The Curriculum provides a broad base of exposure to Indian heritage including principles of Dharma, our unique way of life, language and arts. Students are taught the basics and then are encouraged to build on it as they move through the levels.
Our objective is to make students understand their roots and heritage in order to gain a firm understanding on the aims, objectives and values of life as practiced within Dharma traditions. The curriculum is non-denominational and strives to balance the plurality of traditions across the vast landscape of India. We adapt the curriculum suitably to contemporary tools and techniques.
The following is an outline of a typical class.
1. Prayers : Class begins with Vedic chants or prayers. These chants are Sanskrit Shlokas. Children recite the prayers and then sing them. The meanings and essence of the prayers is explained. Children learn about our various deities, the symbols that help identify these deities; the spiritual significance of the objects the deities carry or the clothing they wear. The significance of the worship of a specific deity is also explained. Please listen to the daily prayers by clicking here.
2. Rituals: Children have in most likely witnessed certain rituals in some form; e.g., ringing the bell in a temple, or offering Prasad or flowers to deities in the temple. Children learn, the spiritual significance of these day to day actions and why the continuation of these rituals is important in todays living.
3. Geeta Shlokas: Bhagvad Geeta Chapter 12 recitation is held. The meaning of each shlokas is explained verbatim and then the spiritual significance of the shlokas are explained.
4. Culture: The culture program is designed to immerse students into the historical and age independent teachings and learnings from our heritage. The curriculum is age relevant starting with basic introduction to values, deities, itihaas (Ramayan & Mahabharat), stories from Puraan & materials from the Bhagwad Gita, contemporary and other expounders of Dharma and its theories.
Students are groups by age and appropriate tools like sheets, books and audio video materials are used to impart this learning. Care is taken to ensure the learnings comply with the teachings of Sanatan Dharma in a non-denominational manner.
5. Yoga : Sanatan Vidyalay follows the ashtanga yoga system introduced by Sage Patanjali. Children learn the basics of the first four steps :yama, niyams, asanas and pranayama. Very young children for whom concentration may be difficult due to their age, learn simple poses and stretching.
In addition to the curriculum covered in regular classes, we also have festival celebration days.
The festivals celebrated at Sanatan Vidyalay are
- Ganesh Chaturthi
- Makar Sankranti
- Maha Shivratri
Towards the end of school year we have our annual day celebrated as the Indian Heritage festival. Children get an opportunity to perform whatever they have learnt throughout the school year. Time permitting we also have a picnic and field day.
The level by level curriculum calendar is given below. For details on events date vs regular class, please refer to the school calendar.
Section 1 : Culture : Introduction to Culture (Typical age group 4-6 )
Section 2 : Culture: Ramayan (Typical age group 6 -8)
Section 3 : Culture : Mahabharat (Typical age group 8 -10)
Section 4 : Culture : Srimad Bhagavad /Bhagvat Puran (Typical age group 10-12)
Section 5 : Culture : Sanatan Dharma Values & Bhagvad Geeta ( Typical age group 12 and older)