3rd Grade

Quaker Education

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 our History of Whaling unit, students identify prominent Quaker families who contributed to the industry. Recently, our students designed museum exhibits for the new Paul Cuffee Park at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.  They also wrote to wind farm developers about the impact of the turbines on migrating whales in Rhode Island Sound.

While studying Thanksgiving, we consider both the Pilgrim and Wampanoag points of view, and tease out how stereotyping can thwart community building efforts.

Part of our survey of America’s National Parks is devoted to grappling with issues around conservation, civic responsibility, and the Quaker value of stewardship.

Third 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.  At several all-school Meetings for Worship, they demonstrate that they can be as still and silent as the ‘big kids’ (and sometimes even more so).



Jen McFadden

Director of Friends Education, US Humanities


Jen McFadden

Georgetown University – Ph.D
Georgetown University – MS
Colorado College – B.A.

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