A few weeks back, I received two videos on Whatsapp that left a lasting impression on me.
This was one of the videos, on the subject of Sanskrit(an ancient Indian language)
It is pleasantly surprising to see the level of interest that such young Students have for a foreign language that is not that widely spoken nowadays. Being an Indian, I found it even more intriguing and inspiring.
Taking inspiration from the video, I have decided that I will also teach V a little bit of Sanskrit in the form of verses and hymns, or “Shlokas” as we commonly call them.
As V’s vocabulary is only just starting to grow, I know I will have to wait a bit (maybe another year??) before I start teaching him Sanskrit verses.
In addition, I want V to learn and know about the ancient Indian mythology as well and be aware about the Indian culture and traditions. It is getting increasingly difficult to follow most of the traditions today due to changing lifestyles and lack of time but I wish to preserve and pass on at least a few of those traditions to V.
So, I want to consciously take efforts to include some activities in his daily routine that are reflective of our ethnicity and culture.
Also, I want to ensure that as parents, my husband and I give a lot of importance to Value Education, starting from now. I hope we continue to take efforts to that end and teach V good values and manners at home, even after he starts school and gets older. This is something I do not want to compromise at all.
I suppose the best way to begin teaching him manners would be by reading and narrating stories that have moral lessons and values imbibed in them. Although I remember my parents adopting the same technique when we were younger,I sadly can’t recollect any of those stories.
Thankfully, I do remember that these collection of stories were called the “Panchatantra Tales” and “Jataka Tales”. Hopefully, once I find those books and finish reading them, I will know how to start the “Value Ed” classes at home. 🙂
V is now gaining interest in books and I think is ready for “story-telling picture books”. Therefore, I was hugely disappointed when I couldn’t lay my hands on “Indian Story Books” as we are living outside India at the moment (Courtesy: the hubby’s work).
So, I did the only other thing I could think of to introduce Indian culture and mythology.
I found some episodes from “Bal Ganesha” and “Little Krishna” on YouTube and played them for V. I was delighted to see that BalGanesh and Little Krishna kept my little V as captivated as his favourites Masha and Peppa Pig.
My next task would be to slowly start building a mini library for V by collecting books from the “Amar Chitra Katha” series as soon as we return to India. A task I really look forward to, as it involves two of my favourite activities : “Shopping” and “Books”.
As I head off now to do some window shopping and book-ogling on Flipkart,it’s time to sign off.
Hope to be back with the next blog post soon.