Balvikas

Sai Balvikas Iselin NJ

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2016 - 2017
           BhagavadGeeta Chp 15





Previous Years
            Samskrit Lesson 1

            Chantings

            Slokas & Bhajans

            Slokas & Bhajans 2

            Hanuman Chalisa



Yoga 1( Surya Namaskaram)

Yoga 2 ( For Children)

About Balvikas                                  2017-18 new enrollments dates Aug                                                                27th and Sep 3rd from 10am - 1pm.

With the aim of imparting right ethics, human values and principles to the children Balvikas is started by the Shirdi Sai Center. Ethical values are nurtured by teaching good moral stories from our scriptures Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagawath Puranam etc. Balvikas 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.

Balvikas was started in January 2008 had 75 students then while 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 saw the strength of 150. This year 2015-16, Balvikas comprises 175 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.

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.

Components of Balvikas

  • Yoga
  • Sloka
  • Bhajans
  • Meditation
  • Chanting Om
  • Group Activity
  • Moral values – Skit/Activity

Guidelines for Classes

  • Classes to take place on Sundays from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.
  • Program will follow the school year calendar, September – June
  • Children will arrive 10 minutes before classes start
  • Between 10:7322831800:30 am, children will meet together as a group
  • Classes will begin by chanting three OM’s.
  • Kids will do Yoga for 20 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 12:30 pm.

Groups

  • Group 1: Ages 6
  • Group 2: Ages 7 & 8
  • Group 3: Ages 9 & Above

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 behavior and conduct while they are at the temple. We, of course, will reinforce proper behavior and conduct while they are in class.

Commitment to Balvikas

Children registered for Balvikas 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 Balvikas class timings. In order to benefit from these classes, regular participation is required. As a family, please commit yourself seriously to Balvikas on Sunday mornings.

Dress Code

Please ensure that your children are dressed modestly when attending Balvikas. Children should not be sent to school wearing the following clothing: mini-skirts, tight tops, tank tops and shorts for boys and girls.

Attendance

Consistent attendance is crucial for children attending Balvikas classes. A minimum of 80% attendance is expected of all children attending classes. We are often inundated with long waiting lists and would like to give opportunity to parents who are truly committed to bringing their children to classes consistently. Consistent unexcused absences will result in a child being removed from enrollment in Balvikas.

Punctuality 

Classes will start promptly at 10:00 am. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to start of the class. If you are late, you will be asked to wait until there is a pause during the prayers.

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 and G3 in that respective order. Please make sure you are arriving 10 minutes before 12 noon & 2:45 pm 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 enrollment in Balvikas.

Parking 

Attached is the map that shows the appropriate places to park when you are at the temple. Do not use parking space on RT-27, always park at the back street of the temple or park at the “Jelly Bean” Parking lot. We also have weekend devotees that come for prayers/meditation and we need to ensure that parking space is available for them as well. In addition, the local township will cite the temple for violations if parking rules are not followed properly.

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