Hare Krishna School
The devotees living there had long desired to have a school where the children could learn the rudiments of the Krishna consciousness philosophy and practice as well as the usual academic curriculum, so they formed a board of parents and teachers, found suitable premises and pooled their funds together to start it. In very little time, they have achieved wonders through cooperation and Krishna’s mercy.
While Krishna consciousness pervades the whole syllabus and is reflected in many practical applications, we use the Montessori methodology as a structure to work from. This method is based on Dr Montessori’s scientific observation of the child’s almost effortless ability to absorb knowledge from his surroundings.
On this ground, the children’s environment is carefully prepared to allow them to learn at their own speed, according to their own capabilities, in a non-competitive atmosphere and with mixed age groups.
We start the day by going to a nine o’clock Deity Greeting (especially organised by the temple authorities for such young children to be able to attend). Later the children discuss Their Lordships’ outfits and paraphernalia of the day; in that way they are becoming gradually more conscious of Sri-Sri Radha-Govinda.
After that, we go to the school buildings where the children first offer their obeisance to the school’s picture Deities, then to each others. Next we chant the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra for ten minutes and learn and recite verses from the Sastras. At the moment they are learning slokas from the Bhagavad-Gita as it is. We discuss the meaning of the verse in a way adapted to their age and understanding and they colour a related picture.
To date they have learnt about 25 Sanskrit slokas. Each day we also view a picture from an illustrated Bhagavad-Gita and discuss the themes or concepts encapsulated therein.