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Ruhi Book 3A:

Teaching Children's Classes, Grade 2
is the second in a series in the area of the spiritual education of children and youth. It follows Book 3 and, in many ways, is a continuation of it. It offers thirty lessons for youngsters entering the second year of a Baha'i educational program, which the teacher is expected to apply to the particular circumstances of his or her class. The material in the book is also intended to help those who, though not interested in teaching formal classes, wish to develop some of the skills related to child education and gain a more profound understanding of its dynamics.


Excerpted from "To the Collaborators": Because the spiritual education of children is a matter of such critical importance to the Baha'i community, two books dedicated to this field of service have been placed in the main sequence of courses in the Ruhi Institute's program for adults and older youth. Everyone in its program is encouraged to study the books, for, whether teaching regular classes in a formal setting or serving on Baha'i institutes, whether raising children as parents or influencing them as members of an extended family, we all carry some degree of responsibility for ensuring the younger generations are prepared to assume their future duties. Following Book 3A, the courses in the are of child education form a specialized branch, which those interested in pursuing this path of service can enter, while they continue their study of the main sequence. The courses in this branch will train teachers of Baha'i children's classes for grade three and upwards and will become progressively more complex in nature. It is envisioned that, upon their completion of this specialized branch, teachers will have acquired a substantial amount of knowledge about the educational field in general and will have developed fairly sophisticated skills related to lesson planning and classroom management.

Because the spiritual education of children is a matter of such critical importance to the Baha'i community, two books dedicated to this field of service have been placed in the main sequence of courses in the Ruhi Institute's program for adults and older youth. Everyone in its program is encouraged to study the books, for, whether teaching regular classes in a formal setting or serving on Baha'i institutes, whether raising children as parents or influencing them as members of an extended family, we all carry some degree of responsibility for ensuring the younger generations are prepared to assume their future duties. Following Book 3A, the courses in the are of child education form a specialized branch, which those interested in pursuing this path of service can enter, while they continue their study of the main sequence. The courses in this branch will train teachers of Baha'i children's classes for grade three and upwards and will become progressively more complex in nature. It is envisioned that, upon their completion of this specialized branch, teachers will have acquired a substantial amount of knowledge about the educational field in general and will have developed fairly sophisticated skills related to lesson planning and classroom management.

It should be remembered that the purpose of the main sequence of courses in the Ruhi Institute's program, and its various branches, is the development of human resources -- in this specific case, Baha'i children's class teachers. The materials provided in Books 3 and 3A to create lessons for the children, as well as those in the books yet to come, can only be as effective as the teachers who use them. The success, then, of a national community in establishing a program for the spiritual education of its young people, with regular classes for different age groups, will depend largely on its efforts to systematically develop the capability of its teachers through a vibrant institute process. It is hoped that this book will contribute to such efforts.



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