Lesson Eight

Humility

 

Judaism
[When] pride cometh, then cometh shame:
but with the lowly [is] wisdom.

Proverbs 11:2

Christianity
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Luke 14:11

Islam
unto Him belong all [beings] that are in the heavens and on earth; and those
that are with Him [23] are never too proud to worship Him and never grow weary [thereof]:

Quran 21:19 (Asad)

Baha'i Faith
O SON OF MAN!
Humble thyself before Me, that I may graciously visit thee.

Baha'u'llah

 

Discuss: What humility means. Examples of how the children see humility practiced in their daily lives. How humility is practiced in your class. What various situations would look like if people did not practice humility. Why humility is important.

 

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

Potato: A Tale From The Great Depression By: Kate Lied
The Raindrop By: Brian D. McClure

 

Activities to support theme of humility
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. I Don't Know How God Made It
    Based on the alphabet game: Children sit in a circle and go though the alphabet and name things that they don't know how God made. For example the first child says "A - I don't know how God made ants." The next child says "B - I don't know how God made butterflies. "C- I don't know how God made clouds" "D- I don't know how God made diamonds"...

 

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

  1. Humble Potato Prints (This activity is especially fun if you've read the story Potato: A Tale From The Great Depression)
    Cut potatoes into thick slices. Outline and cut out the letters H-U-M-I-L-T-Y. Put a thin layer of seven paint colors on seven 7 small plates. Put one letter stamp with each plate. You'll be using the I stamp twice. Let the children stamp the word HUMILITY onto finger paint paper. They can embellish around the word painting things that remind them of humility. It's also fun to use cookie cutters and cut out other shape potato stamps as well. This can get messy so it's a good outside project. And it's helpful if there's a garden hose, or at least a bucket of water, for washing hands.

  2. Humble Bracelets Cover empty cardboard toilet paper rolls with decorative paper or fabric to make cute bracelets. First cut straight across the length of the cardboard roll. Once you’ve made that cut you can cut around the roll making individual bracelets of various widths. Older kids can do this themselves; younger kids will probably need help. Cut paper or fabric rectangles that will cover the bracelet with a small boarder around each edge. Cover the back of the fabric or paper rectangle with a thin layer of tacky glue and carefully press onto bracelet smoothing out any wrinkles. Tuck all the overlaying edges to the underside. If the bracelet has lost some of its ability to spring back into shape roll it into a smaller roll and hold in shape with a rubber band while the glue dries. For smaller wrists roll them into smaller rounds. If you’ve planned ahead you could invite the kids to bring paper or fabric they like. Boys might like using camouflage prints or something more masculine then the samples pictured here. For special occasions have the kids write messages on the paper before covering the bracelets.

 

Music
"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"

 

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

  1. Baked Potato Bar (Another fun thing to go along with the Potato: A Tale From The Great Depression) Make baked potatoes and offer a few different toppings for the kids to choose from. Some ideas: butter, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, creamed corn and chili. Or invite the kids to bring their favorite toppings to share.
  2. Potato Latkes
    (Another fun thing to go along with the Potato: A Tale From The Great Depression) Make your favorite Potato Latkes recipe. If you haven't made them before it might be something fun to try. There are many recipes available online.

 

Service Project Idea
If your class follows a certain faith tradition consider contacting an organization from a different faith to ask if your class might be able to be of service to their organization. It could be a wonderful way for the kids to learn about and respect other people's beliefs. 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.


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