Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart…

Today was our first full lesson, at the new venue – and with lots of children! yay! For those of you, that have been following my blog and haven’t heard – we’re now participating at regular children’s classes offered in Masterton, at Ko Te Aroha.

We learnt a new song together “My first counsel” in a big group first, thanks Te Maehe and Stefan for the guitar support! The song’s words were also part of the quote the children memorised in their respective classes:

“O Son of Spirit! My first counsel is this, possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart…”

In the 9-11 year olds class, we also looked at the children’s prayer “O God, guide me, protect me…”. Using simple cards, with the phrases written on them, we read the prayer together multiple times and then removed more and more of cards. At the end all children could say the prayer without the cards at all – very impressive!

After a story about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the children coloured in the picture for today’s lesson. With amazing patience and care, they carefully created beautiful, colourful pictures (see some of the photographs below). We finished off with the game ‘Burning Thirst’ – where the children’s arms are tied to sticks, so they can’t bend their elbows. They pretend they are two people in the desert coming upon an oasis (glass of water) – having wandered for hours in the hot, dry desert they long to drink it, but have to find a way to do so, even though they can’t bend heir arms. The children worked out the solution immediately; working together and helping the other person to drink first, taking turns this way, both could quench their thirst! Bravo!

The older classes working their age-groups. And below – the Burning Thirst game…

I’ve collated all the colouring-in pictures from the Grade 1 book, and stuck them into a pdf (2 up on an A4 – which makes it more efficient for photocopying) – you can download them from here.

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