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Honesty Is The BEST Policy. Lesson 12 Grade 1

Lesson 12 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Honesty

Honesty

  • What is Honesty?
  • How are we Honest?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Honesty?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Honesty? 

What does honesty mean to you? 

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Lesson 12 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Honesty

We are Memorizing The Prayer: Blessed is the spot

Blessed is the spot, and the house,

and the place, and the city,

and the heart, and the mountain,

and the refuge, and the cave,

and the valley, and the land,

and the sea, and the island,

and the meadow where mention

of God hath been made,

and His praise glorified

Lesson 12 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Honesty

Memorize

“Beautify your tongues, O people, with truthfulness, and adorn your souls with the ornament of honesty.”

Meaning Of Words

Beautify

Malit planted beautiful roses in the garden. The roses beautify the garden.

Sunil used to tell lies, but now he only tells the truth.  Sunil beautified his tongue with truthfulness. 

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Lesson 12 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Honesty

Story Of Honesty

Suggested props: Map of Iran, Letter, Official Order, debt, A big bag of money,

Mulla Bahram was a Baha’i who lived in Iran many years ago.  One day, he received a letter that caused him great concern.  His cousin had been jailed without justification.  A few powerful individuals who wished his cousin ill had lodged a complaint against him and he had been arrested by police, even though he had committed no crime.  

After reading the letter, Mulla Bahram thought deeply about this problem and decided to do to see a high government official to ask for help.  When Mulla Bahram arrived at this official’s home, he found him at a feast with many of his guests.  One of them who saw the poorly dressed man enter the doorway wanted to have him thrown out.  But the owner of the house saw Mulla Bahram and with a great deal of love and respect, invited him to come in.  All of the guests were surprised to thee the courtesy and warmth with which the official treated Mulla Bahram, a poor and humble man.  The host explained, “the respect I feel towards Mulla Bahram is well deserved because he is a righteous and honest man, even in moments of tests.”  Mulla Bahram explained his problem and with a great deal of pleasure, the official wrote out the order for his cousin’s immediate release. The guests were surprised and asked the official how he knew that Mulla Bahram was so honest that he merited such respect from a high government official.  The official answered:

“Some time ago, I had a debt which I had to pay right away, but I didn’t have enough money.  So I arrived at an agreement with the money-lender that he would receive a piece of property in exchange for the debt.  However, we could not come to an agreement on the property’s value.  We could no accept the judgment of a friend of his nor a friend of mine because each of us could have paid our friend to alter the property’s price in our favour.  So we asked a merchant to send one of his employees to the property to put a value on it.  He sent Mulla Bahram.  To ensure that the property was worth enough to pay the entire debt, I went to him the day he was to value the property and offered him a big bag of money to that he would speak in my favour.  He would not have earned that much money in six years of hard work, but he did not accept it. He said it was better to wait and see the property.  It turned out that Mulla Bahram estimated the property at much more than what I had thought it was worth.  So, I went to him and offered him a bag of much more money so he would be pleased.  He did not take it this time either.  He said that the only reason he had put that value on the property was that it was the true value.  His appraisal was a part of his work, for which he received a salary, and it would not be right to receive anything extra for it.”

“Now,” said the official to his guests, “you can appreciate why I say that Mulla Bahran obsesses about honesty and integrity which is very rare these days.  Oh if everyone could be as honest as Mulla Bahram!”

Another Story About Honesty

Suggested props: A Cane, Crutches, horse, deer, wallet filled with money, A package of food, Crown for Prince, Sword for Soilders

The Miner and the Prince by Lamia El-Dajani, retold and modified by Joan Jensen

Thomas was a miner who used to live with his family in a small house near the forest.  One day, Thomas had an accident in the mine.  His injuries prevented him from working in the mine.  Life then became hard for him and his family.  After his injuries began to heal, he started going to the forest to find a way to feed himself and his family.

            One day Thomas was in the forest sitting beneath a tree, when suddenly he heard the sound of horses running very fast.  He saw the Prince riding a horse and behind him a group of soldiers on their horses.  They were chasing after a deer.  As they disappeared and the forest became quiet again, he saw something on the path that the horses had galloped across.  He picked up the object and found it was a very fine leather wallet.  The Prince’s name was embossed in gold on the front of the wallet.  He slowly opened the wallet and saw a large amount of money. Thomas remained where he was in the forest, waiting for the Prince and his soldiers to return so he could give back the wallet.  Slowly it became dark.  As the night grew later and there was no sign of the Prince, Thomas decided to return home.

            On the long walk home, Thomas continued thinking about the money.  He thought, “This money belongs to the Prince, and should be returned to him.”  As he continued walking, he thought, “But neither the Prince nor his soldiers returned for the money.  Perhaps they don’t realize it is lost.”  And after a few more steps, “Maybe because the Prince is so rich, looking for it would be a waste of his time, and he won’t even bother, he won’t even miss it.  And my family is so much in need.  We are hungry, my children need clothes, the roof needs to be repaired.  I found it, I could keep it for my family, and no one would even know. ”  As he walked further, thinking about all the things he could buy for his family with this money, he thought, “And no one would know.  No one would know.  No one would know.”  Then he stopped suddenly, realizing, “I would know.  And my wife would know.  And God would know!”   But how was he to return it to the Prince?  The capital city was a very long walk away.  He would need food for the journey, and his family had very little food to spare.  His clothes were shabby.  Perhaps he would not be allowed into the royal castle.  It would be hard to be honest.  It would be so easy just to keep the money.  And so his thoughts kept turning round and round on the long walk home.

            When he arrived home later than usual, his wife Elizabeth hurried to meet him, asking about his day.   He excitedly told her what had happened and showed her the wallet.  “What should I do?” he asked her.  Elizabeth also saw the dilemma, and said, “Our children are hungry.  The money is enough to feed our family for several months.  No one would know.”  And they looked at each other in love and concern.  “We must pray for guidance,” his wife declared.  And immediately they sat down together, opened one of their books, and read the following words.

     Husband and wife looked at each other, and with a sigh, his wife said, “It is now clear what we must do.  The only thing yet to decide is how we will do this.”  Thomas and Elizabeth made preparations far into the night.  Thomas packed food to take on the journey.  Elizabeth washed and patched his one suit of clothes, so he would be more presentable when meeting the Prince.  And in the morning, Thomas set off on his journey. When he reached the palace, the guards stopped him at the gate and prevented him from entering to meet the Prince.  He had no appointment, and from his shabby clothes, they knew he was not a rich or important man.  They asked him why he wanted to meet the Prince, but he refused to tell them the reason.  Thomas had heard that people in the capital city were not always honest, and he was worried if he handed the wallet to the guards, they would keep the money for themselves.  So he just insisted, “I must meet with the Prince.  I will not leave without seeing him!” The guards began to shout at him to leave, and push him away from the gate.  Suddenly Thomas saw the Prince himself, mounted on his fine horse, approach the gate to leave for the day.  Thomas threw himself in front of the horse and called to the Prince, “A word with you, my beloved Prince!”  The Prince paused, and Thomas drew the wallet from his coat and handed it to the Prince. The Prince looked very surprised and asked Thomas where he had found it.  Thomas told him the story of the previous day in the forest.  The Prince then opened the wallet.  Everyone could see that he was astonished to find all the money there, untouched.  The Prince asked Thomas, “Why didn’t you take the money?” and Thomas replied, “I cannot take something that does not belong to me.”  A gleam of respect appeared on the Prince’s face, and he was quiet for a moment, thinking.  Then he turned to Thomas and said, “Would you come and serve in my court, and work for me?  I can use an honest man, someone I can trust, to do the work of the kingdom.”

Lesson 12 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Honesty

Square, Circle, Triangle

It is assumed that the children know the names of at least a few shapes, for instance, “square”, “circle”, and “triangle”.  Begin by reviewing the names of these shapes with the children, making sure that they can identify each one.  Next, hold up a card on which you have drawn a sequence of three shapes – and tell them to look at it closely.  Then put the card away and ask one of the children to say the sequence out loud.  You should do this several times, using cards on which you have drawn a variety of sequences beforehand.  

Lesson 12 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Honesty

An Experiment

Here is an experiment to try to help illustrate Honesty 

Make Ornament of Honesty:

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  1. First, we made individual trays of salt dough – equal parts salt, flour, and water. 
  2. Once their dough was sufficiently mixed, they pressed it onto pieces of cardboard.
  3. Cut into a shape of your choice
  4. Decorate with beads etc.
  5. Punched a hole to hang their ornaments,
  6. Air dry them at home.

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Cut and paste Truthfulness is the foundation of all human Virtues

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What Does Forgiveness Look Like? Lesson 11 Grade 1

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Lesson 11 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Forgiveness

Forgiveness

  • What is Forgiveness?
  • How do we forgive others?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Forgiveness?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Forgiveness? 

What does forgiveness mean to you?  Forgiveness means letting go of hard feelings like anger, sadness, or frustration that happen when you or someone else makes a mistake. It’s saying “Thank you” or “That’s okay” when someone apologizes and does not stay upset about what they did. It’s having patience with yourself and others, and recognizing that no one is perfect—everyone makes mistakes. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that all of a sudden what someone did doesn’t hurt or isn’t wrong. It means that you find it in your heart to give the person another chance.

Did you know that forgiveness is one of the attributes of God?  We all make mistakes, and God forgives us when we ask for forgiveness and try our best to do better.  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá modeled forgiveness and always told us to be forgiving with one another. He said we should see with eyes of forgiveness and overlook one another’s faults. If we follow ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s example, we will show forgiveness not only to our friends when they make mistakes but also to those who are unkind to us.

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We are Memorizing The Prayer: Blessed is the spot

Blessed is the spot, and the house,

and the place, and the city,

and the heart, and the mountain,

and the refuge, and the cave,

and the valley, and the land,

and the sea, and the island,

and the meadow where mention

of God hath been made,

and His praise glorified

Lesson 11 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Forgiveness

Memorize

“. . . let your adorning be forgiveness and mercy and that which cheereth the hearts of the well-favored of God.”

Meaning Of Words

Cheer

Ursula was not feeling well. Her friend Elsie brought her flowers and sat with her for a long time, telling stories and talking. Elsie’s visit made Ursula feel much better. Ursula was cheered by her visit.

Mrs. Sanchez received a long letter from her husband who had gone away to a nearby town for work. The letter brought the good news that he would soon be coming home. The news greatly cheered her.

Favored

The teacher loved all of her students and paid special attention to each one. She favored them all.

James liked all of the subjects at school, but he did best in science. Science was the subject he favored most.

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Lesson 11 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Forgiveness

Story Of Forgiveness

Note, while telling the story, have a few props available to show the children: WORDS IN BOLD: A sign saying CLOSED, KEYS, TELEGRAM, PRESENT, LETTER. a ticket for the trip is additional if you like.

During the days the Master lived in ‘Akká, there was a governor who, time and time again, tried to harm the Bahá’ís. On one occasion he came up with a plan to destroy their means of livelihood: he ordered his guards to close down the shops of all the Bahá’ís and to bring him the keys. But ‘Abdu’l-Bahá learned of the governor’s plan and advised the friends not to open their shops the next day. He told them to wait and see what God would ordain. 

Imagine the governor’s surprise when he heard that his guards could not bring him the keys because the shops had not been opened. But before he could think of what to do next, something unexpected happened. A telegram arrived from his superiors dismissing him from his post as governor of the city. And so the shops of the Bahá’ís were saved. The ex-governor was ordered to leave ‘Akká and go to another city called Damascus. He did not know what to do. He had to leave quickly and alone. What would happen to his family? Who would help someone who had lost the favor of the government? The Master heard the news and went to see him. He showered the unhappy man with great kindness, as if he had never been an enemy of the Faith. Not once did He mention his past wrongdoings. Instead, He offered to help him in whatever way possible. The ex-governor was worried about leaving his wife and children behind. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá assured him that He would take care of the matter. Later He arranged for a comfortable trip, provided someone reliable to accompany the wife and children, paid for all the expenses, and sent the family on its way to Damascus. 

When the ex-governor was reunited with his family, he rejoiced. With a heart filled with gratitude, he turned to the man who had traveled with his family and asked him about the cost of the journey. The man explained that it had been paid by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Then the ex-governor offered him a present for his kindness and diligence during the journey. But he would not accept the present; he said that he was merely obeying ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and did not wish to receive anything for his services. The ex-governor then asked the man to stay the night as a guest in his home. He said, however, that he was eager to follow the instructions of the Master, Who had told him to return to ‘Akká without delay. The ex-governor asked the man to wait at least long enough for him to write a letter to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. This he accepted and upon his return to ‘Akká delivered the letter to the Master. The letter read: “O ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, I pray you to pardon me. I did not understand. I did not know you. I have wrought great evil on you. You have rewarded me with great good.”

Other Stories:

Shaykh Mahmúd of ‘Akká

Zillah Sultán and his Sons

The Unfriendly Governor

BALLOON ACTIVITY

Each person has a balloon.  First, we are going to see what happens when we build anger up and don’t forgive.

Someone calls out names of emotions (sadness, anger, hurt, resentment, impatience, pain…) and with each name you hear, you blow into your balloon until it becomes pretty big.  Hold onto it.  When gets big, then have everyone let go and release it.

Okay, now let’s practice with forgiveness.  Blow anger into the balloon.  Now forgive- let it out, blow sadness into your balloon, now let it out.  Blow frustration into your balloon, now let it out! GREAT JOB!

HOT POTATO

Children form a circle.  Then ask: 

What are some of the things your body feels when you feel angry or frustrated? One thing is that you might get really hot. I call those feelings “hot feelings” because sometimes your face can get red, you might feel a burning feeling in your stomach, and you might even feel like a volcano full of hot lava! When you touch something hot, do you want to hold onto it? No! You want to let it go as quickly as you can.

  • In this game, the ball/[potato is a “hot feeling.” Pass it around the circle while the music plays, letting it go as quickly as you can.
  • When the music stops, everyone looks at the person holding the hot potato and says: “We’re sorry!”
  • The person holding the ball puts it down and says, “That’s okay. I forgive you.” Then the game continues…

People to People

Tell the children to walk around randomly, while clapping and saying, “people to people”. When you call out “back to back”, they should stop, and each back up to a partner. On your signal, they start to move around again, clapping and saying “people to people”. When you call out “face to face”, they stop and each face a partner, bowing heads. The game continues in this way, with these two commands being repeated several times. Other commands can include “knee to knee” and “elbow to elbow”.

Role Plays: What Forgiveness Looks Like

Invite kids to give responses and act them out. Ask, “What does forgiveness look like when . . .” (HAVE ON SLIPS THAT THEY PULL OUT)

  • Your friend accidentally broke your favorite toy
  • You did something you feel is very bad (forgiving yourself)
  • Your brother takes something of yours without asking
  • Your friend got angry and said something unkind to you and then apologized.
  • Someone keeps doing something hurtful to you over and over without being sorry*

*There are sometimes when forgiveness won’t help someone change their behavior, and it isn’t the only virtue you need to call on. While you can let go of the hurt feelings, sometimes, you need to stay away from that person (if you can) and stop giving tem the chance to hurt you. In these cases, respect for yourself and justice (making sure everyone is being treated fairly, including yourself) are just as important as forgiveness.

Lesson 11 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Forgiveness

An Experiment

Here is an experiment to try to help illustrate forgiveness 

Make a Paper Plane

Make 2 planes hiding a penny in one. They will look the same but not fly the same. Ask the children to look them over and figure out why. Explain “the airplanes are like us and the penny is when we hold a grudge. A grudge is when we hold bad feelings inside of us because of something someone did or said to us. These feelings can weigh us down and keep us from flying high.

Use the quote for the lesson (see below) in this craft idea Here is my template.

TEMPLATE FOR CRAFT

“. . . let your adorning be forgiveness and mercy and that which cheereth the hearts of the well-favored of God.”

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To Be Thankful. Lesson 10 Grade 1

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THANKFULNESS

  • What is Thankfulness?
  • How do we know we are being Thankful?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Thankfulness?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Thankfulness? 

When we receive even the smallest of gifts, we thank the person who gave them to us. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá tells us that we should be thankful to God for having given us so many gifts- including the gift of life itself- and for having caused our hearts to overflowing with His love. We must be thankful to God at all times, even in times of difficulty. Giving thanks to God helps us to be open to receiving even more of His limitless bounties. Thankfulness is realizing how much you have to be grateful for and not taking even little things for granted.

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We are Memorizing The Prayer: Blessed is the spot

Blessed is the spot, and the house,

and the place, and the city,

and the heart, and the mountain,

and the refuge, and the cave,

and the valley, and the land,

and the sea, and the island,

and the meadow where mention

of God hath been made,

and His praise glorified

.

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Memorize

Be thou happy and well pleased and arise to offer thanks to God, in order that thanksgiving may conduce to the increase of bounty

Meaning Of Words

Conduce

1. Nadia is always clean. She knows that cleanliness is important for spiritual growth. Cleanliness conduces to spirituality.

2. Seff’s family talks regularly about important family matters. Because they consult together, they live in harmony. Consultation conduces to harmony.

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I Thank And Praise Thee Lord
Arise To Offer Thanks To God
Lesson 10 Grade 1 Ruhi book 3

There was once a girl called Maya, who lived in a place that was very cold in the winter. Maya had used the same coat every winter for many years, and it was worn out and too small. Everyone could see that Maya needed a new coat before the winter came again, but her family did not have enough money to buy one. A farmer who lived down the road from Maya’s home told her she could have some wool from his sheep to make a new coat. He said she would have to wait until the spring when the wool would be thick and ready to shear. Maya wanted to show her thankfulness, so, as she waited for the spring, she helped the farmer by happily tending the sheep for a while each day. She fed them hay and fruits, patted them and even sang to them! In the spring, the farmer sheared the wool and gave it to Maya. He showed her how to make it smooth and ready for spinning. Maya thanked him and began to walk home. An old woman who lived next door saw Maya with the wool and offered to spin it into thread for her. Maya was very grateful and wanted to find a way to thank the old woman. She could see many vegetables growing in the old woman’s garden, so all through the summer, she picked the vegetables and washed them and made them ready for the old woman to cook. When the thread was ready, Maya picked some red berries and dyed it all red. Then she visited the weaver and explained that she needed help to make the thread into cloth. The kind weaver was happy to make the cloth. To show her thankfulness, while the weaver was busy making a lovely red cloth from the thread, each afternoon Maya cleaned and tidied the weaver’s workshop.

When the cloth was ready, Maya visited the tailor, and explained that winter was coming and she needed a new coat. She showed him the cloth, and he said he would make it into a coat for her. Maya wanted to thank him, so every day while he worked she swept the autumn leaves from the path to his shop. The tailor measured, cut, pinned and sewed until the coat was done. Maya was very pleased. She thanked the tailor and put on the coat – it was perfect! When Maya arrived home, her family was as pleased as she was with her new coat. They decided to invite all the people who had helped to make it to share a simple meal with them. So the farmer, the old woman, the weaver and the tailor all came to Maya’s home. They were all happy to know that Maya had the new coat she needed for the winter. But Maya’s ‘thank yous’ were still not finished. The next morning, Maya put on her coat and went to visit the sheep. “Thank you, sheep!” she said, “Thank you, thank you, for this lovely warm coat!” “Baa!” answered the sheep, and it seemed as if they were smiling back at her.

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Quick Impulse 

Ask the students to form a circle holding hands. The children must send a pulse signal through the group. One child begins by quickly squeezing the hand of the child to his or her side, who passes on the signal to the next child, and so on, until it returns to the first child. The children should be timed and challenged to go faster and faster. Once the children have learned the basic game, you can ask them to send the pulse in the opposite direction or to increase the number of squeezes per pulse.

How do You show Thankfulness?

  • You feel sad because you did not get a good grade
  • You wish you were more popular
  • You see something beautiful?
  • You receive a gift?
  • Your family is having a difficult time with money / job/ food.
  • Your Family is doing very well.

It’s easy to be thankful when you’re having fun with your friends and you’re happy.  How about at other times? How do you feel when someone shows thankfulness to you?

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Based on the story: 

Say Thank You!

Make a thank you card to send to someone. You can be thankful for anything, a gift, that they are your friend, family, neighbor…

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What does Humility look like? Lesson 9 Grade 1

HUMILITY

Today we will start to memorize a new prayer and the topic is on Humility OR BEING HUMBLE

  • What is Humility?
  • How do we know we are being Humble?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Humility?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Humility? 

When you are humble, you don’t consider yourself more important than other people. You are happy to serve others and think other people’s needs are important.

Humble means doing your best without attracting too much attention to yourself.

1.You are not afraid to ask for help

2.Don’t pay lots of attention what people say about you GOOD OR BAD

3. Don’t spend energy trying to impress others

4. Don’t worry about mistakes, be eager to learn
 Being humble is about taking on an attitude of learning. 

BEFORE MEMORIZING THE QUOTE  LET US TALK ABOUT SHOWING  HUMILITY BEFORE GOD

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Lesson 9 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3

Blessed is the spot

Blessed is the spot, and the house,

and the place, and the city,

and the heart, and the mountain,

and the refuge, and the cave,

and the valley, and the land,

and the sea, and the island,

and the meadow where mention

of God hath been made,

and His praise glorified.

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BE LIKE THE EARTH

See the earth 
It’s so humble 
Has all God’s wealth to give 
Everything we need to live 
Lets us walk on it every day 
But have you ever heard it say 
“I am richer 
Greater than you” 
 
See the tree 
It’s so humble 
The more its fruits abound 
It bows closer to the ground 
And shares the fruit that way 
But have you ever heard it say 
“I am richer 
Greater than you” 

Be like the earth 
Be like the tree 
Rise to the heaven of glory 
On the wings of humility 
Rise to the heaven of glory 
On the wings of humility

O Son of Man! Humble thyself before Me, that I may graciously visit thee.

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MEANING OF THE WORD

Humble 

Zinab works diligently on her math assignments and always does well. She is humble and never boasts about her achievements. 
The children in Yong Fu’s neighborhood are eager to learn, and he was asked to form a small class for them. Even though he has little experience and considers himself unworthy, he puts his trust in God and does his best. He approaches the task with humility.

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Role-Playing 

Present children with a series of scenarios where they can choose to be boastful or humble, such as winning a game, getting an A on a test, or giving someone a gift. Have children give a boastful response and a humble response to the scenario. For example, a child could pretend to brag about winning the game to demonstrate boastful behavior and say “good game” to the other players to demonstrate humility. Talk about how everyone involved would feel for each scenario to emphasize why choosing to be humble is the better option.

Based on the story: Download craft

HUMBLE BRACELETS


Cover empty cardboard toilet paper rolls with decorative paper or fabric to make cute bracelets. First, cut straight across the length of the cardboard roll. Once you’ve made that cut you can cut around the roll making individual bracelets of various widths. Older kids can do this themselves; younger kids will probably need help. Cut paper or fabric rectangles that will cover the bracelet with a small border around each edge. Cover the back of the fabric or paper rectangle with a thin layer of tacky glue and carefully press onto the bracelet smoothing out any wrinkles. Tuck all the overlaying edges to the underside. If the bracelet has lost some of its ability to spring back into shape roll it into a smaller roll and hold in shape with a rubber band while the glue dries. For smaller wrists roll them into smaller rounds. If you’ve planned ahead you could invite the kids to bring paper or fabric they like.

Humble Potato Prints


Cut potatoes into thick slices. Outline and cut out the letters H-U-M-I-L-T-Y. Put a thin layer of seven paint colors on seven 7 small plates. Put one letter stamp on each plate. You’ll be using the I stamp twice. Let the children stamp the word HUMILITY onto fingerpaint paper. They can embellish around the word-painting things that remind them of humility. It’s also fun to use cookie cutters and cut out other shape potato stamps as well. This can get messy so it’s a good outside project. And it’s helpful if there’s a garden hose, or at least a bucket of water, for washing hands.

A COLLAGE

CUT PICTURES FROM A MAGAZINE AND MAKE A TREE (HUMBLE LIKE THE EARTH)

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Clues to look for: Sincerity Lesson 8 Grade 1

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Lesson 8 this week is about Sincerity

  • What is Sincerity?
  • How do we know we are being Sincere (Real or Fake)?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Sincerity?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Sincerity?

As we learn about Sincerity, memorize the quote, listen to the songs and stories, let us try to think about how we can practice Sincerity every day.

For lessons 4 to 8, the Prayer to memorize is “O Thou kind Lord! I am a little child”. We will continue practicing the ones we already know.

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ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO SAY A PRAYER?

WE ARE MEMORIZING THE PRAYER O Thou Kind Lord I am a Child

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Lesson 8 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 PRAYER O Thou Kind Lord I am a Child

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Lesson 8 Grade 1 Ruhi book 3 SONG

Yes I Believe You

Yes I Believe You

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LESSON 8 GRADE 1 RUHI BOOK 3 QUOTE

Lesson 8 Quote

We should at all times manifest our truthfulness and sincerity.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Meaning Of Words

Manifest


Asha cleaned the mud off the seashell that he found at the beach and polished it until it was smooth and shiny. When he was finished, the shell’s true beauty became manifest.
As the sun rose and the morning fog lifted, the splendour of the mountains became manifest.

Sincerity

Leo’s classmates often play games instead of studying. Leo is worried that they will not do well in school, so he suggests that they all study together and tries to think of ways that they can help each other learn. Leo’s concern for his classmates is sincere.

Rosa promised her mother that she would do her homework every day. When her parents are away, Rosa diligently works on her homework assignments. Rose was sincere in her promise.

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Grade 1 Lesson 8 Quote for Sincerity
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LESSON 8 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 STORY

When introducing today’s story, you may wish to explain to the children that, sometimes, we can better understand what it means to possess a quality by listening to a story that shows when it is lacking.


For many years a large tree stood behind a house that belonged to a husband and wife with several children. As the tree grew, its branches reached up and out, shading the back of the family’s home. One winter morning, the father was passing under the tree when he met a neighbour. They spoke briefly of the comings and goings in the village. After a while, the neighbour, taking notice of the large tree, said to the man, “You know, it really is time for you to cut that enormous tree down. It is sprawling and unruly. What if one of the branches were to break off and fall onto your roof—or worse yet, hit one of your children while they play in the shade?” When the two had parted, the man considered his neighbour’s advice. The tree had stood in this place since before he could remember, and no harm had come of it. It gave good shade in the summer and shielded the house from the bitter winds of winter. It seemed sturdy and strong. “Still, perhaps my neighbour has a point,” the man said to himself. “Appearances can sometimes be deceiving. What if the tree is not as sturdy as it seems?” And so he decided to cut it down.

It was a difficult job, for the tree was very big, indeed, and had many limbs and branches, some of them quite high. Just as the man finished, his neighbour returned, this time accompanied by his two sons and a cart. “I see you decided to take down the tree,” the neighbour said, looking at the many stacks of wood. “I suppose you’ll need someone to take those piles away. Perhaps we can help you. I have brought my cart and my two sons, and we will be happy to remove all this from your yard.” Without waiting for an answer, the sons began loading the wood into the waiting cart. As they pulled away, the man sat down on the stump of the tree that had sheltered his home for so long. It was then that he realized that his neighbour had not been concerned for his family’s safety after all, but for the supply of firewood that would keep him warm through the winter months. “Appearances can, indeed, sometimes be deceiving,” he said with a sigh.

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Grade 1 Lesson 8 Ruhi Book 3 Sincerity

GAME SUGGESTION: Hot or Cold?

Begin by instructing one of the children to leave the room or to go some distance from the area where the class is being held. The others hide a small object e.g. pencil, and the child is asked to come back into the classroom and to find that small object.  The others help by clapping louder and louder/saying warm/warmer as the child comes closer to the object, and clapping more quietly or saying colder/cold as the child moves away.  The children should be careful not to mislead the friend who is searching for the hidden object; otherwise he or she will lose trust in the others, and the game will be futile.

Grade 1 Lesson 8 Ruhi Book 3 Sincerity

Can You Tell Real from Fake?

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Cut and Paste Activity: Real Vs Fake

Brilliant Star Activity: Here

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Why Are People So Happy? Lesson 7 Grade 1

Lesson 7 Grade 1 Ruhi Bk 3 Joyfulness.

Lesson 7 this week is about Joyfulness

  • What is Joyfulness?
  • How do we know we are being Joyfulness?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Joyfulness?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Joyfulness?

As we learn about Joyfulness, memorize the quote, listen to the songs and stories, let us try to think about how we can practice Joyfulness every day.

For lessons 4 to 8, the Prayer to memorize is “O Thou kind Lord! I am a little child”. We will continue practicing the ones we already know.

Remember to Check Out the free online class for grades 1 to 4

Did you know that Abdu’l- Baha tells us that happiness helps our spiritual progress- our spiritual growth, and that joy gives us wings?  When we are joyful, we are stronger, and when we are happy we are able to more quickly understand things?

Joyfulness is one of the spiritual qualities that God has given us.  A being full of joy attracts the blessings of God.  We need to try to be happy and joyful under all conditions.  We are joyful when we trust that God is guiding us and we look for the gifts He sends us each day.

Deep feelings of joy come from things that last- like the feeling of joy in serving others, the love our parents have for us, and knowing right from wrong and choosing to do the right thing.  We must try to be like brilliant lamps shedding joy everywhere! 

Joyfulness was very important to ‘Abdu’l Bahá.  He would often ask, “Are you happy?” and would encourage people to be happy. In New York, ‘Abdu’l Bahá said, “May everyone point to you and ask, ‘Why are these people so happy?’ I want to be happy…to laugh, to smile, and rejoice in order that others may be made happy by you.’”

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WE ARE MEMORIZING THE PRAYER O Thou Kind Lord I am a Child

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Lesson 7 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 PRAYER O Thou Kind Lord I am a Child

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Lesson 7 Grade 1 Ruhi book 3 SONG
Rejoice in The Gladness
I Want To Be Happy
Joy
Joy Gives Us Wings
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LESSON 7 GRADE 1 RUHI BOOK 3 QUOTE

Lesson 7 Quote

(O Son of Man!) Rejoice in the gladness of thine heart, that thou mayest be worthy to meet me and to mirror forth My beauty.

Meaning Of Words

REJOICE

Jasmine lived far away from her grandparents.  When she heard that she would be visiting them during the school holidays, she became very happy!  Her heart rejoiced!

John had studied hard in school.  His heart rejoiced when he saw the results of the test he took. 

WORTHY

Sjona studied very hard and received excellent grades.  The teacher praised her for her hard work. Sjona was worthy of her teacher’s praise.

David always took good care of his brothers and sisters. His parents knew that they could trust him with the children.  David was worthy of his parents’ trust.

What does it mean to you when it says to mirror forth His beauty? 

Whose beauty? 

How can we do this?

Send A Postcard

Every lesson online has the quote or prayer in a postcard layout that can be printed to mail to a friend or neighbor. 

Send a postcard to a friend or neighbour
Grade 1 Lesson 7 Postcard On Selflessness
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LESSON 7 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 STORY

STORY OF ABDU’L-BAHA

Leroy Ioas was an outstanding Bahai who lived a life of service to others.  In 1912 when Abdu’l-Baha visited America, he was a young boy.  Can you imagine the excitement of this spiritual child at having the opportunity to be meet Abdu’l-Baha? 

One day, in Chicago, when he and his father were on their way to the hotel where Abdu’l-Baha was staying, Leroy had an idea: He decided that he wanted to take Abdu’l-Baha some flowers.  With the little money he had, he managed to buy a beautiful bouquet of white carnations.  But, by the time they reached the hotel, he had changed his mind. 

He decided that he did not want to give anything MATERIAL to Abdul-Baha, not even beautiful flowers.  He would offer Him his heart.  That was the most important thing he had to offer.  So, Leroy’s father presented the flowers to Abdul-Baha without mentioning who had brought them. 

Abdu’l-Baha then gave a talk to all the friend who had gathered at the hotel to meet Him.  During His talk, Leroy sat quietly at His feet and listened to His wise and loving words.  Afterwards, Abdul-Baha stood up and shook hands with the guests, giving each one a white carnation as a token of His love.

 Leroy was now standing behind Abdu’l-Baha.  “Oh!  I wish He would turn around and give me one of those flowers,” thought the young boy.  Maybe, secretly in his heart, he wanted the Master to know who had really brought Him the beautiful flowers.  But, one by one, the white carnations were being given to other people, and it seemed unlikely that Leroy was going to get one. 

Then, suddenly, Abdu’l-Baha turned around and fixed His gaze on Leroy Ioas.  His face radiated love and His eyes were full of kindness.  And did He hand him a white carnation?  No.  Abdu’l-Baha gave Leroy something even more precious.  He was wearing a beautiful red rose on His coat.  He pulled it off and presented it to the young boy.  Leroy’s heart leaped with joy!  Abdul-Baha DID know who had brought Him the white carnations after all!

God knows what is in our hearts, and when we feel that God is guiding us, and we see that He is working in our lives in special ways, helping us to grow and serve and love, we are happy!

Science Experiment

When two friends meet, their joy bubbles over!

  1. Clear glass
  2. Two tablespoons of vinegar in the glass
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder

Ask the children,

  • Do any of you have a friend?
  • Do you feel happy and excited when you know you are going to see your friend, or when your friend is planning to come over to visit?  
  • When your friend arrives, the joy in your heart feels like it is going to bubble over.

So I am going to show you what that looks like. 

“Friend vinegar (hold up the glass with vinegar) is just about to meet Friend Baking Soda (hold up the teaspoon full of baking soda), and look what happens.”

Dump the baking soda quickly into the glass of vinegar.

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Grade 1 Lesson 7 Ruhi Book 3 Joyfulness

GAME SUGGESTIONS

The Ha Game

One student lies down on the floor. The next student puts their head on the first one’s stomach. A third student lies down and puts their head on the second student’s stomach. This continues in a zig zag pattern until all students are in place. Then the first student says “Ha”. The second student says “Ha ha”. The third says “Ha ha ha”. This continues until the end or until someone laughs and then you have to start over.

Dragon’s Tail

Begin by asking the children to stand in a row, placing their hands on the shoulders of the one in front of them.  The first child in the row is the dragon’s head.  The last in the row is the dragon’s tail, eager to lash to the right and left in order to escape the head.  Until the signal “go” is given, the dragon must be in a straight line.  One child counts “one, two, three, go!”.  On the signal “go”, the head runs around toward the tail and tries to catch it.  The whole body must move with the head and remain unbroken.  If the head succeeds in touching the tail, the child in the front can continue to the head.  If the body breaks before he or she catches the tail, the head becomes the tail, and the next in line becomes the head.  The game continues in this way until every child has had a chance to be the head and the tail at least once.

Grade 1 Lesson 7 Ruhi Book 3 Joyfulness

Create A Comic Strip Story

You can Use The Template to make it a comic strip story on Joyfulness

Easy Butterfly craft

Make this super easy Butterfly craft. Template circles here

Here is a craft on another site of a butterfly. Use it and add the phrase “Joy Gives Us Wings”

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Selflessness: What Does It Mean? Lesson 6 Grade 1

Lesson 6 Grade 1 Ruhi Bk 3 Selflessness.

Lesson 6 this week is about Selflessness.

  • What is Selflessness?
  • How do we know we are being Selflessness?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Selflessness?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Selflessness?

As we learn about Selflessness, memorize the quote, listen to the songs and stories, let us try to think about how we can practice Selflessness.

For lessons 4 to 8, the Prayer to memorize is “O Thou kind Lord! I am a little child”. We will continue practicing the ones we already know.

Remember to Check Out the free online class for grades 1 to 4

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ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO SAY A PRAYER?

WE ARE MEMORIZING THE PRAYER O Thou Kind Lord I am a Child

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Lesson 6 Grade 1 Ruhi book 3 PRAYER O Thou Kind Lord I am a Child

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Lesson 6 Grade 1 Ruhi book 3 SONG

PREFER YOUR BROTHER

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LESSON 6 GRADE 1 RUHI BOOK 3 QUOTE

Lesson 6 Quote

Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.

Bahá’u’lláh

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Meaning Of Words

Blessed

There is a well and a bucket, but no way to use the bucket to get water. Amelia, using her intelligence, finds a rope to tie to the bucket, lowers the bucket, and gets water. Amelia’s intelligence is a gift of God. God has blessed Amelia with intelligence. 

Victor’s family says prayers every morning in the living room of their home. The home of Victor’s family is blessed. 

PREFERS

John likes to eat chocolate and vanilla ice cream, but when he has to choose, he chooses vanilla. He prefers vanilla. 
Anindo can go out and play, or go help her father in the garden. She decides to help her father in the garden. Anindo prefers to help her father. 

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Every lesson online has the quote or prayer in a postcard layout that can be printed to mail to a friend or neighbor. 

Grade 1 Lesson 6 postcard on Selflessness
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LESSON 6 STORY

Selflessness

‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the new coat

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Grade 1 Lesson 6 Ruhi Book 3 Selflessness

GAME SUGGESTIONS: The Snail

Ask the children to line up and hold hands, and then have the children at one end of the line stand in place, while the others begin to walk around them. Little by little, they wind themselves into a spiral to form a snail. 
Variations: 
a. Tell the children to stand in line again and hold hands. Then ask those at one end to begin to turn in a circle, slowly winding the others up around them. Make sure they are careful not to step on one another’s feet when doing so. 
b. Once the children have formed a snail, tell those in the middle to squat down and the one at the center to go under the legs of a child next to him or her, continuing through the legs of others until he or she has emerged out of the snail. The other children, while continuing to hold hands, follow him or her through one another’s legs until they all have emerged and form a line once again. To do this some children will be going under one another’s legs, while others are stepping over them. 

Grade 1 Lesson 6 Selflessness

Based on the story of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Decorate the Coat. You can use the template to make it the expensive coat or the plain coat

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To Be Generous Lesson 5 Grade 1

Lesson 5 Grade 1 Ruhi Bk 3 Generosity

Lesson 5 this week is about Generosity

What is Generosity?

  • What is Generosity
  • How do we know we are being generous?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Generosity?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Generosity?

As we learn about Generosity, memorize the quote, listen to the songs and stories, let us try to think about how we can practice Generosity.

For lessons 4 to 8, the Prayer to memorize is “O Thou kind Lord! I am a little child”. We will continue practicing the ones we already know.

Remember to Check Out the free online class for grades 1 to 4

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ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO SAY A PRAYER?

WE ARE MEMORIZING THE PRAYER O Thou Kind Lord I am a Child

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Lesson 5 Grade 1 Ruhi book 3 PRAYER O Thou Kind Lord I am a Child

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Lesson 5 Grade 1 Ruhi book 3 song

Fountain of Generosity

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Lesson 5 Quote

To give and to be generous are attributes of Mine; well is it with him that adorneth himself with My virtues.

Bahá’u’lláh

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To give and be generous

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Lesson 4 postcard on Generosity
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LESSON 5 STORY

Generosity

One day, Bahá’u’lláh sent His son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to inspect the work of the shepherds who were taking care of His sheep. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was a small child at the time, and a man was sent with Him to accompany Him. After the inspection, the man said to ‘Abdu’lBaha: “It is your father’s custom to leave a gift for each shepherd.” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá became silent for a while because He did not have anything to give them. The man, however, insisted that the shepherds were expecting something and would be disappointed if ‘Abdu’l-Bahá did not give them something. Then, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had an idea; He would give the shepherds a few of the sheep from the flock they were tending. Bahá’u’lláh was greatly pleased when He heard about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá‘s generous thoughts towards the shepherds. He made a little joke, saying that everyone had better take good care of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá because someday He would give Himself away. And, of course, that is exactly what ‘Abdu’l-Bahá did for the rest of His life. He gave everything He had, each and every moment of His life, to humanity, to unite us and bring us true happiness.

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GAME SUGGESTIONS: The Twins or Giving

The Twins

  • Ask two children to stand back to back and squat down. Then, tell them to hook their elbows and stand up. To be successful, both children have to have “give  and take”  in their movements

Giving

  • A trading-card game in which all players start with random cards, each representing a particular human need (such as food, clothing, shelter, education, etc). The children must give away what they have to others who are in need until everyone’s basic needs are met.
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Generosity Sheep Craft

Download the PDF to print, cut out and glue.

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Truthfulness Is The Foundation Lesson 4 Grade 1

Lesson 4 Grade 1 Ruhi Bk 3 Truthfulness

The lesson this week is about Truthfulness

What is Truthfulness?

  • What is Truthfulness 
  • How do we know we are being truthful?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Truthfulness?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Truthfulness?

As we learn about Truthfulness, memorize the quote, listen to the songs and stories, let us try to think about how we can practice Truthfulness.

For lessons 4 to 8, the Prayer to memorize is “O Thou kind Lord! I am a little child”. We will continue practicing the ones we already know.

Remember to Check Out the free online class for grades 1 to 4

Say prayers and memorize

ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO SAY A PRAYER?

WE ARE MEMORIZING THE PRAYER O Thou Kind Lord I am a Child

Lesson 4 PRAYER O Thou Kind Lord I am a Child
Lesson 4 song

TRUTHFULNESS

Truthfulness is brighter than the light of the sun

Lesson 4 Quote “Truthfulness is the foundation of all human virtues.
Bahá’u’lláh

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Meaning of Words in this Quote:

TRUTHFULNESS

Lily dropped a glass and broke it. When her mother asked her what had happened, she told her the truth and did not lie. Lily showed the virtue of truthfulness.

A friend wanted to play outside with Debra but Debra knew she should not because of the COVID-19 Virus. her mother made her promise not to play outside. Debra told her friend she could not play outside even though she really wanted to. Debra was obedient and truthful.

FOUNDATION

Before you learn to read and write you have to know the sounds of the letters. Learning the sounds of the letters is a foundation for learning to read and write.

Did you know that your house needs to be built with a good foundation? If the foundation of the house is not strong, the entire house may fall down.

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VIRTUE

Aubre is friendly, kind, and joyful. Aubre possesses many virtues.

Our teacher tells us about fairness, generosity, kindness, and honesty. These are some of the virtues everyone should have.

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Lesson 4 postcard on Truthfulness
LESSON 4 STORY

The Empty Pot

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GAME SUGGESTION: Broken Telephone

Sit in a circle and the teacher whispers a message into the ear, “I try to be truthful.” When the last person receives the message, they tell everyone what they heard.  We then introduce truthfulness and to always check their understanding before accepting things as truth.  Can also talk about talking directly to a person rather than spreading things through backbiting- story changes!

Virtues House

Note that the picture of the house of virtues is missing the title VIRTUE HOUSE – you can write this if you like.

Also, this was glued down by one of the kids. The virtues can be stuck under the roof and the roof stuck only on the top so that it opens like a flap the foundation should be glued so the word foundation is on top. As you can see, it does not really matter as long as the kids enjoy it!

Download the PDF to print, cut out and glue.

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The Rose Of Love: Lesson 3 Grade 1

Lesson 3 Grade 1 Ruhi Bk 3 Love

The lesson this week is about Love

What is Love?

  • Who shows Love? 
  • How do we know we are showing LOVE?
  • How do we know when someone/ God  LOVES us?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Love?
  • Why does God Show us, Love?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Love?
  • When does God show us, love?
  • When you are loving, how does it make others feel?
  • How does it feel without love?

WOW! THAT IS A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT LOVE!

As we learn about love, and memorize the quote this week, listen to the songs and stories, let us try to think about how love can help build world peace!

We will continue to memorize the prayer “O God Guide Me..”

The quote this week is “O friend in the garden….”

Remember to Check Out the online free version with many more resources including 2 science experiments to illustrate Love.

Say prayers and memorize

ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO SAY A PRAYER?

Suggested Prayer:

O my Lord!  Make Thy beauty to be my food, and Thy presence my drink, and Thy pleasure my hope, and praise of Thee my action, and remembrance of Thee my companion, and the power of Thy sovereignty my succorer, and Thy habitation my home, and my dwelling-place the seat Thou hast sanctified from the limitations imposed upon them who are shut out as by a veil from Thee. Thou art, verily, the Almighty, the All-Glorious, the Most Powerful. – Bahá’u’lláh

REMEMBER, WE ARE MEMORIZING THE PRAYER O GOD GUIDE ME

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Los Nice Guys: Listen HERE and HERE

Memorization aid: IMAGES HERE

My First Council Is This

Love Love Love

O, FRIEND! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love, and from the nightingale of affection and desire loosen not thy hold. Treasure the companionship of the righteous and eschew all fellowship with the ungodly.

Bahá’u’lláh

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Meaning of Words in this Quote:

NAUGHT = NOTHING

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LESSON 3 STORY

The Samovar

TAKEN FROM: The Australian Peace Pack Book 2 page 40. Craft is also available.

Bahíyyih and her brother ‘Abdu’l-Bahá did everything they could to help their mother with the hard work of looking after the household. Although she was now only seven years old, Bahíyyih would stand for hours at the side of the well, pulling up heavy buckets of water with a thick rope, which hurt her fingers.

One day, a lady came to visit the family, and Bahíyyih made her welcome. Although her arms were not very strong, Bahíyyih carried a samovar upstairs to the room where the family and their guest were sitting. Then, when the water boiled, she made the tea and served it in tiny, crystal glasses.

Later, when the guest had left, Bahá’u’lláh smiled at His little daughter. He said that the lady had become Bahá’i because of Bahíyyih service at the samovar!

GAME SUGGESTION: The Bridge

A game called “The Bridge” follows the story.  Using benches, boards, bricks, or tiles, make a line on the ground called “the bridge”.  Two groups of children have to cross the bridge at the same time, going in opposite directions, without letting anyone fall off the bridge.  The children have to help each other change places, passing each other one by one.

SALT DOUGH HEARTS

This website has a video and instructions to make salt dough hearts.

Make this ahead of class

Download the PDF to print the quote for the back or inside the heart.

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Here is a link to another site for more ideas