Programming

Kids have a choice of learning activities every Sunday. We draw from our rich curriculum library, as well as the creativity of our volunteers, to plan activities that will engage children to make meaning in their own unique way. All of our workshops reinforce the 4 Pillars of our programming:

  1. Social Justice Work to help our young people connect their lived experiences to the lived experiences of others, to gain confidence voicing their concerns about justice issues that matter to them, and to engage with local organizations working for change
  2. Literacy in World Faith Traditions to build respect for the beliefs and spiritual practices of the world’s many organized religions. Each semester, we focus on one of the world’s religions.
  3. Social/Emotional Learning to help our young people understand and manage their emotions, maintain positive relationships, make responsible decisions and develop strong self-advocacy skills.
  4. Living by our Unitarian Universalist Principles to help children reflect on the choices they make in daily life
To empower our young people to develop and express themselve, we offer programming for three age groups:
Littles (6 months – preschool)
Our childcare workers build a trusting community through free play and mentored problem-solving. Littles have play spaces both indoors and outdoors. They are welcome to join Middles in workshops when the activities are appropriate. We want our youngest learners to feel safe and secure during their time at Prairie while having lots of fun!
Middles (Grades K – 5)
We start with an opening circle for sharing, learning, and focusing. Then each student chooses a workshop based on their interest. Workshops are led by volunteers who have skills and interest in the activity they lead. Participants are grouped by interest rather than by grade level. Workshops take place in one of our fun & dynamic learning zones: 
– Kitchen
– Maker Space
– Library/Studio
– Theater
– Outdoor Classroom
Bigs (Grades 6 – 12)
Meeting next door in Prairie’s Annex, this group and their mentors dig in to larger projects and more extensive discussions. Projects chosen by the 2018-19 group include building Leopold benches for Prairie’s outdoor space and wilderness skills such as firebuilding. Competitive games introduce facts about religions of the world. Philosophical discussions focus on personal ethics. Students develop self-awareness and self-control as they plan their projects, build their team, and acquire useful skills.

Prairie families enjoy many special activities through the year. Click here to learn more.