Monthly Archives: October 2022

Storytime: “Amma, tell me about Diwali”

Just in time for Diwali, the kids at Children’s Library learned about the origin of the festival of lights. We picked Bhakti Mathur’s “Amma, Tell me about Diwali” for our Saturday storytime. The little ones avidly listened to the stories and excitedly spoke about how they would celebrate Diwali with firecrackers and rockets, just like Klaka in the story. We were delighted when a few children raised their concerns about destroying the environment in the name of festivities. As responsible adults, we answered their questions and encouraged them to celebrate green Diwali. Surprisingly, most of them had already heard portions of the narrative from their grandparents, and we all memorized and discovered the missing incidents by reading this story. Finally, we learn that the only diyas we should light throughout our lives are those of honesty and commitment. We then played a fun word game called Complete me! How fiercely competitive the children were in their attempts to predict the words. Finally, we prepared for Diwali by constructing paper diyas and lighting them with joy and laughter.

Guided Reading with Schoolkutti

My very first!

This is your child’s first step toward reading. This phase might be more difficult for children who are less interested in reading. However, generating interest and selecting the appropriate book for them are key steps in this process. Once we have piqued their interest, it is simple to encourage kids to read and become more familiar with reading. In this level of guided reading, we will show them illustrations from a storybook and ask them to narrate the story in their own words. This would allow children to grasp the storyline when we read it to them. This would generate confidence in them and make them believe they invented the story. Full-colour books with short, relatively simple sentences would be appropriate for this level. Remember “A child’s first book will never be their last.”

Helen O’Grady at Schoolkutti Children’s library

Children sang “We all love drama” as the first session of Helen O’Grady officially began. Kids appeared to be active throughout the session, just like in the song. They were then introduced to a charming buddy named “Tami” the tambourine, and from that point on they had to follow Tami’s instructions. Children were instructed to run to a different location, as Tami says, after a quick introduction explaining the different areas of a stage. Giving students the option to pretend they were on a beach and suddenly walked on a slimy substance and asking them to perform their reactions helped explain voice modulations and expressions toward specific scenarios. Their little faces expressed a spectrum of emotions, including curiosity, annoyance, and fear. Later, they were instructed to behave in accordance with the characters in a brief acting scene. They changed from kids to characters in a snap. The final step of the speech and drama session was self-appreciation, which included patting their shoulders and singing the farewell song “We all love drama, but now it’s time to say goodbye.”


The Caravan Family by Enid Blyton

Do you guys ever get excited to move to a new house? Here, a family is searching for the ideal home for them as their father visits them after two long years. The parents and kids were eager to relocate to a new beautiful cottage they discovered, which they even named “Cherry Cottage,” but they were unable to purchase it owing to its expensive price. They began hunting for a different location without giving up hope. Do you guys know what they’ve discovered after searching every nook and cranny? “A house on wheels” that they may use as a vacation getaway. To learn how they came to be known as the caravan family and to read about their exploits, visit the Schoolkutti Children’s Library and check out this book.

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Storytime – Daddy’s Mo

What is Daddy’s Mo? Is it his mouth or is it mobile? Kids asked. No, it’s none of them. Daddy’s Mo means Daddy’s moustache. We chose to read Madhuri Purandare’s “Daddy’s Mo” for our Saturday’s story reading session. This is the story of a little girl named Anu, who is obsessed with her daddy’s moustache. There were Anu’s drawings of people wearing various costumes and moustaches, including a big fat one, a pencil-thin type, and a cloud-like one. Children were fascinated by the moustache that resembled a cloud, and they began to wonder, like Anu, how someone might eat if they had a gigantic moustache. We played jumbled words as part of our word game, and as the kids wished to have a moustache at the end of the story, we decided to make various moustaches for our craft session.


Does India have a Chinatown? If so, why is it called Chinatown rather than India Town? This was a question that curious kids were asking. We selected Anuradha Sengupta’s “Janice Goes to Chinatown” for our Saturday reading session. This is the tale of a day in the lives of Janice, a young child, and her grandmother, who resides in Kolkata’s Chinatown. They are travelling to Chinatown to get presents for Janice’s parents and brother. At the end of the story, when Janice’s grandmother asks what she’s going to take for her, she replies that the memories they created together are the best present of all. The children were eager to share the memories they had with their grandparents. They all expressed interest in going to Chinatown someday after our storytime. They also said that while touring Chinatown, they weren’t sure if they should use Chinese or English. They created a variety of lollipops for our story-themed craft, and some of them wished they were real.