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‘The First House’ – An Audio Visual Story by BookBox

In early November, I conducted a reading session with students of grade 4 at
the Intaya Public School in Arunachal Pradesh in the north-eastern part of
India. An audio-visual version of my book called the ‘First House’ was shown to
the children. The story is a folktale of the Singpho tribe that describes how the
first house was built in a faraway land with the cooperation of forest creatures.
The folktale was first narrated and then by showing the BookBox animation
film, five strategies were used to improve comprehension and literacy and
here are they!

  • The audio was muted so that students could retell the story in their own words by watching the ‘silent’ film.
  • The running text was hidden and students were asked to write down parts of the story just by listening to the narration.
  • The film was stopped mid-way and students had to imagine and then narrate the rest of the story in English or in their mother tongue.
  • The film was frozen at particular points and students noted down names of things they saw in the picture.
  • The cursor was fixed on a particular word of the text to help students notice spellings and pronunciation of unfamiliar words.

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Story viewing Session with Children

Based in the heart of the town, Ramakrishna School is funded and supported by the Ramakrishna Trust. Starting from Primary to higher secondary, they have an average of 600 students.

Had a wonderful story viewing session with children where we shared our latest stories and overall got an amazing response. The stories where primarily on Environmental issues and hygiene which were well received by the children and as well the teachers. We conducted activities around the stories like Q&A, read long with the stories and storytelling by children in their own words. We were happy to see the children enthusiastically participate and looking forward for more of our stories.

On the other hand, had quite an informative discussion with the teachers and headmistress on how our stories are helping children improve their vocabulary. Teachers even use some of our stories in their English classes. The headmistress was indeed very happy while talking to us about the event and prompted us for regular visits.

Over all, it was a good exchange of knowledge for all of us.

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Celebrating Independence Day at Ramakrishna Primary School

Based in the heart of the town, Ramakrishna School is funded and supported by the Ramakrishna Trust. Starting from Primary to higher secondary, they have an average of 600 students.

Interaction with Children

On the occasion of Independence Day, we conducted a small event at the school for the class 3rd and 4th children where we played our Dr. Kalam & Dr. Kiran Bedi childhood stories. Children were enthusiastic in telling us the moral of the stories and some were even good at narrating it to us in their own words. We had an interactive session with the children wherein we discussed their dreams and aspirations.

We also conducted a story telling session and explained to the children how to create compost with vegetable waste at home and how it’s beneficial for the plants. They were very enthusiastic and many wanted to plant and make compost.

A coloring session with the children, where each one were exploring with colors.

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A Day at Deepsthal Learning Centre

Deepsthal Learning Centre is an educational initiative of Pyar Trust based in Pondicherry for the less privileged children to promote education and learning.

With the help of Darshana, a volunteer at Deepsthal, we got an opportunity to showcase our AniBooks to the children. After a general introduction with the children of 6-13 years old, we played the childhood anecdotes of Dr. Kalam & Kiran Bedi and an animal story ‘The Four Friends’ in English & Tamil.

Children loved the AniBooks and enjoyed reading out the subtitles while watching the stories. Some even narrated the stories in their own words. We had an interactive session with the children and they were prompt with their responses to our queries.