Small children ?

29 Jan

Today the fourth standard kids and I  went to a nearby shopping area to use skills of money transactions .I had requested kids to bring Rs. 5 or Rs. 10 if permitted so as to help them in this activity.Those who didnt bring could borrow from me.

I took them around 7-8 shops selling groceries, fancy items, stationery, vegetables, tailoring  and craft -work items, bakery…

Most kids bought grapes, sugar candies, pens, shampoo sachets, detergent sachets….

Most kids were impulsive in their purchases.Some showed  a great sense of premeditation, planning, vision. Aishwarya bought a small packet of cardamoms and two lemons.Aman kept going up and down ..taking his time in searching for something suitable.He finally bought lemons and radishes for his home. Jenisha bought two packets of wafers and decided to go home to share it with her parents and sister.In  a class of 40, while most kids  ate atleast one of their purchases , I was surprised to see such children..their self control and the degree of maturity.

The other surprising thing I observed was that they  cajoled the 10 senior citizens sitting in the park to taste their tiffins.They chatted happily to them, shared jokes and puzzles.They cleaned the park after their snack time without being told to.

They are just 8 year olds!

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8 Responses to “Small children ?”

  1. ramsblog January 30, 2008 at 6:21 am #

    wow! thats awesome.
    about “They cleaned the park after their snack time without being told to” –> it is great to see such a discipline in kids.

  2. dinsan January 30, 2008 at 7:13 am #

    voooWW you are a good teacher indeed..really innovative way of teaching 🙂 You are helping them learn how to live too .. not just study and study and study……..

  3. praneshachar January 31, 2008 at 11:50 pm #

    truly a teacher with a difference u r. and students with u r simply lucky.
    things u have written about them is amazing and certainly they have to be like that being taught by a teacher with so much commitment which
    is a very rare thing to see.
    hardika shubhashyagalu
    nimage hagu nimma makkalige
    intha olleya kelasa munuvarisi.
    dhanyaru nivu kalisuva shaleya makkalu
    your efforts needs to be recognised

  4. neela February 1, 2008 at 12:09 pm #

    dear everybody :
    thanks for the good words.
    I like to make learning closer to life…
    I will then be sure that the kids will use it…

  5. Vijay February 6, 2008 at 7:12 am #

    @Neela: Wonderful experiment and good observations…kids are obviously smarter today.. and more social…

  6. Srik February 6, 2008 at 8:47 am #

    No surprises! ‘coz they have a fabulous teacher to teach them!
    Wonderful to know you engage the children in something outside the class rooms and text books.

  7. neel3 February 8, 2008 at 4:37 am #

    @ Vijay: We take the children out on nature walks too.Th kids love these outdoor activities. We go walking to the nearest post office, family health centre….
    @ Srik : Oh ! It is part of my duty. Thanks.

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