Kalachandji’s Sunday school has been active since 2007. We have 30-40 children attending Sunday school regularly now. We have two Sunday school sessions. Each session includes 20 Sunday classes, one field trip, one festival, and two performances at the temple.
Our Sunday school group is divided into 4 classes.
- Gopal Class: Age 3-5,
- Damodar class: Age 6-8,
- Madhava: class Age 9-11, and
- Govinda class: Age 12-15.After students reach 15 years of age, we encourage children to participate in organizing presentations and seminars on spiritual topics. Pursuing the Bhakti Sastri course is also an option.
We are developing planned curriculum for all the classes. The curriculum will include all the stories, songs, verses, drama, and activities children will learn in these classes for 3 years.
Our Gopal class studied Lord Krishna’s Pastimes, Dasavatar, and little stories from Srimad Bhagavatam. They learn to sing Krishna Conscious songs. They make arts and crafts based on the story. They also participate in creating dramatic performances. During performance, this group of children will sing Nrsimha prayer.
Our Damodar studied Vaisnava Saints, Ramayan, stories from Srimad Bhagavatam. They also learn 3 verses every semester, so our Damodar book includes 18 verses from Bhagavad Gita. They also learn vaisnava bhajans, drama and perform arts and crafts based on stories they are learning. During performance they will sing Tulasi Arati and Vaisanava Bhajans.
Our Madhava class learns about Vaisanava Saints and Bhagavad Gita in detail. They learn verses from Bhagavad Gita, discuss them, make a presentation on them or perform an art on them, or perform a little skit on them or debate. This class also focuses on learning Vaisanava Bhajans. During performance they will sing Gaura Arati and Vaisanava Bhajans at the temple.
Our Govinda class is more discussion class where they can bring in their questions and we discuss and answer them together from our scriptures. They also learn Srimad Hhagavatam, Bhagavad Gita, learn about different Sanyasis, and Srila Prabhupada. They have practical classes like cooking, Arati performance, deity worship, woodworking, jewelry making, sewing, etc. During performance they will perform Tulasi Arati and help the Pujari clean up after Gaura Arati.