Saturday, September 18, 2010 2:09 PM
We're so excited about the new program year for adults and for young people. The following is a description of this year's Sunday School for Ethics curricula.
What do we teach in Sunday School?
Through a variety of activities, we encourage the development of each student?s ethical behavior and individual values to live by. Creating awareness of feelings and needs helps young ones develop empathy. Classes explore values such as respect, justice, hope, and honesty, and practice the skills of non-violent communication, conflict resolution, and optimism. Respect for differences and taking action to make the world a better place are ongoing themes. We offer comparative religion experiences and opportunities to apply ethics to problem solving of real world issues.
What is the curriculum for different age groups?
Me and My Friends, Our Feelings and Needs - Pre-School/Kindergarten
Fun play, stories and activities to help each child develop awareness of and pride in their individual identity, respect for the uniqueness others, increasing familiarity with an array of human emotions and the basic needs that drive them. These are foundation skills for the development of respect for others, empathy and non-violent communication skills. Opportunities to participate in service projects and celebrations with the older children will be frequent.
Celebrations - Early Elementary
Each Sunday, the group will learn about, prepare for and celebrate a holy day or holiday, as a way to begin to explore and develop respect for other religions and cultures. Values important to each celebration will be compared to values of ethical culture. There will also be opportunities to participate in service projects.
Comparative Religion - Later Elementary/Middle
This group will learn about the religions of their friends and neighbors through visits to other houses of worship, guest speakers and classroom activities. Comparisons of values, beliefs and practices of religions including Ethical Culture will be encouraged. There will also be opportunities to participate in service projects.