Bala Vihar is a weekly gathering of children (Preschool to Grade 12/Ages 0 to Ages 18) under the supervision of trained teachers. The aim of Bala Vihar is to help children bloom, grow, and inculcate values through fun-filled activities. Bala Vihar enhances the overall development of the personality of a child at all levels – physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.
2022-23 Bala Vihar Session Information
At Chinmaya Somnath, we offer 2 in-person sessions and 1 Online session via Zoom.
First Friday In-person Session: September 16th at 6:45 PM
First Sunday In-person Session: September 18th at 9:15 AM
First Sunday ONLINE Session: September 18th at 1:30 pm
Children are a major focus at Chinmaya Somnath. The goal of Bala Vihar is to “wake up the sleeping giant” in our children and inspire them to reach their maximum potential by imparting a value-based education through a specially designed age-appropriate curriculum.
The Bala Vihar program offers weekly spiritual classes for children in their formative school years (Pre K to 12).
A complimentary Shishu Vihar program for children ages 0 to 3.5 years and Amruta Vihar program for differently abled ages Pre-K to 12th grade are offered.
The classes are organized by age groups, start and end with Sanskrit prayers, and include chanting, bhajans, stories of devotion and morals, interactive discussions, and creative games.
The idea is to provide an environment where the personality of the child blossoms in a spontaneous way. Good conduct, emotional refinement, intellectual finesse, social responsibility, and a spiritual awareness are developed by the teachers through story-telling from the Puranas and other scriptures, singing of bhajans, chanting of stotrams, games, arts and crafts, plays, and other fun-filled activities. The children are encouraged to be responsible, alert, and sensitive members of society.
Swami Chinmayananda believed that just as the strength of a wall depended on the quality of each brick, so too, the health of a society depended on the individuals. If the individuals are healthy, society is healthy. His strategy for building a new society was to “catch ’em young,” and that is what we are trying to accomplish at Chinmayam.
The senior Balavihar classes provide a forum for youth where they are provided an opportunity to discuss, debate, and understand the logic of our religion and its tenets and to become aware of their potential. After having gained this awareness, their potential is directed into creative channels. The high school students are encouraged to volunteer in the community and social service activities. Additionally, different career choices are discussed along with what it takes to be a professional in those disciplines. The aim of these classes is to prepare today’s youth to be responsible and successful adults of tomorrow.
From the youngest Madhuram class to the Chinmayam class for high school youngsters, all Bala Vihar children participate in a variety of activities. The grade in which the child is enrolled in his/her school is the basis for placement in the appropriate Bala Vihar class.
Friday PM Session – 6:45 pm – 8:20 pm
|6:45 pm to 7:15 pm||Assembly in Auditorium (Parents & Children participate) -30 min assembly||In-person|
|7:20 pm||Adult and BV classes start||In-person|
|8:20 pm||Adult and BV classes end and dispersal.||In-person|
|7:20 pm to 8:20 pm||Amruta Vihar Class(Special Education Children)||In-person|
|7:20 pm to 8:20 pm||Shishu Vihar Class||In-person|
Sunday AM Session – 9:15 am – 10:50 am
|9:15 am to 9:45 am||Assembly in Auditorium (Parents & Children participate) -30 min assembly||In-person|
|9:50 am||Adult and BV classes start||In-Person|
|10:50 am||Adult and BV classes end and dispersal.||In-person|
|9:55 am to 10:50 am||Shishu Vihar Class|
(Ages 0 to 3.5 years)
|11:00 am||Shloka, Yoga, and other enrichment classes start (except Language)||In-person|
|12:00 pm||Shloka, Yoga, and other enrichment classes end, and dispersal||In-person|
Sunday PM ONLINE Session – 12:30 pm – 3:45 pm
|12:30 pm – 1:30 pm||Language Enrichment Class *New*||Online|
|1:30 pm to 2:30 pm||Adult Class||Online|
|1:30 pm to 2:30 pm||Bala Vihar Classes||Online|
|2:45 pm to 3:45 pm||Shloka Class||Online|
For Bhagavad Geeta, only registered families will receive the link.
Sunday Enrichment Classes: Shloka, Language, Art, Performing Art ,Yoga & YLP
|11:00 am – 12:00 pm||Shloka Class||In-person|
|11:00 am – 11:50 pm||Art Class||In-person|
|11:00 am – 11:50 pm||Performing Art Class||In-person|
|11:00 am – 12:00 pm||Yoga(For all ages) *New*||In-person|
|11:00 am – 12:30pm||YLP (90 min class)||In-Person Meet (2nd and 4th Sundays)|
|12:30 pm – 1:30 pm||Language Enrichment Class *New*||Online|
Important Notes For Parents!
2022-2023 Bala Vihar Book List
|Bala Vihar Class||Curriculum||Childrens Book List||Price|
|Shishu Vihar||My Prayers||Shishu Vihar Bhajans & Rhymes|
|Amruta Vihar||My Prayers||Shishu Vihar Bhajans & Rhymes|
|Madhuram (3.5, Pre-K)||Shishu Vihar Syllabus||Shishu Vihar Bhajans & Rhymes |
|Satyam (KG, Grade 1)||Alphabet Safari||Alphabet Safari Workbook||$10|
|Shivam(Grade 2, 3)||Sri Hanuman||Superman Hanuman Workbook|
Hanuman Ji Activity Book
|Sundaram(Grade 4,5)||Krsna, Krsna Everywhere & My 24 Teachers||Twenty-four preceptors|
Krishna Krishna Everywhere Workbook
|Shivanandam ( Grade 6,7)||Symbolism in Hinduism & Why do we||Symbolism In Hinduism Workbook|
Symbolism in Hinduism Book
Why Do We?
|Tapovanam (Grade 8,9)||Mahabharat, Yato Dharma Tato Jaya||MH by Rajagopalachari (PDF)||N/A|
|Chinmayam (Grade 10,11,12)||Holy Geeta||Holy Geeta – Swami Chinmayananda|
Geeta for Yuva
Optional Book List for BalaVihar
|Bala Vihar Class||Optional Book List||Price|
|Madhuram/Satyam||Krishna Loves you|
Krishna (Butter bash, Invisible friend, Rocks, Photocopies)
Go Hanuman Go
Hanuman Big Gig
Shiva Shiva Namah Shivaya – $8
Shiva’s Fish Swish
Ganesha Goes to Party
Boogie woogie Ganesha
|Shivam/ Sundaram||Tarangini Series|
Tell me a Story Color Series
Bala Vihar Guru Devs tales
Amar Chitra Katha of Swamiji
|Shivanandam||Conflicts and Confusion|
Not too Loose, .. Tight, Just Right
|Tapovanam||Storm to Perform|
Hindu culture an Introduction
Transforming Indians to transform India
Journey of a Master
Hinduism Frequently asked questions
|Chinmayam||Srimad Bhagavad Gita|
Gita for Children