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LIVING A VIRTUOUS LIFE RUHI BOOK 3 G2 L16

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LESSON 16: LIVING A VIRTUOUS LIFE

The next 3 lessons are about devoting our lives to service.

What does that mean: to devote our lives to service? How do we even start to do this with so much going on in our lives every day? 

The first step in this process is to live a virtuous life.

What exactly does living a virtuous life mean?

By reading the story, and learning the prayer and quote in the next three lessons, we will begin to understand how we can devote our lives to service. We can then also understand what service is and how we can serve every day of our lives.

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

For lessons 8 and 9 we will continue to memorize the prayer below

O Thou kind Lord! These lovely children are the handiwork of the fingers of Thy might and the wondrous signs of Thy greatness. O God! Protect these children, graciously assist them to be educated and enable them to render service to the world of humanity. O God! These children are pearls, cause them to be nurtured within the shell of Thy loving-kindness. Thou art the Bountiful, the All-Loving.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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Quote for class to memorize
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God loves us and always wants us to be near Him. One way that we are able to draw nearer to God is through service. We serve God when we serve His loved ones. There are many ways in which we can serve our fellow human beings. We can, for example, visit the sick, help those in need, and share what we learn with others. We should strive to serve all people, whether rich or poor, friends or strangers.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá was our perfect Exemplar. He showed us what it means to walk a path of service to humanity.  His entire life was dedicated to helping other people. In fact, His very name means “Servant of God”. He was never concerned for His own needs or comfort. He did not seek after wealth or power. He never wanted any titles or recognition. His only desire was to serve God and humanity. “My station is the station of servitude,” He often told the friends. This is the highest station-to place oneself in the service of others. This is the station that we are all trying to achieve. What greater joy than to bring joy to another soul. What greater honor than to be seen as a true servant of God and humanity. That we may all follow in the ways of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, let us memorize the following quotation:

That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race

‘Baha’u’llah
MEANING OF WORDS
Dedicate

Dervi always pays close attention during art class and spends many hours preparing herself for each class. Dervi dedicates much of her time to the arts.

Hung Wei’s father has a vegetable garden. Everyday Hung Wei helps his father weed and water the garden. Hung Wei is dedicated to helping his father.

Service

Mumbi, Apiyo and Tocho cleaned the schoolyard after the storm had left it full of broken branches and leaves from the trees. They were happy to render this service to the school.

Sachiko walks four kilometers to give a children’s class. She is happy to walk this far each week because she wants nothing more than to be of service to the community.

Human race

At school we saw pictures of people from many different countries. All of these people belong to the human race.

The museum has musical instruments from all over the world. Looking at their many shapes and sizes, the children were reminded of both the diversity of the human race and of the love of people everywhere for music.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

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STORY RELATED TO LESSON
A Story On How To Serve

You can remind the children of the story of Lua Getsinger they heard in Lesson 2 regarding prayer and then tell them the following story about her, which will help illustrate for them what it means to be a servant of God.

You remember from our lesson on prayer that Lua Getsinger was one of the early Bahai’s in the West who visited ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the prison-city of ‘Akka. One day during her visit, the Master took her aside and explained to her that He had many pressing matters to attend to and would not be able to call upon a friend who was very sick. He wished Lua to go in His place. He told her to take some food to the sick man and care for him as He had been doing.

Lua learned the address of the man and immediately set off to do as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had asked. She felt proud that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had entrusted her with a task that He would usually have carried out Himself. But, only a short while later, she returned to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in a state of excitement. “Master, “she exclaimed, “surely you cannot realize to what a terrible place you sent me. I almost fainted from the awful stench, the filthy rooms, the degrading condition of that man and his house. I fled lest I contract some terrible disease.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá gazed at her sadly and sternly. If she wanted to serve God, He explained, she must serve her fellow man, because in every person she should see the image and likeness of God. Then He told her to go back to the sick man’s house. If the house was dirty, she should clean it. If he was hungry, she should feed him. He asked her not to come back until all of this was done.  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had done these things for His friend many times, and she should be able to do them this once, He told her with firmness. That is how Lua learned an important lesson about what it means to serve her fellow human beings.

Draw any part of the story
GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
DRAMA / GAMES

This period of the class can begin with the usual stretching exercise. You may then lead the class in the next set of activities related to the theme of this lesson, that is, the spirit of service. Explain to the children that today they will improvise a situation that will help them gain further understanding of what it means to serve humanity. Divide the youngsters into groups of three and then describe the following scenario for them:

Ask the children to imagine that they arrive home one day and their mother tells them that their aunt is sick. Their mother has prepared some soup for her, and the children ask whether they can take it to their aunt and look after her for a while. Their kind offer brings joy to their mother’s heart, and the three children set off with the pot of soup. Have the children show you how they would carry the soup carefully to the aunt’s house, making sure not to spill it. When they arrive at the house, they greet their aunt and inquire after her health. First, they take care of her needs. Ask the children to tell you what specific things they would do for her. Perhaps she is cold and needs more blankets, or requires water or a book, and they bring these things to her. They can demonstrate for you how they would carry out these tasks. Next, they look around the aunt’s house to see what chores need to be done, for example, washing the dishes, sweeping the floor, or doing the laundry, and they practice performing these tasks. Once they are familiar with all the elements of the scenario, each of the groups can act it out in its entirety.

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CRAFT IDEAS
We read earlier: What greater joy than to bring joy to another soul…

There are many ways to bring joy. here are some suggestions:

  1. Bake a cake or make cookies for someone who is ill or sad.
  2. Send a card, or make one and send it.
  3. Help someone with a task they are struggling with
  4. Pick flowers or buy flowers and take them to someone who needs cheering up
  5. Can you sing or play an instrument? then why not do so to bring joy to the heart of a friend?
Make Yummy Cookies

This is also posted on my old blog Here

The first cookie is known as Christmas Crack: don’t let the name scare you away. This cookie takes 5 minutes and is one of my cheating recipes, i.e. you do not make it all from scratch but use a prepared ingredient, in this case, saltine crackers.

The first time I heard of using salt crackers in a cookie I was not interested but think “salted caramel” and it is close to what magic happens in this recipe.

This cookie has semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips melted on top of salt crackers that have been covered in caramel.

The second recipe I found in a children’s cookbook years ago and again the name scares you away: Fat Albert! The base for this cookie is graham crackers again a caramel covering and lots of sliced almonds.

Use: To give to someone the gladden their hearts.

We are thinking of using cookies in little cellophane bags for table decorations. I also make these for Naw-Rúz to have on hand when we have visitors.

Age: Some of this can be “done” by children age 3 and up. All ages can help eat!

Time 10 minutes

Christmas Crack and Fat Alberts are the same measurements for the ingredients except for the fact that one uses almonds and the other chocolate. The cook time and temperature are also the same so the directions below are for both.

Christmas Crack Ingredients

28-30 Saltine Crackers

250 mL (1 cup) Butter

250 ml (1 cup) brown sugar

500 mL ( 2 cups) chocolate chip

Fat Albert Ingredients

28-30 Graham Crackers

250 mL (1 cup) Butter

250 ml (1 cup) brown sugar

500 mL ( 2 cups) chocolate chip

Directions for both:

  1. Heat the oven to 400F (200 C)
  2. Cover the cookie sheet with graham crackers for Fat Alberts or saltine crackers for Christmas Crack crackers should be touching.
  3. Melt the butter over low heat in a saucepan.
  4. Stir in the sugar and bring mixture to a boil. Be careful not to let the mixture boil over.
  5. Pour the sugar mixture over all the crackers (graham or saltine)
  6. For Fat Alberts: sprinkle the almonds now.
  7. bake for 5 to 8 minutes until bubbly.
  8. Remove from the oven
  9. For Christmas Crack immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips and as they start to melt use a spatula to spread over the surface. try to cover all the surface and you can also let it seep in between the crackers.
  10. Let cool and then break into squares.

TIP: I cut both sugar and butter to 3/4 cup without the taste or look of the cookie being affected.

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Make a musical instrument

Making musical instruments from items around the house is easy. Zing instruments blog has some easy ideas. It is sure to cheer the heart of someone. Have fun!

Flowers

We have made so many flowers in the past I am sure you are all experts. Here are a few easy flowers to make if you need them:

BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE HAS A CRAFT SAVING FOR SERVICE

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Here are some other ideas for making a bank to save up for service:
Coin Bank Made from any type of can with a plastic lid

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DRAW SCENES FROM THE STORY

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You can review with the children the quotation from today’s lesson, before helping them to recite the following passages they memorized in Grade 1 regarding the purity of heart and sincerity:

O Son of Spirit! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart

 Baha’u’llah

We should at all times manifest our truthfulness and sincerity

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE

SAVING FOR SERVICE

WE CAN MOVE THE WORLD (MUSIC)

LUA GETSINGER (STORY)

WHAT IS YOUR SERVICE STYLE

COOKING UP ACTION

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Devoting One’s Life To Service Ruhi book 3 Grade 2 Set 6

RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 2 SET 6

THE THREE LESSONS IN THIS SET ARE AS FOLLOWS:

  1. LESSON 16: Living a Virtuous Life
  2. LESSON 17: Working Hard for the Benefit of All
  3. LESSON 18: Working in a Spirit of Service

THE PRAYER WE WILL BE MEMORIZING IS:

O Thou kind Lord! These lovely children are the handiwork of the fingers of Thy might  and the wondrous signs of Thy greatness. O God! Protect these children, graciously  assist them to be educated and enable them to render service to the world of humanity. O God! These children are pearls, cause them to be nurtured within the shell of Thy loving-kindness. Thou art the Bountiful, the All-Loving.

EACH LESSON WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT QUOTE TO MEMORIZE

LESSON 16

That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race

Baha’u’llah

LESSON 17

Waste not your time in idleness and sloth.  Occupy yourselves with that which profiteth yourselves and others.

Baha’u’llah

LESSON 18

It is incumbent upon each one of you to engage in some occupation – such as a craft, a trade or the like. We have exalted your engagement in such work to the rank of worship of the one true God

Baha’u’llah
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BEING A FRIEND TO THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE G2 L15

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LESSON 15:BEING A FRIEND TO THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE

True friends care for each other. They enjoy spending time together, and each wants what is best for the other. If we see our friends are sad, we do what we can to bring joy to their hearts. If a friend is sick, we want to make sure he or she is well cared for. Because we want what is best for our friends, we listen to them and always try to pay attention to their wishes. It is a joy to give something up when we know it will make our friend happy or help him or her to progress. In friendship, we give of our time and our possessions and share our happiness and our learning. What a blessing to have many true friends.

Of course, sometimes friends (and we) make mistakes. and we may feel sadness in our hearts – but we can be forgiving. When our hearts are filled with generosity and we remember our love for our friend, we can forgive and the sadness goes away.

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

For lessons 8 and 9 we will continue to memorize the prayer below

O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge, and toward all Thy signs I set my heart. O Lord! Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee. Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy! Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest, and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever thou hast ordained for me. Thine is the absolute authority to command.

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Quote for class to memorize
The following ideas will assist you in presenting the quotation that the children are expected to memorize today:


True friends care for each other. They enjoy spending time together, and each wants what is best for the other. If we see our friends are sad, we do what we can to bring joy to their hearts. If a friend is sick, we want to make sure he or she is well cared for. Because we want what is best for our friends, we listen to them and always try to pay attention to their
wishes. It is a joy to give something up when we know it will make our friend happy or help him or her to progress. In friendship we give of our time and our possessions and share our happiness and our learning.

What a blessing to have many true friends. Of course, sometimes a friend makes a mistake, and we may feel sadness in our heart, but
we remember that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was always forgiving, and so we are forgiving too. And when our hearts are filled with generosity and we remember our love for our friend, the sadness goes away. You know there are times when you make mistakes, and your friend is forgiving to you. What is important is that you both know neither would ever want to bring sadness to the heart of the other. It was the wish of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá that no soul should ever be hurt or grieved. There is no greater gift, He told us, than bringing joy to another heart. “I beg of God,” He prayed, “that ye will be bringers of joy, even as are the angels in Heaven.” That we may form such loving bonds of friendship with many souls,let us memorize the following quotation:

….strive ye with all your might to create, through the power of the Word of God, genuine love, spiritual communion and durable bonds among individuals

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
MEANING OF WORDS
Genuine

The bag looked like it was made of leather, but it was really made of a plastic material. The bag was not made of genuine leather.

Some rings only look like they are gold, but the king’s ring is genuine. It is gold with a beautiful red stone.

Durable

When choosing a fabric to make her children’s clothes, Mrs. Singh looked for one that would not tear easily. She chose a durable fabric that would last a long time.

The wheels on a tractor are big and thick so that they can go over rocks and dirt easily and still work fine. The wheels on a tractor are durable.

Bond

A dog often feels an attachment to its master. There is a special bond between a dog and its master.

There is a strong bond between a mother whale and her young calf, and they stay close together for long distances in the ocean, with the mother feeding the calf and protecting it from enemies.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

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STORY RELATED TO LESSON
A STORY ABOUT THE NATURE OF FRIENDSHIP
Here is a folktale about a mountain and a meadow that will help the children to think about the nature of friendship.

Once there was a mountain whose peak was so high that it might have been the tallest mountain in the world. It was so tall that the clouds were its only company. But the mountain enjoyed playing with its big billowing friends! And the clouds, too, were happy to gather around the mountain’s snowy peak. Sometimes they would laugh so heartily that they would cry, raining tears on the earth below.

Then one hot summer the mountain found itself alone for many days. Not a single cloud could be seen in the sky, and the mountain felt very sad, missing its blustering friends. “Why don’t the clouds run and play in your big bright blueness anymore?” it asked the wide sky.

“They have all gone to the kingdom of winter, very far from here,”

the sky replied.

“They will not return until the end of summer. “

“But I miss them so much!” cried the mountain with a sigh. “Maybe I should go to the winter kingdom as well and visit my friends. “

“You are a mountain,” the sky said firmly. “Mountains are heavy and cannot fly as the clouds can. You must remain in the same place. “

Now the mountain became very sad indeed and started to cry. Huge tears ran down its face, and soon streams and rivers were flowing from its snowy peak. Then something wonderful happened. The dried, cracked soil in the plain far below began to drink up the mountain’s tears. Before long, the plain was covered in fresh green growth.

The grateful plain called up to the mountain. “Kind mountain!” it said, “Thank you for saving me from a terrible fate! Your pure water has healed all my wounds. Look at how it has helped me!”

The mountain was so surprised that it stopped crying. Until then nobody had ever spoken to the mountain from below. It looked down and gasped when it saw the flourishing green meadow, shining and fresh.  To see its beauty made the mountain content. How happy it was to have found a new friend in the meadow.

Draw any part of the story
GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
DRAMA / GAMES
To help the children continue developing the skills and abilities of creative drama, you may have them carry out the following activities:

Begin by having the students stretch as usual in their imaginary squares. Ask them to remain in their squares and pretend to do the following, first with a sad look on their faces: sweeping the floor, building a table, helping someone to find something he or she has lost on the floor, climbing a ladder to pick some fruit from a tree, washing dishes, making soup. Next, ask them to go through the same movements, but this time with happy expressions.

Ask the children to act out the following to show how they would be a good friend:

A young boy learns that one of his friends is not feeling well

A little girl notices her friend is sad

One child in the class sees that another is afraid of the dark

A young girl learns that her friend has done something wrong

The next set of activities is again related to the theme of today’s lesson, that true friends care for each other. Divide the students into groups of three and explain to them that they are going to improvise a story based on the following situation:

Naw-Ruz, the Bahai new year, is a few weeks away, and the community is planning to have a special celebration. Sarah, Marion and Marco have been working especially hard to prepare a children’s program. One day Marion and Marco wait for Sarah so that they can continue their work, but she does not arrive. Later they inquire after her and find out that she has fallen down and hurt her ankle, and the doctor has told her to stay off of it for a while. At first Marion and Marco are worried about the children’s program. How will they finalize everything without Sarah’s help? But then they think of Sarah and realize how sad she will be if her ankle does not heal fast enough for her to participate in the program. They remember the words of ‘Abdu’l-Baha that the best way to help those who are not well is to bring joy to their hearts. So Marion and Marco decide to visit Sarah every day to cheer her up. By the time Naw-Ruz arrives, Sarah’s ankle is fine and the three friends together carry out the program for which they have worked so hard.

To help the children begin their improvisations, ask them what they think Marion and Marco did when they visited Sarah. How did they bring joy to her heart? Did they continue, for example, to plan the program with her during their visits?

ALTERNATIVE

Sit in a big circle and pass around various every-day items (a ball, remote control, pen, piece of fabric, etc) – each child, in turn, has to pretend this object to be of a certain use (fabric – this is my hanky, my blanket, my apron, my turban, etc). 

CONTENT TO BE ADDED

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CRAFT IDEAS

CRAFT: SEND A POST CARD

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Friendship bracelet:

I am sure most of you have made lots of friendship bracelets. maybe, you can help others in your class make one?

If you have not made friendship bracelets in the past. here is one link you can visit. This one is another

Friendship House
Foam Heart

Make a foam heart necklace here

Easy craft ideas

This website has so many ideas: rock painting, bracelets and more

DRAW SCENES FROM THE STORY

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PAPER AIRPLANE

WILD FOR BIO DIVERSITY

MAP YOUR FUTURE

Review the quotation from today’s lesson, and then remind the children of the qualities of trustworthiness and radiance and the quotations they memorized in Grade 1:

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

 Baha’u’llah

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love

Baha’u’llah
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BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE

HOW WARM IS YOUR WELCOME?

BACK FROM THE BRINK

RILEYS RAINFOREST

MUSIC: TREBLE CHEF

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BEING TRUSTWORTHY G2 L14

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LESSON 14: BEING TRUSTWORTHY

What does trusting another person looks like? Here are some ideas of what a trustworthy person looks like to start with. A person you can trust:

  • Tells the truth
  • Honors his/ her promises to another
  • Obeys the rules and laws even when no one is looking
  • Is honest (would never steal, cheat, or lie)
  • Is wise (He/she listens carefully to others and gives advice that is helpful to others.)

What does trusting in God look like?

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

For lessons 14 and 15 we will continue to memorize the prayer below

O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge, and toward all Thy signs I set my heart.  O Lord! Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee. Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy! Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest, and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever thou hast ordained for me. Thine is the absolute authority to command

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Quote for class to memorize
You can use the following explanation to help you present today’s quotation to the children:


True friends trust each other. A trustworthy person is honest and truthful and can be
counted on to keep his or her word. True friends know that they can rely on each other to do what is right, that one would never lie to the other or deceive him or her in any way. They see what is good in each other and do not focus on their shortcomings and faults. Of course, they know that their friend may sometimes make a mistake, but they show forgiveness and kindness to their friend. Each wants to help the other to do what is pleasing in the sight of God; a true friend is careful not to ask us to do that which is
unacceptable before God. The trust that is shared between two friends becomes stronger and stronger the more they know each other. We are, of course, kind and courteous to all people and look for the good in everyone, but the bonds of trust that exist between friends are strengthened over time, as each shows that he or she is worthy of the trust of the other and wants what is best for him or her.
We should all be trustworthy and learn to choose friends who are trustworthy, those who wish to please God, who are striving to follow His path, and who will help us to stay on the straight path. We should not allow ourselves to be cheated or deceived by those who are not trustworthy. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was the essence of kindness and courtesy, but He never allowed those who were dishonest or deceitful to take advantage of His kindness. Once a driver who brought ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to a meeting in his carriage demanded an unfair price for the ride. The Master paid what He rightly owed to the driver and told him that, had he been honest, he would have received a handsome tip as well. Trust is a special bond between friends, and we should take care not to do anything to break it. So that we each remember the importance of being a true and trustworthy friend, let us memorize the following quotation:

O ye beloved of the Lord! Commit not that which defileth the limpid stream of love or destroyeth the sweet fragrance of friendship

‘BAHA’U’LLAH
MEANING OF WORDS
Commit

When one is learning how to write, one will surely make a few errors. It is not unusual to commit errors when one is learning how to write.

Portia does her best to obey the laws of God.  She does not want to commit any act that would displease Him.

Defile

The garden had once been beautiful, but some of the people who visited it left garbage and litter when they departed. The visitors defiled the garden with garbage they left.

The stream always ran clear and clean from the mountain. But a lot of chemicals and waste have been dumped into it recently. The stream has been defiled by waste being dumped into it.

Limpid

The water in the pond was perfectly clear, and it was possible for Timothy to see many fish swimming along its bottom. Timothy could see to the very bottom of the limpid pond.

The water from the well is very clean and pure. Everyone felt refreshed to drink from the limpid waters of the well.

Destroy

The young boy built a huge castle out of sand on the seashore, but when a wave came in and covered it, the castle was completely destroyed.

The farmers built a dam to stop the river from flooding onto their crops during the rainy season. Without the dam, their crops would be destroyed by the floods.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

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STORY RELATED TO LESSON
Damon and Pythias

There is a well-known legend of two friends, Damon and Pythias, that has come to symbolize trust and loyalty in friendship. It is suggested that you tell the story to the children today, explaining that it is a very old tale from the early history of humanity. WRITTEN AS A SCRIPT BELOW

CAST

  • Narrator
  • King Dionysius:
  • Pythias:
  • Damon

There is a well-known legend of two friends, Damon and Pythias, that has come to symbolize trust and loyalty in friendship. It is suggested that you tell the story to the children today, explaining that it is a very old tale from the early history of humanity.

Narrator: Ever since they were children, Damon and Pythias had been friends. They played together and studied  together and shared many of their thoughts with each other. They were so close that they trusted each other completely. Theirs was a true friendship; they would do anything to help each other.

Now, Damon and Pythias traveled to a city called Syracuse, which had a powerful king named Dionysius. There Pythias began giving public speeches that called into question the king’s unlimited power. Any king who took power without the permission of the people was an unjust tyrant, he told the crowds that stopped to listen. When he learned of Pythias’ growing  influence among his people, Dionysius became convinced that he was trying to overthrow him. Angry and fearful, the king had Pythias and his friend Damon brought before him.

Dionysius: questioning Pythias says: “Why are you causing unrest among the people?”

Pythias: “There is nothing wrong in what I do, “I speak only the truth. “

Dionysius: “I do not believe you. You are trying to overthrow me. Tell the people you were not speaking the truth.”

Pythias: “Iwill not.

Dionysius: “Then you must die. What is your last request?”

Pythias: I would like to be allowed to return to my family to say good-bye and put my things in order.

Dionysius scoffed at him: “I would be a fool to let you leave Syracuse and expect you to return.

Pythias: I give you my word that I will return.

Narrator:But the king would not hear of it.

Just then Damon breaks in

Damon: “Pythias will return if you keep me as your prisoner while he is away, and if he breaks his promise, you may kill me instead. Surely you have heard of our friendship. You must believe, as I do, that Pythias would never allow his friend to be executed in his place.”

Dionysius:Hmmm. Let me think about this.  Ok.  I accept this unusual proposal, but I give you a warning. Pythias must return by a week from tomorrow; otherwise Damon will be killed.

Narrator: As the days passed and Pythias did not return, the king was sure that Damon would regret his selfless act. He decided to visit Damon in jail to see whether he thought himself a fool for trusting Pythias.

Dionysius: How are you feeling Damon? Pythias has not come back yet. 

Damon: (said confidently) “Pythias must be delayed. He will return. “

Dionysius:  laughing scornfully,  “We shall see.”

Narrator: On the appointed day, Pythias still had not returned. The king had Damon brought before the executioner.

Dionysius: “The time has arrived, and yet your friend has not come for you.  What do you say now? “

Damon calmly replied, “I trust my friend completely. “

At that very moment, the doors opened and a bruised and breathless Pythias staggered into the room towards Damon’s open arms.  

Pythias: Thank God, you are still alive! I was afraid I would not reach here in time. My ship was wrecked in a storm and bandits attacked me on the road, but still I could not give up hope that I would make it. ” Turning to the king,  I am ready to die.

Narrator: The king was so astonished by the fidelity and steadfast trust of the two friends that he could not bring himself to carry out the unjust execution.

Dionysius: “Never in my life have I seen such devotion and faith in friendship. Because you have shown me that I was wrong to have doubted you, I have decided to pardon you Pythias-on one condition. “

Pythias and Damon say together: “What is that?”

Dionysius: That you teach me how to be such a friend.”

From “Stories About‘Abdu’l-Bahá” by Gloria Faizi.

One day a woman came to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá with her sorrows. As she told her story,‘Abdu’l-Bahá tried to calm her and said, “Don’t be sad now, don’t be sad.”

The Woman said, “My brother has been in prison for three years. He should not have been imprisoned because it was not his fault. He was weak and followed others. He will be in prison for four more years. My mother and father are full of sorrow all the time. My brother-in-law used to take care of us, but he has just died.”

The Master could see the whole human story. Here was a family which was experiencing every form of misery-they were poor, they were weak, they were sad, disgraced, and without any hope whatsoever.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá said, “You must trust in God.”

“But,” the woman cried, “the more I trust, the worse things become!”

“You have never trusted,” said ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

“But my mother is reading the Bible all of the time,” she said. “She does not deserve that God should leave her so helpless! I read the Bible myself; I say the 91st Psalm and the 23rd Psalm every night before I go to bed. I pray too.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá looked at her lovingly and said, “To pray is not to read the Bible. To pray is to trust in God and accept His Will. You must be patient and accept the Will of God, then things will change for you. Put your family in God’s hands. Trust in God and love His Will. Strong ships are not conquered by the sea; they ride the waves! Now be a strong ship, not a battered one.”

Draw any part of the story

GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
DRAMA / GAMES
To help the children continue developing the skills and abilities of creative drama, you may have them carry out the following activities:

Begin by having the students do the stretching exercise in their imaginary squares. Ask them to remain in their squares and pretend to change from: an elephant into a mouse, a snake into a lion, a frog into a horse, a fish into a whale, a ballet dancer into a football player, an old man or lady into a young boy or girl.

Now ask the children to pursue their lips together and say: 0000 00000 000000.

Tell them to take a deep breath and see how long they can make it last: 00000000 00000000000000000000000

Ask them to make a short sharp sound: a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a.

Now tell them to put the two sounds  together:  00000  a.a.a.  ooa.  ooa.a. oooooooooa. oa. ooooa. ooa.a.a.a.a.

Let the children experiment with making different combinations, and then divide the youngsters into pairs. Tell them to use only these sounds, “oooo” and “a”, to talk to each other in the following situations:

  • Two children are trading marbles for crayons.
  • Two children are bathing a puppy.
  • One child is teaching another to skip.
  • A mother is getting a child ready for school.
  • Two people are harvesting com.
  • A child is telling a bus driver that he or she has no money.
  • Someone who is lost is asking someone else for directions.

Divide into groups- one teacher with one and the other teacher with another To help the children gain further understanding of the theme of this lesson-that true friends trust each other-you may wish to have them re-enact the story of Damon and Pythias. Depending on the number of children in your class and the time available, you could either divide them into groups for this purpose or have all the children participate in one large re-enactment. In the latter case, some of the children could be part of the crowd to whom Pythias spoke or members of the king’s court,while others could be Damon’s jailers or the bandits that attacked Pythias. Bring children all back together first and then: Following the re-enactment, you could ask the children a few questions such as:

  • Why was Damon willing to be in prison for his friend?
  • Why did Damon trust that Pythias would return?
  • Why was the king astonished when Pythias returned for the execution?
  • What qualities did Pythias demonstrate by returning as he did?
  • Why do you think the king changed his mind about the execution?
  • What do you think Damon and  Pythias could teach the king about friendship?
AN EXERCISE IN TRUST
  1. In pairs, one blindfolded and the other one is to lead him to somewhere e.g tree, and let him feel the tree.  Change over.
  2. Objects are scattered in an indoor or outdoor place.  In pairs, one person verbally guides his/her partner, a blindfolded person, through the minefield. 

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CRAFT IDEAS
Based on the second story where ‘Abdu’l-Baha says: Strong ships are not conquered by the sea; they ride the waves!

Make/ paint/ draw a ship sailing on the waves and add the phrase “Strong ships are not conquered by the sea; they ride the waves!”

some ideas below:

Easy paper boat picture website here and here
Make a card to thank someone for being a person you can trust.

The card does not have to be given to anyone: Although that is very nice. It can honor those who have died or people whose names or addresses are unknown. A display can be made of the cards and include “People we would like to thank for being trustworthy.”

DRAW SCENES FROM THE STORY

comic book template

Review the quotation from today’s lesson, and then remind the children of the qualities of trustworthiness and radiance and the quotations they memorized in Grade 1:

He, verily, shall increase the reward of them that endure with patience

 Baha’u’llah

O Son of Spirit! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart . . .

Baha’u’llah
ruhi book 3 grade 2 resources
BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE

GROWING GOOD FRIENDS

FRIENDLY TEASING OR BULLYING

SAFE LANDING

LI AND THE EMPERORS SEEDS

CROSSING THE CREEK

POWERPOINT

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GOD IS OUR BEST FRIEND G2 L13

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LESSON 13 : GOD IS OUR BEST FRIEND

In set five of grade 2 lessons, we’re looking at how to be a good friend. Lesson 13 focuses on the one true friend, that we will always have by our side – God. Because he loves each one of us and cares for us all, He overlooks our shortcomings and forgives us when we forget to follow His guidance. Knowing that God is there for us always, makes us feel we’re never alone. Of course, there are many other friends we have as well, some stay with us for a long time, and some come and go. It’s these relationships we need to nourish and look after.

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

For lessons 13,14 and 15 we will memorize the prayer below

O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge, and toward all Thy signs I set my heart. O Lord! Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee. Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy! Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest, and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever thou hast ordained for me. Thine is the absolute authority to command.

The Báb

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Quote for class to memorize
The following explanation will help you present the quotation that the children will memorize today:


None of us is alone in this world. There are so many people alongside each one of us,
encouraging and assisting us as we grow—our fathers and mothers, our aunts and uncles, our brothers and sisters, our cousins and classmates, our teachers and neighbors.

Throughout our lives we make friends with more and more people. Some of these friendships will last a long time, and others may not. But no matter how many come and go from our lives, we know that God is always with us. He loves each one of us and cares for us all. He has created every good thing in this world for our well-being and has given us laws and teachings to guide and protect us. He overlooks our shortcomings and faults and sees that which is praiseworthy in each one of us. If we do something wrong, He forgives us. He is the All-Merciful, the Compassionate. We listen to His counsels and follow them, through times of joy and times of difficulty, because we know that He is our Creator and our true Friend.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá explained that we should thank God under all conditions and put all our affairs in His hands. We should not dwell on the unpleasant things of life but should trust in the bounty and bestowals of God. His Bounty never ceases to flow, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá assured us. It is everlasting. What chance do we have of attaining true happiness if we turn away from God’s blessings and forget His love for us. We should always remember, as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá told us, that God is more a friend to each one of us than we are to ourselves. Let us memorize the following quotation:

Incline your hearts, 0 people of God, unto the counsels of your true, your incomparable Friend

‘Abdu’l-Bahá,
MEANING OF WORDS
Incline

Emmet noticed that all the flowers in the field leaned in the direction of the sun. The flowers were inclined towards the sun.

From the back of the classroom, Tina was not able to hear the teacher well, so she leaned forward and turned her head to listen to him. Tina inclined her ear towards the teacher in order to hear him better.

True

The table in the kitchen was old and scratched, so Ludo decided to remove the layer of paint, revealing the beautiful wood underneath. When Ludo finished, the true color of the wood could be seen.

Adam always did what he promised. His words always matched his deeds. Adam was true to his word.

Incomparable

The Himalaya Mountains are the tallest in the world. No other mountains compare with them in their grandeur. The Himalaya Mountains are incomparable in their majesty and grandeur.

The melody touched her heart like no other she had ever heard. She found the melody incomparable in its beauty.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

ruhi book 3 grade 3 song
Maye Mngani (O Friend)” by Sanele & Xolani
The following chant will be part of our story, you can listen to it now or wait and include it as part of the narrative.
STORY RELATED TO LESSON
A Story From The Early History Of The Faith

You can now tell the children the following story from the early history of the Faith, helping them to see that trust in God will strengthen them in times of difficulty and will enable them to pass through such times without letting bitterness into their hearts.

You already know that, before ‘Abdu’l-Baha and His family were forced to leave their homeland, His Father, Baha’u’llah, was arrested and sent to prison by an unjust government, which was fearful of the truth of the Divine message He proclaimed. During that time, not only Baha’u’llah, but many of those who responded to the call of this message were taken from their homes and families and locked in the most terrible prison, an underground dungeon, where they were bound in heavy chains.

The prisoners could breathe no fresh air and the floor was covered in filth and crawling with rats and insects. No light reached the dungeon; it was always icy cold. As the prisoners sat facing each other in that horrible place, Baha’u’llah taught them to chant verses that reaffirmed their trust in God and helped to remind them that God would never ask more of them than they could give, that He would grant them the strength they needed to withstand whatever oppression they might suffer and to cling fast to the truth they held in their hearts.  As evening came on,  they would begin to raise their call.  

“God is sufficient unto me;” one row would call out, “He verily is the All-Sufficing!” Then the other row would respond, “In Him let the trusting trust.” Throughout the night, they would repeat these words, so loudly that the sound of their uplifted voices reached even the king in his palace nearby.

 When he heard the sound of the prisoners, the cruel king asked from where it came. He was told that this was the sound of the prisoners who were locked in the dungeon with Baha’u’llah. The king said nothing more. It was clear that, no matter what horrors he might inflict on these prisoners, there was nothing he could do to turn them away from the truth of the Cause they had embraced.

Draw any part of the story
GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
DRAMA / GAMES
The following activities will contribute to the development of skills and abilities needed to perform creative drama:

After the children have done the usual stretching exercise in their imaginary squares, ask them to make their bodies as tiny as possible, as large as possible, as low as possible, as high as possible, as stiff as possible, and as wrinkled as possible.

Begin the next exercise by asking one of the students to leave the area where the class is being held. This child is the “explorer”. Have the rest of the children choose a spot that the “explorer” must find when he or she returns, and then help them decide on a posture he or she must take upon reaching that spot. Make sure that the posture chosen is not too difficult. For example, they might want the “explorer” to stand at a particular spot under a tree with his or her right hand on its trunk. The children will communicate this to the “explorer” by clapping. As the “explorer” gets closer and closer to the correct spot, the clapping should get louder and louder.  The farther away the  “explorer” gets from the spot, the softer the clapping. Once the “explorer” has found the correct spot, clapping is used in the same way to help him or her find the right posture. If time allows, repeat the exercise several times so that every child is given the opportunity to be the “explorer” at least once.

As always, the next set of activities is related to the theme of the lesson: the individual’s relationship with God. Tell your students that today they will try a new activity. First, help them to remember the main points of the story they heard of the prisoners in the Siyah-Chal:

  • Baha’u’llah, together with many others, was arrested and put in a dungeon by an unjust government because of the Divine message He proclaimed.
  • The dungeon was filthy and foul.
  • The prisoners were locked in two rows with heavy chains.
  • Baha’u’llah taught them to chant verses throughout the night.
  • One row of the prisoners would chant, “God is sufficient unto me. He verily is the All-Sufficing!”
  • The other would respond, “In Him let the trusting trust.”
  • Their voices were so loud that they could be heard by the king in his palace.

Once you have reviewed the story with the children, ask a few of them to stand up in turn and recite the story for the rest of the class to the best of their ability. You should remind them to stand straight as they tell the story, with their arms to their sides, and help and encourage them if they falter in places.

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CRAFT IDEAS
FRIEND ALBUM

This website has a lovely friend album to make. I will try to get a template up for the waterfall insert (you pull the tab and the photos flip up.)

In the meantime, here is the site to try on your own!

Make  Paper Chain Dolls and Decorate and if you like, write a quote or two about friendship!

Paper Doll How To WEBSITE Here

Create a refuge in our home

Choose a place, could be a corner of your room. Set up a space that makes you feel relaxed. Ideas: pillows, flowers, magazines, prayer books.

DRAW SCENES FROM THE STORY

comic book template

Review the quotation from today’s lesson and then help the children to recite the quotations learned in Grade 1 related to love and selflessness.


O, Friend! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love . . .

Bahá’u’lláh

Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.

Bahá’u’lláh
ruhi book 3 grade 2 resources
BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE

BLACK PIT 

FIGHTING LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

YOUR REFUGE IS READY

MUSIC: GOD IS SUFFICIENT UNTO ME

POWERPOINT LESSONS

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BEING A GOOD FRIEND GRADE 2 SET 5

being a good friend grade 2 set 5
Being a Good Friend  RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 2 SET 5

WELCOME TO SET 5: Being a Good Friend 

The three lessons in this set are as follows:

  1. God is Our Best Friend 
  2. Being Trustworthy
  3. Being a Friend to the Whole Human Race

The prayer we are memorizing for the next three lessons is:

O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge, and toward all Thy signs I set my heart. O Lord! Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee. Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy! Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest, and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever thou hast ordained for me. Thine is the absolute authority to command.

Each lesson has a different quote.

Lesson 13

Incline your hearts, 0 people of God, unto the counsels of your true, your incomparable Friend

Bahá’u’lláh

Lesson 14

O ye beloved of the Lord! Commit not that which defileth the limpid stream of love or destroyeth the sweet fragrance of friendship

Bahá’u’lláh

Lesson 15

….strive ye with all your might to create, through the power of the Word of God, genuine love, spiritual communion and durable bonds among individuals

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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COOPERATION WITH OTHERS G2 L12

WELCOME

LESSON 12: COOPERATION WITH OTHERS

Many things cannot be done by one person alone. Without cooperation, little can be accomplished in this world. Think of all the people of the past who have worked together to help improve the world! Advances in medicine, the quality of the food we grow, discover ways to communicate with people in far-off places….

And we, too, work together in harmony in our class here, in our families and at school. Sometimes this means that we must be ready to give up what we want for ourselves for the good of the whole. We show kindness to those with whom we are working and patience when someone makes a mistake.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá often spoke about the importance of cooperation. Human beings are meant to cooperate and associate with one another. Through association, He told us, we find happiness and develop, as individuals and collectively as a group.

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

This is the last lesson to memorize the prayer below

O Lord God! Make us as waves of the sea, as flowers of the garden, united, agreed through the bounties of Thy love. O Lord! Dilate the breasts through the signs of Thy oneness, and make all mankind as stars shining from the same height of glory, as perfect fruits growing upon Thy tree of life. Verily, Thou art the Almighty, the Self-Subsistent, the Giver, the Forgiving, the Pardoner, the Omniscient, the One Creator.

—‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Quote for class to memorize
It is suggested that you put the following explanation into your own words in order to present the quotation for this lesson.


Knowing that we are members of one human family, we work together for the good of all. We cooperate with one another and do everything we can to contribute to goals we all share. Many things cannot be done by one person alone. Without cooperation, little can be accomplished in this world. For a home to be kept tidy, all the members of the family
must make sure to put things in their proper place. For a bridge to be built, many people must work together and contribute their time and energy. To improve the quality of the food we grow, to make advances in medicine, to discover ways to communicate with people in far-off places—these and so many other wonderful things we have talked about in our classes are the result of cooperation.

Think of all the people of the past who have worked together to help improve the world. And we, too, work together in harmony in our class here, in our families, and at school. Sometimes this means that we must be ready to give up what we want for ourselves for the good of the whole. We show kindness to those with whom we are working and patience when someone makes a mistake.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá often spoke about the importance of cooperation. Some creatures can live solitary and alone, He explained. A tree, for example, can live without the assistance and cooperation of other trees. Some animals, too, exist in isolation, away from other animals of their kind. But human beings are meant to cooperate and associate with one another.


Through association, He told us, we find happiness and develop, as individuals and collectively as a group. To always be reminded that we should cooperate with one another, let us memorize the following quotation:

The supreme need of humanity is cooperation and reciprocity

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
MEANING OF WORDS
Supreme

Everything in the universe was created by God.  He is the Supreme Creator.

More than anything else, Daniel wants to serve his fellow human beings.  His supreme wish is to serve others.

Cooperation

It is not unusual to see two or three ants carrying a large bit of food together.  Only when they cooperate can ants carry such large, heavy objects.

When everyone works together to reach a goal, they feel united and happy.  Cooperation helps to build unity.

Reciprocity

The village where Zhu Li lives grows many vegetables and other crops.  Li Li lives in the village nearby that raises animals.  Each village provides the other with what it needs.  Because of reciprocity, both villages prosper.

Meera has plenty of water in her well and helps Fabio by watering the plants in his garden.  Fabio is good at climbing and helps Meera by picking fruit from the trees in her yard.  Fabio and Meera understand the importance of reciprocity.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

ruhi book 3 grade 3 song
STORY RELATED TO LESSON
A Story About Cooperation

The following story will illustrate for the children what can be accomplished through cooperation:


During ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s travels in America, one of the places He visited was a special piece of land that had been purchased in order to build a Bahá’í House of Worship, a beautiful edifice where all people could come and commune with God. Before construction on the House of Worship began, a gathering was held to say prayers on that spot, after which ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would lay with His own hands the first stone of the
building: The Cornerstone. One of the friends, a lady named Nettie Tobin, longed to give something to help build the House of Worship. She did not have any money to offer, but the day before the meeting, she had an idea. She went to a building under construction near her home. Cast off to the side was a pile of large stones, and she asked whether she might take one. “Help yourself,” said the builder. “These are rejected.” You see, the builder needed a particular kind of stone, and the ones in the pile could not be used. Nettie chose a stone but discovered that it was too heavy for her to lift. So, she went home and got an old baby carriage, loaded the stone into it, and wheeled it home. That was as far as she could manage on her own.
Now, in those days, many cities had streetcars to take people from one place to another, much like we have buses today. And, with the help of a friend, Nettie took the stone on three streetcars the next morning. Together, they lifted the baby carriage onto the first streetcar, then off again. They waited for the second streetcar, loaded the carriage onto it
and then off again, and finally heaved it onto the third streetcar, which took them close to the spot where the House of Worship was to be built. There was still some distance to walk, and the two friends started pushing the baby carriage over the broken pavement. But suddenly it collapsed. They were at a loss what to do. Even together the two of them could not carry the heavy stone the remaining distance. It was late, and the gathering had already started. After such a long journey, it seemed that Nettie and her friend would miss everything.
Just then, two boys with an express wagon came along. With their help, the stone was loaded into the wagon, and off they all went to the gathering—Nettie, her friend, the two boys, and the stone. Imagine Nettie’s joy when ‘Abdu’l-Bahá chose that stone to be the cornerstone and laid it in the ground. In time, a beautiful House of Worship was built on that piece of land, and the stone which Nettie and her friend and the two boys worked together to bring to that spot is still there to this day.

Draw any part of the story
GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
DRAMA / GAMES
To assist the children in developing further their skills and abilities to perform creative drama, you may have them do the following activities:

Ask your students to stand in their imaginary squares.  As you did in the previous lesson, have the children stand about 5 feet apart and imagine that they are in their own squares.  Ask them to walk along the border of his/her imaginary square.

Ask children to: raise up your arms and stretch from the tips of their toes to the tips of their fingers, reaching towards the sky.  Now they are going to relax and let their arms and heads hang freely.  Repeat this several times.

 Next, I ask you children to pretend to be some things, which they have to act out (have on 8 slips that kids can draw out on ONE COLOR PAPER):

  • A teardrop
  • A cloud
  • An umbrella in the wind
  • A boiling egg
  • A spinning top
  • An airplane
  • A car
  • A rocking chair

Now they are going to start walking around.  As always they should be careful not to bump into one another.  We are going to pretend that we are “walking in someone else’s shoes”.  Children can then take turns picking a slip and telling the class in whose shoes they will be walking (have on 10 slips that are on a DIFFERENT COLOR OF PAPER). 

  • A baby who has just learned to walk
  • A huge faint
  • Someone in a great hurry
  • Someone who has poor eyesight
  • Someone who is walking a dog on a leash
  • Someone whose foot is caught in a bucket
  • Someone carrying something on his or her head
  • Someone who has stepped on a thorn
  • Someone walking on hot sand
  • An astronaut on the moon

After taking the students through the above exercises, you can move on to the activities related to the theme of this lesson, COOPERATION.  Begin by reminding the children that there are many things in this world which we cannot do alone and which require cooperation if they are to be achieved.

Divide the children into small groups.  Ask them to name some large, heavy objects.  First have each child pretend to move one of the objects, by him or herself, from one point to another, for example, between two trees or across the room.  Next each group should pretend to move the object together.  Afterwards, ask the children a few questions: Was it easy to move such a heavy object alone?  What happened when you worked together as a group to move it?

Now I’d like you to think of some situations that you can act out in which people need to work together to reach a goal.  For example:

  • using a ladder to retrieve an object on a high shelf
  • trying to take a large object from one room to another through a locked door
  • making sure a picture is hanging straight

THINK OF YOUR OWN SCENARIO in your group.  You can also think of a scenario that requires a group to complete a task in which responsibility is shared- for instance, a family working together to make a home ready to receive guests, prepare a meal, or washing and dry dishes.

Finally, you are going to act out the story of Nettie and the cornerstone.  Of course, because we want to be reverent, we will NOT be acting out Abdu’l-Baha, so your re-enactment should end at the arrival of Nettie and her companions at the meeting, and the conclusion of the story could then just be told by you or one of the students.

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CRAFT IDEAS
DRAW A MURAL

What better way to cooperate than to do a piece of art together? Choose a theme and have everyone draw, color, or glue their contribution.

Activity

We used this activity in our community and in Girl Guides. It does need a little prep here is what you do:

Get a long nail ( 3 to 4 inches and a small block of plywood wood about 5 to 6 inches long. Hammer the nail half an inch into the center of the block

Now you will need more long nails, I used 12 but you can use the number of people in the class. The object is to see how to balance the nails on the one hammered into the block.

Have the kids try.

Look at this video. below I had the kids stack the nails as I held the one nail

Reciprocity means the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit, especially privileges granted by one country or organization to another.
waving hand to say"great job" craft

Let us make a waving hand for all those who did a great job at practicing Reciprocity and Cooperation

To make this:

Download the PDF with instructions here

Template pieces to cut here

DRAW SCENES FROM THE STORY

comic book template

Review the quotation from today’s lesson, and then remind the children of the qualities of trustworthiness and radiance and the quotations they memorized in Grade 1:

O Son of Being! Thou art My lamp and My light is in thee. Get thou from it thy radiance and seek none other than Me

 Baha’u’llah

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

Baha’u’llah
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BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE

Games For Change

Team: Everyone Moves Together

Are You A Team Player?

Cooperative Colonies

Sacred Spaces

Song Of The Heart

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IMPORTANCE OF UNITY G2 L10

WELCOME

LESSON 10: IMPORTANCE OF UNITY

This lesson is all about living in Harmony, and about the importance of unity to help us achieve the ideal living space not just in our homes, but worldwide.

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

For lessons 10 to 12 we will memorize the prayer below

O Lord God! Make us as waves of the sea, as flowers of the garden, united, agreed through the bounties of Thy love. O Lord! Dilate the breasts through the signs of Thy oneness, and make all mankind as stars shining from the same height of glory, as perfect fruits growing upon Thy tree of life. Verily, Thou art the Almighty, the Self-Subsistent, the Giver, the Forgiving, the Pardoner, the Omniscient, the One Creator.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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Quote for class to memorize
You can use the following explanation to help you present today’s quotation to the children:

All the people of the world were created by one God, and all are His servants. We all breathe the same air, live on the same earth, and receive light and warmth from the same sun. We are all part of one human family. And just like a garden bursting with flowers of every shape and color, humanity is made up of peoples of different colors and races, different talents and capacities, which are harmonized in a beautiful whole. The great diversity of the human family can be likened to the many notes that come together in a delightful melody. A melody with only one note repeated over and over is not pleasing to the ear; it is dull and monotonous. So it is with the diversity of the human race; when the diverse people of the world come together in unity, the true strength and potential of humanity can be seen.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá showed us through His words and actions how we can build unity. His home was often full of people from different parts of the world living happily in one household, and wherever He went, He insisted that gatherings include everyone who wished to join, bringing all together in harmony and never allowing differences to separate people. He always reminded the friends that we are waves of one sea, grass in the same meadow, leaves on the same tree, united by the love of God. We see everyone as our brothers and sisters, and we treat every soul with kindness. If misunderstandings arise among us, we resolve them with friendliness, remembering our love for God and for each other. We avoid arguments and fights. Think of the human body; all the different parts work together to make it healthy and strong. In the same way, as we all work together, each doing our part, we see the power of unified action, and great things can be accomplished. To help us remember the importance of unity, let us memorize the following words of Bahá’u’lláh:

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.

Bahá’u’lláh
MEANING OF WORDS
Powerful

The sun’s rays warm the earth and give life to all beings.  The sun’s rays are powerful.

As Kendra read the poem, its sweet words touched her heart and brought tears to her eyes.  The poem was very powerful.

Illumine

The room was dark until we turned on the light.  The light illumined the room.

In the morning, the sun rises and shines its light on the land and sea.  The sun illumines the land and sea.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

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STORY RELATED TO LESSON
A Story OF ‘Abdu’l-Baha and unity

Throughout His life, ‘Abdu’l Baha brought all different kinds of people together- old and young, rich and poor, of all religions and backgrounds- and helped them to learn the ways of unity. Here is a story that shows how ‘Abdu’l-Baha brought two hearts together. 

Every day many people came to visit Abdu’l-Baha in His home, and He welcomed them all with open arms.  One day, a gentleman arrived at the house and was greeted warmly.  Sometime later, while this gentleman was still visiting with Abdu’l-Baha, a second man came to call, and he, too, was warmly welcomed.  Now, it so happened that these two gentlemen had had a disagreement, and they were not at all happy to see each other.  In fact, they did not even want to be in the same room together.  What would happen?  Both wanted to be with Abdu’l-Baha.  Would one of them decide to leave?

Abdu’l-Baha resolved the matter immediately.  He started by telling some funny stories, and before long, both men were laughing.  Then He said that His home was a home of peace and joy, a home of laughter and exultation.  He did not want them to leave with feelings of hatred in their hearts.  The gentlemen listened carefully, thinking about Abdu’l-Baha’s words.  After a while, Abdul-Baha gave them each some sweets and a silk handkerchief (HAVE SWEETS AND A SILK HANKY OUT AS PROPS).  These were to be, He indicated, a token of their pledge of friendship.  The two men smiled.  They recognized that it was God Who had directed their steps to Abdu’l-Baha’s home that day.  And they went away from Abdu’l-Baha’s presence joyful and full of laughter.

What do you take away from this story?

In following the ways of Abdu’l-Baha, we never allow differences to come between us, and, if misunderstandings ever arise, we think of our love for God and look for those things that unite us. 

Drawing aids
GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
DRAMA / GAMES
The activities that follow will help the children continue developing the skills and abilities of creative drama.

Ask your students to stand in their imaginary squares.  As you did in the previous lesson, have the children stand about 5 feet apart and imagine that they are in their own squares.  Ask them to walk along the border of his/her imaginary square.

Ask children to: raise up your arms and stretching from the tips of your toes to the tips of your fingers, reach towards the sky.  Now you are going to relax and let your arms and head hang freely.  Repeat this several times.

Now tell the children to stretch their arms out at shoulder length and rotate them slowly, making small circles.  Gradually the circles should become bigger and bigger.  As they do this exercise, their arms will feel heavier and heavier. Tell the children than when their arms feel very heavy, they should let them drop and shake them out.

For the next exercise, the children will remain in their imaginary squares.  Tell them to pretend they are doing the following: washing dishes, washing a dog, feeding chickens, carrying wood, planting seeds, picking a crop, pouring and drinking a glass of water.  (Call the actions out one at a time, giving the children a minute or so to improvise each)

Now have the children form a circle, sitting down, yourself among them.  Create a face- a happy face, a sad face, a frightened face.  Turn to one of the youngsters sitting next to you and pass the face on to that child.  He or she should assume the expression and pass it on to the next child, and so on.  You may do this several times, allowing a different children to create a face each time.

Now we are going to move on to the activities related to the theme of this lesson- the importance of living in unity.  Do you remember the analogy that was used earlier to describe the oneness of humanity?  It has to do with the human body.  What would happen if some of our fingers refused to grab on to something we needed to pick up?  What if each leg tried to walk in a different direction?  The next few activities will help us see what it means to be united.

 I am going to tell you a story about a hand whose fingers and thumb stopped working together, and I am going to ask you to ACT IT OUT SILENTLY WITH YOUR OWN HANDS as I tell it.  (HAVE PENCIL, PAPER, SPOON and SMALL BALL PROPS FOR EACH CHILD)

One day the fingers on Ramiro’s hand fought with the thumb. They decided that they didn’t like it, they didn’t need it, and they could manage fine without it.  That seemed a great idea to the thumb, who took advantage of the time to rest.  Meanwhile, the fingers began a new life.  But…when they tried to pick up a pencil, they had difficulty.  When they finally managed, it was even harder to write.  Neither could they hold the spoon easily when it was time to eat.  And buttoning up a shirt was impossible.  So they decided to play instead.  But, to their surprise, they couldn’t grab the ball.  Feeling sorry, they turned to their brother, the thumb, and asked him to join them again.  The thumb, who was bored being alone, did not have to think twice and gladly went back to his duties.

For this next activity, we will need to divide up into pairs.  One child from each pair will need to stand behind the other.  The child behind should be facing the back of his or her partner.  Each pair is going to act as one person.  The child in back will be the arms and the child in front will be the rest of the body.  The hands of the child in front should be placed behind his/her back, allowing the arms of the child behind to be extended, as though they were the arms of the front child (have a pair come up and demonstrate so everyone sees how to do it).

Now, each pair will first act out a situation in which the arms are not united in the rest of the body.  The child in front should describe what is happening to the body.  For example, he or she may say, “There is sun in my eyes, I need to protect them with my hand” or “My nose is itchy, I need to scratch it.”  The child behind should do something DIFFERENT from what the body has said, for example, wave his/her hand, fold his or her arms, or wiggle his/her fingers. 

Next, each pair is going to act IN HARMONY, with the arms doing the jobs the body needs them to do. 

Then allow children to SWAP ROLES, so each has a chance to pretend to be the arms.

Pass the face

Everyone sits in a large circle, one person makes a funny face and each person in turn, passes it along the circle. We had some great laughs!

THE OLD LAPBOOK VERSION HAS THE FOLLOWING FILES

1. UNITED HEARTS ( 2 versions)

2. PRAYER FLIPBOOK TO DECORATE

3. QUOTE MEMORIZING (choose one of 3 lanterns and quote)

DOWNLOAD COMPONENTS HERE

CRAFT IDEAS
CRAFTS OF HEART SLIDING AND “UNITING”

NOTE YOU CAN USE TWO HEARTS OR THE ONE BROKEN INTO TWO AS THE VIDEO SHOWS.

Based on the story:
  1. Decorate sweet wrappers. 
  2. Write your favorite joke
DESIGN A PRAYER

YOUR OWN VERSION OF THE PRAYER WE ARE MEMORIZING 

Review the quotation from today’s lesson with the children and then say a few words about kindness and compassion, before asking them to recite the quotations they memorized in Grade 1 related to these qualities:

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love

 Baha’u’llah

The Kingdom of God is founded upon equity and justice, and also upon mercy, compassion, and kindness to every living soul

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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ONE FAMILY TREE

THE HUMAN RACE

OUR GLOBAL FAMILY

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

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 IMPORTANCE OF JUSTICE G2 L11

WELCOME

LESSON 11:  IMPORTANCE OF JUSTICE

We know that all the peoples of the world are meant to live in unity as one family. In a family, everyone is treated with fairness. We learn to find ways to work together for everyone’s benefit. The well-being of every member is connected to the well-being of the family as a whole. Should harm come to one member, all are affected. Similarly, we should be fair in our dealings with all those who cross our path, never taking advantage of anyone. We strive to show forth such fairness and justice in our daily lives that we become worthy of the trust and confidence of our fellow human beings.

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

For lessons 10,11 and 12 we will memorize the prayer below

O Lord God! Make us as waves of the sea, as flowers of the garden, united, agreed through the bounties of Thy love. O Lord! Dilate the breasts through the signs of Thy oneness, and make all mankind as stars shining from the same height of glory, as perfect fruits growing upon Thy tree of life. Verily, Thou art the Almighty, the Self-Subsistent, the Giver, the Forgiving, the Pardoner, the Omniscient, the One Creator

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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Quote for class to memorize
You can use the following explanation to help you present today’s quotation to the children:

Knowledge is essential for human progress. In order to build a better world, we must gain knowledge of the sciences and the arts. By applying what we learn, we are able to improve the quality of the food we grow, make advances in medicine that help us live healthier lives, discover ways to communicate with people in far-off places, and create
things that beautify the world. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá encourages learning about the sciences and arts, as well as acquiring spiritual knowledge that comes from the teachings of God.
These teachings give us a deeper understanding of the world around us and inspire us to use our knowledge for the benefit of others, to remove conflict and to promote cooperation and harmony.
Once, while speaking with a teacher from England, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá asked what subjects he taught in school. The gentleman told Him that he taught Latin, English, Algebra, and Geometry. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá then asked him if he also addressed spiritual matters in his classes. The gentleman replied that there was no time for spiritual education in school.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá made no comment, but He did not need to! From His question and His silence, the gentleman understood that both material and spiritual education are necessary for human advancement. Aware that most schools did not provide spiritual instruction, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá encouraged Bahá’í communities to establish regular classes for this
purpose. To help us remember how acquiring knowledge can help us contribute to the betterment of the world, let us memorize the following quotation:

We ask God to endow human souls with justice so that they may be fair, and may strive to provide for the comfort of all . . .

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
MEANING OF WORDS
Endow

Meng is very intelligent.  She is endowed with intelligence.

Conrad was easily frightened and lived in fear, but then a friend told him that God has endowed every human being with courage.  Conrad thought about this and decided that he would no longer be so afraid.

Strive

Edward decided that he wants to do better in school.  He studies diligently every day so that he will reach his goal.  Edward is striving to be a better student.

Gabriela tries to do her best at any task that she is asked to do.  She strives for excellence in every task.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

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STORY RELATED TO LESSON
A Story of Abdu’l-Baha when He encountered injustice

To live in harmony with others, we strive to treat all people fairly, without thought of their religion or background, their age or circumstances.  Of course, there are times in our lives when we encounter injustice.  I am going to share a true story of Abdu’l-Baha when He encountered injustice, and we will learn from His example what to do about it.

In the days of Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l-Baha, the people of Akka had been misled about the Bahais and did not think they deserved to be treated fairly.  But Abdu’l-Baha, with His great wisdom and love, changed the hearts of many of these people.  He showed kindness to people of all religions and helped them become united.

There was a Christian merchant in Akka who, like his fellow citizens, did not respect the Bahais.  One day, outside the gates of the city, the merchant saw a camel load of charcoal that belonged to the Bahais. (HAVE CAMEL statue and pretend coal out as prop- can explain what charcoal was used for burning it for heat, etc.; If you want a prop, pretend coal can be bought at AMAZON. OR just use a piece of paper that is squished up!

He stopped the driver and said, “This is better charcoal than I can get!”  Without paying any money, he took the charcoal for himself.

When Abdu’l-Baha heard of this incident He went to the merchant’s shop to ask for the return of the charcoal.  There were many people in the office, and the merchant did not pay Him any attention.  Abdu’l-Baha sat there and waited patiently.  Finally, after three hours, the merchant turned to Him and asked coldly, “Are you one of the prisoners?  What have you done that you were imprisoned?”  Abdu’l-Baha replied that His crime was the same one for which Christ was persecuted. The merchant was surprised.  “What do you know about Christ?” he asked.  Then Abdu’l-Baha calmly and kindly began to talk to him about Christ and His teachings.  As Abdu’l-Baha spoke, the merchant’s heart began to melt, and his pride and arrogance disappeared.  At last, he explained to Abdu’l-Baha that unfortunately the charcoal was gone, but he would gladly pay for it.  Then Abdu’l-Baha rose and walked with Him to the street, treating Him with great respect and honor. 

What did you learn from the way that Abdu’l-Baha dealt with injustice?

Courage to confront it, but He also had patience, spirituality, calmness, kindness and love.  It says something very special in the Bahai Writings about love.  It says that love is “a most potent elixir that can transform the vilest and meanest of people into heavenly souls.”   

We can learn from Abdu’l-Baha’s example and strive to be like Him!

Draw any part of the story
GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
DRAMA / GAMES
The following activities will contribute to the students’ ability to participate in the creative drama:

Ask your students to stand in their imaginary squares.  As you did in the previous lesson, have the children stand about 5 feet apart and imagine that they are in their own squares.  Ask them to walk along the border of his/her imaginary square.

Ask children to: raise up their arms and stretch from the tips of their toes to the tips of their fingers, reaching towards the sky.  Now relax and let your arms and head hang freely.  Repeat this several times.

For this next exercise, the children will remain in their imaginary squares.  Ask them to create a shape with their bodies, using their heads, arms, and legs.  This is shape number 1.  Tell them to hold that shape for a few seconds.  Next, have them move into a second shape.  This is shape number 2.  Again have them hold the shape for a few seconds.  Now count- 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2 as the children move from shape to shape.  Call freeze when children are in shape number 2.  Now ask the students to find a completely new shape.  This is shape number 3.  Have them hold it for a few seconds, and then go back to shape number 1.  Now count 1, 2, 3, 2, 1, 3, 1, 2, 1, 3- as the children move from shape to shape.  Call freeze when children are in the shape number

Finally, have the children create a fourth shape and ask them to hold it for a few seconds.  Then ask them to go back to shape number 1 and count, 1, 2, 3, 4 (mix it up) having children move from shape to shape.  Try to establish as rhythm as you count.

Now explain to the children that the same word can be said in different ways.  Depending on how we say it, the meaning changes.  Ask them to say the word “oh” as if… (you can have the following on slips of paper that the kids take turns pulling out of a bag and reading and then they tell them to the whole group for them to act out)

  • someone had stepped on their foot
  • they are sleepy
  • their mother is calling them to get up in the morning
  • someone is giving them a present
  • their father says he is going to take them fishing
  • he says they cannot go after all
  • they are invited to take a trip to the moon
  • they are petting a dog
  • they took a bit of something they did not like
  • they are running hard and are out of breath
  • their grandfather has just come to visit

Now you are going to invite the students to improvise the following story, related to today’s lesson, which is unity and fairness.  They will improvise the same situation twice.  The first time, the situation will end unfairly.  The second time, it will be resolved fairly.  As always, the children should be allowed to fill in the details of the story with their own imaginations. First, listen to the story and then act it out.  They can use fruit props, plastic hammer/building tools props etc.

It is harvest time.  The fruits are ready to be picked from the trees.  The sun is rising, and everyone is preparing to make their way to the orchards.  As they slowly gather in the village square, they talk about the harvest, which promises to be abundant.  Since a storm is predicted for tomorrow, they decide that they will have to pick all the fruit today.  Just then you enter the scene, pretending to be the village teacher.  You, too, have heard about the coming storm.  You explain to them that there is a leak in the roof of the school that has to be fixed.  “Last time it rained,” you tell them, “the children’s books got soaking wet.”  Everyone agrees that the roof should be fixed immediately, so two or three of the villagers volunteer to go and do it.  The others go off to the fields. 

It is now the end of the day.  Dark clouds are starting to roll in, but, thankfully, the roof has been fixed.  Those who repaired it are tired as they return to the village square.  The others, too, are returning from a hard day’s work, their baskets filled with fruit.  But do they want to share their fruit with they sent to fix the roof?  No.  They keep all of the fruit for themselves.  They are unfair to their friends.

Now we are going to improvise the situation again.  This time, however, those with the fruit show FAIRNESS towards their friends.  They decide that, since everyone agreed it was urgent to fix the roof, it is only fair that the day’s harvest should be shared with those who repaired it.  Everyone joyfully gathers together, and they divide the fruits among themselves.

SIMPLE LAPBOOK LESSONS 10 TO 12

For lesson 11 we will add the camel to our lapbook

Download it here

CRAFT IDEAS
Craft with the image of the Camel from the story

The first is a simple card to cut and fold. HERE

The second is a 3D version of a camel. HERE

Cut out both camel pieces per child. Use cardstock or use the cutout image as a template to cut the cardboard.

I used foam tape that is sticky on both sides, available in dollar stores. You need the two parts of the camel to be layered with space between the pieces so that it is sturdy and can stand up. If you do not have access to foam tape, use small square bits of cardboard and glue between the pieces.

Australian Peace Pack to supplement today’s lesson. Using the quote by Bahá’u’lláh:

“Be vigilant, that ye may not do injustice to anyone, be it to the extent of a grain of mustard seed.”

…we created a beautiful little piece of art – with a nest made of tissue paper, and a tiny mustard seed stuck in the middle of it. We have to be fair at all times, and can’t let injustice happen – even though it might only be to the extent of a grain of mustard!

Light of Unity
This is a two-day activity.

Materials:

First day:

  1. White water-color paper, one page for each child
  2. Water colors
  3. Paint brushes.
  4. Pots of water so children can rinse brushes
  5. Paper towels so children can dry brushes between colors

Second day

  1. White card-stock, one for each child, for background
  2. ScissorsGlue
  3. Pre-printed verse about unity, or pen or felt-tipped markers to write the verse.

On the first day, the children fill their paper with painted abstract and colorful swirls and swishes.   Make sure there is plenty of yellow for the sun. Let his dry completely.  See example on www.supportingthecoreactivities.org .

On the second day, cut the painted paper and create a collage that resembles a sunrise over water, or maybe over land, gluing the pieces to the background card-stock.  The children can write in a verse about Unity, or create a pre-printed verse they can glue onto their art work.  See example on www.supportingthecoreactivities.org .

Craft using images in the prayer

The prayer we are leaning has so many beautiful images. we can do a few crafts using these images

O Lord God! Make us as waves of the sea, as flowers of the garden, united, agreed through the bounties of Thy love. O Lord! Dilate the breasts through the signs of Thy oneness, and make all mankind as stars shining from the same height of glory, as perfect fruits growing upon Thy tree of life. Verily, Thou art the Almighty, the Self-Subsistent, the Giver, the Forgiving, the Pardoner, the Omniscient, the One Creator.

1. paint or draw the images in the prayer:

  • Waves of the sea
  • flowers of the garden
  • united (holding hands?)
  • agreed (saying Yes)
  • dilate the breast (heart)
  • Stars
  • fruit

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Review the quotation from today’s lesson, and then remind the children of the qualities of trustworthiness and radiance and the quotations they memorized in Grade 1:

Tread ye the path of justice, for this, verily, is the straight path

 Baha’u’llah

Trustworthiness is the greatest portal leading to the tranquillity and security of the people

 Baha’u’llah
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MUSIC

QUIZ

MONSTER MIND

CHALLENGING CHOICES

WHAT DO YOU SAY?

QUIZ ON EQUALITY

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Living In Harmony With Others Grade 2 Set 4

 Living In Harmony With Others Grade 2 Set 4

WELCOME TO SET 4: Living In Harmony With Others

THE THREE LESSONS IN THIS SET ARE AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Importance of Unity
  2. Importance of Justice
  3. Cooperation with Others

THE PRAYER WE WILL BE MEMORIZING IS:

O Lord God! Make us as waves of the sea, as flowers of the garden, united, agreed through the bounties of Thy love. O Lord! Dilate the breasts through the signs of Thy oneness, and make all mankind as stars shining from the same height of glory, as perfect fruits growing upon Thy tree of life. Verily, Thou art the Almighty, the Self-Subsistent, the Giver, the Forgiving, 
the Pardoner, the Omniscient, the One Creator.

EACH LESSON WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT QUOTE TO MEMORIZE

Lesson 10:

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.

– Bahá’u’lláh

Lesson 11:

We ask God to endow human souls with justice so that they may be fair, and may  strive to provide for the comfort of all . . .


 ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Lesson 12:

The supreme need of humanity is cooperation and reciprocity

Abdu’l-Baha,