Albuquerque Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
First Day School has resumed in person gatherings on Sundays, following Covid-safe practices. See below for details pertaining to junior and school age young Friends and toddlers.
OUR YEAR AT A GLANCE
This year in First Day School we will explore Quaker History largely by learning about the individuals that shaped that history. Some are well known like George Fox and Lucretia Mott. Others have been less talked about: Sarah Mapps Douglass and William Boen, for example.
We will also think more broadly about origin stories. For example, to think about the origins of the United States of America we will read a poem from Born on the Water each lesson this fall.
At least once a month a special guest will be invited to lead First Day School. May of these guests will be members and attenders of Meeting. We hope to invite people from outside Meeting to share their gifts as well.
We offer a separate, play based preschool program, staffed by adult volunteers and trained youth leaders.
Parents who RSVP are always welcome to join us; however, our intention is to staff First Day School with Friends who don’t have young children at home, thereby providing parents of young children with the opportunity to attend worship as often as they would like.
Children are never alone 1:1 with an adult, and at least one of the adults in the space have had a background check (usually both).
The First Sunday of every month: Young people hold a Business Meeting to make decisions about their program.
On 5th Sundays, Albuquerque Monthly Meeting approved holding Intergenerational, semi-programmed worship during the coming year on 5th Sundays which fall this year in October, January and April, as well as on Sunday, December 25th. Intergenerational worship will take place in the main meeting room at the usual time, and replace the First Day School Program.
Those who prefer to participate in the traditional silent meeting for worship may do so in the library on these Sundays.
The Curriculum Coordinator and Adult Volunteers are background checked and:
* Need 2 adults if there are less than 3 children who are 5+ years old
* Need 2 adults with children under 5 years old regardless of how many children there are;
* Can be alone with a group of 3 or more children 5+ years old if within eyesight/earshot of other adults (e.g., there is another adult in an adjoining room, or if the adult with the children is in a hall, or outside and visible to others);
* Can be alone with a group of 3+ - 11+ year olds for no more than 15 minutes;
* Temporary Volunteers and minors are never alone with young people;
* All staff people are mandatory reporters;
* Staff with background checks wear buttons during Meeting to be easily identifiable.
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The Albuquerque Friends Meeting (AMM) provides weekly “First Day School” for children and youth of all ages. Curriculum coordinator, Elizabeth Freyman, a skilled teacher, has developed an appropriate curriculum for each age group. Guided by Elizabeth and adult volunteers, children engage in meaningful activities and discussion to deepen their own understandings of faith and its practice in their daily lives.
Children and adult volunteers and the First Day School teacher gather for the first fifteen minutes of worship with the larger community in the meeting room. Then they retire to the First Day School rooms downstairs, where planned activities take place in keeping with the year's curriculum.
Groups based on age and interest then form for specific activities (see the 2022-23 curriculum descriptions above).
Skilled child care and a separate curriculum are available for infants and young toddlers.
Several times a year the Children's Committee organizes events such as Game Night, end of summer festival or camping trips for the entire AMM community.
The Children’s Program Committee welcomes participation by members and attenders of Meeting. Adult volunteers are welcome to participate in First Day School and are required to complete a background check.
For more information or to volunteer please contact First Day School teacher, Elizabeth Freyman. email@example.com