Today we visited India! One of my little readers was quite proud to greet his fellow imaginators this morning by saying Namaste! :)
During the morning session the younger readers listened intently to the ancient Indian tale of The Elephant's Friend. In this story the King's well fed, well kept elephant befriended a dog that once had little to eat and actually fed on the food that dropped from the elephant's mouth. The two became inseparable until the Elephant's caregiver decided to sell the dog to a merchant from another town. The elephant was heartbroken and made protest by not eating, drinking and worst of all not washing. The King, seeing elephant's distress, made a proclamation that the dog be returned. The threat of severe punishment scared the merchant and he chased the dog away. The dog eagerly returned to his friend and they were never separated again.
The young readers were eager to view the colourful pictures that accompanied this story. I asked them to summarize what had happened and together they did an excellent job in retelling the tale. The children were delighted that today's passport entry involved colouring a beautiful elephant with a dog on his back.
This afternoon the older readers listened to the mathematical folktale, One Grain of Rice. This story is about a selfish raja who hoarded the villagers' rice and refused to share it with them in times of famine, even though he had promised to do so. One smart villager, a young girl named Rani, was able to retrieve all the rice using the mathematical principles of exponents.
The readers commented throughout the story about the raja's selfishness and their faces lit up when they realized that Rani had tricked the raja and retrieved all the rice that he was hoarding from the villagers. The back of this book illustrates how Rani was able to obtain all the rice by doubling the amount of the previous day. My readers were amazed.
Of course, I allowed my older readers to take a break from writing today. We used grains of coloured rice and glitter to decorate an elephant.
Take a look at the keepsakes, from India, created by the children during their session with Aunty Natalia at Arty Pants Studio TT.
Here are some pictures captured by Aunty Joanna. . You can also view some video footage of today's storytelling on our YouTube Channel.