Classes and Curriculum

Philosophy is the main stream education imparted from Chinmaya Mission Balavihars. All the classes and groups are mainly divided according to age group of participating children. All the classes include prayers, chanting in Vedic format and exposure to Indian tradition and culture. Apart from Philosophy, Chinmaya Mission of Orlando is also imparting language classes to enable our children read, write and understand native Indian languages. This is a big task undertaken by the Ashram as Mission becomes the only place for our youth where they can be exposed to our native languages as a group and community. Language classes include but are not limited to Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu. Again these language classes are divided according to the age of participating children.  

Philosophy

Class/Group Teacher Curriculum
Gods and Godesses
Prema Bandaru
Drawing, coloring, crafts, and games are part of the medium for learning for these young children. They learn about Indian Gods and Godesses as they recite Shlokas and sing Bhajans.
Alphabet Safari (ABC of Vedanta)
Gayatri Tallapragada Children are introduced to the positive values in life through the English Alphabet as a tool. For example: A for Ambition, B for Brotherhood etc. Each value is taught through a story or song.
Sri Hanuman The Super Superman
Nikita Kathuria
Children are introduced to Hanumanji’s virtues and qualities such as devotion to duty, Buddhi (intellect), strength, Yasha(fame), courage, fearlessness, alertness and eloquence. Study of Hanuman Chalisa.
Saints & Sages/ My 24 Teachers Sumitha Nambiar
Many chosen ones came and lived among others, to show the way to God.  They lived their life with the spirit that was hidden behind the words of all sacred scriptures of the world. They were able to give up everything for the discovery of God in their own heart.  In this class, lives of great saints & sages in Hindu religion, the paths they chose to attain Saintliness is depicted, inspiring all students. Their paths were many but the goal was the same.
Bala Ramayana Akanksha Sharma
Children are introduced to the characters in the epic-story of Ramayana, followed by a discussion on the lessons they can learn from these characters, which challenges the analytical thinking of the young minds.
Bala Bhagvatam Kavita Singh
Stories from Bhagavatam are taught to children to reinforce Hindu values and philosophy. Children are introduced to the 10 incarnations (Dashavatara) of Lord Vishnu.
Krishna Krishna Everywhere
Falguni Satish
This is the continuation of Bala Bhagavatam that brings out the glory of Lord Krishna. Here children are encouraged to learn about sharing and self-discipline through the stories of Lord Krishna. They learn to introspect and record their observations regularly.
God Symbolism Padmaja Parise We see the dieties as Idols of Lord in the form of Shree Krishna, Rama,Sadashiva, Devi and Ganesha. We all love to worship and perform rituals in temple but few know the mysticism behind the Idols. They all represent the ultimate one Satchitananda. In this class of God Symbolosim - mysticism will be revealed and true knowledge and meaning will be unfolded for children as well as for teachers and parents.
Yato Dharma Tato Jayah
Bhavana Madapura
Sage Vyasa understood the mysteries of the universe and its past, present and future and He wanted to convey it in a story form which is the Mahabharat. He conceived the great epic which conveys the essence of Vedanta. Yato Dharma Tato Jayah selections points out the virtues, frailties and challenges faced by it's characters. It helps students contemplate on the deeper questions and values of life, guiding them to choose the higher way of thinking and living.
P.O.Box Mr God/Gita Values
Madhu Shankar
P.O Box Mr. God has been developed from Ramcharitra Manas. Here children are introduced to various virtues based on the character of Lord Shree Rama. Basically it describes various addresses of God i.e "where God resides". God lives in the heart of those who doesn’t have selfish desires, dislikes or tendency to cheating. God lives in the heart of those who is liked by every one.
Geeta for Children
Vibhu Agrawal
This simplified version of the Bhagavad Gita adapted for children is a treasure house of the most precious pearls of wisdom. It encompasses the Karma, Gyana, Bhakti and Raja Yoga for a better understanding of the Supreme Self.
Self Unfoldment Chandra Brahmasandra
This course is based on a book by the same name by Sw. Chinmayananda. It brings out the essence of Vedanta to the teenagers and helps them realise that they are essentially perfect and therefore infinite are the possibilities lurking in them.
Hindu Culture Sree Nambiar
This is a comprehensive and complete analysis of the Hindu culture and its salient features, its varied facets and its all-encompassing fullness. Skillful definitions, gifted quotes and striking illustrations carry the student on a pilgrimage of the holy land that India is and the holy culture that it has. This class will help the youth to learn and appreciate Indian culture and its rich heritage.
Art of Man Making
Kiran Patel
This course is based on a book by the same name by Sw. Chinmayananda. It is meant for the youth to live spiritual beauty and bring laughter and cheer into the world of fear and competitions, conflicts and confusions. This subject of Art of Manmaking is Bhagavad Gita with selected verses.

Hindi

Hindi I All verbal.Letters Ka to Vowels Aa to Agna.Recognition of letters and ability to read.Counting 1- 10 in HindiName of 10 fruit and vegetables.Few poems in Hindi.
Hindi II Vowels and letters (ability to read and write).Counting 1 to 20 in Hindi.Barah-Khari Matras.Work on small letters without Matras.Names of fruits & vegetables (verbal only).Hindi Poems.Simple conversation in Hindi.
Hindi III Continue Hindi letters from Hindi-II class.Start with small words (written).Words with Matras.Names of fruits & vegetables (verbal & written).Relationships e.g. Dada, Dadi, Nana, Nani...Colors in Hindi.Ability to write name in Hindi.Conversation in Hindi (e.g. given an example of fruit like apple, students should discuss about that with class and teacher. Like what color, size, taste etc.)Puzzles and games.
Hindi IV Start with words with Matras (oral and written).Sentence making.English to Hindi translation.Use of half words and Ra. Use in sentence making and verbal exercises.Introduction to tenses.Relationships - more details like family tree.More colors.Days of week in Hindi.
Hindi V Hard words in Hindi.Hindi sentences - read and write.Conversation - develop ability to carry on a discussion in Hindi.Stories - read and write. Questions & answers.Use of all three tenses.Use of gender in sentences.Opposite words.Animal names.Games - Antakshari or Hindi word search.
Hindi VI Advanced - writing essays and stories. Speech in Hindi
Hindi Language Class for Adults Advanced Comprehension, Learning special letters, Understanding the pronouns and its usage, Identifying the short and long form of letters.  Main focus on conversation

Gujarati

Gujarati I Familiarization, pronunciation of Gujarati alphabet and numbers (1 to 10) and tracing.
Gujarati II Emphasis writing skills and memorization of numbers. Introduce vowel symbols.  Formation of simple sentences.
Gujarati III Memorization of numbers complete Basic reading and writing silkk development. More on sentence formation.
Gujarati IV Advance writing and reading with daily vocabulary.

Telugu

Telugu I Learn beginning & ending prayers for the class.Read & write alphabets.Understand vowels & consonants.Read & practice simple words.Count to 10 in Telugu.Learn up to three Telugu poems.
Telugu II Read & write Telugu GuninthamsRead & write Telugu words.Speak Telugu words & sentences.Telugu story (comprehend Telugu words).Telugu poems/songs.Practice conversing in Telugu.
Telugu III Write small sentences in Telugu.Read small paragraphs.Converse in Telugu.Learn Telugu poems/songs.

Tamil

Tamil I
Introduction of vowels and consonants
Tamil II
Learning to read, write and memorize  vowels, consonants and the combination. Memorizing the days, number and color. General reading
Tamil III Start word formation, matras, grammar, reading, making sentences, listening and memorizing tamil
Tamil IV Comprehension. Learning special letters. Understanding the pronouns and its usage. Identifying the short and long form of letters.
Tamil V
Paragraphs, stories, focus on reading and writing paragraphs. Question and Answers
Tamil VI
Advanced with main focus on conversation