12080291_898052500231961_7725555603088929668_oThe Upper Elementary Room (grades 3-5) is currently following the Windows and Mirrors curriculum for the 2018-2019 school year.  “Windows and Mirrors” is a UU “Tapestry of Faith” curriculum, designed to nurture their ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek out, care about and respect those of others. The sessions unpack topics that lend themselves to diverse experiences and perspectives—for example, faith heritage, public service, anti-racism and prayer. The program teaches that there are always multiple viewpoints and everyone’s viewpoint matters.

The metaphor of windows and mirrors represents the dynamic relationship among our awareness of self, our perceptions of others, and others’ perceptions of us. An ongoing art activity gives children a way to respond to the metaphor creatively and concretely. The children do guided work on individual Window/Mirror Panels in each session to explore looking inward and looking outward in terms of the session’s topic. As a mirror, the panel reflects the individual child. As a window, it represents their view and connections beyond themselves to the congregation, other communities to which they belong and the world. The self-reflection and discussions are the heart of this program. The panels are the expression of each participant’s self-discovery process.