For our 5th-6th graders in the fall, to meet our goal of UU Identity work, we used the curriculum Amazing Grace. This is another Tapestry of Faith program from the UUA, this one by Richard Kimball. Kimball is also the author of several Shelter Rock curricula, including one I’ve used before, Bibleodeon.
Amazing Grace worked out pretty well for us. It is an engaging look at ethics and some concepts we UU’s usually avoid, namely Sin and Grace and so forth. Different religious ideas about sin and grace and right and wrong are discussed, and the kids are encouraged to wrestle with their own solutions to age-appropriate ethical dilemmas.
Pros of the Program:
- “Meaty” material with a lot of depth to it
- Even with the depth of content, it is still creatively active and has the kids up and moving as much as possible
Cons of the Program:
- Like all the Tapestry of Faith programs, there is too much material here for an hour long class, much less the 45 minute classes we do. It’s hard to edit it down to the right size and not overwhelm the teachers.
- At times the kids and teachers complained that it was dry and boring.
I think the pros outweigh the cons, and we will be doing this program again in the future!