This is the season that has me going, ‘Yeah! The rains have arrived’ and
‘Oh no! The rains have arrived, what will my son do every evening?’ After the initial excitement of splashing around in puddles dies down, I start looking for interesting classes that he might enjoy. Last year I discovered bRainy Ideas a wonderful monsoon workshop series for children of all ages conducted by The Writer’s Bug. Richa Sethi and Priya Rajive have put together six classes for ages 2.5 to 14 years each conducted over 10 sessions, one class per week.
Discover Science, Little Yoga and Read.Play.Enjoy are the options for the younger kids. The organisers conduct the first two themselves while the storytelling cum art and craft class is planned and run by Treasure Books who also conduct this class in Khar, Parel, Powai and South Mumbai in addition to Chembur. Our 5 year old enjoyed the Discover Science and Little Yoga so much that he was really sure he wanted to be a part of the classes this time too. Richa explains science concepts beautifully, using simple words, examples and most importantly experiments that each child can try. The most fascinating topic last season was fossils. The children went on a treasure hunt searching for toy dinosaurs around the garden after which they created POP imprints using their dinosaurs and brimming with excitement brought their very own fossils home. Similarly concepts like density, solar system and core of the Earth were effectively dealt with. A simple write up about the topic is sent back after
each class in case the parents want to further the concept.
The yoga class introduces the tots to play way asanas with poses like Tree Pose, Snake Pose, Bridge etc. Here too, fun activities like clay modelling of poses are introduced from time to time. After this class the children come out visibly refreshed and relaxed.
The older children 7-14 can choose from The Writing Well, that teaches children to find their writing voices with Santhini Govindhan (author of children’s books) at the helm; Go M.A.D led by Gangadharan Menon (writer and photographer) that will encourage creativity and Communicaid Spelleriarmus which will have writer, coach and consultant Ani Sengupta teaching out of the box communication.
The classes start next week so you better hurry.
The Writer’s Bug: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.facebook.com/TheJuniorWritersBug, http://thewritersbug.com/, Call Richa 9820861972 or Priya 9819641780. Treasure Books: email@example.com, www.treasurebooks.in, Call 022 26055964 for Read.Play.Enjoy.