Originally Posted on July 23, 2014
Thank you to everyone who responded to the Children's Religious Education (RE) survey from the Parents Advisory Board. The survey is helpful to us in understanding what you value and how RE might best serve you and your family. We had 26 responses, with some helpful suggestions and ideas.
Brief summary of findings -- there is a lot of support for having children in the meeting house in the beginning of service (21 said they valued this) and for having the voluntary children's affirmation (22). Twelve respondents liked that snacks were provided for the younger children in their classes.
Activities in class -- both games/physical activities and arts and crafts were popular. Twenty respondents ranked games a 4 or 5 (on a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest) and 21 ranked arts and crafts a 4 or 5. A few expressed a strong preference for one over the other (evenly). It appears the message is to incorporate both into lessons, possibly alternating or just making sure there is a balance overall. Discussion ranked lower -- but the discussion is where the activities are linked to the lesson or value, and therefore indispensable! We may look into how we might help leaders facilitate discussions.
Overall, people liked the curriculum for their children's classes.
Some expressed a wish that there be more family activities and interactions amongst parents. Children having friends in the program is important to encouraging attendance. We will share this information with the new Family ministries director. Many expressed that their children very much enjoyed RE and that they are thankful to the teachers --and how much they will miss Liz Jones upon her retirement.
Our wonderful Nursery caretaker, Rosalie Riedel, won the movie pack drawing! Her boys, Tony and Alex, are in the 7-12 RE program.
Posted on Tue, August 5, 2014
by Dan Ratelle & Melissa James