Curriculum

Objectives

Methodology

Assessment

Summary


Objectives

The Goal of the Education in Bal Vihar is to offer students a window into the Indian heritage and culture.  The focus is to create and sustain the student’s interest and enthusiasm on information related to India and also, increase/build self-identity. In addition to a well rounded education, Bal Vihar offers several opportunities for the students to find the joy in being of Indian origin through school wide celebrations, holiday celebrations, and social action projects. The curriculum is built to meet the vision of the organization.

The Curriculum is divided into three units: Religion, Culture, and Social (History/Geography). Each year, the topics of study will be built on the material learnt in the previous class to allow for continuity.

RELIGION:

  • Understand the ethical and moral values from stories from the holy books and their practical implication.
  • The ability to name and describe the Das Avatars and discuss Krishna Avatar in detail. 
  • Knowledge of the two epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.
  • An understanding of the values and ethical dilemmas in the two epics.
  • The ability to describe the basics of symbolisms and samskaras.
  • An appreciation of Hinduism and its place in the world religions.
  • The ability to explain the significance of various Hindu festivals.
  • Basic knowledge of Hindu festivals.

 

CULTURE:

  • The ability to explain the significance of various Indian festivals.
  • An understanding of Indian art forms, architecture, literature, sports, and music.
  • An appreciation for the diversity associated with various cultures in India.

 

SOCIAL:

HISTORY:

      • An understanding of the Indian historical facts and context.
      • The ability to analyze and identify change in India over time and its drivers.
      • An appreciation for the role of India played in shaping the human story.
      • The ability to speak and present effectively about Indian history.
      • The ability to peruse library and internet resources for relevant materials.

GEOGRAPHY:

      • The ability to identify the location of India and identify its neighboring countries.
      • The ability to identify the major physical features of India (The Great Himalayan Mountain Ranges, the Indo-Gangetic plain, the desert region, and the peninsular South Indian region), urban centers, and rivers.
      • An understanding of the role of rivers in the development of India.
      • Understand the meteorological processes, the resulting seasons (summer, monsoon, post-monsoon, and winter), and its influence on agriculture.

Methodology

Teaching in Bal Vihar is “Learner/Student-Centered” . Depending on the student’s learning style, the individual teachers focus on effective ways and modes for providing the learning experience. To this end, the teachers are encouraged to use a variety of methods such as interactive lectures, audio-visual materials, group discussions, student presentations, individual research, case studies, simulations, field work etc.

Assessment

Students are assessed on continuous basis to see how they are performing, identify areas of improvement, and provide feedback to parents. Assessment can be based on writing an individual paper, preparing a group presentation, class participation, attendance, homework problem sets, exams (essay, short answer, multiple choice, true/false), and so on and is left to the discretion of the teacher. An end of year, feedback of all the students as determined by the respective teachers (i.e surveys, recognitions, awards etc.) will be provided to all parents.

All parents are requested to participate in any surveys that teachers might send. Teamwork between parents, teachers, and school administrators is vital for student and school success.

Summary