This week, I thought I will talk a little bit about the science we do at Kanhas. We did hibernation recently and the session went really well, so here goes.
I began the class by talking a little bit about  winter sleep. Children as young as the ones in my class have an absolutely vague concept of time. So telling them that animals sleep for 6 months in winter doesn’t really make much sense to them. So I sort of elaborated on how they sleep all day and all night for days and days.
After that we did a wonderful story – The Bear Snores on by Karma Wilson.
Books like this one are ridiculously expensive and not available in my local library either. However,  I was lucky enough to find a ppt online which I downloaded and printed out to create my own copy (crudely illustrated but with the original text – which matters :) )
The tale is a really funny one about a bear who keeps sleeping while different animals gather in his cave and have a party.  Presented as a poem it has lots of new sound words…and some really good action words as well.
Once we had read and understood the story we had a great time role playing it. The children enjoyed making all the different sounds – snoring,  slurping,  chirping and burping their way into multiple acting outs of the same script.
By the end of it we had totally understood how hibernation means constant deep sleep. Now all I had to do was drive home the point about winter.  We did that by making cute bear caves – 2 paper plate halves stuck together with a little flap that opened up to reveal a sleeping bear.
We ensured the bear was snowed in by sticking lots of cotton on top.
Hibernating bear!
Look at my cave!
Thus my preschoolers enjoyed a great introduction to hibernation – but how to connect the topic to Krishna?  Simple – we concluded with a short discussion on how if we sleep too much – Krishna will give us bear bodies. The purpose of human life is not for sleeping but for understanding God!

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About the Author: Shweta Shetty
Suvarna Radhika Devi Dasi (Shweta Patil) has been practising Krishna Consciousness for over 15 years now. A qualified software engineer and Bharat Natyam Dancer, she has now ventured into the field of early childhood education. She has completed a certification in child care and is applying her spiritual and academic experiences to create a unique Vedic training program for children in Melbourne.

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