Balavihar Cancelled - Sunday October 19, 2014

Sunday October 19, 2014
All Balavihar classes have been cancelled today due to an unexpected issue at the school facility.

Oct 12, 2014 Class

Next Class: Sunday, October 19, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Crossroads Middle School

Room Assignments for the Class your child is registered in:

Friday @ 7:00 p.m. — Room C-108
Saturday @ 2:00 p.m. — Room C-108
Sunday @ 8:45 a.m. — Room C-106
Sunday @12:45 p.m. — Room C-107
Sunday @ 3:15 p.m. — Room C-108




Hari Om!

Today was the day we started our Alphabet Safari curriculum... and our lesson was the letter "A." 

After we performed our weekly disciplines (Morning shlokas, Geeta Chanting, and Concentration Game) we opened up our Circle Time discussion to the children, asking what they thought the letter A stood for. As you can imagine, lots of hands immediately shot up in the air, and the kids shouted out their answers. “A is for apple!” “A is for arrow!” and “A is for ant!”

After everyone started to settle back down, we took this opportunity to explain to the children that with our normal school alphabet we learn words that reflect things outside of our body. For example: an apple is not something that is found inside of us… it grows on a tree. It’s something we can hold in our hand, therefore it’s not a word that we will be learning in our Alphabet Safari. The same holds true with “arrow” and “ant.”

After a minute or so of silence and thinking… we then told the children that our letter “A stands for Aspiration.” What exactly is Aspiration? Aspiration is when you work really hard for something (a goal). And a person can only aspire when s/he is determined and focused. Those are the two main ingredients for reaching a goal!

The concept of “aspiration” is certainly not a very easy one for children to grasp. So to help illustrate this idea we shared a story and then played a game. The best part of these activities is that ot only did we accomplish learning our lesson for the day… but we also got to play around in the process!

We hope that your child had as much fun as the aunties did today. We wish you and your family a very peaceful evening... and a wonderful week!

The Kindergarten Sevikas

p.s.  Your child's homework assignment for the week: They must think about the letter B and give some thought about what it might stand for. But while doing this it's important to remember that our alphabet uses words that can only be found inside of us… not outside our body. "Things" are considered outside the body. However, feelings and thoughts are found on our insides.

Have fun!!!!!

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Shlokas
• Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu

Gita Chanting: Chapter 15, Shloka 1

Concentration/Shell Game
The children sat quietly, with their eyes closed, for one full minute... and then focused on counting shells as they were dropped into the bowl for another minute and a half. That means for 2 and a half minutes that sat quiet and completely focused. The aunties gave these kids several high fives and "four thumbs up"...  These kids rock!!!!

Yoga Stretches/Exercise
We always need to burn off some energy before story time, so we got up and did some nice stretches and then burst into some super fast running (in place.) After a few minutes of frantic running... we found ourselves ready to sit back down so we could give our full attention to aunty during our story time.

StoryTime: "The Best Archer" 
This is the story where Dronacarya asked all the Pandavas and Kauravas to stand in a line so that each one could shoot their arrow at a target placed high in the tree. Dronacarya became very displeased as he asked each student what they saw while looking at the target. Everyone answered that they saw the tree, the target, their brothers, and Dronacarya. So Dronacarya told each student to sit down... they were not ready to shoot their arrow at the target yet. Dronacarya then asked Arjuna to come to the front of the line. Arjuna was asked what he saw... and answered that he could only see the target — nothing else. This made Dronacarya very happy and he told Arjuna to go ahead and release his arrow. To everyone's amazement, they saw Arjuna's arrow soar through the sky and land smack dab in the center of the target high in the tree top.

Game: "Yes, I Can Reach My Goal!"
This is a game where the children all stood in a line and had to jump as high he/she could so that they could reach a balloon tied to a stick. After several attempts and lots of high jumping, each child succeeded in finally being able to hit the balloon. We learned in this activity that sometimes we are not able to reach our goal on our first try... but if we don't give up and and continue to work hard and stay focused... we will definitely reach our goal!

Likhita Japa
The children practiced writing "Raama" in Sanskrit 21 times. (Please feel free to download the template below. We have found that children this age absolutely love likhita japa! If they can practice a few minutes every day, they will experience amazing results.)





Ending Prayer

October 5, 2014



Next Class: Sunday, October 12, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Crossroads Middle School


Room Assignments for the Class your child is registered in:

Friday @ 7:00 p.m. — Room C-108

Saturday @ 2:00 p.m. — Room C-108
Sunday @ 8:45 a.m. — Room C-106
Sunday @ 12:45 p.m. — Room C-107
Sunday @ 3:15 p.m. — Room C-108

Hari Om!

Well,  today was our first "official" Balavihar Day of this school year... and we could not have expected things to run as smoothly as they did! Many MANY thanks to all the parents for escorting your children to their proper classrooms. We realize that it felt a bit more chaotic than usual... but your kind patience really helped us move things along peacefully and efficiently. Thank you!!! _/\_

As promised, we will try our best to post the class review by 6:00 p.m. each Sunday. However, if for some reason we are a few minutes late one day... please forgive us and check back later that evening. We really are sticklers about being on time... so if we're late, there's probably a good reason.

In the meantime, we hope you are enjoying the gorgeous weather and nature paintings that God has blessed us with. And please give your child a great big hug for us! The aunties had such a fun time today and we can't wait to see everyone again next Sunday!!

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Shlokas


Gita Chanting: Chapter 15, Shloka 1


Concentration/Shell Game
The children sat quietly for one minute and then focused on counting the shells as they were dropped into the bowl for another minute. That makes 2 solid minutes that they were quiet and focused — all with their eyes closed! Please know that we are being very honest when we say that they are incredibly advanced for this activity so early in the year. There is no doubt that we will be moving onto 3 minutes of focused silence in the very near future.


Yoga Stretches/Exercise
The aunties always like to get up and do some fun exercise activities... so we spent a few minutes doing some nice butterfly yoga stretches, followed with some fun jumping and running in place. There is nothing like burning off some energy before story time!


StoryTime
"Eat a Mango Where No One Can See You." We think this is such an excellent story to illustrate the concept, "God is Everywhere." After the story, we asked the children the following questions during our circle time discussion:

• Can we see God?
• Can we talk to God?
• Can God talk to us?

We seized this opportunity to share with the children the importance of Our Guru — Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanada... and that if we study hard and follow his teachings, we will be able to see and talk to God. It is our Guru who helps us learn how to see God.


Likhita Japa
The children practiced writing "Raama" in Sanskrit 21 times. (Please feel free to download the template below. We have found that children this age absolutely love likhita japa! If they can practice a few minutes every day, they will experience amazing results.)





Craft Activity
Coloring Page of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda (Please feel free to download)




Ending Prayer
Om Poornamadah





Hari OM,

At our next class (October 5), please make sure that you bring your child to the room that he/she is assigned to. Thank you!

Classroom Assignments
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Friday @ 7:00 p.m.
Room C-108

Saturday @ 2:00 p.m.
Room C-108

Sunday @ 8:45 a.m.
Room C-106

Sunday @ 12:45 p.m.
Room C-107

Sunday @ 3:15
Room C-108

Sept. 21, 2014


Next Class: Oct. 5, 2014
(Crossroads Middle School)



Hari Om!

Before we share a quick recap of today’s class activities, we’d like to offer our deepest thanks to all our parents. You guys totally helped us move swiftly through all the admin work and get right down to some fun Kindergarten business. Usually, our first days are a bit more chaotic than normal, but today seemed to fly by seamlessly — so thank you!!!_/\_

As we said in our brief intro meeting, this blog will be the main communication tool between you and your child’s teachers throughout the year, so please make it a regular practice to pop in and see what your child has been doing in class. We've also been known to share fun videos and websites for the kids as we stumble across them.

Also, you should be on the look-out for an email from us within the next few days. We plan on sending you all the pertinent information for your child’s registered class, (i.e., Teachers’ names, emails and phone numbers… and your child’s classroom assignment.)

Just to re-emphasize: Please be assured that no matter what class your child is registered for, he/she will be learning the exact same curriculum (at the same speed) as the rest of the classes. The only difference your child will experience will be the sevikas who are teaching that day.  Nothing more… nothing less.

So, now that we got all of that out of the way… here’s a recap of what we accomplished today. Oh, and just for the record: every single sevika was thoroughly impressed with how mature your children are, and what wonderful listeners they are! For a second there, we thought we (the teachers) made a mistake… and were sitting in the First Grade class.

Lots of Hugs and “High Fives!” to our young friends…
and please tell them that we can’t wait to see everyone at our next class: October 5th!

Kindergarten Sevikas


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Shlokas

• Saha naavaavatu
• Ekadantam mahaakaaya
• Sarasvati Namastubhyam
• Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu


Gita Chanting: Chapter 15, Shloka 1


Concentration/Shell Game

Your children are definitely an impressive challenge for the aunties this year! We thought that this activity was going to be hard for everyone, but NOOOOOooooo… these kids totally got it!!! They sat nicely for one solid minute… and almost everyone got the correct number of shells that were dropped in the bowl —15. Looks like the aunties are going to have to practice some more if we want to stump the kids!


Yoga Stretches

Madhu Aunty lead us through some child friendly and invigorating yoga stretches. And while we were all laughing and trying to balance ourselves doing the Tree Pose, it instantly became became clear that the yoga segment will become our favorite class activity … no question about it.


StoryTime: Lord Ganesha Circles The Universe


Craft: Made a small Lord Ganesha out of modeling clay.


Ending Prayer: Om Poornamadah



Aarti and Chinmaya Pledge was performed in the auditorium.