Mar 3, 2020

Clubs at Aarohi Bal Sansar

Clubs formation:

 

We started four clubs at ABS from November 2019 with the following objectives:

 

1. The idea of creating 'School Clubs' originated while discussing solutions to aspects of Creative Teaching-Learning at ABS. 

 

2. These School Clubs shall provide a free and open platform to kids in fields of their choice and interest. Through these clubs we look forward to witness 'learning outside Classrooms'. 

 The clubs we formed and the activities we carried out are given as follows:

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) - This club is related to research, developing stuff using waste materials. The club promotes the interest of science among students. It engages its members with hands-on experiments and a supportive environment to bring their ideas to life. The aim of the club is to apply science not just within the curriculum as it connects students to the science community outside school. The children have so far tinkered successfully with making a ‘’robotic hand’’ and a ‘’ light bulb’’.

Movie – In this club, the children watch inspiring and informational movies and then discuss the highlights of the movie. Movie clubs improve young children’s imagination and creativity as it also improves speaking, listening discussion and social skills. The children then write their own review of the film and this can really help their analytical skills. They watched movies such as ‘’Madagascar’’, ‘’Nil, Battey Sannata’’ and ‘’Coco’’.

Theatre - This is the club for all theatre enthusiasts. The club envisages developing the self-confidence of the child, improving his/her presentation skills, enhancing his/her public speaking abilities and providing an insight into various characters which he gets to enact. It provides much more than just academics and fills his/her life with imagination and dreams.

In this club, the children did role plays of characters in a hospital, railway station, bus stand, school – they learnt nuances of emotions, speech and acting. They entertained their audience with funny skits and drama! 

Cooking – A variety of food dishes have been created in this club to teach children names of pulses, herbs, spices and nutrition. Cooking with kids is a great way to educate them about good nutrition, what’s in season, planning and preparing meals, and reading food labels. It can encourage them to eat healthy foods, especially ones they may normally refuse to try. The children made a variety of dishes including soups and omelettes.


Attachments:
Nov 19, 2019

Using theatre in education

Theatre is one of the most powerful, yet least utilised art forms in education. In the exploration of self in relation to others, the development of understanding of the self, and of critical empathy, not only for humans but also towards the natural, physical and social worlds, theatre is a medium par excellence.Dramatising texts is only one small part of theatre. Much more significant experiences are possible through Role play, theatre exercises, body and voice control and movement, and group and spontaneous enactments.Such experiences are important not only for teachers in their own development, but also for teachers to provide to children.

-NATIONAL  CURRICULUM  FRAMEWORK, INDIA, 2005

At Aarohi Bal Sansar, in preparation for our annual Independence day function, the children performed a skit called 'Krishna's Butter Bash'.

Do go through the photo story attached for the sequence of events!


Attachments:
Jul 8, 2019

Welcoming monsoons with seed bombs!

The students of Aarohi Bal Sansar (‘ABS’), before breaking for their summer holidays, participated in a fun activity. The students from classes 5-8 were introduced to the concept of ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Natural Farming’. On the first day, kids were shown a movie ’The story of stuff’. It was a short-animated documentary about the lifecycle of material goods. The documentary is critical of excessive consumerism and promotes sustainability. The challenges faced by community about weather, such as forest fires, scarcity of water, untimely rains in this season were also talked about, eventually leading the children to understand the importance of tree plantation/re-building our forests. Students were introduced to a Japanese farmer- Masanobu Fukuoka’s model of natural farming using ‘Seed Bombs’. The native seeds of Kumaon that have a possibility to germinate during monsoons were shortlisted. The list was shared with the students and they were asked to bring whichever seeds were available in or around their home.

On the second day, the kids came together to create seed balls using soil and water. These native organic seeds were embedded in a ball of moist mud and put to dry. Students from four classes managed to create more than 500 seed balls!

On the final day, students were guided on bombing the seed balls in school premises and in the Van panchayat area adjoining school. Students were asked to make a small cup-shaped hole in the ground and gently place the ball so that it was partly in the ground and partly above. With rain, the plants will start germinating and growing into trees.

 The children sowed the seeds of hope of a better future!

 
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