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Children’s Religious Exploration

Harmony offers a Religious Exploration (RE) program for children ages 3 and up. Our RE program promotes positive self identity, peer relationships, and community service. Children have the opportunity to explore religion and character education in our interactive RE classes while their parents attend the service.

Overview

Each class focuses on an age-appropriate theme, and children can expect to have fun while engaging in activities such as music, crafts, literature, games, demonstrations, hands-on experiences, discussion, and planning for service activities. All of our teachers, who are also parents, bring unique talents to every class. For more information on our RE program, contact us at re@harmonyuu.org.

Age-Appropriate Topics

Preschool/Kindergarten

Harmony’s curriculum for preschoolers and kindergarteners introduces them to an RE class environment through crafts, games and literature. Kids attending this class are often excited to hear a familiar Berenstain Bears or Franklin story that teaches positive character traits.

1st and 2nd grades

First and second graders cover modules such as:

  • Living the Seven Principles: Children learn the core values of Unitarian Universalism
  • The World Around Us: Children study engaging (often seasonal) topics from around the world – science, culture, holidays, and mythology, to name just a few
  • Building Character: Children take the character traits they learned in Seedlings class to a more advanced level

3rd to 5th grades

Our third through fifth graders learn more about:

  • Seven UU Principles: Students learn the core values of Unitarian Universalism in a more in-depth way
  • Spirituality Around the World: Learning about how UU and other world religions handle specific topics such as morality, the beginning of the universe, or the idea of the afterlife
  • Social Justice Awakenings: Oak class members learn about social justice issues such as hunger or the environment and also work on outreach projects
  • Thinking Critically: The children work on developing an understanding of ethics, logic, and critical thinking

Fellowship for all grades and ages

At Harmony, all RE classes come together periodically to focus on team and community building. These classes include ice breakers, team building activities, and playing games, with the focus on fostering a sense of community across all age groups.