pure, kindly, and radiant hearts (take 1)

Today’s lesson: pure, kindly and radiant hearts.

The children’s class started at 3:00pm, to give the leftover crowd time to finish their conversations and return home. We managed to make copies of the colouring pages earlier, using the Centre’s photocopier, and everything else was pretty much taken care of. After a few prayers by the parents (awesome!), we started by singing not one but two songs—”O God Guide Me” in French, and “His First Counsel Is This”, the song that goes with that particular lesson. Having practiced both songs, we presented the lesson (pure, kindly and radiant hearts) and worked on memorizing the quote of the week, and I put the words on my laptop as a memorization aid. We spent a little more time on memorization since … related to me that one of the mothers was hoping there would be more of it, for their child to practice with (she confirmed this at the end of the class).

Afterwards, we told the story of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá emptying a lady’s glass and filling it up. We quizzed the kids to make sure they understood, and they passed admirably. We had a short water break, which allowed us to segue into the game—”The Burning Thirst”, in which they used their outstretched arms to help each other drink from cups of water. Everyone loved it, I think. Finally, we ended off with colouring, having to cut things short at 4:30 (thankfully, I remembered to watch the clock this time). It seemed everyone was appreciative and happy with the progression of the class. At one of the parents’ suggestion, I said I would begin to prepare handouts for the parents to use for practice after each children’s class, to help their children learn the lessons at home. Something really tells me this is going to be the best children’s class I’ve ever taught, at least in terms of interaction with parents. I think the big clincher is that we have the strength of several people in our teaching team working with the parents, and that the job of teaching and following up doesn’t all rest on one person—we can support each other in bringing more and more people into our community of interest.

That’s it for now—glad to be able to report on such a wonderfully productive day. We go through crisis and victory, and I feel as though Saturday was a big victory for us. Here’s wishing us all blessings and confirmations from the Blessed Beauty in our continuing efforts to teach and serve.

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2 thoughts on “pure, kindly, and radiant hearts (take 1)

  1. We were just very lucky to happen upon some very engaged parents. One of them stays in the class with her kids because she doesn’t have much time with them during the week, and she wants to be with them. Not as sure about the other one, but she’s new to the area, so maybe she stays in the class to get out of the house more and meet new people. Or maybe they’re both genuinely interested in the class (I hope so!) The first parent I mentioned was invited to a musical fireside and a Book 1 by a family member a while ago, and the second was contacted very recently during outreach. At the end of our most recent class, we took some time to discuss with the parents a few points about class logistics and content. They really are engaged in the process; it’s great. I think it’s part teamwork, part confirmation, and all unity. We couldn’t have built this all up without a strong, unified teaching team that is dedicated to working in a neighbourhood, everyone doing their part, like a well-oiled machine—or perhaps just like a “team” ought to be?

    I’ll post more about the workings of our teaching team in a future post. also, do check out my most recent post for more insights.

  2. These are great write ups – thank you! Could you perhaps share a bit more about how participants engage with parents? It sounds from this post like the parents are there for the class – is that right? If so, how did that happen, and how have relationships with the parents evolved?

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