Grade 1 Lesson 6: Prefer your brother / Golden Rule
As in the preceding lessons, it is suggested that you start the class with one of the prayers that you know from memory. You can then ask some of the children to say a prayer each. Afterwards, they all continue memorizing the prayer you introduced in Lesson 4.
Music / Song
The children can learn the following song for today’s lesson and sing a few of the previous ones as well.
Prefer your Brother Link to song & Music sheet or Link to another Artist singing this song
Prefer Your Brother
I am thirsty, I am thirsty
But my brother, he comes first
So I offer him the water
That will quench his thirst
It is a blessing to prefer your brother
This is a way to show you care
It is a blessing to prefer your sister
You are richer, the more you share
I am hungry, I am hungry
And my sister, she is too
So I give her some of my food
That’s what’s best to do
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.
“Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.”
When going over the meaning of the quote you could have a banana and an apple & ask the children to choose the 'preferred' fruit.
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
You can now tell the children the following story, which will illustrates how, through both His words and deeds, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá shows us the ways of selflessness.
Here is the story of the being selfless 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 "The Snail" game
Alternative Game - People to People this is a link to camp games and a video clip of the 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 6