We took a break from our regular routine on 18th February’22 to celebrate Language Day in the Primary section at MBIS. The students of Grades 1 and 2 really enjoyed watching ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and the contagious laughter of students from Grades 3 to 5 as they watched ‘Dr. Dolittle’ was a treat to our ears.
Interesting and thought-provoking games that were played by the teachers created an interest in students to learn better vocabulary which was the cherry on the cake. Though the hybrid celebration was a challenge, we accomplished what we set out to celebrate…
In a rapid world that is ever dynamic, education is no exception. New ways of learning are continually being evolved as education expands beyond the normal classroom setting.
On 19th February MBIS Primary and Pre-primary teachers had conducted STREAM activities for students from Nursery to Grade 5 that encompassed science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and math, where students developed new skills, such as creative and critical thinking.
Science activities like a lava lamp, walking water, magic with a balloon, salty circuit, lift the bridge and fun with dry ice, and Engineering activities like a homemade catapult, jet cart, paddle boat, building play dough structures, and robotic hand offered the students a chance to learn valuable skills and techniques The library offered fun and relaxed atmosphere, where students enjoyed the puppet show ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and also engaged themselves in reading. The pista shells, earbud painting, and Origami Paper weaving in Art and the Music and dance movement were thoroughly by all; the small and the big ones alike, wherein the students were able to experience art, creativity, and music in new ways.
As Albert Einstein said “Play is the highest form of research”… STREAM activities at MBIS just helped the students to do so.
On Friday 11th February 2022 Ms Farzana Dohadwala conducted a Teacher Enrichment Program for the entire staff of MBIS, wherein the topic was ‘Using drama in teaching and learning.’
In the early years, drama can be developed through role-play, sing-along, and play. Using Drama in teaching and learning develops imagination and creativity. Creative students can think on their feet and generate new ideas. The drama also builds confidence in shy and introverted students.
It has been found that using drama in teaching and learning makes a lesson more active, engaging, interesting, and more meaningful for students which enhances critical and creative thinking skills, helping students to create and formulate ideas and opinions of their own. Drama helps concentration as children are encouraged to listen to others’ thoughts and ideas and to take turns.
In conclusion, she said using drama as a teaching strategy, teachers will be adopting the whole-brain approach that will be the foundation of all future developments of multi-intelligence teaching approaches.
“World Read Aloud Day” is celebrated on 2nd February 2022 to promote literacy to the world at large. It is a mission for “strengthening kids and communities through the power of stories.”
According to research, reading aloud has many benefits for you and your family. People find an emotional escape in stories, especially when they are read aloud. Children who spend time reading aloud are more likely to understand different people and cultures, have empathy, and deepen their imagination skills.
MBIS celebrated “World Read Aloud Day”, by reading picture books in the class and discussing the story with their classmates.
“Sound is the vocabulary of nature and how it works is the design of nature”. Keeping this in mind, we at Mainadevi Bajaj International School arranged a workshop for students in collaboration with STEAM Academy and Museum on Wheels. It was an enriching and insightful session as the Science Educator Abhishek Arekar enlightened the students with the concept of how sound helped ancestors survive & How ears collect sound waves and the brain decodes it. Children enjoyed and had a fulfilling experience.
“The most important day of a person’s education is the first day of school, not Graduation Day.” – Harry Wong.
We at MBIS couldn’t agree more and tried to make the first day a memorable day for the students in the pre-primary and the primary section, especially after the online schooling for the last nearly one and a half years. The joy on the faces of the little ones as they saw their homeroom teachers touched all our hearts. The silent corridors were now filled with laughter and voices that we, the teachers, longed to hear. We believe that ‘Well begun is half done’ and to our students, we would like to say as Dr Seuss would…“You’re off to great places. Today is your day!”
MBIS hosted a Lit Fest for students from Grades 6-12. Students exhibited their prowess through various events that formed a part of an inter-house competition. Each event was a means to depict the diversity of art and literary forms that the participants resonated with the most.
Some students put up Puppetry shows adapted from their favourite novels, while some others used Slam Poetry to showcase their poetic candour.
The classic Story writing showcased the creativity of the participants who used prompts provided to bring characters to life.
Through the medium of Drama (both, in English and Hindi), few other students celebrated the aspect of languages being a driving force within the literature.
Lastly, Open Mic revealed the hidden talent preserved at MBIS.
The event culminated into a perfect blend of art, music, drama and talent to encourage students and provide a much-needed impetus.
On the occasion of the MBIS Lit Fest, the famous author and nature-lover, Ms Katie Bagli was invited to interact with the students of Grades 6-9 virtually.
She spoke at length about her book –’Ishaan’s Treasure’ which is an interesting compilation of Marine Life and Coastal Biodiversity along the sea coasts of Mumbai. The book describes the journey of a young boy named Ishaan who became a marine enthusiast.
The Beautiful illustration of marine life and some lesser-known species in the book changes our perception towards conservation and the need to protect coastal biodiversity and Mangrove forest habitat.
The students really enjoyed the talk!
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