These sessions can be used at any time of year. It is recommended they be used in sequence. The order of sessions and the order of activities within each session is designed to help participants with diverse backgrounds and learning styles accumulate and deepen their learning in community. Session 1, Looking In/Looking Out, lays a foundation for the entire program. Session 2 introduces the ongoing Window/Mirror Panel project. Session 16, Choose to Be UU, is an opportunity for children and their families to reflect on the entire program together.
The Session-at-a-Glance section presents core activities for a one-hour session. Be aware of time and the flow of the session, so you can be flexible when a "teachable moment" appears or when you feel the need to tailor your plan to suit where the group is. For example, if children seem reluctant together, you might expand the games or the artistic or musical expression activities at first, and gradually increase time for sharing insights as sessions proceed. Choose and tailor activities to meet children's need for challenge, physical activity and enjoyable moments to build a sense of community that will draw children into the program.
When scheduling this program, leave room for your congregational traditions around holidays. Being part of the life of the congregation is as important for children as attending religious education sessions with their peers. Don't miss intergenerational services, such as Flower Communion.
The program lends itself well to many aspects of congregational life and encourages many social justice activities. Talk with members of the congregation who are active in social justice issues, including anti-racism initiatives, and invite them to take part in some of the Faith in Action projects.