Grades 4 to 6
In Fall 2021 we introduced Hogwarts UU to Lexington!
A Sunday school curriculum based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series starts Oct 17th from 10:30 to 11:30 AM specially designed class for 4th to 6th Graders. The FREE class is offered by First Parish in Lexington, in a child-friendly environment aims to explore various themes present in the Harry Potter book series such as — friendship, loyalty, justice, equality, power, kindness, love, hope, faith, courage, and standing up for what’s right.
Through imaginative engagement, fun activities, and honest discussions, this curriculum seeks to help participants claim the values inherent in their spiritual journey and find ways to express them in their lives. Each of the sessions helps children explore their questions and how they can make their own unique, positive choices, facing the darkness that confronts them while receiving the support of their beloved community.
COVID Precautions: For the health and safety of all, children will be required to wear masks. All the adults working with the children are vaccinated and will be masked. Our NEW HealthWay air filtration units surpass MERV-13 and HEPA in their ability to trap viruses and provide the CDC recommended 4-6 changes of air each hour.
- The themes reflected in the Harry Potter story strongly support the 7 UU Principles. The characters value diversity and honor the worth of all beings. They believe in the power of love and the importance of community to further their growth. They work toward the goal of a peaceful world with justice for all. They employ the right of conscience and show a deep respect for the interdependent web of life.
- Through imaginative engagement, fun activities, and honest discussions, this curriculum seeks to help participants claim the values inherent in their Unitarian Universalist principles and find ways to express them in their lives.
- Each of the sessions helps children explore their questions and how they can make their own unique, positive choices, facing the darkness that confronts them while receiving the support of their beloved community.
- Each session is designed to fill one hour:
- Hogwarts Express: The children are greeted outside the Sanctuary doors following the Worship for All Ages and taken as a group to their classroom.
- Lighting the Goblet of Fire: Students retrieve their name tags, sit in a circle, and light the chalice while reciting the opening words.
“We light this Goblet of Fire with open minds, loving hearts, and willing spirits. We nurture the magic of our creativity to make the world a better place, using the greatest weapon we have – love.”
- Pensieve: Students drop Magic Stones into a special bowl filled with water as they share their joys and sorrows, followed by a group blessing.“As ripples of love grow out from the center and spread ever more widely, may we be a community of support for each other.”
- Owl Delivery: The theme of the session is introduced by reading this week’s Owl Card and discussing the importance of that value or Principle in our lives.
- History of Magic: Students watch a particular clip or scenes from one or more of the Harry Potter movies, followed by discussion relating to this week’s theme.
- Laboratories: Hands-on activity options illustrating the lesson include subject areas such as Wizarding Tools, Potions, Herbology, Charms, Care of Magical Creatures, Transfiguration, Defense against the Dark Arts, Divination, and Muggle Studies.
- Extinguish the Goblet of Fire: The group re-gathers to reinforce the week’s theme as the Goblet of Fire is extinguished with the closing words.
- “We extinguish this Goblet of Fire until we meet again. But we do not extinguish the fire that burns within each of us to make the world better. We go forth now in love.”