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GOD IS OUR BEST FRIEND G2 L13

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LESSON 13 : GOD IS OUR BEST FRIEND

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

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

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

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

The Báb

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


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

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

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

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

‘Abdu’l-Bahá,
MEANING OF WORDS
Incline

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

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

True

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

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

Incomparable

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

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

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CRAFT IDEAS
FRIEND ALBUM

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

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

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

Paper Doll How To WEBSITE Here

Create a refuge in our home

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

DRAW SCENES FROM THE STORY

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


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

Bahá’u’lláh

Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.

Bahá’u’lláh
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BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE

BLACK PIT 

FIGHTING LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

YOUR REFUGE IS READY

MUSIC: GOD IS SUFFICIENT UNTO ME

POWERPOINT LESSONS

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BEING A GOOD FRIEND GRADE 2 SET 5

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Being a Good Friend  RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 2 SET 5

WELCOME TO SET 5: Being a Good Friend 

The three lessons in this set are as follows:

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

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

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

Each lesson has a different quote.

Lesson 13

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

Bahá’u’lláh

Lesson 14

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

Bahá’u’lláh

Lesson 15

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

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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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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Lesson 13 Grade 1 Ruhi Book 3 Compassion

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.

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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.