Dedicated to the Hands of the Cause of God

Dedicated to the Hands of the Cause of God
ABDU'L-BAHA IN LINCOLN PARK, CHICAGO, 1912 (COURTESY BAHA'I NATIONAL ARCHIVES, WILMETTE)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sharing Baha'i Stories with Children

Telling stories to children is an art I have not myself learned, and I am eager for you to share your ideas. Please place them in the comments section below, or send me an email at the address on the right, and I will incorporate them into these postings. Please also share websites having such information, so I can add them to the "Links" section on the right.

There are suggestions for telling stories in Baha'i Children's Classes here and here and in a number of other stories on that wonderful website. Here is another. Ah, wonderful, there are lots of resources for telling stories in Baha'i Children's Classes. An idea presented in the story above about the Universal House of Justice, is to use a picture book to show photographs of the Seat of the Universal House of Justice. (This also enhances stories told to adults.)

Marguerite Sears told me that when she and her husband, the Hand of the Cause William Sears, pioneered to Africa, at first they had difficulty sharing the Baha'i message with the people, as the people were wary. Bill was experienced with using puppets, having once hosted a television show. The Sears then drove into villages, and stopped their car. Mr. Sears would raise a puppet above the door, leaning out the window, and the children would approach. They would not talk with him, but they would talk to the puppet. Gradually, the adults came over to see what was so interesting to their children, and in this way, Mr. and Mrs. Sears were able to share the Baha'i message with more people.

The same approach is used worldwide:


Students display puppets made at the 2004 UK Baha'i Academy for the Arts for use in story-telling in Baha'i children's classes. Copyright © 2006, Baha'i International Community. Used with Permission.

Please share your ideas and please send me links to additional resources

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  3. Patricia SkovgaardDecember 4, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    My daughter is now in high school. However, when she was between 4 years old and 10 years old, I would share stories with her at bedtime. Sometimes, she would tell ME the story. This accomplished a few things: It helped her remember the story, it helped her develop her own storytelling skills, and, it helped her develop her skills as a writer of her own stories. I'm sure it ties in to literacy, brain-development, joy, and few hundred other things as well. The main point is: Let your children tell you the stories from memory to help engrave them upon their hearts.

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