Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

April 11, 2010

April 11 Class: Section 1 and 2

Sevikas: Nanda, Indira, Aunty (Vinay's Mom) and Jacqueline

Home Work Fun: Print out and Color this page
Have your child practice saying the numbers 1-5 in Sanskrit. Practice saying the colors aloud, too!

Morning Prayers:
• OM Saha Naavavatu (click here for view text)
• Vakratunda Mahakaya (click here for view text)
• Sarasvati Namastubhyam (click here for text)
• Shree KrishnaH (click here for text)

Quiet Time: 1 minute of silence — with some seriously accurate shell counting. Our kids are definitely moving up a grade!

Bhajans: Ganapati, Ganapati (click here for audio and text)

Geeta Chanting: Shlokas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 (click here for audio, text and on-line registration)

Likhita Japa:
• राम (21 times) (click here for tracing card)
• ऊँ (21 times) (click here for tracing card)

Letter of the week: W is for Work

Story: Ant and the Grasshopper

Activity/Games: Sanskrit Games
• Numbers 1-5 (click here for text)
• Colors – red, green, yellow, blue, and purple (click here for text)
• KrishnaH vadati (click here for text)

Comments: It sure was nice seeing everyone today after our Spring Break. Lucky for us, we got to combine both of our classes for a very fun morning together. Didn't take long for us to get back into the groove. All the kids had fun stories to share about their vacation – many went away for vacation, some got to ride their bikes a lot, and one friend got a new dog!

Even though we had a shortened class because we needed to go to the auditorium for aarti, we managed to get through oodles of activities before packing up. Today was our first "official" play rehearsal for the end of the year program. We brought in some of our puppets — and the kids got a feel for manipulating them. After our prayers, chanting and story, we divided the classes into two. Half of the children left the classroom to begin rehearsals, while the remaining children stayed back and played some fun games in Sanskrit. (We were pretty amazed at how quickly they were able to identify the first 5 numbers and some colors — keep up the good work, kids!) From this point onward, we will be finishing our learning activities by 10:45 so that we can rehearse during the 2nd half of the class. Please continue to check the blog for our updates and reviews :-)

Geeta Competition, believe it or not, is only a few weeks away ...  We really urge you to register your child, if you have not already done so. We have noticed that there are quite a few children in our classes that have all 7 shlokas memorized — and their pronunciations are perfect. Nicely done parents!

After our little cold front last week, this weather is truly appreciated and welcomed. Hope all of our young friends enjoy a good romp outside after their lunch. Kids, make sure to keep practicing your Geeta Chanting – and don't forget to print out the "Color by Number" page above. We're going to see how many of us were able to figure out what the picture is of :-)

By the way, the aunties were very impressed that some of you were able to tell us about our Chinmaya OM coloring page from last class :-)

See you all next week ...