For the 2017-2018 year, we will offer one classroom for ages 4 years – 6th grade. The curriculum will be a mixture of Godly Play lessons as well as a new program called Deep Blue. We are looking forward to starting the Deep Blue program this year. Deep Blue is a video based lesson with discussion and activities. We have decided to include some Godly Play lessons scattered throughout the year instead of completely disregarding the beloved lessons that have been taught over the past years. Each Godly Play lesson includes the telling of Christian story, a discussion, and an activity. The Godly Play lessons we chose to include this year are ones that we see important in the development for children’s own individual knowledge of and relationship with God.
About Godly Play
Godly Play is a Montessori-based approach to introducing students to Christian language and learning. The telling of Christian stories in a Godly Play classroom is not only oral but visual and tactile: language, silence, play sets, and opportunities for ‘wondering’ are equally important elements used to help children develop their own individual knowledge of and relationship with God.
Classes are highly ritualized, and children come to learn and expect the rhythms and routines of the class, similar to the way parishioners come to learn and expect the rhythms and rituals of worship. The curriculum is highly developed and easy to teach, and training is available for our volunteer teachers.
While there is a dedicated team of teachers (both parent and non-parent), this is a co-op program and all parents whose children participate are expected to help out in the classroom to make this a viable ministry.