December 14, 2014 Class

Next Class: December 21, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Crossroads Middle School

Class room assignments for your child:

Friday@ 7:00 p.m. — C-105
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!

Hope everyone is outside enjoying this wonderful weather we've been blessed with! The weatherman said that we can these kind of warm days all week, so we better take advantage of them — these will probably be the last until Springtime. :-)

Today's lesson was "F is for Friendship"— something we all cherish and love, but something we often take for granted and don't really think about. During our circle time discussions, all the children were quite eager to share who their best friends were, and what they loved doing with their friends. We even talked about how animals can be dear friends, too. We then asked the children if they could draw a nice picture of their friends. And as you can imagine... everyone immediately sat down and got right to work. However, once we finished our drawing, we then asked everyone to crumple up their paper and lay it down nicely on the floor while Aunty tells us a story. At first, it felt a little weird to crumple up the drawings... especially because we love our friends. But Aunty told us that there was a very important reason for doing this, so everyone took a deep breath and went ahead and did it. Then we settled in for one of our favorite stories... "Lord Krishna and Sudaama."

After the story, we asked our young friends to open up the crumpled ball of paper and try to smooth it back into its original state... getting all the creases out.  Well, that definitely was an impossible task!!! The children were quite disappointed to learn that the creases in paper don't easily come out. We then explained to them that these creases represent mean words and actions... every time we tease or make fun of our friends we put a crease in our friendship. And like we just discovered, many of those creases can't be removed. Therefore, we have to be very kind and careful with our friendships... and help them whenever we can, even if we're not asked to — just like Lord Krishna did for Sudaama.

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Shokas


Concentration/Shell Game
We're definitely seeing some tremendous progress and growth in the children... 2 full minutes of absolutely quietness, excellent shell counting... all with our eyes closed and lips zipped. Four thumbs up for our young friends!!!

Yoga Stretches/Exercise
Jumping around is something we definitely LOVE doing... so we make sure to spend a few minutes  burning off energy before settling into our Circle Time activities. :-)

Likhita Japa
The children practiced writing "Raama" in Sanskrit 21 times. Many children are now able to write "Raama" in Sanskrit without using the tracing sheet... so we have started introducing them to writing inside Mandala drawings, using different colored pens/markers. (Creative Likhita Japa)


























Craft Activity
We made a Friendship bracelet.

Ending Prayer
Om Poornamidah

Video: Flight of the Hummingbird

This is a beautiful short animation that illustrates the concept of "enthusiasm" and "never giving up." We hope that you and our young friends enjoy this as much as we do.


December 7, 2014 Class

Next Class: December 14, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Crossroads Middle School

Class room assignments for your child:

Friday@ 7:00 p.m. — C-105
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!

Today's lesson was one that always brings us much joy — "E is for Enthusiasm." As you can imagine, "Enthusiasm" is not a word that's easy to describe and explain. So after our morning disciplines and exercises, we all agreed that it would be best to jump right in and hear the story of "How the Chipmunk Got His Stripes." This beautiful story is about a little chipmunk who always wants to help, but feels like s/he is constantly being overlooked and ignored. This was definitely a concept that we could all identify with. However, as the story progressed and we learned that even the littlest creature can do noble things in this world... especially when working enthusiastically... well, let's just say that our faces lit up. Little creatures ARE  as important as all the others! And little creatures can definitely do great things!!!

To help us understand the concept of just how we can apply Enthusiasm... and how beautiful it can be... we handed out origami spinning tops to each child and showed them what it looks like when we try to spin it half heartedly. It never fails...  the spinning top quickly dies down and it certainly doesn't give us much joy. However, if we sit properly, take a deep breath, and give it a nice solid twirl, then the top will spin gracefully for a much longer time. And the best part is, we will see lots of beautiful colors emerge from our efforts. :-)

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Shokas


Concentration/Shell Game
Our young friends are doing great!!! We've conquered the difficult task of keeping our eyes closed... so now our focus will be on not whispering the numbers as we count them in our mind. :-)

Yoga Stretches/Exercise
Jumping around is something we definitely LOVE doing... so we make sure to spend a few minutes  burning off energy before settling into our Circle Time activities. :-)

Likhita Japa
The children practiced writing "Raama" in Sanskrit 21 times. Many children are now able to write "Raama" in Sanskrit without using the tracing sheet... so we have started introducing them to writing inside Mandala drawings, using different colored pens/markers. (Creative Likhita Japa)

Craft Activity
Today the children put Enthusiasm into practice by having a "Spin-Off" with their origami spinning tops.

Here is a wonderful YouTube video on how to make Origami Spinning Tops. All you need are 3 square sheets of paper and a lot of enthusiasm!

November 23, 2014 Class

Next Class: December 7, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Crossroads Middle School


Class room assignments for your child:

Friday@ 7:00 p.m. — C-105
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!

Hope that everyone is enjoying this fabulous weather we’ve been gifted with today. Boy, what a great way to end our week of below-freezing temperatures!

Today's lesson was a really special one... and definitely a subject that each child feels deeply connected to:  “D is for Daddy.” After briefly reviewing  the first three letters we’ve already learned (A is for Aspiration, B is for Brotherhood and C is for Cleanliness) we quickly directed our focus to Daddy.

One of the first questions we had was "Why is he in our Alphabet Safari when we learned that the Alphabet Safari only represents what can be found inside of us… not things we see or use in the outside (material) world?"  Well, it didn't take long to convince the children that Dad is particularly special because he is part of our material world AND part of our inside world. To help clarify this, the aunties decided that it was time to ask the children some questions: “Does Dad protect us?” “Does Dad provide for us?” “Does Dad make us feel safe and loved?” “Does Dad want only the best for us?”

The children shouted out “Yes” to every question with absolutely no hesitation!

And then we asked them, Who else makes us feel this way? Without missing a beat,  the children shouted “Mom!!!!” — to which the aunties smiled and nodded in agreement. We even gave the kids a “two thumbs up” :-) We then asked the children again:  "Is there anyone else, who doesn’t live in your family, that makes you feel loved, safe, and protected?" After a few minutes of silence, a few children raised their hands and happily yelled “God!!!”

Well, we can’t lie… the aunties cheered the kids on at this point because they totally made our Lesson of Day's connection. “D is for Daddy” because Daddy is God. And now that we understand this, we should be very grateful to our Dads for all that they do for us. 

After everyone shared stories about the fun things they do with their dad, we decided to share the story of how Father’s Day became a National Holiday. It was all due to the efforts of one young girl, Sonora Dodd, who deeply appreciated of all the work her father had done for her and her siblings in raising their family single-handedly. Sonora felt that if there was a Mother’s Day, then there should also be a Father’s Day. So she took it upon herself to campaign and write to the President Wilson, asking for a special day every year to honor Fathers. The President, moved by her story, agreed and declared that Father’s Day should become an annual celebration. He declared it official... all because of one young girl's campaign efforts..

So, after talking more about our fathers and all that they do for us, the children and aunties agreed that the official Father’s Day is June 19… but that the real Father’s Day is everyday. Because just like we should thank God, everyday, for all that He does for us… we should also thank our Dads, too.

Three cheers for Dad!!!

(p.s. Moms: just so you know, your Special Day will come soon… it just so happens that D comes before M in the alphabet, that's all. :-) )

We hope that all the Dads appreciate the special key chain that the children made for them… each bead was strung on while they thought about how much they loved their fathers!

Please give our young friends a great big hug from the aunties! We had a really fun time with them today, as always :-) We wish you and your families a very peaceful and relaxing break — and we look forward to seeing everyone again soon!

Hmmmmmm.... here's our question for the children to ponder over during break: "What does our letter "E" stand for?"

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Shokas


Concentration/Shell Game
Everyone is getting much better at keeping their eyes closed and remaining silent during the shell dropping segment. Way to go, kids!!!

Yoga Stretches/Exercise
Jumping around is something we definitely LOVE doing... so we make sure to spend a few minutes  burning off energy before settling into our Circle Time activities. :-)

Likhita Japa
The children practiced writing "Raama" in Sanskrit 21 times.



Craft/Activity: Keychain for Daddy

November 16, 2014 Class

Next Class: November 23, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Crossroads Middle School

Please note that Friday's class has a new room assignment.

Friday @ 7:00 p.m. — Room C-105
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!

Even though we just returned from a mini break today, we certainly didn't miss a beat with our morning disciplines and activities. Everyone immediately settled in for our shlokas and Geeta Chanting.

Parents: By the end of this month the children will have succeeded in learning Shlokas 1 and 2 from the Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 15. Our plan is to start Shloka 3 during the first class in December. It's apparent that many of the children are regularly practicing at home... and we couldn't thank you enough for including this activity in your child's daily homework agenda! Please continue supporting your child in this learning... each day will help her/him successfully reach our grade's goal by the end of the school year. Just so you know, your child will be responsible for 12 shlokas this year.

Our Alphabet Safari's letter of the day was "C is for Cleanliness." Of course everyone understood the necessity for keeping our bodies and environment clean... but when we asked how to clean our mind and heart, we all had to stop and think for a little bit. The children totally agreed that it was impossible for us to take our hearts out and wash them with soap and water. So how on earth are supposed to clean them?!!!

To help us grapple with this question, Aunty shared the story about how a Guru had many disciples who got along with each other. Except there was one who everyone didn't like. The Guru was very fond of this student, and He felt sad about how this student was treated. He then decided that he was going to give all the students the task of cleaning the ashram's dirty copper pots. Of course everyone worked very hard and scrubbed every single pot in the building... they wanted nothing more than to please their Teacher! However, when the Teacher came around to inspect all the pots, there was only one he approved of. And that was the pot from the student nobody liked. Why did he approve of this pot? Because this student was the only one who focused his energy on cleaning both the inside and the outside of the pot. Everyone else only focused on cleaning and shining the pot's exterior... because that's the part that would be seen with their eyes.

At this point, the aunties realized that we needed a visual aid to help illustrate this complicated concept... so we decided it was time for the children to perform a "hand's on" task. They were given a laminated card that was covered with "dirt" and a paper towel.  We then discussed the following while pointing to the dirty card: "When we don't share our toys.... listen to and obey our parents... or make fun of someone," this is what the dirt on our heart and mind looks like. BUT if we clean our mind and heart with prayer, likhita japa, and good thoughts and actions, then we will find the true treasure within. And the only way we can find that treasure is if we get to work and start cleaning up all that dirt!

After a few minutes of the children applying some "elbow grease," they found the most beautiful picture of Radha/Krishna. At that point, we all shrieked with joy... because everyone agreed that Lord Krishna is nothing but Pure Clean Love!!

So, on that happy note... please give your child a BIG warm hug from all of us! We really do think your children are Awesome Sauce!

Look forward to seeing everyone again next week.

p.s. Please note that Friday's 7:00 p.m. class will be held in Room C-105. Thank you.

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Shlokas


Concentration/Shell Game
The kids are getting so much better at sitting with their eyes closed while counting the shells. We were able to sit for two full minutes... one minute of silence and one minute of complete concentration. Way to go, everyone... the aunties think you rock!!! 

Yoga Stretches/Exercise
We spent a few minutes stretching our bodies and burning off some energy before settling into our Circle Time activities.

StoryTime: "The Guru Asks His Students to Clean the Pots"

Likhita Japa
The children practiced writing "Raama" in Sanskrit 21 times.

Craft/Activity: What we "see" when we clean our minds and hearts.




If you want to make one of the laminated cards used in this project you will need the following:

Materials:
• image of God/Goddess (we used some old outdated postcards that were being discarded)
• Self-adhesive lamination sheets
• Dry Erase Crayon/Marker

Directions
Cut the image down to size and then place in the lamination sheet. Trim away all the excess lamination until you have a nice border around your card. It's important to leave at least 1/4" lamination border around the image so that the edges don't separate. Take a black Dry Erase Crayon/Marker and coat the entire card. Everything should come off easily with a paper towel. And if you want it sparkling clean, then the child can finish the job with a hand wipe. 


November 2, 2014 Class

Next Class: November 16, 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!

It was so nice to be back in Balavihar, seeing all of our young friends — especially after our "wacky topsy turvy" class a few weeks back.  We hope that everyone had a wonderful Diwali... and Halloween!

 And that nobody had to see the dentist for a toothache. :-)

Because we had a full class of activities today we decided to start right on time, even tho some of us were a little disoriented from the time change. After our morning disciplines we quickly moved onto a discussion about our Alphabet Safari, and how our Alphabet words will be reflecting something inside of us.  The aunties were delighted and thrilled to see that everyone remembered what our letter A stands for: "Aspiration" — and that Aspiration can only be found inside of us. But what's more impressive is that these brilliant young kids instantly shouted out the definition word when asked if they knew what it meant!

We then moved on to the Letter B, asking the kids for their thoughts on what the word of the day should be. We got some pretty amazing answers... here are a few samples to give you an idea of how smart our friends are:  Brave, Brain, Blood and Balavihar. Ok, the aunties can't lie. We actually thought that this letter was going to be a bit tricky for the kids. But NOPE — we were proven wrong.

Our word for the day, however, was "Brotherhood." Here are some of the highlights from our discussion:

• What is a family?
• Who are the people in our family?
• How should we treat people in our family? (Are we nice to them? Do we share with them?)
• Does "Brotherhood" only mean the people in your family?
• Could our neighbors be considered part of our family?
• Could people in other countries be considered part of our family?
• "What does Vasudhaiva Kutumbukam" mean? (Vasudhaiva means Earth, and Kutumbukam means Family.)

To help illustrate the concept of showing kindness towards others, the aunties brought in a little treat for each child. After we formed a perfect circle on our floor mats, we then handed each child an envelope and asked everyone to wait and open them at the same time. Well, it turned out that the aunties made a mistake!!! Not everyone had something in their envelope. In fact, some children had 2 dinosaur stickers while other children had zero dinosaur stickers. We felt so awful, because we really wanted each child to have one dinosaur sticker. What should we do?!!!!

We are proud to say that the children solved our dilemma. Those with 2 stickers volunteered to share with those who had none. And believe us, we know that this was not easy for them to do... but these kids opened their hearts and shared their stickers so no one was left out.

The aunties give four thumbs up to our young friends... they are truly the best!!!


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Shlokas
• Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu

Gita Chanting: Chapter 15, Shloka 1 and 2

Concentration/Shell Game
The aunties were surprised with just how well the children did after a two week break. However, we all agreed that in our next class we are going to try to keep our eyes closed for entire game. This will help our focus and concentration.

Yoga Stretches/Exercise
We spent a few minutes stretching our bodies and burning off some energy before settling into our Circle Time activities.


StoryTime: "Box of Crayons" 
This is a story where all the crayons in a box didn't like each other. Red thought that Blue was ridiculous.... Green thought that Yellow was mean.... and Purple thought that Orange wasn't very smart. A young girl overheard all the crayons' bickering and decided to take the box home to make a picture with them, using all the crayons. She drew an orange sun, green mountains, pink lotuses, blue water and sky and yellow flowers. All the colors were absolutely speechless... they had no idea that each other had so much beauty in them. And from that day onwards they realized that everyone had something special about them... and together they made a beautiful drawing.

Game: Sharing Game
This is an activity where the children have to problem solve in how to make sure that nobody in the group feels excluded in having fun. 

Likhita Japa
The children practiced writing "Raama" in Sanskrit 21 times.

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.

Our next class will be on:

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Crossroads Middle School
(in the auditorium)



Hari Om!

Welcome to the Kindergarten Balavihar Blog. This is the year that your child will begin learning and discussing vedantic values… while hopping on the Chinmaya Mission Family Train for a tour of the Alphabet Safari. And to be honest, we're not sure who will have more fun — the children or the sevikas!

OK, time to get down to business...  

First and foremost, we urge you to bookmark this url, because you will want to regularly visit this online journal to learn about your child's Sunday morning activities. Also, you should note that this blog will serve as our main communication tool. Please feel free to browse around and read our previous year's activities. If (and when) we stumble across new sites, activities and info we'd like to share, we will post them. So do take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with this blog. It is our hope that this on-line journal will not only provide classroom information for you (the parents), but it will also become a source of fun and enjoyment for your child at home.

Please note: For your convenience we have made this blog available for subscription. Just scroll to the sidebar (located at the bottom right hand side) under "Subscrptions" and select your choice for receiving this feed. By subscribing, you will instantly be informed of any new postings or updates. This blog is for class review only — we are not hosting a discussion forum. So, if you need to get in touch with one of the sevikas, just email us directly and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

So, on that happy note, we'd like to say: "We are looking forward to a very fun and spiritually enriching year with your child!"

With much love and OM,

The Kindergarten Sevikas