April 20-22, 2018
This powerful way of being with children can transform your First Day School or Friends school classroom, and nurture your own spiritual life. Learn and Practice skills to help children explore the existential limits of their lives through wonder, play, and core stories from the Bible and Quaker faith and practice. These stories are scripted and tested to work well with multi-age groups of children, as well as in multi-generational settings. A certified trainer will model stories, and you will have an opportunity to practice them with your peers. Discussions and teaching modules include: exploring the spirituality of children; considering the "unspoken" lessons of the teaching space and classroom structure; supporting the circle of children and working with multiage groups and diverse needs; and weaving Godly Play/Faith & Play stories into a First Day School program with other religious education and spiritual nurture resources available to Friends.
Workshop facilitator Melinda Wenner Bradley is an accredited Godly Play trainer who works with Quaker meetings and Friends schools around the country. A founding member and the convener of the Faith & Play Group, she is a co-author of the Faith & Play stories. Melinda serves New York Yearly Meeting as the Children and Youth Field Secretary.
Register by April 5th: $240/adults; $125/ages 13-22; $65/infants-12; $175/commuters
After April 5th: $260/$135/$75/$195