Today’s lesson: god is our true friend.
June 29, 2013: 5 children, aged 6–11. Today was our second class on the topic of being a true friend, taken from Lesson 13 of Ruhi Book 3, Grade 2, Set 5. Since we had told the story of the prisoners in the Siyáh-Chál last week, we planned to continue this week with the dramatic exercise, which was for the children to practice telling the story on their own. After we were done with the memorization and introduced the activity, though, the children unanimously told us they wanted to draw and colour. What could we do? We had a few extra colouring sheets, so we let them go ahead. We took the opportunity to go over the story again, since several of them were using the same colouring sheet as last time, which showed the Shah peering into the sky, listening to the heavenly chanting as it echoed from the depths of the dungeon. We had a great time and a great conversation—which shows, I suppose, that although things don’t always go the way you’d like, there’s usually a way or two to make the best of the situation.