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Steadfastness and Faith Lesson 24 Grade 1

Lesson 24 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Steadfastness

Steadfastness

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

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Lesson 24 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Steadfastness

This is the last lesson where we will memorize the prayer “O Thou kind Lord! I am a little child…”

“O Thou kind Lord! I am a little child, exalt me by admitting me to the kingdom. I am earthly, make me heavenly; I am of the world below, let me belong to the realm above; gloomy, suffer me to become radiant; material, make me spiritual, and grant that I may manifest Thine infinite bounties.

“Thou art the Powerful, the All-Loving.”

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Lesson 24 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Steadfastness

One of the most important qualities of a person who truly loves God is steadfastness. No matter what happens in life, we always remember God and our love for Him. Therefore, nothing that others can say or do to us can affect our faith in Him. We love Him and obey His laws and teachings. To remind us that we should remain steadfast at all times, let us memorize the following quotation of Bahá’u’lláh:

Supremely lofty will be thy station, if thou remainest steadfast in the Cause of thy Lord.

GLEANINGS FROM THE WRITINGS OF BAHÁ’U’LLÁH

Meaning Of Words

Supremely

  1. The gardens were supremely beautiful, more beautiful than any that had ever been seen.
  2. Maria’s mother made a very special cake for her family. They ate it with great enjoyment and all said it was supremely delicious.

Lofty

  1. Each night before she sleeps Martha prays and feels close to God. When she goes to sleep her spirit is in a lofty state.
  2. At the meeting, Kumar is giving a talk about world peace and the goodness of humanity. Kumar is speaking of lofty things.

Remain steadfast

  1. Her friend keeps telling Rosemary that stars are white spots painted on the sky, but Rosemary has learned that each star is really a far-away sun. Rosemary does not change her mind. She remains steadfast in what she knows to be true.
  2. Someone told Mona that it is not important to pray every day, but she kept praying because she knew it was a law of God to pray. Mona remained steadfast in following the law of prayer.

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Lesson 24 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Steadfastness
Lesson 24 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Steadfastness
Lesson 24 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Steadfastness

Story About Steadfastness

Perhaps you know that Bahíyyih Khánum was the younger sister of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. She was only six years old when their beloved Father, Bahá’u’lláh, was arrested and sent to prison by an unjust government, that was fearful of the truth of the divine message He proclaimed. Her family had been one of the wealthiest in the city. Now all of their possessions were taken away. At times she had only a handful of flour to eat in place of bread.

When her Father was released at last and forced by the government to leave their homeland, Bahíyyih Khánum and her family set out on mules for the city of Baghdád, in a neighboring country. The journey took three months in the bitter cold of winter. Never again would she return to the land of her birth.

For ten years, the family remained in Baghdád, where Bahíyyih Khánum passed the rest of her childhood. Then, suddenly, her Father was ordered by the authorities, still threatened by His growing influence, to leave Baghdád, and Bahíyyih Khánum, now a young woman, went with her family, first to far off Constantinople and then to Adrianople. The danger was at its height. Opposition to her Father grew, and eventually, an attempt was made on His precious life.

After almost five years in Adrianople, living under such stress and strain, dear Bahíyyih Khánum was uprooted once again when the government banished her Father to the prison city of ‘Akká. For some forty years, that gentle soul lived with her family as a prisoner among the worst of criminals within the walls of the desolate city.

During that time the Father she so loved departed this world, and with His passing, it now became Bahíyyih 
Khánum’s duty was to support her beloved Brother, Who had been appointed the Head of His Father’s Faith. Many of their friends and relatives, jealous of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, turned against Him. But Bahíyyih Khánum faced each blow with quiet patience and fortitude.

And when ‘Abdu’l-Bahá passed into the next world many years later, Bahíyyih Khánum became the greatest supporter and staunchest defender of His grandson, young Shoghi Effendi, as he took over the duties that fell on him as his Grandfather’s successor. Bahíyyih Khánum was now an old woman, some seventy years of age. Her life had been filled with turmoil and upheaval. It moved from adversity to adversity, from calamity to calamity. But her spirit remained constant, and her heart always filled with the love of God. She was steadfast and firm. The dignity and joy, the kindness and grace, that were hers as a child stayed with her until the final days of her life.

Lesson 24 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Steadfastness

A Helping Hand

Ask the children to form pairs and hold hands with their partners. First have them walk around the area in pairs, with their eyes open. They should begin with tiny steps, and their steps should gradually become longer and longer. Each pair should take care not to bump into anyone. Then, one partner in each pair should shut his or her eyes, and they should repeat the walking exercise. Now if they are to avoid bumping into anyone, the other child will need to guide his or her friend. Tell them they must use signals given by touch alone. You should help them devise the signals before they start—for example, one squeeze of the hand could mean “stop”, two “go back”, three “turn right”, and four “turn left”.

Lesson 24 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Steadfastness

Rock Painting 

Let the kids paint big rocks that could be used as decorations outside, or smaller rocks that could be used as paperweights. Attach the quote to the botton of the rock or write Stadfastness on it .

Hot Rock Coloring 

Heat smooth rocks in an oven at approx 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Take them out with pot-holders and set them on thick mats of newspaper to work on. The kids color them with crayons while they are warm so the crayons melt onto the rocks. This is really fun but make sure the kids are old enough to understand how not to burn themselves on the rocks while they are hot.

Braclet

Use beads to make a braclet the spells out STEADFAST(NESS)

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How To Be A Trustworthy Person. Lesson 19 Grade 1

Lesson 19 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Trustworthiness

Trustworthiness

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

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Lesson 19 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Trustworthiness

We will continue to memorize the prayer “Thy Name Is My Healing…”

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 19 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Trustworthiness

One of the greatest qualities in the sight of God is trustworthiness. A trustworthy person is truthful and honest and can be counted on to keep his or her word. We should not say one thing but do another. Our actions should always reflect our words. When we are trustworthy, others can be sure that we will do our best to fulfill our responsibilities and carry out our duties. In this way, people are able to work together in harmony, knowing that everyone will do his or her part. To help us remember the importance of trustworthiness, let us memorize the following quotation:

Trustworthiness is the greatest portal leading unto the tranquility and security of the people.

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

Meaning Of Words

Trustworthiness

  1. Athos promised his mother that he would help her to prepare dinner. When his friends came to his house to invite him to play outside, Athos remembered the promise he had made to his mother and told his friends he would play with them another time. Athos showed the quality of trustworthiness.
  2. Sunita went to the store to pick up some things for her family, but she found she had not brought enough money to pay for everything they needed. She asked the store’s owner if she could bring the rest of the money the next day. The owner said this was fine because she knew Sunita was trustworthy and would pay for the items as promised.

Tranquility

  1. Whenever Emilio has to make an important decision, he tries to find a quiet place to think and meditate. He goes to a quiet garden nearby. In its tranquility, he is able to clear his mind and heart.
  2. Once the great storm had passed, everything became unusually quiet and still. Peace and tranquility followed the storm.

Security

  1. When a baby animal is frightened, it will often run back to its mother for safety. The mother provides security to her young ones.
  2. The hiker went off the trail and got lost in the woods. When he did not return, the guides from the village went out to look for him. He felt a sense of security when they found him, knowing that they would lead him back to safety.

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Lesson 19 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Trustworthiness

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Lesson 19 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Trustworthiness

Story About Trustworthiness

Years ago, in the early days of the Faith, there were only a small number of Bahá’ís, spread out over several countries. They faced many challenges and often wrote to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the Holy Land with news and questions. Their letters traveled over long distances before reaching Him, and He would answer each one with great love and care. His words of encouragement strengthened them and cheered their hearts. And so it was crucial that this stream of communication not be disrupted.

Now, there lived in the area at the time a Bahá’í by the name of Muḥammad-Taqí. He had come from Persia many years earlier as a young man and had established a small business. Gradually he became known for his unwavering reliability. So dependable was he that all the mail for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the Holy Land and the responses sent abroad passed through the home of Muḥammad-Taqí. Everyone knew that he could be trusted to make sure each piece of mail was delivered promptly and securely.

But, then, the enemies of the Faith rose up against ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. They became jealous of the love and respect people showed to Him. They hoped they could bring about His exile, or worse still, His execution. Spies were planted all around His house, and He was kept under constant watch. How pleased His enemies would have been if they could have stopped the flow of correspondence and broken the link between ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the devoted Bahá’ís in other countries; how much more if they could have stolen some document that could be used to mislead the authorities!

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, however, was not deterred. He could often be seen late into the night, writing by the light of His lamp; for He had ensured a secure means for the receipt and dispatch of mail. What do you think He did?

You see, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá knew His enemies recognized the important work Muḥammad- Taqí carried out. They would no doubt try to intercept the mail routed through him. So ‘Abdu’l-Bahá sent Muḥammad-Taqí to a nearby place in a neighboring country, where he was out of danger. Then others, whom His enemies did not suspect, carried in and out of the Holy Land all the mail to Muḥammad-Taqí. And, from this safe spot, he continued to faithfully receive and dispatch mail, never faltering in the trust ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had placed in him. So it was that, even in the most difficult times, communication with the Holy Land was never cut off and guidance continued to reach friends in the most remote places.

Lesson 19 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Trustworthiness

A Guide

Divide your students into pairs and ask them to hold hands with their partners. Blindfold one child in each pair and have the other child lead him or her around, making sure he or she does not stumble along the way. For an added challenge, the blindfolded child can be guided around obstacles such as tree trunks, ditches, rocks, and tires. Once a bond of trust has been established between partners in this way, the blindfolded child can be guided using verbal instructions alone. In that case, the guide should follow close behind in order to catch the child should he or she stumble.

As an alternative to the above game, all the children can be blindfolded and form a train, led by you or one of the students.

TOWER OF TRUST

If your mom asks you to pick up your toys, can she count on you to do it?

Can she count on you to pick up those toys, even if she isn’t looking

come up with examples of how we can build trust in each other 

what happens if we lie about one of those things: It has taken a long time to build your mum’s trust in you. But it doesn’t take long at all to destroy the tower of trust. What if you tell your mum you picked up all your toys, and she finds them under the rug? Will that help her trust you?  Every untrue thing you say takes away a little of the trust people have in you. 

Lesson 19 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Trustworthiness

Based On The Story

Importance of letters. Have you ever written a note or letter to anyone and got worried it might not arrive? As we read in the story, the Baha’is across the world were always worried about the security of the mail they sent to the Holy land.

  1. Write a letter and post it to a friend, Your Local Spiritual Assembly, The National Spiritual Assembly, or even the Universal House of Justice
  2. Write a note to a family member This link has a cute template.
  3. Play a BINGO style game as seen here
  4. Use strips of paper for children to write a note. Join them up in a loop….this is from the story “the link between ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the devoted friends”

MAILBOX CRAFT

Make a mailbox and post letters and cards to each other.

A mini postbox can be made from a small box like a matchbox. Printable mini letters can be downloaded here

Trustworthy Friend KitCreate a “trustworthy friend kit”: Make a friendship kit to remind children of what it takes to be a trustworthy friend. Ask the students to label an envelope or ziplock baggie “Friendship Kit” and decorate it. Have them place the things on this list below inside the envelope. Cut out the list and put it in the friendship kit, too. Ask the children to take their friendship kit home and tell their family what each thing in the kit stands for. 

  • Tape- – Stick up for your friend. 
  • Bandage- Never let a friend do anything to harm himself or herself. 
  • Button- “Button your lips” and keep a secret for a friend. 
  • Candy Heart- Have the courage to do the right thing. 
  • Word Card: Truth- Remember to always speak the truth. Be honest and sincere with your friend. 
  • Eraser- Everyone makes mistakes. Forgive a friend’s mistakes. 
  • Mint- A trustworthy friend is worth a mint. 
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How To Practice Kindness Now! Lesson 16 Grade 1

Lesson 16 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Kindness

Kindness

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

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Lesson 16 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Kindness

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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Prayer Lesson 15 Grade 1 Kindness
Prayer Lesson 15 Grade 1 Kindness
Lesson 16 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Kindness

Memorize

God created all of humanity to live together as one family. If we are to do this, we cannot let differences come between us. Instead, we should mingle with people of every religion, nation, and background with love and kindness in our hearts. To help us remember this, let us memorize the following quotation of Bahá’u’lláh:

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

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

Meaning Of Words

Mingle

  1. Egrets and cowbirds are two kinds of birds that live in the meadows. They are often seen together. These two kinds of birds mingle.
  2. In the devotional meeting, after the prayers were read, people stayed and mingled.

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Lesson 16 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Kindness

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Lesson 16 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Kindness

Story About Kindness

You know from some of our earlier stories that, when ‘Abdu’l-Bahá first arrived in ‘Akká, many of the people treated Him badly. They were cruel to the Bahá’ís and did not want to speak to them. Soon, however, they came to see that the Bahá’ís were loving and kind, and slowly most of the townspeople began to show them kindness in return. But there were a few who clung to their anger and hatred.

Now, one day, a man who still carried much hatred in his heart towards ‘Abdu’l- Bahá heard others praising His greatness and goodness. The man became outraged. He would show them, he said with anger, that this Person they all revered was not so wonderful after all. And off he went, his heart burning with anger. He knew that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá could be found praying in the mosque at that hour, and he rushed there, ready to lay violent hands upon the beloved Master. But ‘Abdu’l-Bahá looked at the man with serenity and dignity. Lovingly, He reminded him of the teachings of God that we are to be generous to all guests, even those that are different from us. At this, the man realized that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the Bahá’ís were, indeed, like guests in ‘Akká, his home. And, like a generous host, he should welcome them with love and treat them with kindness.

Lesson 16 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Kindness

The Hidden Quality

Tell the children to form a circle, with their two hands cupped together in front of them. Stand in the middle of the circle, holding a small object like a pebble. The object will represent a quality, for instance, “kindness”. As you walk along the circle, pass your hand over the hands of each child and say, for example, “John is kind,” “Isabella is kind,” “Dervi is kind,” and so on. Each child should close his or her hands, acting as though you have given him or her the object. You should actually leave the item in the hands of one of the children. When you have gone around the entire circle, one child should try to guess who has the object by saying, for example, “Kenji is very kind.” Then Kenji should open his hands and show whether or not he has it. The child should be given three tries to guess who has the object, after which the game can be repeated using another quality. You should make sure that each child is given the object in at least one round.

Lesson 16 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Kindness

Kindness Jar 

Make a jar and fill it with ideas to be kind, or every time someone is kind to you, or you display the virtue of kindness, put a note in the jar.

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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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Honesty Is The BEST Policy. Lesson 12 Grade 1

Lesson 12 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Honesty

Honesty

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

What does honesty mean to you? 

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Lesson 12 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Honesty

We are Memorizing The Prayer: Blessed is the spot

Blessed is the spot, and the house,

and the place, and the city,

and the heart, and the mountain,

and the refuge, and the cave,

and the valley, and the land,

and the sea, and the island,

and the meadow where mention

of God hath been made,

and His praise glorified

Lesson 12 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Honesty

Memorize

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

Meaning Of Words

Beautify

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

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

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Lesson 12 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Honesty
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Lesson 12 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Honesty

Story Of Honesty

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

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

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

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

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

Another Story About Honesty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lesson 12 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Honesty

Square, Circle, Triangle

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

Lesson 12 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Honesty

An Experiment

Here is an experiment to try to help illustrate Honesty 

Make Ornament of Honesty:

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

Foundation Craft

Cut and paste Truthfulness is the foundation of all human Virtues

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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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Lesson 10 Grade 1 Ruhi book 3

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?

Lesson 10 Grade 1 Ruhi book 3

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.

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 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?

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Cut and Paste Activity: Real Vs Fake

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Truthfulness Is The Foundation Lesson 4 Grade 1

Lesson 4 Grade 1 Ruhi Bk 3 Truthfulness

The lesson this week is about Truthfulness

What is Truthfulness?

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

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

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

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

Say prayers and memorize

ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO SAY A PRAYER?

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

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

TRUTHFULNESS

Truthfulness is brighter than the light of the sun

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

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Meaning of Words in this Quote:

TRUTHFULNESS

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

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

FOUNDATION

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

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

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VIRTUE

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

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

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.

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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

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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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Cute, Quick And Easy To Make Cleanliness Craft

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

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

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

Step One: Print

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

Page one for Virtue of Cleanliness craft

Step 2: Cut out the pieces

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

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

Next cut out the individual “germs”

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

Germs with hands to wash for Cleanliness Virtue craft

Step 3: Assemble

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

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

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

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Carolyn

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