R.E. curriculum called, "Growing Antiracist UUs" that was developed by the UU Congregation in Charlottesville.
OWL is a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula for use in both secular settings and faith communities. It provides honest, accurate information about sexuality. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, and improves decision-making. Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture.
This sexuality education program for youth models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It is a holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world.
Unlike many other sexuality curricula currently available, this program is comprehensive and progressive. In an inclusive and developmentally appropriate manner, it addresses sensitive topics that are typically excluded. The underlying values of the program reflect the justice-oriented traditions of UU.
***This class is now full.***
High School Youth Group (HSYG) - Grades 9-12
High School Youth Group (HSYG) is a great place to have fun and meet a community of other youth that share our UU values. Youth meet weekly, outdoors around the fire pit in the woods. Youth gather for games, events, activities, and service projects throughout the year. HSYG includes opportunities for community building, worship and faith formation, justice making, learning and leadership.
Youth Staff R.E. Internships
Youth are invited to apply to serve as assistant R.E. Teachers for our preschool and elementary age groups. The experience is truly emblematic of UU values: covenantal relationships rooted in community and mutual respect. This internship offers youth a chance to practice bringing their UU values into a work environment. Priority will be given to applicants who have completed Coming of Age at ERUUF or another UU congregation.