Contemplation on a rose flower
Look at this beautiful rose. You all like the rose because it is beautiful and fragrant. Your fragrance is your character. If you are good natured and full of virtues all will like you. Like the rose you too should love and serve people all around you. Be like the rose… be like the rose. Now children slowly open your eyes and smile.
Value: Right action
Sub value: faithfulness
Objective: to appreciate the value of friendship
Preparation: pictorial illustration of the story
ALWAYS KEEP YOUR PROMISE
Once upon a time there lived a boy named Gopal. He had a good friend named Ramu. One day Gopal’s mother asked him to take a parcel to his aunt who lived in a nearby village. Gopal went and told his friend Ramu that he had to go to his aunt’s house and requested him to accompany him. Ramu willingly agreed to go with him. To go to Gopal’s aunt’s village the boys had to go through a forest. The next day they started early in the morning.
On their way Gopal told Ramu, “Dear friend, this forest is full of wild animals. In case of danger we must help each other.” To this Ramu replied, “Don’t worry Gopal, I am always with you and I shall not desert you.”
Suddenly they saw a huge black bear approaching them. Forgetting the promise that he had just given to Gopal, Ramu quickly climbed up a tree and sat on a thick branch, leaving Gopal alone. Gopal did not know to climb up a tree, but, as was a clever boy, an idea flashed in his mind. He lay flat on the ground and held his breath. The bear sniffed him all over and thinking him to be dead, left him alone and went away.
After the bear had gone away, Ramu came down the tree and asked Gopal what did the bear tell him while sniffing him. Spontaneously Gopal replied, “The bear told me not to trust friends like you.”
On hearing this Ramu realized his mistake. He felt ashamed of his behaviour when they both faced danger to their lives and begged Gopal sincerely for forgiveness and promised he would surely keep his words in future. Gopal trusted his words and forgave him and they continued their journey.
- Why was Gopal asked to go to the other village?
- What did Ramu promise Gopal?
- What was Ramu’s reaction when he saw the bear?
- How did Gopal save himself?
- Why did Gopal forgive Ramu?
- Who is a true friend?
Thoughts for the day:
- A friend in need is a friend indeed.
2. Lend a hand and give an ear
Share a dream or plan
To have a friend, just be a friend
In every way you can.
Make the children sit in pairs. Let each one talk about the good quality in his partner that makes him or her a good friend.
Let the children draw a tree in their notebooks. Ask them to take pieces of paper and cut out small fruits on which they should write the qualities that they feel are most important to friendship. Ask them to stick these coloured paper fruits on the trees they have drawn.
The school bullies are teasing your friend, what would you do?
- Run away from there.
- Join the bullies
- Stand up for your friend.
Dear children, today we are going to visit a forest. Now close your eyes and carefully listen to what I say.
Let us all get into the school bus and drive to a forest near Mumbai