About Balavikas

Introduction:

Balavikas, a structured curriculum to cultivate Indian culture with young kids, has been part of HTGT since July 15, 2008.  The mission of Balavikas is to give our children a value based cultural education based on the fundamental tenets of Hinduism.  The core values like Sathya, Dharma, Shanti, Prema, Ahimsa and Bhakti are imparted through Panchatantra, Puranic TalesRamayanaMahabharatha, and fundamental value based curriculum. Balavikas has adopted Purna Vidhya, a Vedic Heritage Teaching Program developed by Swami Dayananda Saraswati and his disciples.  Kids will have a variety of learning experience through Yoga, Slokas and the structured curriculum of Purna Vidya. We believe that clarity of mind through yoga and slokas (basic slokas, pooja vidhanam (16 steps to conduct pooja)) will help the kids to learn the rich Indian tradition.

As a part of Value Based education, Balavikas organizes charitable activities, where children and parents can actively participate in serving the needy people. In Balavikas, various cultural, art and craft activities are also conducted to make this experience enjoyable and memorable to our students.

Structure:

Balavikas class meets 10:30 am – 11:30 am, on Sundays at the Hindu Temple of Greater Tulsa. Balavikas academic calendar starts in August and ends in May and has Fall, Winter and Spring breaks. A cultural event to showcase the children’s learning in Balavikas is conducted before Winter break. In every semester students will participate in one community volunteer program. Students will also be encouraged to participate in temple celebrations and cultural programs.  

Schedule:

  • 10:30 to 11:00 am Yoga and Sloka – All students participate together as a whole group
  • 11:00 to 11:30 am – Students are grouped in to five levels based on their age and proficiency.  Each group is named after different rivers of India which cradled our civilization. Purna Vidya (Vedic Heritage Teaching program) is followed for instruction.
  • Level 1 – Narmada Group - Panchatantra Stories- Introduces children to Panchatantra stories imparting moral values
  • Level 2 – Ganga Group – Puranic Tales for the young – Introduces children to short bhakti stories.
  • Level 3 – Saraswati Group – Ramayana
  • Level 4 – Cauvery Group – Bhagavatha Purana – Introduces children to Hindu Mythologies like Dhasavatharams, Harichandra, Shakunthala etc. It also teaches various steps involved in performing day to day pooja and prayer.
  • Level 5 – Yamuna Group – Mahabharatha

Fee Structure:
 
  • Total Annual Fee $70 per child (first), Additional children $30 each.
  • There is also an option to pay in two equal instalments (August and January).
  •  This Annual Fee includes the cost of text book per child for that year.