A central concept of Unitarian Universalism is the seven Principles that all congregations affirm and promote. These Principles are considered to be strong values and moral guides that each of us may use to guide our lives.
Although preschool children are too young to memorize the Principles, we can begin to acquaint them with the ideas behind the Principles. We can focus on the values inherent in each - values that all parents wish to instill in their children, such as respect, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, responsibility and good citizenship.
The Rainbow Connection uses popular story books for preschoolers to discuss those values inherent in the Principles and in Unitarian Universalism. At the preschool age, children begin to understand the concepts of justice and fairness and begin to learn about what is “right” and “wrong”, or “good” and “bad”. Story books are chosen to help illustrate the values supported by parents.
Four sessions are devoted to each Principle, helping preschoolers to explore the values that unite us as UUs. Additional holiday-based classes are also included to replace or add to your curriculum. And, because socialization and comfort are important goals for this age, each class contains a fun craft project, time for songs and games, and time for free play with friends.
To see a list of the recommended books, visit our Idea List on Amazon. The curriculum also lists alternative suggestions for each class.
1st Principle: We believe that each and every person is important.
2nd Principle: We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
3rd Principle: We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.
4th Principle: We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
5th Principle: We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
6th Principle: We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
7th Principle: We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.