All Sunday School classes meet 10:10-11:05. The Godly Play classes meet downstairs, beneath the Sanctuary. The 4th-5th grade class meets in the “Crows’ Nest,” above the Parish Hall. All kids are welcome to join at any point.
We have three Sunday school classrooms for children broken out by age level and led by dedicated teachers: Preschool – Kindergarten, 1st-3rd grade, and 4th-5th grade. The Preschool – Kindergarten and 1st-3rd grade classes use the Montessori-based curriculum Godly Play, in which the children gather in a circle and a Bible story is presented with wooden and felt materials. The 4th-5th grade uses a curriculum that our All Souls teachers have created specifically for these kids, offering a rich mix of activities centered on exploring scripture and our tradition. Once a month parish musicians lead children in music during the second half of the formation hour – a joyful and exuberant time for all!
In Godly Play, biblical stories are presented with simple and beautiful figures and models and are told, not read. In this way, children experience the stories rather than just learn about them. The children respond to the stories/lessons by drawing or painting, or they have the option to work with the story elements of the presentation to tell the story again. Children bring their life experiences into dialogue with the sacred stories and tell those stories to others. There is then a “wondering” section during which the children are encouraged to think about and talk about the lesson. The key to this approach is that the stories are presented in the context of worship and become the children’s (and the teacher’s) way of worshiping.