Grade 1   Lesson 4:  Truthfulness

You may begin today's class with the following prayer:

Create in me a pure heart, O my God, and renew a tranquil conscience within me, O my Hope!  
Through the spirit of power confirm Thou me in Thy Cause, O my Best-Beloved, and by the light of Thy glory reveal unto me Thy path, 
O Thou the Goal of my desire!  Through the power of Thy transcendent might lift me up unto the heaven of Thy holiness, O Source of my being, 
and by the breezes of Thine eternity gladden me, O Thou Who art my God!  Let Thine everlasting melodies breathe tranquillity on me, 
O my Companion, and let the riches of Thine ancient countenance deliver me from all except Thee, O my Master, 
and let the tidings of the revelation of Thine incorruptible Essence bring me joy, 
O Thou Who art the most manifest of the manifest and the most hidden of the hidden!      

As you introduce the new prayer for memorization, remember that is should be explained word by word. Where words are difficult, concrete examples should be given to illustrate their meaning.  
The children can spend five classes learning this prayer. Therefore, you can divide it into parts, helping them to gradually commit it to memory.  By the fifth class, they all should be able to say 
the entire prayer.

O Thou kind Lord!  I am a little child, exalt me by admitting me to the kingdom.  I am earthly, make me heavenly; 
I am of the world below, let me belong to the realm above; gloomy, suffer me to become radiant; material, 
make me spiritual, and grant that I may manifest Thine infinite bounties.  Thou art the Powerful, the All-Loving.

Here is a Music video clip on You tube done for this prayer.  O Thou kind Lord!

Listen HERE to a song to the Prayer (Children can clap along with the clapping)   or   HERE is the same version as the above video clip above.

Pictures used for Memorization of Prayers  Link to Download 

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:
Truthful Words  Link to song Music sheet

Truthful Words
A mirror that's covered up in dust
Cannot reflect the sun's bright light
A bird with wings all full of mud
Is unable to take flight

When all of our words are truthful
Our souls are able to progress
The foundation of all human virtues
We know is truthfulness

A ship cannot catch the wind 
If it is using a torn sail
Eyes can't see the path ahead.  

If they are covered up in veils

Repeat Chorus. After the songs, You could explain the theme of Truthfulness

Alternative Song:  HERE is Truthfulness is brighter than the Sun

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. 

            "Truthfulness is the foundation of all human virtues."               
                        Put to music HERE

Pictures used for Memorization of Quotes for Lessons 1 - 10   Link to Download here

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

Discuss:  What truthfulness means.  Examples of how the children see truthfulness practiced in their daily lives.
How truthfulness is practiced in your class.  What various situations would look like without truthfulness.

As the next activity, you can tell the following story that will help them think about the quality of truthfulness.
Here is the story of The Shephard which is used in the Lesson. You can choose to download  The Shepard
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.

This is a great story for the children to re tell with with pictures or puppets.  An easy way to do puppets is to find pictures of a shepherd, sheep, the wolf etc.  
They could color the pictures in and glue them to a stick.  Then tell the story.  They could share the story with their parents.  

Game  Now you can play the "Touch Telephone" game 

Alternative Game


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 4

Website Resources 

Great Website sharing ideas to support the Core Activities