Which is your favourite place? Ask this question to a child and then to an adult, and compare the answers you receive.
When kids are asked a question, they often give a detailed description of what they’re trying to convey. These descriptions can be a springboard for discussion and learning, and most importantly, for more questions.
It’s been a month and plus since Mango Science At Home Club was conceived. One of the major highlights of this learning club for kids (5 to 7-year-olds) is the anchor-led interaction between them. The learning journey for this club began with the anchor/educator asking questions that kids had to think about and present their understanding to the rest of the group.
Our most recent club session saw a massive breakthrough when these roles were discarded and the discussion flowed amongst the kids with the anchor acting simply as an observer and facilitator. Here’s a glimpse of what transpired during the session-
Theme Of The Month: Things Around Us
Activity: List down the things around you and either write or draw them on a sheet of paper.
- Collective Motivation – The kids had UNLIMITED things to draw. Even when the time was up and other kids were presenting, each one was motivated to add more and more to their list and drawing.
- Divergent Questioning – What’s there in my house that is different from your house
- Cognitive, Organic Interaction – Kids began addressing each other by name, directing the conversation to include and suggest what each one had in mind. The anchor just had to sit back and listen to the kids, and a prompt or two was enough. The anchor’s role had gone from driving discussions to observing the learning that was happening.
Another interesting segment of the session was ‘Riddles’. One of the older kids in the club posed the following riddle-
‘I am a non-living thing. You give me water, but I’m not thirsty. What am I?’
To arrive at the answer, the other kids started asking questions – What is its shape? Which part of the house is it in? The child who had asked the riddle responded to the questions and started giving clues.
Here’s a hint: You give it water every day and it’s often preceded by the word Turkish.
Have you guessed it yet?
Riddles are enjoyed by all age groups and in this case, the kids were so excited that they pleaded for more riddles in the upcoming sessions.
Even at present, as the club discussions go on, kids have begun to take responsibility for their learning by exploring the world around them, questioning things that they’re unable to comprehend, and discovering unique paths to reach a similar learning goal.
A club can facilitate this kind of discussion amongst children. It gets the child to learn from others, be inquisitive, and familiarises them with diverse perspectives.
If you are a parent who believes in creative freedom, Mango Science At Home Club is definitely a platform that you should explore as the ideal learning club for your kid!