“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift,” said a famous author Cate Di Camilo.
But more often than not, we gift our children books by popular authors that we want them to read or other children are reading. Very rarely we gift them what they would actually like to read based on their interests.
When I discovered that my 5 year old sonny boy loved math and talked about numbers all day long, I searched for a related book and was lucky enough to find one that aligned perfectly…
The book ‘THE BOY WHO LOVED MATH’ became a perfect gift that he enjoys reading over and over again to think more and more about numbers!
When the air outside was relatively clean, we spent our week conducting multiple interactive storytelling sessions with Grade 1 and 5 students at the BRITISH SCHOOL, New Delhi, educating them about air monsters (dust, smoke and gases) inside their homes using real-life props based on a story in our book – CITY OF STARS.
Because we believe that children are the key agents of behavioural change we wish to see in our society. Because we want to make them eco-warriors both outside and inside their homes. Because we believe in truly passing on the greatest values to them for the sake of their health and their own future!
The feedback from the school at the end made our day. “Today was fabulous…We enjoyed listening to the interesting story and talk on our current pollution situation. Thank you for reading to us during the Book Week.”
Neil Gaiman, a British fiction writer of children and adult books, in an article highlighting the future of libraries, reading, and day dreaming, emphasizes that children should be allowed to read what they enjoy as opposed to what adults consider good books for them.
“Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading: stop them reading what they enjoy, or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like, the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian “improving” literature. You’ll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and worse, unpleasant.”
Here are few stories of parents who developed child-driven love for reading in their bundles of joy! If you have a similar story to share with other parents, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conducted a session with Grade 2 and 3 students around how to celebrate Green Diwali based on one of the 12 stories in our book – City of Stars!
Was delighted to see children engrossed in storytelling and participate excitedly in a discussion around how to change our habits and convince our friends and family too, to celebrate a truly GREEN DIWALI this year.
At the end of the session, was also happy to share tips on story writing with the budding authors!
Got an opportunity to exhibit our book ‘City of Stars’ at the Shriram School, Delhi – a pioneer in environment initiatives. Was delighted to see children across age groups (from 5 to 9 yrs old) as well as their parents and teachers take keen interest in the book.
One of the hardest things about planning a kid’s bday party is deciding on return gifts.While the kids are most excited about it, moms are often biting their nails figuring out what unique gifts to give kids to make the party and the kids faces shine!
When one such mom approached us for ideas for return gifts because she did not want to gift the usual stationery items or books, we proposed our unique behaviour changing games for kids across age groups (4 to 9 yrs).
Why not gift children a brighter future to build habits and values that protect our environment and their own health instead of fancy gifts wrapped in bright wrapping papers?
She caught on to this innovative idea of games that can bring change in the behaviour of kids and so did the kids who enjoyed carrying the games back in eco-friendly bags.
While the mom will get blessings from the Mother Earth for sending less waste to the landfills, the kids will learn basic maths in a fun way and bond with their families, besides changing their habits, while playing these ‘Save the World’ games.
One of the most challenging aspects of motherhood is keeping your child productively busy while you are working from home or struggling to find your ‘me time.’ More often than not, we (moms) are looking for activity sheets for preschoolers and early schoolers to learn new concepts and keep them busy every month on their own at a reasonable price.
This led us to start thinking about designing a single tool which keeps a child occupied throughout the year through simple, yet engaging activities with multiple interactions (drawing, colouring, writing, tracing, pasting stickers) and multi-dimensional learning.
A tool which helps the child learn new concepts (numbers, days of the week, months, year etc), along with keeping a track of festivals and other important dates like birthdays and vacations through. A tool that gets a child to learn about constellations in an extremely fun way as well as touch, see and feel natural materials, which enhances a child’s observation, spatial recognition and visual cognition skills, but most importantly, brings him/her closer to nature.
Conducted two back to back workshops at Kunskapsskolan international school with Grade 2 students and Grade 4 students around two topics (Indoor Air Check and Energy Saving) from our storybook – City of Stars.
While the Grade 2 students enjoyed interactive storytelling, guessing sources of indoor air pollution, getting such enemies of clean air out of the tent house and placing them in three categories (dust, smoke and gases), it was a delight to see their extreme enthusiasm and excitement in even guessing how to prevent them.
The testimonial from the Team Lead at the school at the end of the day added to our joy…
“It was a pleasure to have you in the school with your team today for a workshop on indoor air pollution. Your team conducted a wonderful session for grade 2 students enriching them with the cause, effect and the ways to prevent indoor air pollution. It was a delight to see our students interacting and participating equally with your team. You took care of each minute detail as per their interest by using the props and storytelling. We look forward to more of such sessions, with you in the future.”
In Energy Saving session, was taken aback by the excitement of Grade 4 students to guess energy eating monsters at home, the amount of energy they consume as well as learn how to save energy consumed by the biggest monster – AC, by keeping a check on their everyday behaviours!
City of Stars, a unique and innovative experiential book, with 12 real-life stories and 48 activity pages, is designed to bring behavioural change in children across age groups through the year to protect their own health and environment!
Conducted an author speak session with children of Medhaam school on the topic of Waste Segregation from our book City of Stars. The kids and their parents enjoyed interactive storytelling, followed by waste segregation activity. Kids also enjoyed making their own newspaper bags and took back the signed copies of the book in their creations.
Conducted an interactive workshop with students of Grade 5 in the library of the school based on the topic of Energy Saving from our book City of Stars. The kids enjoyed interactive storytelling and were excited to participate in the interactive activity, which taught them about Energy Eating Monsters at home.
The session was also highly appreciated by the school authorities, who felt that “the thoughts of the author were well imparted to the children.”