Issue -1- Analysis
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SPROUTS SPOTLIGHT - ANALYSIS
Compare two things and see
How alike they seem to be,
Contrast them and see
How different they can be.
Break things apart
And explore them thoroughly,
To make sense of what you have
And understand it deeply.
What is analysis? How do we analyze? Why do we analyze? What do we analyze? How does analysis help us? How important is it to analyze?
Analysis, as we all know, is the process in which we break apart the different parts of the material at hand and understand the relationship of each part with the other and the role they play as parts of the whole.
Often children ask questions like, why is the sky blue during the day and dark at night? Why does tea taste different when we vary the quantity of the ingredients we put in? Questions like these are indicators of analysis. Children use them a lot in their daily life. Analysis helps the learner to gain a much deeper understanding of the concept at hand thus enriching the experience. It helps the learner in problem solving as analysis deepens the conceptual understanding itself.
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SPROUTS ACTIVITIES : Exciting activity ideas to develop analysis in children.
Perform a simple task of threading beads using both hands. Now repeat the same by using only one hand. Try to do the same without the thumb fingers, and so on. Discuss how easy or difficult it was to do the same task with all fingers/ with few fingers. Reflect on the importance and role of the different parts of the body. Reflect on how it would be if some parts of the body failed. Compare this to the vehicles and machines and their parts.
Bake a cake, bread and cookies with adult supervision. Pictorially represent the processes of baking a cake, bread and cookies. Reflect on the different quantities of ingredients of each dish. Also discuss how changing the quantity of any one changes the outcome. Compare and contrast the nature of the three different dishes and how the quantity of ingredients affects the outcome.
Observe and understand the functioning of a cycle and a scooter/scooteret. Using a Venn diagram (sample shown above), explore how similar and different the two machines are. Also reflect on what makes them different from each other with reference to the one important part that changes the way both are used.
Enjoy blowing soap bubbles using a shampoo, dish wash liquid soap, bath soap bar, detergent bar, etc. As you enjoy the bubbles, reflect on the ease or difficulty of blowing them using the different soap solutions. Reflect on which is the best kind of soap to make bubbles. Why? Also reflect on the processes of blowing and sucking using the same straw.
Observe a structure of any object like house, or anything that child is interested in, and make the same object with play dough/clay, but with eyes closed. As you make the clay dough model, reflect on the nature of the material being used, its properties, etc. Think of which different materials you can use to make a model. Compare the different materials with reference to their similarities and differences.
Take a bucket of water, and choose things like spoon, sponge, clay, few stones, plastic things, and see which things float on water, and things which don't. Use different things like spoon, tea filters, sponge, clay in many forms like of a boat, straight pipe etc. Reflect on the kinds of materials and objects that float and sink in water. Compare the different objects used to float and sink and their nature which helps them to float or sink.
Parent and child take turns like in tic tac toe to draw pictures or to put objects on one platform. For e.g. If parents puts a bat/or draws a bat, child may think of keeping clothes and makes a statement. Like mom was washing clothes with bat or bat wearing a pant/shirt. Then parent puts another object, and forms another statement connecting the previous object. The story can go on and on and given an end whenever and however one wants to. Reflect on the process of building a story with different objects or pictures. Also reflect on and compare the kind of words used to make the story.
Next week, the SPROUTS SPOTLIGHT shifts to the theme SHARING with exciting activities which you can enjoy with the children.
SPROUTS RECOMMENDS : "Sister, sister, why don't things fall up? " An interesting book by Roopa Pai from the collection of books from PRATHAM BOOKS. Pratham Books is a non profit publisher that produces high quality and affordable children's books in Indian languages. You can read more about Pratham Books by clicking on the following link: www.prathambooks.org
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