Children's Class Resources
                 Welcome to Children's Class Resources
               
This website shares materials put together by Nancy Wakefield Dobrochowski.

You are most welcome to use these in your classes.

Within each Grade you will find memorization cards with pictures for the quotes & some of the       prayers that you can download, to assist in memorization.


Grade 1 Material      Grade 2 Material     

              Grade 3 Material


Steps for using Memorisation Cards

  1. Read quotation aloud by yourself; repeat with children.
  2. Present cards one at a time, explaining the meanings of the words.
  3. Repeat the quote, pointing to the cards & starting at the beginning   each time.
  4. When all cards have been placed on the mat, distribute cards to children who then take turns placing them in order on the mat.
  5. Remove words.
  6. Turn over any card. Begin at beginning, point to each card & pointing   to the blank card when you come to it.
  7. Invite a child turn over a card & to point to all the cards in order.  Continue until all cards are turned over.
  8. Model how to remove a card & point to its empty space when you  come to it.
  9. Invite children to repeat until all the cards have been taken away.
  10. Invite children to repeat the quotation individually aloud by themselves.
                                                                                
Using Concrete examples to explain spiritual concepts 

“The world of matter is an outer expression or facsimile of the inner kingdom of spirit.” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 270)

“The spiritual world is like unto the phenomenal world.  They are the exact counterpart of each other.  Whatever objects appear in this world of existence  are the outer pictures of the world of heaven.” (Ibid. p. 10)

“Therefore, to explain the reality of the spirit, its condition, its station, one is obliged  to give explanations under the forms of sensible things….” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá Some Answered Questions, p. 84)

As adults, in a Ruhi study circle, we are often asked to focus on the Texts by imagining “concrete examples”.  When we use concrete examples of spiritual concepts we are using metaphors, similes, and parables, in the same way that all the Holy Manifestations taught mankind.  As adults, the maturity of our thoughts as well as our many years of experience enables us to easily imagine concrete examples of spiritual concepts.  The obvious one  which comes to mind is the analogy of the sun to explain the concept of God.

At a Book 1 study circle, a participant asked, “What is ‘the heaven of effulgent glory’?”I replied that I didn’t know, but that my friend Nina, who was a young, first-time mother, described it as “Holding a sleeping baby.”  The participant, who was a big, burly   Southlander, immediately raised his arm in  the air and pointed to the sky. He then  proclaimed in a commanding voice: “The top of the mountain!” For him, ‘the heaven of effulgent glory’ was ‘the top of the mountain’, whereas to Nina it was a sleeping baby.

Concrete examples, then, mean different things to different people. But the process of imagining “the outer pictures of the world” as representing “the inner kingdom of spirit” is a process which teachers can nurture in children. There is no other way for man’s limited    mind to understand spiritual realities.


Children can be empowered to play the role of a teacher

“...Beginning in childhood they must receive instruction.  Many elementary sciences must be made clear to them in the nursery; they must learn them in play, in amusement.  Most ideas must be taught them through speech, not by book learning.  One child must question the other concerning those things and   the other child must give the answer.  In this way they will make great progress.  For example, mathematical problems must also be taught in the form of  questions and answers.  One of the children asks a question and the other must give the answer.  Later the children will of their own accord speak with each  other concerning these same subjects….  Even so in God-like affairs.  Oral questions must be asked and the answers must be given orally.  They must discuss with each other in this manner.”  

( ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Star of the West)