It is very important to be creative and know different methods of teaching when in a class, more so when teaching the little ones. Recently we had a wonderful person and volunteer, Mani Manjari, visit us and she delivered classes to our teachers on how to teach more creatively. Among other things, her primary focus was to deliver a workshop on “Learning through Creative play”; that refers to play as an essential resource for teaching the curriculum in the Early Year classes (Nursery and Prep). Three different modals of teaching through play were introduced:
1. Art and Design: where children are encourage to use marks, picture drawings, paintings, and constructions to create their personal responses to what they had viewed and experienced though the teaching.
2. Music, Movement and Dance: where children are giving opportunities to listen to sound, rhythms, and nursery rhymes; which are considered important tools for language development.
3. Storytelling and Drama: where stories are used as instruments for language development through listening (receptive language) and through role play (expressive language)
As per Mani Manjari, “My over all experience was really wonderful. I liked working with the teachers. This service is very dear to my heart, because I love Vrindavan and I like teaching very much. I wish that I could spend at least three months yearly helping at the schools of FFLV “.
We are really grateful to Mani for taking out the time for us. It was really helpful and we hope that she is able to come and do this every year.