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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.


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 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.


“Sometimes all you need is a little splash of colour “
Our weekend story time was colorful this time. ‘Elmer and the Rainbow’ written by David McKee tells a story of Elmer the elephant who decides to give his colours to a colourless rainbow. It was fascinating to learn about different jungle animals. The children discussed the colours of rainbow and were curious to know about the situation of Elmer after giving up his colours .This story shares a unique message ‘Some things you can give and give and not lose any’. During craft time, we made colourful paper elephants.

Storytime : “Mangoes and Mischief”

Storytelling at our library is for kids to have fun, engage with books, enhance their creativity and discuss new ideas.This week it was a sweet-sour story, we chose “Mangoes and Mischief” written by Sreedevi Gopakumar. The story revolves around three characters Malu, Moidooty, Mangasura( demon). Kids loved the illustrations, especially Mangasura’s – they found him adorable instead of scary. This story set in Kerala, brings an air of mango- filled festivity and celebration in its pages.The author has mentioned some dishes made with mangoes such as pickle, lassi, dried mango and so on that are mouthwatering. Kids were craving for those by the end of the story. They absolutely enjoyed the story and the accompanying craft of making cute paper mangoes.