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Bridgewater Sai Center SSE Curriculum
Bridgewater Sai Center Annual SSE Report
2008 - 2009
Bridgewater Sai Center Annual SSE Report
2007 - 2008
General Observation
  • SSE is not Indian or Cultural Education.
  • SSE is Character Education, a Human Value Education.
  • SSE is a program to guide children to a basic understanding and experience of their true nature.
  • The primary focus is always Sri Sathya Sai Baba. He also instructs us to learn the common elements of all the religions.
  • The curriculum that is followed is based on the SSE teacher's manual and guide published by the Sathya Sai Baba Central Council of the United States of America.

The spiritual principles of SSE

  1. SSE is the spiritual heart of Sai Education.
  2. The essential Unity of Faiths, the Five Human Values, and the Life and Teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba comprise the substance of the SSE program.
  3. The Human Values have been demonstrated to be the essence of all faiths.
  4. The SSE program is based on the precept that true education is spiritual education and culminates in character.
  5. Spiritual education ennobles life through the realization of one's Divinity.
  6. The realization of Divinity is expressed through the unity of thought, word, and deed.
  7. SSE nurtures the innate goodness of the child by creating an environment that is devotional, and loving.

Syllabus: Group I, ages 6 - 9

  1. Develop faith in and a relationship with God.
  2. Encourage respect for parents, teachers, others, and the environment.
  3. Foster self-esteem and self-discipline.
  4. Nurture truthfulness.
  5. Promote ceiling on desires.
  6. Cultivate a spirit of loving service to self, family, school, and others.

Syllabus: Group II, ages 9 - 12

  1. Foster the understanding of Divinity in all.
  2. Develop discrimination.
  3. Promote ceiling on desires.
  4. Impart noble ideals.
  5. Foster understanding of the "Unity of Faiths".
  6. Practice selfless service activities.

The curriculum for Groups I and II

  1. There is a one-year curriculum for each group (I and II) covering the spiritual principles, through which the sub-values are incorporated.
  2. Several supplements in specialized areas will be used to augment the one-year curriculum:
  • Unity of faiths
  • National and religious holidays
  • Stories and lesson plans from the childhood of Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • Annotated bibliography of children's literature
  • Lessons using children's literature
  • Service activities and guidelines
  • Biographies
  1. The objective of the lesson is to nourish the spiritual principle within the child.
  2. Lessons will provide direct experience of the spiritual principle through group activities, and not only through moralizing and memorizing.
  3. Service activities and field trips are essential elements in experiential learning.

Format and structure for Groups I and II

  1. Format
  • Om/prayer
  • Devotional singing
  • Repetition of God's Name/silent sitting/meditation
  • Story-telling/lesson
  • Group activity
  • Discussion
  • Project
  • Life application
  1. SSE classes would reflect the American culture, Indian culture, other cultures, spiritual traditions, and the unity of faiths.
  2. Many religions are taught in the curriculum. Practices of any one specific religion are not appropriate on a weekly basis. Parents wishing to strengthen their children's faith in the family religion may find a suitable avenue for this in their community.
  3. Silent sitting/meditation is to follow the prescribed teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
  4. Boys and girls sit separately in all classes.
  5. Classes will meet weekly usually for 1 hour.

Syllabus: Group III ages 13 - 16

  1. Develop awareness of the Atmic reality.
  2. Strengthen moral living.
  3. Emphasize selfless service.
  4. Promote Ceiling on Desires.
  5. Establish sense of societal role.
  6. Learn to control negative emotions.
  7. Apply spiritual principles to concerns and challenges faced in the wider community.
  8. Manifest a spirit of mutual trust and love, especially with parents and peers.
  9. Develop higher communication skills in oral and written form.

The curriculum for Group III

  1. Service activities and projects (separate or in conjunction with Sathya Sai Center and regional service projects).
  2. Study of the Unity of Faiths (not a repetition of content covered in Group I and II, but a more in-depth and meaningful exploration, including field trips to places of worship and listening to speakers from other faiths).
  3. Study Circle in which Sai's teachings are explored for deeper meaning and relevancy to their lives (including such challenges as peer pressure, smoking, alcohol and drugs, self-confidence, ecology, and life goals). Some resources we follow include:
  • Summers Showers series
  • Sathya Sai Speaks series
  • Vahini series
  • Suggestions for Study Groups and Individual Use of the Ceiling on Desires Program by Phyllis Krystal
  • Pathways to God: A Study Guide to the Teachings of Sathya Sai Baba, by Jonathan Roof
  1. Ceiling on Desires and its practical spiritual application in every aspect of life.
  2. Development of communication skills through essay writing and oral speaking, spiritual journals, pen pals, model guest speakers, play-writing and production, leading devotional singing at the Sathya Sai Center, and speaking at the Center and regional activities.
  3. The emphasis throughout is not on providing the child with answers, solutions, or counseling but on helping the child to manifest a deep and abiding faith in the Divine and to connect with that source in order to find solutions to problems.
  4. Meditation according to the method of "light meditation" as prescribed by Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Format and structure for Group III

  1. Five teaching components (story-telling, group devotional singing, prayer, meditation and activities) are utilized in a flexible manner to ensure a devotional and experiential program.
  2. The class format would reflect the multi-spiritual heritage and the unity of faiths.
  3. There will be at least one teacher per class to ensure continuity of content and expectations.
  4. Group will meet weekly for usually 1 hour
  5. Dress code should follow the Sathya Sai Center guidelines

Center Guidelines / Policies for SSE

  • Parent Commitment: Every family, that has registered their child/children for SSE classes, is expected to make a commitment to attend these classes regularly. If your child is signed up for tennis, soccer, music or any other extra-curricular activities, please ensure that there is no conflict with the SSE class timings. In order to benefit from these classes, regular participation is required. As a family, please commit yourself seriously to SSE on Sundays as per the SSE schedule.
  • Dress code: We often stress to children about modesty. Please send your children dressed modestly. Here are some clothing that are NOT appropriate for these classes: Tight tops, Tank tops, Short Skirts, Shorts for girls and Shorts, Tank tops for boys.
  • Punctuality: Please arrive 10 minutes prior to start of the class.
  • Attendance: Regular attendance is very important in order for the child to benefit from SSE program and to help the child in regularizing the practice of spiritual values and discipline. As a guideline, a minimum of 80% attendance is expected of all children attending SSE classes. If for some reason, the child is not able to attend a class, parents should inform the corresponding SSE teacher about the same.
  • Supplies: Please send a one inch three ring binder and a writing instrument with your child.
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