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2/28/21

We started with beginning prayers & recap of previous topics: Follow the Master, Face the Devil, Fight till the end, this class was how can we finish the game.

We shared a picture and few prompts that students had to discuss and present.

  • What are your comments on the picture? 
  • What makes a person impure while growing?
  • Do you think of any story/incident related to purity and innocence?
  • Think of a caption for the picture above.
  • What does the child get from God

Conclusion

  • Child showed pure devotion in the picture
  • Peer pressure, exposure to the world, being judged pollute devotion as we grow
  • Students shared lot of stories where the outside world did not influence their devotion (Meera, Prahalada, Kannappa, Sai Geeta..)
  • If we can establish & maintain that pure connection to Swami, then Swami will help finish the game by being with us every step of our fight against the devils
  • What are your connections to Swami: Prayers, chanting, service, music, letters

2/21/21

We started with beginning prayers & recap of previous topics: Follow the Master, Face the Devil, this class was what Fight till the end means.

We divided students into 5 breakout rooms, each room was given a category. They had to  discuss & present.

  • Discuss what does Follow the Master, Fight till the end mean in the context given to you
  • Obstacles you will or might face and how to overcome them.
  • Discuss with Examples and inspirations from own/role models. 
  • How can you keep yourself motivated

Categories:

  • Sports\Martial arts: 
  • Singing: 
  • Instrument: 
  • Academics: 
  • Dance: 

Conclusions

  • Each team presented, overall, all the obstacles\devils identified in each category were 80% internal to us 20% are external 
  • Internal enemies keep coming back (example procrastination, anger, fear) so the fight against them or practice or sadhana is continuous
  • Since most of them are internal, effort has to be made by us
  • We shared a funny story told by Swami about internal enemies coming back.

Motivation

  • We have to be grateful for the learning opportunities each of us has. No one questions, why me for talents they have, so it is our duty to do justice for talent\opportunities Swami has given us.
  • We have to follow our master, Swami our conscience, listen to his teachings to keep ourselves motivated
Feb 14th 

We started with beginning prayers.

Inter faith food drive- Feb community leads confirmed 

Recycling project- student presented in group 2 today

Group 3 Tutoring – 3 Grp 1 students paired. 2 tutors started on Friday, one to start on Monday

Valentine day pre sse presentation & Tutoring experience sharing

Experience sharing: We discussed last week’s fight with the devil (fear and anger) with respect to recent activities (Valentine day program and Tutoring).

  • Did you have a fear of failure: Students said, yes because they did not know what & how to do it.

  • How did you overcome it? Understand the audience’s needs, plan what to present, practice it many times, put love and effort into it. 

  • Good vs Bad fear: Good fear helped practice many times and be prepared before the event.
  • Did you doubt yourself even before the event: Yes. Prayer to the rescue

Fear of failure goes down when you have to take up the same activity again, but many opportunities in life come only one time, so don’t let the fair stop you. Take up the challenge but plan, practice, pray & you can do it with Swami by your side. 

  We reviewed the SMART goals and added what % do they think they were successful for the month of Jan & Feb. We discussed what they are doing to improve & tips to help them.

    • FEBRUARY 7TH , 2021:

      We started with beginning prayers & going over service project updates

      Inter faith food – Feb community leads signup

      Recycling project- student presented research on this topic

      Group 3 Tutoring – 2 tutors & students finalized (schedules & pairing)

      Valentine day pre sse presentation- program finalized

      Topic:

      We discussed, why Fear is a devil we need to fight?

      Good fear – regulates us. Examples: fear of becoming obese makes us avoid junk food, fear of low grades makes us focus more.

       Bad fear – Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of losing friends, fear of public speaking, fear of appearance, fear of unknown, fear of God.

      Fear arises from
      1. Ignorance – Half knowledge

      2. Not able to see clearly

      3. Considering ourselves weak

      4. Thinking we are not complete

      Leads to Worry => Stress => dimmed discrimination => unethical behavior

      How to face the fear?

      1. Effort: Manage time, put full effort to gain knowledge and skills

      2. Affirmation: I am complete and full

      3. Trust: Why fear when I am here says Baba

      4. Faith: Take refuge in God – My swami can turn things from any situation. 

      This requires continuous practice.

       

    • JANUARY 31ST, 2021:

      We started with beginning prayers & going over service project updates

      Inter faith food – Jan donations

      Recycling project

      Group 3 Tutoring

      Valentine day pre sse presentation

      Topic:

      We discussed, why is Anger a devil we need to fight? Physical & emotional problems it creates.

      Students gave, examples from mythology, history, contemporary situations of anger that caused damage

      “Follow the Master” & hear from our Swami what to do to face this devil, anger. 

      4 Tips to help Control Anger given by Swami- Video we watched 

      We discussed effective way of communication when angry with some scenarios (at home, school)

      Life Application: Have a log how many times got angry in a day, how many times you were able to manage it with  tips from the video.

    • JANUARY 24th 2021 :

      We started the class with beginning prayers.

      Student leads presented their E-day program idea to the class.

      We reviewed monthly food drive donations collected by community leads.

      Topic:

      We showed students 4 pictures and asked them to come up with Swami quotes they can think of. We got many quotes like Why fear when I am here. You take one step, I will take 100 steps etc. Students also gave the quote that is intro to the topic: Follow the Master, Face the Devil, Fight to the End, Finish the game.

      We discussed, Who is the Master that Swami is asking us to follow, Is that Master always with us to ask questions and guide, we shared example of Arjuna & Krishna where master was always there to guide, Swami students who always had Swami physically to guide. But current situation who is this master? Students concluded it is our conscience.

      Conclusion: Master is Swami & he is our conscience. Learn from his life and teachings. Also train to tune into your inner voice. Goal of SSE is to raise students with clean and clear conscience

      We discussed, What is the Devil we have to face? Students gave many examples like internal enemies, anger, lethargy, fear of failure, thought -inability to take up as they think tasks are huge, stress, anxiety, fear of public speaking….  

      We ended the class to make an effort to listen to our conscience and we will learn how to face the devils they mentioned in the subsequent classes.

    • JANUARY 17th 2021

      Session 2: Learn good & get Inspired from others lives. Students presented many inspiring real life experiences they learned from the interviews. 

      New service project proposal & plan was reviewed with students.

      Update on existing service projects progress.

      Valentine’s day, E-day idea discussion & plan.

      1/10/21

      We had parent teacher meeting @ 3:30pm. It was very encouraging to see 99% parents join, provide feedback and listen to the student presentations.

      During Christmas break, students were asked to conduct interviews of their grand parents, uncle/aunty etc to Learn good & get Inspired from others lives. Students presented to both teachers and parents many inspiring real life experiences they learned from the interviews. 

      Whom did you interview?

      What did they aspire to achieve in their lives

      What were the struggles/hurdles they faced & how they overcame them

      What did you learn from them?

      How will you bring these lessons into your own life to practice?

    • December 20, 2020

      Today’s was last class on Oneness topic

      Analogy: Showed students many lamps that were not lit except one. All of the others were lit using the one lamp, post which students cannot identify the one that was used to lit them all. Message: Everything is spark of the divine, but we forgot our source. 

      We played a Ted Ed video on the discovery of Higgs Boson aka God particle and Higgs field. Quantum physics shows God particle is one that is giving energy to all, the Higgs boson field pervades whole universe that we cannot see but gives mass to the particles. 

      We then watched Q&A with Swami on this same topic asked by his students and we dwelled upon Swami’s message for us and Life application. 

      Life Application:

      From Swami’s message: How to gain confidence, I am God

      Life Application

          • Mindful living: Always think before every action about the source of the energy (consciousness in you) example
          • When you play instrument – hands moving, memory- attribute to that God/energy in you.
          • When eating, drinking, studying – attribute it to the God/energy in you
          • When you see nature (Water, flowers, fruits)- attribute to the energy (same consciousness in all)
          • Practice God qualities- kindness, compassion, love.

      Class presentation

    • December 13, 2020

      We started with prayers, had an icebreaker (make a wish for someone else this Christmas, what will that be and for whom). Students mentioned well being on front line workers, everyone who lost family members or jobs during the pandemic.

      Based on last class, students were supposed to set SMART goal to practice from now thru next Swami birthday, monitor and track it. Each student shared their goal and we discussed how to track & measure progress while practicing them. We will share the goals with parents so they can help as well.

      We had open discussion about: Oneness with nature

          1. What are the 5 elements how are they connected to you?
          2. How can you respect nature through your actions?
          3. Can you share some rituals/customs that keep reminding us that nature is God
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    •  December 6, 2020

      We started with prayers, had an ice breaker (number of dishes you had on Thanksgiving meal) This led to being thankful & our Inter Faith food drive progress, contributions for Nov and plan for Dec. We narrated two stories that Swami shared during a discourse about 1) Story showing how one bad habit can take you down like while digging a well 2) Story showing how one good habit can take you up like while constructing a wall. Activity time: Students were divided into 5 break out rooms & asked to pick one bad habit & tell with example how it leads to many more and 2) pick one good habit show examples how it helps build yourself. Students presented for bad habits: procrastination, lying, wasting time, laziness, too much device time. for good habits: self confidence, Discipline (twice), doing our duties, positive self talk We talked about these good habits in terms more SMART goals. We also discussed different means to learn good virtues: Stories, experience from others, parents, teachers, Swami. To help more learning, we have asked them to Interview their grandparents, uncles/aunts or anyone to get to know their lives and get inspired. Goal: Students have to pick one good habit for Swami’s birthday, parent’s birthday or even their own birthday to start practicing. Students prepare & present their thoughts on Oneness with Nature/Universe in next class.

      Summary of the discussion & class presentation 

    • November 8, 2020

      Students watched a video as homework, they discussed in breakout rooms and presented to the class their thoughts.

      Summary of the discussion & class presentation 

      Thought Vibrations -What are you broadcasting?

          • Your intentions/emotions positive or negative are creating vibrations around you and also attracting similar vibrations from the universe
          • A negative emotion/thought impacts you first before it reaches the other person.
          • Positive affirmations and thoughts are the key for the success.

      Word Vibrations 

          • Masaru Emoto experiments on impact of vibrations created by words.
          • There is relation between sound vibration and the form it takes.
          • CERN (Geneva) experiment on atom vibrations and form.
          • Watch your words, use them wisely.
          • Do not raise your voice to prove your point.
          • Most of the time, the tone (how you say) is more important than the message (what you say)

      Deed Vibrations 

          • Do more and more deeds to show Love, Compassion, Kindness round the clock. 
          • These deeds generate highest vibrations for person doing the act, receiving & watching/hearing the act. We discussed how we get emotional while watching a scene in the movie.
          • Self Love
          • Service at home
          • Community service     
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    • November 1, 2020

      After invocation prayers we started with an ice breaker, reviewed food drive service and communications on google hangouts

      Today topics

      1) We played Kahoot that covered quarter 1 topics. 

      2) we had students divided into 8 breakout groups, gave each grp one topic to discuss for 15mins. Each grp presented the summary of their discussion to the class.

          • Grp 1: Open minded (what is it, how it helps, how to practice, qualities of person with open mind)
          • Grp 2: Learning things faster  (brain hormones, how it helps, tips, practice)
          • Grp 3: What is unity in worldly sense and in spirituality (examples of diversity, unity, practice)
          • Grp 4: Who is dear to God (devotee, qualities, practice)
          • Grp 5: Purity (define, why is it important, how to purify, practice)
          • Grp 6: 4 Qualities for pure heart (what are they, example scenarios, practice)
          • Grp 7: Bad company (define, examples, how to handle, practice)
          • Grp 8: Stress & Anxiety (what, when, how, practice, tips)
          • Grp 8: Science behind sacred sounds (sounds & vibration exp, sacred sounds, how they help, sounds and water, practice)

      Please find link to the class presentation.

      Home work:

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    • October 25, 2020

      After invocation prayers we started with an ice breaker, reviewed food drive service and communications on google hangouts

      Today we discussed about

      1) What rituals in Navratri are meant to help see divinity in all

      2) What is Anxiety, what symptoms do they notice & when does anxiety kick in

      3) Three tips to overcome anxiety. These 3 tips have to be practiced daily.

          • Sit in a comfortable position (on chair/ground), close your eyes and chant OM 3 times, with each OM imagine a circle of protection forming on top of your head
          •  With eyes closed Chant Gayathri mantra 3 times, with each chant imagine a circle of protection forming around your body
          • Positive Self talk –  talk to Swami in your heart, Swami please help me put my best effort and take ownership of the result

      4) Sounds & frequency impact on matter and water

      5) Science behind scared sounds and how they help curb anxiety

      Grp 3 had Swami birthday bhajan today. Please find link to the class presentation.

      Class notes for previous classes can be found here.

    • October 3, 2020

      As class we dwelled deeper into what does oneness mean? what is the definition of Unity per Swami. Black Lives Matter was a topic to discussed & examples to help identify oneness in diversity.

      What does unity mean? It is not the combination of many; it is the realization of oneness. Satya Sai Baba

       Please find link to the class presentation.

CLASS DATE: 10/3/21

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY: Body is a miracle of God

ATTENDANCE:  21

Topic: When everyone of us is gifted with this wonderful machine/instrument body, should we not love and take care of it? I know that, but let’s discuss everyday problems we face. 

  • What are some examples of negative body image? 
  • Do you have or want to share one thing you are insecure about, do you look someone down for it? 
  • How do peers, media impact body image.
  • List 4 unhealthy behaviors to change body image.
  • List 3-5 ways to maintain healthy body and image.

 Breakout rooms: We had two breakout rooms, one for boys & one for girls to discuss above questions & present it to the class.

Summary: 5 ways to maintain healthy body & image

  • Aim to be the best you can be, do not be ashamed of yourself.  1)Eat healthy food and avoid/reduce junk food. 2) Do exercise/yoga & meditation for physical and mental health. 3) Avoid screen time whenever possible. 4) Take care of your personal hygiene. 5) Give back to the community to boost your self esteem  and confidence 6) Show gratitude to your parents & God for this wonderful gift
  • Embrace and be proud of how you look, how nature is moulding you as your genes, your heritage and culture goes into it.
  • Focus on what makes you memorable? what is your strength? 
  • Do not compare with others, you are different and that is what sets you apart and strong. Beauty is not zero sum.
  • Daily affirmation: I am beautiful\handsome inside and out.

We started discussion, what sets humans & animals apart. Students gave many answers: Mind, Love, Emotional Intelligence, Discrimination. We will continue the this discussion in next class.

Next Class: Discover your inherent potential, Body is temple of God. 

Note to Parents:

Swami Birthday self transformation offering: Each student summarized their understanding of the topic, Love towards parents and introspected where they can improve. Each student identified their transformation ideas that they will follow.  Each student was asked to write up the transformation ideas on a paper, show it to their parents and post it in their room or fridge so they can be reminded of the offering to Swami.

 

 

CLASS DATE: 10/17/21

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY: What did Swami say about Habits and Character

ATTENDANCE:  17

Today we learned Swami’s message about habits and character. We watched a Swami video and Megahana (YA from MA) took a session on the same topic. Presentation is here  

In the breakout rooms, students wrote up habits (as SMART goals) they would like to develop to better themselves 5 years from now.

Next Class: Pancha Koshas 

Note to Parents:

Swami Birthday self transformation offering: Each student summarized their understanding of the topic, Love towards parents and introspected where they can improve. Each student identified their transformation ideas that they will follow.  Each student was asked to write up the transformation ideas on a paper, show it to their parents and post it in their room or fridge so they can be reminded of the offering to Swami.

 

 

CLASS DATE: 10/24/21

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY: Pancha Koshas

ATTENDANCE:  14

 In this class we learned about pancha koshas (five sheaths) of Human body through a story of Brighu and his father Varuna.  We learned what constitutes each kosha,  how to purify them and how Jyothi meditation can helps in this regard. Students summarized their understanding of the topic.  Click here to see the presentation deck  used for the class. 

Next Class: Quiz, Diwali etc 

Note to Parents:

Swami Birthday self transformation offering: Each student summarized their understanding of the topic, Love towards parents and introspected where they can improve. Each student identified their transformation ideas that they will follow.  Each student was asked to write up the transformation ideas on a paper, show it to their parents and post it in their room or fridge so they can be reminded of the offering to Swami.

 

 

CLASS DATE: 10/31/21

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY: Diwali, Kahoot quiz

ATTENDANCE:  14

 In this class we learned about Diwali. We understood the meaning of Diwali and when it is celebrated. We also learned two stories related Diwali. One about killing of Narakasura and one about Rama returning back to Ayodhya. We learned spiritual significance of Diwali.  Click here to see the presentation deck  used for the class. 

Next Class: guest speakers

Note to Parents:

Swami Birthday self transformation offering: Each student summarized their understanding of the topic, Love towards parents and introspected where they can improve. Each student identified their transformation ideas that they will follow.  Each student was asked to write up the transformation ideas on a paper, show it to their parents and post it in their room or fridge so they can be reminded of the offering to Swami.

 

 

CLASS DATE: 12/14/2021

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY: Student led, topic Gratitude

ATTENDANCE:  15

We had group 2 gurus come in today for interactive session on Celebrating Christ and his messages.

Presentation link

We discussed about

Who is Christ

Importance of Christmas 

what did Swami say about it,

Christmas carols

how to practice teachings

 

CLASS DATE: 01/09/2022

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY: Parent led topic “Faith”

ATTENDANCE:  15

Today in our class we have Manoj uncle as a parent guest speaker. He spoke to us about importance of “faith in God” and how to cultivate that. He started his presentation with few quotes on the topic and a short video discourse clip on the same. We discussed on those quotes and the video clip. Everyone of us shared an experience or a story of having faith in God.  Apart from how “faith in Swami” gave him strength to face difficulties, Manoj uncle gave us some practical tips like sitting straight, 30sec silent sitting, raised eyebrows, namasmarana etc helps us cultivate that faith. 

 

CLASS DATE: 01/16/2022

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY:  Faith in God

ATTENDANCE:  14

In the last class we continued on the topic of “faith in God” from last class. In this class we learned it through the story of Dhruva. How his unwavering faith in god led him to become a polar star. In this story we also learnt how we can re-direct our worldly disappointments, how faith will be tested etc. Also, Valli presented go-green tips for January. We ended the class with understanding of Makara Sankranti.

CLASS DATE: 01/22/2022

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY:  Social Conformity

ATTENDANCE:  14

Today in our class,  Kaavya Raman presented on topic “Social Conformity”. We learnt about positive and negative influences of social conformity. 5Ds (Duty, Devotion, Discipline, Determination, Discrimination) can help us find out if it is a positive or a negative influence. We learnt about some examples and ABC of life (Avoid Bad Company). Then we broke out into different rooms to discuss conformity at home, school and friends.  Please see the presentation for more details. Sairam

 

CLASS DATE: 01/30/2022

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY:  Discipline

ATTENDANCE:  14

Sairam dear parents,

In our class today (01/22), we discussed on the topic “Discipline“. We listened to short audio clip of Swami’s discourse on Discipline. Then we went into different breakout rooms to discuss about the following topics related to discipline.

 

Breakout room questions

  1. Give an inspiring example(s) of a person(s) following Discipline.
  2. How can we follow discipline in our day-to-day life?
  3. What are the benefits of following discipline?
  4. What happens if there is no Discipline?

 

All the students came up with one life application each. Please see the jamboard to see the discussion summary and the life applications students came up with.

 

https://jamboard.google.com/d/1vJZQraeI10BD5GXly-kjOKtulxqnyAyUaa9p09ZHGws/edit?usp=sharing

 

Sairam

 Group 3 Teachers

 

CLASS DATE: 02/06/2022

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY:  Judging others

ATTENDANCE:  17

Sairam dear parents,

Today in our class (02/06/22) Vishal gave us a presentation on “Judging others”.  In his presentation he talked about

  1. Why people judge
  2. Why we shouldn’t judge
  3. What does it mean to judge someone etc.

 

We were split into 4 breakout rooms to answer the following questions in jamboard

  1. On what grounds people are judged?
  2. How do you feel when you are judged?
  3. What was the reason when you judged others?

 

We ended the class with a small video clip of Swami talking about this topic.

 

Here are the links.

Swami’s video

presentation

Jamboard

 

Sairam

 Group 3 Teachers

 

CLASS DATE: 02/13/2022

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY:  Connecting to God through Bhajans

ATTENDANCE:  14

In our class today (02/13/22) Shivaani presented on the the topic “Connecting to God through Bhajans”. After the presentation we discussed some inspiring stories of devotees who connected to God through their singing. Then we were split into 4 breakout rooms. Each group chose a bhajan and they presented to class on how they connect to swami through that bhajan.

Sairam
Group 3 teachers.

 

Here are the links.

presentation

Sairam

 

 

CLASS DATE: 02/20/2022

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY:  Service

ATTENDANCE:  14

 

Sairam dear parents,
Today (02/20/22) in our class Krishna and Siddharth presented on topic “service”. After the intro, we were split into different breakout rooms where we discussed on question related to service. Then we saw a video about service in which swami talks about how service should be rendered.
1. Without expectation of praise or material gain
2. See God in whom service is being rendered
3. Reflect on how the act of service improved you spiritually.

Then we read a swami’s childhood story that illustrates how as a young Satya swami helped his family members and villagers with His selfless acts.

 

Here is the presentation. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1l7Bt2Pe649ug3ehq63LCX1JvnEL0Uvotw26Vhmxv7m4/edit?usp=drivesdk

Sairam
Group 3 teachers

 

 

CLASS DATE: 02/27/2022

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY:  Service

ATTENDANCE:  14

 

Sairam Parents,

Continuing on the topic of Service, today (02/27) in our class we have Brother Lakshman & Aswini Kumar both Swami students as guest speakers presenting on Grama Seva they did when they were students in Prashanthi nilayam. Attached is the presentation.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1X2-pQltri09_agVGA7KZQEcDymfrNtuH/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=103160435559620068055&rtpof=true&sd=true

 

Sairam

 Group 3 Teachers

 

 

CLASS DATE: 03/06/2022

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY:  Anger Management

ATTENDANCE:  14

Sairam Parents,
Today (03/06), in our class we have our group 3 student, Vishwajith presented on the topic “Anger Management”. He presented on what causes anger, tips to controll it(WATCH technique), Swami’s quotes, a small video, what is said in Bhagavadgita about anger management etc. Attached is the presentation deck.

Sairam
Group 3 Teachers

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1SZFAirUkLY-4Tj215lRIn49xqfubkOurRANPldYBDSg/edit?usp=sharing

 

CLASS  DATE: 10/3/2022

TEACHER(S): Nalini, Gangadher

 Value: Choosing right company. Significance of Navratri

 

 Attendance: 30/34
Class Summary
Prayers, recap of last class.
Game: A blind folded student will hear his peers talk, based on what he hears either chooses to go closer or go away from bad company.
Discussion: Categories of Good Company: People, Media, Devices, books. 
Categories of Bad Company: People, Media, devices, books.
Students concluded both good and bad company categories are same, only difference is choice we make.
Impact of good company: Enhances good qualities, students listed out Truth, Kindness, Love
Impact of bad company: Promotes animal tendencies in us. External bad companies are easy to run away from, but
are you aware of 6 internal enemies? Desire, Anger, Greed, Lust, Pride, Jealousy.
Role play: we asked students to help act/role play taking a scenario of bad company & impact.
they choose to take up scenario where student company gives wearing latest branded clothes is at most importance. 
Mom and child role play showing how the desire for Essay shoes due to the company, quickly brings out other internal enemies like anger, jealousy, greed, pride.
Navratri story: Every festival has winning of good over bad as theme. How is Navratri related to this?
Shared Mahishasura Mardini story, inner significance.
if we want to enhance our good qualities, along with being in good company, we need to pray to God.
How to practice ABC of life:
  1. Tyaja durjana samsargam- Run away from bad company
  2. Bhaja sadhu samagamam- Join good company & do prayers, bhajans, chanting, meditation
  3. Kuru punya mahoratram-  Undertake righteous actions day & night
  4. Smara nithyamanithyatham- Enquire into that which is permanent & that which is ephemeral

9/25 Class Summary
Prayers, Inter Faith food shuttle service presentation by a student.
Game: A blind folded student had to identify what is in the brown bag (fruit/veg/flower) by the smell
They identify Onion, Banana, Popcorn, Flower. But the classmates noticed that the bags we actually empty.
They had to discuss in their own break out groups
1. Why did the brown bag smell like the item though it was empty?
2. Does this relate to Swami’s teachings, how?
3. Is there anyone whose association had an impact on you?
Each group presented their discussion.
We concluded importance of company as it leaves impact & Swami’s message: Avoid Bad Company.
We also shared the story on 3 kinds of friendships from mythology
Drona took Drupada as friend, but it ended in enmity
Karna took Duryodhana as friend but ended up supporting a wrong cause.
Arjuna took Krishna as friend; he was guided all his life in the right path.
We also discussed about few red flags they need to watch out as they seek out for company/friends.
-Don’t surround yourself with people for whom you need to make fun of yourself to satisfy
-Don’t surround yourself with people where you cannot be your true self.
-Don’t surround yourself with people who always gossip about others
 

Announcements: Inter Faith Food Shuttle

Life Application: Please sign up if you would like to take up Interfaith food shuttle service.

 

CLASS  DATE: 10/23/2022

TEACHER(S): Nalini, Gangadher

 Value: Importance of Avatar declaration day and Diwali

 

 Attendance: 32/34
Class Summary: 
In our class we had discussion about. 
1. What does Avatar mean?
2. Why Swami has to come down?
3. What can we learn from Swami’s life?
4. How can we start practicing from the moral of Swami childhood stories. Students have been asked to set goal to practice any value g that would help them to get closer to Swami. They can judge where they need to improve.
5. We also shared significance of Diwali. What does light represent, legends of the story.
Class Summary- 10/9 Five senses
 
In our class today we performed a skit that portrays our 5 senses. These senses are, touch, hearing, taste, smell, and sight. The 5 senses that we have been given can pull us in many ways but we have to learn how to control them and use them wisely. The skit depicts how senses can bring a person to his downfall when they are not controlled.  We had a group discussion on the take away lessons from skit how it is related to our daily lives with examples. 
Here the summary provided by one of our students.
“In class we performed a skit that portrays our 5 senses. These senses are, touch, hearing, taste, smell, and sight. The 5 senses that we have been given can pull us in many ways but we have to learn how to control them and use them wisely. We had a group discussion on which one of our senses we believed were our biggest enemy. As a class we compared our send to a computer and the similarities between them. We also came up with examples when our senses pull us in different ways. When we want to do our homework and we see a YouTube video pop up and get distracted, or if we smell cookies baking, that can distract us as well. To achieve control of our senses we need to make an effort to control them. Everyone should create a smart goal and keep a report on it. An example of this would be, doing your homework in a quiet space, without any devices around you. Taking these efforts will gradually give you full control of your senses”
Here is the link to the skit we did in our class. 
 
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3.  SSSE Group 2 Archives

Group 2 SSSE Teachers:

Hitha, Jagruti, Deepthi, Lalitha, Shobha. 


 D/2/11/2024 Class started with Omkar, sloka chanting, silent sitting, recap of our last class and sharing of life application.
Summary of the class:

We had a really nice session today. Ensure that our deeds are aligned with words/we shared five real life scenarios and formed groups to come up with the skit presentation planned for the next class.

During game time we enjoyed played game ‘ follow action’.

Continuing with ‘ Journey from Sathya to Sai’ we shared James Sinclair’s story how Swami asked him whether he could give him his word that he would be always happy. Essentially Baba’s message is that it is up to us to be always happy!

Please encourage children to make their daily diary entries.

  D/2/3/2024 Class started with Omkar, silent sitting with visualization, Gayatri Mantra, shlokas, and a recap of our last class.
Summary of the Class:  

We had a wonderful session today. The children took the initiative, researched two stories written by Swami, and presented a slide show on ‘Cheppinattu Chestara’ – ‘Do your actions follow what you say’ by Jaljashree, Riya, and Keerthi.
‘Tulabharam’ by Aneesh and Saketh showed how ‘Devotion is greater than Wealth’. Kids actively participated in the discussion, followed by bhajan practice.

Activity: 

We had ‘game time’ in class, and the children enjoyed the lighter moments.

Life application: 

We have given them a daily diary to follow life application. Reflect and make it a habit to show Respect to all –

  1. Was I respectful today?
  2. Did I practice help ever hurt never?

We concluded the class with prayers.

Note to parents: Please encourage children to maintain their daily diary.

Thank you 

Sairam

Class Date: 01/28/2024
Attendance: 25/45
Theme: My life is my message to your life is my message
Class started with Omkar, silent sitting with visualization, Gayatri Mantra, shlokas, and a recap of our last class.
Summary of the Class:  
Continuing the story of Bhagawan’s childhood, we discussed several interesting incidents that occurred at Bukkapatanam and Urvakonda, culminating in the Avatars declaration.
Activity: 
We showed clippings from Radio sai, which will be posted on our website summary.
https://youtu.be/HfSlea7uqWE?si=sEJZAK1Pn547DzYQ
https://youtu.be/nZMG9_7UUKA?si=UfC7BRZhHWXVS3n9
https://archive.sssmediacentre.org/journals/vol_12/01AUG14/RADIOSAI-HIS_STORY_COMIC-part-08.htm
Life application: 
Reflect and make it a habit to show Respect to all
  1. Was I respectful today?
  2. Did I practice help ever hurt never?
Concluded the class with prayers.
Note to parents: Please encourage children to maintain their daily diary.
Sairam
Class Date: 01/21/2024
Attendance: 31/45
Theme: My life is my message to your life is my message
Class started with Omkar, silent sitting with visualization, Gayatri Mantra
Summary of the Class
Today’s class started with the theme: The journey from my life is my message to your life – Swami’s life story – Kindness, non-violence, sharing, and being content.
We talked about the descent of God in human form, the trinity of the three Sai’s, Swami’s birth, the amazing events of His childhood, and how arduous a journey to Puttaparthi was in the 1970s.
Activity: 
Lesson: Listening to the story of Divine descent requires attentive listening. Through an experiment, we explained how an ideal devotee listens, recognizes, and practices divine messages. We discussed the story of Arjuna, an ideal devotee to Krishna.
We enjoyed experimenting with a glass of water, a piece of rock, cloth, and sugar, representing different listening levels.
Takeaway: 
The Divine watches over us and takes human form to inspire and redeem.
Life application:
Reflect and make it a habit to show Respect to all 
  1. Was I respectful today?
  2. Did I practice help ever hurt never?
Concluded the class with prayers
Sairam

Class Date: 01/14/2024
Attendance: 25/45
Value: Truth; Sub-Value: Faith
Class started with Omkar, silent sitting with visualization, Gayatri Mantra
Summary of the Class:  Culmination of Unity of Faiths
We discussed key takeaways and learnings from the field trips covering five faiths – Buddism, Zorastrism, Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism. This was followed by a discussion about the significance & similarities between all five faiths, relating it to Swami’s teachings.
Let the different faiths exist, let them flourish, let the glory of God be sung in all the languages, in various tunes that should be the ideal. Respect the differences between the faiths and recognize them as valid as long as they are a unity of faith that is illumined.
Activity: During the group activity, children shared takeaways on how to put teachings from various faiths into practice and shortlisted two values:
1. Being respectful
2. Follow Help ever, hurt never
Make it a HABIT to show RESPECT towards –  Oneself, Parents, Teachers, Religion, Environment, All living Beings, and Non-living things that they interact with and depend on in our daily lives.
 Bhajan Practice:
Girls: https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/aao-gopala-giridhari
Boys: https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/dum-dum-dum-dum-damaru
Life Application: Reflect and make it a habit to show Respect to all 
1) Did I show respect to others? – practice by parents, friends, food, environment, nature, teachers, etc
2) Did I practice Help Ever Hurt Never today?
Concluded the class with prayers.
Swami’s quote:
There is only one religion, the religion of love.
‘There is only one caste, the caste of humanity.
There is only one language, the language of the heart.
There is only one God who is omnipresent.
Sairam

Class Date: 01/07/2024Attendance: 25/45Value: Truth; Sub-Value: Faith
Class started with Omkar chanting and silent sitting with different ways of chanting Japa.
We chatted about their winter break and different activities they enjoyed in break.
We took a quick recape of all the five religions, visits to respective shrines and place of worship. What was their takeaway and what did they enjoyed most.
We connect one important message to take away from every religion and explain it with Baba’s Sarva dharma stupa and symbols.
Buddhism- wheel of dharma, cause and effect – do good deeds.
Isalam- be like a star always close to cresent- have firm faith in God.
Zorastrian- Offer all negativity in fire and purify yourself.
Hinduism – Omkar is everywhere omnipresent of God.
Christianity- cross represents Ego. Let go of your I.
Life application – complete your passport.
We also had our quarterly parent-teacher meeting, had a wonderful interaction with parents, and discussed the quarter course plan.
Sairam

Class Date: 12/17/2023Attendance: 35/45Value: Truth; Sub-Value: Faith
Class started with three OMs, Gayathri and Meditation.
Summary of the Class:  Celebration of Christmas
we had so much fun in the class going over the field trip experience sharing with students what they learnt in the church and it was amazing to hear from students how they enjoyed being in the church and how much they learnt about Jesus. How compassion and love towards the world and he always followed Love all serve all.
Activity:  Every students had a chance take opportunity to do the cookie decoration and have their decor cookie too. please see all the pictures posted in the parents what app chat.
Game: We had a chance play musical chair with our christmas carols. Our students enjoyed thoroughly. Please see the video and pictures sent already.
Bhajans: Students had a chance to practice bhajans for the Sai Madhuram performance.
Students offering was phenomenal. thank you Swami.
 Quote: BE KIND TO EVERY ONE.
Swami’s quote:
There is only one religion the religion of love.
‘There is only one caste, the caste of humanity.
There is only one language, the language of the heart.
There is only one God who is omnipresent.
Life application: Connect with your students and participate in asking questions what they have learnt and what are the practices they will be following untill next class from what they have learnt from this class.
Closing prayers: Samantha lokah sukino bhavanthu (3)
Note: No classes on Dec 24 and Dec 31st and classes Wil resume on Jan 7th 2024.
Sai ram 

Class Date: 09/24/2023

Attendance: 35/45
Value: Truth; Sub-Value: Faith
Summary of class: Field trip to BUDDHIST TEMPLE in Raleigh:
What a great way to learn Buddhism through an amazing presenter Elise which was calm and soulful experience.
we got to hear the story of Buddha and significance, philosophy, teachings, 4 Nobel paths, symbol.
Philosophy of Buddha:
1. Life is precious
2. Cause and effect
3. Interdependence
4. Impermanence
Elise also talked about positive emotions: joy, happiness, gratitude and negative emotions: like anger, greed and jealousy. How Vises verses virtues are very important to have in this human life. Human life is offered to you with great merits and we have to be grateful for our precious life.
we got to know about the prayer flags and the different colors of the flags mean. Difference colors of the flag is related to 5 elements.
Prayer wheel and it’s significance, it’s wheeled clock wise and put in all the prayers in it and more you wheel it and more it spins and more the positive vibrations of good energy is spread to the world.
We had a chance see the Stupa and what it means.
All the scriptures were shown and the main scripture of Buddhism is Tripitaka.
presentation ended with a great meditation of inhaling through the one nostrils and exhaling through other nostrils and deep breathing normally after that, a very peaceful experience.
We had a chance to take a group pictures please see the what’s app parent chat group.
Students were given the passport to take home. Please see under life application what they are supposed to do.
Swami’s Quote:
There is only one God, and he is omnipresent.
There only one language, the language of the heart.
There is only one religion, the religion of love.
Life application:
Students write their experience in the passport received after the touring of Buddhist  temple. What was their haha moment 
And surprise waiting in the class to go on to the passport. Please bring your passport to the class.

Class date: 09/17/23
Value: Love  Sub-Value: Unity of Faiths 
 Summary of class:
We started with 3 OMS, 3 Gayathri Mantra & Meaning, followed by Meditation.
learning:  forms are different. God is one.
To show that we did a role play:

Role  play: : We teachers did role play ‘Fingers and hands’- conveying message that all fingers and thumb have different unique qualities, but they all are part of one hand. Body parts are different but belong to one individual.

Activity– Students separated different types of grains  from a jar of mixed varieties of grains . We conveyed the message that religions are many, methods of prayers are different, we call God by different names, but all are interconnected and teach us the same five universal values.
We had a brief discussion about the importance of knowing different religions, helping to respect and understand other cultures better.
Sarva dharma Stupa-or symbol  Swami, on his 50th birthday celebration, came up with a sketch of stupa or symbol  and how it was built. We discussed five main religion’s symbols, and significance of each part of stupa.or symbol.

Bhajan : we  learnt sarva dharma bhajan’ Ram kaho Krishna kaho, Eshwar Allah Sai kaho’,

 Swami’s Quote: 
There is only one God, and he is omnipresent.
There only one language, the language of the heart. 
There is only one religion, the religion of love. 

LIFE Application:  

 Affirmation: students were able to write the affirmations. 
Students wrote said and  their Affirmations aloud and ended the class with Closing Prayers.
 Sairam

Class Date: 01/29/2023

Attendance: 21/28

Value: Truth; Sub-Value: Faith

Summary of class:

We started with 3 OMS, 3 Gayathri Mantra & Meaning, followed by Light Meditation

Sharing of the life application from last week. 

We introduced the SUB-VALUE FAITH

  1. Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
  2. Strong belief and trust in and loyalty to God.
  3. Something that is believed especially with strong conviction.

We had a phenomenal class on Faith yesterday  We had recap of self confidence how it is very important in life in every aspect. We had a great sharing in the class too.  Started with a story of a boy who wanted to plant a seeds of corn 🌽 to grow with soil, sunlight and water  Every day he was patiently watering the seed to grow but all he could see is weeds growing around the seed instead he seeing corn grow. He used to weed out all the weeds growing, with lots of hard work, patience, persistence and faith the seeds finally into a beautiful corn tree.

Experiment Time:  We showed the experiment to students
A PVC pipe, rag and a soda can, When a PVC pipe come into contact with a soda can no movement. When the PVC pipe come in contact with Sida can after it’s been created friction with Rag, soda can moves as the PVC pipe moves.
This experiment shows PVC pipe as you or humans, rag is the faith you rub with more the faith you have more the God is closer to you. Soda can represent God.

 Swami’s Quote: 

Having unshakable inner confidence 

Faith is GOD. Faith in Yourself. That is a secret of greatness

Continue Parctising for Sai Madhuram 

https://www.sF11https://www.saimelodies.saigcregion3.org/Songs/Detail/2862  -Girls

https://www.saimelodies.saigcregion3.org/Songs/Detail/585- Boys

Lingashtakam-F2

LIFE APPLICATION – DAILY SPIRITUAL DIARY, please encourage this week’s action plan, and they can make notes for the whole week with their notebook.

    • Morning Prayer
    • Food Prayer
    • Spiritual Interview 
    • Interview your family members and share 
    • What FAITH Means for them?
    • What were their  experiences on FAITH?
    •       Please interview your family and share in our next time.
    • Chanting / Jyothi Meditation / Service 
    • Bedtime Prayers 
Affirmation: Students wrote said their Affirmations aloud and ended the class with Closing Prayers.

Sairam


Class Date: 01/22/2023 

Attendance: 18/28

Value: Truth; Sub-Value: Self-Confidence 

Summary of class:
We started with 3 OMS, 3 Gayathri Mantra & Meaning, followed by Light Meditation
Sharing of the life application:

Students shared their experiences of how they exhibited the confidence through out the week.  It was great listening to the experience s and also teachers shared their experiences too.

A 4min Video to show some tips  how to be self confident from  12 year old , the video is shared on the what’s app parents group chat.  We discussed what did they  they learn from the video? They said how to self confidence by over coming their own fears.

we had a great opportunity to conduct a ballon experiment to show how the self confidence can work when you have God with you and believe that anything is possible to achieve when you have that will power and God power. Please ask students about what does the balloon represents, what does the straw represent, what does the air represent and the string. It was a great discussion in the class. See the pics on what’s app parents group chat.

We had a bhajan practice with Nithya Aunty who came to the class to teach the class 2 Bhajans please see the link below and the audio, video pics on the chat.  Also please check the Lingastakam for Shiva ratri Feb 18th

https://www.sF11https://www.saimelodies.saigcregion3.org/Songs/Detail/2862  -Girls

https://www.saimelodies.saigcregion3.org/Songs/Detail/585- Boys

Lingashtakam-F2

 Swami’s quote : 

If you know what is right, don’t ask – do it!

That is confidence-God power.

LIFE APPLICATION – DAILY SPIRITUAL DIARY, please encourage this week’s action plan, and they can make notes for the whole week with their notebook.

    • Morning prayer: as soon as you are up, please recite morning prayers
    • Food prayer: before you partake of food
    • Bedtime prayer: before going to bed
    • Believe Swami is with you; talk to Swami to boost your Self-Confidence
    • PRACTICE SELF CONFIDENCE  TAKE ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES CONES YOUR WAY TO EXIBIT CONFIDENCE AND SHARE IN OUR NEXT CLASS.
    • Chanting / Jyothi Meditation / Service
      PLEASE NOTE LIFE APPLICATION IS VERY IMPORTANT AS A TEACHER, YOU AS A PARENT AND OUR STUDENTS WILL BE PRACTICING AS TRIPLE PARTNERS.

We ended our class with closing prayers.

Sairam


Class Date: 01/15/2023

Attendance: 18/28

Value: Truth; Sub-Value: Self-Confidence 

Summary of class:

We started with 3 OMS, 3 Gayathri Mantra & Meaning, followed by Light Meditation.

We discussed last week’s Life Application.

We revised all three prayers – Morning, Food, and Bedtime.
Please work with the children to practice prayers daily and note them in their spiritual diary

We played the game “Pass the Parcel”,  and children were given simple topics to perform spontaneously and impromptu scenarios . We saw children demonstrate their innate personality and discussed the scenarios and how they can perform in the given scenarios in their daily life. How can they take these every day opportunity and exhibit confidence . life application from last week – What personalities do they relate to the most and how to work on building self-confidence – recognize the divinity in you and believe that GOD – SWAMI is always with you.

We discussed the story of Hanuman as a child, who was fearless, and how he needed Jambavantha to remind him of his innate strength, encouraging him to cross the ocean in search of Sita. Like how Hanuman did not know his own strengths and  his own self confidence until he crossed the ocean to give Sita mata the message.

We presented and discussed why Self-Confidence is important:

  •  Leads to inner peace and mind satisfaction
  •  Leads to success in all areas of life
  •  Believing in oneself will promote developing love for all
  • Self-confidence will bring transformation from within, believing God is within us; he will always guide and protect us.

And SWAMI’s Quote:

Self-confidence means thinking all the time, “God is in me… 

Important Information: 

We Choose the Bhajan for Group 2 Girls & Boys for Sai Madhuram, date 12th Feb 2023. 

Girls: https://www.saimelodies.saigcregion3.org/Songs/Detail/2862

Boys: https://www.saimelodies.saigcregion3.org/Songs/Detail/585

Lingashtakam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Xaaw3U4A-I

Please encourage Children to participate in the Sai Samarpan offering, the submissions folders will be open from next week. 

Affirmation: Children said their Affirmations aloud and ended the class with Closing Prayers.

LIFE APPLICATION – DAILY SPIRITUAL DIARY, please encourage this week’s action plan, and they can make notes for the whole week with their notebook.

  • Morning prayer: as soon as you are up, please recite morning prayers 
  • Food prayer: before you partake of food 
  • Bedtime prayer: before going to bed 
  • Believe Swami is with you, talk to Swami to boost your Self-Confidence
  • Practice Truthfulness and Respect 
  • Chanting / Jyothi Meditation / Service
    PLEASE NOTE LIFE APPLICATION IS VERY IMPORTANT AS A TEACHER, YOU AS A PARENT AND OUR STUDENTS WILL BE PRACTICING AS TRIPLE PARTNERS.

We ended our class with closing prayers.

Sairam


Wishing you a wonderful and blessed year, 2023

Class Date: 01/08/2023

Attendance: 22/28

Value: Truth; Sub-Value: Self-Confidence 

Summary of class:

We started with 3 OMS, 3 Gayathri Mantra & Meaning, followed by Light Meditation.

We discussed last week’s Life Application.

We revised all three prayers – Morning, Food, and Bedtime.
Please work with the children to practice prayers daily and note them in their spiritual diary 

Today’s class introduced the next Sub-Value, “Self Confidence.”

We did a role-play to demonstrate three different personalities portraying confidence levels –

  1. Open-minded, Courageous, and Always confident to take up any challenge
  2. Closed-minded, Rigid, and never want to take up anything outside of the comfort zone
  3. Open-minded, looks for support to take up challenges

We discussed the stories of contemporary achievers who believed in themselves, showed perseverance, hard-work and succeeded despite many obstacles – J K Rowling, Michel Jordan, Messie, Abraham Lincon.

Learned the meaning of Self Confidence and what Swami says about the importance of Self Confidence.

Meaning: 

A feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgment.

The knowledge of inner truth and value, the knowledge of who you really are – divine.

Swami Says: 

“Without self-confidence, no achievement is possible. If you have confidence in your strength and skill, you can draw upon the inner springs of courage and raise yourselves to the higher level of joy and peace.”

We discussed offerings for Sai Madhuram and Sai Samarpan.

Important Information: 

Next class, we will finalize the Bhajan for Group 2 Girls & Boys for Sai Madhuram, date 12th Feb 2023. 

Please encourage Children to participate in the Sai Samarpan offering, the submissions folders will be open from next week. 

Affirmation: Children said their Affirmations aloud and ended the class with Closing Prayers.

LIFE APPLICATION – DAILY SPIRITUAL DIARY, please encourage this week’s action plan, and they can make notes for the whole week with their notebook.

  • Morning prayer: as soon as you are up, please recite morning prayers 
  • Food prayer: before you partake of food 
  • Bedtime prayer: before going to bed 
  • Identify when you were confidentwhen you felt not so confident, and what you did then.
  • Practice Truthfulness and Respect 
  • Chanting / Jyothi Meditation / Service
    PLEASE NOTE LIFE APPLICATION IS VERY IMPORTANT AS A TEACHER, YOU AS A PARENT AND OUR STUDENTS WILL BE PRACTICING AS TRIPLE PARTNERS.

We ended our class with closing prayers.


Class Date: 12/18/2022

Attendance: 12/28

Christmas Celebration 

Summary of class:

We started with 3 OMS, 3 Gayathri Mantra & Meaning, followed by Light Meditation.

We discussed last week’s Life Application.

We revised all three prayers – Morning, Food, and Bedtime.
Please work with the children to practice prayers daily and note them in their spiritual diary

The class was focused on Christmas….

We heard the Christmas story of star in the night sky, the birth of Jesus, and three gifts. We saw clippings of miracles of Jesus, relating to what our Swami used to perform as well.

We learned what Swami said about the three gifts and how each of us has them.

And as a class, we played Christmas Trivia and fun activities; the children enjoyed the games and won prizes.

Affirmation: Children said their Affirmations aloud and ended the class with Closing Prayers.

LIFE APPLICATION – DAILY SPIRITUAL DIARY, please encourage this week’s action plan, and they can make notes for the whole week with their notebook.

  • Morning prayer: as soon as you are up, please recite morning prayers 
  • Food prayer: before you partake food
  • Practice Truthfulness and Respect
  • Any chanting/ meditation or service and what is the importance of it. Please ask your students about it.
  • Bedtime prayer; before going to bed.
    PLEASE NOTE LIFE APPLICATION IS VERY IMPORTANT AS A TEACHER, YOU AS A PARENT AND OUR STUDENTS WILL BE PRACTICING AS TRIPLE PARTNERS.

Wishing you all Happy Holidays!

Sairam


Class Date 12/11/2022

VALUE: Truth, Sub Value: Respect
Summary of class:
We started with 3 OMS, 3 Gayathri Mantra & Meaning, followed by Light Meditation.

We discussed last week’s Life Application.

We revised Morning Prayer & Food Prayer. This week we learned the Bedtime prayer.

Please work with the children to practice all three prayers daily and note them in their spiritual diary 

We revised about Sub-Value Respect and discussed why it is important to respect all living beings and creations on GOD irrespective of their form. This was illustrated with an example of a Mosquito and how it adds value in maintaining balance in the ecosystem.

Swami’s Quotes: 

“Sometimes I am a dog, sometimes a pig, a cow, a cat or an ant, a fly or an aquatic creature. In such various forms do I move about in the world. Know that I love only him who sees Me in all the living beings. So give up the sense of differentiation. This is the way to worship Me.” ~ Sai of Shirdi 

“I am nearest to the one who calls on Me and sees Me in all beings.” – ‘Sathya Sai Speaks’ – 14th Sept. 1975

We had Samhitha from Group 4 teach us a beautiful bhajan:

I Keep Feeling Your Love In Me Over And Over Again

And It’s Sweeter And Sweeter As The Days Go By

Oh What A Love Between My Sai And I

My Sai And I, My Sai And I

https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/i-keep-feeling-your-love

Affirmation: Children said their Affirmations aloud and ended the class with Closing Prayers.

LIFE APPLICATION – DAILY SPIRITUAL DIARY, please encourage this week’s action plan, and they can make notes for the whole week with their notebook.

  • Morning prayer: as soon as you are up, please recite morning prayers 
  • Food prayer: before you partake food
  • Pay attention and note How you SHOW respect and How you RECEIVE respect. 
  • Any chanting/ meditation or service and what is the importance of it. Please ask your students about it.
  • Bedtime prayer; before going to bed.
    PLEASE NOTE LIFE APPLICATION IS VERY IMPORTANT AS A TEACHER, YOU AS A PARENT AND OUR STUDENTS WILL BE PRACTICING AS TRIPLE PARTNERS.
Sai Ram

Class Date: 12/04/2022

VALUE: Truth, Sub Value: Respect

Attendance: 18/28

Summary of class:
We started with 3 OMS, 3 Gayathri Mantra & Meaning, followed by Light Meditation.

We discussed last week’s Life Application.

Morning Prayer & Food Prayer:  Parents, please encourage students to practice reciting the Shloka every morning as soon as they up from bed and food prayer before partaking meals.

We revised about Sub-Value Respect and discussed what respect means to each of us. 

Learnt why Respect is important, how Swami simplifies and presents an easy path to “Respect to All”

We discussed the Story of Shiridi Baba and Swami, where Swami has exhorted to everyone that one must see the Lord in all. He says that D-O-G (dog) becomes G-O-D (God) when viewed from the correct perspective.

We together watched the video Abu Bin Adam Story:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsxpihvG864 

Signifying the need to respect and love fellow beings as GOD then GOD himself will be with you always.

Swami’s Quote:

  • Respect all others as your kin, having the same divine spark and the same divine nature.”
  • “Know yourself as divine and when you revere all others as divine.”

Affirmation: Children said out aloud their Affirmations and ended the class with Closing Prayers.

LIFE APPLICATION – DAILY SPIRITUAL DIARY, please encourage this week’s action plan, and they can make notes for the whole week with their notebook.

  • Morning prayer: as soon as you are up, please recite morning prayers 
  • Food prayer: before you partake food
  • Pay attention and note How you SHOW respect and How you RECEIVE respect. 
  • Any chanting/ meditation or service and what is the importance of it. Please ask your students about it.
  • Bedtime prayer; before going to bed.
    PLEASE NOTE LIFE APPLICATION IS VERY IMPORTANT AS A TEACHER, YOU AS A PARENT AND OUR STUDENTS WILL BE PRACTICING AS TRIPLE PARTNERS. 

Important information for Parents: We encourage everyone, especially Students, to practice The Prayers daily (Life application)
Sai Ram

Class Date 11/06/2022

VALUE: Truth 

Sub Value: Respect

Attendance: 18/38

Respect:

  •  Having esteem and reverence for yourself and others
  • Based on the recognition of the truth of God in All
Summary of class:
We started with 3 OMS, 3 Gayathri Mantra & Meaning, followed by Light Meditation.

We discussed last week’s Life Application.

Morning Prayer & Food Prayer:  Parents, please encourage students to practice reciting the Shloka every morning as soon as they up from bed and food prayer before partaking food.

We revised about Sub-Value Honesty and Introduced the next sub value – RESPECT

We together watched the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHQp-SxcNww

And identified the key sub-value as RESPECT

Activity Time: 

Children depicted and wrote about their views about

  1. What respect sounds like? 
  2. What respect looks like? 
  3. What respect feels like?

And they wrote Acronym About Respect.

Here is a snapshot of notes from the children:

Today’s class was an Hour Only as most of the Children went for Bhajan practice for Upcoming Swami’s Birthday Celebrations.

Remaining children watched the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddvTFgzkS5M

Affirmation: Children said out aloud their Affirmations and ended the class with Closing Prayers. 

  • LIFE APPLICATION – DAILY SPIRITUAL DIARY

    please encourage this week’s action plan, and they can make notes for the whole week with their notebook.

  • Morning prayer: as soon as you are up, please recite morning prayers 
  • Food prayer: before you partake food
  • How did you practice truthfulness today: yet of the day or before going to bed reflection of the day time.
  • Any chanting/ meditation or service and what is the importance of it. Please ask your students about it.
  • Bedtime prayer; before going to bed.
    PLEASE NOTE LIFE APPLICATION IS VERY IMPORTANT AS A TEACHER, YOU AS A PARENT AND OUR STUDENTS WILL BE PRACTICING AS TRIPLE PARTNERS. 

Important information for Parents: We encourage everyone, especially Students, to practice The Prayers daily (Life application)

Next three weeks there is no class because of Akhanda Bhajan and Birthday Retreat event.

1) Akhanda Bhajans (Nov 12th and 13th) 
2) Swami’s Birthday Mini retreat -Nov 18th 4PM till 9:30 PM and  Nov 19th 6:45 AM till 4PM
3) Rise against Hunger service event (Friday, Nov 18th evening)
Looking forward to seeing you all for the Akhanda Bhajan
Sai Ram

CLASS DATE: 10/30/2022

VALUE: Truth

Sub Value: Honest

Attendance: 15/28

Honesty:

  • Being straightforward in speech and conduct
  • Behaving sincerely
  • Following through on one’s promise.
 Summary of class:
We started with 3 OMS, 3 Gayathri Mantra & Meaning, followed by Light Meditation.

We discussed last week’s Life Application.

Morning Prayer:  parents please encourage students to practice and recite the Shloka every morning as soon as they up from the bed. we had an opportunity to continue with the honesty is the best policy.

Game time: 

We had a fantastic time playing the coin game.
Students were divided into 3 groups and given the cup with the water and each group were given one penny, drop the penny in the water and try to cover the penny with quarter and dime. It needed more other coins to cover the penny.
The inference of this game is once you tell one lie( cent) you have to cover much much lies ( quarter , dime) so the moral of the game is do not let the lie weigh it down and also wats tell the truth no matter what. 

We also had an opportunity to watch the Robot story about being honest. 


Swami’s words about Honesty:

    • Speak the truth but pleasantly.
    • Simply becausebabstatement will be welcome to the hearer,don’t speak it out to winhis approval.
    • If speaking truth will cause grief or pain, keep silent.

    • Food prayer: 

      We recited the shloka and the meaning and a beautiful stories why it is important to pray before you partake the food. 

    • Bramharpanam ( please refer the parent chat message 
    • Swami’s words on Food Prayer.
    • We should partake food with a sathwic (pure, serene) mind. Our ancestors recommended the offering of food to God before partaking. Food so partaken becomes prasad (consecrated offering). Prayer cleanses the food of the three impurities caused by the absence of cleanliness of the vessel, cleanliness of the food stuff, and cleanliness in the process of cooking. It is necessary to get rid of these three impurities to purify the food, for pure food goes into the making of a pure mind. It is not possible to ensure the purity of the cooking process because we do not know what thoughts rage in the mind of the man who prepares the food. Similarly, we cannot ensure the cleanliness of the food ingredients because we do not know whether it was acquired in a righteous way by the person who sold it to us. Hence, it is essential on our part to offer food to God in the form of prayer so that these three impurities do not afflict our mind.
    • Affirmation: 

      The Class wrote their affirmation in the notebook

  • LIFE APPLICATION – DAILY SPIRITUAL DIARY

    please encourage this week’s action plan, and they can make notes for the whole week with their notebook.

  • Morning prayer: as soon as you are up, please recite morning prayers 
  • Food prayer: before you partake food
  • How did you practice truthfulness today: yet of the day or before going to bed reflection of the day time.
  • Any chanting/ meditation or service and what is the importance of it. Please ask your students about it.
  • Bedtime prayer; before going to bed.
    PLEASE NOTE LIFE APPLICATION IS VERY IMPORTANT AS A TEACHER, YOU AS A PARENT AND OUR STUDENTS WILL BE PRACTICING AS TRIPLE PARTNERS. 

Important information for Parents: 
  1. We encourage everyone, especially Students, to practice The Prayers daily (Life application)
 Sai Ram

CLASS DATE: 10/23/2022

VALUE: Truth

Sub Value: Honest

Also talked about the importance of Diwali!

ATTENDANCE: 21/28

 Summary of class:
We started with 3 OMS, 3 Gayathri Mantra & Meaning, followed by Light Meditation.

We discussed last week’s Life Application.

Morning Prayer, Recited the Morning prayer and its meaning again. Nice to see half the class was familiar and reciting every day. Please encourage students to prayer this shloka as soon as they rise from the bed.:

Karaagre Vasate Lakshmi, Karamadhye Saraswati

Karamoole Tu Govinda, Prabhaate Karadarshanam

Meaning :

I focus on my fingers (Kara: hand; Agra: top/tip) and I visualize the abundant blessings of Goddess Lakshmi , who dwells there.

I focus on the center of my palms (Kara: hand, Madhya: middle) and I visualize the abundant blessings of Goddess Saraswati, who dwells there.

At the base of my hand (Kara: hand, Moola: bottom), I visualize the infinite blessings of Lord Vishnu, who dwells there.

And so, I focus on my hands every morning and seek divine manifestation

We continued the topic on the value Truth – Subvalue Honesty. And had a chance to play button game. Students enjoyed playing it and the inference of the game is how difficult to with hold the dishonesty and always honesty is the best policy. Ask students how they enjoyed it.

    • Swami’s words about Honesty: 
    • In spite of all appearances, honesty is still the best policy.
    • A single lie has to be buttressed by a hundred others, while the truth is the easiest, simplest, and safest line of behavior. 
    • Be what you preferred to be, speak what you intend to do, and talk about what you have experienced-no more, no less.
    • Diwali/Deepavali significance: 
    • Please refer the  video on the parents what’s app group.
    • We shared the significance and the importance of the festival. And had a beautiful activity to create the draw Rangoli with rangoli
    • Students thoroughly enjoyed the activity which showed the creativity, focus, true liking and festivity.
    • Affirmation: 

      The Class wrote their affirmation in the notebook

  • LIFE APPLICATION – DAILY SPIRITUAL DIARY

    please encourage this week’s action plan, and they can make notes for the whole week with their notebook.

  • Morning prayer: as soon as you are up, please recite morning prayers 
  • Food prayer: before you partake food
  • How did you practice truthfulness today: yet of the day or before going to bed reflection of the day time.
  • Any chanting/ meditation or service and what is the importance of it. Please ask your students about it.
  • Bedtime prayer; before going to bed.
    PLEASE NOTE LIFE APPLICATION IS VERY IMPORTANT AS A TEACHER, YOU AS A PARENT AND OUR STUDENTS WILL BE PRACTICING AS TRIPLE PARTNERS. 

Important information for Parents: 
  1. We encourage everyone, especially Students, to practice The Prayers daily (Life application)
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02/11/23

In yesterday’s class, we watched the story ‘Mukti-The Lion Cub’, one of Uncle Lion’s Tales
from Radio Sai. It’s a story about a lion cub who is fostered by a flock of sheep. As he grew
older, forgetting that he was not part of the flock, he was criticized for not growing horns and for not
growing the fleece to yield wool. Confused and dejected, Mukti runs away from the flock only to
be found by the lion king, Guru. Guru makes him realize that he is not a weak little lamb who
cannot bleat but he is a lion who can roar.
We did a retelling of the story and discussed how we faced similar situations that Mukti faced in our
own lives, of being ignored, of being left out, and of being criticized. We talked about how we can
stay positive and believe in ourselves when facing such challenging situations.
We plan to continue our discussion on the same topic in the next class as well

02/04/23

We started the class with 3 OMS and 3 Sai Gayathri. We revised till the 5th stanza in Lingashtakam, and practiced bhajans for Sai Madhuram.
The children sat for 1 minute meditation where they tried to focus on the rainwater sound and tune out all other distractions during that time.

We continued our theme duty and responsibility. We had a lively discussion on roles and responsibilities of elders in our home and those outside. Then the children were encouraged to imagine what if parents stopped doing this responsibilities and passed it on to someone else. Similarly if people working different jobs stopped completing their assigned responsibility because they didn’t feel like it. Children had a lot to contribute! We then heard the story about the farmer and his 4 children who kept passing their responsibilities to each other and what happens when you do so! They learned a valuable lesson about the importance of completing their own responsibilities.

At the end we had a really fun lemon and spoon race where the children were partnered to complete their responsibility to carry the lemon on the spoon to where their partner were standing without dropping the lemon so the partner could bring it back to the start line. Thank you parents for sending the spoons with the children!

1/28/2024

  1. Do your duty without being told

Class summary:We started the class with 3 OMS and 3 Sai Gayathri. We practiced the 5th stanza in Lingashtakam, reviewed our “Love is the way” bhajan and learnt a new bhajan” Govinda Gopala Prabhu Giridhari ” that the kids will be leading in the upcoming Sai Madhuram bhajan on Feb 4th.

We begin by learning about ants. How responsible and hardworking they are and how all ants in the colony have a job to do and they just do it. Then we solved a jumbled sentence that said ‘ We can do our work without being told to do it’. We continued our discussion on how we have  different responsibilities  and how we can do it without anyone reminding us. We concluded by discussing how powerful and responsible we feel when we complete our job and when we do it without reminders we become ‘RESPONSIBLE SUPERHEROES’.

Request to parents: Discuss what they learnt from ants. You can work together and make a daily checklist that will help them to do their daily work without reminders. Example given below.

https://www.mkewithkids.com/post/chore-charts-kids-free-printable-templates/

Life Application: We discussed in smaller groups with children about how they are doing with the tracker, what challenges they have and how to overcome the forgetfulness to fill the tracker. Teachers should be sending message individually to all the parents specific to each child. children who completed their tracker got stickers as a reward.

Link for printable tracker 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10J_AkKIoRJU3MCz2Ek4SIEqUmdkoPPya/edit?usp=drive_link&ouid=114795113955382270768&rtpof=true&sd=true

1/21/24 Class summary:

We started the class with 3 OMS and 3 Sai Gayathri. We learnt the 5th stanza in Lingashtakam, reviewed our “Love is the way” bhajan and learnt a new bhajan” Govinda Gopala Prabhu Giridhari ” that the kids will be leading in the upcoming Sai Madhuram bhajan on Feb 4th.

We continued our theme duty and responsibility. We had an amazing interactive session and we learnt about taking care of our teeth through a story about a toad who gets a new set of teeth . We talked about how our teeth health is closely related to our heart health. We continued the discussion of how it’s not just enough to take care of teeth but our whole self and our surroundings also because swami has said “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”. We summed up the class saying Our body is the temple and God dwells in our heart. So it is important to keep our temple(body and mind) clean.

Request to parents: Talk to kids and ask them about the “Toothy toad” story and the importance of personal cleanliness and hygiene. Involve them and encourage them to keep their room and house clean by giving them some duties.

1/14

We started the class with 3 OMs and Sai Gayathri followed . We practiced lingashtakam and learnt a new bhajan – “Love is the way, Love is the only way”

We continued with the theme of duty and focussed on Duty as a family member, and doing our part.  We had a very nice interactive session. We talked about each of us have different role, Adults are either mom or dad at home, they are employee at workplace, customer when they go to the stores etc. Similarly children were asked if they too have different riles, they said yes – Student, Son/Daughter, Sister/Brother, Team player(in games) etc. Every role has different responsibilities. In the class we talked about what is their duty as a family member. We explained it through a role play by teachers in which a 3rd grader Anu does not do her duties at home after she is back from school. It was about the consequences of not doing your duty. Children listed down a lot of responsibilities at home which will help them and also is a way of showing their love to their parents as when do their job or help at home, it’s a big help for parents and their work becomes lesser.

Request to Parents: Please talk about what duties they do as a family member. Please also talk to them about Swami’s childhood life : https://archive.sssmediacentre.org/journals/vol_12/01APR14/HIS_STORY_COMIC-part-01.htm, https://archive.sssmediacentre.org/journals/vol_12/01JUN14/HIS_STORY_COMIC-part-04.htm

Life application discussion : We discussed in smaller groups with children about how they are doing with the tracker, what challenges they have and how to overcome the forgetfulness to fill the tracker. Teachers should be sending message individually to all the parents specific to each child

1/7

Topics for Quarter 1

  1. Duty – Be on Time
  2. Be a responsible family member, do your part
  3. Do not pass your responsibility to someone else
  4. Do your duty without being told

We started the class with 3 OMs and Sai Gayathri followed . We practiced lingashtakam and learnt a new bhajan – “Love is the way, Love is the only way”

We had a great interactive session on “Duty”. Children were asked to list different kind of jobs that adults do. They listed different occupations – teacher, doctor, chef, engineer etc. Surprisingly they thought being Mon and Dad is also a job :). Then we discussed how each of the profession has a duty to perform. Then they were asked if children also had duties. They answered an affirmative yes and they talked about different duties they have like studying, helping their sibling, picking up the mail from mailbox etc.

We narrated the story of little Satya as an ideal student. How Satya in his childhood was always on time to school, was organized with his books, uniform and was ready to go to school ahead of time. He was liked by students and teachers alike and he was a bright student and was always had answers for the questions teachers asked him

Then we discussed is it challenging to be on time for the school and children answered that they have to do 10 different things to get ready to school right from making their bag, charging their laptops, getting dressed etc. They also agreed that being on time feels good and they are peaceful when they reach ahead of time and ready for the class. they also get time to do their morning work at school

We agreed that we will take up the “BOT Challenge” (Being on Time Challenge) – for school and SSSE class. They will use the new activity in the tracker pasted in the book for tracking their challenge. Please encourage children to do it every day.

Request to Parents: Please talk about what duties you do as a parent/employee/spouse etc. Please also talk to them about Swami’s childhood life : https://archive.sssmediacentre.org/journals/vol_12/01APR14/HIS_STORY_COMIC-part-01.htm, https://archive.sssmediacentre.org/journals/vol_12/01JUN14/HIS_STORY_COMIC-part-04.htm

12/10

We started the class with 3 Oms and Sai Gayathri followed 

In yesterday’s class we practiced for next Sunday’s Sai Madhuram bhajans to be sung by SSSE children in the main Bhajan hall. Please encourage children to practice at home as well 

We also continued learning Lingastakam (1st stanza) in preparation for Shivtatri, coming up in March. Have posted the audio recording for the 1st stanza, please help children with word pronunciation and chanting.

We also took part in a service activity and made goodie bags, along with handmade cards, for senior citizens in a rehabilitation center. Hope children enjoyed it.

12/3

We practiced 2 bhajans for the upcoming Sai Madhuram bhajans on 12/17( please refer 3&4 below). We also started learning lingashtakam in preparation of Sivaratri in Feb, request you all to help children practice the first stanza before the next člass

we continued with the theme of God is our best friend. Started with questions of how do we feel when God is with us, are there times when we don’t feel confident or we feel scared like when we have to speak in front of a class or EOGs etc. We listened to a story of a child Gopal who considered Lord Krishna as his brother and called upon Him when he was scared to go to school. I Ultimately how Krishna helped him when he had to get a gift for his teacher as he couldn’t afford

Reference : https://www.ramakrishnavivekananda.info/vivekananda/volume_6/writings_prose_and_poems/the_story_of_boy_gopala.htm

We ended with a short quiz on “God is”

11/5

We practiced 4 bhajans for the Akhand bhajan(see the links below) and then had a fun quiz to wrap up this quarter. Children who missed it can play the quiz with parents. Here is the link to the quiz: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1MRa2i2fZbbtTFfPYznWRHAoTpmIcLfKNzQdXNjNVsi4/edit

We started the class with 3 Oms and Sai Gayathri followed 

This was followed by guided meditation where children imagined a flower blossoming petal by petal. Once the flower had blossomed, the children were to imagine the fragrance of the flower and how the memory of the fragrance goes with them wherever they go for the rest of the day.

We practiced Sai Madhuram Bhajans.

Following this there was a recap of the previous class about how Swami was a best friend in his younger years and the qualities of a best friend i.e. caring and sharing.

The class then discussed who they consider to be their best friend- parents, siblings, friends at school, friends in the neighborhood, or someone in a different state. We also discussed how we feel when we are with our best friend. Then the main question asked was ‘Is your best friend with you all the time- at every minute of the day?’ This was followed by a story about how Peter when he got into trouble- who did he think of and who came to save him from the prison. Link to story-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fcp0Q6FYcU . We learnt that God is the only friend who is always with us, guarding and protecting us, all other friends and family cannot be with us all the time , eg: when we go to school, our parents are not with us.

After the story the children engaged in a fun activity! Divided into groups of 5-6 students, 3 children became obstacles standing in a row, one child was blindfolded and another child helped navigate the blindfolded child through the ‘obstacles’. All the children changed roles and had their turn in being the blindfolded student, the guide and the obstacles. The lesson learned here is just like the guide helping the blindfolded child through obstacles, the same way God, like a best friend, hel[s navigate through all of life’s obstacles by constantly being by our side.

Parents are encouraged to talk to your children about this activity and gauge what they learned from it.

10/23/2023

Topic for today’s class: God is our best friend

We learnt about  Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and saw pictures of Puttaparthi, Swami’s hospital , schools and colleges and water projects. After this, we played a quick game of Swami says and then, children watched a puppet show depicting “ God is our best friend” , explaining 3 stories from Swami’s childhood  that showed what a wonderful friend he was . It also explained how we can make God, who is Omnipresent our best friend. Finally we made a friendship flower that says God is our best friend.

Note to Parents: If you have any personal experiences where you felt God as your friend, please share with your children.

Resources for the story:https://archive.sssmediacentre.org/journals/vol_12/01JUN14/HIS_STORY_COMIC-part-04.htm

https://archive.sssmediacentre.org/journals/vol_12/01AUG14/RADIOSAI-HIS_STORY_COMIC-part-08.htm

 

Life application:

The first activity is PRAYER- any prayer any time of the day. Use the innermost spiral to track the activity by coloring the sections that correspond to the date, with one color for YES have done it, and other color for NO haven’t done it.

The second activity isFinish what You Start –  What this means is, you as parents please sit down with the child and decide any one responsibility that they have to complete from start to finish everyday. For example, complete your homework, put the toys away after playing, empty the dishwasher, make your beds, etc. Please write this one task at the bottom of the tracker. In the middle line of the circle please write the title- Finish What You Start. Now the children are set to track whether they complete the selected task everyday. This will be tracked in the middle circle. They can follow the same ‘yes’ and ‘no’ colors for it. Thank you for the partnership to develop good habits in the students! 🙏

We continued with the story of Ramayan—  how Hanuman gets past Lankini, meets Vibhishana, meets Sita, converses with Sita, gets captured, his conversation with Ravana, sets Lanka on fire, conveys the whereabouts of Sita to Rama, building the bridge to cross the ocean, the battle between Rama and Ravana. 

The purpose of narrating these stories is two fold, one is to create the experience of listening to the story by evoking the emotions and triggering the imagination and the second is to convey the message of the story across. Humility, respect, devotion, courage, intelligence of Hanuman, gentleness and strength of Sita, arrogance, wickedness and pride of Ravana, obedience, compassion, love and beauty of Rama are all some of the messages which the story itself reveals. Then we also discussed the message of Ramayan through Hanuman’s story. How he installed Rama in his heart, had faith in Rama’s strength and relied on it, made sincere and determined effort to accomplish Rama’s mission, faced the obstacles with intelligence, fought the enemies fearlessly.

We talked a little bit about how we can be like Hanuman and be confident, focused and fearless in our own tasks.

10/15/23

We approached today’s topic through the story of Ramayan, highlighting the role of Hanuman in crossing the ocean to find out the whereabouts of Sita. We talked about how Hanuman shows his deep devotion and unwavering faith in Rama and takes the leap to cross the ocean. How he carries out Rama’s task with absolute focus and dedication. We will continue with the story in the next class and talk about how Hanuman faces the obstacles fearlessly to accomplish Rama’s mission- all the while following the lord within.

We are also going to discuss how to apply the learnings from the story in our own lives.

Children also learnt a yoga pose called Hanuman pose.

Towards the end of the class we sang a Hanuman bhajan in praise of Hanuman’s devotion for Rama.

10/082023

Love is beyond the perception of the five senses. It is an emotion that one experiences in one’s heart. To bring home this message we engaged children in an interactive question answer style activity. By posing the question of which of the five senses — sound, touch, form, taste, smell — are associated with the five elements — Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space, we began to understand what are the senses that come into play with each of the elements. Earth is associated with all the five senses, for Water the sense of smell is dropped, for Fire the senses of smell and taste are dropped, for Air the senses of smell, taste and form are dropped, and for Space the senses of smell, taste, form and touch are dropped. In other words, we can perceive space only through sound.We then posed the question, how about Love. Since we can not understand love with any of the senses, can we say Love doesn’t exist? No, Love exists and we can feel Love in our hearts.

We then talked about Radha’s love for Krishna and narrated a story of how Krishna responds to her love.

Radha is someone who has Krishna in her thoughts and experiences Krishna’s love in heart all the time. Swami while narrating about Radha’s Love for Krishna said the following: Radha prayed to Krishna and said, “Oh Krishna! according to circumstances, maybe you have now taken the birth of a human being but it is not possible for anyone to say what form you will take or at what time. I only wish to become one with you and identify myself with you at all times.” We may ask how this is possible. Here is the reply. “If you become a flower, I will become a bee and go around you. If you become a tree, I will become a creeper and wind around you. If you become the endless sky, I will become a shining little star and be in you. If you become a mountain, I will become a small rivulet and flow close to you. If you become a big ocean, I will become a river and flow into you.” In this way, Radha prayed that she be given an opportunity to become one with the Lord.

In the story Radha happens to drink hot milk, first offering it to Krishna and Krishna protects her by taking up the burns on his feet.We reasoned out that when we think of god, god is also thinking of us, protecting us, guiding us. We can experience his love in our hearts.

Note to parents : In the Radha Krishna story we mentioned the name of one of the wives of Krishna, Rukmini. We asked the children to find out from you the name of Krishna’s second wife. (Sathyabhama)

09/24/2022

Topic for the class: God is everywhere

We started the class with three OMs followed by chanting of Sai Gayatri. Learned the bhajan- Om Shivaya Om Shivaya.

We asked the children, what comes to their mind when we say- God Is ……..

They have listed all the attributes of God with their spontaneous one word answers. We then engaged them with four different activities.

  1. Activity with sugar and water
  2. Pumping air into inflatable ball
  3. Flying paper planes
  4. Blowing soap bubbles

We sat down to learn more about what God is….. through these activities.

The sugar is in the form of sugar crystals. And we can see it. When mixed in water the sugar becomes formless and we cannot see it. But just because we cannot see it, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. We can taste the sugar and experience its sweetness. In the same way God can exist both in form, whom we worship and without form whom we can experience.

Similarly the air which has no form takes the form of a balloon when we pump air into it. God can be both in form and formless states.

The paper plane flies through the air that is all around it- in front of it, behind it, below it and above it. (By the way, Children did talk about the aerodynamic principle behind flying a plane). In the same way God is all in front of us, behind us, below us above us, all around us.

The soap bubble has air in it and also air all around it, which is why it floats in air as long as it does. In the same way God is not only all around us but also within us. God is Everywhere!

We also watched a YouTube video of Uncle Lion’s Tales titled God is in Everybody, which had a similar message as learnt through activities.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VmFyvwUao6Q&pp=ygUiVW5jbGUgbGlvbnMgdGFsZSBnb2QgaXMgZXZlcnl3aGVyZQ%3D%3D

Note to Parents:

We asked children to find out from you the other word for God is everywhere, which is God is Omnipresent. This can be your conversation starter and have fun learning what they learnt.

09/17/2023

Sairam dear parents, we had a wonderful SSSE session yesterday. It started with silent meditation and chanting the Sai Gayatri. This was followed by children learning Lord Shiva’s bhajan (link to bhajan). We then started with some fun icebreaker activities including ‘Pencil in the Jar’ where each child came up and picked up one pencil and introduce themselves to the class. This was followed by ‘A Great Wind Blows’ that took the children to 4 different corners of the room based on their daily habits, favorite hobbies, food etc. At the end, children worked collaboratively to come up with basic rules of conduct for themselves while classes are in session. They selected the right action when faced with disruptive scenarios, wrote them on paper, decorated it and put it all together on a poster board to form a colorful gamut of class rules! Three 3rd graders were randomly selected for class responsibilities including maintaining seating order, and ensuring children keep their belongings in the correct place when entering the classroom. We hope the children enjoyed the session while they settled down to the new year in Group 1. It is our endeavor to overtly and silently inculcate good values and habits throughout the year in a manner that children look forward to absorbing the teachings.  We look forward to seeing them next Sunday.

3/19/2022

We started the class with 3 OMs, slokas and thumb meditation. We learnt Gayatri mantra

We learnt two new bhajans, which the children will sing during Sai Madhuram bhajans on April 16th

https://www.saimelodies.saigcregion3.org/Songs/Detail/1630

https://www.saimelodies.saigcregion3.org/Songs/Detail/1941

In this class we talked about how much swami gives importance to the feeling and the intention behind an action. We shared experiences of two students which beautifully shows how swami responds to the ‘bhava’ or the feeling with which one performs the action more than the action itself. These experiences also show how Swami showers his love, how he ever so gently corrects them to make improvements while accepting all imperfections and how he inspires them to take up challenges and perform to the best of their ability.

https://saisarathi.com/student-stories/art-from-the-heart/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXdmiGEebGg

3/12/2023

In this class we did a recap of what we learnt in the previous class and learnt about the three R’s. Reduce Reuse and Recycle. We also talked about another R that could possibly precede the three R’s, which is Refuse. Refuse to use single-use-plastic. Since the way things are in the world at this point in time, where we can’t imagine life without plastic, our next course of action is to try and Reduce as much plastic as possible. And where possible to put the plastic to Reuse. Recycling should be the last resort and not by any means the first option. Because it takes a huge amount of energy and resources for recycling. And in spite of that it is estimated that only 9% of plastic gets recycled while the rest of the plastic ends up in landfills, incinerators or ocean and lakes. So there we go, all the reasons to be more aware and responsible about plastic use. And then there is upcycling, where we make something of value using recyclable materials

Activity: We did a DIY project of creating our own board game out of recyclable cardboard boxes. We will be spending some more time in the next class playing the board game. Hope children had fun doing it.

03/05/2023

In this class we shifted our focus from talking about responsibility towards oneself to responsibility towards the environment. We talked about one of the most pressing environmental issues that each of us can take control of— Plastic Pollution.

We talked about what are the various plastic items that we use in our everyday life, and where they would end up once they are disposed of. We talked about why plastic can pose great danger to the environment. We talked about how plastic pollution affects land ecosystems and marine life. We talked about the benefits of recycling and how it’s not nearly enough to reduce the effects of pollution. And in the end discussed some tips by which we can avoid the use of disposable plastic items.

Resources:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_6xlNyWPpB8

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/plastic-pollution-huge-problem-not-too-late-to-fix-it

Activity:

As a fun activity we did a craft item using a plastic water bottle.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZrWYm4n9UI

Family corner:

Do talk to children more about plastic pollution and brainstorm the best eco friendly alternatives for plastic

02/26/2023

The theme of the class was integrity, doing things right even when no one is looking. Narrated a story about  father and son who go for fishing during the fishing season and want to participate in a competition of who catches the biggest fish. The competition starts on a particular day and time and they can start catching the fish only after that. The father and son set out in the boat ahead of time to get prepared for it. The son while practising the fishing, catches a real big fish and is confident he will win the competition. When the father looks at his watch, it’s not yet time so asks him to leave it back into the water. The boy sees that no one is around and so wants to keep the catch so as to win the competition. Then the father explains why it’s important to listen to our inner voice and always do the right thing. The children were asked what they would do in the situation and finally all agreed that we should be true to ourselves and not cheat or lie.

Activity : We had a nice activity where we built the Tree of integrity, every student wrote in a “leaf what integrity meant to them.

Life application : Please talk to your children about the class – story and activity and share your own wisdom on what integrity means to you and examples from your own lives

Other reminders: Please work with children on their Sai Samarpan offering. Please sign up the children for Easwaramma day program

02/12/2023

At the beginning of the class we did our final practice for Sai Madhuram bhajans, accompanied by instruments tabla and harmonium played by group 4 students, Krishna and Vishu.

Last class when we were discussing whether or not everyone enjoys being responsible, some children expressed that they are very well aware of their responsibilities but sometimes don’t have the motivation to do them or find them to be boring. So we thought we could talk more about the attitude with which we approach our responsibilities.

We narrated a story titled “The Stone In The Road”. https://readwj.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/the-stone-in-the-road/

Disinterest, laziness, waiting for others to do the job, not putting our best effort are all obstacles that come in the way of being responsible. By enjoying what we do and making an effort believing that we can do it, we can overcome the obstacles. 

We then did an activity ‘responsible or not’, where in out of 18 situations given, children got to decide if a particular action was responsible or not. For every yes or no answer they got to use a specific color to fill the pattern provided to them. In the end a specific shape will be revealed out of the pattern.

Other reminders: Please work with children on their Sai Samarpan offering. Next Sunday is  bhajans by SSSE. Please plan accordingly

02/04/23

We started the class with prayers followed by silent sitting. We then learnt two new bhajans in preparation for Sai Madhuram bhajans— center bhajans which will be led exclusively by SSSE children on Feb 12th. Please note the date in your calendar.

Anand se bolo (Girls)

https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/anand-se-bolo-jai-baba-jai

A temple in my heart (Boys)

https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/temple-my-heart

In the class we focussed on how we should execute our responsibilities, what is the attitude we should have while doing our duties because not all the time the duties are interesting. We brought in the message through a story that we should think of how our acts can be helpful to others.Do the responsibility to the best of your ability and whenever possible think of how we could be of help to others. The story is about a king with four daughters. One day he calls all of them and gives a handful of wheat seeds and asks them to use it responsibly. The first daughter feds it to the birds, the second one preserves it in her jewellery box, the third mixes it with the rest of the wheat in the barn and the fourth one takes effort to reach out to the farmers and works with them to sow and the seeds and grow the plants. AFter a year, it’s ready for harvest. Then one day the king calls all of them back and asks them what they did. After hearing everyone, he is very happy with the fourth daughter whoused it to the welfare of others.

Moral and lesson: Think of the duty as “I get to do it” than “I have to do it”. This will help us to have the right attitude.

We did an activity where children traced their little hands and wrote 5 things they are responsiblefor

Family Corner: Take the discussion forward by talking to children on the theme and encourage them to make their own song on responsibility

Life application: Continue with smiley tracker.

1/29/23

We started the class with prayers followed by silent sitting. We then learnt two new bhajans in preparation for Sai Madhuram bhajans— center bhajans which will be led exclusively by SSSE children on Feb 12th. Please note the date in your calendar.

Anand se bolo (Girls)

https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/anand-se-bolo-jai-baba-jai

A temple in my heart (Boys)

https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/temple-my-heart

In continuation with the theme of responsibility, we looked at the responsibility from a different angle. “What if everybody did that?” , which is what if everyone did what they liked not being responsible. We went through a number of scenarios as in the book by the same title :: https://youtu.be/SD0apYFz5gg

We had a very good discussion and children responded with how it would be so chaotic and messy if everyone did not hold responsibility for what they are supposed t do. There were some funny examples like what if we don’t put the jacket in its place and everyone piled upon it, what if we threw straws in a restaurant etc. It was a fun learning for children to se the consequence of being irresponsible.

We had a fun activity to with it, boys and girls in separate groups were given hand full of coins and they had to pass it on to the next person in the circle and their responsibility was to not drop the coins. The message from this activity was that we have to carry out our responsibilities with lot of attention and care and think about others around us. Ended the class with closing prayers.

Family Corner: Take the discussion forward by talking to children on the theme-

Life application: Continue with smiley tracker.

1/22/23

We started the class with prayers followed by silent sitting. We then learnt two new bhajans in preparation for Sai Madhuram bhajans— center bhajans which will be led exclusively by SSSE children on Feb 12th. Please note the date in your calendar.

Anand se bolo

https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/anand-se-bolo-jai-baba-jai

A temple in my heart 

https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/temple-my-heart

In this class we introduced a new sub topic, Responsibility,  under the main topic Right Conduct. We discussed the aspect of helping the family through the stories of Krishna and swami. We talked about how no job is less important or more important, but what is important is the attitude to help and willingness to contribute.

Here is the link for swami’s story 

https://archive.sssmediacentre.org/journals/vol_12/01AUG14/RADIOSAI-HIS_STORY_COMIC-part-08.htm

We then had a fun activity on organizing a cluttered space. The idea for the activity is that we will create a cluttered scene with books of different sizes, pens, pencils, pen holders, book bins, plastic boxes and lids, small towels, soft toys, labels, swami’s picture etc. Form two groups -boys group and girls group and ask them to organize the clutter in the best way possible.

Take away: A place for everything, everything in its place.

By putting things in place we are helping out our family and keeping our home organized.

Ended the class with closing prayers.

Family Corner: Take the discussion forward by talking to children on the theme- A place for everything and everything in its place.

Encourage children to come up with creative ways to keep their space organized.

Life application: Continue with smiley tracker.

Class of 01/15/23

Last week we wrapped up our lessons on the topic of Truth. From next week onwards we will be learning on the topic of right conduct. This class was dedicated to learn about prayer and the power of prayer.

We began the discussion by asking children a few questions in general about prayer, such as who is their favorite god and why, what comes to their mind when they think of god, what is their favorite prayer or bhajan, how do they feel after prayer…..

We then shared an analogy of how prayer creates the power and potential in us to attract the magnet of God’s grace and God’s love.

We also shared a story that talks about the importance of faith when praying to God.

https://sathyasai.us/education/story/god-is-immanent-in-all-the-living-beings

We then decorated prayer cards as an activity. Please encourage children to write their favorite prayer on the card and use it as a reminder for doing their morning and evening prayers.

Family corner: Just a thought to ruminate on in the context of prayer. Swami says, just as we can achieve anything by constant practice, whether it is walking, eating, eating, reading, singing, in the same way even remembering God ( Bhagawath Chintana) should also be taken up as a practice.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NU4bnGt7ptc

Life application: Continue the smiley tracker.

Class of 01/08/23

Started the class with 3 Aums, Sai Gayatri, Saraswati sloka followed by silent sitting.

In the story session we narrated the story titled ‘Lie Monster’. https://youtu.be/WMWJ5Of9RLE.

Talked about the importance of speaking truth and being honest. Discussed on the concepts – Truth is God and Truth alone wins (satyameva Jayate).

We then conducted a quiz based on all the stories narrated so far. We divided the entire class into four teams and none of the teams missed an answer, so all of them are winners.

Quite impressive!

We also discussed submissions  for Sai Samarpan magazine. More details will follow soon, but for now  please encourage children to start thinking about their creative contributions that they would like to offer through the magazine.

December 4th  and December 11th

Updates for last two classes

Started the class with prayers followed by silent sitting.

In the first class after thanksgiving break we noticed that very few children in the class have been sincere with the life application activity. As mentioned before this is a journal style activity where we mark each day with a tick or a smiley when we perform the activity, which is prayer both in the morning after waking up and in the night before going to bed. If forgotten, we mark it as a X. But it’s important that we journal it in both situationsh. The intention is to get children into the routine of morning and evening prayer. Prayer could be in the form of silent sitting, chanting a sloka, or just thinking of god asking for guidance and saying thanks.

So we discussed with the class what’s stopping them from doing their prayers. Some of the answers were that they are tired and hence can’t pray, they are in a rush and have no time for prayer, they are hungry in the morning and so can’t pray or just don’t remember to pray. Makes sense and all are valid reasons. We discussed briefly the solution to get over the hurdles. We also had a question as to how do we know God is everywhere.

As continuation of the above discussion, we talked about the two aspects of god- form and the formless. To give an analogy- if we were to describe Sugar, we can say it is white in color and feels like sand. But if we were to describe what sugar tastes like, we can’t quite describe its sweetness. One has to eat it and experience the sweetness to really know how it tastes. In the same way God with a form can be described as such and such but the formless aspect of God, who is everywhere, we can only know and feel through experience.

We then read a poem written by Swami titled ‘Think of Me’- which essentially says how we can experience God and think of him at every step of the way in day to day life. We also talked about how thinking of God at all times- good times and not so good times- is in itself a prayer. But we emphasized that thinking of God as the first thought after waking up and thinking of God as the last thought before going to bed sets the day for us on a good note. So please continue talking to children on similar lines. Also encourage and help them with the December journal/ smiley tracker.

We have had a second session on our main topic truth and honesty. Narrated the classic story ‘The  Boy Who Cried Wolf’ and discussed the important takeaway that if we don’t mean what we say and are not true to our word, we would lose everyone’s trust.

We then played fun games towards the end of both classes one on each day- ‘truth tag’ and ‘button button where is my button’. Both are games related to truth and honesty.

Class of  11/06/2022

We started with invocatory prayers -Sai Gayatri and Saraswati sloka followed by silent sitting.

Learned two bhajans which will be group1 offerings during Swami’s birthday celebrations on 19th November.

  1. Hey Govinda Hey Gopala Hey Madhava Madhusudhana

Aao Aao Prabhu Aao Aao

Mujhey Aakar Darsha Dikhao [ Hey Govinda … ]

Sathya Dharma Shanthi Prema Swaroopa

Aao Prabhu Aao Aao [ Mujhey Aakar … ]

  1. Adi Shesha Anantha Shayana

Srinivasa Sri Venkatesha

Raghukula Tilaka Raghu Ramachandra

Sita Pathey Sri Ramachandra [ Adi Shesha ]

We then had a story session. We narrated the story that swami had written at the age of 12, for a school drama – Cheppinattu chestara, Do you do as you say.

https://www.sssgc-usa.org/1008sadhana/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/sathyam-sivam-sundaram-volume-1-1.pdf page 38-40.

We then talked about how the little boy in the story finds it utterly confusing and confounding when his mother, father and guru preach and teach one thing and fail to put into action what they say. Just like the boy in the story, children in the class also felt that there is no point in just learning and saying things unless they are followed by putting into action, with honesty and sincerity. We will take this concept further and talk about unity of thought, word and deed in the upcoming classes.

Family corner 

Since Swami’s birthday is coming up, it would be a good time to introduce Swami’s Childhood stories as bedtime stories. Here is a link for ‘His Story Comics’ audiobook.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtCj7TZwRZZthQvEJdqkRwcLMbmiVBhno

Life application

Thank you for all your efforts for consistently encouraging children with the life application- prayer in morning soon after waking up and before going to bed. Go smiley 😃!

One other thing we started talking about on the importance of prayer is that our mood in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day, and prayer in the morning helps us by giving a good start.

Q10/30/22

We started with Omkar and Sai Gayatri followed by two bhajans which were led by students themselves

We discussed life application activity and smiley tracker and talked about how it is important to do the activity sincerely everyday and to make it into a habit. Children came up with ideas about how to set reminders in case we forget. All the teachers are very impressed with the sincerity with which children tracked their smiley tracker, rooting for more smileys and less sad faces. Keep it going Parents!! Best way is by being a role model. All the teachers have their smiley tracker too….

We then had a storytelling session by the children. Enjoyed every bit of their narration. Congratulations to all the parents and children who were part of it. We encourage all other children who could not join in this time to participate in the next class.

We then shared a Chinese folk tale story titled ‘The Empty Pot’ written by Demi. This story again brings out the message loud and clear that it is always valuable and rewarding to speak truth and be honest.

And finally in the spirit of Halloween we played some fun Halloween games.

Family corner 

For our next class we have asked children to share their favorite short story on the topic relating to truth and honesty. This would be a great family discussion topic. Please indulge your children and have fun deciding the short story.

Life application

Smiley tracker

10/23/22

After last week’s break the group 1 troop is back, exploring the truth about ‘Truth and Honesty’. We started with Omkar and Sai Gayatri followed by two bhajans.

We learnt a new sloka-

sarasvati namastubhyaṃ varade kāmarūpiṇi .

vidyārambhaṃ kariṣyāmi siddhirbhavatu me sadā ..

Salutation to you, O Saraswathi, grantor of blessings and embodiment of all wishes, I am getting inducted to studies, may there be fulfillment for me forever.

We then had a very interesting and insightful discussion on prayer. We pondered over questions like- why do we need to pray, is prayer important, how do we pray, when do we pray….

We then talked about one of the aspects of prayer which was taken from ‘Conversations with Sai’ by John Hislop-

Hislop: But I had thought that God knows each problem, and that if it were appropriate to remedy the trouble, God would do so without being asked.

Swami: No! It is your duty to ask God. Words must be said, and the words must correspond to the thought. The thought must be put into a true word. It is true that Divinity knows all. But He requires that the true word be said. The mother may know that to maintain life, the child needs food. But the milk is given only when the child cries for it.

We’ve said that if God knows everything and he is in us and we are in him then why do we need to pray. Because prayer allows us to put out our thoughts into words and then allows us to make the right effort to put our words into action. Our efforts combined with God’s grace will bring us success.

We also drew columns in our note book for our spiritual diary, which we titled as Smiley tracker. Needless to say our first spiritual activity/life application for next week is Prayer. We have asked children to do morning and evening prayers as their daily activity.  And we are going to track our activity with a smiley or with a tick. If not done with a sad emoji or with a X.

Story session 

Our attempt so far, with every session, has been to reinforce the concept of truth and honesty with different stories. So here we are with yet another story,  this time from Ramayana, which teaches us the importance of being true to one’s  word. The story is the part when Bharata along with the army goes to the forest to see Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. The 3 queens, sage Vasistha and also the citizens of Ayodhya accompany them. They all are so excited to see their kind hearted prince Rama. They are thrilled to see Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. No one cares about the discomfort of being in the forest as their only goal was to be in Rama’s presence. Bharata, approaches Rama and is full of remorse and pleads to return to Ayodhya. He says he will serve the exile time in the forest instead of Rama. The three queens also request Rama to come back. Now that the king of Ayodhya is no more, they have to enthrone the next king immediately and all of them want Rama to be the king. Rama is very compassionate and he understands their good intentions and the love they all have for him but he says he cannot go against the word he has given to his father. All the hardships of the forest life does not deter him even a small bit. He lovingly declined their request and explains that it is his duty to keep up the word he gave to his father.

10/09/22

We started the class with 3 Om’s followed by Sai Gayathri. Children practiced the bhajan on Lord Ganesha

Ganesha Sharanam, Ganesha Sharanam (2)

you Are Always Protecting Me

You Are Always Guiding Me … Om

Saiesha Sharanam, Saiesha Sharanam (2)

You Are Always Protecting Me
You Are Always Guiding Me … OmWe had yet another wonderful and exciting session. As part of our ongoing discussion on honesty and truthfulness we narrated yet another iconic story from Indian mythology, a story very often narrated by Swami in his discourses, the story of Harischandra. This is a story that sets the standard for the rest of the world on what it means to be truthful at all times and what it takes to stick to one’s word at all costs.We then posed the question to children, if it is possible to be truthful and honest at all times. Taking it further we gave them role play scenarios with open ended questions wherein they had to choose one behavior over the other and give a reason for their choice. There was a great creative talent on display among all the children. Overall it was a fun-filled activity. Please indulge your child and find out more about the role play.Resources: For story:

Chidren’s story book- ‘Amar chitra katha- Harischandra’

https://saispeaks.sathyasai.org/discourse/snippet/harishchandras-strict-adherence-truth

For Activity:

Made up scenarios from everyday experiences

Family corner: 

We encourage you to have a friendly conversation with your child about why it is important to be truthful at all times. Share some of your stories/experiences of how being truthful or not being truthful made a difference in your life.

Life application:

We haven’t yet  spoken to children about the life application and the journal part of it. So we will defer it to the next class. But please keep the dinner table conversations going on these topics.

10/02/22

After two weeks of fun filled icebreaker and team building activities, we slowly eased into our regular class session.

We started the session with prayers and bhajan.

Discussed a little bit on the dos and don’ts of class etiquettes and what we should do to form a strong group 1 team.

2nd October is also celebrated as Gandhi Jayanthi and we couldn’t have asked for a more appropriate day to start the session on the topic of ‘Truth and Honesty’. We took this opportunity to present to children about Gandhiji, what he stood for and how he came to be known as Mahatma Gandhi. We then explained that he was but an ordinary boy but grew up to become an extraordinary man because of the life lessons he learnt right from his childhood. We narrated two beautiful stories from his life relating to truth and honesty. One story was about how his mother Putlibai instilled in Gandhiji the value of truth. The other story was about how Gandhiji realizes the power of honesty by confessing a theft he has done before his father. We summarized that there is great strength in speaking truth, truth makes us fearless and when we speak truth we earn the love and respect from people around us.

We then played a fun activity ‘have I ever’, where they needed to answer a bunch of questions with all honesty.

Resources:

Swami’s story on Gandhiji from one the ladies day discourses

Children’s book- I am Gandhi

Book written by Gandhi- My Experiments with Truth, page 42.

Family corner:

What comes to your mind when you hear the name Gandhi. Please share with your child some of your memories, experiences or stories surrounding Gandhi. We would love to hear from them in next class

Life application:

We will start the life application activity from next week.

9/25/2022

Outdoor activity with Pre SSSE

9/18/2022

Then, we had a round of self introduction and got to know more about  each other by playing a fun game ‘what’s your favorite?’

finally we played another interesting game called build your tower. Children were divided into small groups and each group had to build a tower using materials (water cups, yogurt containers, books, CD covers etc.) given to them , then we discussed about what they learnt from this activity, what worked and what they could have done better. It was a very interesting discussion and as always children came up with wonderful answers like team work, working together,  listening to everyone’s ideas, perseverance, patience.

we also distributed note books which they will have to bring every class along with a pencil.

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5.  SSSE group1

 

 CLASS  DATE: 2/18/2024

TEACHER(S): Sunitha, Nitya, Aditi, Sharanya, Aruna 
 Topic:  Self-respect  Attendance:  29/37
Theme for the Year: Our Life, His MessageSub-theme for Quarter 2: Duty and ResponsibilityTopics for Quarter 2

  1. Duty – Be on Time, Do your bit for the family
  2. Be a responsible family member, do your part
  3. Personal responsibility- Cleanliness
  4. Do not pass your responsibility to someone else
  5. Do your duty without being told

Topics for Quarter 3:

  1. Self-respect
  2. Empathy

CLASS SUMMARY

Continuing with the topic of self-respect, we narrated the story of Abraham Lincoln in yesterday’s class. Born into abject poverty, grew up in the frontier with little resources, dropped out of school to work on the family farm, largely self-taught, and experienced profound loss early in childhood with the passing away of his mother and sister, Abraham Lincoln’s life was riddled with hardships. And yet, his life story is an extraordinary story of hope, self-respect, self-confidence, honesty, perseverance, equality, great statesmanship, and much more. We talked about how, right from childhood to becoming the president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln exhibited these qualities at every step of his life—we shared some anecdotes from his life that showed how a poor farm boy rose to the level of president and became instrumental in abolishing slavery. We also shared the story that Swami often narrates about the role of his mother, Nancy, in shaping his character.
Children showed great interest in the story and pointed out some of the qualities of Abraham Lincoln that inspired them.

Life application:
The new life application activity/challenge for this month is to ‘Brush Teeth TWICE a Day’
Children will put a tick mark in their tracker only when brushing twice, both morning and night. Just one-time brushing doesn’t count for the challenge! The Be On Time Challenge continues!!

Easwaramma Day sign-up link:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IbXRl4Kr2ka2VZJb3q9EBY5KrLfurx69KriT1bfrfwc/edit?usp=drivesdk

Bhajans learned:

1. Om Shivaya Om Shivaya

https://saimelodies.org/Songs/Detail/311

2. Jaya Hari Krishna Jaya Hari Krishna

https://saimelodies.org/Songs/Detail/2684

3. Ram Lakshman Janki

https://saimelodies.org/Songs/Detail/209

4. Hare rama Hare rama

https://saimelodies.org/Songs/Detail/2607

5.Love is the way

https://saimelodies.org/Songs/Detail/2400

6. Govinda Gopala Prabhu Giridhari dhari
https://saimelodies.org/Songs/Detail/1630

7. Lingashtakam – https://bhaktinidhi.com/en/lingashtakam-in-english/

Archives:

https://raleighsaicenter.org/sse-group1-archives/

Calendar:


 

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If you need any help with uploading and submitting your Sai Samarpan article, please contact your SSE class teacher.

For your reference here is the previous’ years Sai Samarpan magazine : https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3CXY9WKZoD9U0JoaUxFV01mNkU/view?usp=sharing 

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