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The month of Asmá’ (Names) begins at sunset on August 18th, 2021. We would like to start offering our 19 Day Feast Pages for Kids Volumes 1 & 2 as free gifts again. We’re so happy to share these pages from Auntie Lili Shang with you again on our new website platform.
Story 09 | The Station of Quddús
Lionhearts from the Time of the Báb | Story 09 | The Station of Quddús
A delightful story … Mademoiselle Letitia … A delightful story is told of a Mademoiselle Letitia, who had come from a poor family in Haifa to live in the Master’s home in ‘Akka to teach French to the children. She was happy there, though she was a Catholic and the nuns in the convent watched over her. One day, when a French pilgrim came for a visit, her services as translator were needed, as no one else knew French. Mademoiselle became embarrassed and later confessed to the nuns. For a number of days thereafter she looked very stern. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, noticing this, called her to Him and reassured her: ‘Letitia, tell the good nuns that they need to have no fear. I asked you to interpret for me because there was no one else to speak French, not because I desired to teach you. We have so many Bahá’ís, who come here, begging with all their hearts and all their love for instruction, that only to them do we give our precious teaching. ‘You would have to beg and beg and beg before I would give it to you, and even then I might not do so; for it is not so cheap as to be bestowed where it is not wanted. ‘Stay in the home if you like, or go if you are not happy here. We are glad to have you if you care to stay, but free your heart of all fear that we will try to make a Bahá’í of you.’ ~ Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, page 57
Lucky Wishing Stars are the easiest first step to mastering origami.
Lesson: “Lucky Wishing Stars”
“…make of me a shining lamp and a brilliant star…”
from a Baha’i Prayer for children
- Open with prayers
- Talk about working together for the better good. That we needed to have certain qualities of soul such as truthfulness and trustworthiness.
- Discuss behaviors that we should avoid and behaviors that make us better people.
- You can tell or read the story The Legend of Hoshi and the Lucky Stars.
- Follow-up Activity: You can buy precut origami star paper in several sizes with directions at most stationary and craft stores. The larger paper is easier. Practice making a few so you come to class prepared.
- Show your origami stars; let them choose the color and design they prefer from the prepared paper strips; fold; tuck; snip if necessary, then pinch…Voila! You have a 3-D Lucky Star. Too-cute!
- The first time will take longer, but in short order everyone will be making these cute little stars in minutes…then on to more difficult origami projects.
- Snack – how about some lucky star cookies!
- Closing prayer
This lesson and activity took 1 class period, about an hour. We grouped all ages together, younger ones coloring pre-cut paper stars from construction paper then slotted together to form a 3-D freestanding star. We needed heavier paper…but it still worked. Older kids learned to fold origami paper strips and pinch to make lucky origami stars. At first, we were frustrated, then got a hang of it. Just remember, the more stars the better your luck. We worked as a team and make quite a few.
“Truthfulness and trustworthiness involve much more than not telling lies; they embody the overarching capacity to discern, value, and uphold truth itself. Without these spiritual qualities, neither individual nor social progress is possible…is constant effort to develop truthfulness, trustworthiness, and justice, ensuring that they are ever-present in thought and action.”
In Maxie’s Monster and the Jar of Stars*, by Lili Shang, Maxie learns that it is no fun when other don’t trust you. Lying, cheating, stealing are ways to lose friends and respect. Read the story and find out how the origami stars reinforce good behavior. Then, make the Luck Origami Stars with the kids in your classes.
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I love this game!
- Before class write a few key phrases on slips of paper from the lessons, songs and prayers they know; like:
- make me a brilliant star;
- we are drops;
- these children are the plants of Thine orchard;
- the light of unity can illumine the whole earth;
- tread ye the path of justice;
- good neighbors come in all colors;
- Blessed is the spot;
- O God guide me;
- it’s me, it’s me, it’s me, who builds community…
- Put them in a container.
- One kid from each group takes a turn picking one.
- Open with prayers
- Explain how charades works:
- cannot talk,
- must act out the words.
- Group the kids into 3 teams of mixed ages (older ones with younger ones) that’s for a fairer game.
- Allow one team at a time to pick one charade slip and act out the words. Let the older kids help the younger kids and clap a lot and laugh and have fun! Keep score on a whiteboard or large drawing pad!
- After playing for about 10-20-30 minutes, vote for the team that did the
- best acting; then vote for the team that did
- the funniest acting; then vote for the team that
- guessed the most right answers…
- Give each group a reward that can be shared, like: small bag of: cookies, chocolates, stickers, seashells, etc. Be creative!
“If I tell the truth, I’ll be punished,” Maxie thought, so she lied. “It was Zac. I had to go to the bathroom. There was only one!”
But, she was late getting back to class and everyone noticed. And when, her teacher asked Maxine, where have you been? Maxie lied again.
Place another tentacle on the monster.
“I will say, I am sorry for hurting you. Is that good?”
Maxie never lied again, or broke the rules, or was mean to her friends…or anyone for that matter. It was just to awful being a monster. And, it was just to hard to make it right. Maxie was radiant!
NOTE TO PARENTS & TEACHERS:
- If you are going to use props, get them ready ahead of time.
- Props help kids understand and remember a story.
- Kids can make the props before the story as a warm up to the story.
- Older kids could make props for a story as a service project for a younger class.
- Maxie’s Monster: a paper-plate with a funny, scary face on it.
- Tentacles: strips of paper.
- Sun: flip side of paper-plate monster colored yellow with a happy face.
- Rays: strips of yellow paper (virtues written on them/or kids write a virtue on them)
- Character Puppets: Maxie, Zachary, Mommy & Daddy, teacher, friends (Simple stick or finger puppets or TP roll people, will do.) It is helpful to have the kids mime the emotions.
- Small toy car (someone can share from home)
- A few chocolate chips
Optional: Discuss what Maxie could do to get rid of her monster.
“Yes, very good,” said Mommy.
Baha’i Reference: “Bahá’u’lláh prohibits confession to, and seeking absolution of one’s sins from, a human being. Instead one should beg forgiveness from God. In the Tablet of Bishárát, He states that “such confession before people results in one’s humiliation and abasement”, and He affirms that God “wisheth not the humiliation of His servants”.