Our ‘Back to School Event’ was full of fun and frolic. Various fun filled classroom activities were planned. Everyone was excited and curious to enjoy those activities with Parents and Children. This year’s Back to School event had “adventure calling.” It summoned parents both in-house and out. We went all out to create adventurous games for the parents as the theme was ‘Adventure awaits’. The event was planned around the premise that we LEARN BEST THROUGH PLAY. Walking in the parents saw sand on the ground and clues everywhere. They were part of a scavenger hunt, one where they decipher the clue to play a game or simply test their thinking with a riddle. Some of the learning objectives met by the games were -promote logical and analytically thinking when using technology, improve Spatial awareness by walking through a maze, build problem solving and reasoning skill when one was playing the ball game or the noodle game. The dark room encouraged us to explore our world using other senses rather than the ones we are accustomed to. Thus we went back with a bag full of skills and food for thought.
When in Bangalore, one spends most of their time in traffic. There is an urgency to resolve this challenge as the number of vehicles added to the roads each day is on a consistent rise. At Vivero, we voice our thoughts to bring some relief to this menace. The young civilians propose that if we adhere to traffic rules and observe road sense we would be able to free up some space. We take it upon ourself to spread awareness about the issue. Encouraging the children to take on the responsibility and ownership of this pressing matter is done right in their early years. Discussions, educational videos and observation are some of the many ways that this topic is initiated. As the children also experience this problem on a first hand basis, giving them the power to address the issue, makes them confident and self-reliant.
The children will stage a short rendition on traffic congestion and propose a solution. The presentation aims at bringing to focus the basic traffic rules that if adhered to will ease the situation on the roads today. The children will share their thoughts and seek to find acceptance to comply with what’s suggested. They will use the method of pretend play to showcase their thoughts. Singing in unison the children will conclude with, “Red light, what do you say”.
Independence Day was celebrated with great vigour at school. Children were dressed in tri-color and we began the day with patriotic songs and the story of Indian Independence. The valour of our freedom fighters was explained to the children. They also did take away activities. Post the event at school, children, teachers and staff went out for a ‘clam walk’ with banners hand made by children using recyclable items and which emphasised on the social and environmental issues from a child’s perspective.
Back to School was an attempt to showcase the child’s day at Vivero. Every class had planned out a fun-filled day for the parents and children. The day was chalked out identical to regular day at school.
K2 children, welcomed their parents with engagements like arranging story cards, word of the day and pattern making. They organized a game that involved stacking cups as a team. The response to which was ‘ecstatic’.
For the K1class, flow started with IIP which included the Human light app and a one to one correspondence wheel. During circle time, they discussed about body parts and functions of the internal organs. Nursery conducted blindfold painting which gave the parents a unique experience. As their topic revolved around senses, they made a textured photo frame as a take away. Pre Nursery stormed the day with parachute play, and a sink and float activity. The day also included dance and movement, Circle time with rhymes. The parents also got play dough to explore. The children and parents were taken through a session on ‘Good touch and Bad touch’. Pure Child Care had an action packed day planned. On the list were water bottle flower painting, explorations at the light table, parent and child hand print, cotton dabbing on a flower and creations out of play dough. Thus went a day on back to School.
We hosted our 2nd Annual Sports Day on 09th December, 2017. The grounds were prepped, props made and the children had been putting in many hours of practice. The event was flagged of with march-past by classes K2 to Pre Nursery. As we believe that participation trumps competition, all participants were cheered on to the finish line. Races were organised for the children and their effort was commendable. Be it the Hippo race or Thirsty crow, the children were familiar with the race protocols and executed them with ease. The drills by K1 and K2 and Pre Nursery and Nursery were well coordinated and in sync. Parents participated enthusiastically in the races designed for them – Feeding nachos and Bursting balloons. We are still debating the winner of the Tug ‘o war. Thus, amidst exhaustion and applauses we were brought to the end of a superbly executed Sports day.
Onam was celebrated in school in its authentic form. The flower carpet and lamp welcomed the children to school. The K2 children made a flower carpet in class too. The toddlers made their version of a flower carpet using coloured paper pieces. Each class had planned out activities to help the children understand and appreciate the relevance of Onam. The story behind Onam was narrated and some traditional Kerala dances were screened in Nursery and K2, in keeping with their inquiry. All the children were treated to a mini Sadya. They were made to sit on the floor and eat off a banana leaf. This new experience was greeted with mixed reactions. Nursery also had some games like lemon and spoon and tug-of-war conducted for the children. The day ended with a deep sigh of satisfaction.
The Theme of our Annual Day " Chorus of Invaluables " was all about children's expression of the values they imbibe from their environment. The parents were welcomed and escorted to the Art Gallery to view the children's work pieces and documentation. This was the area that the parents really enjoyed a lot and could connect to very well. We had a huge hall with excellent arrangements of video, music, stage, backdrop and comfortable seating. Parents were overwhelmed to see their children perform. Touching moments were experienced when 8 parents individually came up and shared their wonderful experience with Vivero. Few got very emotional and had tears of joy in their eyes.