Balavikas FAQs

You may have few questions about Balavikas. We have listed some commonly asked questions. If you have another question, please contact us.
What are the objectives of Balavikas?
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
What is the first semester (June – August) goal?
Our 3-6 month's goal : Teaching Hanuman Chalisa, with meaning. Our reference will be Bhajan Book. No style/raaga requires, except just chanting as a shloka.
What is taught in the class?
1.  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) - 6-10 times not 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 11:15AM.
7.  Participants need their yoga/exercise mat for every class
8.  Classes are scheduled for every Sunday morning.
Who can enroll in Balavikas classes?
Children of age 4 or above or anyone who would like to learn slokas, ashtakams, Bhajans etc.
How much does it cost to enroll?
First child: $25
First & Second child: $40
Family Membership: $50
Check must be paid before every semester to the Hindu Temple of Greater Tulsa with a memo on the check to 'Balavikas Program'.
What time should I drop off my child?
Classes begin promptly at 10:30am. Kindly ensure that your child/children are on time in the classroom doors will be locked by 10:30am.
What time should I pick up my child?
Class will be over by 11:15am and make sure you pick up your child before 11:30am. Or you have an option to participate in the Bhajan. Parents are responsible for their children.
What time is appropriate time to enroll?
There are three semesters per year.
    Spring Semester: January - May
    Summer Semester: June - August
    Fall Semester:   September - December
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 semester. Parents will be responsible to help their child/children to catch up with all the chapters/slokas they have missed if they chose the latter option.
What dress I can wear?
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.
What to bring to class?
Parents need to ensure that their child/children have their folders for their Balavikas lessons. All participants need their yoga/exercise mat (available in Sports section of Wal-Mart for $10) for every class.
Who can participate in the class room?
All children enrolled and 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. Maintaining ‘Silence’ is very important as there will be a regular Bhajan in the mandir from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm every Sunday.
What else is in Balavikas Program?
The service projects are part of the Balavikas curriculum. All the children and their parents are expected to participate on need base. Every month 2nd, 4th weeks are meant for temple cleaning after the Bhajan. Parents & children are highly encouraged to participate.
Is there homework?
Yes. 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. Also there will be recognition once a semester for the students who will memorize the Shlokas/ashtakams taught during the semester. Therefore all parents are encouraged to take an active interest in their child's/children's lessons and activities.
Are there any holidays?
Not planned at this time. If there is a long week end (e.g. July 4th), there will be still a Balavikas session, but with moral stories and Bhajan singing etc. Regular shloka teaching will be resumed following week end and kids will not miss the regular curriculum planned, though they are gone out of town for the long week ends.