A central concept of Unitarian Universalism is the idea that all congregations affirm and promote certain values. These UU Values are considered to be strong moral guides that each of us may use to guide our lives.
Although preschool children are too young to memorize the full language of each value, we can begin to acquaint them with the ideas behind the values, and the values themselves. We can focus on the values that all parents wish to instill in their children, such as respect, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, responsibility and good citizenship - values that also make us good Unitarian Universalists.
The Rainbow Connection uses popular story books (not included with curriculum) for preschoolers to discuss those values inherent in Unitarian Universalism. At the preschool age, children begin to understand the concepts of justice and fairness and begin to learn about what is “right” and “wrong”, or “good” and “bad”. Story books are chosen to help illustrate these values.
And, because socialization and comfort are important goals for this age, each class contains a fun craft project, time for songs and games, and time for free play with friends.
Note: this curriculum has been updated to reflect the 2023 revision to Article II of the UUA Bylaws and Rules.
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