SSE

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1.  SSE group1

CLASS DATE: 10/20/2019 TEACHER(S): Jagruti, Aruna,, Sunitha, Resmi
SUMMARY: 

Introduced the topic WATCH with focus on Watch your Words

ATTENDANCE:  27

 

Lesson Plan:

Started with 3 om’s, silent sitting focusing on the sound of om.

Practised 2 bhajans for Sai Madhuram next week.

The teachers did a skit in class about a florist who was thoughtless while talking to her customers and how she changed to correct her thoughtless comments. The kids were given styrofoam squares and asked to stick toothpicks on it whenever they recognized hurtful comments during the skit. 

We also showed them the video of a small boy who was asked to hammer nails on the fence whenever he got angry. Once he learnt to control his anger, he was asked to pull out the nails. Though he pulled out most nails, they still left a permanent mark on the fence. 

We discussed how just like the nails left permanant marks on the fence, our hurtful words also leave permanent scars on the people who hear our bad words. The kids then pulled out the toothpicks from the styrofoam squares and witnessed how they also had permanant holes caused by the thoughtless words in the skit.

 

Homework : Parents please continue to encourage your children to put Sairam chits in their WATCH box whenever they resist the temptation to use unpleasant words or if they have used sweet words

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2.  SSE-Group4

CLASS DATE: 10/20/2019 TEACHER(S):  Nirmala, Mouli, and Meenakshi
SUMMARY: 

Guest Speaker on Environmental Projects and Discussion on Race Relations Through the Sai Lens

ATTENDANCE:  8

Main topic:

This week, G4 had a guest speaker come in to speak about environmental projects that G4 could potentially spearhead in the near future.

Afterwards, G4 had a discussion on race relations in the modern world through the “Sai lens.” The idea that we all have the same spark of divine regardless of our external differences.

“Should each person live the ideals propounded by the founders of his religion, unaffected by greed or hate, the world will be a happy and peaceful habitation for man. In spiritual terms, all of mankind belongs to one and the same class, race, and religion.” – Baba

Note to Parents:

Sairam Parents –

Group 4 will have the next class on Saturday, Nov. 2nd – stream cleanup. 

Details will be sent out via WhatsApp.

Jai Sai Ram!

-Group 4 Gurus

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3.  Pre-SSE

CLASS DATE: 11/03/2019 TEACHERS: Vanaja patti, Chandran Thatha,  Surabhi aunty, Mona aunty, Bhuvana aunty
SUMMARY: Practice for Swami’s birthday ATTENDANCE: 19/27

Prayers: 3 Oms, Gayatri

Main topics: We are going to do a program for Swami’s birthday. Most of our class time was spent in practicing our dance, song and our lines. We invited our parents to see our practice. In between Patti talked about Swami: Where He was born, How helpful Swami was when He was young. She told us that Swami wants everyone to be Happy. Swami loves to see smiling faces. Swami is Happy when we are Happy.

 Life application/Home work:   Listen to your skit with your parents and practice your dance and your song. 

Note to Parents from parents discussion group:  Find at least 1 task on the list and do a training with your child this week. Have fun and enjoy building their self -confidence.

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4.  SSE-Group3

CLASS DATE: 11/03/2019 TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadher
SUMMARY:  Scriptures of Sanathana Dharma ATTENDANCE:  21

 11/03/2019 Class Summary

We were fortunate to have an expert in vedanta, Dr. Sethu Raman (Retired Climatologist) to share his knowledge on “scriptures of Sanathana Dharma” in our class today. 

He explained the 6 layers of scriptures and explained the importance and profundity of each layer coupled with insights gained through his own experience. 

Thank you for all the parents who could attend this session. For those who couldn’t make it, here is the link to PPT.

10/27/2019 Class Summary

  • Importance of Deepawali, inner significance, stories behind the festival & what other religions celebrate same festival and why were shared with students.
  • We drew a picture of how we are caught up in action & reaction thru many lifetimes forgetting where we originated from.
  • As we discussed in last class, we can break the chain of actions & reaction when our actions are God actions.
  • When we start practicing God actions (practice God qualities), it invokes God’s grace. What can God’s grace do for us?
  • We shared story of a Swami student, whose mother was saved by Swami’s grace. Swami walked into his room, used a cream to give points from good deeds & used that to save his mother. 

10/20/2019 Class Summary

  • Continued from where we left after watching a video of Swami’s student experience sharing regarding sports meet, what they thought could have been the reason why the boy got saved (Video link -starting from 7:32min)
  • We had very interactive discussion about cause and effect; actions and reactions; law of attraction.
  • Every action performed thru mind, body or senses will have a return.
  • This is a vicious cycle of actions & reactions thru many lifetimes.
  • Only way to break that chain is if we our actions are what God would do. 
  • We asked each student to write down one quality of God; they came up with kind, compassionate, loving, unbiased, non judgmental, ever loving etc. God & God qualities are not separate.
  • To get closer to God is to adopt God qualities which are not impossible to practice.
  • Our duty is to give 100% effort and leave the result on the GOD
  • But learn from every experience either success or failure. 

 

Note to Parents:

We encourage all the students and parents to attend 24 hour Global Akhanda Bhajan ( see flyer here). For the same reason, we don’t have class this coming sunday (11/10/19).

One practice to take up for unity of thought word & deed is to ask them to understand the meaning of the songs they are singing/playing. We will practice this as a class for upcoming bhajan opportunities our class gets.

 

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5.  SSE-Group2

CLASS DATE: 11/03/2019

TEACHERS:Hitha Raj, Aditi Verma, Jalaja Peechu

Summary: Emotional self awareness. Emotion: all emotions joy,sad,anger,fear.

ATTENDANCE: 17

 

Sairam,

This Sunday we had a special event for Group 2 children. This Sunday  was movie day. This movie is related to the emotions aspect of the class. 

After we talked and discussed about all the emotions in the  previous classes we got an opportunity to see the movie “Inside Out” which provides a picture on how can emotions impact us making us reacting verses responding.

students and teachers had so much fun watching the movie and we discussed for few minutes. And ofcourse the Pizza was the highlight. We all enjoyed it.

 

 

 

Life application: children are to  journal at the end of each day reflecting on  how their day was and why?

2. continue respecting  parents and write down 3 chores that you did for this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO PARENTS:

1. We would like all the students to be on time by 3.25pm we are staritng the class by 3.30pm.

Class room door closes at 3.30pm.

If any students come late they have to wait outside the door till we finish prayers and meditation.

2. As a parent your responsibility to check the home work ( life application ) which we give them to follow through the week.

Once you as a parent commit to the follow up with your kids the results are impactful.

3. Treat this spiritual learning as a beautiful foundation to your kids who are the future generations of leaders.

Swami has given us the opportunity to be the part of this huge responsibility. Let’s stand up to build this great future leaders.

 

 

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