Where fountains sneeze and watches snore

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I just love my Sunday mornings, especially the ones when I have my Poetry Sundays, where I meet about a dozen kids between the age group eight to 14 at “Just Book clc” at Hiranandani Meadows, Thane every fortnight.

These Poetry Sundays are special because they are such fun! There is so much learning and there is a lot of joy! Here the children learn to express their feelings, thoughts and ideas through the medium of poetry and then gain the confidence to share these ideas and emotions when they read out their poems to others.

This week we were looking at personification as a tool to enhance our poems. As part of the exercises, we got the kids to match nouns with words that were randomly picked from a box. The results were hilarious and laughter filled the library as children looked at combinations like waves sleeping and the sun crying.

What was amazing is that not one of the kids questioned how clocks could snore or fountains would sneeze. Instead the conversations went something like this.

Yash: How and why will dragons run?

Shrushti: Maybe they are baby dragons and they are running to the edge of the cliff in a race and they will go whoooosh off the edge and fly.

Sunil: What could make the sun stand in one place?

Srikant: Because it was noon and he had already reached the top of the sky. He was tired and wanted to rest?

Shrushti: Okay, then why would the sun cry?

Janice: Because he was eclipsed

And thus did mini stories emerge about how the clock was so tired of waking up the child in the morning, that it too went back to sleep and snored and how it was so cold that the chilled water made the fountain sneeze.

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About Sunita Saldhana

I am a published poet and writer. I have been writing since the age of 13. I am now a “retired mom” with both my kids having flown from the nest and I now concentrate on my writing. I have worked as a corporate trainer and now conduct various courses for kids on developing reading skills, creative writing, speaking with confidence and other Life Skills. I am a voracious reader and love reviewing books as well.

Posted on May 23, 2013, in Creativity, Learning and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Tejasi Shivade

    Amazing initiative! with such learning processes children can improve their creative thinking effortlessly and that too at a very young and tender age. would really like to join you for the cause Sunita mam. Keep it going!

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