Early morning short shlokas
Early morning is a wonderful time and the best time to do Prayers/meditation. The two hours before sunrise is the best time to do prayers in Hindu culture.
Here are three short beginner shlokas for to start teaching the children as they are around four or five years of age. It will help them learn a lot more than just the shlokas. It will stay with them thru the student years and follow thru the next stage in life of householders as well.
I was taught this by my grandmother many decades ago and it just stayed with me.
1. Before getting out of bed in the morning sit up in your bed. Open both your palms together and look at them. as you recite this shloka
कराग्रे वसते लक्ष्मि, करमूले सरस्वती करमध्ये तु गोविन्द प्रभाते कर दर्शनम् ||
Karaagre Vasate Laxmi, Laramoole saraswati, Kara madhye to govinda,Prabhaate kara darshanam.
On the tip of your palms reside Laxmi (the goddess of wealth),On the base of your palms reside the goddess saraswati(Goddess of knowledge /learning). In the center of your palms reside the Lord Govind(Vishnu) Early in the morning pray to these to make your morning a fruitful one.
2. Before placing your feet on the ground in the morning. Situp with our feet dangling from the bed and look at the goddess mother earth (Floor) resite this shloka
समुद्र वसने देवी पर्वत स्तनमण्डले | विष्णु पत्नि नमस्तुभ्यं पाद श्पर्शह् क्षमश्वमे ||
Samudra vasane devi, Partava stana mandale, Vishnu patni namastubhyum,Paada sprashah Kshamashvamey.
Meaning: -Oh mother goddess(Earth), one who wears the ocean as her wardrobe, Holds mountains to her heart, to that consort(wife) of Lord Vishnu, I bow to please forgive me for placing my feet upon your being. (In other words, ask forgiveness for putting your burden on the earth and thank for the help.) These thoughts and prayers make one and humble person and teaches us to be respectful to every little favors we have from Mother nature. It also teaches us to appreciate what we always take for granted.
3. stand on your two feet, bring your palms in prayer pose, close your eyes and pray to the creator of the universe with this shloka.
वसुदेवसुतं देवं कनस चाणूर मर्दनम् | देवकी परमानन्दं , कृष्णं वन्दे जगत् गुरुं ||
Vasudevasutum Devam, Kansa chaanura mardanam, Devaki paramaanandam,krishnam vande jagat gurum.
Meaning: To the Son of Vasudev , to the one who killed evil persons such as Kansa and Chaanura, the one who brought ultimate happiness to Devaki, to that Lord and Guru (teacher) of the universe Krishna/Govinda/Vishnu, I bow with utmost respect. Saying so, have a positive intention for a fruitful,successful and a wonderful day ahead.
Sources : Many and unknown just like the entire sanskrit and Hindu culture and religion. These shlokas are from ancient Hindu culture/knowledge and wisdom. Many of them are used by various religious organizations as their own. However all the shlokas and the knowledge itself is from thousands of years before and is not owned by any one organization/ institution/culture.