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Reward Of Them That Endure With Patience.

Lesson 23 Grade 1

Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience

Patience

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

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Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience

In the next 2 lessons, 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 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience

A faithful soul never forgets all the bounties that God has bestowed on it; it never ceases to love God. It is out of our faithfulness to Him that we always try our very best to follow His teachings and obey His laws, even when it becomes difficult. So it is that we work hard to serve others and to do worthy deeds, with no other thought than to attain His good pleasure. For the faithful soul, there is no greater joy than striving to please God. Let us memorize this quotation of Bahá’u’lláh:

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

Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

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Meaning Of Words

Reward

  1. Mrs. Anderson was very pleased with the excellent science projects that the students in her class prepared. As a reward, she took them to visit a nearby aquarium.
  2. Alena spent time every day learning how to play the guitar. When she played a sweet song for her younger brother, the joy on his face was all the reward she needed for her efforts.

Endure

  1. Lixin and her family moved to a faraway place. For the first few months, they had many difficulties. But, with the help of their kind neighbors, they were able to endure these difficulties and are now very happy in their new home.
  2. Hugh became ill. He was in a great deal of pain but did not complain. He endured his suffering with patience.

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Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience
Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience
Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience

Story About Patience

Li Xin was very fond of peaches. They were one of his most favorite foods. Every day, he would bring a peach with him to school and eat it during his lunch break. He enjoyed every bite, but he always threw away the pit, with the seed inside.

One day, Li Xin’s class was learning about seeds. This gave Li Xin an idea. He would plant a seed from his peach and help it grow into a tree! At lunchtime, he saved the pit from his peach and wrapped it in a piece of paper. When school ended, he raced home and asked his father to help him find a place to start growing his tree. His father reminded him that he would have to wait for the pit to dry before he could get the seed out. Still, Li Xin wanted to plant the pit right away. “Li Xin,” said his father, “if you don’t have the patience to dry the pit, how will you have the patience to wait for the seed to sprout?” So Li Xin set the pit out to dry.

A few days later, Li Xin was finally able to crack the pit and pull out the seed. His mother showed him a corner of the yard where the tree could grow big and tall. Li Xin dug a small hole and dropped in the seed, then covered it with a mound of moist earth. He grinned with excitement. His tree was finally on its way!

Every day, Li Xin would visit the mound, hoping to see some sign that the seed had sprouted. But no sprout appeared for weeks, and Li Xin grew disheartened. Seeing Li Xin’s concern, his mother asked him what was wrong. “My seed is not growing,” Li Xin said. “I wonder if I will ever have a tree.” “Well,” said his mother, “this seed has a lot of growing to do. In that way, it is very much like you. When you were born, you were just a tiny little thing and all you did was eat and sleep. And now look at you! You are a young boy, walking, talking, and thinking for yourself! This tree may take many years to grow, but, if you care for it well, then someday you will be able to sit in its shade and enjoy its fruit.” Thinking of this, Li Xin grew hopeful again. He knew from his class that a seed had to go through many changes before it could even become a sprout.

Then, one spring day, Li Xin went out to visit the mound, as he always did, and to his great excitement, he saw a tiny green sprout poking up through the earth! His tree was growing! He ran to his neighbor, who was a farmer, and told her the exciting news. She gave him advice on how to care for the tree while it was so young and vulnerable, and he listened to her every word, eager to nurture it as best he could. “Soon I will have many peaches to give you as thanks for your good advice,” said Li Xin. But the neighbor just smiled. “Li Xin, do you remember how you had to be patient while you waited for the pit to dry?” Li Xin nodded. “And do you remember how you needed even more patience while you waited for your seed to sprout?” Li Xin remembered this, too. “Well,” said the neighbor, “it will take even longer before your sapling becomes a tree and sometime after that before it gives fruit. It could be years before the tree is ready to produce any peaches for you to enjoy.”

And so Li Xin cared for the tree and tended to its needs as it grew from a sprout to a sapling and from a sapling to a tree. Little by little, it grew taller and broader, just as he did. And then one day, as Li Xin returned from school, he saw the tree’s first peaches beginning to emerge where only blossoms had been before. Once again, he felt the joy that filled his heart when the seed had first sprouted. And once again he knew that he would have to exercise patience. For it would be some time still before the peaches would be ready to eat.

Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience

Find the Starter

Choose one child to go out of the group. While he or she is gone, the rest of the class picks another child to be “the starter”. All the children then follow the actions of the leader. For example, if he or she claps, everyone else does the same. If he or she starts waving goodbye, so do all the others. The one who was sent out must look carefully and try to discover who the leader is. At the same time, the others are careful not to look at the leader too closely or too much, which would make it easy for him or her to be identified by the one searching.

Lesson 23 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Patience

Little Plants

Throughout the year Dollar store and stores like Walmart and Target have grow-your-own plant kits. Sometimes as low as $1.The kids can plant the seeds in class and take them home and practice the virtue of PATIENCE. Care for it and watch the plant grow.

Make a Seed Paper

NASA: Seed paper

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Little Bins, Little Hands: grow a seed in a jar

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Enkindled By The Love of God. Lesson 20 Grade 1

Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

Enkindlement

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

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This is the last lesson for us to practice 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 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

Every human being was created to know God and to love Him, and we all have the spark of His love in our hearts. It is important for us to feed the flame of the love of God by praying to Him daily and by serving others, that it may grow stronger and stronger. As this flame burns ever brighter in our hearts, its warmth will be felt by all who cross our path. And their hearts, too, will be set aglow. When we are so enkindled, we become like burning candles that cannot help but to give light and warmth to those around us. Let us memorize the following quotation:

Be ye enkindled, O people, with the heat of the love of God, that ye may enkindle the hearts of others.

From a Tablet of Bahá’u’lláh

Meaning Of Words

Enkindle

  1. The house was cold, so Axel’s father decided to start a fire. He put large logs in the stove and lit some small twigs below. The wood soon became enkindled, and the fire warmed the room.
  2. A scientist came to the school and explained to the students’ many interesting things about the workings of the universe. They began to ask her various questions after the talk. She had enkindled in the students a desire to know more about the world.

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Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement
Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

Kindling the Fire of God’s Love
Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

Story About Enkindlement

Thomas Breakwell was a young man who held an important position in a cotton mill in the southern United States and spent his vacations in Europe. On his way to Europe in the summer of 1901, he met a woman on a steamship and began talking with her about spiritual subjects. When they arrived in Paris, the woman took him along to meet a friend of hers who lived in an apartment in the city and who, she knew, had similar interests. The young woman welcomed them, and the three talked for some time. Before leaving, Breakwell asked his hostess whether he might return to speak further. He was invited to come back the next morning.

When he arrived the next day, the young woman noticed that his eyes were shining brightly and his voice was full of emotion. She asked him to be seated. Breakwell looked at her intently for a moment and then described for her a strange experience. After he had left her home the day before, he had walked along an avenue, alone, in the warm and heavy evening air. Not a leaf stirred around him. Then, all of a sudden, a great wind came that seemed to bring with it the glad tidings of a new message from God!

The young woman urged him to be calm. You see, she knew of the message to which Breakwell referred. During the next three days, over the course of many hours, she told him everything she could about the Bahá’í Faith—its history and its teachings— and about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the perfect Exemplar of those teachings, Who was living in the prison city of ‘Akká in the Holy Land.

By the end of three days, Breakwell’s heart was so filled with joy and hope that he wanted nothing other than to travel to ‘Akká and visit ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. It happened that there was another young man who had already made plans to go to the Holy Land for this very purpose and who was most pleased to have Breakwell accompany him. So, a message was sent to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá requesting permission for him to come, and in a short time, they were on their way.

When the two men arrived at ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s home, they were taken into a room where several other men were gathered. Looking around, Breakwell became deeply troubled. There was no one in the room to whom his heart was drawn, and thinking that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá must be among those present, he feared that he had failed to recognize that Heavenly Being about Whom he had learned in Paris. He sat down in despair. At that moment, a door opened, and Breakwell looked up. He saw there a brilliant light, from which the figure of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá emerged. He immediately knew that his dearest wish had been fulfilled.

Breakwell spent two glorious days in the presence of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, during which the fire that had been enkindled in his heart grew stronger and stronger. When Breakwell told ‘Abdu’l-Bahá about his job at the cotton mill, where children were used as workers, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá advised him to resign from his post, which he did without hesitation. At the end of his visit, he returned to Paris, his spirit ablaze. For the rest of his short life, he burned like a bright candle, sharing the light enkindled in his heart with everyone he met. Upon his passing, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá revealed a Tablet in his honor, which includes the following verse: “O Breakwell, O my dear one! Thou hast lit a flame within the lamp of the Company on high, thou hast set foot in the Abhá Paradise, thou hast found a shelter in the shadow of the Blessed Tree, thou hast attained His meeting in the haven of Heaven.”

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Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

Help the Sick

Choose one child to pretend to be the “sick patient”. Now have two other children stand face to face, their hands clasped around one another’s forearms, in order to make a “chair”. Depending on the size and skill of the children, you could have them form a chair in another manner. In that case, have both children clasp their own right wrists with their left hands and the left wrists of one another with their right hands.

The other classmates should now help the “sick friend” into the chair. Select a tree or another spot as the “health center” and ask the two children forming the chair to carry the “sick” child there.

With a larger group, the children can be asked to form a “stretcher” instead of a chair by standing in two lines facing each other. They should bend their arms at the elbows, with each one grasping the forearms of the child across from him or her. The “sick” child should then lie on the stretcher to be carried to the “health center”. Remind the children that everyone will have to work together if they are to get the “patient” safely to the health center. “If we let the sick person fall,” you could say, “he or she will get hurt, and we will all feel sad. But if we arrive at the health center without any problems, we can feel happy and content because we will have helped our friend.”

Lesson 20 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Enkindlement

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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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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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Are You Compassionate? Lesson 13 Grade 1

Lesson 13 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Compassion

Compassion

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

What does Compassion mean to you? 

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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 13 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Compassion

In this lesson, the children will learn a quotation related to the quality of compassion, which you can present as follows:

God is the Most Compassionate, the All-Merciful. In times of difficulty, we turn our hearts to Him and ask Him to comfort and strengthen us. So, too, must we show compassion to others. When someone we know has a problem or is sad, we should do our best to be understanding and to help him or her. We must be compassionate and kind with everyone, under all conditions, like the tree that gives fruit to one and all, even to those who throw stones at it. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá showed forth compassion at all times, to all people, though His life was filled with hardship. To help us in our efforts to be compassionate, let us memorize His words:

Memorize

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

Meaning Of Words

Founded

  1. The doctor was concerned about the health of children in the villages, and so he opened a clinic to care for them. The clinic was founded out of his love for children.
  2. Jenna and Mercedes have been friends for a very long time. They always study together and share with each other useful things they have learned. Their friendship is founded on kindness and love.

Equity

  1. All of the people in the kingdom worked hard for its prosperity. When all of the crops were gathered, the king divided them among his subjects, according to the size of their families. The king treated his subjects with equity.
  2. The town council had to build a road to the next village. It decided to wind the road around the farmland. In this way many were able to benefit from the new road but the farmers did not suffer. The council showed a sense of equity in its decision.

Compassion

  1. Li Yong noticed that his friend Zahra was unhappy, so he went to find out whether he could help her in any way. Zahra explained to him that her mother was ill in the hospital. Li Yong listened and comforted Zahra, offering to go with her to the hospital the next day. Li Yong showed compassion to Zahra.
  2. One day Shiori was walking in the countryside and saw a little lamb whose leg was caught in a fence. Shiori gently removed the leg and put a bandage on it. Shiori showed compassion to the lamb.

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Story About Compassion

When ‘Abdu’l-Bahá traveled to the West, in every city He visited, many people came to see Him and listen to His encouraging words. Day and night He met with people of all kinds—the young and the old, the wealthy and the poor, officials and ordinary citizens. Some came out of their great love for the Master, and others came because they were curious about what He had to say. One day a woman arrived at the home where the Master was staying and knocked on the door. She was an ordinary person who longed in her heart to spend a few moments with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. “Do you have an appointment to see the Master?” asked the man who opened the door. She said that she did not. In that case, she was told, it would not be possible for her to see ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as He was meeting with some very important people. She turned away sadly and started walking down the steps in front of the house. What disappointment filled her heart! But suddenly a messenger from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá appeared, asking her to return. The Master wished to see her. His voice was heard saying with power and authority, “A heart has been hurt. Hasten, hasten, bring her to me!”

Another Story About Compassion

Lua Getsinger, one of the early Bahá’ís of America, tells of an experience she had in `Akká. She had made the pilgrimage to the prison city to see `Abdu’l-Bahá. One day He said to her that He was too busy today to call upon a friend of His who was very poor and sick. He wished Lua to go in His place. He told her to take food to the sick man and care for him as He had been doing.  Lua learned the address and immediately went to do as `Abdu’l-Bahá had asked. She felt proud that `Abdu’l-Bahá had trusted her with some of His own work. But soon she returned to `Abdu’l-Bahá in a state of excitement. “Master,” she exclaimed, “You sent me to a very terrible place! I almost fainted from the awful smell, the dirty rooms, the degrading condition of that man and his house. I left quickly before I could catch some terrible disease.”

Sadly and sternly `Abdu’l-Bahá gazed at her. If she wanted to serve God, He told her, she would have to serve her fellow man, because in every person she should see the image and likeness of God. Then He told her to go back to the man’s house. If the house was dirty, she should clean it. If the man was dirty, she should bathe him. If he was hungry, she should feed him. He asked her not to come back until all of this was done. `Abdu’l-Bahá had done these things many times for this man, and He told Lua Getsinger that she should be able to do them once. This is how `Abdu’l-Bahá taught Lua to serve her fellow man.

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Lesson 13 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Compassion

Giants

Divide the children into pairs, standing side by side, with the left leg of one child tied to the right leg of the other. Have each pair walk from one designated spot to another. You can make the game more challenging by placing small obstacles in their path, such as branches and stones. Be sure to do this in a safe way. Alternatively, instead of simply walking, the pairs can be asked to jump like frogs, gallop like horses, and so on.

ROLEPLAYING

Divide the children into teams of two. Have each team improvise one of the following scenarios involving an animal and a human, making sure to portray kindness and gentleness:

  • A stray dog or cat approaches while the human is eating.
  • A mouse is caught in the human’s house and becomes scared.
  • A farmer wants to shear one of his sheep, but the sheep wants to eat.
  • A dog sees a human walking near its home and begins barking loudly.
  • The human comes across a bird that has an injured wing and is unable to fly.
  • A honey bee becomes lost in the human’s house while he or she is busy studying.

One child plays the role of the animal, and the other, the role of the human. When they are done, have them reverse the roles. A variation could involve the children acting out a scenario in which the human acts unkindly (though not too roughly) towards the animal, which should be followed by a “re-do” in which they portray a kind response instead.

Together

Divide the children into pairs, standing side by side, with the left leg of one child tied to the right leg of the other. Explain to the children that, if they are to succeed in this game, they will have to learn to work together. Then have each pair walk from one designated spot to another. You can make the game more challenging by placing small obstacles in their path, such as branches and stones. Be sure to do this in a safe way. Alternatively, instead of simply walking, the pairs could be asked to jump like frogs, gallop like horses, and so on. It may be necessary to explain to the children that the pairs are not racing one another.

Lesson 13 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Compassion

Free Kindness/ Compassion crafts

The site teachers pay teacher is a great site to get free templates. These can be used as-is or substituted with the quote or prayer from a lesson.

Acts of Compassion:

These ideas are taken from the Blog Doing Good Together. There are many other ideas available

  1. Write a letter to someone you know who could use some extra attention. A real letter. With paper!
  2. Did you use something that made you happy today? Write a thank you for it, either to the person who gave it to you or to the manufacturer.
  3. Offer to pick up groceries for your neighbor.
  4. Say I love you to someone you love.
  5. Hold the door open for someone.
  6. Help someone with a stroller get up the stairs.
  7. Spend quality time with your pet.
  8. Bring flowers to someone you know who is having a tough day.
  9. Draw a picture for someone you love, especially if you notice they have had a bad day.
  10. Give awards to people who do kind things for you. Give your award a name and make a few awards ahead of time (get inspiration for medals like the Caldecott medal, an Olympic medal, or a Nobel prize). Keep them with you and hand them out as a fun way of saying thank you. Visit the link above for a free printable to make this easier.

Acts of Compassion/ Service

Taken from the Blog Do Something

  1. Collect and donate school supplies.
  2. Collect and donate backpacks.
  3. Collect and donate non-perishable food items.
  4. Collect unused makeup to donate to domestic violence shelters.
  5. Donate or recycle unwanted clothes and textiles to support vulnerable populations and protect the planet.
  6. Rake leaves for an elderly neighbor.
  7. Mow your neighbor’s lawn.
  8. Offer dog-walking services
  9. Start a little, free library.
  10. Clean up your local park.
  11. Beautify your area with seed bombs.
  12. Host a clothing swap.
  13. Host a dog wash.
  14. Knit scarves or hats for families in shelters.
  15. Bake cookies and snacks for food pantries.
  16. Write letters to seniors in care facilities.
  17. Make quilts or blankets for kids in hospitals.
  18. Build birdhouses for your neighbors.
  19. Make birthday cards for kids in homeless shelters.
  20. Volunteer at your local library.
  21. Volunteer at an animal shelter.
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What Does Forgiveness Look Like? Lesson 11 Grade 1

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Lesson 11 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Forgiveness

Forgiveness

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

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

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

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We are Memorizing The Prayer: Blessed is the spot

Blessed is the spot, and the house,

and the place, and the city,

and the heart, and the mountain,

and the refuge, and the cave,

and the valley, and the land,

and the sea, and the island,

and the meadow where mention

of God hath been made,

and His praise glorified

Lesson 11 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Forgiveness

Memorize

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

Meaning Of Words

Cheer

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

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

Favored

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

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

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Lesson 11 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Forgiveness

Story Of Forgiveness

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

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

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

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

Other Stories:

Shaykh Mahmúd of ‘Akká

Zillah Sultán and his Sons

The Unfriendly Governor

BALLOON ACTIVITY

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

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

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

HOT POTATO

Children form a circle.  Then ask: 

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

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

People to People

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

Role Plays: What Forgiveness Looks Like

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

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

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

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An Experiment

Here is an experiment to try to help illustrate forgiveness 

Make a Paper Plane

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

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

TEMPLATE FOR CRAFT

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

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To Be Thankful. Lesson 10 Grade 1

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THANKFULNESS

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

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

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We are Memorizing The Prayer: Blessed is the spot

Blessed is the spot, and the house,

and the place, and the city,

and the heart, and the mountain,

and the refuge, and the cave,

and the valley, and the land,

and the sea, and the island,

and the meadow where mention

of God hath been made,

and His praise glorified

.

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Memorize

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

Meaning Of Words

Conduce

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

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

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

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

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Quick Impulse 

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

How do You show Thankfulness?

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

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

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Based on the story: 

Say Thank You!

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

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What does Humility look like? Lesson 9 Grade 1

HUMILITY

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

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

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

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

1.You are not afraid to ask for help

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

3. Don’t spend energy trying to impress others

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

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

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Lesson 9 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3

Blessed is the spot

Blessed is the spot, and the house,

and the place, and the city,

and the heart, and the mountain,

and the refuge, and the cave,

and the valley, and the land,

and the sea, and the island,

and the meadow where mention

of God hath been made,

and His praise glorified.

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BE LIKE THE EARTH

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

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

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

THE HIDDEN WORDS OF BAHÁ’U’LLÁH

MEANING OF THE WORD

Humble 

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

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Role-Playing 

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

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HUMBLE BRACELETS


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

Humble Potato Prints


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

A COLLAGE

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

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Why Are People So Happy? Lesson 7 Grade 1

Lesson 7 Grade 1 Ruhi Bk 3 Joyfulness.

Lesson 7 this week is about Joyfulness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lesson 7 Quote

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

Meaning Of Words

REJOICE

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

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

WORTHY

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

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

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

Whose beauty? 

How can we do this?

Send A Postcard

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

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

STORY OF ABDU’L-BAHA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Science Experiment

When two friends meet, their joy bubbles over!

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

Ask the children,

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

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

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

Dump the baking soda quickly into the glass of vinegar.

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Grade 1 Lesson 7 Ruhi Book 3 Joyfulness

GAME SUGGESTIONS

The Ha Game

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

Dragon’s Tail

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

Grade 1 Lesson 7 Ruhi Book 3 Joyfulness

Create A Comic Strip Story

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

Easy Butterfly craft

Make this super easy Butterfly craft. Template circles here

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

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Selflessness: What Does It Mean? Lesson 6 Grade 1

Lesson 6 Grade 1 Ruhi Bk 3 Selflessness.

Lesson 6 this week is about Selflessness.

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

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

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

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

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

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Lesson 6 Grade 1 Ruhi book 3 SONG

PREFER YOUR BROTHER

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LESSON 6 GRADE 1 RUHI BOOK 3 QUOTE

Lesson 6 Quote

Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.

Bahá’u’lláh

Listen

Meaning Of Words

Blessed

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

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

PREFERS

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

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 6 postcard on Selflessness
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LESSON 6 STORY

Selflessness

‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the new coat

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Grade 1 Lesson 6 Ruhi Book 3 Selflessness

GAME SUGGESTIONS: The Snail

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

Grade 1 Lesson 6 Selflessness

Based on the story of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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