Lesson 9 – Gaining knowledge is a life-long process

We spend our lives learning about the world around us. It’s a life-long process that never stops, for as long as we live. True understanding brings joy to our hearts, therefore it’s important to ask questions about the things we discover.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá tells us that truth is one. No matter what angle we look at it from, or where we find it. To find the truth, we must let go of prejudice and superstition and keep our minds open at all times. Looking for answers in sometimes the most unusual places.

To finish our unit on ‘knowledge’ we spent quite some time memorising the prayer from 3 lessons ago. First we cut up the prayer sheet into strips to then assemble the puzzle pieces and then flipped over more and more strips to remember the words by the little ‘pictures’ only…

Assembling the lines of the prayer – a team effort!

To memorise, we then removed more and more ‘lines’…

…eventually having removed them all, and just using the little ‘pictures’ as a reminder.

All children then got to fill in the gaps in their memorsation booklets with stickers, for a wonderful effort!

Yay! we did it – stickers symbolise the achievement of having learnt by heart this prayer.

After our big memorisation activity, we read the story for lesson 9. It is about an amazing early Bahá’í named Táhirih. Whe was born in Persia in the early 1800s. At that time, it wasn’t customary for women to receive any schooling, but Táhirih had an insatiable thirst for knowledge, was well read and eager to always learn more. Even though she could not sit in a class with men, she would sit behind a curtain, hidden from view, just so she could deepen her understanding and broaden her knowledge… We’ll learn more about Táhirih in  a later lesson, of how she become one of the most outstanding heroines of the Bahá’í Faith and a champion of the cause for women. Her courage was unwavering and she dedicated her life to learning and gaining knowledge. Composing beautiful poetry and articles that reflected her deep understanding of the teachings of God.

We then finished off with the drama session for today – a collectively enacted story about the ‘search for truth’. A group of children try to find out why their river which has always been flowing steady and abundantly, had dried up. Walking, climbing and running up to the mountain to get to the river’s source. Eventually they realise that the source is unblemished and running free, but that there is a blockage further down the track, that’s diverting the water. The children join forces and push the huge tree trunk out of the way, so the water can flow steadily down the mountain again. 🙂

Next Sunday is the last class of this term. As we didn’t get a chance to do a lot of art/crafts today, we decided to have a special arts/craft session – we’ll be baking (muffins!) and sewing some soft-toys! Any contributions of material, buttons, thread, etc. would be greatly appreciated! See you all then!

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