First Day School:
Through our children's programming, Third Haven Friends Meeting's goal nurtures the natural spirituality of children and their families, helping them learn and use principles from Quaker history, faith, and values. We honor each child's unique talents and skills, striving to give them the tools, experiences and freedom to pursue their purposes. We emphasize the qualities (called the Quaker Testimonies) of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship. Our curricula focus on service, social action and experiential learning, all growing from our firm believe that world needs what our children can do.
Fall 2021 Update:
First Day School is planning to resume in-person programs starting September 12. Families will gather promptly at 10 am to worship with the Meeting in the Old Meeting House with windows and doors wide open (currently masks are optional for vaccinated individuals.) At @1015 the children will leave and head to the common room or to an outdoors location to begin their own program (masks encouraged.). The children will be reunited with their parents shortly after 11 am. There will be refreshments and fellowship outside and in the common room following. Here are the dates for September/October children's program:
- September 12: Welcome back, Susan
- September 26: Listening in Nature w Kristin
- September 26: Giant Children's Meeting with PYM via zoom
- October 3: Holy Troublemakers, Susan
- October 17: Earthcare witness w Kristin
- October 24: Giant Children's Meeting w PYM via zoom
We have plans to have all our Third Haven Children's programs accessible by zoom as well. Hope to see you all on September 12! Please contact Susan Claggett with any questions.
Third Haven's First Day School offers spiritual education for children from preschool through high school (in other faiths this might be called Sunday School). We hold First Day School classes during the school year (from the 2nd week in September through the 2nd week in June) from 10 to 11AM. The children join their families with the full Friends Meeting for the first 15 minutes of Meeting for Worship, then attend their classes during the last 45 minutes of Meeting for Worship. The children are taught by a mix of parents, meeting members, and paid teachers. Curriculum is developed for every season and tailored to the group of kids attending, with the help of a First Day School Committee.
We also offer other children's programs, such as summer camps. These will be posted on this page as they are organized.
More about First Day School Lessons:
Third Haven Friends Meeting is hosting another fall calendar of rich, engaging activities for children in our First Day School. Featured programs include:
NATURE SEEKERS:These sessions focus on helping kids build their toolbox of mindfulness techniques through immersion in nature. They will be led by Third Haven's talented summer camp teachers, Cherie Baron and Kristen Hanlon.
FAITH & PLAY STORIES:
These are beautiful stories about the roots of Quakerism and Quaker values, told by teachers trained in a Montessori-inspired manner.
QUERIES & REFLECTIONS:
This monthly dialogue taps into the natural wisdom, curiosity and wonder of young children to explore how to think clearly about life's biggest queries—e.g., What is philosophy? Friendship? Happiness? Justice? Love? How do we know ourselves and what role do we play in the world? For the fall, the emphasis will be on the Quaker value of Peace.
A key theme of Quaker's faith: Let your life speak. Several times a year the kids take social action, offering their time and talent to help heal problems in our community. Recent projects have focused on local child hunger, homelessness, and refugee support. For details, please take a look at the upcoming calendar here.