At the root of Quakerism is the idea that every person has a divine Inner Light and is equally deserving of love and respect. We teach children to ask questions, to reason through answers, and to expect the very best from themselves, their classmates, and their teachers.
In connection with other classes, fifth graders consider their relationship to the Quaker testimony of stewardship as they study climate change. Recently, they presented their findings to great acclaim at a Project-Based Learning conference for educators at Providence College. Students also research the role of Quakers in the civil rights movement, and study with experts from the Center for Nonviolence at the University of Rhode Island to learn and practice strategies for conflict resolution.
Fifth graders attend weekly Meeting for Worship with the rest of lower school, learning to calm their minds and bodies for an age-appropriate period of silent reflection. Third, fourth, and fifth graders in SPARK (Students for Peace Acting with Responsibility and Kindness) plan these meetings, write reflective queries, and read them aloud for the entire school to consider.Inquire