Saturday, September 6, 2014

Takloo Storytelling at AIKYA - A PRATHAM Books Initiative

Takloo - the Little Salt Seller is a beautiful book. The story teaches a lot of concepts to children and the illustrations are very attractive and eye catchy. 

The storytelling at AIKYA happened on 5th, September. I told the story to a group of eleven kids. Everyone was very excited about the angry Banabhai scene in which her hair is left loose, her dracula teeth is seen, and she flungs her arm.  The kids were asked about the meaning of the various terms in the book like soft, caring, west, and more. The students were asked not to waste anything and try and see if they can recycle the unwanted items. 

Later, Kumail, a student, read out and explained the Takloo story to the kids. The students looked at coins of different value. After listening to Kumail, the students started drawing pictures about Takloo story. The students came out with beautiful illustrations of trees near a beach, pots, umbrella, and Moti the dog. It was a fun event and we thank PRATHAM for giving us this opportunity. 

For more event pics, click here.









Saturday, September 7, 2013

Paplu the Giant - A Pratham Books Storytelling Event

Pratham Books, a not-for-profit based out of Bangalore conducts annual storytelling sessions. This year the International Literacy Day fell on 7th Sep and so the gala and mega storytelling event date was fixed on 7th Sep. Around 600+  storytelling champions volunteered to tell the story "Paplu, the Giant." 

This event is the 4th storytelling event i was conducting for Pratham. The previous events were conducted with the books named - King Cobra's Summer, Yakity Yak, and Susheela's Kolams.  I conducted the session this year in my flat. There was just one person in the audience this time. Little one Elizabeth volunteered to read the book. She read the book with great enthusiasm. I gifted the book to her as a token of appreciation. 

I was glad that i was able to be part of this mega educational event conducted in 25 Indian languages through more than 1000 storytelling sessions. As the famous proverb says, "Little drops of water makes a mighty ocean." And so i hope Elizabeth's reading will contribute to the Pratham Books Event in a small way.






Saturday, September 8, 2012

Susheela's Kolam - Pratham Books Storytelling Event on 8th September

Great enthusiasm, awesome participation, creativity, colors, children, staff, and teamwork brought beauty to the kolams drawn at the Eureka Smile Centre at Triplicane, Chennai. On 8th September, we started the session by sticking the readymade sticker kolams. Then one kid read out Susheela's Kolam story. Then other kids told stories from books and Eureka story cards. 

Next, we had a warm-up session and asked the children to draw a few kolams on the blackboard. Then the kids drew kolams on chart paper using crayons. The kids came out with different and intricate rangoli patterns. 

Next, we split the children into three groups and asked them to draw rangoli with colour powder. Again, they came out with beautiful and colorful patterns. Then we had biscuits. Two Eureka volunteers reviewed the crayon kolams and selected 10 winners. We gave away prizes to the kids. The day ended with a short motivational story in Tamil by the Eureka volunteer. 

Many thanks to Eureka's Meenakshi, the Smile Centre teaching staff, two Eureka volunteers, and the eager children who made the Susheela's Kolam event a big success. It was a fun-filled 2-hour session. Many thanks to Pratham Books staff Maya and Team for their motivational and informative e-mails. For more colorful event photos, click here.














Saturday, March 10, 2012

Advesa Trust conducts World Read Aloud Day on 10th March 2012

On the evening of 10th March, around 25 kids gathered at Advesa Trust rural library for kids to read aloud Pratham Books stories. Five children read out stories. Swaathi read aloud the "Yakity Yak" story. Santhosh Kumar read "En Udal Pesuvathai Kelungal" Tamil story. Kavitha read "Nilaavum Thopiyum" Tamil Story. Charumathy read "Kazhugum Aanthaiyum" Tamil Story. Lokesh read "Noyutra Parunthu" Tamil story. Click here for event photos.

Pratham Books Champion Anitha Jebaraj coordinated the event. She gave inputs on how kids can improve their pronunciation, raise their reading volume/voice, and speak proper English or proper Tamil and not Tanglish!