S.S. Ravi Kaur Khalsa has generously donated her book of children’s projects as a free resource for us to share with the community!
In Ravi Kaur’s words shared in the book introduction, “I have found there is a great difference between thinking something and knowing something, and this is directly evident in how I live it. You can think or you can know. Thinking is an intellectual process. Knowing is a living experience. Let the children know [by experiencing the Guru through the activities in this book].
The Siri Guru Granth Sahib is the compiled writings of the Sikh Gurus, and other saints and sages of their time. More importantly, carried forth through these words is the spiritual essence of these masters. The Guru is our teacher. The Guru teaches us about our nature, greatness, potential and our relationship to God. The Guru brings us to God-consciousness.
The Siri Guru Granth Sahib is the Guru talking to us. We like to read from the Guru and take a daily reading, called Hukam, or take a Hukam for a special occasion. We are reminded of things we can give extra awareness to each day. We are presented with sign posts that guide our learning for that day.
The Siri Guru Granth Sahib is almost entirely written in metaphor. The use of metaphor is an excellent method of absorbing the significance of an idea. As adults, we tend to translate metaphors into general terms. I have taken metaphorical situations and questions directly from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib.
This book is a fun presentation of the Guru’s metaphor, with discussions and activities arranged as projects for groups of children. Leaving them as given, use the metaphors to impart the nature of God, and human relationships to Him. The projects bring the metaphor into first hand experience, while engaging the memory and creating fun.”
The projects consist of three parts: discussion, activity and writing the verse.
Many ages can utilize these projects. Children as young as three years old can be included in a group. The projects can be done with one child or in a group. Groups are preferred because children tend to stimulate each other in discussion and energize each other in activity. Some activities involve different parts or otherwise lend themselves particularly well to a group.
You are the project guide. The project guide is just that, a guide. Gear the project to the level of the children involved such that they are able to comprehend and do the activity for the most part by themselves. Simpler than expected is a general guideline.
Some of the projects are straightforward and thought provoking. Others are downright silly and may even repulse our adult minds, such as sticking flies (artificial) in molasses (also artificial). But all are guaranteed to engage the child’s participation, excitement, understanding and memory.