Lesson Thirteen

Patience

 

Buddhism
The greatest prayer is patience
Buddha

Judaism
I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me,
and heard my cry.

Psalms 40:1

Christianity
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves
with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Colossions 3:12,13

Islam
And be patient in adversity: for, verily, God is with those who are patient in adversity.
Quran 8:46 (Asad)

Baha'i Faith
The sign of love is fortitude under My decree
and patience under My trials.

Baha'u'llah

Be thou a . . . sea of patience
Abdu'l-Baha

 

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

 

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

Forever Friends By: Carin Berger
Fran's FlowerBy: Lisa Bruce (preschool age)
A Chair for My Mother By: Vera B. Williams
One Of Those Days By: Amy Krouse Rosenthal

 

Activities to support theme of patience
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. Red Light, Green Light
    One child is it as the traffic light while the rest of the group starts in a line at least 5 yards away. The traffic light child turns away from the other kids so they can't see them. The traffic light person shouts, "green light," all the kids try to move quickly toward the traffic light with the goal of being the first one to touch the traffic light. Then traffic light shouts "red light" to make all the kids stop and freeze. After they shout "red light" the traffic light quickly turns around to make sure everyone is frozen. If any kids are caught moving they have to go back to the starting point. This is repeated until one of the kids gets close enough to touch the traffic light and then it's their turn to be the light. Remind the kids that they are practicing patience during the red lights.
  2. Little Plants to Take Home.
    Off and on throughout the year Target stores usually have small grow your own plant kits. At about $1 a piece they're very affordable and easy to purchase ahead of time. The kids can plant the seeds in class and take it home and patiently care for it and watch the plant grow. Or, if you're doing this in a classroom setting they can take care of them in class.

  3. Paper Plate Ring Toss to reinforce lesson on Colossions 3:12,13
    See the directions for making the rings in the arts and crafts project listed below. Fill an empty water bottle with water or sand to weigh it down. The kids stand at a designated point and try to toss the rings onto the bottle.

 

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

  1. Paper Plate Rings for Ring Toss Game
    Have the kids make the paper plate rings for the game mentioned above. Cut out the middle of heavy weight paper plates and write the words compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience on the rings. Decorate with crayons or markers.

  2. Colossions 3:12 & 13 Kids
    Have the kids trace each other either on a sidewalk with sidewalk chalk or on big sheets of art paper. Encourage them to decorate their outlines by illustrating them with the clothes they're wearing and then add a word bubble with Colossions
    3:12 & 13.
    * See also Lesson 2 Kindness: Frabric on the Outside / Virtues on the Inside - Vests

  1. Patience Nature Pictures
    Encourage the kids to draw or paint things from nature that require patience like planting seeds and waiting for them to grow, waiting for fruit to grow and ripen on a tree, waiting for all the leaves to fall from the trees, waiting for the sun to set, etc.
 

  1. Sea of Patience Paper Tearing Project
    Using new or recycled paper that has a variety of colors, textures, or patterns, have the kids rip paper and use it to create an illustration for the quote, "Be thou... a sea of patience." The example photographed was made with scrapbooking paper, which works well because the paper has several layers so it can be torn in such a way as to reveal the white layers under the print.

 

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

  1. Fresh Fruit with Whipped Cream
    Demonstrate how to make homemade whipped cream in class. If you haven't done it before you might want to get a few tips from a recipe website. If the kids are older you could let them take turns using the hand mixer. You can incorporate patience into the conversation as they wait for the cream to whip. You can also talk about patience in regards to waiting for fruits to grow and ripen.


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