Children's Sunday School

Parents! We want to bring to your attention the new curriculum that the Nashville Armenian Church Sunday School (NACSS) is now offering to our children. Thanks to our devoted teachers, NACSS curriculum is now enriched to include three main sections: language, culture, and history.

The first section emphasizes the teaching of the fundamentals of the Armenian language. Mrs. Amalia Saakian-Rabbot, who comes with extensive teaching experience while living in Bowling Green (Kentucky), has kindly offered to teach the Armenian language to youth adults, to those with basic knowledge of Armenian, as well as to English or Russian speaking adults. Our families from Baku are welcome to Mrs. Amalia's class! Mrs. Amalia will be teaching the pronunciation and the writing of the Armenian alphabet, followed by the study of words, phrases, sentences, and eventually the reading of popular Armenian folk-tales and fables, such as those written by Mkhitar Kosh, Hovhannes Toumanian, and William Saroyan.

The second section, designed for younger children, is taught by a team with diverse talents - Mrs. Robyn Saakian (the initiator of NACSS), and Mr. and Mrs. Dave and Grace Ghazarian. Mrs. Robyn and Mrs. Grace have been teaching the children stories from the Bible, and introducing them to the Armenian alphabet through reading and creative games - such as Mrs. Robyn's Armenian BINGO game, which turned out to be a huge success! Also, at the beginning of each class, Mrs. Robyn accompanies the students on the piano in learning Armenian prayers and songs together. Mr. Dave, who has just joined this team, will be contributing to NACSS through his musical talents as well.

The third section, taught by Mrs. Marlen, focuses on the history of the Armenian nation and church. So far our children have learned about Hayg Nahabed, Ara Keghetsig, the Kingdom of Urardu (the first Armenian Kingdom), and the historic map of Armenia. Future topics will include Medzn Dickran (King Tigranes II, Tigranes the Great), the advent of Christianity in Armenia, Krikor Lusavorich, Mesrob Mashdotz, the Golden Era in Armenia, Vartan Mamigonian, royal Armenian dynasties in Armenia and Cilicia, the revolutionary movements, the Genocide, and the Diaspora. Hopefully these topics will help our children appreciate our history and language, as well as imbue in them knowledge of the historically inextricable relations between the Armenian nation and her church, the sole guarantor to maintaining our Armenian identity in the Diaspora.

NACSS meets twice a month. Check our calendar to find out the dates. We would love for the children to be present at each of these classes so that they can learn the Armenian language and history without interruption. Parents, rest assured that NACSS will be providing our children with the ideal environment to introducing them to our Armenian heritage.