break time

today was supposed to be yet another day of class, but all our usual participants had to cancel—other commitments, car trouble, or whatever—so the day just turned into a break for me instead, which is actually quite welcome.  I was scrambling this morning, rushing out of the house after sleeping in a bit—it’s been a long week, what with a public transit strike in Ottawa with a snowstorm on top. I managed to put together the bare minimum for today’s intended lesson on consulting experienced physicians when ill, and then forgot it at home when the taxi came to pick me up. 😛 oh well. so finally, I guess I became the recipient of God’s mercy—or maybe just the victim of circumstance? anyway, I figured I’d jot down a few notes while I had some time to do so. overall, the situation in the class isn’t all that different from the last time I updated—still without a co-teacher, although one of the parents has been attending the class with her children. I am beginning to wonder whether it will be realistic for the class to continue past the early spring, seeing as I will be taking time off for pioneering/travel teaching beginning in March, as I mentioned earlier. well, that’s just one of the things I have to think about, anyway. and again, like I wrote before, there’s no sense in worrying too much about it—if God wills, others will step up and take my place.  lots of things are starting to happen at the Baha’i Centre—monthly firesides being a prime example, ones that are advertised in the local papers. There’s a nice new sign for the outside, too, for people who are out walking in the street (although there are fewer of them now that the weather’s so cold).

I read up on memorization games over lunch, since that’s one thing we always seem to struggle with; apart from the usual repetition games, I found a few new ideas, including a kid-friendly version of Charades—kids are split up in teams and given a quote to act out that the others have to guess. Dialogue is permitted, but they’re not permitted to use any of the words in the quote.  Seems like it might be difficult for the younger children, but the older children should enjoy a game like that.

OK, post over for now as I catch up on more emails.  Class is still on for next week, and then another, real break (I’ll be away during the Christmas vacation period).

modesty and moderation in dress

Today’s lesson: modesty and moderation in dress.

4 children, 1 helper. This class went miraculously well, considering how little I had planned—but we had overflow activities from the past few weeks (the masks from our lesson on unity and diversity, etc). We started with prayers, skipped to a song (after hearing the kids demand a story!) and then a short game of Simon Says. I didn’t want to read a story just because they asked, because I didn’t have one planned and I was worried it would just throw me off and make us lose momentum. Note to self: need to work on flexibility—come up with a story to go with this lesson. 😛

The kids liked the topic of modesty and moderation; I introduced it by saying we would be talking about clothes and they all but exploded. (not sure why. maybe i’m out of touch.) They related easily to it and seemed to understand the point of modesty as “not trying to show off” or grab people’s attention. I prepared an activity sheet for them to work on at the end of class, which went pretty well. We talked about the different kinds of clothes people wear in different places, and what modesty meant in different cultures. To end off, we invited them to design their own (modest, moderate) clothes, which the girls especially loved.