|Joy gives us wingsAuntie Lili’s Books & Things
“If I tell the truth, I’ll be punished,” Maxie thought, so she lied. “It was Zac. I had to go to the bathroom. There was only one!”
But, she was late getting back to class and everyone noticed. And when, her teacher asked Maxine, where have you been? Maxie lied again.
Place another tentacle on the monster.
“I will say, I am sorry for hurting you. Is that good?”
Maxie never lied again, or broke the rules, or was mean to her friends…or anyone for that matter. It was just to awful being a monster. And, it was just to hard to make it right. Maxie was radiant!
NOTE TO PARENTS & TEACHERS:
- If you are going to use props, get them ready ahead of time.
- Props help kids understand and remember a story.
- Kids can make the props before the story as a warm up to the story.
- Older kids could make props for a story as a service project for a younger class.
- Maxie’s Monster: a paper-plate with a funny, scary face on it.
- Tentacles: strips of paper.
- Sun: flip side of paper-plate monster colored yellow with a happy face.
- Rays: strips of yellow paper (virtues written on them/or kids write a virtue on them)
- Character Puppets: Maxie, Zachary, Mommy & Daddy, teacher, friends (Simple stick or finger puppets or TP roll people, will do.) It is helpful to have the kids mime the emotions.
- Small toy car (someone can share from home)
- A few chocolate chips
Optional: Discuss what Maxie could do to get rid of her monster.
“Yes, very good,” said Mommy.
Baha’i Reference: “Bahá’u’lláh prohibits confession to, and seeking absolution of one’s sins from, a human being. Instead one should beg forgiveness from God. In the Tablet of Bishárát, He states that “such confession before people results in one’s humiliation and abasement”, and He affirms that God “wisheth not the humiliation of His servants”.
Lucky Wishing Stars are the easiest first step to mastering origami.
Lesson: “Lucky Wishing Stars”
“…make of me a shining lamp and a brilliant star…”
from a Baha’i Prayer for children
- Open with prayers
- Talk about working together for the better good. That we needed to have certain qualities of soul such as truthfulness and trustworthiness.
- Discuss behaviors that we should avoid and behaviors that make us better people.
- You can tell or read the story The Legend of Hoshi and the Lucky Stars.
- Follow-up Activity: You can buy precut origami star paper in several sizes with directions at most stationary and craft stores. The larger paper is easier. Practice making a few so you come to class prepared.
- Show your origami stars; let them choose the color and design they prefer from the prepared paper strips; fold; tuck; snip if necessary, then pinch…Voila! You have a 3-D Lucky Star. Too-cute!
- The first time will take longer, but in short order everyone will be making these cute little stars in minutes…then on to more difficult origami projects.
- Snack – how about some lucky star cookies!
- Closing prayer
This lesson and activity took 1 class period, about an hour. We grouped all ages together, younger ones coloring pre-cut paper stars from construction paper then slotted together to form a 3-D freestanding star. We needed heavier paper…but it still worked. Older kids learned to fold origami paper strips and pinch to make lucky origami stars. At first, we were frustrated, then got a hang of it. Just remember, the more stars the better your luck. We worked as a team and make quite a few.
“Truthfulness and trustworthiness involve much more than not telling lies; they embody the overarching capacity to discern, value, and uphold truth itself. Without these spiritual qualities, neither individual nor social progress is possible…is constant effort to develop truthfulness, trustworthiness, and justice, ensuring that they are ever-present in thought and action.”
In Maxie’s Monster and the Jar of Stars*, by Lili Shang, Maxie learns that it is no fun when other don’t trust you. Lying, cheating, stealing are ways to lose friends and respect. Read the story and find out how the origami stars reinforce good behavior. Then, make the Luck Origami Stars with the kids in your classes.
* soon to be promoted on www.innerprizegroup.com
Kid’s favorite ingredients — Chocolate and Marshmallows!
- A few hours before you start, put two cups of mini marshmallows in the freezer. Take out two sticks of butter, unwrap, put in a large bowl (“the butter bowl”) and let them come to room temperature.
- Preheat the oven to F 325 or C 175/180.
- In another large bowl, mix the dry ingredients — flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
- To the “butter bowl” add eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla. Beat on high for two minutes or mix until it is creamy. This is the wet ingredients.
- Break the chocolate into squares, and melt in a microwave on high for one minute. Add the melted chocolate to the creamy wet ingredients, and mix until completely smooth.
- Add the dry ingredients a little at a time into the creamed butter and sugar and mix well.
- Crumble the walnuts and fold into the dough. Chill for 30 minutes.
- Take the marshmallows out of the freezer. Use about two tablespoons of dough and press three mini marshmallows into the center. Ball the dough up and around, completely covering the marshmallows.
- Bake for about 8 minutes, until the cookies are just barely cooked. If you overcook, the marshmallows will melt and dissolve. The cookies will still taste great, but you won’t get the nice white chewy marshmallow center.
- Makes about 2 dozen.