Lower Assembly (ages 5-10)
The curriculum for children in 1st through 5th grades is thematic and based on five week modules; a model known as “workshop rotations.” The main objectives of the classes for elementary age children are to give a sense of religious heritage, to explore how the individual is connected to the world, to help children develop ethical approaches to everyday situations, and to enhance the child’s understanding of the primacy of ethics in our beliefs.
Themes include Abundance, Creativity, Liberation, and Vision & Ideals, among many others. Each two to three week module is centered on a rich story which illuminates the ethical principle of the theme. The first week of the module introduces the story and through a group activity creates the context for deeper exploration in subsequent weeks. Next, there are one or two weeks of multisensory workshops designed to appeal to different learning styles and amplify understanding. Twice per year the module culminates with a service project or community celebration to put into action all that has been learned. One of the main goals for this age group is to foster a sense of social responsibility, the confidence to ask questions and the boldness to be their own unique selves.