Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

November 22, 2009

Nov 22 Class: Section 1

Sevikas: Ruchi and Jacqueline

• Om Saha Naavavatu (click here for text)
• Vakratunda Mahakaya (click here for text)
• Sarasvati Namastubhyam (click here for text)
• Shree KrishnaH (click here for text)

Quiet Time: One minute of silence followed by a concentration game.
The kids are definitely moving up to 1 minute 15 seconds in our next class – they did great! Ruchi aunty said that they were so still that she could hear the shells dropping into the bowl while standing guard outside in the hallway. Now, that's impressive!

Geeta Chanting: Chapter 10, Shlokas 1 and 2 (click here for audio and text)

Story: Sudaama and Lord Krishna

Activity/Games: Made a puppet of Lord Hanumaan (click here to view)

Likhita Japa: none

Sanskrit Learning: Click here for Words of the Week

End of Class Prayers: Om PoornamadaH (click here to view text)

Homework: None

Comments: Boy, was today a busy day — we certainly got through a lot in an hour and a half, though!

We began our class by reviewing the Alphabet we have learned thus far. "A is for Aspiration," "B is for Brotherhood," "C is for Cleanliness," "D is for Dad," and "E is for Enthusiasm." Our lesson today focused on "F is for Friend." We spent a good chunk of time discussing the special qualities which makes someone a friend. After our brainstorming activity, we then settled down to hear an all-time favorite story about Sudaama and Lord Krishna.

Our Geeta Chanting is coming along nicely —  clearly a lot of the children have been practicing at home! We will begin Shloka 3 in our next class. Please continue to work with your children at home. We're trying to pace our learning so that we don't have to do "cram" studying as we get closer to the Competition date :-)

We learned three new words in Sanskrit today: mitram (friend), sakhya (friendship) and paaJcaalikaa (puppet) Click here to view text. We had hoped to play a full game of "KrishnaH vadati" today, but time ran out before we could get to it. In order to include Sanskrit learning in the class curriculum, we will probably end up alternating it with a craft activity from week to week. So, instead of an art project next class, we will play games in Sanskrit. We're thinking that this might be the solution to our weekly time crunch.

Parents: Please note that we now have an attendance sign-in sheet at the front door of the classroom. Please check off your child's name when you bring him/her to class. We are hoping that this will streamline our attendance taking :-)

Also, you will notice that we have a video playlist in the announcement section above. We will be sharing music videos and animations that we think speak to our lessons of the week. Hope that you and your child will enjoy!

Hard to believe that this weather is so fantastic at this time of the year! Have a very peaceful and relaxing week, and we look forward to seeing everyone again after our mini break. Next class: "G is for _______" Bet you kids can guess this one!

OM ShaantiH, ShaantiH, ShaantiH