In Ancient India, in the Gurukul system, the aim of education was one՚s inner growth and self fulfilment, and to increase creative capacity. Interestingly, learning in the digital era calls for the same values, in a different way. We at Hari Shree, attempt to make this easy for our students. Our Indian Culture centric experiences and programs help our students gain a solid grounding in Indian culture, at the same time, derive a global, pluralistic interpretation of the same.
As part of the school’s holistic vision, Hari Shree offers culture-based value education, Purna Vidya for primary and middle school students. As a part of Purna Vidya, children are encour-aged to explore and understand the spirit behind the form. Story-telling is widely deployed to encourage the children to express themselves without inhibition and instill the spirit of inquiry.
A tradition at Hari Shree, this was initiated with the objective of imparting our heritage to our children. Chanting has a plethora of benefits. Among them are its intrinsic powers to calm the mind, relieve stress, and induce a positive vibration in the body. It is also believed to improve concentration and diction.
Yoga, which means ‘Union’ or ‘Connection’ is the engagement of the mind, body and breath. Its benefits are manifold. Yoga is an integral part of the curriculum for kindergarten, primary and middle school students at Hari Shree. The children are taught Asanas, for controlled body movement and Pranayama, to help regulate their breath.
Reiterating culture is an important component in learning. UTSAV, our annual celebration provides an immersive learning experience for our students. It is a salutation and celebration of Indian culture, explored and understood by way of field visits, lecture demonstrations, short films and interactive sessions with eminent people from various walks of life. Children are involved in research and presentations about various facets of culture, supported by their teachers. It is an opportunity to reflect on ‘why we do what we do’ and come in contact with the wisdom that is being lost in an increasingly changing world.
At Hari Shree, festivals are celebrated in a unique way to acquire an in-depth understanding of traditional and regional practices that are slowly fading away. There are three layers to each cele-bration- (i) the festivities,(ii) knowing the history of the festival and understanding how similar or different such celebrations are globally and (iii) a reflection of what they mean in today’s con-text, to individuals and to society as a whole.
Practicing Brain power yoga regularly activates both the left and right brain, which is the key to holistic development. It improves memory, focus, concentration and creativity. This brain boost-ing exercise is simple, short and suitable to practice as a daily group activity in the classroom. Students practice brain power yoga during circle time.
At Hari Shree, we have converted the courtyard of our building into a Tulasi Vanam or Vrindavan. It is our endeavor to create an awareness about the importance of Tulasi in our children. By a simple act of praying to Tulasi, we aim to bring in reverence of plant life into our lives.
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