Monday 22 September 2014

Pratham Books Champion : TALEescope

Lavanya Prasad writes to tell us about the second storytelling session she conducted as part of TALEescope.

TALEescope is a small initiative of Lavanya Prasad, a professional storyteller and educator based in Bangalore. As the name suggests, TALEescope's aim is to reach out to children and adults by providing a clearer vision through stories.This four month old initiative,has been going around Bangalore and also tamilnadu spreading the joy of stories.You can see TALEescope's events at http://www.facebook.com/Taleescope. Basically an engineer,she discovered her passion for teaching and has been in the teaching line for the past seven years.An ardent believer in the power of stories,she now uses the same in bringing about a positive change in children and adults.She conducts storytelling sessions and workshops in various schools, bookstores and libraries for children, trains teachers and adults in the area of storytelling, and also volunteers in old age homes, orphanages, hospitals and other charitable trusts in bringing smiles through stories.

TALEescope’s 2nd Tentastic Champion programme was indeed special. We had been to the “Kidwai children’s hospital”. When I said I am here to tell stories and told them about Pratham Books, they already knew it! They were very familiar with Pratham books. They do read them quite often.

So it was all set - me with a bunch of curious and naughty children to take a plunge in to the story world.

We started of with a nice quick introduction…and was amazed to see children tell their names “Salman Khan”, and other people who they adore, identifying themselves with their heroes.

We started off with “Ambili”, the little elephant who was experiencing rain for the first time.They learnt how to trumpet like an elephant , we rolled on the ground like ambili, did hoppity hop and jumpaty jump like Makkadi, and even learnt to make rain sounds. They all had quite a laugh to hear my broken Kannada, but were kind enough to correct my wrong pronunciations!

And now, after the first story they wanted more..so we did "Chulbul’s Tail", a fantastic tale about being happy with what you have! Some nice jingles and songs and dance went with the story. We ended the session with “ I want a colour tail” game, which had them giggling and clapping.

An hour well spent with the children, I was really happy that I could do a small part in bringing some life and smile to their otherwise hospital routines. A lot of learning for me, from those little ones. Thanking Samiksha Foundation for the wonderful opportunity.

Thank you Lavanya and TALEescope for helping us spread the joy of reading!

In 2014, Pratham Books is inviting people to become TENTASTIC Champions. This year's champions initiative is a year-long storytelling drive. Join our tribe of champions and commit to conducting ten storytelling sessions for children during the year (including the main one on International Literacy Day). Lets make reading contagious!

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