obtaining permission

Today’s lesson: obtaining permission.

Dec. 8, 2007: 1.5 hours, 6 children, average age 7-8. I was skeptical about how this class would turn out, because, to be honest, the topic seemed bizarre at first—how do you explain this Bahá’í law to children? Of course, the curriculum we’re using is quite clear—when we observe this law by asking permission before entering a home or laying hands on someone’s belongings, we are showing them courtesy and respect. So we spoke to the kids about this during the lesson; they seemed to get it, but in retrospect, I think I may have spent too much time talking. we could have integrated some sort of activity to help the children understand, for instance, a short dramatic exercise. that’s for next time, maybe. All in all, this lesson went well. the children found the maze challenging, which was the point behind it—I designed it from scratch to illustrate that we need to have the presence of mind to ask permission before impulsively infringing on someone’s property. in retrospect, this kind of thing applies in many different situations in class—sharing crayons during the colouring portion of class, respecting the property of the Baha’i Centre where we hold our classes, asking for permission before taking snacks out of the cupboards, and so on.

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3 thoughts on “obtaining permission

  1. Hi,
    I did google translate on the direction on maze but still not clear how to do it. Any help?
    “Getting permission is a marquObtenir permission is a marked
    e of courtesy and respect for others. No Baha’u’llah usfait understand that e should not enter someone else’s house, or get hold of leursbiens without their permission. Go through the maze that follows, a yellow arrow to autre.Au long dulabyrinthe take you through several steps that will suggest actions to take-maisattention! You will need to seek permission before e do them! Can you find the bonneroute?”

    • We really should translate this one into English I guess 🙂 Here’s a rough translation of what’s written above the maze:

      “Asking for permission is a sign of courtesy and respect towards others. Bahá’u’lláh teaches us that we should not enter someone’s house or take things that belong to them without their permission. Go through the following maze, from one yellow arrow to the other one. As you navigate the maze, you will pass through several steps that suggest actions that you can take—but wait! You’ll have to ask for permission before acting. Can you find the correct route to take?”

      The yellow bubble at the bottom of the maze says “Finished! But wait… did you go and get PERMISSION? If not, you’ll have to start again!”

  2. Hey Dan! I just found your blog out of random coincidence and it’s so great! I’ve been meaning to blog about my baha’i class that I do as well (4 and under) and somehow haven’t quite gotten to it yet. But I love this. I’m always looking for new ideas. My class is very simple since it’s for toddlers and preschoolers (and a few babies) but they are growing quickly and will soon be needing an older class as well.

    Thanks for all you ideas!

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