The day of sowing was also the day when kids worked a bit more on their scarecrows guided by Vanita. They have turned out very well. Kids in teams are discussing and designing and clothing the scarecrows and were having fun painting the faces.
The class 7 kids had to prep up for Wednesday cooking and they tried their hand at baking the Ragi cookies amongst other things. Roshni baked a few batches at home to supplement and Indira baked and served some next day. Lots of yummy cookies!!
Vasantha designed a collaborative poetry writing exercise around a traditional Ragi song and pinned the poster up on the notice board for kids to complete. The picture below gives an idea.
The school gardening team under Naveen, Vasantha and Kalyani's guidance planted some marigold seeds amongst other things.
Deepika and Ashwini quickly got class 4 kids to do free writing about the farm visit and summarised the visit visually. See picture below. It was a very nice way to recap!
Roshni and I sat and made some seed packets following this tutorial and gave it to kids to plant them back home . I didn't like this idea of us adults doing 45 packets with no children involved but there was absolutely no time that day. I also didn't take a picture of the final seed packets! (Note to self: Time management!!)
In pictures, this is how the two days ( 27th and 28th June) looked like:
It has just been week 3 but things are moving at a fast pace at Poorna around the Ragi theme.
Roshni has organised a notice board outside the library where learning outputs around the Ragi project will be displayed every week. For now, the Akki-Ragi story illustrations , and the illustrated Ragi ladoo recipe are up. The mixed age group cooking class baked a yummy batch of Ragi cookies under Asha's guidance. (We have to come up with an eye catching capture of these illustrated recipes similar to They Draw and Cook. Could it be integrated with the art classes? )
The soil testing kits also arrived- delivered to the doorstep by the sweet folks of Vasa Scientific Company. Quite formidable looking !
The other big news was a recce visit to the farm made by Roshni, Jalaja, Madhu, Vasantha, Sreeja and Arundhati to the farm. They went after their Tuesday staff meet -quite late in the day. And to greet them was this lovely open space in the middle of a concrete jungle and the generosity of Radha's family.
Here are some pictures .