At Staford, we believe in providing hands on experience rather than promoting rote or didactic learning. Keeping in mind this vision of our school, we regularly conduct interactive and educational classroom activities. One such activity was conducted on 9 January, 2015, where the students of class III A got an opportunity to use puppets and learn coordination skills.
Puppetry is a very old, traditional form of art that is used in many cultures. Puppets are widely recognized for their beneficial influence on children of all ages, and are known to establish a connect like none other. When children use puppets and learn to control them – a lot can happen. In an activity recently conducted in class, the children were required to express themselves on the topic: “What I want to be”. By the time the activity was over, the entire group was full of energy, had learnt new things from each other, related openly with their peers and effortlessly learnt to be self-confident and self-expressive. This puppet based activity helped improve upon communication skills, overcome language barriers and teach self-control.
The aim of the activity, conducted by their class teacher, Ms. Sarah Abbas, was to make the students use the puppets of community helpers and speak about the way in which they influence our lives. They were asked to pick puppets-role models of their choice and speak on how they felt connected or inspired by them.
The students participated enthusiastically and conveyed their perceptions of each community helper and associated emotions with a combination of gestures and words.While giving expression to their thoughts they also realized the significance of having an ambition in life and striving hard to achieve it.
The use of puppets by the children themselves was a fun activity with a message that we should always try to work selflessly towards the well- being of our community just the way community helpers do for us.