Today’s lesson: kindness to animals.
November 11, 2006: 2 hours, 7 children, average age 6-7. By now we’ve had some good experience with this lesson, so it wasn’t too hard to give. We used a nice new quote from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to go with this lesson: “Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.” It goes along with the subject, and it’s general enough that the kids can apply it to animals, people, and whatever else – so the kids could add it to the prayer book they’re creating. We told the story of the lion and the mouse again – many of them remembered it – after which the kids drew pictures of different parts of the story. We collected them all at the end so that we could stick them on the wall in order – a nice way to show off the kids’ work and a good way for them to remember the lesson later on. Many of the children had quite a few comments and questions about animals – including how to handle dangerous or poisonous animals, and so on. Their curiosity is really heartening. On the spur of the moment, we suggested that maybe we could dedicate a future class to learning about different animals of the world… maybe when we review the topic – either November 26th or January 6th (I love having a class calendar all planned out!)