Friday, November 17, 2017

At School after Diwali Break

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It is almost two weeks after the Diwali break and so much has happened...

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Before the break was over we kept mulling about surprising the children and still making it meaningful. This was very important as most of our children are new this year and a break resets even the most settled children. The thought was that we do something that will make the children fall in love with coming back to school.

We agreed to beautify the walk up to  school in a manner that will connect with both children and parents. To our delight the smiles that greeted us were way more stretched than we expected. The conversations rolled with laughter at the entrance itself. Any apprehensions that may have existed vanished and were replaced with clear eagerness. What met us inside the classroom was what we had truly desired. The children had been missing the school and their friends. On the first day the circle time, that was meant to be 10 minutes stretched to 45 minutes, with many hugs and stories galore, every child out doing the other. 

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We began the session with introduction to fall season. The pleasant weather and the colours of the season fill both the adults and children with vibrancy alike. Both the seasons' exercise and the colourful spirals brought out excitement in children and kick started our measurements module with many and few.

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Keeping the connect going with home, the show and tell on "My favourite memory of the Diwali break" brought out such a variety in children - paintings, Diwali activities, small collectibles, time spent with the parents are the few things they talked about.

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We had just blinked our eyes and the week passed. The next week was followed by a day of outdoor learning. This was a dream come true… We have been trying to accomplish this for the last two years. A visit to a green patch of our busy suburb with no external motivation of slides, swings and more took children by a surprise. After an initial hitch in understanding the purpose of the visit they were at home and very excited with the dry barks of the trees, the fallen twigs, leaves, pebbles and ready to explore sounds and silence in the open – the learning had begun.

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The outdoor learning had created enough excitement to experiment being gardners at school.








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The class has been buzzing with activity with materials and otherwise - with drawings, with conversations, with observations - all culminating in a rhythmic experience on  Children’s day with Djembe and seasonal carol jingles ….
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