2011 – SSE Group 1 Lesson Plans

2011 – SSE Group 1 Lesson Plans

Please click on the below dates to access the lesson plan that was facilitated on that day.

March 6, 2011 March 13, 2011 March 20, 2011 March 27, 2011
April 10, 2011 April 17, 2011 May 1, 2011 May 15, 2011
May 22, 2011 June 5, 2011 June 12, 2011 June 19, 2011
June 26, 2011 Sept 11, 2011 Sept 18, 2011 Sept 25, 2011
Oct 2, 2011 Oct 9, 2011 Oct 16, 2011 Oct 23, 2011
Oct 30, 2011 Nov 6, 2011 Nov 27, 2011 Dec 4, 2011
Dec 11, 2011 Dec 18, 2011
March 6th 2011

Jaya Sundar and Sree Venkataraman

Nine point code of conduct was discussed and then took devotion as the main point and continued with the below lesson plan.

Group 1
Value: Love
Subvalue: Devotion

Life Application :
– Help someone this week, while feeling love and devotion in your heart. Tell us about it next week.
– The symbol for Christianity is a cross. Jesus died on a cross and that is why the cross has become a symbol for Christianity.
Color in the cross with Jesus and his disciples on the following page.

– There is another picture of a Cross under which are the words, “Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself.” Sai Baba says that the Cross
means to cut the “I” across. This means that our thoughts should always be about helping others. Color in this picture and think
about ways you can help others. Share your thoughts with the class.

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March 13th 2011

Group 1 – Vasanthi Ganesh and Tanuja Rasputra
Attendance – Sai Omkar, Krithik, Tejas, Saahit, Sujay, Diya and Akshaya
Religions of the World Lesson Plan #4 Buddhism
Value : Right Action
Subvalue : Wisdom
Spiritual Principle (Purpose) : To lean how the Buddha attained enlightenment by giving up desires
Quote : “..within the body.. you can find the world and the origin of the world and the end of the world ..” Buddha
Affirmation: “I am happy when I am free from worldly desires”
Buddhist Prayer
Buddam Sharnam Gacchami; Dhammam Sharanam Gacchami; Sangam Sharanam Gacchami
Meaning : I take refuge in the enlightened one; I take refuge in the law ; I take refuge in the community
Story of Buddha with questions and discussions on wisdom and enlightenment.
a. Gave students copies of the symbol of Buddhism and explained the meaning of 8 spikes.
Home work and Life Application:
a. Gave students copies of pictures of 4 signs and have them color it for next week
b. Asked the students to give up something for a week

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March 20 2011

SSE lesson plans – Group 1 -Teachers: Jaya Krishnan and Srividhya Chandrasekhar
Attendance: Sahit, Diya, Omkar, Akshaya, Tejas, Kruthik
Lesson Plan:
Group: 1 Value: Right action Subvalue: Gratitude
SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLE: Mother and motherland are greater than heaven itself.
QUOTE: The parents gave you this body and fostered the intelligence and love that are embedded in it; so, gratitude is their due. Parents, are given that name, because it is through them that we have the wonderful chance of life on earth. For the sacrifices that they have made for us, we must PAY RENTS to them.
Prayer: matru devo bhava, Pitru devo bhava, Acharya devo bhava
(revere your mother, father, preceptor, and guest as God)

The first value that a child learns from his or her family is respect for the mother. It is a common custom to bow down to touch the feet of elders and parents. This traditional custom emphasizes the value of elders. The concept of Mother worship is deeply ingrained in the Hindu way of life and the mother is considered as the first Guru of the child.

This concept of respect for mother is extended to other natural phenomena which provide sustenance for life. The cow, provider of milk, is worshipped as mother. Similarly the earth is treated as mother and is respected. In Hindu tradition, everything good, blissful, protective and evil-destroying is associated with a mother-image.

5 mothers: Veda Mata, Bhu Mata, Gau Mata, Desha Mata and Deha Mata. Hence we have to treat the mother,
the earth, the country, the cow and the scriptures with equal respect.
Affirmation: I will love, respect and obey my parents, teachers and elders

Song: Mother O mother sai ma
Story telling : Sravana kumar

How Swami was an ideal son to -Eswaramma, showed pictures of Swami’s free hospitals and schools to
fulfil Eswaramma’s promise

Life application: Do namaskar to your parents in the morning and take their blessings
ask your parents if they need any any help for that particular day

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March 27th

Group 1 SSE class – – Teachers Pushpa Reddy and Chie Fujishima who indicated that -” The children were
very enthusiastic and attentive.” – Parents will be happy to get this feedback.

Attendance- Akshaya, Sai Omkar, Sahit, Diya, Tejus, and Kruthik .

Value: Love Sub-value: Respect & Gratitude.

Quote: “There was a time when man took no more than he needed. That time is gone.
There was a time when he gave something back. That time is gone.
There was a time when he worshiped the creator and honored the creation. That time too is gone. And now
the waters are polluted our natural resources are all but gone and creation is dying.
It is time to find our way back to the Earth.”

There was a lengthy discussion about using the resources properly, not wasting anything in life. What is
global warming? why is it happening and what can be done to prevent it.
Teachers commented- All the children participated and they all were highly educated on the topic of global warming.
We had slide show about the global warming.

Story: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. ( Enjoyed very much )

Activity: Plant a seed in a cup. Each child was given a cup , pot soil and a bulb and they planted it in class.

Life Application: Recycle paper and plastic; Take good care of the plant.

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April 10 2011
SSE Group 1 Lesson Plan- Ramayana
Teachers- Jaya Krishnan and Tanuja Shankar
Attendance- SaiOmkar, Sahit, Davesh, Sujay, Diya, Akshaya and Krithik

Value Right Conduct Sub Value : Being a Good Example

Quote : Action speak louder than words

Affirmation : I will speak softly and be happy

Life Application : Try to do at least 5 good things during the week for your family members and friends.

Since Tuesday 12th April is Rama Navami, We told the Ramayan Story in brief. We also wanted to teach the
children a Slokha and Song on Sree Rama but due to lack of time we decided we will have one more class on
the same topic and discuss more on Ramayan.

Jaya pointed out that it was a very interactive class inspite of all the commotion. Tanuja had printed pictures of
Ramayan and the children were eager to look at the pictures.

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April 17 2011
Teachers – Jaya Sundar and Supriya Maini
Attendance – Davesh, Tejas, Sahit, Omkar, Sujay, Akshaya, Diya
Topic – CEILING ON DESIRES LESSON PLAN #4 – ENERGY (Since Earth Day is coming up we took this topic
and spoke about how it helps mother earth)
Value: Nonviolence
Subvalue: Interrelatedness of all living things
Life Application – This week, practice ways to save energy in your house. This can be done by turning off lights,
not keeping the water running, turning off the TV if nobody is watching it, etc. Come back next week and share
your experiences.

Please complete the Namasmarana flowers and bring them in next sunday, April 24th

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May 1 2011
Teacher- Pushpa Reddy
Attendance – Sujay, Sahit, Omkar, Akshaya, Tejus , Krithik, Davesh and Diya

Mother’s LOVE

Value- Love; SubValue- Respect
Quote: “More fragrant than the sweet – smelling flowers, like the Jasmine and the Champak, Softer than the
cheese and the butter, More beautiful than eye of the peacock, More pleasant than the moonlight, Is the love
of the mother.” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 32, Part 2 Chapter 13 ‘Importance of Mother’s Grace)

Story: Swami’s Chilhood and His repect for His Mother.

Easwaramma’s Three Wishes.

Mother Easwaramma had three wishes that she wanted Swami to fulfill. As Sai’s glory began to spread far and wide, she went to Him one day and said, “Swami, I am pained to see small children of our village walking all the way to Bukkapatnam to attend school. Please construct a small school.” Conforming to her wish, He established a small school. After some time, she wanted a small hospital also to be established here. She said she could not bear to see the mothers taking the trouble of carrying their children to Bukkapatnam for medical treatment. Accordingly He got a small hospital built. The small school that He established has become a big university today. The small hospital that He constructed has become a super specialty hospital. These mighty tasks could be accomplished as a result of the Sathya Sankalpa (noble wish) of Mother Easwaramma and Nitya Sankalpa (Divine Will) of Sai. Her last wish was to provide drinking water to the village. She pointed out that the women had to take great pains to draw water from deep wells, which had almost dried up. He immediately provided drinking water to the village. Now under Sri Sathya Sai Water Supply Project, He has provided drinking water to the entire district of Anantapur.

Life Application
Help your mother do everyday chores, and say “Thank You” to her when she helps you.
On Mother’s Day, give her your coupons .

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May 15 2011

Teachers- Vasanthi and Renuka
Attendance – Sujay Sundar , Sahit Dokku, Saiomkar Iyer , Davesh Reddy, Diya Rajput

Value :Right Action
Subvalue : Determination
Spiritural Prinicple : To show how determination helps a person meet their goals
Quotes : If an ant has determination, it can travel any distance – Sai Baba, Sanathana Sarathi, August 1993
p 209 Affirmation : I can do anything with determination.
Story : The Inventor, Thomas Edison
A print out of the bulb was given to the children for coloring and write some of the inventions by Thomas Edison.
Homework : Asked the childeren to write just one goal (determined to do) for the week – most of them said that
they are trying to read books.

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May 22 2011
Sai Bliss fair Game for Memorial day Retreat
SSE Group 1 – Memory Values
SSE teacher- Suhasini Jonnavithula
Attendance – Sai Omkar, Krithik, Tejas, Saahit, Sujay, Diya, Davesh and Akshaya

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June 5 2011

SSE teacher- Jaya Krishnan
Attendance : Davesh, Sujay, Sahit, Saiomkar and Diya.
We discussed how the kids enjoyed their Memorial weekend and what was the highlight. They mentioned that
they really enjoyed retreat because they get to play outside with their friends.
Last class we had discussed about Ramayana so we went over it for few minutes.

Group: 1 Value: Right Conduct Subvalue: Acting with Honesty
Opening: three oms/three Gayatris
Told them two stories based on the subvalue, discussed on what they will do if they are in the same situation.
In the end taught them the famous Sloka from Vishnu Sahasranaamam : Sree Rama Rama Ramethi Rame
Raame Manorame Shasra Naam Tathulyam Rama Nama Varanane. They picked it very fast.

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June 12 2011

Teacher- Pushpa Reddy
Attendance -Sujay,Akshaya,Tejus,Omkar,Diya,Kruthik
Value: Love
Sub Value: Sharing.
Quote: “Share your goodness with those around you and experience the joy that results from such sharing.”
The class was very interactive and interesting, Children had a lot share about their experiences about sharing
with their siblings and friends.
We read the story of Swami ” Little Sathya Feeds The Poor”.
Activity: Make Father’s Day cards for Goldwater Seva or any cards to share with somebody.
Life Application: Share something with your friends, parents, teachers, and siblings .

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June 19 2011

Teacher – Mani Sundaram

Attendance- Chaitu

Lesson Plan – Learning of Shlokas

1. VakraTunda Mahakaya
2. Gajananam Butha Ganathi
3. Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu
4. Sree Rama Rama Ramethi
5. Shantha Karam Bujaga Shayanam

Life application – Memorize these shlokas

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June 26th
Teachers: Sreenadh Jonnavithula, Suhasini Jonnavithula, Sujatha Ananthabhotla

Last Day of SSE
Lesson plan:

  • Sai Jeopardy
  • Presentations by students on what they enjoyed about SSE and how it influenced them
  • Presentation by graduating SSE Student Ishwarya Ananthabhotla
  • Remarks by Sanjai Murali, Regional EC

Attendance: Tejas, Sahit, Sujay, Diya, Akshaya

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Sept 11th – 2011
Teacher- Vasanthi Ganesh

Group 1
Value: Nonviolence
Subvalue: Respect for life
Spiritual Principle (Purpose): To understand that all life is precious

1.Due to the 10th anniversay of the Sep.11, 21 Omkarams were chanted for the departed souls.

2. Discussed about Vinayaka Chathurthi, why is it celebrated (with a little story about how Lord Ganesh has an elephant head)

3. Silent Sitting/Prayer
“Swami please think through me,
feel through me,
speak through me,
act through me,
love through me,
and breathe through me.
Om, peace, peace, peace.”

4. Quote
“When you realize that God is in everyone, you will practice nonviolence.” – Sai Baba,
Sanathana Sarathi, p. 222
5. Affirmation
“I respect and appreciate all living creatures.”
6. Story: “The Tiger Story”
Pre-Story Question
Do you think it is wrong to kill animals?

7. Tiger Story – page 273 (pix from page 277 – tiger and the cubs behind a bush and page 279 Baba and the tiger skin)

8.Post-Story Questions
a. What made the officer’s jeep stop?
b. How do you think the officer felt when he shot the tigress?
c. What did Sai Baba tell the hunter?
d. How did Sai Baba’s words change the hunter?
e. What does Sai Baba’s words “go hunt with a camera” mean?

9. Activity
a. Color in the picture of the tigers.
b. Color in the picture of Sai Baba’s feet on the tiger skin

10. Life Application
Enjoy nature by going for a nature walk with a parent/guardian. Pay attention to the
animals, birds and other creatures that you see, and talk about how we can appreciate
them. Tell the class about our walk next week

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September 18th, 2011
Kids : Akshaya, Diya, Divyasree, Manav, Sahit & Sujay.

Teacher : Radhika Dokku & Jaya Sundar

Value: Right Conduct
Subvalue: Courage
Spiritual Principle (Purpose): To learn what it means to have courage and do the
right thing.

1. 3 Oms, 3 Gayatris

2. Silent Sitting/Prayer
“Swami please think through me,
feel through me,
speak through me,
act through me,
love through me,
and breathe through me.
Om, peace, peace, peace.”

3. Review Life Application from previous lesson

4. Quote
“When obstacles come, meet them with courage.” – Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Speaks, vol. 4,
p. 194

5. Affirmation
“I am brave.”

6. Story: “Little Sathya’s Courage” (from Sai World 2001)

7. Pre-Story Question
What does it mean to have courage? (Note to Teacher: courage means not to be afraid; courage is confidence; courage is brave)

8. Post-Story Questions
a. What did Sathya’s teachers and classmates love about Him?
b. What made the older boys in His school jealous of little Sathya?
c. What did the older boys do to Him?
d. What was Easwaramma’s reaction when she saw Him?
e. What made Sathya keep quiet when His mother asked Him about what happened in the school? What would you have done?
f. Has this ever happened to you?

9. Life Application
– Find the word “COURAGE” in the attached diagram and color it in. Use the same color for all the letters. Then ask: “How did Swami show courage in the story? What are times in your life when you used courage?

– This week, remember the courage that Sai Baba showed in this story. Practice using this courage when you are afraid of something this week, and share your experience with the class next week.

– Color in the picture of little Sathya sewing his shirt with a thorn.

10. Closing: Close with the prayer.

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September 25th

SSE teachers– Jaya Krishnan and Shloka Reddy

Following kids attended SEE this Sunday.


Value Love

Subvalue Kindness

3 Oms and 3 Gayatri

Silent sitting and Prayer

Review Life Application from Previous Class

Affirmation : I will carry simple act of kindness in my life

Story We read a story about kindness to animals

We discussed about the story and had question/answer session.

Song/Bhajan Shloka taught the kids English bhajans (Love is Ice cream very sweet…)

Life Application Be kind to animals and birds

Closing prayers and 3 Oms

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October 2nd, 2011
SSE teachers- Vasanthi ganesh and Raji Iyer

Below are the names of the children who attended SSE class on 2n Oct.:

1. Sujay
2. Sahit
3. Divya
4. Diya
5. Akshaya
6. Shreya

Group 1
Value: Truth
Subvalue: Discrimination
Spiritual Principle (Purpose): To learn that all our senses can be considered “food”
for the body, with the sense of hearing used as an example in this lesson.
Materials needed: a koosh ball (or any soft ball); flashlight, lemon cut into small wedges,
perfume or a rose; different genres of music (CD’s or cassettes) and CD or cassette
player; paper, crayons, raisins
1. 3 Oms, 3 Gayatris
2. Silent Sitting/Prayer
“Swami please think through me,
feel through me,
speak through me,
act through me,
love through me,
and breathe through me.
Om, peace, peace, peace.”
3. Review Life Application from previous lesson.
4 Quote
“See no evil, See what is good
Hear no evil, Hear what is good
Talk no evil, Talk what is good
Think no evil, Think what is good
Do no evil, Do what is good
This is the way to God.” – Sai Baba
5. Affirmation
“Everything I take in from my senses is my food.”
6. Activity #1
a. Say the above quote one line at a time and have the students repeat back. Then say it
together as a group.
b. Give one student a koosh ball (or any soft ball) and have him or her say the first line.
Whoever he/she throws the ball to next has to say the second line, and so on until they
know the whole thing.
7. Story: “The Two Parrots”
Pre-Story Questions and Activity
a. What are the senses? Show the picture of Michael Jordan (attached) and have the
students identify each sense and how it is being used.
b. Can you name the five senses?
c. How do these help us learn things?
Have the children experience each one of their senses in the following ways:
* Sight: Shine a bright flashlight from a few feet away into the eye.
* Hearing: Clap loudly near the ear
* Touch: Rhythmic clapping alternating with hands on knees.
* Taste: Wedges of lemon that the children could taste
* Smell: Smell a rose or a bottle of perfume
Review each of the 5 senses and have the students relate good things they do with their
senses. Relate this to the quote at the beginning of this lesson plan.
Post-Story Questions
a. Which parrot said nice things, the one with the butcher or the one with the Saint?
d. Do you think that the parrots knew what they were saying? Do you think that very
young children know what they are saying?
8. Song

Be careful little eyes what you see x3
For a Father up above is looking down in love
So be careful little eyes what you see.
Song is below at the end of the mail–

9. Life Application
Over the next week, write down things that you see or hear that you think are good for
your body. Share with the class next week.
11. Closing: Repeat the affirmation and close with the prayer.
The Two Parrots
This is a story about how the sense of hearing is also “food” and how it affects our own behavior.

Once upon a time, a hunter captured two beautiful parrots from the forest. They were so beautiful that he did not want to kill them. He took them to the market to sell. A couple saw the parrots and admired their beauty. The hunter sold them one of the parrots. The hunter gave the other parrot away to a saint who sang beautiful songs that told beautiful stories of Rama and Krishna .

The couple always quarrel and shout at each other with bad words. The parrot also l earned bad words from the couple.

The saint singer loved his parrot too. He fed the parrot well and would tell it stories about Rama and Krishna because that is what made the saint happy. Many people would gather around him every evening to hear the beautiful stories and the wonderful songs. All the time the parrot would sit on his shoulder or in a cage next to the saint. The parrot too learned to say in a very sweet voice, “Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare” After about six months, the hunter happened to visit the couple’s house with some animals he had hunted. As soon as he stepped into the shop, he was surprised by a loud parrot voice saying, bad words. He turned around and there was a beautiful parrot in a cage The parrot was very sweet looking but again it shouted, the bad words in an angry voice. At the same time in the distance, the hunter heard the beautiful voice of someone singing, “Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare.” The voice came nearer and nearer and passed the front of the couple’s house. The singer had finished singing by then but the hunter was surprised to hear a parrot voice saying sweetly, “Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare.” The parrot was sitting on the saint singer’s shoulder and trying to sing. The hunter recognized the parrots as the ones he had caught in the forest and sold six months ago. He was really amazed by the different ways the two parrots had behaved. The couple’s parrot had an angry harsh voice and the saint’s parrot had a sweet melodious voice!

All the Senses are Our Food:
This is a picture of Michael Jordan, a famous Basketball player. How is he using all of his
senses at this moment?

Be careful little eyes what you see
Be careful little eyes what you see
Be careful little eyes what you see
For a Father up above is looking down in love
So Be careful little eyes what you see

Be careful little ears what you hear
Be careful little ears what you hear
Be careful little ears what you hear
For a Father up above is looking down in love
So Be careful little ears what you hear

Be careful little hands what you do
Be careful little hands what you do
Be careful little hands what you do
For a Father up above is looking down in love
So Be careful little hands what you do

Be careful little nose what you smell
Be careful little nose what you smell
Be careful little nose what you smell
For a Father up above is looking down in love
So Be careful little nose what you smell

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October 9 2011
SSE teacher — Jaya Krishnan

Here is attendance for Group I class on Sunday

Shreya Pandit

Value Right Action
Subvalue Sincerity

Quote : Work is Worship

We started the class with 3 Oms and 3 Gayatris

Affirmation : I will do my duty with full sense of responsibility

Told them a story titled “The Discontented Pig”

Discussed the story and asked lots of questions. It was very interesting class.

Life Application : Everyday when you do your homework or chores in the house,
do it with sincerity and love.

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October 16 2011 Children : Kritik, Manav, Sujay, Gopalkrishna, Akshaya & Diya
Teacher : Supriya Maini & Jaya Sundar

Group I
Value: Love
Subvalue: Sacrifice
Spiritual Principle (Purpose): To understand the expression of Love through
1. 3 Oms, 3 Gayatris

2. Silent Sitting/Prayer
“Swami please think through me,
feel through me,
speak through me,
act through me,
love through me,
and breathe through me.
Om, peace, peace, peace.”

3. Review Life Application from previous lesson.

4. Quote
“Hands that serve are holier than lips that pray.” – Sai Baba

5. Affirmation
“I serve others with love.”

6. Pre-Story Questions
a. Does anyone know what the word sacrifice means?
b. Have the students sit and hold their palms up in front of them. Ask:
i. What is it that your hands do?
ii. If your hands could talk to you, what would they say?

7. Story: “The Story Behind the Picture of the Praying Hands”
The Story Behind the Picture of the Praying Hands

There were two brothers who lived long ago in a tiny village called Nuremberg. They loved each other very much. They could both draw beautiful pictures and both of them wanted to become artists. They had sixteen brothers and sisters. The family was very big and they were also very poor. The father was a goldsmith and he worked very hard just to feed his family. The two brothers were very sad that their father was too poor to send them to art school. Every night they would lie in bed and talk about going to an art school. One night as they lay in bed they thought of an idea. In those days, there were great big coal mines in Nuremberg and it was very dangerous to work in those mines. But the mine work paid good money. They decided that they would each take turns to work in the mines so that the other brother could go to school. It seemed like a very brilliant idea. “We will toss a coin” they said. “I will be heads and you can be tails. We will see who wins the toss!” “Alright,” said one brother. “Whoever wins gets to go to school first and the loser will work in the mines first.” And so they tossed a coin that night and the older brother won the toss. They loved each other and the younger brother did not mind that he lost the toss. He was happy to see his elder brother go off to the Academy and he went to the mines to work for the next four years. After all, after the four years were over, his elder brother would be able to support him when he went to the Academy. In the next four years, the older brother became a very famous painter. He was very talented and people loved his paintings. But down in the mines, the younger brother was not having a very good time. The work was hard and dangerous, and the bones in nearly every finger had been smashed at least once. The mines were very cold and he started to develop arthritis in his hands. He never told any one about his troubles because he wanted his brother to finish his four years in the Academy. At the end of the four years, the family was so proud of the older brother’s achievements that they held a festive dinner for the whole family. The elder brother was touched and he rose from his place at the head of the table to toast his dear brother’s sacrifice and hard work that made it possible for him to become a famous artist. “And now it is your turn to go to the Academy, my blessed brother. I will take care of you now just as you took care of me these four years.” But tears were streaming down his younger brother’s face. “No, brother, I cannot Look at my hands. They are so bad; my right hand cannot even hold this glass properly. How can I hold a brush and paint? I am sorry, but it is too late for me!” The family was very touched by his sacrifice and his love for his brother. The older brother wanted to show his brother how grateful he was for his love. He painted his brother’s loving hands, palms together, and fingers stretched upwards in prayer. He called this powerful drawing simply “Hands.” This painting was so very beautiful and touching that it became famous immediately. He later renamed his painting of love, “The Praying Hands.” It is a reminder to people for hundreds of years that no one – no one – ever succeeds alone.

8. Post-Story Questions
a. What did the brothers want to do? Were they both happy?
b. What different things did their hands do in the story?
c. What do you think could have happened to either one of them if they did not act on
their plan?
d. Was the older brother grateful for the younger brother’s sacrifice?

9. Life Application
– This week, instead of doing something you want to do, practice sacrifice and love by doing something for your mother and father. Share with class next week.
– Under the below picture write a simple prayer.
– Color the back of the sheet “Start the day with love.

10. Closing: Close with the prayer.
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October 23 2011

Teacher: Vijaya Mani

Attendance: 1.Sujay ,2.Gopalakrishnan, 3.Sahit, 4.Tejas, 5.Krithik, 6.Akshya, 7.Diya, 8.Divyashree, 9.Anvy

Lesson Plan: Respect your parents and Elders

We discussed the meaning of Right Conduct. We should think,speak and do good and always respect our parents and elders and listen to them. We discussed the story of Lord Rama and how he listened to his father and went to forest along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana and spent 14 years there and when he came back the people in Ayodhya welcomed them by decorating whole city of Ayothya with lamps. So we observe this day as Diwali.

Life application. I gave for coloring pages from Ramayana and asked the put that in sequences.

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October 30 2011

Teacher: Pushpa Reddy, Srividya Chandrasekhar

Attendance: Krithik, Sahit, Gopalkrishna, Sujay, Akshaya, Diya


QUOTE: “Waste not, Want not”

OPENING: Three OM’S, Gayathri (3 times)


Oh god,think through me all day,
Speak through me all day,
Act through me all day,
Love and serve through me all day

Ramayana Coloring ( received from Diya, Sujay, Sahit)


AFFIRMATION: I use food, time, money, energy and my body in the right way.

MEDITATION: Repeating “Sairam”


Swami’s three H’s, Head, Heart and Hands
Are the way to understand
Take your thoughts from your head
Put them into your heart
Take your thoughts from your heart
Put them into your hands
That is right action, giving satisfaction (Repeat 2X)

STORYTELLING/ LESSON (Relate the story to the subvalue)

Story: ‘Nothing is Useless’

Summary: A guru asks his pupils to bring dry leaves as his ” guru dakshina”. The pupils consider it as a meagre task as dry leaves are useless, but later realize how they are used for various purposes such as manure, fuel, as containers, herbal medicine, building nest and also as a boat for ants. they realize that everything has a purpose ordained in life and the human body also has a purpose, which is to serve people.

ACTIVITY (Choose to provide an experience of the subvalue)

Pick up one paper from the bag ( time, energy, words, food, human body, paper,glass, water ) and suggest how you can conserve them/take care of them and how not to waste them


Choose 1 resource every day and write down how you conserved it.

CLOSING: Repeat affirmation, Sai Gayathri

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November 6, 2011

Teacher: Krishnan Shankar

Attendance: Tejus/Sujay/Manav/Sahit/Diya/Akshaya/Divya

Value: Peace
Subvalue: Patience

Spiritual Principle (Purpose): To know that God answers our prayers

1. 3 oms 3 Gayathris

2. Invite Swami to class

3. Silent Sitting/Prayer

“Swami please think through me,
feel through me,
speak through me,
act through me,
love through me,
and breathe through me.
Om, peace, peace, peace.”

4. Review Life Application from previous lesson.


Patience is all the strength a man needs. Sai baba
Each child gave a beautiful example of what patience means
Good Things come to those who wait Anonymous

6. Affirmation

a. “I pray to God and He hears my prayers”
b. Asked the kids what they pray to god,
i. They say they want to do well in exams
ii. They also said they want to earn a good name from parents

7. Story of “The Cobbler”

a. How swami lovingly visits the poor man’s hut and keeps up his promise to him and reviewed the questions from the SSEGrpI manual page 294

8. Activity

a. Gave them a maze and they need to find the way to Peace

9. Song from the cassette linda Gallagher song

I offer myself to Thee
That Thy will be done
I give myself to You
To find a life so true
I offer myself to Thee

10. Life Application

Pray to Swami for something you need and have patience that He will hear your
prayers. Share with the class what you are praying for

11. Read a comic monkey book which went after desire and in the end suffered

12. Had a quiz on different deities from the balavikas book

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November 27, 2011

Teacher: Pushpa Reddy

Attendance: Krithik, Sahit, Diya, Sujay, Tejus.

Value: Peace

Sub-value: Ceiling on Desires

Discussion about the (Sub-Value) ceiling on desires

Summery of the story: The Old Lady who lived in Shoe.

There was an Old Lady who lived in shoe who had lot of time on her hand and could make Jam from fresh fruits, she had milk from the cow and honey from the bees. One day her cousin visited her and showed her photographs of her large residence. When her cousin left, the old woman began thinking and comparing her shoe to her cousin’s home. Then the old lady wanted a little bigger place and moved into BOX and then into a CUPBOARD, then into a SHED and then into a MANSION. In the Mansion, the lady was very unhappy and was thinking…

“Out of all the places I’ve lived in, I’m most unhappy here. It’s a beautiful place -to visit. But I don’t feel at home. I can’t afford the rent and I’m in debt. If only I’d been contented and stayed in the shoe, or even the box or cupboard. How foolish I have been. I’ve wasted my life worrying about what I hadn’t got, instead of enjoying what I had. How I wish I was back in the shoe. I used to love picking fruit and making jam. I had free milk and honey. I shall work to pay off my debts and I shall go back to the shoe.”

Activity: Children drew and colored a Turkey and wrote what they are thankful for

Life Application: Practice ceiling on desires – not wasting time and money on unnecessary things.

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December 4, 2011

Teacher: Jaya Sundar

Attendance: Manav, Tejus, Sujay, Divyasree & Akshaya


Value: Love
Subvalue: Devotion
Spiritual Principle (Purpose): To show how devoted Jesus was to God and how we can have the same devotion.

1. 3 Oms, 3 Gayatris

2. Silent Sitting/Prayer

“Swami please think through me,
feel through me,
speak through me,
act through me,
love through me,
and breathe through me.
Om, peace, peace, peace.”

3. Reviewed Life Application from previous lesson.

4. Quote
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind.” � Luke 10:27

5. Affirmation
“I love God with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind.”

6. Christian Prayer: Have the students repeat each line after you:
Heavenly Father, hear our prayer
Keep us in Thy loving care
Guard us through the long day
In our work and in our play.
Keep us pure and sweet and true
In everything we say and do.

7. Story: “Early Years of Jesus’ Life”
Pre-Story Questions
a. What do you do in your spare time
b. What does the word devotion mean?
c. What is a time when you have felt devotion?

Story :Early Years of Jesus’ Life

Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem. When he was born, a bright star in the sky guided three wise men to the stable. When they saw baby Jesus, they predicted that he would become the King of all men. His parents were Mary and Joseph. His father Joseph was a carpenter and Jesus used to help him build things with wood. When Jesus was 12 years old, Mary and Joseph took him to a festival. There was a huge crowd. Mary and Joseph lost Jesus in the crowd. They looked for Jesus everywhere. They could not find him. Joseph said, “Where could he be? We have looked everywhere. Where else can we look?” Mother Mary was really worried. She went to pray in a nearby temple. When she entered the temple, what do you think she saw? Jesus! All the while Jesus was there listening to the discourse by the rabbi. Mary started asking questions of Jesus. “Where have been? We have been looking everywhere for you? We were afraid that you were lost.” Jesus replied, “Mother, why were you afraid? All the while I was in the hands of God. I have been listening to the words of God by the Rabbi in the temple.” After some time, father Joseph passed away. Mary told her son, “Now that your father has passed away, you should become a carpenter and do your father’s work. That is the only way we can get money to live.” But Jesus did not want to continue in his father’s profession and his mother understood. One day, young Jesus went to a lonely hilltop. Mary was very worried. She was concerned because she wanted Jesus to be like other children, staying at home and playing with their friends. But Jesus was always thinking, meditating and talking about God, and was not like his friends. As Jesus grew older, he kept God as his closest friend. He told people what he learnt from God: love one another, be good people and forgive your enemies. He preached good values throughout his young life.

Post-Story Questions
a. What did Jesus do in his free time?
b. What is the reason he prayed to God? What did God say?
c. Did Jesus mind being different from his friends?
d. What are some ways you are different from your friends?

8. Activities
– Critical thinking activity: Explain to the students that there is a special word “always” that means “all the time.” Now listen to some sentences I am going to read that have the word “always” in them. Say “yes” if what they hear always happens, or “no” if it does not always happen. After you say a few, have the students come up with some on their own. Write them down on a dry erase board or chalkboard for all to see. Discuss ones that should always happen even though it may not.

i. A child always has a nose.
ii. A boy always has a dog.
iii. A library always has books.
iv. Snow is always cold.
v. A tree always has leaves.
vi. Children always pray before eating.
vii. God is always taking care of you.
viii. Children always fight.
ix. Children always listen to their parents.

-The symbol for Christianity is a cross. Jesus died on a cross and that is why the cross has become a symbol for Christianity. There is a picture of a Cross under which are the words, “Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself.” Color in this picture.

9. Bhajan

Our Jesus came and He is here again
Sai Krishna, Sai Rama Sai is His name
Sai Krishna, Sai Allah, Sai is His name
Zorastra, Mohammed, Jehova is His name
Jesus Christ from Bethlehem and Sai is the same
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Glory is to thy name
Sathya Baba, Sai Baba blessed be thy name

10. Life Application
Help someone this week, while feeling love and devotion in your heart. Tell us about it next week.

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December 11, 2011

Teacher: Tanuja Sankar

Attendance: Akshaya, Diya, Sujay, Sahit, Krishna, Krithik and Manav

Value: Right-conduct

Subvalue: Helpfulness

Title: “Help Ever”

Life application: I had them trace the outline of their palm on a white sheet of paper and they have to write 2 good things they did with their hands during the week and they have to bring it back next week for discussion.

Attachment: document

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December 18, 2011

Teachers: Jaya Krishnan, Vidya Chandrasekhar

Attendance: Divya, Diya, Akshaya, Sujay, Gopala Krishna, Sahit, Tejas,

Value: Love
Subvalue: Service

QUOTE: Love thy neighbour as thyself.

Prayer: Let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God


AFFIRMATION: There is only one god and he resides in everyone



Story: Christmas story

Mary and Joseph travel from Nazreth to Bethlehem in a donkey. She gives birth to Jesus in a manger. Angels appear to shepherds and ask them to visit the baby since he is the savior of the world. Three wise men see the east shining star and visit Herod, informing him about the birth of the “king of Jews”. They find Jesus in a manger and offer him gifts and go away without informing the king as per the dream they have God appears in the dream of Joseph and ask them to flee to Egypt. King Herod meanwhile sends a search party to find the baby and orders that all the babies below the age of 2 should be killed. Jesus meanwhile grows up in Egypt and once the king dies, god asks them to return to Nazreth.

Discussion Questions:

Who were the parents of Jesus Christ?
Where was Jesus born?
What are the values you come across in the story?
How did god ensure that the baby was safe?


During the week have the children practice repeating the affirmation each day. Ask them to think, listen, and act as if God were in everyone
Discuss how they can accomplish this. At the end of the week ask the children to write about what they have learned during this process.

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