Church School 2022-2023: Godly Play, Storymakers, and Exploratory Learning
With our 2021-2022 Church School year wrapped up, we've turned our eyes to the fall!
Our older children, in 2nd grade and above, will continue with our excellent Storymakers curriculum, which uses scripture and art to tell the core stories of our faith, and to invite children to connect their world and experiences with God’s big story. This fall, their stories will take them into Egypt with Joseph.
Our younger group, in preschool through first grade, will be using Godly Play as an important piece of their Church School curriculum. Godly Play uses story telling, play, and wondering to invite young children into spiritual practice, and into the knowledge and traditions of the church. This parish has a deep history of engaging children through Godly Play, and we’re pleased to bring many pieces of this excellent program back to Epiphany.
Both our age groups will also do some short units using what we call a Rotational Church School curriculum. This means that we choose a rich story from scripture and spend a few weeks diving into it in different ways. One week, we might engage the story through acting; another week through cooking; another week through music, or art, or science, or even sports. This helps us to engage different senses and different ways of learning, and it is a lot of fun to be a part of.
We are looking for two more committed teachers who would like to join our team. Core teachers should be able to join us for the majority (but not all) of our Church School meetings, as they get to know the curriculum and the children. There is not much preparation needed, besides reading and understanding the lesson plan and putting your personal touches on it ahead of time. Core teachers bring their love, energy, and creativity to the classroom.
Please contact Bryn for more information on any of our Church School curricula or if you're interested in exploring being part of our team.