Children’s Summer Program


The ‘5Ds’

During the summer of 2018, the Balvikas Program focused on the theme of the ‘5Ds’ – Dedication, Devotion, Discipline, Discrimination, and Determination.

The program constituted a series of one-hour classes every Thursday. During each class, the focus was on a specific D and emphasized the value of it to our kids. Simple techniques were used such as great quotes, prayer, discussion of values, affirmations, singing, story-telling, and a class activity to teach about one of the ‘5Ds’.

The understanding of the ‘5Ds’ engenders personal, academic and spiritual success, and promotes resilience in students.

  1. Dedication is offering ourselves to every duty without ego.
  2. Devotion is the highest form of love and refers to the constant contemplation of God within and around us by expressing our gratitude.
  3. Discipline is about including self-control, efficiency, and structure in our lives by following the rules. The highest discipline is to bring about a unity of one’s thoughts, words, and deeds.
  4. Discrimination is constantly making the choice between what is right and proper and what is wrong and undesirable.
  5. Determination is the persistence to secure your goals by your efforts without allowing any room for doubt or hesitation. It is surprising what can be achieved with firm determination.