Our youngest children (known as “Sprouts”) engage in a program called Spirit Play.
Spirit Play is a Unitarian Universalist education program inspired by Montessori methods.
As in Montessori, the key elements in Spirit Play are the classroom environment and the teachers. These elements free the children to work at their own pace and on their own area of interest after an initial “lesson” delivered via a story.
This year, we’re working to make Spirit Play more friendly for active little ones. Each session will start with a physical activity, to help busy bodies get ready for the story time. This means a more thoughtful and comprehensive curriculum.
The Spirit Play stories for 2014 are based on our congregation’s year-long theme “The Human Journey.” Each month, children will hear a hero/ine story from different cultural, religious and historical sources.
Note: after an initial trial, parents and teachers will decide together if younger children are developmentally ready to participate in this program.
Jeyanna Daly has been the core teacher for the Sprouts program since 2015. Jeyanna, or Jean as she would like to be called, has a variety of past experience working as an assistant in an after-school drama program, Waldorf school programming and day camp counselling. She is an avid artist and will bring her creative spark to walk with the Sprouts as they engage in self-awareness and spiritual growth.