Sojhi

Sojhi is our program for developing K-12 curriculum, resources, and products to help young people, build connections, and derive insights from Sikhi. Sojhi is oriented around the goal of developing insights to inspire a Guru-centered life.

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Monday
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15
June
2020

Babanian Kahanian Divas

This drop-in live webinar is made just for children! Join us on June 14th, Children’s Day, as we welcome various guest presenters to engage with Sabad, sakhi, story-telling, poetry, puzzles, art, and much more. These various activities will help children learn about Sikhi in new and creative ways, prompting lots of questions and space for self-discovery. Note for our Nature Art activity with Rapinder Kaur: No previous art making experience required. For this virtual expressive arts workshop you will only need access to basic art materials; a couple of sheets of paper, and any of the following: markers, pens, pencils, pastels and or simple paints. Other options include: found nature objects: leaves, twigs, sticks or other nature objects, scissors, glue and tape. Theme: Jagat (Our World) 30 min - Creator in Creation: Introduction to Words About the World in Gurbani and an Explanation of Arti Sabad (Jasmine Kaur) 15 min - The Light Within Us (Inni Kaur) Travel with Guru Nanak Sahib and Bhai Mardana to the coastal town of Puri and find out what happened there. 15 min - Music Rendition (Preetinder Singh) 15 min - Plexers (puzzles) (Harliv Kaur) Includes creating your own plexor for the word - Jagat or Duniya 15 min - Kavita About the World (Arpinder Kaur) Arpinder and her son Jivat Singh will be reading, singing, and discussing a Kavita (poem) on nature. 15 min - Panjabi Story (Gurmeet Kaur & Liv Kaur) Gurmeet and her daughter Liv Kaur will be sharing a folktale from their book series. 30 min - Nature Art Activity (Rapinder Kaur) Participants will be led through a fun & engaging art-making activity using found nature objects and simple art materials to help them explore what both they and nature need to flourish and grow.

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Sunday
,
17
May
2020

Getting to Know Vahiguru

This workshop is specifically designed for young children, ages 6-10. Children will walk through a Sabad by Bhagat Kabir Ji using illustrative material and learn about qualities of the Divine. The workshop will prompt lots of questions and will help children pick up new vocabulary, develop thinking skills, and leave them with a desire to learn more through questioning & self-discovery. Instructor: Jasmine Kaur has worked in the education field for over 20 years and holds degrees in elementary education, sociology, human development and family studies. Jasmine served as the Director of Education with SikhRI for over 8 years. She was the coordinator and chief developer of the Sojhi - Gurmat and Panjabi Education Resource. She has developed training using the curriculum to increase classroom confidence and maximize the resources in content areas of Boli and Virsa, as well as classroom management and teaching techniques. To date, Jasmine has personally trained over 750 educators and administrators. Her passion is developing creative and interactive activities for all ages, especially young children. She currently continues to work with SikhRI developing and conducting Children’s workshops, webinars, and online courses as well as creating materials for Gurmat and Khalsa schools and Individual learning. Jasmine has published articles on the future of Sikh education and her own experiences growing up as a Sikh in Japan, India, Canada, and the US. She lives in Washington, DC area with her husband and twins who keep her very busy and remind her every day how blessed she is.

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Sunday
,
15
July
2018

Journey with the Gurus — Volume 1

A story-time session with Inni Kaur. In this webinar, Inni Kaur reads “Nuri’s Awakening,” from Journey with the Gurus, Volume 3. All you need to enjoy this webinar is your imagination, a blanket, and a stuffed toy! “You are a spark of the Light of Ik Oankar. I want you to remember that the Light of Ik Oankar lives within you….” said Guruji Audience: Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and children who love to hear stories! About the Presenter: Inni Kaur is a passionate author, poet, story-teller, and painter. She is the author of the children’s book series, Journey with the Gurus that is inspired by the life and teachings of Guru Nanak. Her other children’s books are Sakhi-Time with Nani Ji and Thank-You, Vahiguru. To Inni, every single day is a celebration. While she writes anytime the spirit moves her to, she also thoroughly enjoys watching the clouds pass her by, taking long mindful walks to appreciate nature’s innate beauty, and painting abstract artwork Learn more about Journey with the Gurus here: http://www.journeywiththegurus.com

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Wednesday
,
10
January
2018

Who is Sura?

The month of December takes us to lives of the four Sahibzade, Guru Gobind Singh Sahib and his Gursikhs. We often wonder what gave them such strength to be the ‘warriors’ they were, Join us in this webinar as we explore through Bani and History what it means to be a ‘warrior’ or a ‘complete’ individual. Lets dive into 2 Sabads that will help us understand this and also give us tools to work towards becoming these individuals and get inspired by Gursikhs who lived their life as such. Presenter: Jasmine Kaur has worked in the education field for over 20 years and holds degrees in elementary education, sociology, human development and family studies. Jasmine served as the Director of Education with SikhRI for over 8 years. To date, Jasmine has personally trained over 750 educators and administrators. Her passion is developing creative and interactive activities for all ages, especially young children. She currently continues to work with SikhRI developing and conducting Children’s workshops, webinars, and online courses as well as creating materials for Gurmat and Khalsa schools and Individual learning. She lives in Washington, DC area with her husband and twins who keep her very busy and remind her every day how blessed she is.

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Tuesday
,
20
December
2016

Char Sahibzade: Invincible, Warrior, Brave, Victory Confirmation

The dictionary describes the word ‘Inspire’ as "to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural”. Guru Sahib tells us in his Bani that if you want to create a prodigy tell your children stories of their ancestors. One such story for our children is the life of the Char Sahibzade! This webinar looks at the lives of the 4 Sahibzadey and takes a close look at the "code" that they lived by. Some questions that we will answer together are: What were some key values and how do we know?

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Tuesday
,
23
September
2014

Journey with the Gurus — Volume 3

This Sakhi is an excerpt from "Journey with the Gurus" volume 3 by Inni Kaur. Inni Kaur is the author of Journey with the Gurus, a children’s book series based on the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Sahib.

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Monday
,
13
January
2014

Journey with the Gurus — Volume 2

In "Journey with the Gurus" volume 2, the story of "Sajjan Transformed" is a re-telling of the encounter between Sajjan the thug and Guru Nanak. The presentation relies on easy to understand "child-friendly" English and a rich contemporary imagery to convey the message of change and service that lies at the heart of this Sakhee.

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Wednesday
,
3
July
2013

Liv: Ik Chota First Sikh Books: Producing Quality Sikh Educational Resources for Children

Panelists: Inni Kaur, Jagdeep Singh, Navjot Kaur & Parveen Kaur Dhillon Moderator: Jasmine Kaur In light of the recent resources that have been developed for Sikh children and the growing strength of the movement to express the need for them in the community, SikhRI will host a panel discussion webinar with a handful of those whose creations for Sikh children have been widely influential in recent years. Developing these resources for the diasporic community comes with its own challenges and successes, and this forum will allow the authors and developers to share their own thought processes and the source of their creative passion. Ideas will also be presented for using these resources in the classroom and at home. During the Q&A, there will be time for the attendees to engage in dialogue about what other resources they see a need for.

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Wednesday
,
3
July
2013

Liv: Sikhi in Thought, Word & Deed

Many schools offer a character development program as part of their curriculum, but what character traits are crucial to nurture in developing Sikhs? How do we inspire those qualities in our youth at Gurduara, school and at home? Join us as we consider these questions, drawing on Gurbani and Guru-Sakhis for inspiration. Also our special guests, the Young Khalsa Girls, share how embracing Sikhi characteristics guides their community service.

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Anandu Sahib

Anand Sahib course is designed for children aged seven years and above and will cover the first five pauris (stanzas) and the fortieth pauri of Anand Sahib. The course will help children learn about the third Nanak, Guru Amardas Sahib. It will also introduce the children to new Gurbani words that will expand their vocabulary and help them improve their Gurbani comprehension skills.

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Barah Mah

Barah Maha is a folk poetry style that expresses the emotions and yearnings of the human heart in terms of the changing seasons of Nature with each particular month over the twelve months of the year. The course is based on the Bani of Barah Maha revealed each by Guru Nanak Sahib and Guru Arjan Sahib. The Gurus have transformed this folk poetry into a spiritual journey of love. Through it, they have explained the connection between a human being and Vahiguru that can be easily understood by a common person.

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Sojhi Means Insight

Gurmat and Panjabi schools across the globe are used as a means to impart Sikh spirit, principles, values, and history to the youth. While teachers and volunteers at these schools do their best in delivering Gurū’s message, there is a gap between each school knowing what to teach and taking it to the next level of engaging children. SikhRI offers a strategic solution to this key challenge and also helps develop higher-order thinking skills among children through Sojhi curriculum. We share classroom and teaching ideas and strategies, share tips about classroom management, behavior management, and effective instructional strategies:

•   Improving the effectiveness of Sikh educations
•   Offering high standards of learning
•   Relevant course material for students
•   Developmentally appropriate learning activities
•   Consistent syllabi and teaching for instructors
•   Instructors training in content and teaching mechanism

Our curriculum is developed and reviewed extensively by educators, child development specialists, and experts and scholars in the subject matter covered by the curriculum and it is widely used in Gurmat and Panjabi schools across North America, parts of Europe and Asia.

Free Resources for Educators

Currently we provide printable worksheets, lesson plans and Powerpoint files for Kindergarten to Grade 8, free to download. Each grade is divided into two core curriculum: Boli (Language Arts) and Virsa (Sikh History). Curriculum for Pre-K and High School is under development.

SikhRI welcomes feedback, comments, and suggestions on the Sojhi curriculum. If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring a Gurmat Educational online resource, please contact the [email protected] for more details.

Teacher Training

We also offer training workshops for parents, educators and adult caregivers in which we guide them to explore exercises and activities they can do with their child to bring them closer to Gurbani and Gurmat. Our full day training sessions for Gurmat and Pañjābī Schools are perfect for administrators andteachers from your local area.

•   Gain skills to use in your classroom
•   Participate in role-playing scenarios
•   Discover ways to use research material accurately
•   Enhance your knowledge base on content
•   Clarify subject matter misconceptions

Our sessions are led by Sojhī trainers from SikhRI. We rely on our local hosts to provide logistics such as training venue, location and meals, and enlist the participation of schools in the region.

Free Resource Downloads

Links and file downloads to the curriculum and collections of resources assembled for your needs.

Sikh History: Getting to Know Hari Singh Nalua

Hari Singh Nalua (popularly ‘Nalwa’ or ‘Nalva’) (1791-1837), was one of the greatest generals of his time. Even though the contributions of Hari Singh Nalua are well recorded in the annals of history, he is often not celebrated or brought to the forefront of Sikh knowledge. As a general, he exhibited exemplary leadership qualities and military skills that helped Sikhs strengthen and consolidate their military and political position in South Asia. Today, not many people know of his contribution to the Sikh position and rule during the time.

Explore the life and lessons of Hari Singh Nalua and his legacy through our downloadable curriculum, as well as through our originally produced podcast and video series 'Sikh History'.

Getting To Know Guru Nanak Sahib E-Book

Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) has published a new unit in the Gurmat Educational Resource for children titled Getting To Know Guru Nanak Sahib.

This set of lessons is meant to introduce children to Guru Nanak Sahib and help them develop a fundamental knowledge base through Sakhis and other activities. Getting To Know Guru Nanak Sahib is perfect for use at home, Gurmat and Panjabi schools, as well as Sikh camps.

I am looking forward to engaging my own two sons with this educational unit. This is a great way to commemorate Nanakshahi 550 and deepen our relationship with Guru Nanak Sahib as a family.
— Pritpal Singh, SikhRI Board of Directors

Included in the lessons are audio stories on Guru Nanak Sahib’s life recorded in both English and Panjabi in celebration of Guru Nanak Sahib’s 550th Prakash Purab.

The lesson plans provide questions to open up a dialog with the children and activities to give them an opportunity for self-exploration and self-reflection. There are nine lesson plans in the packet overall, and each one can be used individually or in combination with others.

Seva – Gurmat Educational Unit

The unit, packed with exciting lessons, will take students on a journey of exploration of the concept of Seva in light of Gurbani–Wisdom, Tavarikh–History, and Rahit–Lifestyle. SikhRI’s Seva lessons are created to be used equally at home, Sikh camps, or Gurmat and Panjabi schools.

The Seva educational unit consists of five lessons and can be taught to children of five years and above, providing them with a deeper understanding of the Divine. Families beginning their Seva journey can involve their neighbors and even a larger community along the way.

Gurmat and Panjabi schools can also use the educational unit to look at Seva as something beyond the internal community and showcase the “sevadars amongst them.”

Sojhi: Getting to Know Guru Granth Sahib

The Sojhi Summer Curriculum is dedicated to learning the history and profound wisdoms of Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The curriculum is designed for students between the ages of 7-15, to provide a greater understanding of Guru Granth Sahib Ji. This comprehensive resource is easily accessible for use at schools, camps and for families wanting to support their children's summer learning experience at home. Each lesson plan has been thoughtfully constructed to encourage, engage and strengthen the curious minds of future generations, by offering resources inspired by the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

Sojhi: Grade 6 to 8 Curriculum

For Grade 6 to Grade 8 — this curriculum is developed and reviewed extensively by educators, child development specialists, and experts and scholars in the subject matter covered by the curriculum and it is widely used in Gurmat and Panjabi schools across North America, parts of Europe and Asia.

Special thanks to developers and reviewers: Jasmine Kaur, Harliv Kaur, Harinder Singh, Inderpreet Singh, Simran Jeet Singh, Harpreet Singh, Isha Kaur Singh, Navjot Singh, Carol Wright-Smith and Tejwant Kaur Chana.


Sojhi: Grade 3 to 5 Curriculum

For Grade 3 to Grade 5 — this curriculum is developed and reviewed extensively by educators, child development specialists, and experts and scholars in the subject matter covered by the curriculum and it is widely used in Gurmat and Panjabi schools across North America, parts of Europe and Asia.

Special thanks to developers and reviewers: Jasmine Kaur, Harliv Kaur, Harinder Singh, Inderpreet Singh, Simran Jeet Singh, Harpreet Singh, Isha Kaur Singh, Navjot Singh, Carol Wright-Smith and Tejwant Kaur Chana.

Sojhi: Kindergarten to Grade 2 Curriculum

For Kindergarten to Grade 2 — this curriculum is developed and reviewed extensively by educators, child development specialists, and experts and scholars in the subject matter covered by the curriculum and it is widely used in Gurmat and Panjabi schools across North America, parts of Europe and Asia.

Special thanks to developers and reviewers: Jasmine Kaur, Harliv Kaur, Harinder Singh, Inderpreet Singh, Simran Jeet Singh, Harpreet Singh, Isha Kaur Singh, Navjot Singh, Carol Wright-Smith and Tejwant Kaur Chana.

Presenters & Facilitators

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Sojhi

Jasmine Kaur

Director of Education

Jasmine Kaur has worked in the education field for over 20 years and holds degrees in elementary education, sociology, human development and family studies.

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Presenter

Jasleen Kaur

Researcher

Jasleen is a double UVA grad in Religious Studies, focusing on South Asian Religions through the lens of literature and poetry.

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Presenter
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Inni Kaur

Creative Director

Inni Kaur is Creative Director at the Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI).

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Harliv Kaur

Sojhi Curriculum Developer and Teacher Trainer

Harliv Kaur is a Sojhi curriculum developer and teacher trainer with SikhRI.

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