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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Evoking Creativity

The school scene has improved now- in terms of Ojas & Tejas actually missing school when they have to give it a miss due to illness. They are reciting poems that have been taught, the prayer that is done every morning and discussing shapes like circle & triangle - one thing that I never taught them.
They bring home library books every weekend and while some of them are new ones many of them are copies of what they already have at home. Now what do I tell my Hubby who suspects that the teacher sends books home so that our kids may spoil them and then we have to cough up a fine for them!
The swimming classes have started - once a week and there have been a few outbound trips like beach house, farm house etc.
They have started Hindi lessons from this month (yay) and to encourage practise at home, I am going to pick up the Hindi puzzle boards.
Each month beginning the parents are given a sheet of paper outlining the lesson plan for the month.
There are a lot of paper craft/ painting activities done- I am glad because this is one thing I am unable to do due to lack of my own creativity and patience, much as I plan to try my best.
They have had special days like-
Beach Day- they had to go to school in beach wear- Dalmatian Day- They had to dress up as a dalmatian- I assumed it was more of concept rather than looks so I bought a cheap t- shirt which coincidentally had a pattern of rows of dogs and patiently pasted 12 packs of black bindis on them- Well, my only regret is that I should have asked them to paste the bindis but I lacked the patience and time to involve them. But I made it up by allowing them to detach the bindis from the T-shirt and stick it on a paper and earned a look of - "very smart, give us the dirty work."

And just as I finished gloating over my success at managing the dalmatian job easily and cheaply I get another note- this time to dress them as a dog and a cow for an animal farm song. Now this had to be as realistic as possible. So first I downloaded pictures of animal masks from child craft. Then I thought of painting a t shirt like a cow & a dog in patches of black or brown. But then gave up the idea and settled for a painting of the mask on a cloth and attaching on the front of the T-shirt. Thankfully Grandma volunteered to do the art work and the job was taken away from my klutzy hands.

And they also go dressed up in 2 of the colours of the flag


14 comments:

Cuckoo said...

They are incredibly good looking! Kala tikka. My tambrahm genes literally wept at the cutesy pics of the dalmatian effort with the vibhooti on their foreheads. Gosh, I can't wait for my son to grow up!

And hey, hats off to you for your creativity. Am going to adopt you as my advice guru and bother you in my panic mode in the future when its my turn to do these things!

eve's lungs said...

Is Tejas more outgoing than Ojas ?
Cute children and they must be so supportive of each other , being twins ?

phoenixritu said...

Nice pics. I keep wondering - are they linked like we hear twins normally are? Or are they too young for you to find that out?

Itchingtowrite said...

phoenix ritu- am not sure... as of now they simply copy each other ...
eves lungs- both are same. tejas is more reserved and adopts a bechara boy looks when he goes out.
cuckoo- sure

Mama - Mia said...

:(

Ok! now i am really scared of sending Cubby to school! with both hos parents lacking creativity so totally, he will perinially be the one who didnt turn out as he should have!

but hats off to you!! fantastic job on each of the things!! :)

and they look adorable as always!!

cheers!

abha

Monika said...

cho chweet i am sure with so many activities they are looking forward to go back... oh god i am scared how will i manage all this when Ojas goes to school I am abs horrible at arts and crafts

Itchingtowrite said...

mama mia/ monika- i am also horrible trust me. i only try and work out the easiest no sweat route bearing in mind that the teacher ALWAYS says give only what the child is comfortable in! no cumbersome stuff. u just hav to think towards finding the cheapest/ easiest way out and it comes trust me u wud be able to do it!!

artnavy said...

nice activities and good job and thanks for the child craft link

i also noted the vibhuti with the cute outfits- sweet

Sue said...

Hey, Rahul has the same white t shirt!

Kodi's Mom said...

cool! love this school's way of fun! and the two of them look so grown up in these pics.

Shobana said...

I am scared like Mama Mia to send Naren to school, just because I don't have even a mm of creativity bone in my body...when the time arrives, I will check here for ideas!

Itchingtowrite said...

sue- same pinch!
K's mom- :)
Shobana- always!! but u will be surprized it will come to you when the time comes. pssst i dread every month beginning as they send out their monthly plan of special days that time

Monika,Ansh said...

Such cute pictures. :)

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

Very, very sweet! Is this a certain KK school? The activities seem so familiar to me! :)