Wednesday 26 February 2014

Pratham Books Champion : VIDYA

Jayshree from VIDYA shares an account of the storytelling sessions conducted at Tirandaz Municipal School.

Making this happen at VIDYA was our Co-ordinator who networked with the School and created this lovely 'Thank you Pednekar Sir'  for a nicely arranging the Shared Reading Program at the Tirandaz School on the 26th afternoon.
I enjoyed reading with the children - the Story Too Many Bananas and of course the poem that we made .

The children were well disciplined and the team of teachers too eager as was the principal who sat down and made diligent notes ! What I liked most was the feedback from her and the teacher who said that they needed to upgrade themselves and anything that is good for the children they were open to learning. It touched me as when teachers have open minds , open to questioning , to thinking , to be alive to different views, children will enjoy the learning.

The story was humourous , we did a pictorial walk through where children kept guessing through the visuals the different situations that could emerge, we then read together and explored the story and a choral reading too followed ! The WOW words had them excited as they read the words/sentences where these figured.

And the poetry with the English Hindi poetry was a hit ! A team activity then followed, each group picked out chits like too many ideas, too many people, too many dustbins, to many stars, too many books etc..and were freely asked to express through colours and write whatever they felt.

I thought they would freely draw clean cities when there are too many dustbins... but they told me it is dirty if too many dustbins are around - they must have thought of overflowing garbage cans in the city !

The charts that emerged well looked to me like a nice aid for teaching grammar on the concept of ' too many " ...:)

Well , stories and art have a mind of their own and take their own flight of fancy

Big cheers to the single minded focus on Read India...

Here's the poem that was created for the session:

One banana, two bananas

Three bananas, four bananas

Five bananas, six bananas

Seven bananas, eight bananas

Na na Na na , mere paas hai

Too Many Bananas !

Not my family, not my friends

Not my neighbours and not my cow

Sab log bolte Na na Na na 

Hamein nahin chahiye... Too many Bananas !

Soch mein padha Sringeri Sirnivas

Kya karoon kya karoon

Mere pass hai Too many bananas!

Bolo bolo what will you do

If you have too many bananas?

Phir ek bacha jhat se bola

I will make some Banana Paysam

And I will make some Kela Sheera

I will make some Banana Fritters 

And I will make some Banana Shake !

Sringeri Srinivas has padha

For he knew what to do

When he had Too Many Bananas !

Jayshree also added :

It has been a most vibrant month at all VIDYA centres as we celebrated the Reading Festival to mark the World Literacy Day ! A day we felt, was just not enough. All teachers and volunteers donned their Reading Hats in our four community centres read out to 350 children in English, Hindi and Marathi. 
We also explored O Henry's The Last Leaf with the Youth Program - the NIOS !

The Reading Virus spread to local school networks in Powai and Jogeshwari too !

On International Literacy Day (2013), Pratham Books took a 1000 steps towards a 'Reading India'.

What started as a small step by Pratham Books to spread the joy of reading has become a movement. Last year Pratham Books initiated the One Day-One Story initiative on the occasion of International Literacy Day and we conducted over 250 storytelling sessions. In 2013, over a 1000 sessions were happening across the length and breadth of the country.We will be sharing the stories of all our champions through our blog.

View more pictures from the International Literacy Day Celebrations.

This blog contains stories sent in by all our champions. Browse through the blog for more stories. You can also go through the tags on the right side of the blog to find stories happening in your own city.

Note : If any of you want to be a Pratham Books Champion and join us on our journey of getting 'a book in every child's hand', write to us at web(at)prathambooks(dot)org.

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