Lesson Fourteen

Obedience

 

Buddhism
A man, who practices virtue, who has confidence in what he does,
who meditates and who understands the Law, such a man will get rid of suffering

Dandavagga

Judaism
I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
Psalms 40:8

Christianity
And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments.
2 John 1:6

Baha'i Faith
Make firm our steps, O Lord, in Thy path
and strengthen Thou our hearts in Thine obedience.

'Abdu'l-Bahá

 

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

 

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

Noah's Ark By: Peter Spier (Picture book for younger kids)
Noah's Ark By: Heinz Janisch (Picture book for older kids)
The Worst Day of My Life Ever! (Best Me I Can Be) By: Julia Cook

 

Activities to support theme of obedience
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. Our Class Rules
    Have the kids work together to come up with a set of rules that everyone should follow while in class. The rules should be stated in a positive way and describe what everyone should do rather than what they shouldn't do. Select a few of the most important rules that cover a broad spectrum of circumstances like everyone should show respect for everyone else and everyone should follow the rules of the host family regarding how to behave in their house etc. I like to do this as one of the first lessons when the class is newly formed. During the course of the year, when the need arises, the class can be reminded that they are following rules they helped make because they thought they were important.

  2. Simon Says
    The kids take turns being designated as "Simon" and the other players must do whatever Simon says, but only if Simon begins the command by saying, "Simon says." If Simon does not say "Simon says" before the command, the players are not supposed to follow the command. Whenever someone follows a command without a "Simon Says," that player is usually out of the game until the next round.
  3. Catch and Obey
    Write instructions on blank stickers, labels or strips of masking tape and attach them to a large playground ball or beach ball. The instructions should direct players to throw the ball in a certain way, such as "balancing on one foot," " with one hand", " with eyes closed" or "sitting on the ground." Etc., Players must follow the directions closest to their dominant thumb when they catch the ball.

 

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

  1. Psalms 40:8 Hearts
    Have the kids make big hearts. Folded in half the outside of the card reads: "I delight to do thy will, O my God:" When opened the inside reads: "yea, thy law is within my heart." Encourage the kids to be creative and decorate the hearts.

  2. Noah's Ark Painting
    Have the kids paint or draw pictures of Noah's ark floating on the water in the rain.
  3. Noah's Ark Craft Stick Puzzle
    Print a small picture representation of Noah's Ark for each child to color (I used one from http://coloring-page.net/pages/noah-ark.html). After they're colored, they line up craft sticks to form a mat that the picture will fit on. Trace around the craft sticks. Cut the picture out to fit the craft stick mat. Cover the back of the picture with a thin layer of tacky glue and carefully glue the craft sticks on the back of the picture. Once the glue is dry, an adult can run a sharp thin bladed knife between each craft stick to cut the sticks apart.



    *Quotes from other religions that this project works well with:
    "peace be upon Noah throughout all the worlds!" - Quran 37:79 (Asad)
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  5. Firm stepping stone path To reinforce the Bahai quote.
    "Make firm our steps, O Lord, in Thy path"

    * Similar quotes from other religions that this project works well with:
    Psalms 37:23 - "The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him"

 

Music
"Rise And Shine" (Arky, Arky song) Gospel Singalong Collection CD

 

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

  1. Noah's Arc Crackers
    Let the kids make little arcs using graham crackers and frosting. The frosting will be used as the glue. Give them animal crackers and encourage them to find pairs of all the animals to put in their arks. To make it even more fun, pour a little milk in bowls and let them float their arks on the milk. They won't float long before they start getting soggy but that's okay, the kids will want to start eating it by then anyway. Consider adding a drop of blue food coloring to the milk if you're outside and not worried about spills.

  2. Noah's Rainbow Jello The day before class prepare rainbow Jello by layering several different colors of Jello in clear plastic cups. Prepare one color at a time. After you make each color, pour it into the cups and chill it in the fridge until it's set before you make and pour on the next layer. Sorry my picture isn't rainbow colors! I just used what jello I had to demonstrate.
  3. Noah's Rainbow cupcakes
    Prepare a white cake mix as directed. I made the rainbow colors by propping open six sandwich size zip-lock bags and setting them in wide, shallow glasses. I divided the batter evenly between the six bags and added food coloring to make the six rainbow colors. Zip the bags shut securely and manipulated the batter in the bag to mix in the food coloring. One at a time, starting with the purple, cut a small corner from the bottom of each bag. Gently squeezed equal amounts of batter into the bottom of the cupcake papers. Repeated this with the other colors going in the order: purple-blue-green-yellow-orange-red. Baked as directed on the mix.



  4. Or just do something easy

    *Quotes from other religions that these snacks works well with:
    "peace be upon Noah throughout all the worlds!" - Quran 37:79 (Asad)

 

Service Project Idea
Consider doing a service project for a local animal shelter. Call ahead of time 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.


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