Source: Reading & Writing
An aspiring writer, Class 3 student’s stories are being featured by Singapore journal
While the pandemic affected children’s reading and writing skills as most of them became glued to their phones, for some, it was the contrary. Forced to stay indoors, many kids took up writing to pass the time, with wonderful results.
Eight-year-old Aaryan Vittal , a Grade 3 student of Ekya School , JP Nagar, got into writing stories during the pandemic and his creative story was selected to be republished by the international Borderless Journal , based in Singapore.
Aaryan said that his mother was his inspiration, as she reads a lot of books and also has a mini library in their house.
In the last two years, Aaryan has written five stories and one poem. The wizard who collected blessings’,’ Little fish’, ‘My memorable Vishu celebration’, ‘Ganesh Chaturthi – A letter to lord Ganesha ’, ‘Aachi thaatha – tell me about Pongal’, ‘My first camper van trip’ — these were some of his creative works.
‘The wizard who collected blessings’ was Aaryan’s first story and it was published by Bookosmia . As the story went viral, it was eventually selected and published on Borderless, an online portal.
“As my mother reads and writes, I also inculcated the same habit. During the pandemic with no offline classes, I was free at home and began to read more and wanted to write. When my first story got published, it made me very happy and I decided to continue writing,” he said.
Borderless is an online journal based in Singapore and was started with a goal of connecting writers and readers beyond boundaries drawn by money, nationality, rituals and cultures.
Aaryan now aspires to become an author. “My favourite author is Liz Pichon , who wrote the Tom Gates series. I would love to be an author in the future like JK Rowling,” he said.
By Iffath Fathima
Source: Experiential Learning
To enable students to find meaning through experiential learning, CBSE is promoting art integrated education to make learning joyful.
Joseph Immanuel, director, Academics, CBSE, says “Art integrated education is a pedagogical practice. For example, through Bharatanatyam, teachers can help students understand angles and degrees. These pedagogies make children connect learning with real life. It makes learning joyful and interesting. Art integrated education is not about perfection in art but how to use art to teach a subject.”
Syed Aliya, Narayana e- Techno School, Chennai, says that Art can be integrated with education in several ways, such as using Art to teach Math concepts or using it to teach about a certain period in History. Art integrated education can be beneficial for both students and teachers, as it can help engage students and make the teaching material more relatable.
Art integrated education is different from art education, adds Aliya. Art is a tool to teach other subjects. In the case of art integrated education, the end goal is to provide new ways of visualising and articulating the concepts. It can develop critical thinking, problem-solving skills, teamwork and better communication, she adds.
“Using different art forms enables teaching abstract concepts with much ease and interest. Art integration learning helps in the quicker understanding of the topic and also increases the retention capacity of the students. Learning through arts caters to different students possessing different skills of intelligence --naturalistic, spatial, visual, musical, kinesthetic, etc. This will drive a holistic approach and the overall development of students,” says Deepa Rani, head of school, Ekya School BTM Layout, Bengaluru.
Art Education enables students to develop an appreciation of art. “Art education is generally the process of encouraging sensorial explorations involving artistic and creative expression, such as music, drawing, painting, singing, theatre, etc. This can be either scholastic or co-scholastic. It enables students to work with their ideas, and materials in a non-verbal form. In art integration, the various art forms become the centre of the curriculum. It breaks the monotony of teaching, and makes the class interactive and conducive to learning,” says Rani.
She adds that as the learning is more demonstrative in nature, it creates an eagerness to learn, enables students to become more independent and develops 21st-century skills such as expression, creativity, critical thinking, reasoning, problem-solving and collaboration, etc. It leads to the development of leadership, teamwork and competency skills in students allowing them to relate to real-world problems or situations.
“It provides an equitable learning environment for all learners. Every child may not be able to express themselves in the way we want. They can use art in their learning. Every occupation we pursue has the application of art as well as core subject concepts. Be it designing, technical drawing or architecture, marketing and advertisement, or even entrepreneurship, arts experiences boost critical thinking. So it’s time children are given the freedom to learn in the best way that suits them,” says Kavita Nagpal, Principal, Orchids The International School, Masjid Bunder, Mumbai.
Source: Summer Camp
BENGALURU: With the fall in Covid-19 numbers and the easing of most restrictions, summer camps are back after two years and parents are enrolling their children in various activities. Swimming has returned as a popular choice, with parents saying it helps their wards stay healthy and is an important life skill.
Umesh Marnad, a businessman, has enrolled both his children — aged six and nine – in swimming classes at a pool in Koramangala. “I want them to compensate for the lack of physical activity in the last two years. I think swimming is a great full-body exercise and is good for height growth,” he said.
Ashok, manager of Chitrakoota Kaushalya School & Swimming Centre, said students are excited to be back on the ground and especially for swimming classes. With fully booked batches until the end of June, Ashok said the demand has forced them to add more batches and even introduce some for adults.
“The sweltering summer has added to the demand for swimming. Children are wary of playing outside in the sun, but swimming is an attractive option as they get to play in the water,” he said.
Joyita Chatterjee, principal of Chitrakoota Group of Schools, said: “Parents also sit back and watch their kids enjoy themselves in pools.”
Homemaker Sangeetha BN’s nine-year-old son was adamant about going for swimming classes. “His demand started a year ago when covid was still at its peak. We could finally enrol him now,” the Basavanagudi resident said.
Other courses have also gained popularity this year.
Ayesha Sirajuddin, head of South Campuses, Ekya Schools, Bengaluru, said that apart from swimming and basketball, chess is popular among those looking for summer courses. “Basketball, throwball, robotics, public speaking, skating and karate are also sought after,” she said.
Farah Nasir, founder of English Hour Academy at Benson Town, said both online and offline classes are popular among parents. “The courses sought after include personality development, creative writing, effective communication for adults and language skills,” Nasir said, adding that some parents are still waiting for schools to reopen to send kids for offline classes.
Aloysius D’mello, principal of Greenwood High International School, said: “The response for summer camps has been overwhelming because children have been deprived of non-academic activities because of online classes. Parents too are relieved by the return of summer camps as it was a struggle for them to ensure kids don’t spend too much time on gadgets.”
Social development hit
He said they have noticed that many kids are still behind in their social development. “Summer camps help children interact with their peers and take part in activities that will boost their mental and physical health. Our summer sports camp in football, badminton, swimming and hockey has already started along with an online summer chess camp by renowned professionals. Children from class 1 onwards can spend their vacation productively here,” he said.