This thread will give you short and simple stotras and shlokas that you can read, recite and teach your children. All you need is the knowledge of the Sanskrit alphabets and the willingness to read Sanskrit text, which is not at all difficult once you know the alphabets. Wherever possible, I have provided the meaning and audio files of the stotras. gaNesha-stavam We start with GaNesha. Here is a stotram called gaNesha-stavam that describes GaNesha as none other than the nirguNa brahman. Here is a link to download the pdf file of the stotram with embedded audio. ganeshastavam.pdf As you play the embedded audio, run your mouse over the recited words and learn to read and pronounce them correctly. After repeating it two or three times, you should be able to chant/sing the stotram along with the teacher and then independently. And once you are comfortable with reciting the stotram, try to explore the meaning of the words you recite, learning to match them against phrases in the meanings text. Once you can recite the stotram correctly and know its meaning vis-a-vis the Sanskrit words and phrases, you would find yourself contemplating on its content, learning to drench in the flow of bhakti rasam that teaches the jnAnam to dissolve the small self in the bigger Self. Wish you Godspeed for great times of learning ahead!