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Grade 3 Lesson 4

WELCOME GRADE 3 RUHI BOOK 3

MOSES AND THE LAWS OF GOD

In this lesson, we will learn about another manifestation of God: – Moses

The purpose of today’s lesson is for the children to understand that the Manifestations of God are Divine Educators, that Each brings a set of laws and ordinances suited to the capacity of the age in which He appears, and that these laws enable human beings to develop their spiritual powers and create a more just and beautiful world. The children will learn specifically about the life of Moses, Who, as explained by Abdu’l-Baha, established laws and ordinances that “gave life to the people of Israel, and let them to the highest possible degree of civilization at that period.”  The following ideas may assist you in speaking to the children on this important subject.

The Manifestations of God are Divine Educators.  In order to advance from age to age, humanity needs a Divine Teacher at every stage, One Who can help it to understand how God wants it to organize its affairs and develop its capacity.  In this way, all the wonderful qualities and attributes with which He has endowed humanity can shine forth.  Every Manifestation brings a set of laws and ordinances that is suitable to the capacity of the people among whom He appears, perfectly geared for that age.  His laws and ordinances tell them how God wants them to live, in order to advance in knowledge and understanding and draw closer to humanity’s glorious destiny.  Without the laws and teachings of God’s Manifestations, true progress would not be achieved.  Think of a field or an orchard.  If left wild, without care, no fruitful trees would grow on it.  But when its plants are tended and trained, it becomes a beautiful garden; the thorns and thistles give way to delicious fruit and fragrant flowers.  In the same way, by following the laws and ordinances of the Manifestation of God for today, we are able to develop our capacity more fully and, as a people, attain great heights of accomplishment.

Moses was a Manifestation of God Who appeared after Abraham when His people were ready to receive a NEW set of laws and ordinances that would enable them to reach a new level of progress.  The laws and ordinances of God brought by Moses educated His people, trained and disciplined them, freeing them from the darkness of ignorance and leading them into the light of knowledge and true understanding.

ruhi book 3 grade 3 prayer
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SET 1

Glory be to Thee, O my God!  Make manifest the rivers of Thy sovereign might, that the waters of Thy Unity may flow through the inmost realities of all things, in such wise that the banner of Thine unfailing guidance may be raised aloft in the kingdom of thy command and the stars of Thy divine splendour may shine brightly in the heaven of thy majesty. Potent art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee.  Thou, verily, art the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

SET 2

I beseech Thee, O my God, by all the transcendent glory of Thy Name, to clothe Thy loved ones in the robe of justice and to illumine their beings with the light of trustworthiness.  Thou art the One that hath power to do as He pleaseth and Who holdeth within His grasp the reins of all things, visible and invisible.

SET 3

I have wakened in Thy shelter, O my God, and it becometh him that seeketh that shelter to abide within the Sanctuary of Thy protection and the Stronghold of Thy defence.  Illumine my inner being, O my Lord, with the splendours of the Dayspring of Thy Revelation, even as Thou didst illumine my outer being with the morning light of Thy favour.

SET 4

O my God, my Master, the Goal of my desire!  This, Thy servant, seeketh to sleep in the shelter of Thy mercy, and to repose beneath the canopy of Thy grace, imploring Thy care and Thy protection. I beg of Thee, O my Lord, by Thine eye that sleepeth not, to guard mine eyes from beholding aught beside Thee.  Strengthen, then, their vision that they may discern Thy signs, and behold the Horizon of Thy Revelation.  Thou art He before the revelations of Whose omnipotence the quintessence of power hath trembled. No God is there but thee, the Almighty, the All-Subduing, The Unconditioned.

ruhi book 3 grade 3 song
THE PURPOSE: RUSS SALTON
MAKE FIRM OUR STEPS: JOE CRONE
ruhi book 3 grade 3 quote

Be not forgetful of the law of God in whatever thou desirest to achieve, now or in the days to come. Say: Praise be to God, the Lord of all worlds!

Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh/Sultán Abdu’l-‘Aziz
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RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 3 STORY
NOTE TO TEACHER

While it will be important for the children to follow the events in the stories well, you will want to make sure that they grasp their spiritual significance. That Moses carried with Him a staff through which He was able to achieve great things should be seen, for example, as the divine knowledge that He, like other Manifestations, possessed. The children should recognize, further, that the account of the liberation of the Hebrew people from Egypt and their long journey back to the Promised Land also speaks to us of their spiritual transformation—that they had grown far from God and that through the teachings and laws brought by Moses they were able to draw close to Him once again and live in accordance with His commands.

THINK ABOUT: How will you ensure that these and other spiritual insights offered by the stories are brought to the attention of your students?

Story 1

Moses was born into a Hebrew family in the land of Egypt a few thousand years ago. You remember from the last lesson that Abraham and His family had settled in Canaan and that the Hebrew people were His descendants through one of His sons, Isaac. Now Isaac had a son named Jacob, who had many sons of his own. During the time of Jacob, severe drought came to the region. With no water, food became scarce and there were seven years of famine. So, the Hebrew people left for Egypt where water and food were plentiful. There they were welcomed and lived happily for many generations.

In those days, the ruler of the land of Egypt was known as the Pharaoh. Eventually one of the Pharaohs became fearful of the Hebrew people, believing they might try to overtake his land, and so he enslaved them. They were forced to work in the fields and build new structures. As slaves in Egypt, the Hebrew people suffered greatly. But then something even worse happened. An order was given that all their newborn male children should be killed to prevent them from growing into soldiers who could rise up against the Pharaoh. It was around this time that Moses was born.

Moses’ parents were among the enslaved, and they already had a daughter named Miriam and a young son named Aaron. Can you imagine the fear that must have filled the heart of Moses’ mother when she gave birth to a new little boy? For three months, she was able to keep Him in hiding. But eventually, she could conceal Him no longer, and so she put Him in a small basket and sent it floating down the River Nile, praying that He would be found and saved. Meanwhile, His sister, Miriam, hid in the bushes to see what would become of her little Brother. Just then the daughter of the Pharaoh came down to the river with her maids to bathe. Noticing the basket, she asked one of her maids to bring it to her. She wept with compassion at finding the baby inside and decided to raise Him as her own son, naming Him Moses. And so it was that the life of Moses was spared, and He came to be raised in the palace of the Pharaoh. He was a prince.

STORY 2

At times the young Moses, as a member of the royal household, would inspect the work of the Hebrew slaves, who were laboring under harsh conditions to build structures and great stone pyramids at the Pharaoh’s command. He saw the cruelty with which they were treated, and He grew troubled by their suffering. Moses, of course, came to know that He, too, was of the Hebrew people, which, unlike the Egyptians who worshipped idols, believed in one God, as taught by Abraham. Eventually, Moses met His sister, Miriam, and His older brother, Aaron. Still, He was separate from His people, a member of the Pharaoh’s household.

One day, however, while carrying out an inspection of some construction work, Moses saw an Egyptian supervisor striking a slave, who was struggling to defend himself. The man cried out for assistance, and Moses swung out His arm to help him. The supervisor fell to the ground, killed by the powerful blow.

News of the incident quickly spread throughout the city, and Moses fled from Egypt to escape the Pharaoh’s men, who sought to put Him to death. Moses begged God for forgiveness, as His intention had been but to help the beleaguered Hebrew slave, and He asked God to show Him the way forward. He was led to the land of Midian, where He was taken in by the family of a prosperous shepherd. He eventually married one of the shepherd’s daughters and was given responsibility for several flocks of sheep, spending long hours alone in the open countryside tending to the animals. The suffering of the enslaved Hebrew people in Egypt was never, however, far from His thoughts, and especially during times of solitude, He would pray and meditate, asking God for guidance.

It was while tending sheep, alone, that Moses became aware of the station to which God had called Him. He saw a bush burning in the desert that was not consumed by the flames. As He approached the bush the Voice of God could be heard, bidding Him to make His way back to Egypt and, with His brother Aaron by His side, call on the Pharaoh to free the Hebrew people. Moses was assured that He would be given the strength to accomplish so great a task, liberating the Hebrews from the yoke of oppression and guiding them to the land of their forefather, Abraham.

STORY 3

(This story is also an activity in GAME/ NARRATIVE section)

In accordance with God’s command, Moses returned to Egypt and went with Aaron to see the Pharaoh. Though He had spent so many years as a simple shepherd, majesty and grandeur had become manifest in Him. Moses asked that the Hebrew people be allowed to return to their homeland, to worship and serve God. He proclaimed the Message of the oneness of God, Creator of all things, but the Pharaoh refused to listen and demanded proof of the greatness of God. At this, Moses cast down his staff, and as it fell to the ground, it turned into a serpent before the eyes of all in the Pharaoh’s court. But the Pharaoh was not convinced. He believed that his own priests and sorcerers could perform acts as great as Moses’, so he called them to the palace to demonstrate their skill. Once they had gathered, all of the Pharaoh’s sorcerers cast their staffs to the ground where they, too, turned into serpents. But when these serpents encountered the one that Moses had cast, it swallowed each of them up in turn. This story of Moses’ encounter with the priests tells us that, no matter how much power they have or how much knowledge they possess, those who oppose God’s Manifestation can never disprove His claims, and the proofs that Moses put forth, like the serpent, overpowered the arguments made by the priests. Yet still, the Pharaoh would not accept Moses’ Message of one God. His heart was hardened, and he would not let the Hebrew people go.

Not long after, Moses returned to the Pharaoh and warned him that ten plagues would afflict the land of Egypt if he did not free the Hebrew people. But the Pharaoh was heedless to the warning, and one by one the plagues came. First, there was a heavy flood that filled the River Nile with red silt, overflowing the reservoirs and contaminating the water so there was little to drink. Next, great hailstones fell and destroyed the crops, creating a shortage of food. The hailstones were followed by swarms of locusts so thick that they blocked the sun. Then a scourge of frogs overran the city. Prior to the onset of each plague, Moses would foretell the event and would call on the Pharaoh to relinquish his grip on the Hebrew people, and each time the Pharaoh would refuse until he saw the consequences of the plague. He would then promise to let the people go. But each time he would break his promise and, in anger, increase the burden on the enslaved people. Egyptians and Hebrews alike blamed Moses for all the suffering in the land.

When the tenth plague came, the disease spread everywhere and took many lives. Even the Pharaoh’s eldest son became sick and died. The Hebrew households were, however, passed over by the plague. At last, after this tenth affliction, with his country and family devastated, the Pharaoh told Moses that He could take the people out of Egypt.

Moses led the Hebrew people through the desert. Day and night they traveled until they reached the shores of the Red Sea. The people were exhausted, hungry, and thirsty. They had barely stopped when they realized the Egyptian army was pursuing them. The Pharaoh had changed his mind once again and wanted to return the people into bondage. Now they were trapped. With the Egyptians behind them, they could not turn back; yet they could not move forward since there was no way to cross the sea. There seemed to be no escape, and they feared for their lives. They began to lose hope. But Moses reminded them that God would not abandon them and would always take care of them. Then, as the Egyptians drew nearer, God commanded Moses to raise His staff and stretch His hand out over the sea. As He did so, the water divided, leaving a path for the people to pass through. With another wave of His hand, the water flowed back again, washing away the Egyptian army and leaving the Hebrews safe on the other side of the Red Sea.

STORY 4

After their escape through the Red Sea, the Hebrew people were finally free from the Egyptians. But they still had a long way to travel through the hot, dry desert, if they were to reach the land of their forefather, Abraham. Conditions were harsh, and food and water were scarce. Discontent began to grow. Many complained and doubted Moses and the teachings of God. When they reached the foot of Mount Sinai, Moses left the people and climbed the mountain to commune with God. In His absence, the people turned back to the old ways. They melted their jewelry and created a golden idol, which they started to worship, forgetting the one true God. After forty days, Moses returned. He carried two stone tablets, upon which were inscribed God’s laws. Seeing that the people had returned to the worship of idols, Moses destroyed what they had made and begged God to show forgiveness to them.

In the confusion, however, the tablets Moses had brought were also destroyed, and so He returned to Mount Sinai and communed with God for another forty days. Once again, He came down from the mountain, His face radiant, carrying tablets engraved with Ten Commandments, laws by which the Hebrew people should live. They were commanded, for example, to recognize the one true God, to honor their fathers and mothers, and not to murder or steal or speak dishonestly. Moses told the people that if they obeyed these laws of God, they would become a holy nation. In response, the Hebrews, who came to be known as the Jewish people, promised to be obedient to God’s commandments. Later, the laws and teachings brought by Moses were recorded in a Holy Book called the Torah.

At last, after many long years in the desert, they neared Canaan, the Promised Land. Moses was then very old. From a mountain top, He could see the Promised Land and knew that the Hebrew people had reached their goal. His Mission was complete, and it was there, on the mountain top, that His earthly life came to an end. Moses had guided His people with wisdom and gave them God’s Ten Commandments to obey, and so they were raised out of slavery to a high state of civilization.

RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 3 FACTS ABOUT
FACTS ABOUT MOSES
  • Moses was born to a Hebrew family in Egypt… thousands of years ago.
  • Moses was raised in…the Pharaoh’s palace as a prince.
  • Ten plagues afflicted Egypt before…the Pharaoh agreed to free the Hebrew people.
  • Moses led the Hebrew people…out of Egypt.
  • The Ten Commandments are…God’s laws that Moses brought to humanity.
  • Some of the Ten Commandments are…to honor one’s father and mother, not to steal, not to murder, and not to speak dishonestly.
  • The laws and teachings brought by Moses are recorded in….a Holy Book called the Torah.
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OPTION 1, PLAIN

OPTION 2 PHOTO

RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 3 GAMES

Note that all the items below are found in the attached PDF. some can be presented as photos, some can be made ahead of time or substituted for your own prop.

Suggested Props:

  1. Handcuffs ( two strips of paper or foil looped together)
  2. small basket or picture of Moses basket,  (there is one in the craft section)
  3. crown for a prince
  4. picture of great stone pyramids
  5. sheep
  6. staff,
  7. large snake
  8. small snakes
  9. red silt/sand
  10. hailstones (paper wadded up)
  11. locusts
  12. frogs
  13. toy medical kit (for disease), OR PHOTO IN PDF
  14. gold coins
  15. ten commandments were written out on paper in the shape of stone tablets
  16. the Torah

Today’s historical episode recounts the life of Moses.  In relating this narrative to the children, whether in whole or in part, you should be sure to emphasize that Moses guided the Hebrew people out of slavery and educated them through the law of God, raising them to a higher level of civilization.

Moses was born in the land of Egypt thousands of years ago.  His family was among the many descendants of the children of Abraham, the Hebrew people, who had settled and prospered long before in the Promised Land.   Most people lived by farming and tending animals, and when drought come to the Promised Land and water had grown scarce, the Hebrew people made their way to Egypt, where they lived happily for a long time.  But eventually, the king of Egypt, known as the Pharaoh, became fearful of the Hebrew people, believing they might try to overtake his land, and so he made them slaves. Even worse, he ordered that all their newborn male children be killed to prevent them from growing into soldiers who could rise up against him.  It was around this time that Moses was born. 

Imagine the fear that filled the heart of Moses’s mother when she gave birth to her new little Son.  For three months she was able to keep Him in hiding, but when she could conceal Him no longer, she put Him in a small basket and sent it floating down the Nile, praying that He would be found and saved.  Later her daughter Miriam discovered that her tiny brother have been taken from the basket to the household of the Pharaoh who was persuaded to spare His life and had given the name Moses.  So it was that Moses came to be raised in the Pharaoh’s palace and was treated as his very son.  He was a prince.

At times, young Moses would inspect the work of the Hebrew slaves, who were laboring under harsh conditions to build structures and great stone pyramids at the Pharaoh’s command.  He saw the cruelty with which they were treated, and He grew troubled by their suffering.  Moses, of course, came to know that He, too, was of the Hebrew people, which, unlike the Egyptians who worshipped idols, believed in one God, as taught by Abraham.  Eventually, Moses met His sister Miriam and His older brother Aaron, who had been born before the Pharaoh’s cruel order.  Still, He was separate from His people, a member of the Pharaoh’s household.

One day, however, while carrying out an inspection of some construction work, Moses saw an Egyptian overseer striking a slave, who was struggling to defend himself.  The man cried out for assistance, and Moses swung out His arm to help him.  The overseer fell to the ground, killed by the powerful blow. 

News of the incident quickly spread throughout the city, and Moses fled from Egypt to escape the Pharaoh’s men, who sought to put Him to death as punishment for killing one of the ruler’s overseers.  Moses begged God for forgiveness, as His intentions had been but to help the beleaguered Hebrew slave, and He asked God to show Him the way forward.  He was led to the land of Midian, where He was taken in by the family of a prosperous shepherd.  He eventually married one of the shepherd’s daughters and was given responsibility for several flocks of sheep, spending long hours alone in the open countryside tending to the animals.  The suffering of the enslaved Hebrew people in Egypt was never, however, far from His thoughts, and especially during times of solitude in the countryside, He would pray and meditate, asking God for guidance.

It was while tending sheep, alone, that Moses became aware of the Station to which God had called Him.  He saw a bush burning in the countryside that was not consumed by the flames.  As He approached the bush the Voice of God could be heard, bidding Him make His way back to Egypt and with His brother Aaron by His side, call on the Pharaoh to free the Hebrew people.  Moses was assured that He would be given the strength to accomplish so great a task, liberating the Hebrews from the yoke of oppression and guiding them to the land of their Forefather, Abraham.

In accordance with God’s command, Moses returned to Egypt and went with Aaron to see the Pharaoh.  Though He had spent so many years as a simple shepherd, majesty and grandeur had become manifest in Him.  Moses asked that the Hebrew people be allowed to return to their homeland to worship and serve God.  He proclaimed the message of the oneness of God, Creator of all things, but the Pharaoh refused to listen and demanded proof of the greatness of God.  At this, Moses cast down his staff, and as it fell to the ground, it turned into a serpent before the eyes of all in the Pharaoh’s court.  But the Pharaoh was not convinced.  He believed that his own priests and sorcerers could perform acts as great as Moses, so he called them to the palace to demonstrate their skill.  Once they had gathered, all of Pharaoh’s sorcerers cast their staffs to the ground where they, too turned into serpents.  But when these serpents encountered the one that Moses had cast it swallowed each of them up in turn.  Of course, Bahaullah explained that the staff of Moses was in reality “the rod of celestial dominion”.  He tells us that Moses possessed Divine knowledge and we know that through the Pharaoh’s priests tried to disprove His claims, the proofs that Moses put forth, like the serpent, overpowered the arguments they made.  Yet still, the Pharaoh would not accept Moses’ Message of one God.  His heart was hardened, and he would not let the Hebrew people go. 

Not long after, Moses returned to the Pharaoh and warned him that ten plagues would afflict the land of Egypt if he did not free the Hebrew people.  But the Pharaoh was heedless to the warning, and one by one the plagues came.  First, there was a heavy flood that filled the River Nile with red silt, overflowing the reservoirs and contaminating the water so there was little to drink.  Next, great hailstones fell and destroyed the crops, creating s shortage of food.  The hailstones were followed by swarms of locusts so thick that they blocked the sun.  Then a scourge of frogs overran the city.  Prior to the onset of each plague Moses would foretell the event and would call on Pharaoh to relinquish his grip on the Hebrew people, and each time the Pharaoh would refuse until he saw the consequences of the plague.  He would then promise to let the people go.  But each time he would break his promise and, in anger, increase the burden on the enslaved people.  Egyptians and Hebrews alike blamed Moses for all the suffering in the land. 

When the tenth plague came, the disease spread everywhere and took many lives.  Even the Pharaoh’s eldest son became sick and died.  The Hebrew households were, however, passed over by the plague. At last, after this tenth affliction, with his country and family devastated, the Pharaoh told Moses that He could take the people out of Egypt.

Moses led the Hebrew people through the desert.  Day and night they traveled until they reached the shores of the Red Sea.  The people were exhausted, hungry, and thirsty.  They had barely stopped when they realized the Egyptian army was pursuing them. The Pharaoh had changed his mind once again and wanted to return the people to bondage.  Now there were trapped.  With the Egyptians behind them, they could not turn back; yet they could not move forward since there was no way across the sea.  There seemed to be no escape, and they feared for their lives.  They began to lose hope.  But Moses reminded them that God would not abandon them and would always take care of them.  Then as the Egyptians drew nearer, God commanded Moses to raise His staff and stretch His hand out over the sea.  As he did so the water divided, leaving a path for the people to pass through.  With another wave of His hand, the water flowed back again, washing away the Egyptian army and leaving the Hebrews safe on the other side of the Red Sea.  

The sea now behind them, the people still had a long way to travel through the hot, dry desert.  Conditions were harsh, and food and water were scarce.  Discontent began to grow.  Many complained and doubted Moses and the teachings of God.  When they reached the foot of Mount Sinai, Moses left the people and climbed the mountain to commune with God.   In His absence, the people turned back to the old ways.  They melted their jewelry and created a golden idol, which they started to worship, forgetting the one true God.  After forty days Moses returned.  He carried two stone tablets upon which were inscribed God’s laws, the Ten Commandments, Seeing that the people had returned to the worship of idols, Moses destroyed what they had made and begged God to show forgiveness to them.

The tablets had also been destroyed in the confusion, so Moses returned to Mount Sinai and communicated with God for another forty days, at the end of which He came down from the mountain.  His face was radiant, with a new set of tablets, again engraved with Ten Commandments, laws by which Hebrew people should live.  For example, they were commanded to recognize the one true God, to honor their fathers and mothers, and not to murder or steal or speak dishonestly.    Moses told people that if they obeyed these laws of God, they would become a holy nation. In response, the Hebrews who came to be known as the Jewish people promised to be obedient to God’s commandments.  Later the laws and teachings brought by Moses were recorded in a Holy Book called the Torah.  

At last, after many long years in the desert, they neared Canaan, the Promised Land Moses was then very old.  From a mountain top, He could see the Promised Land and knew that the Hebrew people had reached their goal.  His mission was complete, and it was there, on the mountain top, that His earthly life came to an end.  Moses had guided His people with wisdom and gave them God’s Ten Commandments to obey, and so they were raised out of slavery to a high state of civilization.    

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RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 3 CRAFTS/ ACTIVITIES
BASED ON STORY ONE

This craft is based on story one. It is a craft with Moses in the basket. There are many crafts if you search “BIBLE STORY MOSES” I did not find one that did not have the picture of Moses so I made some myself.

Moses in the Basket: Pendulum Powered Card

This card is easy to make even if the instructions are a bit long. Download the template pieces. Note you can draw your own clouds, or grass or use the template. You can also draw the sky in and then color it. Cardbase is an 8.5″ x 6″ cardstock folded in half

Materials Needed

  1. Cardstock (white and light blue)
  2. Stiff clear plastic  (Acetate) or heavy cardstock
  3. Glue
  4. Penny

Instructions

  • Download the template pieces and print them on white cardstock.
  • Cut a card 4.25″ x 5.5″ white
  • Cut a card 4″ x 5.25″ light blue or white
  • Cut out clouds, waves, and grass 
  • Cut pendulum from acetate or heavy card stock
  • Glue or tape the penny to the round end of the pendulum
  • Now position the pendulum onto the card that is 4″ x 5.25″ (light blue)  
  • Check to see that waves/grass covers the penny. Once the position is correct, secure with a brad (Split pin)
  • Use foam tape on the back of the waves and grass pieces and position it on top of the pendulum
  • Add the Moses basket to the top of the pendulum
  • Finish the sky with clouds or draw in the sky of your choice.
  • Attach to 4.25″ x 5.5″ card
  • Attach the finished pendulum card to your notebook or to the card base (8.5″ x 6″ base) and use it as a greeting card
  • Enjoy
FROM THE AUSTRALIAN PEACE PACK: MOSES BASKET

Use this template to cut out a simple basket, color it in, and decorate it.

Based on story 2: The Burning Bush

Use the template to print on cardstock and cut out. Assemble.

Story 3: The staff turns into a snake (our grade 3 in Burlington did this craft)

How To Make the Optical Illusion

Have you seen billboards where the image is different depending on which angle you are looking at it? Well, this craft is the paper version and it is quite cool. This type of optical illusion is called an anemograph. See more ideas here

Generic free templates here

First, download and print My Template. Download the instructions if needed. Colour the snake and the staff photos

Now cut the image apart, keep the number and letters with each piece

Fold the template like an accordion along the dashed lines. Note that there are numbers and letters. Glue the strips of the image you cut onto the correct space. There are 2 blank spaces not shown in this template. Do not stick anything there. 

Cut off the extra numbers and letters once it is all glued on. Cut out the center of the frame template and glue the accordion with the picture to the frame. Note the updated template allows for the picture to have a blank space on either end. This will allow the pictures to be viewed without any overlap as seen in this one.

overlap is seen here on the left end….

Story 3 the Plague

Rob Ives frog for the plague of frogs. This is based on a craft like the Mexican jumping bean. My blank template to use is HERE or you can purchase the one from Rob Ives.

You can also print and cut out these cards as an interactive notebook element or a  lapbook component

Mexican Jumping Bean

The basic mechanism is here, add color and eyes, etc to make it into a frog for the plague.

How to use

  1. Print and color the template
  2. Carefully cut out the bean along the solid lines
  3. Fold along the dotted lines
  4. Place a marble inside of the bean and glue the two sets of flaps 
  5. Now, you’ll want to find a slightly inclined surface, one that is not too slippery
  6. Let your little bean “come to life.”
FROM Twinkl

Twinkl offers free downloads once in a while for any of the resources on the Twinkl site but you have to sign up. Here are all the free downloads for Moses including coloring from this site

For Moses and the 10 plagues, this wheel is great to add to an interactive notebook or lapbook

Story 3: Parting The Red Sea

Here is my Google search for this craft

What you’ll need 

  • Print PDF sheet found here for stand-up figures
  • A blue stockcard for the waves
  • A base card of any color ( kraft cardstock looks like sand)
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Instructions

  • Cut the blue stock card horizontally, in half, and make cuts 1″ to 2″ wide along the side
  • Roll the cuts into “waves”
  • Glue the waves to the base card
  • Now color in the characters and cut them out
Story 4: Make the 10 Commandments

Make your own ten commandments from Crayola

Cootie catcher version  here

ruhi book 3 grade 3 review quote

The Tongue of My power hath, from the heaven of My omnipotent glory, addressed to My creation these words: ‘Observe My commandments, for the love of My beauty.

The Kitáb-i-Aqdas

Download the memorization aid

  1. Slides
  2. From Brilliant Star Magazine:
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Baha'i Children class Free Template

THE LIVES AND MISSIONS OF THE MANIFESTATIONS OF GOD WHO APPEARED BEFORE THE BÁB AND BAHA’U’LLAH

RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 3 SET 2

RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 3 SET 2
Welcome To Set 2: THE LIVES AND MISSIONS OF THE MANIFESTATIONS OF GOD WHO APPEARED BEFORE THE BÁB AND BAHA’U’LLAH

There are 7 Lessons in this set:

  1. Abraham and the Oneness of God
  2. Moses and the Laws of God
  3. Krishna and God’s Renewal of Religion
  4. Buddha and the Way to True Happiness
  5. Zoroaster and the Importance of Good Character
  6. Jesus Christ and Divine Love
  7. Muhammad and Submission to the Will of God

There are 4 PRAYERS to memorize, These can be chosen in any order

Here are all the prayers:

1. “Glory be to Thee, O Lord my God! Make manifest the rivers of Thy sovereign might, that the waters of Thy Unity may flow through the inmost realities of all things, in such wise that the banner of Thine unfailing guidance may be raised aloft  in the kingdom of Thy command and the stars of Thy divine splendor may shine brightly in the heaven of Thy majesty. Potent art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee. Thou, verily, art the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

2. I beseech Thee, O my God, by all the transcendent glory of Thy Name, to clothe Thy loved ones in the robe of justice and to illumine their beings with the light of trustworthiness. Thou art the One that hath power to do as He pleaseth and Who holdeth within His grasp the reins of all things, visible and invisible.

3. I have wakened in Thy shelter, O my God, and it becometh him that seeketh that shelter to abide within the Sanctuary of Thy protection and the Stronghold of Thy defense. Illumine my inner being, O my Lord, with the splendors of the Dayspring of Thy Revelation, even as Thou didst illumine my outer being with the morning light of Thy favor.

4.  O my God, my Master, the Goal of my desire! This, Thy servant, seeketh to sleep in the shelter of Thy mercy, and to repose beneath the canopy of Thy grace, imploring Thy care and Thy protection. I beg of Thee, O my Lord, by Thine eye that sleepeth not, to guard mine eyes from beholding aught beside Thee. Strengthen, then, their vision that they may discern Thy signs, and behold the Horizon of Thy Revelation. Thou art He before the revelations of Whose omnipotence the quintessence of power hath trembled. No God is there but Thee, the Almighty, the All-Subduing, the Unconditioned.

Here are all 7 quotes for this second set:

He is, and hath from everlasting been, one and alone, without peer or equal, eternal in the past, eternal in the future, detached from all things, ever-abiding, unchangeable, and self-subsisting.

Be not forgetful of the law of God in whatever thou desirest to achieve, now or in the days to come. Say: Praise be to God, the Lord of all worlds!

We summon you to God, We remind you of His Day, We announce unto you tidings of your reunion with Him, We draw you nigh unto His court, and send down upon you tokens of His wondrous wisdom . . .

Say: O children of dust! He Who is the Spirit of Purity saith: In this glorious Day whatsoever can purge you from defilement and ensure your peace and tranquility, that indeed is the straight Path, the Path that leadeth unto Me.

A good character is, verily, the best mantle for men from God. With it He adorneth the temples of His loved ones. By My life! The light of a good character surpasseth the light of the sun and the radiance thereof.

The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men.

The source of all good is trust in God, submission unto His command, and contentment with His holy will and pleasure.

The lessons are divided into the same sections as previous lessons: Welcome, Prayer, Song, Quote, Story, Facts about, Games/Narration, Craft/ Activities, Review Quote

The story will be focused on the Manifestation for that lesson. The crafts/ activities will try to reinforce the learning in a fun creative manner.

Quick links to lessons in this set

Lesson 4:Abraham and the Oneness of God
Lesson 5:Moses and the Laws of God
Lesson 6:Krishna and God’s Renewal of Religion
Lesson 7:Buddha and the Way to True Happiness
Lesson 8:Zoroaster and the Importance of Good Character
Lesson 9:Jesus Christ and Divine Love
Lesson 10:Muhammad and Submission to the Will of God

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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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Send a postcard to a friend

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Lesson 12 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Honesty
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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:

Here

  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.

Foundation Craft

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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Lesson 11 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Forgiveness

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.

Send a Postcard

Send a postcard to a friend

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Lesson 11 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Forgiveness
let your adorning be forgiveness

Looking For Good
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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Cute, Quick And Easy To Make Cleanliness Craft

My Virtues class for kindergarten online has 16 virtue lessons. These are free classes that can be presented from the online platform or used in any fashion you like. The first lesson is about cleanliness. This is the cleanliness that is spiritual, physical (body and actions), and mental (their thoughts). Each lesson consists of prayers, quotes, songs, stories, games and crafts. For each of my virtues class, I will post some of the crafts (PDF Version) on this blog and if anyone needs the actual cut file I can arrange

Just a quick note: some of the crafts are based on the stories for each lesson. If you would like to view the entire class, you can register for free and access all the material from this link

Craft one: A cute craft to pull the card and see the germs fall off on one side, the clean hands pass through the water on the other. The video is here

Step One: Print

The PDF to download is very simple. Print out the craft. I recommend card stock but you can also print on regular printer paper. There are 2 pages, one with a faucet (tap) and water running, the second is the hands and germs.

Page one for Virtue of Cleanliness craft

Step 2: Cut out the pieces

Cut the solid lines as marked. For page one, it is the red lines along the edge of the water as seen in the image above.

Next cut out the rectangle with the hands. Make sure include the portion with “PULL” writen on it.

Next cut out the individual “germs”

This craft is found in many Youtube videos so it is not my original idea but all the images and components of this craft are mine.

Germs with hands to wash for Cleanliness Virtue craft

Step 3: Assemble

Thread the rectangle through the slots on page one. The video shows the finished craft.

Scatter the germs on the left side and have the child pull the rectangle through the water. Watch all the nasty germs fall off! You can also use the rectangle as a template to cut out a blank piece. this can then be used to trace the child’s hand.

To download this PDF download from here or sign in to the platform to access all the other crafts here

Oh, If you would like to view the craft on Prayer we made prayer beads from paper: Go here

Keep Crafting

Carolyn

Just Us Crafting

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Adorable paper beads

I recently shared with a facebook group, the prayer beads the children made for Ayyam-i-Ha and gave to each Baha’i household. They were made out of glass beads from Micheals and placed in a small bag with “Allah-u-Abha” on the bag. Paper also makes lovely bead and for those of you who love to recycle this is a fun and easy craft.

Crafts don’t have to be expensive and paper is one of my favorite mediums to work with because it helps me to recycle and it is easy on my wallet. To make these paper beads just grab the templates below, some old scraps of paper like magazines, wrapping paper, etc. or even buy some special paper. In no time at all, you will have tons of beads

Age : Suitable for Kindergarten age with help from an adult.

Time: 2 minutes each…gets faster and easier the more you do.

Supplies: Paper, Templates below, scissors, glue, optional paint glitter, and varnish

Here are the easy steps to make as many paper beads as your hearts desire:

  1. First grab the template below: More templates can be found on my Etsy store soon.
  2. Print the template directly onto your paper or print the template onto plain paper and use as a template to cut out the beads.
  3. Using a wooden skewer or a straw to wrap the paper starting at the widest side and keep the patterned side of the paper down. Tip: For younger children, a straw allows the stringing of the bead process to be easier. You will need to glue the edge of the paper to the straw so it does not slip off . Once the bead is rolled up and glued, you will cut the straw …a piece of the straw will remain in the bead.
  4. Roll the paper all the way up to the narrow end and add a bit of glue to hold it in place.
  5. Varnish with clear nail polish, Mod Podge or any other clear varnish you have access to.
  6. I dipped mine in gold glitter and paint before I varnished.

This template below is a sample of the many shapes for paper beads. The larger pieces are easier for little kids. The small beads might be better for adults to complete.

make paper beads and use them in many ways including prayer beads
Paper beads drying on a stick

Have fun

Carolyn

Just us crafting

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Mini Album and Brag Books Paper scrapbook Template

Steps to make 1 awesome brag book cover,spine and binding

You can easily buy a pre-made brag book, but why should ytou when it is not that hard to make your own.

The steps below are how I make my cover, spine and binding. I even threw in how to make my base page) These instructions are not the only method on how to construct a brag book and can be modified as you see fit so that different binding methods, types of base page and closures for covers can be used.

Some advantages of a pre-made brag book include:

There are advantages to purchasing a pre made brag book.

  • Come in many sizes and shapes
  • Make the process of making a brag book faster
  • The pages are sturdy
  • Finished book may look a little cleaner

Some disadvantages of a pre-made brag book include:

  • Does not offer the flexibility of sizes
  • Does not allow for custom pages
  • Does not allow for custom spine size
  • Does not look handmade just for you
  • If not readily available in your area, the shipping may turn out to be quite expensive

The brag book has 3 components:

  • The front and back cover
  • The spine
  • The binding.

The front and back cover:

The front and back covers are made up of three separate pieces

  • A sturdy inner piece,
  • the finishing outer cover
  • and the finishing inner cover.

So, it’s like a sandwich, the sturdy inner piece is sandwiched between two finishing pieces of paper.

Sturdy inner piece

For the sturdy inner pieces, you can use chipboard, cardboard or photo mats just to name a few possible materials.

My photo below is of photo mats that I have on hand and they work super well. The middle piece is the spine section: more about the spine later.

Steps to make brag book cover and spine
Steps to make brag book cover and spine

The outer and inner finishing covers are made from posterboard or heavy cardstock. Other possible material can be fabric, kraft wrapping paper or any other sturdy material.

Inner cover for brag book
Photo Mats cut to 9 inches long by 8 inches wide

Step one for front and back cover

Once you know what size you need for your brag book cut it out of your choice of sturdy material,

Step 2 for front and back cover

You now need to cut your material for finishing the front and inside of the cover.

The piece for the outer finished cover should be cut about 2 inches bigger all around than the cover , so if your cover is 8 in x 9 in your finished outer cover is cut 10 in x 11 in.

Step 3 for front and back cover

Apply adhesive to the sturdy cover and center it on the finished cover piece. Do this for both front and back covers.

outer cover for bragbook
Step 3: Front and back sturdy cover glued down

Step 4 for front and back cover

The edges that will not be connected to the spine can be mitered , folded and stuck down. That is to say, the top, bottom and outer edge of the cover.

Before we move on, let me quickly discuss the spine.

The spine size is determined by how many pages you will make and the amount of inserts each page will have.

What works for me, is to make all the pages first. Its seems like working backwards but it really does save you some frustration if you do it this way.

Base page

My base page is made up of two pieces of paper, one piece has 1/4 inch flaps to allow the two pieces to be attached together. It also allows for a space in between the two pages so that the page can be slip on to the binding ridge on open open end and can have a photo mat insert in the other open end if desired.

The photo below shows the 2 sections of a base page. You can also stick the two pages downto form a sturdier page and not have a photo mat insert. I use heavy cardstock of about 110 lb for these base pages.

Step to make base page

See an example of an insert here

View some of my other finished pages

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

Page 5

Page 6

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Once my pages and inserts are complete, I will then know how big my spine should be.

For example, I made a wedding brag book and I thought I could use the readymade book I bought from Michael. As you can see in the photo below, there are way too many inserts for this book to even begin to close. I ended up making my own cover and spine and the spine that was 7 inches vs the 2 inch one in the photo below.

Too Big? All PAges
Way too Big for the brag book!

With the spine piece, it is important that the following steps be followed

Step 1 for spine

Cut out the finishing cover piece 2 inch bigger than the spine sturdy cover.

Step 2 for spine

Glue the sturdy spine piece on to the finishing spine paper making sure it is centered.

Step 3 for spine

Place the front cover up against the spine so that it is sitting on top of the the extra 2 inches of paper of the spine. Do the same with the back cover.

Step 4 for spine

Turn the brag book over and glue down the extra paper onto the front and back of the book.

Step 5 for spine

Turn the brag book over so the inside is face up and fold the top and the bottom extra paper of the spine piece and glue in place

The inside finishing cover

The inside finishing cover is cut so that it is about /4 of an inch smaller that the finished brag book.

Glue the inner finishing cover down before attaching the binding and pages.

Binding and pages

The binding method I am using consists of a 5 x 8 paper scored at 2 inches and 3 inches. this means that I have 2 inch on either side of a 1 inch section. This one inch is the space that will be between each page.

binding for brag book
Binding for brag book

These binding pieces are glued together for the pages to be slipped on and be held in place.

binding are joined together

What the binding looks like joined together

The parts that are sticking up like ridges can be made smaller: 1 inch is the smallest I recommend as you want the pages to be well attached to the binding.

binding glued together

What the binding and pages look like with pages

pages slipped on binding

A closer look

closer look at how the binding is inserted in page

Top View

top view showing where the photo mat insert can go

Attach binding and pages to spine

To attach the binding to the spine and cover, use lots of adhesive. I also use vinyl before putting the adhesive tape to give some more strength to the binding as the pages will be under stress with continued opening and closing.

prepare the binding to attach to spine

Once the adhesive is applied, line up for pages so that they are on the spine and the extra flaps are on the front and back page.

I find that holding the pages together allow me to have the best view of aligning the pages to the edge of the spine.

best method to align

In the photo below you can see the binding attached to the spine and the overlap piece glued to the front and back inside cover. This sturdy method of joining the binding to the spine and cover will give your brag book a greater “shelf life” when you consider the wear and tear that will occur when the pages are opened and closed.

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Yes! 123-Easy Layout Change

I cut the mats for page TWO side ONE and while I was doing so changed the layout back to what I originally had in the Halloween Brag book as I liked the look and feel of that page. The second side now needs a revamped look. Changing the layout is as easy as 123!

Before I get to what I did for each side, lets recap.

Original Layout

The Halloween brag book page TWO side ONE : read what this page was like in the post or look at the photos below and you will get an idea of how the flaps open.

Step 1: Finalized Page TWO Side ONE Layout

Page TWO Side ONE had the following elements:

  • Belly band
  • Waterfall pages
  • Entire waterfall pages flipped to the left and there is a slotted page to hold tags.

The first step was to get all the pieces back together, everything I needed was already cut, only assigned to different pages.

I put them all back together so we have the same layout as the Halloween brag book for the wedding themed brag book.

Note: I flattened the slotted insert: the original insert was 0.250 of an inch thick and I was concerned that this brag book could not accommodate the bulk.

The tag I made may change and I used the method here to attach one of my files purchased from Silhouette Design Store. There are many other places to get images, I get from Creative Fabrica when they are free. Like this wedding set that was free and is now $15!

Page Two Side One is back on track all mattings cut and looks like the original.

Step 2: Remember Page TWO side TWO?

For a quick recap of what Page TWO side TWO was going to look like read the post here.

These are the photos below of what I was going to do: The two envelope pages are paired with the slotted page. This will change and I will show you what it changed to.

Finalized Page Two Side Two Layout

Already cut were:

  • The two envelopes.
  • The base page cut

Added:

  • 3 extra pieces of paper, a cut here , a fold there and Voila! 3 flaps to position as I choose!

Step 3: Layout the pieces:

  • The envelopes will flip open to the left,
  • There is a similarity to the Halloween Bragbook in that we have the pages that flip open but not quite in the same manner.
  • I also used a small flap that will go on top of the envelope. This was done to reduce the number of magnets. With this flap keeping the page closed, I need less magnets YEAH!!!

BTW, why are the matting not stuck down?

MAGNETS! or lack of magnets at this point. I am using magnets to hold my pages closed, but you can use ribbon or any other method.

My photo show the matting of the pages not yet stuckdown, as I need to make sure where to place the magnets before I finalize the pages.

Don’t worry, once I am finished showing all the pages with the matting, I will post the finalized pages…hope to keep the pages as they are and not have any last minute change of heart!

Extra

The basic steps 123 above are all you need to change any page in this 8×8 brag book: all inserts, flaps, pockets and envelopes can go on any page, in any order.

Photo below is the small flap positioned differently:

Layout: small flap and envelope 2
Small Flap layout 2

These are all the elements separate with matting for both sides.

  • Small Flap side one and two
  • Medium Flap side one and two
  • Large Flap side one and two
  • Envelopes side one and two

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I hope you enjoy making these pages.

Regards Carolyn

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Customize A Page Fast And Ease

The fun part has begun: this is where you get to customize your pages with pretty paper. I am using paper from Michaels and I am glad I got two 12 x 12 pads of Westeria paper! The silver is being replaced by gold as the paper pack has gold accents.

some possible materials
paper and Vinyl

Recap

A recap of my cover page and page 1 side one can be found here.

My last Brag book was a customized Halloween book.

Tips to Customize a page

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are ready to customize your brag book:

  • If you are using paper to customize the look for your brag book and your paper has a pattern, you will need more paper for laying out the page matting if there is a direction that needs to be consistent. So buy enough! For example, my inside cover page, it really is not noticable if the direction is switched around a bit….there is a difference but only if you are paying attention
  • Some paper can be as thin as copy paper but some may need to be cardstock thickness. The thinner paper can be used to cover pockets and inserts and even for some of the matting.
  • In the photo below , the adhesive may show if it is left as is. That may not matter once a photo is placed on top but to give the brag book as a gift and it look messy…not cool! Therefor, use the correct adhesive such as double sided tape and if using liquid glue, use sparingly.
  • A personal dislike is when using patterned paper, using too many patterns or colours. This is very personal and to me it clutters up the design. SO…Know who the end user is of the brag book is and decorate for them not yourself if possible…very hard for me to follow!
  • How will your flaps etc. be held closed? You can use belly bands, magnets ribbon to tie and many more options. Before you finalize your custom page, make sure you have taken into account your closure method.
  • There are many items other than paper you can use for a customized look, tags, pockets, embellishments, journalling , stickers etc. I used many designs from the Silhouette Design Store and then customized them for my project
Customized inside cover open
There is a pattern…..

Customize the inside cover

The preview above was the inside cover page opened to reveal the large space this can be used for a larger photo.

The two flaps can be used for journaling, smaller photos, or decorations.

Any of the pages can have additional inserts added to them such as pockets, pull outs , 3d pop up etc.

Do you remember the inside cover before we started to customize it?

My inside page is closed in this photo and I may include the closure tag with the quote. Once I am ready to glue all the paper down, I will position my magnets.

Customize Template Page
This is the inside cover
Customize the inside cover
inside page open
Customize the inside cover open
customize the inside cover page open

Customize Page 1

Opposite the inside cover page is side one of page one. I am using a little plain gold cardstock to customize some of the elements like the gate below. May look like kraft paper but it has a little sparkle to it.

customize the pages: side by side view

The gate will also be held closed with magnets and when opened has a pocket and a tag.

Close the gate up and the whole thing flips down

Customize gate page flips down
Page 1 gate page flips down

There is space when opened for 2 large photos or again, you can customize them with pockets etc.

The gold page flips up

Customize page flips up
customize the flaps

So again there is the opportunity to customize the page with just beautiful paper or add inserts like pockets, flaps, slots, journaling, quotes etc.

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Easy Brag Book Page

For the last page of the album, I wanted easy to cut pieces , simple layouts that had lots of space.

Easy Page layout

Easiest layout for 8x8 album about 40 inches long

This layout is about 40 inches long! it is actually the longest yet but super easy to cut. The pages that make up this layout are all very similar in size and could be simplified even more.

This easy of layouts is made up of:

One narrow flap

Two pages with fold lines on the right and left hand sides.

One insert that I am considering to add to one of these pages is a waterfall feature and maybe even a popup feature to give a “WOW” factor.

Two pages with score lines on one side. You can use both pages in just one size or like mine, have both sizes.

There are two pages that have no score lines for folding and can be used in just one size or in two sizes like the photo below.

Two small flaps

Easiest small flaps

Easy pockets for a page

For the next side of this page, I am using a simple set of pages that open like a folio or accordian. I will attach pockets to these pages so that they have a custom look and feel. With my pocket template files, it is easy for me to change the look and feel of any of my pages.

multiple envelopes
This is the envelope page flat on side two on page six

The page is folded up

open to left, pocket and blank page

Open to the left, there is a pocket on the left and a blank space to the right

The whole thing then opens to the right and there is a pocket attached to the base page.

I may use the shutter page on one of the blank pages and not on the back of the album cover: will think more about it.

I am so excited to move on to the next stage of gluing this down and adding the decorative paper.

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