“Kings and Kingdoms!” Vidya thought excitedly, a volley of ideas swimming through her head as she tried to chalk out the flow of activities for her forthcoming class session with 4-year-olds. She wanted to start with a realistic view of the history of kings and kingdoms and then go on to videos on kings and palaces followed by a clay activity. She started with the story of the emperor’s new clothes. At the end of the story, she asked “So, what qualities do you think a king should have?”
“A king,” an eager 4-year-old declared immediately, “must wear clothes all the time.”
“And even if he doesn’t,” quipped another, “he must not lie about it.”
Inviting children to give their view – is like inviting trouble – but then this is trouble that often leaves everybody laughing and leads to the real thinking skill we want the children to develop.
Vidya hence creates an environment to think outside the box or in this case, outside the socks!
What’s in a name?
Shilpi was frantically preparing for his first class as a facilitator. He was working with a group of 9 to 13-year-olds as part of the summer program. His preparation? Watching a bunch of cartoons like Ben 10, Roll No 21, Oggy and the Cockroaches, etc.