Little fingers are very busy these day. This little genie is exploring a star screw driver, with great precission and immense concentration he can screw and unscrew the tiniest screws. One afternoon, he rushes to his grandpa's room and comes back with a set of star screw drivers of various sizes, after that he is busy opening up 3-4 toys, mainly diggers and like, which operate with batteries. Then he collects three different parts from the pool of toy parts, asks for a small piece of thread showing the measure with his arm. Connects a roller, the front portion of a truck and a spout using thread(tieing the knot on his own) and small screw. Then he is ready to explain how the set works. "When you press this button the roller goes down and cleans the road and when you turn the spout this side, tar flows and makes a road."
I hear a loud 'hello hello', turn around to see my little one looking up at the sky and talking to some stars. Then there is a pause for a while and I hear him say "But Mamma, the star is a dot, not (drawing a star shape in the air with his fingers) ***'
Yesterday we had fun exploring water and decided to play holi with water. We all planned how we would enjoy holi with water and joined the group at the terrace. Children had a whale of a time splashing, spraying, pouring, feeling and playing with water. Many children did not want to go back to their rooms even after it wa over. Back in class, one child speculated for a while and asked very assertively- 'where is activity?'
While many were busy pulling out bills and talking about them, during show and tell. One little genie watched for a while, did not have any bills or anthing to share. He looked for a while and from his bag, pulled a pair of shorts, bright and orange with two black stripes on the sides and introduced 'This is Chaddi Man' to the entire audience! As we were billing, "Chaddi Man" was priceless!!
A third standard child was having a conversation with a four year old. So, she was telling the little one that she was from 'Srilanka.' The little one connected it to what was familiar to him and asked back 'Yelahanka?'
We had a wonderful time playing with water. Back in our class, after changing into dry clothes, we sat with a book on bubbles, soap bubbles, bubbles that were balloons, bubbles of different shapes, submarine which was also a bubble. One child said 'Aunty we will go in this.' So, we all closed our eyes and imagined that we were getting into a submarine, each one of us in the class. And then we saw different sea creatures and were talking about them. We, decided to then draw all that we saw from our imaginery submarine. One child rushed with a paper in his hand and suddenly stopped ! ' Aunty but my paper will get wet,' is what he said.
During hand wash, one child came up to check if Aunty was also standing on the stool. Then we wondered together how the stool was helping us to wash our hands and when we needed it ? We were clear that our hands were dirty so we had to wash, but still kept wondering why we needed a stool to wash our hands...
On Monday we were exchanging our library books, some confusion happened and Aunty asked everyone to bring their bags and said that she wanted to 'Check' if everyone had their own library books. One little genie came up and asked instantly "Are you Doctor?"
Two new children in our class are missing their Mammas. They share their agonies and their happiness, moments of mixed emotions as well. When one is just about settled and if the other one is crying, both join hands in expressing their sorrows. One of them today found the class to be quite friendly, with other children asking her if she wanted toys, books etc. This little one went to the child who was upset and gave him a tight hug and a kiss and looked into his face and was smiling, trying her best charms and warm gestures to soothe her buddie. It was so wonderful to see such a caring gesture.
As the pick up cards arrived at the end of our session, children collected them. One child got another ones card, with his little hands he held it close and scrutinsed it and said 'No, No not my card." With all due apologies the card was taken back and his card handed over to him. The aware little one scanned it, read out each letter and said 'Is mine' with a smile. I was filled with joy to see this little Genie's awareness !