BALVIKAS

With the aim of imparting right ethics, human values and principles to the children Bal Vikas is started by the Shirdi Sai Center. Ethical values are nurtured by teaching good moral stories from our scriptures Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagawath Puranam etc. Bal Vikas address the spiritual needs of children and help to mold their character through our value based curriculum. Chanting Slokas and Bhajans impart spiritual health and also improve inner peace. Bal Vikas was started in January 2008 had 75 students then while 2009 saw the strength of 110. This year 2011, Bal Vikas comprises 150 students. Yoga and Pranayam is taught to calm their minds and thereby make them free from stress and peer pressure. Meditation is practiced by children helping them to increase their focus. Also several extra-curricular activities like paintings, Essay writing, Dancing, Dramas are conducted for the overall development of the kids. Group Discussions and Public Speaking are also practiced to develop their self confidence.

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Goals

Address the spiritual needs of children and help to mold their character through our value based curriculum. Introduce children to various Indian Scriptures (Ramayana, Bhagwat Puran) and derive lessons of right values and moral principles. Provide a fun and non competitive environment for children to internalize the teachings.

Ensure that there is discipline and respect among students and for their respective teachers. Ensure that teachings in classes are inclusive and applicable to all students and their respective communities. Parents should feel comfortable reinforcing at home what is taught in classes.

Guidelines for Classes

Classes to take place for batch 1 on Sundays at 10:00 am – 11:45 am and batch 2 on Sundays at 12:45 pm – 2:30 pm. Program will follow the school year calendar, September – June Children will arrive 10 minutes before classes start. Between 10:00 am -10:30 am, children will meet together as a group. Classes will begin by chanting three OM’s. Kids will do Yoga for 15 minutes. Teach Slokas and Bhajans. Slokas and Bhajans will be repeated for a month to reinforce its meaning. The last Sunday of each month, students will lead the group session by repeating the Slokas and Bhajans. After the repetition of Sloka and Bhajan, 5 to10 minutes will be spent on meditation. Kids will do a 3-5 minutes skit on the Monthy Moral. Classes will promptly end 10 minutes before 11:45 am and 2:30 pm..

Policies

Guidelines for Parents We encourage parents to stay at the temple while their children are in class. Parents will have an opportunity to volunteer while their children are in class. Parents can also meditate and pray in the main hall. Please make sure that class materials are placed in a three ring binder and those children bring their materials to every class. We also encourage you to talk to your children about proper behaviour and conduct while they are at the temple. We, of course, will reinforce proper behaviour and conduct while they are in class.

Commitment to Bal Vikas

Children registered for Bal Vikas classes are expected to make a commitment to attend classes regularly. If your child is signed up for extra curricular activities such as tennis, soccer, music or any other activities, please ensure that there is no conflict with Bal Vikas class timings. In order to benefit from these classes, regular participation is required. As a family, please commit yourself seriously to Bal Vikas on Sunday mornings.

Drop off/ Pick Up

Please use the front entrance to drop off your child for class. During pick up time, we will dismiss G1, G2, G3 and G4 in that respective order. Please make sure you are arriving 10 minutes before 12:00pm to pick up your child. A Child will be asked to wait in the class until his/her parent comes for pick up. Consistent tardiness to pick up your child will result in a re-evaluation of your child’s enrolment in Bal Vikas.