This page is from the book “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three, The Lord’s Prayer,” and it explains how to use the lessons, especially in the “clip-and-carry” format. In the upcoming blog posts you will find an image of each lesson as it appeared in the book. You can print it out and use it as explained below.
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
For those of you who have already used the previous volumes, you will see that this book works the same way. I am repeating the instructions from those volumes below, with a few modifications:
If you have not done so already, flip through the main part of the book. The first thing you will probably notice is that the pages are divided into two boxes. The format of these lessons is such that you can either read them from the book, or cut them out and use individually. I call them “clip-and-carry” lessons, and their use is explained below.
Each line of the Lord’s Prayer has one page aimed at very young children. It has two boxes: one box discusses the line from the Bible; the other box discusses the spiritual interpretation as given by Mary Baker Eddy. These lessons for little children are followed by a series of brief lessons on each line of the Lord’s Prayer in question-and-answer format. These are for older children who are able to understand what you read to them, or who are able to read and understand the lessons by themselves. You should decide which individual lessons are appropriate for your children or pupils by reading them ahead of time. These simple, yet thought-provoking, lessons can be studied by teens and adults, as well.
Although you can certainly use this manual like a regular book, by reading through the pages with the book intact, you might like the freedom and focus that comes with cutting out and using each lesson individually. You can give a single lesson to a child to read at breakfast or bedtime, or take on-the-road, without having to carry or hold the entire book.
I highly recommend that you focus only upon one lesson a day. Have your children try to put the new ideas they learn into practice. That is how they will retain what they have learned, and find the ideas practical.
The back of each “clip-and-carry” lesson is blank. Here you can record the date each child reviewed a particular lesson, if you like, or you can write down notes and comments about the lesson, or new ideas of your own. You can also record any dictionary definitions you may have had to look up, to save time when you review that lesson in the future.
If you do choose to make extra copies of the lessons, I recommend using a variety of colors for fun, choosing a separate color for each line of the Lord’s Prayer. Look for reams of neon or pastel papers in any office supply store or copy center. You might also want to copy onto heavy card stock for greater durability.
(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer” Copyright 2005)