Lesson 1 : unity in diversity

What a beautiful first class, thanks everyone! We started out with lesson 1 (from the Ruhi Curriculum) which is all about UNITY. After some fun introductions – where the children said their name and an animal, that starts with the same first letter, as well as making that animal’s noise – we shared a prayer for children, by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

Today’s story was called ‘The Secret in the the Garden‘, by Winifred Barnum, in which an old lady tries to teach the villagers to live in harmony, just like the beautiful flowers in her garden. At first only a very clever little girl really understands her and then helps the others in the village to learn about the beauty of unity in diversity.

We didn’t quite have time to memorise the quote for today – but created some sparkly candle holders to remind us of it. They are made of little glass jars, that we glued over with torn, colourful paper-bits and then we simply stuck a tealight inside them.

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illumine the whole earth.

Well done all – they look gorgeous! 😉 I can’t wait for tonight, when we can light them and enjoy the colourful light that will glow from them! See you next week, where we will learn about the importance of having a pure, kindly and radiant heart…

Have a look at a pdf of the complete lesson here, or check out the ‘lesson page‘ for more 🙂


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4 responses to “Lesson 1 : unity in diversity”

  1. Sue Edwards says :

    What a great idea!! (The coloured paper on the jar and tealight inside) And they look very proud of what they have made!

  2. Elisabeth Zillig-Goelenboth says :

    Liebe Schatz
    I bi jo so stolz uf Dich. Danke tuuusimol fuer alli Dini Arbet und die Foeteli sind jo obersuess. E grossi Umaermelig vom Grossmami

  3. Shirin Ramiah says :

    Dear Friends. Is it possible for me to get some tips or samples on how to make the memorization part like the prayers and quotations to be easy for the children who are 5 to 6 years old. Please assist me. Thank you.

    • Leyla says :

      Hi Shirin
      We use lots of different ways to memorise – have a browse through the lessons/posts for reference. Some of our most successful ways are putting a quote/prayer to music and sing it with the children. Or use picture cards, rhythm (ie clap out a rhythm that goes with the words), learning only a line at a time and keep repeating… Making puzzles out of the words and the children put them together in the right order…. Ask the children how they best remember words and sentences. Maybe make big prayer cards to be put up around the room so they see them every day 🙂
      Wishing you best of luck and success with your endeavours!!
      Leyla 🙂

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