Every day at Shikshantar is eventful… with each project, each new discovery an event in itself!
Class I to III – Hamara Manch
Class IV – Open House
Class III – Open House
Class I – Open House
Class IV Trip
Independence Day Celebration
Story Telling Session
A session with Sohail Hashmi
Art Exhibition by Class III
We are thrilled to share the magical experiences of our little artists of Class III. Children have explored the theme on ‘Hamari Sunder Kalayae’ which continued for four weeks. They were exposed to art forms from various parts of the country through slide show presnetations and sharing of variuos art forms. In the process they also connected with cultural diversities through folk tales, folk music and dance presentations.
Children intensively engaged with ‘Gond’ and ‘Madhubani’ art techniques and also clay modeling. Days of focus, perseverance and team work led them to create a display of their work.
The culmination of their experiences was organised in the form of an ‘Art Gallery’ and put up by children and didis. Parents were invited to see the work of children. It was encouraging to see the number of parents who turned up and appreciated the work of our little artists.
Vishvas Open House
8th May 2015
‘Vishvas Open House’ interaction is a forum where the parents and school team meet twice in a year. The purpose is to strengthen our joint understanding of how children learn and connect to their ‘self’. Over the years, the issues addressed in this session have been widespread ranging from understanding inclusion at home and beyond; sensory integration therapy; options of evaluation board ( NIOS/ CISCE); support facilitation model etc.
The theme of this session’s first ‘Vishvas Open House’ was ‘Development of social skills’. We are all aware that developing an ability of social exchange is an important component of an individual’s education in life. Many key factors such as developmental age, social and cultural context of the child, readiness and cognition play an important role in this. In the case of a child with special needs, there could be an additional delay because of her specific limitations, limited vocabulary and limited abilities to express herself.
Parents and didis were divided in small groups to reflect upon this topic. The groups were given case vignettes from the context of our children. These were influenced by real life situations that the team is aware of either in a child’s stay in school or at home. There was a thoughtful deliberation related to it. Some common points that came up were:
a. Understanding the child and his limitations is important
b. Looking at the situation from multiple perspectives
c. Dialoguing with the child and peers
d. Being considerate of the child and his/her reaction but never over compensating for the special needs
Parents and facilitators felt that the session was meaningful and it provided an insight into the kind of challenges children face in negotiating social exchange. It was also an opportunity for them to reflect on their engagement and interaction with the children. As a culmination they were given a reading material to understand and connect to their child’s world better.
Open House for Class III
New academic session begins
The new academic session with children began on the 25th of March, 2015. With a sense of having grown up, smiles on their faces and the sheer excitement of moving to new groups, children are back in school. On the way stopping to have a look at the turtle in the pond, wondering where the fish were hiding, comparing the heights of Marshmellow, although it has been only two weeks that they had been away.
Though it seemed seamless, didis had spent a lot of time preparing children for this day and for a sensitive facilitation of the entire process. This was done through group themes such as new group elements, change, growing up, moving ahead, our new group space etc.
The movement stated with the children going to their previous groups wishing in their hearts that their didis or at least one of them would move with them. Apprehensive and eager to know who would be the new didis. ‘Vanar Years’ moved to ‘Finding Feet’.
All children were accompanied by their didis to their new group spaces. They lit a diya in the new group to embark on a journey of learning and growing.
New Parent Orientation
Training session for our drivers by Pasco Automobiles
Sports Day for Class I – III
Sports Day for Class IV – VI
The world of ‘Amazing animals’ [Class I]
Young children are naturally fascinated by the world of animals. They share a
beautiful relationship with animals both in reality and in their world of make believe. This was our inspiration behind taking the theme ‘Amazing Animals’ in class I.
Groups were filled with animal stories, songs and role plays. Some of the activities planned for them were: watching short films on various animals, their classification, making riddles, creating models of different habitats etc were planned for them. All these activities led to a beautiful connect with animals making them more and more curious. Riddles such as, “ I am a sea animal. I can squeeze into small holes. I do not have bones but I have eight legs. Who am I?” were created.
While exploring habitats, we could see our children using their reasoning skills to come up with thoughtful observations. “Hippo lives in the jungle but likes to live near water because it spends all the day in water. So his habitat would be a lake or a pond.” “ The giraffe has a long neck so it can eat leaves from tall trees.” etc.
Another exciting factor in this theme was the visit to Mogly’s farm. They had hands on experience of feeding sheep, goats and even milking a ‘ model’ of a cow!!
Petting guinea pigs and observing a Chinese hen filled them with excitement. They had an opportunity to see vegetable patches. The play area with musical swings and trampoline added to the delight.
Please visit the face book page of Mogly’s gurukul in order to see photographs of the trip.
Class I team