Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Curriculum Writing

NUUC, where I work.
I am in the throes of writing out month one of my new curriculum. I am going to be using it at the church I work for as Director of Religious Education, and eventually a more embellished version will be part of Rowan's homeschooling experience.

This is a daunting task, because while I have accumulated many resources (many of which are on my Pinterest boards) to assist me, I need to make a curriculum that serves three different age groups- preschoolers, grade-schoolers and 12+ youth.

Because I want them all to be on similar pages (in regards to what they are learning about), I am adapting one unified curriculum and the associated activities to be age-appropriate for each level. I am also creating a take home page for parents, so that they can engage their kids in what they learned in church that day.

September's curriculum is all about church, UUism, and why we are here as UUs together. We will explore the value of questions and questioning, social justice, and beloved community.

October's curriculum is all about Halloween, Samhain, Dia de Los Muertos, ancestors, and family.

November, the month of Thanksgiving (which used to be a Christian holiday as formalized in the US and is now secular) is about developing a gratitude practice and performing acts of service.

December's curriculum is all about the winter holidays of light: Chalica, Hannukah, Yule, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.

As I write them, I will post some of them here. Anyone Interested?


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