Does prayer have a place in schools? Many private religiously affiliated schools in the US have this routine. Prayer does not have to be oriented towards one religion or affiliation. Prayer is simply a way to center, surrender and ground your day for whatever is coming. For children in school this gets them ready for the fun learning ahead. Many schools in India do not have a separate music program and through this daily routine followed in many schools through out India chil
Oh, whats in a name? If you are an immigrant child, you know this happens often. Your teacher taking attendance… Jennifer, Jack, John… ummm, Jag—death (Jagdish-Indian name). I remember in school, every student in class turning around and looking at me pleadingly to rescue the teacher every time he paused. They all wanted to tell me, “ oh just say “here”…. we would like to actually learn, you know?” To sound really intelligent my teacher would even add extra syllables or vowel
There are many traditions and rituals that are unique to a Gujarati family. It begins with birth. There are many performed upon arrival of a new born baby. One of them is the baby’s first hair cut known as Baabri. In other Indian cultures it is known as Mundan. This is a rite of passage for this new soul arriving in this world. There are many beliefs behind why it is done. Hair grows back nice and thickHelps keep the baby’s head coolIt is to get rid of the past life’s negativ
In many ways, kids post or the kids section of Gujarati news is so appealing to me as this skips all the sad, negative news of what is wrong with our world. Ideal kids newspaper would have stories, puzzles, games, crafts, lessons on morals and values, fun surprises and the magic of imagination. As a young girl growing up in India where reading a newspaper was part of many grownups routine, I always wondered what was in it that made my Dad laugh by himself while sipping his mo
Learn to speak Gujarati The kids section of many Gujarati newspapers have stories filled with imagination, moral values, stories your parents grew up with and magical, vibrant, colorful dooniyas (worlds). These can help you if you wish to learn to speak Gujarati. We love stories at sanskarteaching.com and in this new series we will periodically be bringing you Gujarati stories. The best way to learn these stories is to have the accompanied PDF so you can follow along and help
This post is part of our Gujarati News for kids series. One of the easiest and fun ways to learn the sounds of alphabet letters is through tongue twisters. Come along and practice these tongue twisters with us. Want more fun Gujarati Tongue Twisters? My Youtube channel full of Gujarati Tongue Twisters, Gujarati Games and tons of fun ways to master the Gujarati language. Try this one next! Sign up for my email list for more tongue twisters in the future! #tonguetwisters #games
Where are you from? Tu Kaya Gaam Ni Chhe?
India ma Taru gaam Kayu? These are normal questions Gujarati people get asked when they meet other Gujarati people from different parts of Gujarat. What part of the state your ancestry is from makes a difference in how you speak the language, what traditions you follow and what food you eat. As you could see in the world map when you look at the map of India the state of Gujarat is the western part of India that borders Pakistan. The
Story in Gujarati is known as Vaarta. Sitting on our porch listening to my grandma tell stories to all the neighborhood kids is how I spent my summers in India. In this series, I will be sharing different Gujarati stories in Gujarati and in English to help you understand them. This is a story about a couple of sparrows. It’s a fun story to follow as I will ask you questions in the middle of the story so feel free to pause the video and think of the answers. To jump into our
Who was Mahatma Gandhi? When I asked this question to the students in our face to face live Gujarati class, here are the answers I got from the kids who are second and third generation in the United States: Is he the bald guy with glasses?
Didn’t Ben Kingsley play him in a movie?
Didn’t the movie Munnabhai with Sanjay Dutt mention him?
He was the first prime minister of India?
He was Indira Gandhi’ dad?
He used a cane and walked around without any clothes?
He invented Yo
Gujarati learning through fun activities Learn the names of fruits and vegetables in Gujarati In our live classes, students receive homework each week that allows them to use their Gujarati learning and enhance it further by actually using it in the real world. In this activity, the students were given a scavenger hunt assignment to locate specific fruits and vegetables from their local farmer’s market, grocery store or their own refrigerator. Learning Gujarati is fun, creati
Isn’t it funny how many years later you can recall the simple nursery rhymes you learned as a child? This can be in any language. It could be “Twinkle Twinkle…” or “Ek biladi Jadi…” I personally love songs, especially Gujarati nursery rhymes and I think they are a great way to learn a new language. Here is one of my favorite Gujarati nursery rhymes that I remember vividly from my childhood. It’s about a peacock (Mor) and a peahen (dhel). Check out our songs package at www.san
Raising kind hearted kids in a cold, disconnected and impersonal world…. We live in times where everybody is so engrossed in their own problems, own growth and own success that we have forgotten to value and respect each other. This is very prevalent where we see, not just teenagers anymore, but all of us hooked onto our cell phones and other devices. Most of us the first thing in the morning we do is grab our phones, check text messages, emails and the last thing we do befor
Ramooji Toochakaa – Jokes If you are Gujarati and you had a privilege of growing up in India then you have heard the “Haathi ane Kiddi” (Elephant and an ant) jokes. Here is one that my 5-year-old niece recently told me, In Gujarati: Ek Divas ek Haathi ane ek Keedi santaakookadi ramataa hataa.
Haathi e keedi ne kidhoo tu santai ja.
Keedi jayi ne ek mandir ma santaayi gayi.
Haathi e tene pakadi paadi.
Kevi rite Haathi ne Khabar padi ke keedi kya chhe?
Karan ke Haathi e man
Gujarati Parenting: in alignment with our roots Want a calmer morning? There are no right or wrong ways of parenting. No matter what part of the world or what culture you are from we all do the best we know how from our own conditioning, programming and the way we were raised. Having said that, we are who we are because of our parents. Our value system is instilled in us by their parenting. Many of us that live outside of India fear that we will assimilate into our new enviro
What happens when kids visit India? There is a saying in Gujarati that, “Jena ghar nu paani pive, tena jeva ja thayi javaay” which literally means you become like those whose water you are drinking. Your environment has a major influence on your life. You are a reflection of five people you spend the most time with. Especially young ones adopt very quickly to their environment and the best way to learn a language or culture is to immerse yourself in the day to day living, the