Grade 1    Lesson 20:  Know & Love God, Kindle His fame in our Hearts

The students should focus on learning a few more phrases of the prayer they are committing to memory, after the opening prayers have been recited.

“O my Lord! O my Lord! I am a child of tender years. Nourish me from the breast of Thy mercy, train me in the bosom of Thy love, educate me in the school of Thy guidance and develop me under the shadow of Thy bounty. Deliver me from darkness, make me a brilliant light; free me from unhappiness, make me a flower of the rose garden; suffer me to become a servant of Thy threshold and confer upon me the disposition and nature of the righteous; make me a cause of bounty to the human world and crown my head with the diadem of eternal life. Verily, Thou art the Powerful, the Mighty, the Seer, the Hearer.”  Listen HERE 

Music / Song

Look at Me   listen HERE  or HERE
Look at Me...
Follow Me
Be as I am
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Teach the Faith...
Serve your Lord...
Love mankind...
Look at Me...

Link to  Music sheet

Memorization of Quotation
The next activity is to memorize a quotation from the Baha'i Holy Writings. 
The children will find the quotation easier to memorize if they understand it well.  
It is recommended, therefore, that you spend some time discussing the meaning of the words and phrases with them. 

To introduce today’s quotation, you may explain the following:

Every human being was created to know God and to love Him, and we all have the spark of His love in our hearts. It is important that we feed the flame of the love of God by praying to Him daily and by serving others. And as this flame burns with greater and greater intensity, it can be felt by all those who cross our path and its light can illumine their minds. When we are so enkindled, we become like burning candles that cannot help but to give forth light. Let us memorize the following quotation:

“Verily, I supplicate God to enkindle in thy heart the fire of His love...”    listen 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 for them the concept of Knowing & Loving God.

Here is the story about Thomas Breakwell which is used in the Lesson. You can choose to download  HERE
Here you can hear the story told through song by Grant Hindin-Miller HERE       
For all of Grant's music go 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 "Help the Sick" 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 20
Have a look at Rebekah's website for extra Ideas for Lesson 20 where she suggests making a booklet about the story   HERE

Closing Prayers

Great Website sharing ideas to support the Core Activities