Friday, May 15, 2009

Educational Toys workshop

Loving greeting to u all,

This mail is regarding the workshop on educational toys for our kids:

Last week I spoke to my friend Mrs. Shweta, she was working with us in NHP. Presently she has opened a library for kids dealing with educational toys. She had promised that she will take a workshop for the kids and introduce the toys to them. Unfortunately she was unable to come. So this responsibility came upon my shoulders. Without any planning I was able to take up this workshop for the kids. Good experience and I enjoyed with the kids.
U all must be thking whts this all abt………. right?

Here are the snaps;

Educational toys:
Toys, and educational toys, are typically built for and used by children.
Most children are constantly interacting with and learning about the world.
An educational toy can teach a child about a particular subject or can help a child develop a particular skill. The key difference is the child's learning and development associated with interacting with the toy.
More toys are designed with the child's education and development in mind today than ever before.
Wooden toys which tend to last for a long time serve to maintain interest and durability for the child especially if the toy becomes a favorite.

These toys are also a great aid to a teacher and she can use it as a teaching aid to teach her students.

There are different kinds of toys. I had selected some for our kids:
Shadow matching tray
Vegetable tray
Growth tray
Family tray
National symbols tray
Pet or domestic animals’ tray
These are all wooden based trays.

Today I was accompanied with our school head mistress maam Mrs. Kuldeep Kaur. We wanted to meet our kids. She has also promised to give our kids some books through Chetana Publications and some wooden charts for our class.
We started the session with omkar and guru bharma as usual. Then kids wished us Good morning teacher. First we sang their favorite song “ek sadak par jata ladka” with great zeal.
Then I told them why we had gathered today. The kids were keen in knwning whts going to happen next.

I started with the growth tray- we plant a seed and it grows into a sapling, we water it daily and give it a good mature wht happens – it grows into a big plant and then into a huge tree. Same way I compared human growth. Babies and small and gradually grow, then go to school, start playing and doing other activities. Later they start going to work like our papa does and also our sir. Ganesh immediately said Rupesh sir jaisa. Wht a prompt reply isn’t it? Later stage is whn the human gets old like our dadaji. These were the four stages of human beings.

Family tray- this wooden tray consists of all our family members like grandfather and grandmother, mother and father, brother and sister, aunty and uncle. I asked the kids to tell me abt their family members, how many ppl stay with them and also abt their other relatives. I also told them to repeat the relations in English like grandfather; grandmother etc, some of our kids did knw it.

National symbols tray: this tray consists of all the national symbols like lotus - national flower, tiger - national animal, peacock – national bird, mango – national fruit, hockey – national games, tri colour – national flag and four lions head – national emblem. Our kids gave the reply whn I asked the questions but got stuck and confused with national fruit and national game. They said whn we see the national flag we have to sing the national anthem. They also said tht we can see the national emblem on the coins and notes. Smart children.

Vegetable tray- I asked the kids - do they eat food? they said “yes”. Next question which vegetables u all like to eat? Most of the kids said brinjal. Wht are benefits we get from vegetables? Vegetables make us strong and healthy, active and smart. So eat veggies daily. Then I showed them the tray with all the vegetables like tomato, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.. differentiate between each vegetable, they r all different in forms of look, colour and taste.

Domestic animals: the animals which help us are domestic animals. In wht way do they help us? Animals give us milk, wool, hen gives us eggs. Dog guards our house and catches thieves. Animals like elephant, horse and donkey are useful to pull the loads, etc.. kids named all the animals in English, Hindi and Marathi.

Kuldeep Maam was watching the kids response to their teacher. And u knw wht I felt tht I was giving a demo lesson in front of her. Hehe hey just kidding. Maam had to go to school so she went half way. She had bought chocolates for the kids and she herself distributed it among the kids. Our kids were happy and said thank you to maam. Before leaving maam said, “it’s a tough job u all are doing. Indeed it’s difficult to manage the kids.” So lets all gear up and do our best.

After I explained them all the topics I asked them to form groups. Meanwhile Kaustubh Sir came in and u knw our kids – hi sir hi sir, they started greeting him.
I explained the kids tht they have to put the correct block into the groove. They enjoyed playing with the toys. I asked thm to pack up the toys after playing and give it to me. Only Surekha followed the instructions. I then collected and packed it myself.

Later on there was lots of noise in the class as they were getting impatient. Then we did some exercise like shaking the hands in the air, snapping the fingers, rolling the hands, clapping etc.. We had to play another game in which I involved all the kids at the same time. It’s the Shadow matching game – I distributed the pieces among the kids and explained the game. In this game the kids had to match the object with its shadow eg. A dog with its shadow, lamp with its shadow, tent with its shadow, ets. There were total 30 pieces so each one got a chance except Sangeeta as she wanted more than one piece. I called out the kids one by one and asked then to either find the shadow or the object with other kids who were seated. This taught them the concept of matching.

Too much of studies 2day. U must be thirsty so let’s have a Pepsi. Do u wanna a Pepsi?? U can ask for it from our kids they will show u the Pepsi clap. We did the Pepsi clap thrice. We ended the session with our national anthem.

The 2 hrs session was hectic but interesting. I was happy at the end of the day tht the kids learnt somthg.

I have being discussing with Rupesh regarding our kids, the ways of teaching and discipline among the kids and volunteers including me also. Plz don’t take it otherwise. I feel if we r disciplined, the kids will definitely follow our footsteps.

I just wanted to discuss some points and give suggestions for the same:

May I ?

1. plz be on time and regular to the class cos the kids are eagerly waitng for us. I experienced this today as none of the volunteers were present today and kids were waitng in the hot sun.

2. start the class with prayers and plz make the kids stand and join their hands to give respect to God Almighty.

3. plz check the notice board you will find a sheet in which book nos and books to be referred are mentioned. Kindly go through all the books as it will be a great help to ur question – wht should I teach the kids?

4. plz take atleast one rhyme in Hindi, English and Marathi daily. The first rhyme in the Hindi and Marathi books is a prayer. This can be taught so that it can be recited at the beginning of the class.

5. teaching and reading of stories from the books is necessary so that our kids will knw at least the moral of each story. And u knw stories can create a miracle in their life and they will follow and inculcate good moral values within themselves.

6. write the date and day on left hand side of the board and we can also write a thought like GOD IS LOVE, GOD LOVES YOU, etc.. one thought can be continued for one week atleast. Suppose this week we can write GOD IS LOVE. Explain wht does this mean and write in English only no translation. Explanation can be in Hindi or Marathi.

7. when u r teaching letters in Hindi or Marathi draw two parallel lines so tht the kids can learn to touch the lines and write. In English plz draw a margin with red and draw parallel lines (red line and 2 blue lines and again a red line ) chalks are there in the chalks box. With the help of red and blue lines the children will understand the correct formation. From which line to start and where to end. A – Z both capital and small books are kept in the cupboard you can refer the same for correct formation.

8. how to teach letter in English , built forms and 3 letter words – always introduce it with a story. So tht it will be interesting for the kids.

9. plz use the black board. Kids learn through seeing and hearing thts the reading and listening skills. Whtever u r explaining try to draw or write.

10. one important thing plz plz use the charts kept in the board. We can create a conversation session by asking question to the kids. Charts : wild animals, domestic animals, our helpers, etc.. a book on colours and shapes is also keptplz go through it. Just for fun – suppose u r planning to teach colour blue- u wear a blue dress and point out to all the object or things or even the kids clothes those who r wearing blue on tht particular day.

11. oops sorry one more imp thing I just remembered plz plz plz be strict with the kids not in terms of hitting but say the things clearly and firmly. I thk male volunteers can do it better. Plz don’t allow the kids to just run away or enter the class as per their will and wish. They need to ask permission. And only in case of emergency they can leave the class.

Now lets all fasten our seats belts and get to systematic working to achieve our goals.

Plz don’t get bored with my lengthy mails.

Take care be happy and keep smiling!

God bless u all.



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