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Bahá'í Children's Classes

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Children are the most precious resource a community has. Much like a young tree, children will grow and develop in whatever way they are trained and according to the influences they experience. Bahá'í children's classes are intended to nurture spiritually vibrant and healthy young people who will grow up without prejudice and with a positive, powerful sense that they are important to God and have a role to play in serving humanity.

The Teachings of Bahá'u'lláh form the basis of these classes and introduce the Bahá'í Teachings and those of other Messenger's of God to foster a fully united, just and peaceful world.

The Writings of the Bahá'í Faith affirm that spiritual education is at the heart of an educational process that leads to the elevation and transformation of the human spirit. It is through the conscious effort of loving families, combined with a systematic offering of classes based upon the guidance that has been given to humanity by a loving God, that the spiritual development of children can be nurtured and developed.

Baha'i spiritual education for children is intended to nurture spiritually vibrant and healthy young people who will grow up without prejudice and with a positive, powerful sense that they are important to God and have a role to play in serving humanity. In communities around the world, Baha’is are developing neighborhood children’s classes to help foster this spiritual development of children.

What distinguishes Baha’i sponsored neighborhood children’s classes from current educational practices? Baha’i teachers believe in the nobility of every student, that each one is “a mine rich in gems of inestimable value”. They study the nature of spiritual qualities and develop knowledge of human talents and capacities so they can help their students discover these gems in themselves and actively polish them. Baha’i teachers understand the importance of helping students develop habits and behavioral patterns in keeping with a spiritual life.

Who are the Baha’i teachers of neighborhood children’s classes? These teachers are people who believe that Baha’u’llah has been sent by God with a divine plan to unite all people and to build a new world. They long to help in this urgent educational effort for children. Baha’i teachers have participated in the training classes especially focused upon education of young children. These teachers live in neighborhoods throughout Colorado, and they also travel to assist with classes in different neighborhoods.

"Children are even as a branch that is fresh and green; they will grow up in whatever way ye train them. Take the utmost care to give them high ideals and goals, so that once they come of age, they will cast their beams like brilliant candles on the world...."

~ Abdu'l-Baha

If my child participates in a neighborhood children’s class, will I be expected to participate? You will be invited to attend the class with your child so that you can relate to the kinds of information and activities your child will share with you. The youngest children (5- and 6-year-olds), especially enjoy the classes when their parents are with them. We realize that at times your child may need to attend without you. The classes are offered as a service by the Baha’i community and are free.

Will my child be exposed to indoctrination? No. Baha’i children’s classes differ from classes of indoctrination that are common in many other religions. Students of neighborhood children’s classes are instructed in the principles, teachings and basic beliefs of the Baha’i Faith; however, instruction emphasizes learning to think, to reflect and to apply spiritual laws to the life of the individual student and to society. Baha’i children’s class teachers see all religions as one and believe in that they all come from the same Source, the Unknowable Essence we call God.

Should I let my child grow up without any religious instruction?  Maybe my child's generation will be able to create a better world without any spiritual education. Some people think their children should be left to themselves to make a free choice about religion through their interactions with society. To a very great degree, laxity in providing religious instruction has led to the present state of moral disintegration. Humanity, when left to its own devices without divine guidance, has produced chaos, injustice and suffering in the world.

What is the main focus in the neighborhood children’s classes? The purpose of these classes is to develop in the child the attitudes and spiritual qualities that will bring him closer to God. Later, when the foundation of the child’s character has been established, there is time to develop the skills of acquiring knowledge.

What is a typical lesson like in a neighborhood children’s class? Because this program of neighborhood children’s classes is used throughout the world, there is a simple and beautiful plan for teachers to follow. Teachers use what is called the Creative Word (1) to awaken the spiritual susceptibilities in the children. Teachers help the children to memorize verses such as "Truthfulness is the foundation of all human virtues." During the class, children also learn songs, play games, and listen to stories which directly reinforce the ideas presented in the memorization verses. There are also pictures to color that reinforce the theme of the lessons. The simplicity of the materials used makes it possible to offer these lessons to children in all parts of the world.

How do I sign up my child for children’s classes or find a class?

Dozens of communities offer Bahá'í children's classes throughout the state. Many local classes are offered weekly throughout the school year. To find children's classes please contact community near you or use the "contact us" form to ask for assistance.

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Do your children like to play games, read cartoons and stories, and do activities and puzzles?

Visit the Brilliant Star magazine online and explore the Baha'i Teachings and learn about virtues together with your children.

Bahá'í Prayer

O God! Educate these children. These children are the plants of Thine orchard, the flowers of Thy meadow, the roses of Thy garden. Let Thy rain fall upon them; let the Sun of Reality shine upon them with Thy love. Let Thy breeze refresh them in order that they may be trained, grow and develop, and appear in the utmost beauty. Thou art the Giver. Thou art the Compassionate.

-- 'Abdu'l-Bahá

From the Writings

"The hearts of all children are of the utmost purity. They are mirrors upon which no dust has fallen. But this purity is on account of weakness and innocence, not on account of any strength and testing, for as this is the early period of their childhood, their hearts and minds are unsullied by the world. They cannot display any great intelligence. They have neither hypocrisy nor deceit. This is on account of the child's weakness, whereas man becomes pure through his strength."

The instruction of these children is even as the work of a loving gardener who tendeth his young plants in the flowering fields of the All-Glorious."

"Therefore must the mentor be a doctor as well: that is, he must, in his instructing the child, remedy its faults; must give him learning, and at the same time rear him to have a spiritual nature. Let the teacher be a doctor to the character of the child, thus will he heal the spiritual ailments of the children of men."

-- 'Abdu'l-Bahá

(1) In virtually all of the world's great religions, there is an emphasis on the creative power of the “word” — especially the Word of God — as the key to human transformation, empowerment, and advancement.

“The Word of God is the king of words and its pervasive influence is incalculable,” wrote Bahá'u'lláh. “The Word is the master key for the whole world, inasmuch as through its potency the doors of the hearts of men, which in reality are the doors of heaven, are unlocked.”


 

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