First Day Stories feature

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First Day Stories is a collection of 12 short stories about Quaker practices and beliefs for preschool children. First Day Stories is not a high adventure book offering deep insights. Instead, it is a gentle book with quiet simple practices that present Quaker life in form and content. The book describes a series of experiences of a Quaker family in their meeting such as shaking hands, holding someone in the Light, and participating in workdays. A few of the stories deal with emotional issues that are uncomfortable and demonstrate how Quaker practice can help children with feelings like loneliness or anger.

The book is creatively illustrated by the author using photographs of multicultural dolls acting out the scenes. Everything about the book speaks to integrity, simplicity, and inner peace. First Day Stories is a perfect lesson starter for First-day schools and an important book to have in every Quaker home with young children. Excerpted from a review in Friends Journal by Emilie Gay.

Author: Katherine K. Newman

Illustrator: Katherine K. Newman

Publisher: Katherine K. Newman

Age Group: Nursery, preschool

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TopicsCentering, Community, Equality, Integrity, Peace, Quaker Faith & Practice, Service, Simplicity, Stewardship, Testimonies, Truth

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.

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