Reading Club

By sharing and reading books, children will develop fluency to read smoothly and with expression, learn new vocabulary words, enhance their writing and listening skills as well as be exposed to new ideas and concepts.

Reading to Grow

January 20, 2016

A newspaper reading activity was initiated in classes I and II to encourage the children to read more.

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Instilling Technology

November 27, 2015

Videos with subtitles of three stories were shown to children to boost their confidence level and to grab interest.

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A Joint Venture

October 21, 2015

In the month of September 2015, class V students narrated mythological stories on the theme of Dussehra to class I and II students.

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Get Rid of Complaining Nature

August 12, 2015

In every section of class I and II, the parents narrated a story to the children on the theme ‘Complaining Nature’.

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 Class Library


June 2014 onwards

In order to cultivate the habit of reading amongst the students, a system of ‘Class Library’ exists for class IV and V students wherein every student brings one old English story book from home.  The students manage the library themselves, issuing and returning the books during the English period. They write a short review of the book in their note book along with the meanings of the difficult words they come across while reading. Class library has also been introduced in classes I and II wherein the children enjoy reading library books.

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Inter School Spell Champ Contest Organized by Free Press

November 18, 2014

In the Inter School Spell Bee Contest organized by Free Press, Sanyukta Gokhale of class V was declared the Spell Champ and received a laptop as the first prize.

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Inter School Spell Champ Contest Organized by Free Press
October 3, 2014  (please correct it to October 3, 2013)  – In the matter also please correct it to October 2, 2013

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August 2013 onwards

 

Reading Programme For Class I & II Students

June 2014 onwards

Reading programme for students of classes I & II was designed to develop reading habits in children with proper voice modulation, correct intonation, speed and fluency. Separate reading material was prepared in the form of stories, sight words, commonly used words, difficult words, picture words and phonetics. The students are put in different levels, viz.,  beginners, intermediate and independent readers.  The co-teacher assists the students at the beginners’ level and provides a lot of support in reading the text. As a part of ‘Buddy Reading’ children sit in groups of two and share a same sheet to read one by one. The students are also issued library books by the teacher which they read at home or during their free time.  Every Wednesday, it is ‘Story Time’ in all the classes where teachers read the story books and develop students’ interest in reading.

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Inter School Spell Champ Contest Organized by Free Press

October 3, 2014

‘Spell Champ is about students, spelling their way to the top of the competition’. Intra school round of Spell Camp Contest organized by Free Press was conducted for students of classes VI to IX on September 14, 2013. In the keenly contested Inter School round among 61 students from 19 schools of the city on October 3, 2014 Isha Bhorkar of class IX emerged as first runner up in the city and received Rs. 2500. Shubhankar Bhagwat of class IX was one of the city finalists.

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Classmate Spell Bee Contest Powered by Times of India

February 3, 2014

‘Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind’ – Rudyard Kipling.   Intra school round of Classmate Spell Bee Contest powered by Times of India was conducted for students of classes VI to IX on February 3, 2014. Five of our students – Isha Bhorkar, Kanishk Pathak, Aditi Mandloi, Jaya Soni of class IX and Samyak Shah of class VIII qualified for the semi final round after clearing three levels and were just one step away from the national finals. Isha Bhorkar and Aditi Mandloi were among the top 10 winners of the city.

Reading Programme For Class I & II Students

August 2013 onwards

For reinforcing the reading skills a ‘Reading Programme’ was introduced for class I and II students in the month of August 2013 with separate reading material in the form of stories, sight words, commonly used words, difficult words, picture words and phonetics. Personal attention was given to children who required more practice while average and above average students read in groups of two as ‘buddy reading’. Every Wednesday, it was ‘Story Time’ in all the classes where teachers read the stories to arouse students’ interest.

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Learning About Poets and Authors

August 2013

Students of classes IV and V were assigned names of authors and poets of various countries of the world. They researched about them, shared their poems and stories in the class with their peers. The children were pleased to be called by their new names and loved sharing all details pertaining to these poets and authors with their friends.

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Reading Fun Times Newspaper In Class

July 2013 onwards

Students of classes III to V read Fun Times newspaper in class provided to them every month. They look forward to solving various exercises related to prepositions and crossword puzzles.

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Class Library For Class IV & V Students

July 2013

In order to cultivate the habit of reading amongst the children, a system of ‘Class Library’ was introduced during the last session wherein every student brought one old English story book from home.  The students manage the library themselves, issuing and returning the books during the English period. They write a short review of the book in their note book along with the meanings of the difficult words they come across while reading.

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Scholastic Book Fair
December 20 – 22, 2012

To inculcate reading habits among the children as reading forms an essential part of a child’s growth, Scholastic Book Fair was organized in the school from December 20 to 22, 2012.  Children got an opportunity to browse through an interesting collection on display and select books of their choice.

Celebrate Words! Save The Language! – Class V to IX Students Participate In HDFC Life Spell Bee 2013

November 27, 2012

‘Language is the dress of thought’ believed Samuel Johnson.  Words are precious.  Be it a casual conversation or a facilitator of business worldwide, words are the key medium of expression and communication today.  Unfortunately, today words are endangered and may soon face extinction.  The surge in acceptance of short hand texting and slang language as a convenient replacement for the original word is killing the language every day.  HDFC Life Spell Bee 2013 endeavours to celebrate words and save the language by inviting school students to participate in the school level spelling competition. Students of classes V to IX participated in the intra-school round on November 27, 2012. Isha Borkar, Kanishk Pathak of class VIII, Konark Joshi, Aditi Mandloi, Hany Jagwani of class IX were among the 10 finalists selected from 225 students of different schools of the city. Finally, Isha Bhorkar of class VIII and Konark Joshi of class IX were the four city finalists.

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One Nation Reading Together
November 26, 2012

To celebrate the pleasure of reading, students of classes I to X participated in ‘One Nation Reading Together’ event on November 26, 2012.  They read the reading pledge written by well known author Ruskin Bond in the English period. The pledge reads as:
We who love books
Some books I’ll never give away,
Though old and worn, their binding torn,
Upon my shelves they’ll always stay,
Alive, still read, still fresh each dawn,
Their magic moments never gone.

Great verse, great thoughts, still stand the test
Of time that’s passing by so fast…
These good companions never fail
To give us joy, to nourish us…
We who love books will always be
The lucky ones,
Our minds set free.

Various activities were undertaken on this day, viz, students enacting role play dressing up as characters from the book that they’ve read, skits, sharing book reviews, anecdotes, interesting incidents from the books read by them. The event organized in collaboration with Scholastic India is also about granting access to books to children who are needy.  Scholastic India as a part of this event will donate 100 books to the library of a needy school.

Students of class I read different story books and enacted the roles of different characters. A lot of excitement was observed among the students attired in colourful dresses as they described the qualities of the respective characters they represented.
Students of class II proved the adage, ‘Books are our best friends’. They read magazines like Chandamama, Champak and books on Fairy Tales. The most enjoyable magazine read was the YB fortnightly magazine wherein the readers asked number of riddles to the students sitting across. This created a lot of fun and frolic in the class as each one was eager to answer the riddles. In one of the sections Best readers were motivated by putting peacock feathers on their head. In yet another section, students had bands tied titled ‘I love reading, ‘Reading is fun,’  ‘Swasti loves reading’ etc.
In class III students enjoyed reading portions of the newspaper in front of their peers in the class.
Class IV students were given the names of poets few days before the activity and asked to search related information about the poet on internet. They enthusiastically shared the information collected by them as well as eloquently recited the poems of these poets.
Students of class V issued the book from the class library, read the same book at home and as a part of the reading activity spoke about the author of the book, characters of the story, narrated the whole story in brief or the portion they liked the most in the story.
Students of class VI to VIII presented a mime individually as well as in groups of three to four based on a novel read by them and brilliantly enacted the scenes. Some of them even presented a poem through a mime.
Students of class IX shared their views about the novel ‘Three Men in a Boat’ read by them. Some of them enacted scenes from the novel in groups.
After reading ‘Sherlock Holmes Cases’, students of class X spoke about the writing style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as well as enumerated briefly the various cases they had read in this book.
Reading is indeed a vital skill for children to master and an important source of knowledge and pleasure that can last a lifetime which was exemplified by this exercise.

 

 

 

Book Review Project For Class VI to VIII & X Students
October – November 2012

Students of classes VI to VIII read a book prescribed in the book list and wrote a written review mentioning the main characters, character they liked the most, review in brief  and letter to their friend with a suggestion to read/not read the book.

Students of class X read ‘Adventures of Sherlock Homes’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (any volume), selected any four cases from the book and presented a written review of the same.  The written review included the cases in brief, main characters of each case, clues that helped Holmes to solve the mystery as well as what they liked/disliked about the book.  They pasted relevant pictures to make their presentation more appealing and eye-catching.  The activity aimed at enhancing the practice of extra reading among the students with a view of improving their reading skills.

Eklavya Book Fair
October 11 – 13, 2012

Book Fair was organized for students of classes I to X on October 11 – 13, 2012 by Eklavya, a voluntary non-profit organization working in the area of school education.  It is felt that text books are not sufficient for all round development of children.  Additional reading material and activities for mental development play an important role.  Keeping this in mind, the book fair was organized wherein students bought books, educational material like toys, puzzles, posters and activity charts to develop their logical thinking and reading skills.

Class Activities Conducted As A Part Of Class Library System
October 1, 2012

Various class activities are being conducted in classes V and VI every week during the English period after children read a particular book. Children speak about the author of the book, any anecdote, character they liked in the book read as well as write about the same in their notebook.  These exercises have instilled confidence in the children and enhanced their oratory and writing skills.  As students explore the dictionary to find out meanings of difficult words, their vocabulary too has improved.

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Introduction Of Class Library System In Classes V and VI
September 1, 2012

Children of today need to be exposed to reading material from an early age to enable them to experience the joy of reading.  In order to cultivate this habit of reading amongst the children, a system of class library has been started in classes V and VI wherein every student will bring one old English story book from home.  The students will manage the library themselves, keeping a record of date of issue and return of the books under the supervision of their teachers.  This will not only facilitate them to read nearly 35 books in the entire academic session but also foster skills of independent management.  After reading a particular book they would be expected to narrate the story/ character they liked/any anecdote/incident from the book which will further boost their speaking skills. To test the listening skills of their peers, they will put forth two questions to them after their narration. Reading books will also enhance their vocabulary as well as writing skills.

 

Family Quiz Organized by Chinmay Mission           

February 2012

To inculcate moral values amongst the children as well as enable the family to enjoy the pleasure of reading together and experience the feeling of closeness and staying knit together, the school took the initiative of making the family members participate in a national level family quiz ‘Transforming Indians to Transform India’, (TITI) organized by Chinmay Mission in the month of February 2012.

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Gurukul Activity                                                                                                                

  January 2012

To inculcate moral values amongst the children, students were provided a booklet of 20 moral value based stories by Nai Dunia under its initiative Gurukul in the month of January 2012. Students participated in a written exam thereafter to test their skills.

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