First Day School
There are five age groups in First Day School, which lasts from 10:15-11:15 a.m. All age groups except the Senior Young Friends join the adults in Meeting for Worship from 11:15-11:30.
Nursery: Infants - age 4
For babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, we provide a safe and loving environment in which our youngest children can play and grow. The children enjoy toys, books, and simple art activities, and a healthy snack is offered. A paid staff person provides stability and a second adult is always present.
Kindergarten - Second Grade
For this lively and curious age group, activities might include a circle "sharing" time, a craft, a story from the Bible or Quaker history. There may be an activity, game or story relating to accepting our differences, listening for the Spirit, or enjoying nature, in ways appropriate to young children.
This group often continues a sharing circle and creative art projects. They begin learning more about Quaker testimonies, Quaker history, and silent worship, and how these might be important in their own lives.
Junior Young Friends
This is the age group appropriate for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. The JYFs begin to participate more in deciding subjects they want to learn about and discuss, with help from adult teachers.
In addition to continuing to learn about Quaker values, they may choose to explore other spiritualtraditions as well. Personal relationships and mutual support become increasingly important to this group.
Senior Young Friends
The high school age group continues to grow personally and intellectually. The SYFs often choose to learn more about Quaker testimonies, Quaker process, and Quaker organizations, with adult guidance. They are thinking more deeply about their inner lives and their choices as Quakers in the world.