SPICES (Quaker Testimonies & Queries for Children)
Quaker educators have named six important testimonies (or beliefs) and call them SPICES. A part of our Friendly approach to education at Wichita Friends School involves exploring the SPICES in our thoughts and in our actions each day.
SIMPLICITY: Activities and things we own should not feel like “too much!”
• Is our stuff more important than our friends and family?
• Do we do things just because they look cool?
• What are fun things to do that don't cost anything at all?
PEACE: When we don’t agree, talking is better than fighting.
• Do we listen to all sides when there is a disagreement?
• What should we do when we are mad at someone?
• What can we do to make our world more peaceful?
INTEGRITY: We want to know and tell the truth.
• Do we always try to be honest?
• Do we try to do a good job in everything we do?
COMMUNITY: We care for each other.
• What can we do to be good neighbors?
• How can we be helpful and take good care of each other?
• What can we do to have fun and get to know each other better?
EQUALITY: We are all equal before God.
• What can we do to be fair to other kids we meet?
• What can we do when we see people being treated unkindly?
• Do we try to share the things we have?
STEWARDSHIP: We use God’s gifts with goodness and wisdom.
• Do we help with cleaning chores at home and at school?
• Do we take good care of our clothes and toys?
• What can we do to help take care of God's earth?