5th & 6th Grade - Krishna
Purna Vidya: Values Text Book
Purna Vidya is a twelve year program designed to provide a structured and developmentally based teaching of Vedic tradition and culture to children. It consists of teaching materials, assignments, lesson plans, and fun filled exercises. It is very comprehensive and includes a wide range of subject matter. The subject matter selected is based on the developmental and chronological age of a child such that the concepts are well within their grasp. Purna Vidya curriculum is used in several schools and communities in many countries. Values Text Book, the sixth of twelve parts introduces and explores in details the role and develops an understanding of Values, also known as Dharma, in the Vedic tradition. More than being taught what is right and wrong, it is important to grasp the reasoning behind moral values. Only then is a person able to truly assimilate moral values and live by them without a sense of guilt, a feeling of being coerced, or a fear of retribution. Individual Values such as Truthfulness, Not hurting others, Respect, Straightforwardness, Friendliness and many other Universal values are analyzed. Also discussed are pitfalls of reactions such as Envy, Anger, Greed and so on. A sensitivity to life and environment is presented and encouraged. The book has age related fun filled exercises such as word search, fill in the blanks, crosswords, puzzles and games for children that encourage free thinking, foster understanding and memory. The text book is accompanied by a separate book, ‘Guidelines for Values’ meant for adults to teach this text with a well defined syllabus which can be utilized in classroom, group or individual basis.