Ruhi 3 ideas

As I am preparing for the Ruhi 3 study circle tomorrow, I wanted to share a few ideas for slowing down (hurried) kids of all ages that in my experience work well. And slowing down to the pace of life is a key skill for life, particularly for prayerful life.

When I have my daughters over, before saying prayers we often start by reading a book or two on mindful meditation — that helps slow them down and seems to make the prayers particularly meaningful. The girls seem to connect especially to “Each Breath A Smile“. Another one that has been helpful is “Peaceful Piggy Meditation” — the neat thing about this book is that is has the steps for a simple but powerful experiment in a jar which demonstrates how meditation works by slowing down the tornadoes of thoughts in our minds.

As much of the emphasis in Ruhi 3 is on story telling, learning about the history of religion through stories can be a very powerful experience for all children, whether young or just young at heart. Consistent with the theme of progressive revelation, I highly recommend the book “Immortal Heroines” which tells the stories of the women in the holy households of God’s manifestations.

Since this is the first time I tutor a Ruhi 3 study circle on my own, I asked a more experienced friend, Sharona, to share her ideas about making a Ruhi 3 study circle successful. What she shared is so good that I wanted to post it, with her permission:

“That’s great that you are starting a Ruhi 3 study circle.  There is so much to say about this book.  Here are some thoughts from my experience.

1.  I would say it’s important to try to create the type of experience in the study circle that sets an example to the participants about the atmosphere you hope they will create when they work with children.  You are modeling teaching for them in your service as a tutor.

2.  I usually ask for each participant to sign up to bring devotions and snack to class, so they have an opportunity to serve.

3. I also spend a lot of time in Unit 2 having each participant practice in front of the group teaching a quote, a song, a story, and a game from the lessons in the book.  It’s important to spend a lot of time helping them build the skills they will need for the lessons and also going through the material in the lessons with them so they become familiar with it.

4. I would also be sure to include time for memorization in each class so the participants can learn the quotes that they will be teaching the children.

5. Make sure to review the sections you are going to tutor each week very carefully and come up with additional activities, exercises, and thought provoking questions as appropriate, as this will enhance the participants’ experience.

6.  In Unit 1, I often ask people to share examples from their own lives as students when they were younger where appropriate.  It can also be useful to have an all day session sometime during the second Unit of the course so you can spend time with the group having them teach games, songs, and stories.

The course should take 40 hours, which is usually about 4 or 5 months.  Don’t feel the need to rush it, as the material is very rich and the participants will really need to feel confident if they are going to teach the lessons to children.  Also, I would talk about the practice often with them so they know they are expected to teach a lesson to a group of children before the course is over.

And, as much as possible, help the class to be lively and creative.  You are there to draw out their gems, just as they will do to their students.”

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