SPACE Program (K-Gr 5)

Our SPACE Program is for children from Kindergarten – Grade 5. Most weeks the program will be divided into two groups – One will be for those in Kindergarten – Grade 2 and the other for Grades 3 – 5.  Occasionally, when it is beneficial, they will meet together.

This year our SPACE program will work focus on developing our understanding of own identities, the identities of others, and differences between people – particularly in regards to race. Through games, crafts and other age-appropriate activities we will explore our racial bias and how we can counter it individually and together. This will be framed in an understanding of anti-racism, and other anti-oppression work, as being a reflection of our principles and central to who we are and how we act as UUs.

FOUR CORE GOALS OF ANTI-BIAS EDUCATION*

  1. Each child will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities.
  2. Each child will express comfort and joy with human diversity; accurate language for human differences; and deep, caring human connections.
  3. Each child will increasingly recognize unfairness, have language to describe
    unfairness, and understand that unfairness hurts. Each child will demonstrate
    empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice and/or discrimination.
  4. Each child will demonstrate empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice and/or discrimination.

* From Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen Edwards, 2010. Anti-Bias Education for
Young Children & Ourselves.

Grades K-2 (ages 6-9)

Content will include:

  • Develop connections between love in action, the 7 Principles, and the communities of home, school, faith, and world
  • Skin shade differences and family styles
  • respect for all
  • valuing cultures and practices
  • The Case for Loving
  • the hurt of judging;
  • justice for all
  • getting to know a person and not judging by appearance
  • willing and unwilling immigrants
  • freedoms and loss of freedom
  • human rights
  • white privilege and white supremacy

View the Schedule for K-Gr 2

Grades 3-5 (ages 8-11)

Content will include:

  • Develop connections between love in action, the 7 Principles, and the communities of home, school, faith, and world
  • noticing/appreciating skin shades and identities
  • developing empathy
  • slavery, segregation/Jim Crow (Green Book)
  • civil rights movement
  • controversial historical monuments
  • the wealth gap, equity and equality
  • stereotyping, responding to bias and bullying

View schedule for Gr 3-5

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Noe: Anti-racist curriculum has been based on the “Growing Anti-Racist UUs” curriculum from Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church (UU).