About Balavikas

Introduction:
HTGT started Balavikas program on July 15th, 2008.  The Balavikas provides a spiritual and cultural orientation for children. This would be the best way to expose them to Bhajans, shlokas and Yoga.  Kids will have fun practicing pop-quiz, scripture memorization, crafts, skits, games and end of semester party.  Best of all, children will have fun together.
 
Objective:
The objective of the Balavikas program is to :
  • Teach the children the Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata
  • To instruct them in Omkaram, Hindu traditions, the significance of Hindu gods, Hindu prayers and its meanings
  • Yoga, and bhajans
  • To participate in traditional Indian dramas
  • To inculcate in them a sense of service toward their elders and the community they live in.
  • To instill moral discipline
Our 3-6 month's goal:
Teaching Hanuman Chalisa, with meaning. Our reference will be Bhajan Book. No style/raaga required, except just chanting as a sloka.

Every class will include these until further notice:
1. The class will be on Sundays, from 10:30 am to 11:00 am.  Door closes sharp 10:30am and no more entry allowed (exception for the first day of every semester).
2. Class starts with three times Omkaram; deep breathing in & out for 5 times.
3. Surya Namaskar (12 steps) - 6-12 time shouldn't take more than 10 minutes.
4. 2 stanzas of Hanuman Chalisa with meaning.
5. If still time remains, please plan on a simple moral story.
6. Class should be over by 11:00AM.
7. Participants need their yoga/exercise mat for every class.

Guidelines and Rules:
  • The minimum age to enroll your child in Balavikas is 4 years. Children must be  enrolled prior to starting Balavikas classes.
  • A personal check of $25.00 must be paid before every semester to the Hindu Temple of Greater Tulsa with a memo on the check to 'Balavikas Program'
  • Classes begin promptly at 10:30 am. Kindly ensure that your child/children are on time since the classroom doors will be locked by 10:30 am.
  • Parents who are enrolling their children for the first time have the option of either enrolling at the beginning of each semester or in the middle of the school year.
  • Parents will be responsible to help their child/children to catch up with all the chapters they have missed if they chose the latter option.
  • The Balavikas program follows the school year from August to May, which includes a fall and spring semester. The program also incorporates a summer semester.
  • Spring Semester: February - May
  • Summer Semester: June - September
  • Fall Semester:   October - January
  • Children must be dressed modestly and appropriately. Please ensure that the girls are dressed comfortably since they will be practicing yoga we prefer the girls not to wear shorts.
  • Parents need to ensure that their child/children have their folders for their  Balavikas lessons.
  • Parents may be allowed in the classroom with family membership.
  • Parents are expected to teach their child/children that the Temple is a place of worship and not a playground.
  • The service projects are part of the Balavikas curriculum. All the children and their parents are expected to participate on need base.
  • Parents must read or discuss a chapter with their child/children before each lesson.
  • There will be pop-up quiz now and then.
  • The Balavikas program is a team effort that involves the teacher, the child and the parent.  Therefore all parents are encouraged to take an active interest in their child's/children's lessons and activities.
  • Participants need their yoga/exercise mat for every class.