Shishu Vihar is Chinmaya Mission’s newest creative initiative to include infants and toddlers (0 to 3.5 years of age) with a parent/guardian for an early introduction to spiritual education.
Shishu Vihar is all about combining fun and interaction with values and wisdom that the kids will develop as they grow. It is a wonderful bonding time for the parents and their toddlers.
Indian tradition being familiar with the significance of sowing ethical seeds early, even as early as the pre-natal stage – Shishu Vihar strives to provide opportunities for this, thereby enabling spiritual development through cultural education.
Classes follow a modern structure of play groups where children learn through song, stories, arts and crafts, appropriate to their age and development. For effective learning outcomes, several props, music and an extensive use of colours, shapes and forms are utilised to relay information to the infant.
The concept of Shishu Vihar has been implemented in centers around the world through the vision of Swamini Supriyananda, a psychologist by profession. She first implemented Shishu Vihar in Hong Kong. She says that, “The little ones have strong retentive power and are quick to learn. The double benefit of mothers also learning is that the rhymes and stories get strongly embedded in the minds of the children. Even 3-year-old children can chant the Hanuman Chalisa!”