Grade 1 Lesson 15

Grade 1    Lesson 15:  Contentment

You can assist the children in their efforts to memorize the prayer introduced in Lesson 13, after the opening prayers have been recited.

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
Bestow Upon Me My Portion   listen HERE.
Bestow upon me my portion
O Lord, O Lord
Bestow upon me my portion
As it pleaseth Thee

It’s easy to be content

When things are going well
It’s easy to be content
When you’re feeling swell
But what is really more challenging
Is to be content when things go wrong
To be patient in times of difficulty
Perhaps even sing a song
From the time He was a boy
The Master suffered indignities
From early in His life
He hardly had any comfort or ease
But He remained content and calm
Never full of anxiety
He trusted in God and accepted His Will
Continued on ever patiently

Memorization of Quotation
The next activity is to memorize a quotation from the Baha'i Holy Writings. 

Today the children will memorize a quotation about the quality of contentment. You can introduce the passage to them in the following way.

Below are some ideas that you can use in presenting the passage the children will learn by heart today.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá was content with the Will of God under all conditions. He used to tell the friends that it is easy to be content when everything is going well, when one is healthy and living in comfort. What is more difficult is to feel happy and content in times of trouble, in times of illness and hardship. In spite of all the suffering that filled His life, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá never became disheartened. Through the most grave and difficult times, He remained content and thankful to God. He was always cheerful and optimistic. Let us memorize the following quotation so that we will often be reminded of the value of contentment with the Will of God:

“The source of all glory is acceptance of whatsoever the Lord hath bestowed, and contentment with that which God hath ordained.”   listen HERE.

Youtube Video clip:  Here is a fun video clip about contentment.   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 Contentment

Here is the story about Contentment 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 "Sculpture" 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.

Extra ideas Link for Lesson 15
Have a look at Rebekah's great Children's class ideas for Lesson 15   HERE

Great Website sharing ideas to support the Core Activities