Our school had Christmas celebrations on 16th December. It was a stunning affair where the children came dressed as X-mas trees, Elfs, Mary, Joseph, Ginger breads and many other characters focusing on the theme of Christmas. Carols were sung with full enthusiasm also a light was shed on how Christmas is celebrated in different parts of world. The icing on the cake was Santa coming and wishing everyone and dancing to the tune of Christmas.
The ‘Silence Workshop’ led by Harvinder Didi commenced quietly with silence while flute music resonated in the background. Soon after the silence, participants were asked to take a walk, pick up a leaf and represent a drawing with the help of the leaf. Participants were later exposed to a longer session of music after a few warm up exercises. Feedbacks of the session were collected from all the participants in the end. The tranquility that lasted throughout the session was noteworthy.
Children’s day dawned with the spontaneous curiosity of children waiting to gather the surprises the day ahead, carried. Children were totally engrossed in the flute performance presented by Chandhan Kumar, one of the most famous icons of Indian music. The cultural events comprised of several songs, dances, skits, each of them carrying a great value. Viewing the quality of the performances, any viewer could doubtlessly assert that they all served the purpose of entertaining children to the core.
Diwali is rightly considered as the only festival that is celebrated worldwide with great importance. Several stories and myths revolve around this festival of lights. Whatever maybe the culture of any state or country that celebrates Diwali, the theme remains the same, ‘triumph of good over evil’. Every minute detail right from the origin of Diwali to its significance and the harmful effects that cracker bursting causes, were discussed in the interactive discussion that was part of the special assembly conducted during the day of celebration. Children’s joy knew no bounds when they were involved in the activity of selecting and painting the lamps of their choice and finally decorating them in the allotted place. Once everything was arranged the whole place was lit with a heavenly glow, the beauty of which mere words could not depict.
Understanding the value of picture study, diyas of the pre- primary chose ‘visual learning’ as the theme for their pep session. Parents were first introduced to pictures that helped in identifying numbers, colours and letters. The videos displayed later, proved how recap activities could be woven around the theme once facts were internalized. Diyas moved on to create an awareness amongst parents about how mobile phones can never be substituted in place of books. By the end of the session, parents were able to realize how picture study paved way for children to perceive, respond, create and communicate effectively.
In Auro Mirra Int. School, Ulsoor, we have structure daily morning games as a part of the school day. These are designed to help develop concentration, coordination, reflexes, cooperation, balance, focus and sometimes memory. The whole school plays these every morning and this has been one of the star practices in the school which continues to help children in multiple ways. These are inspired by Sri Aurobindo’s writings, as he has specifically written about ‘powers within’.
The school has made a small in-house video about this, to introduce the concept.