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WHERE DO I BEGIN?
Grouping children for age appropriateness is key if you have the ability to do so. Age categories are as follows:
Nursery: Infant to 3 year olds
Unitots: 3 year olds (mature/out of diapers) to 5 year olds
Unikids: Elementary age children (K - 5th grade)
Uniteens: Middle School age teens (6th - 8th grade)
Youth of Unity (Y.O.U.): High School age teens (9th - 12th grade)
Unity’s Living Curriculum philosophy affirms that the curriculum is not within any guide, but rather lives within the children themselves. Myrtle Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, was the inspiration for this foundational belief as she saw each child live the Truth principles through his or her own soul’s unfoldment.
As spiritual educators, we are here to guide the children and youth on their journey of spiritual unfoldment and to help them to recognize their own Divinity. In the words of Myrtle Fillmore, “We are here not to entertain the children, but to call them out.”
CONSISTENCY IS KEY!
To prevent behavorial issues in the classroom, one must be consistent in all that we do when working with Youth and Family Ministry.
- Arrive early to set up the classroom
- Greet your children/teens at the classroom door or at church (Check-In)
- Open with Prayer
- Sacred Circle
- Closing Prayer
WHAT IS A SACRED CIRCLE
Sacred Circles are for Preschool, Elementary, and Teens, are an important part of the Sunday morning experience. The circles provides a transition from the opening activities and is an opportunity for the children and teens to get to know one another, build community and develop leadership skills. Using the Responsibility Cards, during the circle time, encourages the children and teens to actively lead portions of the circle and creates a sense of family.
WHY DO WE BEGIN EACH SUNDAY WITH SACRED CIRCLE
• Routines are essential for children because our brains are pattern-seeking. With routines, the children know what to expect and that creates a sense of safety.
• Trust is established
• Deters behavioral issues
• Class flow is easier
• More time is spent on the lesson and activities
HOW TO ENGAGE YOUTH IN SACRED CIRCLE