The central idea for the last unit was “Journey of food from farm to table”. We initiated the unit with an interesting discussion on the different food that we eat. Children shared their everyday food items that they eat. We extended our discussion by inquiring about the source of the food. Some of them said that the food comes from the shop and some said that their mother orders it online. For better understanding of the journey of food we read a book, “The little red hen.” Also for an experiential learning and for observation, we planned an excursion to Domino’s Pizza as pizzas are the easiest to relate to and the excitement was visible. Children were excited to board a bus and visit their ‘favorite’ place with their friends. K1 morning Puffins, Walruses and White Tigers visited the kitchen in batches. They got to observe the various stations at which the dough travels and turns into a pizza. They also got to experience, working at each of the stations. They were fascinated by the size of the oven and the ‘walk-in’ fridge. They ‘made’ their own pizza and ate it too. Overall it was a very enriching experience.
"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." ⁃ Nelson Mandela We at Vivero Kalyani nagar celebrated the Children’s Day at school on 14th Nov 2019. It was a celebration for our Preschool and Childcare children organized by the teachers. We had fun games and activities for the children. The teachers had planned for the scroll painting activity where all the children took turns to create their own art on a common scroll using vibrant colours and imagination. Children enjoyed the game, ‘Bucket the Ball’ where they were encouraged to throw the coloured balls into the respective coloured bucket. There was a dance session organized for our children inside the dome where they thoroughly enjoyed themselves as the moved to the music. Tatoos!! The most crowded station where teachers painted tattoos for the children and it was wonderful to watch them flaunt the same. Last but not the least there was a Magic Show organized for the children where they were awe struck at the tricks the Magician performed before them. In the end children enjoyed delicacies made by our chef on this special day.
We at Vivero Kalyani nagar celebrated the Founders’ Day at school on 14th Nov 2019. It was a celebration for our Preschool and Childcare Support Staff organized by the teachers. We had fun games and activities planned for them.
The teachers had planned for making this day a memorable day for all our Support staff.
The celebration began with a calming yoga session a few stretching and breathing exercises which can be useful in everyday life.
After which the teachers had put up a Pani puri stall for them and the support staff. The teachers reversed the roles where they made delicious paani puris and served the support staff. This was followed with a grand session of unique antakshari game which the support staff enjoyed thoroughly.
We concluded the celebrations with a small thank you note given to each support staff which conveyed our feeling of gratitude towards their services all-round the year.
Culmination Day for K1 and K2 was held on 19th October, 2019. It is a day which marks the end of a unit and an opportunity for the parents to be an active part in the learning journey of their child. It began with a walk through the classroom where parents were able to see a display of the children’s work. The children of K1 and K2 showcased what they had learned during the unit to their parents through a performance and presentation of information that celebrated their learning. It included music, song, dance, videos, storytelling and verbal interactions with their parents. This culminating event provided an opportunity for the children to gain confidence in language skills, to get comfortable talking in front of an audience and to learn teamwork and collaboration. It was wonderful to see the children confidently share the knowledge they had gained during the unit. The excitement could be seen not only in the children but in the parents as well.
Provocation is a very important part of the unit. Initiating the unit with a rich provocation, sets the tone of the inquiry in the right direction. So, to begin our third unit we planned an excursion to Empress Garden. Children were excited to board a bus and visit a new place with their friends. K1 morning Puffins and Walruses along with K1 Late morning White Tigers reached Empress Garden filled with curiosity a lot of enthusiasm. Their journey to the destination was exciting as they saw, the railway tracks that they crossed and various shops. When they reached Empress Garden, they all were overwhelmed by the nature they saw around. All their senses were activated and they keenly observed everything around them. Teachers led the children through a route where we first visited the amazing bamboos trees. They seemed unreal, standing tall in the woods. Children started comparing their heights with them. Then we walked through some climbers and trees with hanging roots. While strolling, some children spotted a centipede and they were amazed to see it crawling. We also had a scavenger hunt where children picked up things- living and non living. They also got an opportunity to observe the interdependency of living things through a banyan tree which had a growth of mushrooms. These mushrooms were home to some insects like the ants, the centipedes and snails. This excursion has definitely created a great sense of curiosity in the minds of our K1 Children and was an enriching experience for them at the beginning of the 3rd Unit.
‘We can express ourselves through Art’
On Thursday, the 10th of October, the nursery class had been on an excursion to the ‘Sky blue art centre’. The tour as per the curriculum was of creative importance. The expected outcome for the children was to learn and get acquainted with the process of Art from ‘A canvas to the gallery’.
Excursions have the potential to help improve a child’s memory and concentration skills. It also helps improve their self-esteem and social skills.
The children created beautiful masterpieces with the help of an artist at the art centre. Involvement with a rich variety of art materials instilled a sense of confidence and pride in them. They experimented with different colours, designs and techniques.
The children were thrilled to visit and explore an art gallery. They will cherish this experience for a lifetime.
As we come to the last leg of the second unit which is about festivals and celebrations, Puffins from the K1 morning class celebrated a Multicultural day on Friday, the 4th of October 2019. Children were dressed in their traditional dresses and were excited to talk about them for the Friday-show and tell. Each one of them shared unique information about their culture and the celebrations. Some of them also got their cultural food to share with their friends. One of the student also exhibited her cultural dance, resulting in all of them showcasing their dancing talent of their cultural songs. It was a treat to see them perform.
Children have not only developed acceptance for various cultures but also respect for them. They are also aware of the variety of celebrations we have. It was an amazingly enriching experience.
Literacy Week is an important way to inspire a love for reading and highlight the importance of books. We at Kalyani nagar celebrated the Literacy Week from 9TH Sept to 13th Sept 2019.
We had a Story telling session by Smriti Rathi author of children’s book ‘The Dream Seller.’ The children enjoyed a delightful, interactive story session full of dreams and magic with Smriti as her book ‘The Dream Seller’ whipped up unique fantasies prepared with exquisite ingredients for the customers who visited the dream seller’s shop.
We also had a Book Character Parade. The children came dressed up as their favourite character from a book they love. They were dressed in a variety of creative and colourful costumes. We had children dressed up as characters like Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, Rapunzel, witches, princesses and fairies from popular fairytales, as well as mythological characters like Sita from the Ramayana.
We had set up a library experience for our Nursery, K1 and K2 children. They learnt the rules to be followed in a Library, and code of conduct inside a library. They pretended to borrow a book from the Librarian and read it quietly in the library set up. It was indeed a splendid experience for all our children.
We had incursions by parents who read out stories to our children with great enthusiasm and children enjoyed it equally.
We at Kalyani nagar celebrated ‘Brunch with Daddy’ on Saturday 31st August 2019. It was a special day for the Daddy’s & children at school where they both enjoyed engagements which created a morning full of fun.
We had game stations, a culinary station, and outdoor games for all.
We had a fishing game where the child with the father were invited to catch fish with a magnetic fishing rod and collect them in a dry tub.
All the children had made colourful ties for their Dads which were displayed in the common areas, & the Dad was asked to find their tie and put it on.
Children and their Daddy’s had a great time at the culinary station where they made sweet and savory chaat for each other as per their liking.
Another interesting game was ‘Pin the Dad’ where children were blind folded and asked to pin the picture of Dad with a moustache.
An impromptu game for the Dads was teams of 2 where they were invited outdoors to pass a Hula-Hoop through a human chain without letting the chain of hands break.
The Brunch with Daddy event featured activities that appealed to all present, and created memories of a fun-filled morning that will be remembered by all.
Vivero Kalyani Nagar celebrated ‘Buddy Day’ on Saturday, 10th August, 2019 as children form a bond with their buddies in their preschool years. It was a morning dedicated to friendship and the children came along with their buddies to school. To bring out the real essence of ‘Buddy Day’ we conducted fun games and activities related to building the bond of friendship. The children used their creativity to decorate heart and star cut-outs and made friendship bands for each other. They were excited to make jam sandwiches and enjoyed munching them together with their buddies. All of them had a blast as they put on their dancing shoes and grooved to the beats of the music while playing ‘Dance Freeze’. The children painted the palm of their hand with their favourite colour and left an impression of their friendship between each other through the ‘handprint art’ activity. It was a wonderful bonding exercise for the children and a fun filled day for all.
We celebrated ‘Joy of Giving’ at Vivero International, Kalyaninagar by showing appreciation to our support staff, who are with us every step of the way. The day started with the children of K1 and K2 making sandwiches and lemonade. We then invited our ‘aunties’ to join us in the school garden, where the children took turns serving what they had made for them. Some of the K1 children had also made photo frames, which were gifted to the support staff. The children then stood up and applauded the ‘aunties’ while thanking them for all they do for us. It was a touching experience, which the support staff truly appreciated and which taught the children the value of doing good for others.
The Dandiya event held on the 28th of September 2018 was a huge success. The school looked extremely festive and was decorated with drapes of colored saris and dandiya sticks. The children looked adorable dressed in Indian wear and they were accompanied by their mummies who were also dressed the part. There was a dandiya decoration stall, where the children enjoyed sticking beads onto dandiya sticks made of newspaper rolls. They then danced with their mummies to the beats of the authentic dholwala. Munching on jalebis and dhoklas and taking pictures at the photo booth was also part of the experience. It was great to see the enthusiasm and festivity shared by teachers, parents and children alike.
Literacy Week was held between 17th to 21st September and was celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm at Vivero Kalyaninagar.
The goal was to promote the love of stories and to encourage children to read more. Each class focused on a different set of books and did literacy activities throughout the week. The children enjoyed reading books and learning about different forms of storytelling. They also learned about the various aspects of stories like characters, setting, author and illustrator. There were story telling sessions conducted by parents, as well as visits to the nursery classes by K2 children, who used props to make their stories come to life. The K2 children enjoyed making books of their own and felt extremely proud to share their stories with their peers. The highlight though was a puppet theatre put up near the cafeteria, which the children thoroughly enjoyed.
The Children of K2 were introduced to the Spanish artist Salvador Dali and some of his works. Salvador Dali was involved in a huge variety of art forms, but surrealism is considered his true forte. Apart from his funny moustache and his melting clocks children were shown his famous paintings depicting his Surreal art. Surreal art is the depiction of subconscious mind , dreams and imagination. It might not be logical to the onlookers but it has a deep meaning to it, his most famous being The elephant . The children were fascinated by the surreal art and they were inspired to create their own masterpieces. The children illustrated their surreal art using their creativity and imagination. One of the children made a girl walking on the clouds and the other made the face of a girl and used a number as the body.
We celebrated pyjama party on Friday, 28th July. The children came to school dressed in their pajamas, carrying their favorite stuffed toys and pillows. The school was divided into different zones. The slumber room, the movie room and the photo booth outdoors. The décor in every room was magical and was truly reminiscent of a starry night. They started the day with ‘mock pillow fights’ and dancing, followed by a music session with Deepti teacher. Story time was next, where they curled up with their pillows and toys listening to teachers narrating their favourite stories. They enjoyed painting tshirts too! The children ate popcorn as they watched a movie. The ‘bhuttawala’ (corn man) enthralled the children while roasting the corn and they took turns to eat corn on the cob outdoors. The weather helped us celebrate the day as it was ‘dry’ and children could use both indoors and outdoors.