Resources for 6 to 8 years

A New Alphabet for Humanity

A New Alphabet for Humanity

Alphabet Words to Inspire Compassion, Kindness and Positivity This book features 26 empowering alphabet words to activate the potential of our children and create a bright future for humanity. A New Alphabet for Humanity teaches children the power of positive words so...

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Paz Interior

Este es un libro para niños, el cual les ayuda a estar lleno de paz interior y a lidiar con sentimientos difíciles. El libro fue traducido del inglés al español.

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Peace Begins with You

Peace Begins with You

Peace Begins with You frames peace as real and possible and peacemaking as right and actionable in our daily lives and on the world stage. It establishes universal human needs, the inevitability of conflict, and the possibility that resolutions to disagreements may...

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The Best Gift of All

The Best Gift of All

The power of a simple visit rings loud and clear in this story. It's a sweet primer in pastoral care for children. First, Mole has an awareness of missing his friend, Rabbit. He begins to take action and burrow a tunnel toward her home. Squirrel and Hedgehog are...

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The Kindness Quilt

The Kindness Quilt

Kindness naturally and joyfully multiplies when we focus on opportunities to be helpful, courteous, generous, and encouraging! The Kindness Quilt is an invitation to illustrate our own acts of kindness and pull them all together in a lovely festive quilt. In the...

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The Day You Begin

The Day You Begin

Everyone has times when they don't feel they belong, when they feel, and often are, outside the circle looking in. Maybe it is the way we look, or speak, or the food in our lunch bag that leaves us feeling like the outsider. Woodson warmly encourages us to dare to...

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Enemy Pie

Enemy Pie

This delicious story proves that the best way to defeat an enemy is by making him your friend! A perfect summer is ruined when Jeremy Ross moves into town. He laughs when you strike out at baseball and is playing with your best friend. But Dad has some real wisdom...

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The Invisible Boy

The Invisible Boy

It's easy to be lost and overlooked in a noisy world of boisterous classmates. Brian lives on the margins in the lunch room, the playground, and even in class. That is until, Justin moves to town. Brian steps out of his comfort zone just a bit and finds a new friend...

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Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch celebrates how love can change lives and how our community can bring that love into action. Mr. Hatch's quiet, lonely world is delightfully turned upside down when the postman delivers a Valentine's Day box of chocolates from a secret...

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Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins

When four courageous black teens sat down at a lunch counter in the segregated South of 1960, the reverberations were felt both far beyond and close to home. This insightful story offers a child's-eye view of this seminal event in the American Civil Rights Movement....

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The Empty Pot

The Empty Pot

Honesty and integrity can often require real courage of us! In this classic Chinese children's story, we learn once again that "Honesty is the best policy." Ping was a young schoolboy who loved to grow flowers. He embraced the Emperor's challenge to grow the best...

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Say Something

Say Something

Say Something takes us on the short but significant journey from being a silent bystander to an engaged community member with small, simple acts of inclusion like acknowledging a new student in a class or sitting next to someone on the bus. Bullying and teasing can be...

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Four Feet, Two Sandals

Four Feet, Two Sandals

This is a tender inspiring story of resilience, friendship, creative problem-solving, and peacemaking set in a refugee camp in Pakistan. After weeks of privation and the arduous journey walking out of Afghanistan to escape the fighting, great excitement fills the camp...

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Teaching Conflict Resolution through Children’s Literature

Teaching Conflict Resolution through Children’s Literature

This curriculum is a gem. Designed for 5-7 year olds, it is useful at home and in First Day School. Each lesson is based on an excellent storybook. Kreidler was a Quaker and brilliant educator. His curriculum normalizes conflict as an inevitable part of life in...

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I Think, I Am! Teaching Kids the Power of Affirmations

I Think, I Am! Teaching Kids the Power of Affirmations

I Think, I Am! can be a bridge for children from hearing about their gifts to embracing those words and incorporating them into their understanding of themselves. Being able to acknowledge our gifts is a crucial step on the Quaker faith formation journey. "Your...

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Teaching the Language of Children’s Spirituality

Teaching the Language of Children’s Spirituality

We as human beings need stories. It's this primal part of who we are as a human race — from the very beginning. That's how we have always made meaning. Telling stories, over and over again. Caryl Cresswell, a recorded minister in Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting, a...

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Northern Yearly Meeting Children and Youth Policy Manual

Northern Yearly Meeting Children and Youth Policy Manual

Policies and procedures for facilitating programming for children and youth in Northern Yearly Meeting.  The manual includes: NYM Children & Youth Committee member role description, Oersonnel policies for youth serving employees, Responsibilities for reporting...

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My Mandala: What is Your Spiritual Journey?

My Mandala: What is Your Spiritual Journey?

This experiential curriculum uses mandalas to help children learn about their past and current connection to the Divine and to their faith community. Can be taught in one or more lessons.  From the author… "In 2017, the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions...

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The Gardener

The Gardener

Lydia Grace Finch brings a suitcase full of seeds to the big gray city, where she goes to stay with her Uncle Jim, a cantankerous baker. There she initiates a gradual transformation, bit by bit brightening the shop and bringing smiles to customers' faces with the...

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Family Worship Pamphlet

Family Worship Pamphlet

This pamphlet explains "Family Worship" as practiced at Friends Meeting at Cambridge. What a challenge our form of worship is for children! Even if you just consider the visuals — "still forms on every side" — it looks like a room full of adults either falling asleep...

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Books for these trying times with COVID-19

Books for these trying times with COVID-19

A listing of nine books with brief synopses that we think have a message for children in these trying times. Many of the stories are about children overcoming challenges.We hope the books  encourage you to think about other things, and appreciate the beauty around us....

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Lesson plan for the home with a book and activities. When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library — and figured...

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Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence

Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence

Lesson plan for the home with a book, music and activities — "All men are born free and equal." Everybody knows about the Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence in 1776. But the founders weren't the only ones who believed that everyone had a right to...

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An Introduction

The Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) is an international, cross-branch, grassroots network of Friends sharing a stewardship for lifelong Quaker faith formation through religious education. We formed in April 2014 and now serve more than 300 Friends in our network. We actively engage and support each other across languages and continents. We gather for regional and annual conferences and offer monthly Conversation Circles via an online conferencing platform. 

Steering Circle

We share leadership as part of our collaborative mission, making decisions using the Quaker ‘sense of the meeting’ process, sitting in expectant, worshipful waiting for the emergence of shared truth. Read more…

Working Circles

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Our work  takes place in ‘circles’ or small groups of Friends who labor on a common task, usually meeting by video conference due to the geographic diversity of the membership. Read more…

The Resource Library

Finders Guide, a sampling of the collection

The QREC Resource Library is a place to share lessons and other educational information in support of our work as Quaker religious educators. This library is a forum for curricula, articles, videos and other educational materials on Quaker themes. You will also find principles, policies and procedures to strengthen operation of your child, youth and adult religious education programs.

Children’s Education

Adult Education

Family

African Quaker Library

Youth Education

Small Meetings

Young Adult Friends

Biblioteca QREC

Events

Find renewal, companionship, and help for nitty gritty issues in Quaker religious education, all the while opening spaces for Spirit to work and listening together for God’s way forward.

QREC holds an annual conference and retreat. In addition we hold online Conversation Circles and post other religious education events as we learn about them.

Conversation Circles

Online conferences for Quaker religious educators to share about their work. Conversations are scheduled for two sessions per topic to encourage international participation.  Join the conversation…

Other Events

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Religious education events of interest to Quakers from all parts of the world. Please let us know about upcoming online or in-person events happening in your area. See the list of upcoming events…

Love at the Heart

Spiritual Practices

Discernment

Active Caring

Quaker Family Culture

Finding the Light

Faith at Home

Home is the heart of faith formation for all families. This is especially true for Friends. As an experiential religion, Quakerism is best learned through living in loving community. Indeed, the vast majority of faith formation for our young Friends happens at home in the busy swirl of daily life.

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QREC depends on all of us sharing our gifts and skills as religious educators. Here are some of the ways you can get involved…