Monday, September 28, 2009

A few things we've learned from our children's class

Here is a brief report from a children’s class in Northeast Massachusetts (A). They are literally engaged in on-the-ground learning (in a neighborhood park), and have compiled a delightful list of simple, practical, suggestions to ensure a successful class (I especially love #3). This is a wonderful example of the friends embarking on a path of service and starting a learning process from the outset.

A few things we learned:

1) Bring a blanket and spread it out on the grass. Two teachers were able to stay at the blanket, while another teacher went on a route to a variety of known addresses, collecting kids whose parents had given permission to participate.

2) Using a difficult situation as a lesson. When one student skinned her knee, all the others helped to comfort her and ensure that the scrape was cleaned and covered. They demonstrated unity.

3) Set a clear goal: in this case, we set a goal of getting through Lesson 1. If you make an effort toward that goal, Bahá’u’lláh and the Concourse on High will assist you.

4) Flexibility: we ended up moving the story to the end. Fewer kids heard the story, but the kids who were there were able to focus on it.

5) To vary the games, use what you have on hand. Each house in the neighborhood has a stoop with 3 steps. When we played Giants, we had each team hop up to the top of the stairs while tied together.

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