We had an insightful PEP session for parents on understanding Sanskrit in a better way. The session was led by Unni bhaiya, Aditya bhaiya and Kamna didi. The session was centered around activities as an important mode of technique that will help in an effective understanding of the subject. The session was an interactive exchange of spirited ideas and thoughts that aimed at helping both the parent and the child grasp the subject that will enhance learning. FYI: More photo will follow shortly.
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.
The Math PEP session, conducted on 31 August, 2019 was aimed at deepening the understanding towards concepts revolving around the subject. As the first step, parents were engaged in an activity based on the rules of divisibility. Parents were further enlightened about the real life applications of the taught concepts. They soon discovered that simple techniques could help them remember mathematical rules easily.
The purpose behind the Parent Enrichment Program was to render support to the parents who were early learners in Kannada. Participants were first introduced to “Akshara maale” that deals with the pronunciation of alphabets, followed by a song bearing strategies that enhanced the recognition of alphabets. Flash cards were used to recapitulate the entire process of internalizing alphabets. Parents found this basic coaching very helpful and the excitement of learning a new language, was clearly evident in them.
An interactive session with parents to encourage Kannada learning among those who are non Kannadigas was the objective of the PEP session conducted on 23th Feb 2019. Parents were introduced to a visual representation of Kannada alphabets called “Varnamala” and then verbally taught how to pronounce all the 49 alphabets by way of some fun filled activities. The participants were asked to recognize the alphabets on placards and string two or three letters to make Kannada words. Participants were also introduced to ‘Kagunitha’, the advanced set of alphabets. Parents enjoyed this lively way of learning Kannada.
The PEP session conducted by pre-primary teachers on 22nd September gave parents a glimpse of the various methods and approaches adopted in school to teach little children. The session focused on one of Nature’s gifts, ‘vegetables’ and emphasized its importance in our everyday life. Parents were asked to imagine themselves as children and participate in the activities and games planned. They showed great enthusiasm and participated actively in all the sensorial activities, the game called ‘vegetable basket’ and even performed an action song
The session ended with a Hindi song on vegetables as parents clapped and sang along with diyas. It was followed by discussions on the integral approach of learning this topic and the faculties that it helps to develop in children. Parents thoroughly enjoyed the session and promised to use the various methods of learning at school with their children at home.
In everyday life we tend to, consciously or unconsciously, ignore listening. Listening creates a higher sense of awareness along with the ability to identify and accept change. The P.E.P. session conducted on 28th July by Kevin Rodrigues focused on how music becomes an important part of integral education. Besides bringing joy and excitement to children, music becomes an apt medium to teach various disciplines of education like poetry, social science, psychology and science. It also aids in building one’s vocabulary. Parents began the session by taking a simple listening test and were then guided through a 20 minute vocal warm up which included breathing exercises that pushed them to their limits. A discussion on communicating with children followed next. The session concluded with a passionate rendering of the song “Stop crying your heart out” by the music teacher. It was a musical session that imparted knowledge and infused in everyone a strong vibe of positive energy.
There was a great happiness amongst the parents who attended this session. The moment we connect to the elements in nature which our body is made up of that very moment we are relaxed. This session provided a platform for the parents to connect with their past and future being a kid and watching their kid. The parents did an amazing job of cooking up the stories…
Learning words to build one’s vocabulary may not be the most exciting thing to do but with interesting and fun ways, one can develop an interest towards words. The English PEP session at Auro Mirra on 25th of February, had an interesting vocabulary game for parents, which had already been tried with students. This fun, lighthearted activity engaged the parents in learning new words and encouraged them to put their mobiles phones away and turn to the dictionary. Parents excelled in the game as they got creative and wrote humorous short stories incorporating into it the new words learnt just then.
HINDI MEIN DHAWANIYAAN was the topic of the PEP session held on 23 Sep 2017. The session was planned mainly for parents of non- Hindi speakers who struggle with helping their children learn Hindi. During this session the Hindi diyas shared the approaches and methods followed by them in their classes with children at the Pre-Primary level. Helping parents pronounce every letter (akshar) correctly was the objective of the session. Hindi as a language has an intrinsic property which allows every word to be written as it is pronounced. Every letter and word can be pronounced easily with the right amount of stress and the control of one’s breath. Parents were made to practice correct sounds of the many Hindi letters. This exercise was followed by word and sentence formation activity using flash cards. Parents enjoyed the session thoroughly and learnt a few tricks to mastering correct pronunciation of any letter in Hindi. The session concluded with a fun filled articulation exercise where diyas challenged parents to two tongue twisters.