Staford School stresses on the need to appreciate, conserve and protect nature. With this objective in mind and with the intent of inculcating love for nature right from the start, the pre-primary section celebrated the ‘Seasonal Flowers Week’ from 18th to 22nd December.
During this week the children were introduced to various flowers, seasonal flowers and their attributes. Children brought seasonal flowers readily available in their homes and surroundings to school and collectively learnt about their name, colour, texture, shape, size and smell. They made posies, garlands, and also stuck flowers in their scrap-books. Paper folding, cutting, drawing, colouring activities- all revolved around the theme of seasonal flowers this week. The school corridors and softboards were all decked up with flowers, and children’s artistic impression and expression of flowers.
As a grand finale to the week’s activities, the children were taken for a visit to a nearby gladioli farm for a tryst with Nature on 22nd November. They were introduced to the concept of gardens, farms, planting, cutting, watering, and collecting or harvesting of flowers. They also saw for themselves, pea-plants, potato plants, sugarcane, and of course the gladioli fields. The village and rustic setting was also a novelty for the children and they were filled with awe as they took in all the sights and smells excitedly.
Flowers spread happiness and joy in our lives and symbolize love, peace and harmony. Children experienced this first-hand, during their field-trip. They were able to correlate the poems and songs on flowers, and all the information they had gathered earlier with what they saw, smelt, touched and experienced. Out of curiosity invigorated in them, the children put up many questions about flowers to their teachers who ensured that the children could understand in the best possible way. Stafordians are lucky to be close to nature in several ways and we are trying to make a difference by inculcating a sense of appreciation for nature in them. It is great to see the students respond so well to these efforts. We all look forward to more such interactions with nature. Here’s to a greener earth and happier denizens of the world – another step towards making a difference!