Saturday 15 November 2014

Pratham Books Champion : Ankura Foundation

Dr. Shobha Shashihdara (Ankura Foundation,Bangalore) shared the following story with us:

Session conducted on :
Number of kids : 40
Number of sessions : 1
Language the session was conducted in : English

Storytelling at Ankura Foundation a center in Bangalore catering to middle and low income group, for children with Delayed Milestones and Inclusive Preschool was a GREAT EXCITEMENT and a SUCCESS. The target was to make 40 young and special children understand rather than reaching more number of children in a week long program. 

Since we work with very young children in the age group of 2 to 4 years normal children and children in Early intervention for children with special needs like Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, Mild Cerebral Palsy and Global Delay the process of storytelling was important, to make the children understand and reinforce the plot and concepts of the story. Storytelling began with first hand and sensory experience and later the story was told to make it more effective.

To make story telling more exciting:

A stick puppet was played to make children familiar with Takloo's Face and friendly Uncle Basava Takaloo added fun to the situation . 

Amusing Mouths cover was done to show Dracula’s teeth in a pleasant way 

Dogs were played on two legs to make the story telling enjoyable 

Sensory and first hand experience was created to reinforce the concepts along with some videos like- Finger painting’ Fishes in the Ocean’ and viewing the video on ocean with fishes 

Sorting of different colours and video on squirrel eating nuts 

Sorting various shades of brown 

Seeing the smile of Vasubhau’s Umbrella and beak of the Parrot 

Sticking cotton to feel the texture 

Tasting salt, feeling of different texture of salt and different gradation of texture 

Carrying different weight- heavy and light of stuffed toy with stone and cotton in it 

Feeling different sizes of pots and Imaging of coins and counting of pots for the money. 


Later, the story was shown and narrated with the help of the smart board to make it more effective.

Thank you Pratham Books!

Thank you Ankura Foundation and Dr. Shobha Shashihdara and Sruthi Shashidhara for spreading the joy of reading!

In its third edition of the 'One Day - One Story' campaign, Pratham Books was joined by 1300+ storytellers who conducted 1500+ storytelling sessions. More than 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. In 2012, Pratham Books initiated the One Day-One Story initiative on the occasion of International Literacy Day . We will be sharing the stories of all our volunteer storytellers (Pratham Books Champions) through our blog.

View more pictures from the International Literacy Day Celebrations held in 2014.

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 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 champions(at)prathambooks(dot)org.

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