We started our class today with prayers as usual. While doing so, we tried to take on a humble posture, as if we would be approaching a king. The children did very well!
Book 3 has a beautiful little song for this lesson called ‘Be like the Earth’. I’ve just found this great wikisite with all the lesson’s songs here. The imagery created by the words of the song, inspired our art activity for today – gorgeous and lush collages of trees, gardens and everything on the earth…
We were all quite addicted to making collages, letting it take up most of our lesson time We did have time for a quick story about how ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was a perfect example of humility. You’ll find it on page 32 of Ruhi Book 3.
To finish off today’s lesson, we started learning a new prayer – which has been put to music most beautifully by Tara Ellis. It is a prayer by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and goes like this:
O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.
O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.
You’ll find all details for this lesson on the ‘lesson‘ page. See you all next week – where we learn more about Compassion.
Today we learnt about what it means to be humble. We used the example of a tree, that is full of fruit – comparing them to all the many wonderful qualities a person might have: What do the tree’s branches do when they are laden with fruit….? They get lower and lower to the ground. In reach for us to pick them and benefit from the lovely fruit the tree produced. We talked about how this is what we are supposed to do too – all the wonderful things we are, do and achieve – we should be humble about them so others can benefit through our achievements too.
Being humble also means to acknowledge other’s successes, encouraging them without having to compare. We ended our class today with a game called “Sometimes I am tall”. A guessing game, where everyone stands in a circle and one child is in the middle – blindfolded. One of the people in the circle then says, ‘Sometimes we are tall’ (everyone stretches up high on the tippy toes) and then says ‘Sometimes we are small’ (everyone bends down, making themselves as small as possible) – doing this a few times, then that person just does the action and everyone in the circle follows. The blindfolded child in the middle then has to guess – are they tall or small? As simple as it sounds, we had lots of fun with it!
And here is today’s lesson in pdf format 8_Humility
I’ve also created another page on this blog with all the lesson pdfs listed directly. For other children’s class teachers to download – hopefully they are of use. Have happy classes!