Workshop Rotation


1. What is Workshop Rotation?

Workshop Rotation is a model of Religious Education in which the children experience the monthly theme/story through a variety of learning styles, by "rotating" each week to a different workshop in a different space.

2. Who leads the workshops?

Workshops are led by members of the congregation who have an interest or passion for a particular subject. Ex: nature, art, cooking, gardening, creative writing, games, yoga, meditation, science...Leaders usually lead the same workshop each week for 1 month (hopefully), as children of different ages cycle through.

3. What ages will be doing Workshop Rotation?

Currently Kindrgarten through 5th grade will be exploring Workshop Rotation on a weekly basis. High School and Middle School will participate at times and in ways as appropriate.

4. What is the role of the class teacher?

The teachers (or Leading Learners, as I like to call them), act as guides for their clas, and provide the consistency necessary for creating the "Beloved Community" with their class. They will also lead the reflections and discussions.

5. Will the classes have "homerooms"?

In a sense, yes. K/1st will meet in Room 1, 2nd/3rd in Room 2, and 4th/5th in the Spirit Room. There, they will eat snack, check-in, and discuss some of the monthly themes. After about 15-20 minutes, the student will be called to Children's Chapel, which will take place in the Studio. From there, they will be dismissed to their workshop WHICH MAY NOT BE HELD IN THE SAME ROOM IN WHICH THEY WERE DROPPED OFF. Please make note of posted signage and presentations to find the room from which to get your child.

6. On what will the content of the workshops be based?

The "core" of the workshops will be the monthly themes and said theme's accompanying story. Click through here for more information on theme-based workshop rotation from the UUA.

7. What will Middle School be doing?

Middle School will be exploring the three pillars of our faith, Unitarian Universalism, our Judeo-Christian heritage, and different world religions. They will also focus on engaging with the congregation at large, putting on events and helping to facilitate activities for some of the younger children so that they may feel ownership of their home church.