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Offline Ben Yuan

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Teaching Children the Art of Honesty
« on: June 04, 2010, 04:44:43 pm »
Dear all,

I am going to be teaching the Children's Dharma class at my temple this weekend the topic of the 'Art of Honesty.' While I usually don't have trouble inventing methods and ways to teach, I would like to hear if anyone here at FreeSangha has any suggestions regarding activities, games or interactive activities which the children could play revolving around the Art of Honesty.

I am quite certain about what I am looking for, I am mainly looking for ideas for activities. I appreciate all suggestions.

Also, the children are about 6 - 11.
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Re: Teaching Children the Art of Honesty
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2010, 12:35:38 pm »
Dear all,

I am going to be teaching the Children's Dharma class at my temple this weekend the topic of the 'Art of Honesty.' While I usually don't have trouble inventing methods and ways to teach, I would like to hear if anyone here at FreeSangha has any suggestions regarding activities, games or interactive activities which the children could play revolving around the Art of Honesty.

I am quite certain about what I am looking for, I am mainly looking for ideas for activities. I appreciate all suggestions.

Also, the children are about 6 - 11.


A Google on 'honesty games' produced quite  a few suitable ideas, such as this one (needs simplifying a little):

http://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz/quiz122312e02ac8.html

It's a wide age range, so the younger ones may know about lying about taking sweets from shops and small lies to parents, and the older ones may relate to lying about smoking etc..  I would avoid the topic of lying about sex.

Begin by asking them what a lie is, not examples, but a definition.  Does it always hurt people?

Ask them all for examples of lies people tell.  They could do this in small groups.  Then collate them and put them on a flip chart or similar. Then ask them what they think the result may be from  the examples they gave.  

Are all lies bad?  Can they think of examples where a lie is good (example: if someone asks you if they are liked by the other children).  Then  introduce the idea that we need not lie, we can either avoid answering or give a reply that does not hurt people.

I would avoid letting the kids get too personal in their examples.  You may wish to give examples form Buddhism.  'I told my mum I had seen a snake, but she found out that it was just a stick.  Was that a lie or is it just a mistake?'

Introduce the idea of intention.  Meaning to mislead people versus accidentally doing so.   And explain how Buddhists think intention is very important.

Finally, I would end with consequences. I'm not sure about introducing 'karma' but you could ask them what they think the result opf a deliberate lie may be for the person they lied to and for themselves.

Plenty of mileage in this one!!   LOL :)

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Re: Teaching Children the Art of Honesty
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2010, 01:35:11 pm »
 How teach children honesty:


Buy 20 rat traps.

Bait them with marshmallows.

Place child in room with rat traps.

Tell child not to steal the marshmallows and leave the room.

Should work....
Sergeant Schultz was onto something.

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Re: Teaching Children the Art of Honesty
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2010, 02:36:48 pm »
How teach children honesty:


Buy 20 rat traps.

Bait them with marshmallows.

Place child in room with rat traps.

Tell child not to steal the marshmallows and leave the room.

Should work....
It worked.

 


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