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The Joy of Learning

Children crammed into a classroom for 7 to 8 hours a day, memorizing their lessons is not exactly a picture of fun filled and joyous learning, is it? Imagine active and exuberant 4 to 5 year olds being made to sit or stand for hours on end. Young children have a natural curiosity to explore, to play and to run around. Many schools cannot provide an environment conducive to the natural nature of young children. But the RDF environment is very different!

RDF recognizes the natural drive and ability of young children, so the teachers are trained to work with these natural abilities in order to help them learn. This method of ‘activity based learning’ or ‘playway’ method has created fun filled classrooms for RDF’s young learners.

In Redlawada School, kids learn English and rhymes through songs and stories. Toys and other playthings become characters in a short play or story; the teacher and children together weave a wonderful story, adding songs and rhymes to bring the story to life. Rhymes are learnt with actions, music or play and games too! When kids are having so much fun, time just flies!

These activity based methods have been proven to show that children can retain content easily. Instead of making them undergo the stress of memorizing, having fun and play makes them retain what they need to learn effortlessly! Parents too are happy to see their children learn new things and develop themselves in this manner. The teachers too feel creative and engaged with such teaching methods.

We are very proud of the efforts of our teachers who take the time to creative engaging and meaningful lessons for these young kids, keeping their needs in mind. We admire their own playfulness and patience! As always, it’s always lovely to see the smiling, happy faces of the little ones!

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Chess Mate!

RDF Rollakal School has a budding Vishwanathan Anand in its midst!

Koushik (R) at the State Level championship

Meet Abbaraboina Koushik, all of 9, who recently won a Gold medal in a State Level Chess competition that was open to people from all age groups, held in Hanmakonda. Hailing from a poor family, the son of agricultural labourers, Koushik, from a young age had the grit and passion to do well in whatever he decided to do.

This deep determination can be seen in the way he approaches chess, absorbing the training provided to him the Physical Education teacher as well as his academics. A self motivated person, he was encouraged by the school Headmaster and PET to participate in the State Level championship. Unperturbed by going up against people much older and experienced compared to him, he was delighted to bag the 1st place!

The Telangana Sports Authority Director, Mr. Rajanala Srihari, commended him on his effort as he handed him his gold medal and merit certificate.

We commend Koushik, his family and Rollakal School for championing his spirit and his talent. We are very proud of all that he has accomplished at the tender age of 9. He is certainly an inspiration to everyone!

Rolling in Inventiveness!

This week, we bring to you more inventiveness from the students at RDF Rollakal School! In our previous post from Rollakal here https://rdfblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/innovation-and-inspiration/, we wrote how the students are developing their scientific curiosity and creating many experiments.

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With the help of his Science teacher, Vinay created a miniature car, that propelled itself forward due to the air pressure created in the balloon. Think about how much money urban kids and their parents spend buying ‘dinky’ cars for their amusement. It would be so much more worthwhile and creative to just make one on your own! A working one at that!

ros-3Such experiments show how creativity needs to be nurtured, with efforts on the part of the teacher or a parent or any adult who is willing to dive into such creative endeavours and experiment. There is so much more learning that goes on when children are engaged in this manner.

Beautiful Sand Art

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Kids sharing their design ideas with each other

The Mandal Parishad Primary School, Bahadurapally, that is part of a quality education program partnership between RDF and Tech Mahindra Foundation, has been organising weekly creative learning activities for its students. Saturday is a day that witnesses a lot of excitement and buzz! Recently, the one day activity that was organised was on Sand Art.

Meticulously drawing out their ideas

Meticulously drawing out their ideas

Students used sand as a medium to design. The students were encouraged and guided by the teachers to translate their thoughts and ideas to paper in creative ways and create sand art. The children were able to come up with many interesting designs that they then drew on plain paper that was provided.

Some of the final creations

Some of the final creations

The children were very eager to show their talent and skills by sharing their thoughts with each other. Children were given white papers and colors by the staff. First the children decided what picture to design, then they drew it with pencil, after that, they applied fevicol in the area of picture. Thereafter, it was easy to stick sand on the area of picture. They applied some colors too to create varied colour palettes in their creations!

It was really marvelous and beautiful to see their art. Such activities also create work experience and experience a creative environment by working together. The school team believes that it is important to make learning creative and fun. When children find an activity interesting, the hardwork put in is effortless and such hard work will never fail in their lives.

 

A Student’s RDF Journey

Abhilash is a Class 6 student in RDF Kalleda School who joined the school 3 years ago. Initially a student in a private school near his village, his parents chose to move him to an RDF school as they weren’t satisfied with the quality of education in the old school. Abhilash’s uncle recommended RDF. After getting to know the school, his parents shifted both their sons to Kalleda School. His father works as a RTC driver and mother is an agricultural laborer.

ks-abhilashAbhilash enjoys going to school now. He recalls not feeling happy with the teachers in his old school, who, he says, would come to class, complete the lesson and leave. He feels RDF teachers are more supportive, attentive to student’s needs and explain everything. He enjoys his time in the Voice Lab, the Computer Lab, Science Lab, Sports and the Library. Since his previous school was devoid of such facilities, he has gained a deeper appreciation of how such facilities benefit students.

Abhilash has a younger sister as well. She is a Class 4 student in a Government school. His parents are currently not in a financial position to send her to Kalleda School, but he really wants her to experience all the benefits he feels privileged to have at RDF. He also feels that his parents pay more attention to the male children in the family. He hopes that she will be able to attend an English medium school next year.

At present Abhilash uses the RTC bus to commute to school every day. In his 20-30 minute bus ride, he meets students from other schools as well. In all the other schools, the children carry lunch boxes where as in RDF; the lunch is served in school.

He wants to study well and become a police officer. He narrated a story that influenced his decision to join the police force. In Abhilash’s village, there was a robbery in one of the houses. After an investigation, the police were able to catch the thieves. The due diligence involved in the investigation and the process made a strong impression on him. In another instance, a 14 year old girl’s marriage was fixed. Due to the timely intervention of the police, the marriage was cancelled and the bride’s father was arrested.

The incidents in his village have made him realize that the police force plays a very vital role of safeguarding society and preventing crimes. This is now his career aspiration and we wish him the very best in achieving all his goals in life!

 

Solving Puzzles

The Tech Mahindra Foundation sponsored Mandal Parishad Primary School has been hard at work to create exciting learning activities for children.

tmf-solving-puzzles-3To develop students’ thinking and analytical power, they conducted a ‘Solving Puzzles’ activity. The children were put into teams. They were encouraged to show their creative thinking and problem solving skills as well as demonstrate their original knowledge to solve the puzzles.

tmf-solving-puzzles-4There was an energetic buzz in the air as the kids excitedly consulted each other to come up with the answers. The Math puzzles centred around numerical operations, which the children were eager to solve. English puzzles consisted of word problems, vocabulary and rearranging letters to form new words.

The activity was given a big thumbs up by everyone and they all look forward to playing and learning more! Creating minds to share each other develop conversation among their group of friends.

Quiz Time!

Quiz time has a wonderful way of getting people synchronising as a team, getting competitive and having fun!

Playing and learning by quizzing

Playing and learning by quizzing

Redlawada School organised a quiz competition as part of their Saturday activity. The teachers came up with the idea in order to aid student development through a fun filled and creative activity. The questions pertained to not just their curriculum but general knowledge too.

It was very nice to see how students put their heads together in their respective teams, using their memory and analytical skills to solve problems and helping each other. The winning team did not get a prize per se, but was applauded and appreciated by students and teachers.