I am asked that question quite a bit since I started sending my oldest daughter to
school at the Bharatiya temple's spectacular program.
I can't really provide a one-word answer... but I can inform many young parents of
what attracted us and cantinues to attract us to this program.
Religion and culture: The students of Gurukul sing Bhajans, do Aarthi and
prayers on a daily and weekly basis, instilling a sense of daily value for religion.
Hindu and non-hindu holidays are observed, discussed, and acted out inside and
outside of the classroom. For example, the students of Gurukul recently acted out
a short skit for the Shivratri holiday.
This event was awesome!!! It not only allowed the students to gain confidence in
performing in front of an audience, but it also allowed them to be
beautifully dressed in costumes. What better way to teach a child about religion
and culture than actually having them enact it out? I know that my child will carry
that memory for the rest of her life!
Education: The Montessori educational process is a very interesting one. "This
system involves creating a learning environment tnat nurtures a child's innate
desire to work, explore and learn. A Montessori education allows children the
opportunity to learn by doing and developing skills at their own pace. This
curriculum embraces universal values - peace, tolerance, compassion, self-discovery and spiritual awakening."
The academy also does an excellent job of enhancing the academic program with
extra-curricular activIties. Some examples of this would include field trips to an
animal farm, visiiations to the school by police and fire men, the local dentist, and
a naturalist to name a few. Students also have opportunities to learn dance and various languages.
Leadership. Gurukul has worked effortlessly in employing a dedicated, sincere,
and highly qualified team ofpwfessionals. The temn truly cares about the students
and their success. The teachers guide and challenge students creating an
environment of excellence and an expectation of success, stimulating each student
to achieve their best.
Price. Let's face it, cost is alvifays an issue! Gurukul is approximmely half of the
cost of competitive Montessori programs in the area. This is a huge savings!
What more could you want to ensure the beginning of a successful life for your
child or children? Right in your back yard, right in our community... check it out... you won't regret it!
- A very pleased parent.