THE EARTH: HELP EVER HURT NEVER - CHILDREN'S LESSON (1995)
Serving the Earth and treating it with reverence is certainly a noble ideal. Instilling respect for the Earth in young children and showing them how they can serve the Earth can help raise such a generation with a clean and clear conscience. To this end, we offer an outline of a Bal Vikas lesson on one aspect of serving the Earth: saving energy.
Bal Vikas teachers, please look this lesson plan over. If you like the idea, then modify this les son plan as you see fit --add to it or change it-- and then teach it in your Center's Bal Vikas class.
Children will learn how to examine a newspaper article, accompanied by a photograph, that deals with conservation of energy. They will come to recognize the importance of this theme in todayÕs world.
The five elements --ether, air, fire, water, and earth-- are the vesture of God, as well as of man. Use them moderately and with wisdom, with fear and humility. Sathya Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Baba. Sathya Sai Speaks VI, 27, 125.
Select a newspaper or magazine article accompanied by a photograph that deals with the need for conserving energy.
"A stitch in time saves nine." How does this quotation relate to your story?
Sing a song about the environment. Perhaps a song written during the activity, Perhaps "Ceiling on Desires".
Conserving energy is part of our everyday life. Resting our mind is also part of this conservation. Sit quietly and try to rest your body as well as your mind for the next few minutes.
Om, Santhi, Santhi, Santhi
Santhi means peace.
Sai Story --what does it say about changing ourselves?
Swami held up the silver ring for all to see. As we watched, He blew on the ring and it changed to gold, right before our eyes. Then Swami said, "See, change doesn't take years or months, only seconds."
This lesson plan was written by a devotee of the Ithaca, NY, Sai Center.