Our Classes

Please make sure to print and fill out a copy of our registration form if you are interested in joining our classes.

Class Timings

Weekly class timings for each of our classes are as follows:

  • Main Balavihar Class (KG to Grade 8): Sundays 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • High-school Students Class (Grades 9 through 12): Date and Time T.B.D.
  • Adult Study Group: Thursdays 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm

All of the above classes only take place during the regular school year as per Halton’s school schedule. Please refer to our schedule for a complete list of dates for the present year

Our classes are currently held at the below address for the 2022-23 school year:

Community Living North Halton
917 Nipissing Rd B
Milton ON L9T 5E3

Please contact us for more details if you are interested in classes.

What is Balavihar?

“Our children are our joy.  No amount of effort put in or time given to them can be considered enough.   Our efforts, however, ought to be in the right direction and the time given must be quality time.   It is found children reluctantly respond to formal schooling and traditional methods of learning, whereas, they are ever ready for games and sports.”

Recognizing this, Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda initiated Balavihar classes.  Its objectives can be summed up in the following statement:

To help children learn values with fun; to delight like the moon and shine like the sun! ‘

Chinmaya worldwide has been conducting Balavihar classes for many years.  Balavihar is…

  • A group where children meet for 90 minutes each week to learn about the Hindu culture, traditions and stories,
  • A place where children learn high ideals and stories from Hindu scriptures taught in the form of stories, arts and crafts and drama,
  • Where children and teenagers from ages 4 – 18 years learn chanting of Bhagawad Geeta and Upanishads,
  • A group that have special outings to celebrate India’s great festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi and Deepavali, and
  • Where plain fun is all about learning Santana Dharma.

Continue to scroll down for all class curricula for this year.

2022 Curriculum: Kindergarten to Grade 3

Book(s): Tarangini

Teachers: Malar & Bharati

These set of books were compiled and written by Swami Chinmayananda and Swamini Saradapriyananda. With short stories, a child will learn values, Hindu culture and snippets of Sanatana Dharma. This is done through the use of arts and crafts, games and simple bhajans.

2022 Curriculum: Grades 4 through 6

Book(s): My 24 Teachers

Teacher(s): Vinod

The Guru of Gurus (Datatreya) conveys life lessons to King Yadu from his own life, based on experiences with “teachers” he encountered. These included things a simple as a pigeon or as subtle as air. Children will learn how every small thing in their lives can teach something to them, and associate these with life values.

2022 Curriculum: Grades 7 and 8

Book(s): Drop – A Novel

Teacher(s): Bharat

This book was created by the Youth Empowerment Program — a novel to able to address the dilemmas that face the youth. The novel weaves into its storyline questions and answers that a youth may pose as they make their journey into adulthood.

2022 Curriculum: Grades 9 through 12 (Highschool)

Book(s): N/A – Pearls of Wisdom from the Bhagavad Geeta

Teacher(s): Dinesh

The students and their teacher Dinesh will travel together and utilize facets of the Bhagavad Geeta to use in their day to day lives.

This class is held through Zoom at a time outside our regular Sunday classes. Please contact us for more details.

2022 Curriculum: Adult Study Group

Book(s): The Bhagavad Geeta

Teacher(s): None — group discussion

This one-hour session involves interaction of watching Swami Chinmayananda discuss a verse of a given chapter. After watching him, the members of the study group take the time to digest his teachings and understand it through discussion with one another.

This class has been going on for 10 years and will begin at Geeta Chapter 13.

This class is held through Zoom at a time outside our regular Sunday classes. Please contact us for more details.