In-depth Study about Authors
Children explored and learnt about various children’s authors, their style of writing and the things they keep in mind while writing any story.
Children read and researched about different stories written by ‘Eric Carle’ and ‘Julia Donaldson’. This helped them to compare the themes, characters, settings, and plot of stories written by both the authors.
Kiaan: "The hungry caterpillar che."
Avyan "The tiny seed."
Naksh: " I have all the stories of Eric Carle."
After such a rich exposure children were equipped with some information about how to write stories. With some discussion, brainstorming and negotiation, children decided to choose themes for creating their own stories in groups.
Junior KG A: Group 1 “Hard work” and Group 2 “Friendship”
Junior KG B: Group 1 “Magic” and Group 2 “Hard work”
Junior KG C: “Magic and Helping”
Junior KG D: Group 1 “Being Helpful” and Group 2 “Magic”
Few anecdotes of children while deciding the theme:
Shanaya: “Ma’am I like hard working”.
Aarya: ‘My favourite is magic story.”
Panthi: “Giant was helpful.”
Rajeshwari - “No one was helping the little red hen.”
Abhay: “Super heroes batman, spider man all are helping.”
They continued the process of deciding the characters, settings and plot of the story through fruitful discussions and brainstorming.
Reyansh - “Story banane ke liye hume characters chahiye, settings chahiye, problem aur solution bhi”. (We need characters, settings, problem and solution to weave any story)
Ayaan - “Hamari story mein forest hoga”. (We will have a forest in our story)
Navaynsh: “Mai 6 characters banana chahta hu.” (I want to have 6 characters in my story)
Riyansh: “Princes will live in the castle.”
Dhruhi: “Cottage mai captain America hoga.Woh kaam karega.” (Captain America will be in the cottage. He will work)
Children now were equipped with some idea of how stories are weaved and were ready to write their own story. They were divided into groups and they worked in collaboration to complete their story.
Once the story outline was ready, they created the blueprint of the story and presented their story in the form of drawing and made a prototype of the same using play dough. They started visualizing how they would give shape to their story and what would be the materials required for the model. Children had divided their duties and decided what characters and settings they would create individually. Parents partnered with their children in the entire process of making the model.
Shivansh-"I will make a big castle using cardboard box".
Ayaan-"I will make lion and dinosaur using cardboard, par mujhe dinosaur banate nahi aata". (I will make lion and dinosaur using cardboard but I don’t know to make the dinosaur)