Pujya Gurudev

Pujya Gurudev

May 1-3, 2015

Next classes: May 15 - 17, 2015

Venue: Chinmaya Vrindavan Ashram
95 Cranbury Neck Rd., Cranbury, NJ

Please arrive no more than 10/15 minutes before the time slot your child is registered for. There will be classes in session before us. Thank you!

Friday@ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday @ 2:00 p.m.
Sunday @ 8:45 a.m.
Sunday @ 12.45 p.m.
Sunday @3:15 p.m.


Shlokas

Geeta Chanting: Chapter 15, Shlokas 1 to 12
Here is an audio blog that has archived all the Bhagavad Geeta chapters. It is a wonderful learning tool... and we highly recommend that you check it out. Also, please note that tutoring classes are being held at the ashram. We highly recommend that you sign your child up for this wonderful opportunity!


Concentration/Shell Game
Two and a half minutes of sitting silently, while focusing on the number of shells that are being dropped into a bowl.... with eyes closed, of course. :-)

Yoga Stretches/Exercise
5 to 10 minutes of stretching

Circle Time/Activity Time 'U' is for Unity

What is Unity?

Unity is to join hands and work together to help each other. 
 
What happens when we have unity?
Unity is strength.  When we are united, we have a better chance of succeeding in life and protecting ourselves.
 
 'V' Is for Victory What is victory?
Victory is when you attain your goal. 
 
What is required to be victorious?

To be victorious, work had and always speak the truth.


Story Time: The Four Cows
Once upon a time there were four cows who were very good friends.  They always helped and cared for each other.  Every evening the four cows would go to a meadow to graze.  A lion also would come to the meadow everyday in the hope of killing and eating the cows for dinner. 
The cows, while smelling the lion approaching, would stand next to eachotherpointing their horns in the direction of the lion, threating to charge.  Seeing the four angry cows together, the lion would run away and look for dinner elsewhere.  Because the cows were united, they were able to defend themselves against the mighty lion.
One day the cows had a fight amongst them, and even stopped taking to each other.  When they came to graze that evening they stood apart from each other.  The lion who had returned to the meadow saw the cows grazing far away from each other, and immediately attacked and hurt one of them.  They realized their mistake and got united again.
 
 
Tale:  The Marathon Race
Nine handicapped children were to run a marathon.  Everyone was eagerly waiting to see this race.  At the sound of “start” all the 9 children started moving forward as fast as they could.  But just one block from the starting line, one boy tripped and fell down.  He started to cry.  The other eight children heard the cry and felt his pain.  One girl decided to come back and help the boy stand up again.  She said, “ If I kiss you here, pointing to the injured foot, it will not hurt you anymore.”  And before the crowd realized what was happening the rest of the children returned to help this boy get up.  Then all the children ran the marathon holding hands together. 
Who was the winner?  It was all of them and the audience clasped in awe. 

Likhita Japa
Some children performed their likhita japa with tracing papers, while others wrote "Raama" on the background of their coloring page of Gurudev.

Activity 2:
Fold the picture along the vertical lines, like a fan.  Make sure to keep the doll on top fold.  Cut along the doll shape.  Unfold and you will have a chain of dolls.  Let children write in the circle provided in each doll, U,N,I,T,Y. 
 




 Ending Prayers
Aarti and prayers were conducted with all the other classes/study groups in the Mandir/Temple.

April 24 - 26, 2015

Next classes: May 1 - 3, 2015

Venue: Chinmaya Vrindavan Ashram
95 Cranbury Neck Rd., Cranbury, NJ

Please arrive no more than 10/15 minutes before the time slot your child is registered for. There will be classes in session before us. Thank you!

Friday@ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday @ 2:00 p.m.
Sunday @ 8:45 a.m.
Sunday @ 12.45 p.m.
Sunday @3:15 p.m.


Shlokas

Geeta Chanting: Chapter 15, Shlokas 1 to 12
Here is an audio blog that has archived all the Bhagavad Geeta chapters. It is a wonderful learning tool... and we highly recommend that you check it out. Also, please note that tutoring classes are being held at the ashram. We highly recommend that you sign your child up for this wonderful opportunity!


Concentration/Shell Game
Two and a half minutes of sitting silently, while focusing on the number of shells that are being dropped into a bowl.... with eyes closed, of course. :-)

Yoga Stretches/Exercise
5 to 10 minutes of stretching

Circle Time/Activity Time 'T' is for Truth
What is truth?
  • Truth is the integrity and sincerity in words and actions.
  • How can we be truthful always?
  • We can always be truthful by not being scared of the consequences and understanding that it is always better to tell the truth than lies.
  • What is the benefit of speaking the truth?
  • The benefit of speaking the truth is that ultimately truth alone wins.

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    Story Time: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
     
     
    Likhita Japa
    Some children performed their likhita japa with tracing papers, while others wrote "Raama" on the background of their coloring page of Gurudev.
     




     
    Ending Prayers
    Aarti and prayers were conducted with all the other classes/study groups in the Mandir/Temple.

    Arpil 10 -12, 2015

    Next classes: April 19, 2015 @ 12.45pm

    Venue: Chinmaya Vrindavan Ashram
    95 Cranbury Neck Rd., Cranbury, NJ

    Please arrive no more than 10/15 minutes before the time slot your child is registered for. There will be classes in session before us. Thank you!

    Friday@ 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday @ 2:00 p.m.
    Sunday @ 8:45 a.m.
    Sunday @ 12.45 p.m.
    Sunday @3:15 p.m.


    On A Quest
    Venue: AMC Hamilton
    325 Sloan Ave, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619




    Shlokas

    Geeta Chanting: Chapter 15, Shlokas 1 to 12
    Here is an audio blog that has archived all the Bhagavad Geeta chapters. It is a wonderful learning tool... and we highly recommend that you check it out. Also, please note that tutoring classes are being held at the ashram. We highly recommend that you sign your child up for this wonderful opportunity!


    Concentration/Shell Game
    Two and a half minutes of sitting silently, while focusing on the number of shells that are being dropped into a bowl.... with eyes closed, of course. :-)

    Yoga Stretches/Exercise
    5 to 10 minutes of stretching

    Circle Time/Activity Time
    S is for smile.  We all like to smile.  When we smile
     
    • we make friends
    • people want to talk to us
    • we make others happy
    • our parents are happy
    • our teachers are happy
    • we look prettier
    • we stay healthy
    • we make the world a little happier
    You use more number of muscles to frown than to smile.  Smiling is lot easier and smile is contagious.  

    Story Time: The Million Dollar Smile
    Likhita Japa
    Some children performed their likhita japa with tracing papers, while others wrote "Raama" on the background of their coloring page of Gurudev.
     


     
    Ending Prayers
    Aarti and prayers were conducted with all the other classes/study groups in the Mandir/Temple.

    March 27 - 29, 2015

    Next classes: April 10-12, 2015

    Venue: Chinmaya Vrindavan Ashram
    95 Cranbury Neck Rd., Cranbury, NJ

    Please arrive no more than 10/15 minutes before the time slot your child is registered for. There will be classes in session before us. Thank you!

    Friday@ 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday @ 2:00 p.m.
    Sunday @ 8:45 a.m.
    Sunday @ 12.45 p.m.
    Sunday @3:15 p.m.

    On A Quest
    Venue: AMC Hamilton
    325 Sloan Ave, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619



    Shlokas

    Geeta Chanting: Chapter 15, Shlokas 1, 2,3,4, and 5. 6, and 7 and 8, and 9
    Here is an audio blog that has archived all the Bhagavad Geeta chapters. It is a wonderful learning tool... and we highly recommend that you check it out. Also, please note that tutoring classes are being held at the ashram. We highly recommend that you sign your child up for this wonderful opportunity!


    Concentration/Shell Game
    Two and a half minutes of sitting silently, while focusing on the number of shells that are being dropped into a bowl.... with eyes closed, of course. :-)

    Yoga Stretches/Exercise
    5 to 10 minutes of stretching

    Circle Time/Activity Time
    This week's lesson was "R for Right"
    In the last class we learned about the letter "O" which stands for obedience.  In the Vedanta alphabet, "R" comes after "O" because we first need to learn all the values of the alphabet except "P" and "Q". After we learn all these values, we become fit to do prayers, and learn about the letter "P" which stands for prayer. When we offer prayers to the Lord, we become quiet, and learn about the letter "Q". 
     
    Therefore, after "Z", are letters "P" for prayer and "Q" for quiet. Since we had to take letters "P" and "Q" out of the normal order, letter "R" comes after "O".

    Story Time: The Rock on the Road
     
    Likhita Japa
    Some children performed their likhita japa with tracing papers, while others wrote "Raama" on the background of their coloring page of Gurudev.
     


     
    Ending Prayers
    Aarti and prayers were conducted with all the other classes/study groups in the Mandir/Temple.

    March 20-22, 2015

    Next classes: March  27 -29, 2015

    Venue: Chinmaya Vrindavan Ashram
    95 Cranbury Neck Rd., Cranbury, NJ

    Please arrive no more than 10/15 minutes before the time slot your child is registered for. There will be classes in session before us. Thank you!

    Friday@ 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday @ 2:00 p.m.
    Sunday @ 8:45 a.m.
    Sunday @ 12.45 p.m.
    Sunday @3:15 p.m.

    Shlokas

    Geeta Chanting: Chapter 15, Shlokas 1, 2,3,4, and 5. 6, and 7 and 8, and 9
    Here is an audio blog that has archived all the Bhagavad Geeta chapters. It is a wonderful learning tool... and we highly recommend that you check it out. Also, please note that tutoring classes are being held at the ashram. We highly recommend that you sign your child up for this wonderful opportunity!


    Concentration/Shell Game
    Two and a half minutes of sitting silently, while focusing on the number of shells that are being dropped into a bowl.... with eyes closed, of course. :-)

    Yoga Stretches/Exercise
    5 to 10 minutes of stretching

    Circle Time/Activity Time
    This week's lesson was "O for Obedience"

    Story Time: "The Obedient Child "

    Vikram was on a holiday with his father.  It was the most exciting holiday a child could dream about.  Vikram's father was a sailor.  On this holiday Vikram was sailing from port to port.  
    One day the ship caught fire.  soon the deck was full of people.  They were are screaming and yelling and running about.  Vikram's father ran to help others.  Before he left he called Vikram and told " Stand here till I come back.  Do not move, whatever happens"  One by one everyone started to get out of the ship  to the lifeboats.  They all called on Vikram , " come quickly otherwise the ship will sink and you will get hurt".  But Vikram waved to them and said " my father has asked me not to move from here.  He knows what is best for me."  So he didn't move a little bit.   After few minutes they left without him.
    The Sea was too rough, waves were very big and the boats couldn't sail smoothly.  So Vikram's father called for helicopter.  He came up to the deck looking for Vikram and found him on the smoke filled deck.  Small brave boy was standing in the same place where his father had asked him to.  The tired sailor's heart was filled with love for his courageous son.  Soon the helicopter saved both of them.  

    Moral:  Be obedient and save yourself from trouble.  When you are obedient you save others too.

     Game:
     We played a fun round of "Teacher Says" which is played like "Simon Says". 

    Likhita Japa
    Some children performed their likhita japa with tracing papers, while others wrote "Raama" on the background of their coloring page of Gurudev.
     


     


    Ending Prayers
    Aarti and prayers were conducted with all the other classes/study groups in the Mandir/Temple.

    A Special Guest of Honor

    Children, you will DEFINITELY want to watch this video!!! The first minute or so is only talking, but trust us, you'll be delighted you watched the entire film — a very special guest visited Guruji and Swamini ji :-)

    Enjoy!!!


    March 13 -15, 2015

    Next classes: March  20-22, 2015

    Venue: Chinmaya Vrindavan Ashram
    95 Cranbury Neck Rd., Cranbury, NJ

    Please arrive no more than 10/15 minutes before the time slot your child is registered for. There will be classes in session before us. Thank you!

    Friday@ 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday @ 2:00 p.m.
    Sunday @ 8:45 a.m.
    Sunday @ 12.45 p.m.
    Sunday @3:15 p.m.

    Shlokas

    Geeta Chanting: Chapter 15, Shlokas 1, 2,3,4, and 5. 6, and 7 and 8, and 9
    Here is an audio blog that has archived all the Bhagavad Geeta chapters. It is a wonderful learning tool... and we highly recommend that you check it out. Also, please note that tutoring classes are being held at the ashram. We highly recommend that you sign your child up for this wonderful opportunity!


    Concentration/Shell Game
    Two and a half minutes of sitting silently, while focusing on the number of shells that are being dropped into a bowl.... with eyes closed, of course. :-)

    Yoga Stretches/Exercise
    5 to 10 minutes of stretching

    Circle Time/Activity Time
    This week's lesson was "N is for Nobility"

    Story Time: "The Other Shoe"

    As Mahatama Gandhi stepped aboard a train one day, one of his shoes slipped off and landed on the tracks below.  He was unable to retrieve it as the train began to move.  to the amazement of his companions, Gandhiji calmly took off his other shoe and threw it back along the tracks to land close to the first one that had slipped off.  When a fellow passenger asked why he did so, Gandhiji smiled and said, "The poor man who finds the shoe lying on the tracks, will now have a pair he can use."

    Many noble acts like this brought the title Mahatma meaning "a great soul" to Gandhiji.

    We also discussed with the children that Nobility is upholding high moral standards and strong character.  According to our Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, the noblest character is one who has divine compassion for all living beings.

     

    Likhita Japa
    Some children performed their likhita japa with tracing papers, while others wrote "Raama" on the background of their coloring page of Gurudev.


    Ending Prayers
    Aarti and prayers were conducted with all the other classes/study groups in the Mandir/Temple.

    Feb. 27 – March 1, 2015 Class

    Next classes: March 13 – 15, 2015

    Venue: Chinmaya Vrindavan Ashram
    95 Cranbury Neck Rd., Cranbury, NJ

    Please arrive no more than 10/15 minutes before the time slot your child is registered for. There will be classes in session before us. Thank you!

    Friday@ 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday @ 2:00 p.m.
    Sunday @ 8:45 a.m.
    Sunday @ 12.45 p.m.
    Sunday @3:15 p.m.

    Shlokas

    Here is an audio blog that has archived all the Bhagavad Geeta chapters. It is a wonderful learning tool... and we highly recommend that you check it out. Also, please note that tutoring classes are being held at the ashram. We highly recommend that you sign your child up for this wonderful opportunity!


    Concentration/Shell Game
    Two and a half minutes of sitting silently, while focusing on the number of shells that are being dropped into a bowl.... with eyes closed, of course. :-)

    Yoga Stretches/Exercise
    5 to 10 minutes of stretching

    Circle Time/Activity Time
    This week's lesson was "M is for Mother." 

    Story Time: "A Mother's Love"

    There was once a panda named Chinku who refused to go to school. He always wanted to stay home with his mother and play with his toys. But one day his mother lovingly said to him, "Sometimes we all have to do things we do not want to." She told him that at school he would make new friends, play with new toys and read new books. And even though she was going to stay home, he will feel her presence all day long. She took Chinku's hand and gave him a kiss in the center of his palm, and told him that when he started to feel lonely and needed his mother's hug, all he had to do was press his hand to his cheek... immediately he will feel her love. This is just how powerful a mother's love is.

    We also discussed with the children that Mother is not only the one who gives birth to us, but also the one who sustains and nourishes us. There are other mothers in the world who have made our existence possible and we worship them, too. These include:

    • Mother Goddess
    • Mother Nature
    • Mother India
    • Mother Shruti
    • Mother Earth
    • Mother Cow
    • Mother Theresa

    Craft
    Greeting card.

    Likhita Japa
    Some children performed their likhita japa with tracing papers, while others wrote "Raama" on the background of their coloring page of Gurudev.



    Ending Prayers
    Aarti and prayers were conducted with all the other classes/study groups in the Mandir/Temple.

    February 20 – 22, 2015 Class

    Here is an audio blog that has archived all the Bhagavad Geeta chapters. It is a wonderful learning tool... and we highly recommend that you check it out:


    Concentration/Shell Game
    Two and a half minutes of sitting silently, while focusing on the number of shells that are being dropped into a bowl.... with eyes closed, of course. :-)

    Yoga Stretches/Exercise
    5 to 10 minutes of stretching

    Circle Time/Activity Time
    This week's lesson was "L is for Love." 

    Story Time: "The Best Gift"

    There was a teacher who lover all her students very much and desired nothing more than the best for them. When her birthday came around all the children planned to give her a gift. One student gave chocolates, another a neck lad and the third a book. There was one child, Johnny, who was unable to buy her a gift, because his family was very poor.  After the teacher opened all the gifts, she thanked the children and told them how much she valued them. However, Johnny gave her the best gift imaginable. He studied hard, was a good listener, and very helpful to everyone...  and had a very caring and generous heart. There is no greater gift a student can give their teacher!

    Craft
    Heart Bookmark

    Likhita Japa
    Some children performed their likhita japa with tracing papers, while others wrote "Raama" on the background of their coloring page of Gurudev.

    Ending Prayers
    Aarti and prayers were conducted with all the other classes/study groups in the Mandir/Temple.

    Happy Mahashivaratri!



    (Many thanks to Swami Ishwarananda ji for sharing this video _/\_ )

    February 6 – 8, 2015

    Next classes: February 20 – 22, 2014

    Venue: Chinmaya Vrindavan Ashram
    95 Cranbury Neck Rd., Cranbury, NJ

    Please arrive no more than 10/15 minutes before the time slot your child is registered for. There will be classes in session before us. Thank you!

    Friday@ 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday @ 2:00 p.m.
    Sunday @ 8:45 a.m.
    Sunday @ 12.45 p.m.
    Sunday @3:15 p.m.




    Hari Om!

    Wow... what an amazing feeling to be having class in our very own new ashram!!! This weekend inaugurates our new transition... and we are finally home.

    Even though our classes are now held on different days and different times, our curriculum will still be consistently taught by all the KG sevikas. So please don't worry that your child will be missing out  on any activity ... they won't. The aunties have been completely in sync from the beginning... and we will definitely continue to stay in sync. :-)

    Also, please note that next weekend there will not be any classes. Our next Balavihar weekend will be Friday, February 20 through Sunday, February 22.

    In the meantime, we hope everyone has a wonderful week... and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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    Shlokas

    Here is an audio blog that has archived all the Bhagavad Geeta chapters. It is a wonderful learning tool... and we highly recommend that you check it out:



    Concentration/Shell Game
    Two and a half minutes of sitting silently, while focusing on the number of shells that are being dropped into a bowl.... with eyes closed, of course. :-)

    Yoga Stretches/Exercise
    5 to 10 minutes of stretching

    Circle Time/Activity Time
    This week's lesson is "K is for Kindness." The discussion is focused on what actions/thoughts constitute kindness... and what a powerful impact it can have on us, and the world around us.

    Story Time
    "Androcles and The Lion"

    Craft
    Coloring page of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda.
    (While the kids were coloring, we talked about how kind Gurudev was to others... and how his continuous selfless acts of kindness and sharing knowledge changed people's lives.)





    Likhita Japa
    Some children performed their likhita japa with tracing papers, while others wrote "Raama" on the background of their coloring page of Gurudev.

    Ending Prayers
    Aarti and prayers were conducted with all the other classes/study groups in the Mandir/Temple.


    A pleasant surprise...

    Hey Kids!! Look who came out of the woods today... there must have been at least 10 of them!! We were truly blessed today while taking a walk at Mercer County Park. :-)

    Look forward to seeing everyone this weekend... stay warm!


    Storytelling with Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

    Next Class: February 6 – 8, 2015

    Venue: Chinmaya Vrindavan Ashram
    95 Cranbury Neck Rd., Cranbury, NJ

    Please arrive no more than 10/15 minutes before the time slot your child is registered for. There will be classes in session before us. Thank you!

    Friday@ 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday @ 2:00 p.m.
    Sunday @ 8:45 a.m.
    Sunday @ 12.45 p.m.
    Sunday @3:15 p.m.


    Today's class is with our beloved Pujya Gurudev, Himself! Not only do you get to hear Him tell a story... but you also get to sing the bhajan you learned last week. :-)

    Sending you all lots of love and hugs... see you next weekend at the Ashram!

    "Give Love" by MC Yogi

    Here's a beautiful music video to warm you on this cold day... Enjoy! :-)

    January 25, 2015 Class



    Music: "Krishna is Love" by MC Yogi. (Elephant Power)



    Next Class: February 6 – 8, 2015

    Venue: Chinmaya Vrindavan Ashram
    95 Cranbury Neck Rd., Cranbury, NJ

    Please arrive no more than 10/15 minutes before the time slot your child is registered for. There will be classes in session before us. Thank you!

    Friday@ 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday @ 2:00 p.m.
    Sunday @ 8:45 a.m.
    Sunday @ 12.45 p.m.
    Sunday @3:15 p.m.


    Hari Om!

    Well, the time has finally arrived... we are now formally residing in the ashram and will no longer be conducting classes at Crossroads. Please note the time slots listed above and double check to make sure that your child is registered in the one that you will be attending. We know that things have been a little confusing these past few months, so we have combined classes to try and make things a little easier during our stay at Crossroads. However, we now have to stick to our proper schedules and procedures. Otherwise, chaos with a Capital "C" will reign... and we certainly don't want that to happen.

    We sure are going to miss seeing everyone's smiling faces every Sunday morning. However, we did reassure our young friends that even though we're not all going to be in the same class anymore... we'll DEFINITELY be seeing each other at the Ashram. So please reiterate to our young friends that the aunties will be expecting to hear those friendly "Hari Oms" and seeing those big shining smiles!!! And of course, we'd also be grateful for a little hug every now and then, too.

    Anyway, sorry that we're posting a few days late this week. Aside from the Nor'Easter hoopla, this aunty had some unexpected tasks that popped up and took precedence... and now we're back on track.

    Our class topic this week was "J is for Japa"— a real favorite of ours. In fact, we'd be very happy to do this lesson every. single. week. No doubt you've seen your child's Japa Mala by now. We hope that s/he has been practicing with it every day, because as we learned in class. — daily japa brings us much closer to God. And for that reason alone, Japa is an activity we want to incorporate into our life.

    So, on that happy subject, we'd like to direct your attention to the video posted above. This was compiled a few years ago from a previous class during our likhita japa segment. Your children have been doing so beautifully with their likhita japa, that we think it's time for us to start focusing the rest of our year on integrating our love and creativity for God through likhita japa. So be prepared, kids... we're gonna have a blast!!

    Hope everyone enjoyed our brief "Nor'Easter"and got to romp around in the snow a little. If any of you remembered to make your Lord Ganesha sculpture, please send us a photograph so we can share it with everyone. Remember: Nothing is more beautiful than seeing Lord Ganesha snow sculptures everywhere!!!

    :-)

    Look forward to seeing everyone soon... and stay warm!

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    Shlokas

    Saha Naavavatu
    Ekadantam Mahaakaaya
    Sarasvati Namastubhyam
    Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu

    Geeta Chanting: Chapter 15, Shlokas 1, 2,3,4, and 5

    We were very happy to "hear" that a lot of our young friends have been practicing at home. Great work, everyone!! During our next class we will introduce Shloka 6. And from this point onwards we're going to learn 2 new shlokas per month, instead of one. This way we'll be as ready as we can be for the Spring.

    Here is an audio blog that has archived all the Bhagavad Geeta chapters. It is a wonderful learning tool... and we highly recommend that you check it out:



    Concentration/Shell Game

    As we've mentioned before, these kids sure do make the aunties work hard. And yes, they did it again... they won! Their attention span is becoming much stronger and they can now sit silently for 2 and a half minutes... and also get the right number of shells dropped in the bowl.


    Yoga Stretches/Exercise

    We really needed to warm up on this cold morning and we did by doing Sun Salutations! Kids enjoyed stretching and warming up.


    Circle Time/Activity Time

    To help emphasize the meaning of Japa, Aunty taught us a new bhajan: Khaate Bhi Raama Kaho. Not only does this bhajan have a catchy tune to it... but it was fun to reenact, too!

    After singing the bhajan, we played a game where all the children sat in a circle... and then one child would say "Raama" while gently touching the child next to him/her. Then that child says "Raama" and touches the next child in the circle, etc. Our objective was to go faster and faster without breaking the link and our focus.


    Craft

    A small japa mala made out of beads.


    Likhita Japa

    At this time of the year we like to introduce the children to creative likhita japa. Up until now they have been using the tracing sheet to learn the writing strokes for Raama (in Sanskrit). However, we have been noticing that the children are feeling pretty confident with their writing, so we are now ready to express our love and gratitude for God creatively, using colors and shapes. Please note that from this point onwards, your child will most likely not be able to finish their likhita japa art during class time. Therefore, they will be bringing home their paper to work on during the week. We encourage your child to bring their finished work with them to the next class. We will be having a "show and tell" segment where the children can share their artwork... and feelings, if they want to.

    January 11, 2015 Class


    Next Class: January 25, 2015

    10:00 a.m.

    Crossroads Middle School

     Class room assignments for your child:
    Friday@ 7:00 p.m. — C-108

    Saturday @ 2:00 p.m. — 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!


    ‘’Intellect is the light, the heart is the direction.”

     

    Today’s lesson was ’I – for Intelligence’.  The intellect is the accumulation of knowledge, memory, and thinking. The intellect is able to analyze what the mind perceives and make inquiries. When we think in words, we are witnessing the activities of the intellect. When we compare and contrast things we are using the intellect. When we do self-inquiry, it is really the intellect doing self-inquiry.

    In class we spoke about how the mind is where emotions arise and are experienced. When you feel happy or sad you are witnessing the activities of the mind.  We discussed how the Mind collects and categories impressions from the five sense. Intellect observes and discriminates useful from useless and makes decisions.  We gave different examples……on where we use our intellect.  It is a bit profound…..but they got
    it! 

    Engage you children in a conversation about right and wrong and ask them about how we know something is wrong for us?  What helps us know that?  Hope this will lead your child into continued learning about mind and intellect.

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    Shokas





     


    Because our children are responsible for learning the first 12 shlokas, we will need to increase our learning curve a little with each class. During the fall, we only added one shloka per month. However, in order to meet our responsibilities, we will need to increase our shlokas by 2 a month. We have introduced Shloka 5 this week.  Please spend a little time with your child each day practicing.  Just 15 mins a day makes all the difference in the world. If you have any questions about tutoring, please feel free to talk with one of the sevikas. We are extremely lucky to have one of the Sanskrit teachers on our Kindergarten Team... and she will be very happy to answer any questions you might have.

    Also, here is an audio blog that has archived all the Bhagavad Geeta chapters. It is a wonderful learning tool... and we highly recommend that you check it out. Here is the url:


     

    Concentration/Shell Game

    Even though we've had a few weeks off... everyone jumped right into position and played our concentration game beautifully. Nearly everyone kept their eyes closed throughout this activity... exhibiting very little restlessness. This is a great indication that the children are ready to try sitting silently longer... and spend more time in focused counting. We don't usually "up" our time until early/mid Spring... so believe us when we say that these children are doing impressively well!!!

     

    Yoga Stretches/Exercise

    We really needed to warm up on this cold morning and we did by doing Sun Salutations!  Kids enjoyed stretching and warming up.

    Story Time
    We did the classic story “The Thirsty Crow”. 

    Likhita Japa

    At this time of the year we like to introduce the children to creative likhita japa. Up until now they have been using the tracing sheet to learn the writing strokes for Raama (in Sanskrit). However, we have been noticing that the children are feeling pretty confident with their writing, so we are now ready to express our love and gratitude for God creatively, using colors and shapes. Please note that from this point onwards, your child will most likely not be able to finish their likhita japa art during class time. Therefore, they will be bringing home their paper to work on during the week. We encourage your child to bring their finished work with them to the next class. We will be having a "show and tell" segment where the children can share their artwork... and feelings, if they want to.

    January 4, 2015 Class





    Next Class: January 11, 2015
    10:00 a.m.
    Crossroads Middle School

    Class room assignments for your child:

    Friday@ 7:00 p.m. — C-108
    Saturday @ 2:00 p.m. — 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, if you've watched the music video above, then you've probably figured out what this week's lesson was. Yep... you guessed correctly — "H is for Happiness."

    Today we learned that happiness is not found in toys, favorite foods or "things." Instead, happiness is found within us. We can be happy any time... anywhere... and for any thing. We also learned that smiling and laughing uses less muscles in our body than frowning does, AND it helps us maintain good health. Oh, and we even discovered how contagious happiness and smiling is — absolutely no one can escape a good smile or a hearty laugh! We did try...

    So on that happy note... we'd like to extend our warmest wishes to you and your family for a very Happy, Peaceful, and Healthy 2015! We are really looking forward to a New Year of a lot more fun learning with your children. We're only on Letter I, so we still have quite a few more alphabet letters to learn... soon... in our new ashram!!! Our moving date is rapidly approaching. :-)

    Sending you all lots of Love and Peace for a wonderful week — and we'll see you next Sunday!

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    Shokas

    Because our children are responsible for learning the first 12 shlokas, we will need to increase our learning curve a little with each class. During the fall, we only added one shloka per month. However, in order to meet our responsibilities, we will need to increase our shlokas by 2 a month. Next week we will introduce Shloka 5. Please spend a little time with your child each day practicing.  Just 15 mins a day makes all the difference in the world. If you have any questions about tutoring, please feel free to talk with one of the sevikas. We are extremely lucky to have one of the Sanskrit teachers on our Kindergarten Team... and she will be very happy to answer any questions you might have.

    Also, here is an audio blog that has archived all the Bhagavad Geeta chapters. It is a wonderful learning tool... and we highly recommend that you check it out. Here is the url:


    Concentration/Shell Game
    Even though we've had a few weeks off... everyone jumped right into position and played our concentration game beautifully. Nearly everyone kept their eyes closed throughout this activity... exhibiting very little restlessness. This is a great indication that the children are ready to try sitting silently longer... and spend more time in focused counting. We don't usually "up" our time until early/mid Spring... so believe us when we say that these children are doing impressively well!!!

    Yoga Stretches/Exercise
    10 mins. of jumping around, stretching... and laughing, of course.

    Activity
    The children drew a happy and sad face on two pieces of paper. When the teacher called out an activity/thing (i.e., "mango ice cream!") the children would hold up the face that best expressed how they felt about it. This allowed us to see that not everyone found enjoyment is the same things. We also explored and discussed how one scoop of ice cream might give us joy, but 20 scoops of cream  would make us sick! So that's living proof that ice cream does not equal happiness. :-)




    Story Time
    "Yash Lost His Smile," by Nishita Chaitanya, Chinmaya Publications

    Likhita Japa
    At this time of the year we like to introduce the children to creative likhita japa. Up until now they have been using the tracing sheet to learn the writing strokes for Raama (in Sanskrit). However, we have been noticing that the children are feeling pretty confident with their writing, so we are now ready to express our love and gratitude for God creatively, using colors and shapes. Please note that from this point onwards, your child will most likely not be able to finish their likhita japa art during class time. Therefore, they will be bringing home their paper to work on during the week. We encourage your child to bring their finished work with them to the next class. We will be having a "show and tell" segment where the children can share their artwork... and feelings, if they want to.