Bal Vikas Syllabus

 

The ultimate aim of Balavikas is to let the child realize that Divinity dwells in him. The child is ignorant that he or she is Divine though pure at heart, soft in physique, tender in mind and nascent in intellect. What you sow, so you will reap. It is here that the teaching techniques assume importance. All the techniques are meant to achieve the two important goals mentioned above. Essence of education and knowledge have been clearly emphasized by Swami as

‘The end of education is character’
‘The end of knowledge is Love

For each age group, from young children to teen-age youth the Bal Vikas Guru takes on a specific role linked to psychological development of the child. For Group I, it is that of a mother: discipline established and good behaviour is positively rewarded. In Group II, the teacher takes on the formal teacher’s role and the children develop a sense of order and respect for rules. Finally in group III, the teacher is a friend helping the children to develop firm principles and become actively aware of their conscience. In Group I learning is attained through ‘doing and making’, in Group – II ‘doing and thinking’ and in Group III ‘Planning and Achieving’.

GROUP I (6 – 9 YEARS)

This is the period of doing and making. “StartEarly, Driveslowly, Reachsafely” is our Swami’s Divine Dictum. With this in view, children are inducted into this program at an early age of 6 years. When seeds of Human excellence are sown at a young age, they become rooted in values, remember and follow these throughout their lives. At this stage, the child wants to do and make things; hence the focus by the Balvikas guru is on pictorial demonstrations, games, charts , group activities, role plays and attitude testing, group singing, storytelling, prayers, silent sitting, rather than on mere lecturing.

Courses:

  • Simple slokas of different deities
  • Value Based stories
  • NamavaliBhajans/Value Songs
  • Introduction into the Life of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

On Completion

  • Following External disciplines of the class such as dress code, separate seating positions in class for boys and girls, organized footwear arrangements outside the classroom
  • Extrapolating these disciplines at other environments such as home / other classes etc
  • Reverence to parents
  • Remembering God throughout the day through Prayers [Morning / Before food / Night]
  • Imbibing the values of sharing and caring
  • Accepting God as the only true friend

 

  1ST YEAR 2ND YEAR 3RD YEAR
Chanting Omkar
Stotras Omkaram YaaKundendu Shantakaram
Gurur Brahma Kailasarana Poorvam Rama
Vakratunda Om Sarvamangala Manojavam
NamastestuMahamaye Vedandurate
Suprabhatam VandeDevamUmapatim
1-27 Ashtotaras 28-54 Ashtotaras
Prayers Karagre Karacharanam Gayatri
Harir Data Om Sarvevai
Twameva Mata
Asato Ma
Om Sahanavavatu
Bhajans Jaya Guru Om Tatsat Hey Shiva Shankara
Krishnam vande Jai Jai ram Govinda hare
Jai Radha Shailagirishwara Shiva shambo
Jai durga Om Namobhagvate Om Shri ram jai ram
Gopala Gopala Mahaganapate Govindakrishnavitale
Alakhniranjana
Value songs (regional) Value Songs (regional) Value Songs (regional)
Stories
  • Stories for Children – Part One
  • Unity of Faiths through stories
  • Chinna Katha
  • Life of Bhagawan Baba
  • Ramayana
Health & Hygiene Yoga Yoga Yoga
Japa Om Sri Sairam Om Sri Sairam Om Sri Sairam
Silent Sitting Silent Sitting Form Meditation Form Meditation
Other Religions Broad details of the Main religions of The World – Islam Christianity, Buddhism, &Zoroastrianism
Significance of Festivals
  • Guru Purnima
  • Diwali, Christmas
  • Dassera
  • Ganesh Chaturthi
  • Eid
  • Bhagawan Baba’s Birthday
  • New year
Miscellaneous
  • Vedas
  • 5 Elements – Educare
  • Duty, Devotion, Discipline
  • Ceiling on Desires
  • Role play, Quiz, Attitude Testing
  • National Symbols
  • Experiental Learning – Mind mapping and web charting

Vedas: Ganapathyprarthana, Shivopasanamantram, Narayana Upanishad, Kshamaprarthana.

Group II: 9 to 12 years

Courses -‘doing and thinking’:

  • Simple slokas of different deities
  • Select episodes from Ramayana &Mahabharatha and NamavaliBhajans/Value Songs
  • Stories of Saints/Prophets and unity of faiths
  • Life & Teachings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

On completion of Group II of SSS Balvikas

  • Applying the teachings of Bhagawad Gita in everyday life. Understanding & appreciating the significant features and practices of other religions/celebrations of all festivals.
  • Learning to listen the voice of the conscience within and to discriminate between right and wrong
  • Introduction to the role of the 5Ds ‘(i) Devotion, (ii) Discrimination, (iii) Discipline, (iv) Determination and (v) Duty’ in day to day life
  • Accepting God as a mentor and Guru who is always watching us and guiding us.

 

  1ST YEAR 2ND YEAR 3RD YEAR
Chanting Omkar&Pranayam Omkar&Pranayam Omkar&Pranayam
Stotras Slokas    
54-108 Ashtotaras    
Gita Slokas on Karma, Bhakti, God and Avtar BhajaGovindam 1 – 8 BhajaGovindam 9 – 16
Prayers DeepamJyoti Ishavasyamidam Purnamidam
Other Religions Other Religions Other Religions
Food Prayers    
Words of Wisdom 1 – 7 8 – 15 16 – 23
Gems 1 – 17 18 – 34 35 – 53
Baba’s Sayings 1 – 16 17 – 32 33 – 56
Bhajans Arati Jaya Jaya Rama Hari HariSmaran
Shri Ganesha Gopala radhe Krishna Jai JaiDurge
Har Shiva Shankara Jai jaiManmohana Hey Madhava
Govindarama Gangadhara Gurupadaranjana
  Sitaramnamabhajo Allah Tumho
    Rama hare Sai Krishna hare
Value songs Value songs Value songs
Health & Hygiene Yoga Yoga Yoga
Meditation Jyoti Meditation Jyoti Meditation Jyoti Meditation
Stories
  • Stories for Children – Part Two
  • Temples / Holy Places in India (as appearing in Stories for Children – Part Two)
  • Lives of Great men, Saints (as appearing in Stories for Children – Part Two)
  • Regional Patriots
  • Life of Bhagawan Baba
  • Select episodes from Mahabharata (as appearing in Stories for Children – Part Two)
  • Select episodes from Ramayana (as appearing in Stories for Children – Part Two)
Festivals Significance
  • Navratri, Shivaratri
  • Easter,Guru Nanak’s Birthday, Mahavir Jayanti
  • Janmashtami, Buddha Jayanti
  • Nag Panchami, Holi
Miscellaneous
  • Tenets of Major Religions
  • Importance of Prayer, Omkar, Japa&Dhyana
  • National Symbols – 4
  • Ceiling on Desires
  • Sri Sathya Sai Educare – 5 Elements & Inter-relationship with Man
  • 5 D’s
Group Activities
  • Role Play, Quiz, Antakshari
  • Shramdan, Narayan Seva
  • Attitude Testing
  • Experiential Learning
Vedas Mantrapushpam, DurgaSuktham, PurushaSuktham, NeelaSuktham.

Group III: 12 to 15 years

Courses – ‘Planning and Achieving’:

  • Selected Slokas from BhajaGovindam &Bhagawad Gita
  • Lives of Great Men like Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa& Swami Vivekananda
  • Bhajans / Value Songs and Indian Culture & Spirituality
  • Introduction into and Hands-on experience of the Humanitarian seva of Sri Sathya Sai Organisations

On completion of Group III of SSS Balvikas:

  • Learning to see Divinity in everyone/everything around and to introspect on the essence and purpose of this human life (application of the BhajaGovindamslokas)
  • Pursuing to seek excellence in life and practice the necessary methodologies towards this pursuit (application of the Bhagawad Gita slokas)
  • Being patriotic and taking indulgence in their mother land; developing social consciousness within through participation in community sevas (services).
  • Appreciating the inner significance and the unity/divinity amidst the diverse customs and varied cultural practices of our country; Practice, placing a ceiling on their desires
  • Augmenting skills required to shape up their personality, through management of thought, breath & time and properly discharging their duties at school, home and in society;
  • Developing better problem solving and management/leader ship skills; understand the true purport of ‘Life is a Game, Play it’ & ‘Life is a Challenge, Meet it’ and attempting to imbibe the significance of the Mahavakyas culminating in ‘AhamBrahmasmi’.

 

  1ST YEAR 2ND YEAR 3RD YEAR
Prayer
  • Gita Slokas on Gyan, Sadhana, Karma
 
Health & Hygiene
  • Saving Habits
  • Personal health and hygiene
  • Management of Thought
  • Breath and Time
 
Story Telling
  • Life of Vivekananda and Ramakrishna
  • Lives of Regional saints of India
  • Lives of Freedom fighters
  • Message of Gita in day to day life
 
Miscellaneous
  • Ideals of Sai Education
  • Importance of Prayer, Omkar, Japa and Dhyana
  • 5 D’s
  • 5 Elements and its Inter-Relationship with Man
  • Community Living like Participation in family work
  • Synthesis of Major Religions
  • Cultural Habits and Manners of India
  • National Integration
  • Role of intuition
 
Project Activities
  • Camps, Seminar, Debates, Symposia, Shramdhan
  • Training as Seva dal/ B V Guru, Project Work, Study Circle
  • Experiential Learning
  • VIP programme
 
Vedas Narayana suktham, Medhasuktham, Bhusuktham, Sri suktham.

 

Group III: 12 to 15 years

Courses – ‘Planning and Achieving’:

  • Selected Slokas from BhajaGovindam &Bhagawad Gita
  • Lives of Great Men like Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa& Swami Vivekananda
  • Bhajans / Value Songs and Indian Culture & Spirituality
  • Introduction into and Hands-on experience of the Humanitarian seva of Sri Sathya Sai Organisations

On completion of Group III of SSS Balvikas:

  • Learning to see Divinity in everyone/everything around and to introspect on the essence and purpose of this human life (application of the BhajaGovindamslokas)
  • Pursuing to seek excellence in life and practice the necessary methodologies towards this pursuit (application of the Bhagawad Gita slokas)
  • Being patriotic and taking indulgence in their mother land; developing social consciousness within through participation in community sevas (services).
  • Appreciating the inner significance and the unity/divinity amidst the diverse customs and varied cultural practices of our country; Practice, placing a ceiling on their desires
  • Augmenting skills required to shape up their personality, through management of thought, breath & time and properly discharging their duties at school, home and in society;
  • Developing better problem solving and management/leader ship skills; understand the true purport of ‘Life is a Game, Play it’ & ‘Life is a Challenge, Meet it’ and attempting to imbibe the significance of the Mahavakyas culminating in ‘AhamBrahmasmi’.

 

  1ST YEAR 2ND YEAR 3RD  YEAR
Prayer
  • Gita Slokas on Gyan, Sadhana, Karma
 
Health & Hygiene
  • Saving Habits
  • Personal health and hygiene
  • Management of Thought
  • Breath and Time
 
Story Telling
  • Life of Vivekananda and Ramakrishna
  • Lives of Regional saints of India
  • Lives of Freedom fighters
  • Message of Gita in day to day life
 
Miscellaneous
  • Ideals of Sai Education
  • Importance of Prayer, Omkar, Japa and Dhyana
  • 5 D’s
  • 5 Elements and its Inter-Relationship with Man
  • Community Living like Participation in family work
  • Synthesis of Major Religions
  • Cultural Habits and Manners of India
  • National Integration
  • Role of intuition
 
Project Activities
  • Camps, Seminar, Debates, Symposia, Shramdhan
  • Training as Seva dal/ B V Guru, Project Work, Study Circle
  • Experiential Learning
  • VIP programme
 
Vedas Narayana suktham, Medhasuktham, Bhusuktham, Sri suktham.

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