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Storytime

Can scarecrows converse about their ripped and ragged clothing? Will they ever complain about not getting pretty clothes? Gauri, a little girl, wishes to create the most beautiful scarecrow using her new red frock and red ribbons. She returned to her hut after leaving her mother’s scarecrows in the field. But her ambition to make a beautiful scarecrow remained, and she dreamed about scarecrows whining about their torn old clothing and trying on her red dress and red ribbon, spinning, twisting, and laughing. This time, the birds arrived and ate all the grains, but since the scarecrows were all dressed up nicely, the birds were not afraid. Gauri awoke screaming, realizing it had all been a nightmare. At the end of the narrative, she noticed the scarecrows winking at her. Was it all a dream, or were the scarecrows talking? The kid’s theory of explanation was that the brain would characterize our dreams for a period of time, making them look real. We began speaking about the bad nightmares and imaginations that kids had. Some of their imaginative ideas ranged from taking control of the universe to traveling to a fairyland. Following the reading session, we played musical chairs at the request of the kids and created scarecrows for the craft session. Some sought to construct scary scarecrows, while others tried to make lovely ones.

Storytime

Why do we confine our pet birds to cages? We cannot afford to lose them. Do we? Giving them all the food they want but denying them the freedom to fly and live the life they want is a rejection of their necessities. The merchant in this story likewise keeps her birds in chains or cages. Her favorite bird was a brilliant parrot she had purchased from India and had learned to communicate with. When she intended to travel to India to sell things, she asked her servants and her beloved parrot what she should bring them after her voyage. The servants are all asked for different things, and the parrot is asked to say hello to his parrot friends in India and tell them how much he misses them, as well as to ask Mah Jahan if the parrot friends have any advice for him. However, as she went to the jungle to greet the parrot pals, one of the parrots fell from the tree. The merchant decided not to inform her parrot at home because it would make him further depressed. However, when she returned home, the parrot enquired about this, and she was forced to inform him about the loss of one of his parrot buddies. After hearing this, the parrot became still and fell to the floor. Mah Jahan believed that the news made him unhappy and caused him to die. When Mah Jahan held him in her arms, the parrot flapped his wings and soared up into the sky, where he rested on a tree, thanking the merchant for delivering freedom from India. Finally, she discovered that the parrot in the jungle was not dead, but rather offered freedom counsel and she realized that she was glad for the parrot’s independence. At the end of the story, the kids also chose to stop keeping their birds in cages and instead let them fly free. We all created bright green parrots for the story-themed craft session and decided to set them free.

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Helen O’Grady at Schoolkutti Library

When the Helen O’Grady speech and drama class entered the fourth week, the kids were all prepared to play the characters from “Ashoka, the Great.” Just like other Saturdays, the session started with their favourite drama song and speech exercise to help them project their words while delivering lines. To prepare the children for their roles as characters in the major drama and to assess the depth of their understanding of drama, they were separated into two groups and given a short scene and a handful of dialogues, then instructed to extend the scenario with many more dialogues and perform on stage. They all did an outstanding job without any surprises. Following both groups’ performances, the conversation regarding how to employ properties successfully on stage was also mentioned. The previous lesson was also about deciding on and assigning appropriate characters to the children. The drama “Ashoka, the Great” officially began after the character division. The dialogue and the significance of giving each character different emotions were addressed in the last lesson. Throughout the drama lesson, everyone’s body language represented the royal people’s attitude. The lesson closed with a discussion about how they could modify their personalities to make them even better.

Storytime

Was the dress truly magical, or had the cloth manufacturers tricked the emperor? When we read “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” the children were spellbound. Despite having a multitude of outfits to wear every day of the year, our emperor desired for a splendid outfit for the royal parade. Boris, the emperor’s servant, found Slick and Slimus, the cloth makers who could produce not only splendid garments but also magical clothes, after combing the entire city for the greatest cloth makers in town. But there is one problem: only smart people can see this cloth; stupid people cannot. In his excitement to wear and flaunt the new wonderful magical cloth, our emperor failed to recognize that he had been fooled by the cloth producers. The emperor wore the miraculous fabric and marched in front of the public on the day of the royal procession. They all gasped at once but they didn’t want to appear dumb, so they all went like excellent, magnificent, splendid, and so on and complimented the fabric that he didn’t have. However, when a child saw the emperor, he yelled out that the emperor had no garments. The kids all agreed that there were no clothes on the emperor. Innocent minds, such as kids’, cannot be fooled. The kid’s remarks spread like wildfire, and the emperor recognized his folly. The children were giggling at the king’s stupidity. Sometimes the world operates in such a way that individuals only do what they are supposed to do, fearing that they would look foolish in front of others. For the word game, we did crossword puzzles, and we were very delighted to wear the crowns we created for the crafts. The children declared loudly that they are global kings, not fools like the emperor in the narrative.

# Readerofthemonth #Schoolkutti

Schoolkutti Children’s Library is delighted to announce that our member Nandhini has been selected as the ‘Reader of the Month’ for October 2022. She is an avid reader who frequently visits our library and borrows books. We are glad to announce that she consumed 27 library books last month.

Congratulations, Nandhini!

Enjoy your reading!

Team Schoolkutti

Helen O’Grady at Schoolkutti Children’s Library

Children at Schoolkutti Library seemed more confident and enjoying themselves than in the first two weeks of the Helen O’Grady Drama class. When they are asked to act upon a situation, their confidence can be seen in the way they deliver the dialogue by making improvements to their voice modulations and acting approaches. The last week of speech and theatre class was about acting out a real-life scenario called “Who invited you?” Children were given the role of a father, mother, and child enjoying a beach trip when seagulls disrupted them as they began to have their snacks, and they were asking the seagulls who invited these filthy birds. Amazingly, the children who played seagulls managed to catch a seagull’s head movement while perched on a tree. They provided excellent sound modulations for the seagulls. The major drama named “Ashoka, The Great,” which will be performed as the final drama sequence of the Helen O’Grady Drama class was also discussed in the last lesson, along with its plot and main characters. Children were captivated and inquired about the character’s significance in the narrative. Everyone wished to be King Ashoka in the end, and others wished to be the monk. The children were thrilled to hear about the battle of Kalinga, in which a large number of innocent people were killed and King Ashoka realized that he was not the Greatest King at all. Children were asked to give suggestions on how Ashoka might become the greatest king he desires. At the end of theatre class, the students said their goodbyes and promised to meet each other again in the next session as characters from “Ashoka, The Great.”

Guided Reading Series

Following the creation of interest in books and tales, this is the second phase in guided reading. Reading aloud to your children is one of the best ways to help them become excellent readers. This would assist children in understanding pronunciation, word repetition, correct pauses following phrases, and tone change. Books at this level are made up of short compelling stories with simple vocabulary and repeated words and phrases to assist children to remember these words when they reappear in the story.

Storytime

Why do we all get so excited about Halloween? Of course, to dress up in a scary Halloween costume. Peppa and George are also looking forward to dressing up as a witch and a dinosaur for their Halloween party. What are we becoming even more thrilled about? The pumpkin pie! While reading the story, we all drooled over the pumpkin pie made by Pappa Pig. The kids were ecstatic to hear of Peppa’s pals’ varied terrifying outfits for the party. There was an alien, a ghost, a werewolf, and other characters. The kids were overjoyed to replicate the werewolf howl, and they all let out a terrifying howl. Madame Gazelle was also invited to Peppa’s Halloween party, but something is strange with her reflection. When everyone’s reflection is seen in the mirror, Madame Gazelle’s is missing. Some of them made frightened faces, while others offered skeptical looks, claiming that she could not be a ghost and arguing that she may be wearing some type of clothing that does not allow reflection. We have to concur with such a thoughtful statement. We made a spooky bouncing ghost for the craft session at the end of the tale, and the kids were trying to make their ghosts even spookier.

Storytime: “Amma, tell me about Diwali”

Just in time for Diwali, the kids at Schoolkutti.com 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.