Balavihar Syllabus 2018-19

Pre-KG
(Mom & Me)

Introduction to Hindu Gods
(through bhajans, stories, art and crafts activities)
A parent must be present at all times in the class

KG

Alphabet Safari
Simple values such as aspiration, brotherhood, cleanliness etc. are taught through stories, coloring and hands-on activities.

Grade 1

Bala Ramayana
Story of Ramayana is introduced and children learn to comprehend the values Lord Rama through stories, coloring and activities.

Grade 2

Hanuman Chalisa
Students are taught to chant Hanuman Chalisa and learn from Hanumanji values like devotion, courage and strength to stand up for what is right.

Grade 3

Bala Bhagavatam
Through the stories of different avatars of Lord Vishnu, students learn to own up to their actions, learn to only seek what they need and not what they want.

Grade 4

Krishna Krishna Everywhere
Through the various stories of Krishna leela, students learn about sharing, self-discipline and observe their actions on a daily basis.

Grade 5

Art of God Symbolism
Importance of Hindu symbols in life is explained and how so many deities are symbols of the one Lord, who pervades all and how these symbols teach us to live a life of harmony and happiness.

Grade 6

PO Box Mr.God
Texts from Ramcaritramanas composed by Sri Tulasidas, leads students to find Him, God, who is Omnipresent. They investigate where to find him in the world and what are his addresses? By the end of the year they understand that each one of us is His address and we can find Him within us.

Grade 7

Mahabaratha & Keys to Success
Students are introduced to Mahabaratha through various stories.
Keys to Success teaches children how to achieve success in the world by living a life that is rich in values. Emphasis is on the mind and how a disciplined mind achieves happiness and peace.

Grade 8

Yato Dharma Tato Jaya
Students learn that where there is Dharma, there is victory and to gain victory in life, one must follow Dharma. Students take a deep dive into the teachings of what is Dharma, how to live by Dharma along with the story of Mahabharata and a comparative analysis of the main characters and their Dharma in the epic.

Grade 9

Hindu Culture
Students through this text learn how they can live by the Hindu Sanskriti to reduce stress and tensions of life. What are the Hindu Samskaras? How they are based on Vedas and Upanishads? How by living them, one can accomplish the goal of life easily.

Grade 10

Visions of The Bhagavad Gita
Choosing selected verses from The Bhagavad Gita, an overview of the essence of The Gita is provided to the students. The overview of the sacred text is provided without sacrificing the subtle and detailed analysis of the relevant verses. Teaches students the value of making a wise choice based on everyday situations.

Grade 11 &12

Mananam series

Balavihar Graduates

Dear Swamiji,

My deepest thanks to you for making me a member of the Kedar family for last 13 years. Your simplicity, humor and personality has made the Kedar families feel like more than just friends to me. The lessons I have learned from you and Balavihar will be carried into my college years and whenever I think of Chinmaya Mission, I will first remember your guidance.

Most sincerely,

Aditya Kumar


Hari Om Swamiji,

I would like to personally thank you for your presence in my life throughout Balavihar education. I still remember the first time that I came to the mandir when I was six years old. You had taken me down to the book store to get me a Balavihar bag, and all I could think of was how tall you were! I officially joined Balavihar six years later and still had the bag and My Prayers book that you had given to me so many years ago. I am so glad that I joined Balavihar when I did, because learning about Hinduism really helped me learn more about myself. We have shared a lot of laughs together and enjoyed many visits to Don Pablos! I am one of the happiest and luckiest people in the world to have you as a Guru. Thank you so much for always being available for support and guidance.

Sincerely,

Sunaina Gohil


Hari Om Swamiji,

Thank you for the 14 amazing years I have shared with you at the mission. You have taught me innumerable lessons about my culture, my heritage and my religion. These are the lessons that I will treasure and reflect back on when I am away at college. You have played a major role in my life and I will be sire to continue coming to you for guidance. Thank you for everything you have done. It has meant the world to me.

Respectfully,

Adithi Rajagopalan


Dear Guruji,

Thank you for all the wisdom that you have shared with me over the past so many years. I will truly treasure everything you have taught me as I move forward in life and I am very grateful to you for everything you have done.

Thank you,

Raadhika Tandon


Hari Om Swamiji,

I wanted to thank you, today, on the day of Graduation for the guidance you've given to me throughout high school. I also wanted to thank you for welcoming us with open arms when we moved from Minnesota to here. Now, as I move back to Minnesota, I look forward to coming back and visiting the center. Thank you again for everything you've done.

- Parth Shukla