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.
2021-22 Bala Vihar Session Information
First Friday Session: September 10th at 6:45 PM
First Sunday Sessions: September 12th at 9:30 AM and 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 is offered for children ages 0 to 3.5 years. 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.
Chinmaya Somnath Facility will be open 30 min prior to session start time to allow parents and children arrive early to comply with social distancing guidelines.
Friday PM Session – 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm
|6:45 pm – 8 pm||Prayers & Bala Vihar Classes||In-person|
|6:45 pm – 8 pm||Prayers & Bhagvad Geeta Class||In-person|
Sunday AM Session – 9:30 am – 10:45 am
|9:30 am – 10:45 am||Prayers & Bala Vihar Classes||In-person|
|9:30 am – 10:45 am||Prayers & Bhagvad Geeta Class||In-person|
|10:00 am – 10:45 am||Shishu Vihar Class|
(Ages 0 to 3.5 years)
Sunday PM Session – 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
|1:30 pm – 2:30 pm||Prayers & Bala Vihar Classes||Online|
|1:30 pm – 2:30 pm||Prayers & Bhagvad Geeta Class||Online|
Sunday Enrichment Classes: Shloka, Language, Art, & Performing Art
|11:15 am – 12:15 pm||Shloka Class||In-person|
|11:15 am – 12:15 pm||Art Class||In-person|
|11:15 am – 12:15 pm||Performing Art Class||In-person|
|11:30 am – 12:30 pm||Language Classes||Online|
|2:45 pm – 3:45 pm||Shloka Class||Online|
Please note following:
- There will not be common assembly. Children will go straight to their respective class.
- Children can remove shoes outside of the class and place it in a rack outside the classroom.
- Annapurna offering is temporarily closed for all sessions.
Important Notes For Parents!
Important Guidelines Update for In-person sessions to comply with social distancing and CDC guidelines.
2021-2022 Bala Vihar Book List
|Bala Vihar Class||Curriculum||Childrens Book List||Price|
|Satyam (KG, Grade 1)||Bala Ramayana||Bala Ramayana workbook||7|
|Shivam(Grade 2, 3)||Bala Bhagavatam||Bala Bhagavatam workbook||7|
|Sundaram(Grade 4,5)||India, The Sacred Land||Sacred India workbook||10|
|Shivanandam ( Grade 6,7)||P.O.Box Mr.God & Vibhishana Geeta(Key to Success)||Key to Success workbook||5|
|Tapovanam (Grade 8,9)||Hindu Culture||Hindu Culture an Introduction||8|
|Chinmayam (Grade 10,11,12)||Self Unfoldment||Self Unfoldment by Swami Chinmayananda||12|
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
Ganesh 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|
Why do we
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
*** CMWRC follows the CDC, State and Local (Fairfax County – for Chinmaya Somnath) health department recommended guidelines, therefore, if the CDC or State or the County of Fairfax guidelines change, the in-person classes will be converted to online classes in compliance with the changed regulations/guidelines for the remaining duration of Bala Vihar classes. ***
We expect all children and parents to follow the rules of conduct!
Please review [*] marked rules very carefully. Failure to comply may result in your family being transferred to an online session and will not be allowed for in-person until the COVID restrictions are totally relaxed.