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Storytime

Last Saturday, our story time session was about more than simply a story; it was also about raising awareness among the children about the difference between good and bad touch. The story centers on a young knight named Sir Alfred who is mistreated by an adult who has the highest possession in the kingdom and how he manages to bravely reveal his secret to his mother. Most of the time, it was tough to speak up about the awkward situation we were in with our parents. The narrative concludes with the message that parents should establish a secure atmosphere for their children in which they feel comfortable sharing anything with their parents. Then we discussed how important it is to say NO loudly and to be bold in such circumstances. After the reading, we played a new word game called back draw and winds up making swords for the craft session.

Christmas Storytime at Schoolkutti

This Christmas, we chose to read a story that would stay with us for a long time. It was a story of how helping hands appear as a present during trying times. When Redheaded Robbie was asked to present a Christmas story in front of the entire school, he became frightened as well. But when his pals chose to leave their seats and support their companion, Redheaded Robbie’s Christmas tale became a crowd favorite. His narrative was more than simply a story; it was a reminder of what Christmas means outside of the celebration. Following the narrative, the children discussed the scenario in which their friends chose to help them. They also said that the youngsters’ acts of kindness made the occasion unforgettable. As it is Christmas week, we chose to go with a pull-up Christmas card, remembering that Christmas cards have been a thing of the past since social media took over.

Storytime at Schoolkutti Library

Regardless of age, the presents we get from our parents on Christmas Day, as well as the memories we share with our family, make the occasion meaningful and memorable. Sam in this story is likewise a little curious about his Christmas present, so he decides to go gift hunting. Sam could only find gifts for others after searching every nook and cranny in the house. Later, he discovered his gift wrapped in silver paper under his bed. Despite his curiosity, he has decided to wait till Christmas. During story time, children were excited to discuss what they received as a gift last Christmas and what they are anticipating this Christmas. The list went on and on, from puzzles to remote control cars. Then everyone seemed disappointed at the end of the narrative since they didn’t know Sam’s gift. But, in the end, they all agreed with Sam’s decision not to open the present. Later, we played a story-related word game in which everyone seemed to be competing to guess each word. In celebration of the Christmas season, we made paper Santa Clauses for crafts, and the children transformed the white Santa into a Christmassy Santa by adding red and green colours.

Helen O’Grady at Schoolkutti Children’s Library

After ten days of rehearsals to polish each scene, the final performance of the drama “Ashoka, The Great” was held on Saturday at Schoolkutti Children’s Library. The kids put on such an energizing presentation for the eyes. Throughout the performance, the excellence in their dialogues and acts has been remarkable. It was a gratifying occasion for both our organization and the parents to watch such brilliant performances from the children in such a short amount of time. The kids succeeded in keeping the rhythm of the drama with various emotions such as triumph, happiness, adamance, and awareness of the true meaning of life till the end of the drama, and they also succeeded in connecting those feelings with the audience. The play concludes with a significant message that all the leaders of today must remember “Being a leader comes with great power and responsibility”.

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.

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.”