About “Spirit Play”:
“Story” is the basis of the Spirit Play method used in the MUUC program. It is based in Montessori philosophy and Unitarian Universalist content. As will the whole congregation, children will consider Soul Matters monthly themes, but at their own developmental levels, through stories, “Wondering Questions,” and self-guided activities. For more on Soul Matters, click here.
Children are offered a story, told with manipulatives, and then they wonder about it together. They are not given definitive answers but are encouraged to figure out what the story means to them.
After the story and wondering, the children move on to a work time where each child may choose from art materials or other stories as their work for the morning. This program takes into consideration the multiple learning styles that children have. There is a great deal of freedom to move around the classroom during the work time, and then children come back together for a closing circle.
This develops a community of children in a sacred space and gives children the spiritual language to talk about what is most important to them. It also gives them a measure of freedom to choose activities that speak to them.