From the lesson intro text:
Many things cannot be done by one person alone. Without cooperation, little can be accomplished in this world. Think of all the people of the past who have worked together to help improve the world! Advances in medicine, the quality of the food we grow, discover ways to communicate with people in far-off places….
And we, too, work together in harmony in our class here, in our families and at school. Sometimes this means that we must be ready to give up what we want for ourselves for the good of the whole. We show kindness to those with whom we are working and patience when someone makes a mistake.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá often spoke about the importance of cooperation. Human beings are meant to cooperate and associate with one another. Through association, He told us, we find happiness and develop, as individuals and collectively as a group.
To illustrate the theme of today’s lesson – the children shared the story of Nettie Tobin and the cornerstone. They then cooperated on a joint ‘book-making’ project, where each of the children took on a specific part of the story and illustrated it, to then be collated into a beautiful little book ‘Netty’s Rock’. What a wonderful job everyone!
The book is currently at home with one of the collaborators, and we’ll show more pics next time. Here is the making of…
The last page of the children’s book contains the quote for today’s lesson:
“The supreme need of humanity is cooperation and reciprocity.” – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá