Grade 1 Lesson 13

Grade 1    Lesson 13:  Compassion

After opening prayers have been recited, review with the children the prayer they have been memorizing over the last three lessons. You can then introduce a new one for them to learn, making sure to explain the meaning of words and phrases and providing concrete examples as necessary. Four class periods will be dedicated to the memorization of this prayer. 
Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy.

Nearness to Thee is my hope,
and love for Thee is my companion.

Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come.

Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful,
the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.  

The Healing prayer put to music    HERE  & HERE  & Here & HERE

Music / Song
Moving on to the next activity, the children can learn to sing the following song and review the songs they have learned in previous lessons:  
Link to  Music sheet
Be Fair listen   HERE.
Be fair, be fair
And strive to provide for the comfort of all
Be fair, be fair
And strive to provide for the comfort of all
When we are fair in our dealings with others
We gain the trust of our sisters and brothers
When things are divided equitably
Justice will shine for the world to see
When you give comfort and aid
You'll follow the path that the Master laid
When wise and just in what you say and do
You'll bring joy to hearts around you

Alternative Song:

 Listen by Red Grammer; mp3lyrics     

Memorization of Quotation
The next activity is to memorize a quotation from the Baha'i Holy Writings. 
The children will learn a quotation related to the quality of compassion today, which you can present to them in the following way: 

God is the Most Compassionate, the All-Merciful. In times of difficulty, we turn our hearts to Him and ask Him to comfort and strengthen us. So, too, must we show compassion to others. When someone we know has a problem or is sad, we should do our best to be understanding and to help him or her. We must be compassionate and kind with everyone, under all conditions, like the tree that gives fruit to one and all, even to those who throw stones at it. Bahá’u’lláh showed forth compassion at all times, to all people, though His life was filled with suffering. To help us in our efforts to be compassionate, let us memorize His words: 

[When we have compassion, we feel sympathy for someone and then we get involved. Sometimes we get involved directly, and other times we might get involved by sending money or gifts to help people in need. Compassion is more than just feeling sympathy; it also involves doing something that helps someone else.]

“The Kingdom of God is founded upon equity and justice, and also upon mercy, compassion, and kindness to every living soul.”    
   Put to Music  HERE & HERE

Picture Cards used for Memorization of Quotes & Prayers for Grade 1 lessons  Link to Download here

You can now tell the children the following story, which will illustrate the virtue of Compassion.

Here is the story about Compassion which is used in the Lesson. You can choose to download  HERE
Here is a link to a pdf file with all the stories in Grade 1 Illustrated.   Link to Illustrated Stories for Grade 1 
There are many ways to make the story come alive.  It's always nice to act this story out with props - Having pictures as you go through the story.
Having the class act out or tell the story.  Use puppets.

Game  Now you can play the "Giants" game which is in the lesson.


HERE is a Pdf with all the colouring sheets for each lesson  

List of Grade 1 Themes & pictures  Download here
Here you will find all the colouring-in images with quotes for the New Grade 1.  On each A4 sheet there is 2 pictures.
It has been found that an A4 size colouring often takes longer than what we had time for, hence has halved time & 
your have less photo copies to do.

Closing Prayer

Extra ideas Link for Lesson 13
Have a look at Rebekah's great Children's class ideas for Lesson 13   HERE

Great Website sharing ideas to support the Core Activities