Our class for kindergartners through fifth grade will be using two curricula this year for three Sundays per month. The first is a theme-based curriculum that will go along with the themes you’ll see in the newsletter each month. The K-5 kids will have one lesson each month that’s a theme exploration. These are graciously provided to our church at no cost by the UU Church of Greater Lansing and their Director of Religious Education who did tremendous work shaping and creating portions of it, Teresa Putnam. (We had put money in the budget to pay for this program and some RE consulting, and were able to reallocate it to the Religious Education Coordinator role, thanks to the generosity of the Lansing church.) The other lessons each month will come from the UUA curriculum “World of Wonder.”  World of Wonder is a nature-based curriculum that we think will go wonderful with our rural church and our ecological and scientific mindset (and our new “natural playground”)! The curriculum description for World of Wonder states: “This program delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery. It is founded on the premise that direct experience in nature is essential to children’s physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development.”