Janmastami- Bathing Krishna!
On Janmastami we all went over to the temple and participated in the kirtan and abhisheka (bathing) of the small Baby Krishna Deity…
Rahini gets a chance to bathe the deity!
Krishna Kids for the Last Two Weeks!
We missed a week during the celebrations so we doubled up this week.
Wednesday Afternoon Free Choice Activities!
The children really look forward to visiting the different classrooms and picking up new skills. They are also learning to make friends with children from other classes. Everyone is totally engaged and happy!
Reading at home – How you Can Help
Here are some tips from the ministry about how you can help your child with their reading…
Make reading fun
Reading at home should be fun and easy – something you both look forward to – a time for laughter and talk.
- Share the reading, take turns or see whether your child wants to read or be read to today
- All children like to be read to, so keep reading to them. You can read in your first language
- Visit the library together and help them choose books to share
- Read emails from family or whānau aloud
- Play card and board games together.
Here’s a tip – talk a lot to your child while you are doing things together. Use the language that works best for you and your child.
Talk about reading
- Talk about pictures in books
- Sing waiata and songs, read poems and make up rhymes together – the funnier the better
- Be a role model. Let your child see you enjoying reading and talk about what you are enjoying
- Point out words on signs, shops and labels
- Play word games like “I Spy” and “Simon Says…”
Make it a special time together
Reading is a great chance for you and your child to spend special time together. Make reading:
- quiet and relaxing
- a time to sit close to your child
- 10–15 minutes without interruption, away from the TV
- an enjoyable, interesting and special time
- a time to praise your child for making an effort
Here’s some tips –
If your child is stuck on a word wait a few seconds, give them a chance to think. If they are still stuck, help them to try to work the word out by saying “read the sentence again and think what would make sense”. Ask “could it be…?” (and give a word that might fit). The pictures also help them check they have got the right word. If they still can’t work out the word, tell them and praise their efforts. Remember, reading should be fun.
Help your child to link stories to their own life. Remind them about what they have done when a similar thing happens in the story.
Next Festival – Radhastami…(Wednesday 30th August)
Who’s That Girl by Krishna’s Side? …we will be learning this song this coming week for Radhastami!
Next week is Radhastami where we will be learning about the transcendental qualities of Radharani!
By Stephen Knapp
Srimati Radharani is the Supreme Goddess. She is most always seen with Lord Krishna. It is described that She is the Chief Associate and devotee of Lord Krishna, and topmost of all Goddesses. Her name means the She is the most excellent worshiper of Lord Krishna. However, She is also an expansion of the Lord’s energy. Since She is also an extension of Krishna, She is the feminine aspect of God. Thus, in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, God is both male and female. They are One, but Krishna expands into two, Himself and Radharani, for the sake of divine loving pastimes. If They remained as One, then there is no relationship, there are no pastimes, and there can be no dynamic exchange of love. (Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi-lila, 4.55-56) Actually, if we all remained merged or amalgamated into one single force or light, then there is no further need of anything else. There certainly would be no need for the material manifestation to provide the innumerable conditioned souls with the means to seek out the way to satisfy their senses, minds, emotions, desires for self-expression, intellectual pursuits, and on and on.
So, similarly, the spiritual world is the manifestation wherein all souls have the opportunity to engage in a multitude of pastimes in loving relationships in full spiritual variety, without the many hindrances we find in this material world. The only difference is that the spiritual world is centered around the Supreme Being. And that Supreme Personality has expanded Himself into Radharani for exhibiting the supreme loving relationship, in which so many others assist Them.