Lesson Four

Love

 

Buddhism
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.

Judaism
He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
Song of Solomon 2:4

Christianity
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:8

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Galatians 5:22

Baha'i Faith
In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love,
Baha'u'llah

 

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

 

Books that reinforce the theme of love
(Books can be previewed @ http://www.amazon.com)
If you don't want to purchase books, consider requesting them at your local library.

Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You By: Nancy Tillman
God Loves Me More Than That By: Dandi Daley Mackall
God Gave Us Love By: Lisa T. Bergren
How Do I Love You? By: P. K. Hallinan
I Love You (A Rebus Poem) By: Jean Marzollo
The I Love You Book By: Todd Parr
Guess How Much I Love You By: Sam McBratney

 

Activities to support theme of love
Remember to plan enough time for the children to help clean up after each of their activities. It's another opportunity for them to put into practice the virtues they're learning.

  1. Love, List & Listen Game
    Using a timer have each child tell the group as many things as they can that they love in 15-20 seconds. After everyone has had a turn to share their loves go around and ask how many things the group can remember about what each one said. Don't tell the children ahead of time that you'll be going back to ask them what they remember from their friends lists. This is a great way for the kids to learn more about each other.
  2. Plant Roses of Love Bean Bag Toss
    To reinforce the quote, "In the garden of thy heart...."
    Cut a large heart out of fabric or a wide roll of art paper. Have each child color a rose (they can draw their own or you can use blank coloring pages). When the children are done coloring and cutting out their rose put each rose in a sandwich size zip-lock bag. Add enough dried rice or dried beans to each bag so that it is easy to toss. If you're playing the game inside, consider reinforcing the zip-lock seams with clear tape to ensure there are no spills. Standing a designated distance from the heart, the children take turns trying to toss their rose into the heart. The whole group succeeds when everyone has gotten their rose in the heart. If you have extra time after the game you could let the kids decorate the heart.

  3. Galatians 5:22 Fruit of the Spirit
    Using permanent marker write some of the virtues from Galatians 5:22 on fruits like oranges, lemons, and apples. To play, the kids stand in a circle and toss the fruit from person to person. When they catch a fruit the child states how they've seen someone practice that particular virtue and then they toss the fruit to a different person.
    * Similar quotes from other religions that this project works well with:
    "The fruits of the tree of man have ever been and are goodly deeds and a praiseworthy character." - Baha'u'llah
  4. Juggling Virtues
    Write the virtue words from Galatians 5:22 on small fruits such as lemons or tangerines. Let the kids practice juggling.
    * Similar quotes from other religions that this project works well with:
    "The fruits of the tree of man have ever been and are goodly deeds and a praiseworthy character." - Baha'u'llah
  5. Galatians 5:22 Virtue Ping Pong Bounce
    Kids bounce ping pong balls into the virtue bowls they decorated in arts and crafts. See below.

Arts and Crafts Ideas
Consider printing the quote that goes with your lesson so the children can attach it to their projects.

  1. Galatians 5:22 Virtue Ping Pong Bounce
    Write virtue words on the bottom of paper or styrofoam bowls. Let the kids decorate the bowls with markers or stickers to turn them into a game where they try to bounce ping pong balls into them. Color ping pong balls with permanent markers to look like fruits. See above.

  2. Song of Solomon 2:4 Banners

  3. In My Heart Painting or Drawing
    Cut large paper hearts and have the kids paint or draw pictures of things/people they love in their heart.
  4. A world made of love posters
    Cut out a large pile of various colored little hearts.
    Have the kids use all the little hearts to make collage pictures.

  5. Growing Hearts
    Have the kids paint or draw pictures of hearts growing like flowers in a garden.

  6. Valentine's Cards
    If you're doing this lesson around Valentine's Day have the children make
    make home-made Valentine cards and decorations.

  7. In The Garden of Thy Heart interactive project to reinforce the Baha'i quote
    Make a rose growing out of a heart by gluing the sides of the heart to the paper underneath. Leave the top and bottom of the heart unglued and open for the rose to side up and down through.

  8. Fruit Baskets: To reinforce Galatians 5:22
    Cut strips of colored paper or use ribbon to weave through plastic strawberry baskets. For sturdier baskets layer two together. Attach handles and gift tags with Galatians 5:22 and kids can give baskets away to brighten someone's day. Or do this lesson for a holiday when the baskets could be used as gifts for family or friends.
    * Similar quotes from other religions that this project works well with:
    "The fruits of the tree of man have ever been and are goodly deeds and a praiseworthy character." - Baha'u'llah

  9. Galatians 5:22 Fruit Mobile
  10. Galatians 5:22 Posters
    Let the kids make posters illustrating the fruit of the spirit using fruit scented markers.
    * Similar quotes from other religions that this project works well with:
    "The fruits of the tree of man have ever been and are goodly deeds and a praiseworthy character." - Baha'u'llah
  11. Fun & Fruity Playdough to celebrate Galatians 5:22
    Make homemade play dough and add artificial fruit extracts such as lemon, lime, orange or strawberry. Encourage the kids to make fruits out of the playdough and they will smell like the real thing.
    * Similar quotes from other religions that this project works well with: "The fruits of the tree of man have ever been and are goodly deeds and a praiseworthy character." - Baha'u'llah

 

Music
"Love is Something if You Give It Away" (The magic penny song)
"Rose of Love" Love All The World CD

 

Snack Ideas
Remember to plan for hand washing or provide antibacterial wet wipes.

  1. Heart healthy Snacks: Let the kids use little cookie cutters to cut heart shapes out of fruits and vegetables.

  2. Invite all the kids to bring a snack that they love to share with the class. During snack time have them tell the class about what they brought and why they love it.
  3. Heart cinnamon and sugar toast made in the toaster oven.

  1. Another idea that goes well with the Galatians 5:22 lesson is to let the kids dip and decorate chocolate covered strawberries.

 

Service Project Idea

  1. Delivering Valentine's
    If you plan this lesson around Valentine's Day you can have the children deliver Valentines or Valentine decorations to a nursing home. Call a local nursing home to find out what their needs are and if it's suitable to bring your class. Get permission from all the parents/guardians before taking children on any service projects and have parents accompany the class to provide adequate adult supervision.
  2. Gifts of Fruit
    Have the kids make caramel apples and/or pears and give them as wonderful gifts to celebrate the Galatians 5:22 lesson.

    Or here's an even easier idea!


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