|The Elementary Cluster|
Grades Two through Four
Elementary Cluster children engage in a yearlong series of activities geared to pique their curiosity and develop their understanding of the current topic. Explorations include informational DVD introductions, opportunities for dramatic expression, dance, feast making, arts and crafts, and lively discussion, all led by a professional teacher, Alexis Marvel. Alexis is supported each week by an adult volunteer Guide.
Elementary Cluster children spend the first few weeks of class playing fun community building games and getting to know each other in a relaxed, fun-filled setting. The focus for 2012/2013 is Judaism and Christianity, in keeping with the sources of Unitarian Universalism. Over the course of the year, we’ll explore the fundamentals of these religious traditions, through age appropriate activities and discussion. We love dramatic play, arts and crafts, playing games with meaningful themes (especially outside!), cooking, and just plain being silly with Alexis, who has a wonderfully unique background leading children's activities around the world.
As in the Primary Cluster, class begins each week with a worship circle where the focus of the week is introduced and a story is shared that brings alive the the people, history, beliefs, and principles of the religions being studied. The rest of the class time is spent in activity related to the theme, as noted above. The class meets in Robinson Hall in the basement of the church. Parents pick up Elementary Cluster children at noon.