1st – 4th
1st – 4th Grades: To be determined
The Spirit Play classroom
Using the Montessori educational method, children are invited one at a time to calmly enter the classroom in a spirit of cooperation. They sit in a circle around the storyteller, who tells a UU-themed story that incorporates three-dimensional objects that are manipulated while the story is told. The objects may be figures of people or animals or other objects. After the story is told, the leader asks open-ended wondering questions to stimulate conversation about the meaning of the story and to encourage the children to find their own interpretation. Then the students make a creative response to the theme, either with art materials or play, or they can work with the story elements from a previous lesson. Children are then asked to clean up and put away all materials before gathering for a feast, a snack they share communally. This ritualized liturgy brings spirit into the classroom more than a simple lesson, craft and snack. While the classroom is highly structured, it also accommodates different learning styles and grade levels.
Curriculum: To be determined