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Find The Source Of Courage Now! Lesson 17 Grade 1

Lesson 17 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Courage

Courage

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

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From lessons 17 to 24 we will be memorizing a new prayer and of course, each lesson will have a new quote.

Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

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Lesson 17 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Courage

Memorize

To have courage means to stand for what is right even if we are the only ones who do so, to defend those who need our help even if it causes us discomfort, and to tell the truth even when we know it may lead to difficulties for us. It takes courage to face hardships in life with calm and grace. We draw courage from our love of God and our desire to please Him above all others. To help us remember that we should face every situation in life with courage, let us memorize the following quotation:

The source of courage and power is the promotion of the Word of God, and steadfastness in His Love.

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas

Meaning Of Words

Source

  1. Kyongmi lives in a village in a valley. The melting snow from the top of nearby mountains provides water to the village. The source of the village’s water is snow from the mountaintops.
  2. Mrs. Putters has three loving and well-behaved children. Her children are a source of joy and happiness to her.

Promotion

  1. Two of Shoa’s friends started an argument and became angry with each other. Shoa helped each to see the other’s point of view and make peace. Shoa always promotes peace and understanding among his friends.
  2. A nurse visits the classroom to teach the children about foods that are good for their health. The nurse promotes healthy eating.

Steadfastness

  1. Promilla knew that she wanted to be a doctor. She always studied hard in school, and after many years of difficult work, she achieved her goal. She was steadfast in her efforts to become a doctor.
  2. Zvondai went to a very remote village to help open a new school. Although he missed his family and faced many difficulties, he showed steadfastness and stayed in the village for many years, training teachers and working with children.

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LESSON 17 GRADE 1 RUHI BOOK 3 Courage
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Source of Courage
The Source of Courage
Lesson 17 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Courage

Story About Courage

‘Alí-‘Askar was a merchant in Persia. When he became a Bahá’í, he experienced much hardship at the hands of those who opposed the Faith. Within a short span of time, he had lost all he had. Even so, ‘Alí-‘Askar was not dispirited. Seeing that he would not be able to make a living in his homeland, he decided to move to Adrianople, a city in a neighboring country.

In Adrianople, though he still had little, he managed to acquire a small amount of merchandise. Before he was able to sell a single item, however, he was attacked by thieves who took everything he had in his possession, leaving him with nothing once again.

Not long after, the thieves were arrested, and the great fortune they had acquired from robbing many people was seized. One of the local authorities, dazzled by the riches, came up with an idea to keep the fortune for himself. He called ‘Alí-‘Askar to his office and explained.

“‘Alí-‘Askar,” he said, “these thieves are very rich. In my report to the government, I wrote that the amount robbed from you was great. Therefore you must attend the trial and testify that what I have written is true.” This way, the official thought, all of the money would be returned to ‘Alí-‘Askar, and the two would split it between themselves.

‘Alí-‘Askar knew that he could never go along with such a plan. “Your Honor, Khán,” he replied, “the goods stolen from me amounted to very little. How can I report something that is not true? When they question me, I will give the facts exactly as they are. I consider this my duty, and only this.”

The official tried again to convince ‘Alí-‘Askar. “We have a golden opportunity here,” the official said. “You and I can both profit by it. Don’t let such a once-in-a-lifetime chance slip through your fingers!”

But ‘Alí-‘Askar again refused, saying, “Khán, how would I answer to God? Let me be. I shall tell the truth and nothing but the truth.”

Now the official became angry. If ‘Alí-‘Askar did not go along with his scheme, all his planning would come to naught, and he would lose the great fortune now within his grasp. And so he began to threaten ‘Alí-‘Askar, hoping he could frighten him

into cooperating. “I will jail you,” he said. “I will have you banished; there is not a torment I will spare you.” Then he told ‘Alí-‘Askar that, if he did not agree, he would send him back to Persia.

‘Alí-‘Askar only smiled. “Jináb-i-Khán,” he said, “do with me as you please; I will not turn my back on what is right.”

Lesson 17 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Courage

Yes Or No

Begin the game by asking the children to form a wide circle, with you in the center. Now explain to the children that you are going to make several statements. Some of them will be correct; others will be incorrect. Tell them that, if the statement is correct, they should shout out “yes” and hop towards the center of the circle. If it is incorrect, they should shout out “no” and hop backward.

All the statements you make should be based on things the children can readily observe. Examples of “yes” statements are as follows: “The sun gives off light.” “Trees grow from seeds.” “Mountains are tall.” You could also make statements that describe what the children are wearing, like “Sera is wearing a blue shirt,” or what they see in the space around them, like “There are two benches over there.”

A few examples of “no” statements are: “Rain falls upward.” “Fish fly.” “Stones walk on feet.” Again, you could draw on your surroundings to make incorrect statements. Remember that you should have more correct statements than incorrect ones so that, by the end of the game, the children reach you at the center of the circle.

Lesson 17 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Courage

Superhero Mask

Download the template and decorate your mask

Hero Mask

Make a Badge of Courage

A badge is easy to make, cut some circles large and small out of paper, or felt, etc. Layer, add ribbon, and write COURAGE on it. Still not sure? Check out this blog here to make one.

Teachers Pay Teachers

Lots of free Courage crafts and activities. This one is the cup of courage.

Courage Token

This one is a cute ” COURAGE TOKEN” made from clay and stamped

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I am Learning How To Find Contentment! Lesson 15 Grade 1

Lesson 15 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Contentment

Contentment

  • What is Contentment?
  • How are we Content?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Contentment?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Contentment? 

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We are Memorizing The Prayer: O Lord! Plant this tender seedling in the garden

O Lord! Plant this tender seedling in the garden of Thy manifold bounties, water it from the fountains of Thy loving-kindness and grant that it may grow into a goodly plant through the outpourings of Thy favor and grace. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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Lesson 15 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Contentment

Memorize

‘Abdu’l-Bahá was content with the Will of God under all conditions. He used to tell those around Him that it is easy to be content when everything is going well, when one is healthy and living in comfort. What is more difficult is to feel happy and content in times of trouble, in times of illness and hardship. In spite of all the suffering that filled His life, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá never became disheartened. Through the most grave and difficult times, He remained content and thankful to God. He was always cheerful and optimistic. Let us memorize the following quotation so that we will often be reminded of the value of contentment with the Will of God:

The source of all glory is acceptance of whatsoever the Lord hath bestowed, and contentment with that which God hath ordained.

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas

Meaning Of Words

Glory

  1. After studying science at school, Poh Leng joined a group of scientists. They made many important discoveries. Her work brought glory to her family’s name.
  2. Swee loved to look at nature—at the mountains, the trees, and the sea. Whenever she saw the beauty of the world, she thought about the majesty and greatness of God, the Creator of all things. Looking at nature made Swee think of the glory of God.

Bestowed

  1. Paulo thanks God every day for his loving family, his good health, and for all the good things God has given him. Paulo is grateful for the many gifts that God has bestowed on him.
  2. Without the sun, the earth would be dark and cold, and nothing could live on it. The sun bestows light and warmth upon us.

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Lesson 15 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Contentment
Lesson 15 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Contentment
The Source Of All Glory Sung By Goleta Burriston
Sing His Praises
Bestow Upon Me My Portion

Bestow Upon Me My Portion

Chorus:
Bestow upon me my portion

O Lord, O Lord

Bestow upon me my portion

As it pleaseth Thee
It’s easy to be content

When things are going well
It’s easy to be content

When you’re feeling swell
But what is really more challenging
Is to be content when things go wrong
To be patient in times of difficulty

Perhaps even sing a song

Chorus

From the time He was a boy
The Master suffered indignities
From early in His life
He hardly had any comfort or ease
But He remained content and calm Never full of anxiety
He trusted in God and accepted His Will Continued on ever patiently

Chorus

Lesson 15 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Contentment

Story About Contentment

Once upon a time in a far away country, there lived a farmer with his wife and son. They all worked together, taking care of their land and animals. Their farm was near the border with another country, which, unfortunately, was constantly at war with theirs.

One day the family’s mare did not return to the stable, and it was soon discovered that it had strayed into enemy territory. Some of the villagers came to the farmer, gave him the bad news and tried to console him. But the farmer did not seem to mind what had happened to his mare. He simply told them, “This could be a blessing.”

Several months later, the mare returned, not alone but with a fine steed of the breed for which the neighbouring country was famous. On hearing the news, the villagers came to see the farmer and congratulate him for becoming the owner of such a wonderful horse. But the farmer was not excited; he observed, “This could be a misfortune.”

The farmer’s son wanted to ride the new steed, and so he did. But the animal turned out to be wild and threw the young man violently to the ground. His hipbone was broken and for a long time he was unable to walk. Visitors came again to console the family for this tragic accident. But the farmer, as usual, remained calm and repeated the remark, “This could be a blessing.”

A few months went by. The enemy tribes invaded the country and the government recruited all the young able-bodied men into the army. By the end of the war, many of the young men in the village had been killed. The young man of our story, because of his broken hip, was not taken into the army, so he survived.
A misfortune had turned into a blessing, then into a misfortune, and finally into a blessing again.

Lesson 15 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Contentment

Sculptor

Select one child in the class to be the “sculptor”. He or she chooses another child to come to the front of the group and take some kind of position, for example, bent over with arms stretched out. One by one, the other children are called to the front of the group and added to the sculpture, each in a different position, making one large unusual shape. When all the children have become part of the sculpture, the sculptor adds him or herself as the final piece

Lesson 15 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Contentment

Make a bracelet, this can be beaded with the letter spelling out the word CONTENTMENT on it or just a simple bracelet.

It can be made to play the following game during the week at home:

For this game the bracelet would serve as a reminder to “be content”, and the children would start the day out with the bracelets, but they would however be lost if the children complained over the course of the day.  If they could have a full day with no complaints, there was a family treat they would have e.g. going out for dinner.  

As being grateful is a big part of being content – a contentment acrostic poem could be done.

In addition to adding a virtue card to the virtue ring (as sometimes we spend two weeks on a lesson – the second week could have the acrostic poem on one side, and the virtue written with stickers on the other

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On the Wings of Detachment: Lesson 14 Grade 1

Lesson 14 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 DETACHMENT

DETACHMENT

  • What is Detachment?
  • How are we Detached?
  • Why should we practice the virtue of Detachment?
  • When do we practice the virtue of Detachment? 

This week we will focus on the virtue of detachment. We will try to understand what detachment is, how we recognize it in others and ourselves, how to practice it, and know when we are successful. Our prayers, quotes, stories, and crafts will all be aids in helping us on this journey. Optional read: Detachment from the Family Virtues Guide

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We are Memorizing The Prayer: O Lord! Plant this tender seedling in the garden

O Lord! Plant this tender seedling in the garden of Thy manifold bounties, water it from the fountains of Thy loving-kindness and grant that it may grow into a goodly plant through the outpourings of Thy favor and grace. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful.

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Lesson 14 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 DETACHMENT

Memorize

The children will memorize a quotation about the quality of detachment, which is the theme of the lesson. You can introduce the theme to them in the following way:

God has created every good thing in this world for us to enjoy – good health, delicious foods, love and friendship, the beauty of nature, and the powers of the mind, which enable us to make discoveries and create inventions to improve the way we live. We should make use of all the bounties of God and be thankful to Him for the joy of living. But we should be careful not to become attached to this world. Our souls must be free at all times; like free and strong birds, they should soar in the heaven of holiness. How sad if a bird remains on the ground, unable to take flight because it is attached to the things around it. Let us memorize the following quotation:

Know that thy true adornment consisteth in the love of God and in thy detachment from all save Him. . .

THE SUMMONS OF THE LORD OF HOSTS BAHÁ’U’LLÁH

Meaning Of Words

Consists

  1. Joey has two sausages and some potatoes for his meal. His meal consists of sausages and potatoes.
  2. An egg consists of three parts: the shell, the white, and the yolk.

Detachment

  1. Helgi really wanted to go swimming with his friends. However, he happily stayed home with his younger sister so that his mother could go to the store. Helgi showed detachment from his own plans because he wanted to help his family.
  2. At the end of the school year, Anjali thought it would be nice to bring flowers to her teacher. Her sister suggested they bake a cake instead. Anjali thinks this is a nice idea. She is detached from her own idea.

All save

  1. The children all did well on the examination, except one who did not study. All save one student did well on the test.
  2. The mother wanted to make a special meal for the family. Then she realized that she could not do so because she did not have one important ingredient. She had all save one ingredient.

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Lesson 14 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 DETACHMENT
Arise To Offer Thanks Sung By Angela Bryan
On the Wings of Detachment
Will You Give Your Life

On the Wings of Detachment

Chorus:

One day a bird was flying in the sky above

Full of joy and confidence

Soaring in this Paradise, his home

As he flew, his hunger began to grow

So he turned to the water and clay below

Down below

He was trapped

By his desire

And his wings got covered in mud
Too heavy to fly,

He could not return to his home

Chorus

Like that bird I belong to the heavens So I will not cling to the earth below I will not cling to riches
I will not cling to my wishes

I will not cling to anything but God

So I will walk on the feet of detachment

I will soar on the wings of detachment
I will free myself of all attachment
To anything but God (repeat)

Lesson 14 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 DETACHMENT

Story About Detachment

One day two men, longtime friends, were discussing spiritual matters over tea. Now, one of these men had accumulated a great many riches during his life and wanted for nothing. The other had much less. “I would like to make a journey to the Holy Land,” said the second to his wealthy friend. The first man replied without hesitation, “This is a wonderful idea! I will join you.” The pair set down their teacups and arose at once, headed in the direction of the Holy Land.

They had been walking for only a short while when night began to fall. The poorer man slowed down and then stopped, saying, “My friend, let us return to our houses to pass the night. It will be more comfortable, and we can start afresh in the morning.” “But why would we turn back?” the other replied. “We are on our way to the Holy Land!” Still, his friend was not satisfied. “The Holy Land is a long distance to travel by foot,” he tried again. “At least let me go back and fetch my donkey, which I am reluctant to leave behind.”

“Then,” the wealthy friend said to the other, “perhaps you are not the one to accompany me on this journey after all. With joy, I have abandoned a great fortune—horses, lands, and fine clothes—but feel no sense of loss. For what greater bounty is there than to spend even a moment in the Holy Land. Are you not able to leave even your donkey behind?” Sadly, he could not let go of his one prized possession. And so he left his friend, who continued on his way to the Holy Land and never looked back once.

Another Story About Detachment

One day King Maḥmúd decided to go on a royal tour of his kingdom. Preparations began immediately and within a few days the magnificent procession was ready to leave. Ministers, ambassadors, and a great many people of prominence, all wearing their finest clothes, set out with the King, together with his guards and attendants. The King’s faithful servant Ayáz rode by his side, at the very front of the procession.

Each evening the splendid party made camp and the wonderful imperial tent was set up for the King. This tent was the most beautiful tent that anyone had ever seen. Woven from silk of the highest quality, it was decorated with hundreds of jewels and precious stones, which sparkled so brightly in the lamp-light that the light of the moon and stars paled in comparison. Each night the King and his companions feasted and sang. Each morning when the tent was taken down, the jewels were collected and put in a box in the King’s carriage. And so the royal procession went on its way, the King looking contentedly over his peaceful and prosperous kingdom, his companions happily riding and talking during the day, and feasting and singing at night.

One afternoon the King and his entourage were passing through some especially beautiful countryside. So beautiful was it that the King was overcome with a feeling of generosity. He took the jewels from the box and scattered them on the roadside for his companions. As he continued on his way, they all scrambled in great confusion, forgetful of their duties, trying to gather up the precious stones—all that is, except Ayáz. “Look at Ayáz,” they muttered to one another. “He is so proud and arrogant. He cannot even be bothered to pick up any of the jewels that the King has tossed on the roadside.”

“How is it, Ayáz”, the King asked him, “that you do not join the others to gather up my jewels? Are they not precious? Do you not value the things that were mine?”

“Oh, My King,” replied Ayáz. “I have always valued the very least thing that is yours. But to be near you and gaze on your face is more than sufficient for me. Why should I leave your side to scramble for that which you have thrown away?”

And the loyal and steadfast Ayáz rode on by the side of his grateful master, ever vigilant in serving his beloved King.

Alternative story (I have heard it referred to as “one of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s favourite stories” – but haven’t seen that documented in a reliable source.  It’s a little more straight forward, and would lend itself well to either a play, or puppet makings.

Once there was a king who had many spiritual qualities and whose deeds were based on justice and loving-kindness. He often envied the dervish who had renounced the world and appeared to be free from the cares of this material life, for he roamed the country, slept in any place when night fell and chanted the praises of his Lord during the day. He lived in poverty, yet thought he owned the whole world. His only possessions were his clothes and a basket in which he carried the food donated by his well-wishers. The king was attracted to this way of life. 

Once he invited a well-known dervish to his palace, sat at his feet and begged him for some lessons about detachment. The dervish was delighted with the invitation. He stayed a few days in the palace and whenever the king was free preached the virtues of a mendicant’s life to him. At last the king was converted. One day, dressed in the garb of a poor man, he left his palace in the company of the dervish. They had walked together some distance when the dervish realized that he had left his basket behind in the palace. This disturbed him greatly and, informing the king that he could not go without his basket, he begged permission to return for it. But the king admonished him, saying that he himself had left behind his palaces, his wealth and power, whereas the dervish, who had preached for a lifetime the virtues of detachment, had at last been tested and was found to be attached to this world—his small basket. (From Adib Taherzadeh’s Revelation of Baha’u’llah Volume One)

Lesson 14 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 DETACHMENT

Wheel

Ask the children to stand sideways in a circle and extend their left arms inward, joining hands at the center. They should now resemble a wheel, with their arms as its spokes. Next, have the children turn around the center of the circle like a wheel. After they have done so, ask them to move around the space where the class is being held, while turning in a circle and remaining in formation. To add to the challenge, they can try skipping and hopping.

You could make the game even more challenging by having the children sit on the floor in a circle and extend their legs straight out so that their feet touch in the middle. They should then place the palms of their hands on the floor beside their hips. They are now ready to get the wheel moving. To do so, they will all push themselves up with their hands and move one step to the right. They should continue step by step with their hands in this way, keeping their feet in the center of the wheel, until it makes a full rotation.

Lesson 14 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 DETACHMENT

Give Something Away

Detachment can look like giving something you love away to someone else. Is there something you would like to donate to a charity?

Make Something And Give It To Someone

Make A card

Draw A Picture

Make Any Craft

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Make this Photo Holder and put the quote for this lesson or the postcard for this lesson and give to someone.

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To Be Thankful. Lesson 10 Grade 1

Lesson 10 Grade 1 Ruhi book 3

THANKFULNESS

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

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

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We are Memorizing The Prayer: Blessed is the spot

Blessed is the spot, and the house,

and the place, and the city,

and the heart, and the mountain,

and the refuge, and the cave,

and the valley, and the land,

and the sea, and the island,

and the meadow where mention

of God hath been made,

and His praise glorified

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Lesson 10 Grade 1 Ruhi book 3

Memorize

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

Meaning Of Words

Conduce

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

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

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

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

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

Lesson 10 Grade 1 Ruhi book 3

Quick Impulse 

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

How do You show Thankfulness?

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

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

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Based on the story: 

Say Thank You!

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

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Clues to look for: Sincerity Lesson 8 Grade 1

Lesson 8 Grade 1 Ruhi Bk 3 Sincerity

Lesson 8 this week is about Sincerity

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

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

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

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Say prayers and memorize

ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO SAY A PRAYER?

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

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

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Lesson 8 Grade 1 Ruhi book 3 SONG

Yes I Believe You

Yes I Believe You

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LESSON 8 GRADE 1 RUHI BOOK 3 QUOTE

Lesson 8 Quote

We should at all times manifest our truthfulness and sincerity.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Meaning Of Words

Manifest


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

Sincerity

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

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

Send A Postcard

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

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

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


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

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

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Grade 1 Lesson 8 Ruhi Book 3 Sincerity

GAME SUGGESTION: Hot or Cold?

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

Grade 1 Lesson 8 Ruhi Book 3 Sincerity

Can You Tell Real from Fake?

Colour Page: Download Here

Cut and Paste Activity: Real Vs Fake

Brilliant Star Activity: Here

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To Be Generous Lesson 5 Grade 1

Lesson 5 Grade 1 Ruhi Bk 3 Generosity

Lesson 5 this week is about Generosity

What is Generosity?

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

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

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

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

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Say prayers and memorize

ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO SAY A PRAYER?

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

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

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Lesson 5 Grade 1 Ruhi book 3 song

Fountain of Generosity

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Lesson 5 Quote

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

Bahá’u’lláh

Listen

To give and be generous

Send A Postcard

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

Lesson 4 postcard on Generosity
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LESSON 5 STORY

Generosity

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

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GAME SUGGESTIONS: The Twins or Giving

The Twins

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

Giving

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

Download the PDF to print, cut out and glue.

For other lessons on this blog, check out the Ruhi Book 3 Page

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Truthfulness Is The Foundation Lesson 4 Grade 1

Lesson 4 Grade 1 Ruhi Bk 3 Truthfulness

The lesson this week is about Truthfulness

What is Truthfulness?

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

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

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

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

Say prayers and memorize

ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO SAY A PRAYER?

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

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

TRUTHFULNESS

Truthfulness is brighter than the light of the sun

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

Listen

Meaning of Words in this Quote:

TRUTHFULNESS

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

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

FOUNDATION

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

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

Video for the meaning of words in the quote is available on the Online Platform  Sign up free for this and much more

VIRTUE

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

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

Send A Postcard

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

Lesson 4 postcard on Truthfulness
LESSON 4 STORY

The Empty Pot

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GAME SUGGESTION: Broken Telephone

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

Virtues House

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

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

Download the PDF to print, cut out and glue.

For other lessons on this blog, check out the Ruhi Book 3 Page

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A Quick Look At Justice. Lesson 2 Grade 1

Lesson 2 Grade 1 Rubhi Bk 3 Justice

The lesson this week is about Justice

What is Justice?

  • How do we know that we are acting with Justice?
  • How can we tell if someone is using Justice when dealing with us?

As we learn the quote this week, listen to the songs and story let us see if we can answer some of these questions.

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

The quote this week is “Tread Ye the path of Justice”

Remember to check out the online free version with many more resources

Say prayers and memorize

ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO SAY A PRAYER?

Suggested Prayer:

O God! Rear this little babe in the bosom of Thy love and give it milk from the breast of Thy Providence. Cultivate this fresh plant in the rose garden of Thy love and aid it to grow through the showers of Thy bounty. Make it a child of the kingdom, and lead it to Thy heavenly realm. Thou art powerful and kind, and Thou art the Bestower, the Generous, the Lord of surpassing bounty.

O God Rear this little babe

REMEMBER, WE ARE MEMORIZING THE PRAYER O GOD GUIDE ME

LISTEN AND VIEW ON YOUTUBE HERE OR HERE

Los Nice Guys: Listen HERE and HERE

Memorization aid: IMAGES HERE

My First Council Is This

Radiant Heart Sung By Earl Gaston Master
A Nobel Way

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

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

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Tread Ye The Path Of Justice

Meaning of Words in This Quote:

Tread

  1. Many leaves have fallen from the trees in the forest, covering the path. Fumiko walks through the forest. She treads the leaf-covered path.
  2. Pedro likes to help all his friends play happily together. Pedro and his friends are very unified. Pedro treads the path of unity.

Path

1. Luis has a donkey. He took it to graze in a meadow and left it alone. The donkey found the path home by itself.

2. There are two ways to go to school.  Millie always likes to take the path that goes by her grandmother’s house.

Justice

  1. Carlos was given crayons to hand out during class. There were ten crayons and five children. Carlos gave two crayons to each child. Carlos acted with justice in handing out the crayons.
  2. Anna has lots of water in the well in her yard, but sometimes her neighbor’s well runs dry. Anna never allows this neighbor to suffer and always makes her feel welcome to take water. Anna loves justice.

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The following story about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá illustrates how just He was. In recounting the story, you can emphasize the actions of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá that show His concern for justice and help the children see how they could follow His example. As always, if you keep the different parts of the story clearly in mind and tell it with joy and sincerity, the children will understand it better.

One day, ‘Abdu’l-Baha wanted to go from ‘Akka to Haifa. He went to take an inexpensive seat in a regular coach. The driver was surprised and must have asked himself why ‘Abdu’l-Baha was so frugal as to ride in this cheap coach. “Surely, Your Excellency would prefer to travel in a private carriage,” he exclaimed. “No,” replied the Master and He traveled in the crowded coach all the way to Haifa. As He stepped down from the coach in Haifa, a distressed fisherwoman came to Him and asked for His help. All day she had caught nothing and now had to return home to her hungry family. ‘Abdu’l-Baha gave her a good sum of money, turned to the driver, and said, “Why should I ride in luxury while so many are starving?

Video this story HERE

OBSTACLE COURSE

The goal is to show that the straight path is the better path to take.

Create an obstacle course but as a path going in circles all over the place. The aim is for the children to get from point A to point B. Make it as convoluted as your space allows.

Make a second path with no obstacles, make it straight from point A to point B

Let the children see who can get to the end of their path first.

Below is an example of an obstacle course.

GAME SUGGESTIONS:

Just or Not Just 

Making little signs that say “just” and “not just” on either side.  You can tell the children a story, or just give them scenarios – and they have to hold up their sign and tell if it’s “just!” or “not just”.  The children can give their own examples.  E.g.: – (J) Sharing crayons with others 
 – (J) Following the rules when playing a game. 
 – Taking away someone’s toy without asking to use it. 
 – (J) Making sure everyone gets a slice of cake. 
 – Cutting in front of others in line without permission. 
 – (J) Taking equal turns on the swing. 
 – (J) Finding a game everyone can enjoy. 
 – Taking someone’s candy if they were mean to you.   

The “Sharing” game 

One good way to do this activity is to have a sheet that all of the children stand on.  Fold the sheet in half for the second attempt.   And keep folding the sheet in half, and see how small you can get it with everyone still being able to fit on it.  

MAKE A PUZZLE WITH WORDS OF THE QUOTE

Justice Puzzles 

Material Needed

  1. PDF template PRINTED OR pre-cut jigsaw puzzle (from the dollar store)
  2. Pencil colors
  3. Imagination

Instructions

  1. Each child gets a pre-cut jigsaw puzzle  to draw their interpretation of the path of justice or
  2. The picture to color and cut out

Make a Path of Justice  

Materials

  1. Get a long piece of paper
  2. Pencil

Instructions:

  1. Draw a straight pathway on the paper
  2. Children then trace their feet walking on the pathway and make footprints along the ‘Class Justice Path’.  
  3. Once they have done this they can decorate the outside of the pathway with many flowers & leaves from the garden that grows abundantly when there is justice.

Other Lessons on Justice

The online platform has other resources and links to other blogs. Here is one of my favorites for the lesson on Justice

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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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A 10 minute Craft for Ridván

This is simple craft that you can print for Ridván for kids of all ages to do. This particular craft was put together at the Burlington children class.

The Parts

This is a small display of the Garden Of Ridván that consists of:

  1. The tent of Baha’u’llah
  2. A banner
  3. a “Happy Ridván” tag
  4. flowers
  5. Some embellishments of your choice.

What you Need

The supplies are very simple, for each display you will need:

  1. Cut 8.5 x 11 in half cardstock width wise. That means you will have a card that is 8.5 x 5.5. this is your Base. Use my template to print and cut.
  2. Cut a strip of paper 11″ x 2.5″ This is your tent
  3. cut a piece of with ribbon or material fo the “carpet”
  4. Print and cut the Banner
  5. Print out the “Happy Ridván” tag or write your own
  6. Print the pattern for the roses or buy from dollar store.
  7. Embellish with stickers , images from magazines or print and cut images you like such as butterflies, flowers, birds etc.

Assemble

The Assembly is very easy.

  1. First take your base that was cut 8.5 x 11 and fold in half so your card is 4.25 x 5.5. open it so that it is 90 degrees, you have a base and a back.
  2. Take the strip of paper that is for the tent and fold in half so you now have 5.5 x 2.5. Next on each end bend the edges back by 1″ to create a tab. Glue the 1″ tabs on to the base of the card to form a upside down “V” that will be the “tent”
  3. Put the mat inside the tent.
  4. stick “Happy Ridván” on base of card
  5. Glue flowers around the tent
  6. Glue the banner to the back of the card or use small clips to hold in place
  7. All any other embellishments you like such as birds, butterflies etc.

Template

Downloads the template in PDF, SVG and PNG here.