Bala Vihar

Bala Vihar Program

We are very pleased to offer our Shishu Vihar program during both our Sunday Bala Vihar sessions, starting from the 2020-21 school year. Shishu Vihar is an early introduction to spiritual education for 3-year olds and their parents! Classes follow a structure where children learn through song, stories, prayers, arts and crafts, appropriate to their age and development.

Children are the major focus at Chinmaya Mission Boston. The goal of the Bala Vihar program is to “wake up the sleeping giant” within and inspire them to reach their maximum potential. This is achieved by imparting a value-based education through a specially designed, age appropriate curriculum that has been carefully developed by expert Chinmaya Acharyas. Through inspiring stories, projects, role-playing, and songs, a child’s mind is awakened to the higher. “Why We Do What We Do” is a recurring theme throughout the curriculum.  The children are taught by a team of specially trained and dedicated volunteer teachers.

Teenagers in high school transition to an introduction to Hindu Culture where the foundation is laid for studying the Bhagavad Gita and other texts. The classes provide a forum to discuss, debate and understand the wisdom in the Gita and designed to stimulate independent thinking and increase the awareness of the inherent potential within each individual.
High school students are encouraged to volunteer in community and social service activities with the goal of preparing today’s youth to be responsible and successful adults of tomorrow.

Check out this episode of our Open Dialogue Series to get additional background about our Bala Vihar program.

Children are not vessels to be filled, but lamps to be lit

Swami Chinmayananda

Curriculum

The curriculum designed for each grade level (from pre-school to Grade 12) covers a wide range of topics such as

Topic Grade Level
Shishu Vihar Pre-School
One God, Many Forms; We Can, We Must! Pre-K
Alphabet Safari – a safari of values Kindergarten
Bala Ramayana Grade 1
Sri Hanuman, the Super Superman! Grade 2
Bala Bhagavatam Grade 3
Krishna Krishna Everywhere & My 24 Gurus Grade 4
Symbolism in Hinduism Grade 5
India, the Sacred Land Grade 6
P.O. Box Mr. God & Keys to Success Grade 7
Yato Dharmah Tato Jayah! (Where there is Dharma, there is Victory) Grade 8
Hindu Culture Grade 9
Gita for Me Grade 10 & 11
Self-Unfoldment Grade 12

Class of 2020 Graduation

Due to the unprecedented times facing us in 2020, Chinmaya Mission Boston celebrated its first-ever online graduation for our 12th graders on Sunday, June 7th, 2020! The Saraswathi Puja, speeches by Shashiji and the graduating students, and induction of the graduates into CHYK are some of the highlights of the ceremony that was coordinated and conducted over Zoom.

You can find a recording of the event  here.