Sunday, November 11, 2012

Love: Baha'u'llah's Birthday!

Today we had a great class all about love and the Birth of Baha'u'llah. We had a sweet and thoughtful conversation about what we might give Baha'u'llah for His birthday tomorrow. Suggestions included saying prayers for Him, practicing a virtue, being kind to each other, playing a song on the ukelele, giving Him a remote control car, cleaning up our toys, and giving Him strawberries.

We read Song of the Nightingale by Grant Hindin Miller about a nightingale who feels a strange stirring in his heart that compels him to sing all through the long, cold night. Morning dawns in the city of Tehran on November 12th and the very heart of the world is forever transformed. It is an exquisitely illustrated and beautifully written love story.

The children also drew pictures and wrote letters to Baha'u'llah during art and we put them all in an addressed envelope. At the end of class we all went outside and chose a spot to leave it where we thought Baha'u'llah would find it tomorrow. If it is gone next week, we will know that He received our gift.

We also made bells, since one of the titles of Baha'u'llah is 'The Most Great Bell,' and learned this song:

We sung this song as well:

The children each keep a virtue journal in which they and their parents record the virtues they have practiced at home the previous week. 

It is one of the most special and anticipated moments of each class as each child has a chance to shine. Even on the wildest days, they settle down and truly listen to one another, taking pride in their accomplishments. Today, one child shared that he was 'perseverent and respectful' to a classmate who was being unkind to him at school. We talked about how Abdu'l-Baha was also kind to those who treated him poorly and that it is one of the most difficult things to do. You could tell that the children looked at their friend--who had followed in Abdu'l-Baha's footsteps--a little differently after that. 

I look forward to learning about Thankfulness next week as Thanksgiving approaches!

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