Thursday, August 06, 2015

Happy birthday to The Book Club

It’s been some time since I posted news from The Book Club. This week it needs to be written about since we turned ONE! Isn't that wonderful? I had forgotten about it till facebook memories sent me a reminder. I do love the idea of revisiting memories.


This last weekend the meeting was pretty special what with birthday celebrations as well as Friendship Day on Sunday.




After much sifting through stories on friendship from Harry Potter to Kabuliwala to Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn I settled on a relatively obscure one about a young Irani girl who finds friendship in London even while retaining her uniqueness. With pre-teens staring us in the face that's an important aspect of friendship - this idea of loving and retaining your difference even while being best friends. 

The Friendship drawing

The funnest part was the 'friendship drawing activity'. (I modified the idea from a book of the 'My Weird School' series. Review coming up soon on my other blog, do watch out). Each of the kids were asked to think up something they'd like to draw - it could be anything. They came up with a flower, a bird, a train, a boat, a scene from the Irani girls life, a robot, a scenery etc. 

I then paired them up making sure the bete noires were put together. You should have heard the protests!! 'Aunty I can go with ANYONE but her!' (Oh they can be rude and blunt) 'Aunty may we PLEASE exchange our partners'. But I stuck to the plan telling them none of them was so intolerable/intolerant that they couldn't be with each other for 15-20 minutes. And then I asked them to  put together their two ideas and make up one drawing. It was amazing how quickly they settled down and got to work with absolute concentration. Even H and N who are always at loggerheads and who I'd paired together worked like a team.



We ended up with a bird-shaped boat, a robotic flower, a girl playing with a toy train while hiding under the bed during a bombing (That was from the story of the day) and bombs destroying a pretty scenery.

These kids are seriously brilliant.

If you work with kids anywhere this is an exercise I completely recommend. Not just does it teach children to work with people they don't much like, it also prompts them to align their thoughts and ideas with completely divergent ones and work towards a common goal,towards a common win. Those are skills they'll need to hone in life. 

I was pretty pleased with myself. The problem is I made it out to be a contest and now I have to pick the best drawing and I'm stumped.

30 comments:

  1. Wonderful...You are giving them something so precious Tulika...They won't ever forget this time I can promise you that..

    Happy Anniversary!

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    1. I am getting a lot in return too Naba or I wouldn't have lasted this long.

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    1. Thank you and good to see you here :-).

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  3. Wonderful news Tulika! It is such a pleasure to see our babies turn a year older, yes even the Book Club baby! I am impressed as always by the way you put in so much effort at making this fun for the kids. You rock babe. PSST! Rope in a parent to do the judging, that way you can get away scot-free :)

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  4. That's so wonderful! You are putting in so much time for this, hats off indeed!

    Happy birthday to this baby of yours :)

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    1. Thank you Soumya. This one is a very special baby.

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  5. Happy birthday to the club :)
    What a lovely idea! There is such a wonderful learning in your post, super liked :) I can decide for you, if you are unable to pick a winner :)

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    1. Hey Sulekha thanks for the offer. I got another parent to do the needful.

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  6. Happy anniversary tulika...love the fact that you take out time to make reading fun for children...though I dont live in an area where there are too many kids...I would love to try this with my daughter and cousins...keep up the good work...all the very best to yoy

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    1. Thank you Gowri do tell me how it turned out.

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  7. That was such a brilliant idea, Tulika. I will try this one with my kid. :) And Happy Birthday for the book club. :)

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    1. Sure was Vinitha. Thanks for the wishes.

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  8. It must be a very interesting job you do there with the kids !

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    1. It sure is Gattina and I get almost as much out of it as I give the kids.

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  9. Kudos, Tulika! You seem to be doing a smashing job with the Book Club. Congrats on the 1st anniversary :) Or was it birthday :D

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    1. Whatever - anniversary-birthday - same difference :-). The important thing is we stuck it out for a year! yay!

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  10. Creating wonderful memories and nuturing book lovers, that's what you're doing, Tulika! Applauding you!

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    1. Thanks Corinne. You guys were around when I kicked it off, remember how unsure I was about the whole idea? And now it's a year. It feels good.

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  11. I didn't know you had a book club! Sounds like so much fun and you were very wise to pair the frenemies together!!

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    1. It is fun Roshni and I've realised that with a little bit of effort anyone can do this as long as they have a love for reading and enjoy the company of kids.

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  12. Congratulations to the book club on turning 1!! I want to be a kid again and join this club, sounds like so much fun! :)

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    1. Thanks Aditi. I'd love to have you :-).

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  13. That is a great way to celebrate anniversary.

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  14. You have done a wonderful job in the book club. How inventive you are.
    Have a great new year!
    Wil, ABCW Team

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    1. Thank you Wil. It has been a fun journey.

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  15. You are doing something simply WOW! and Commendable with the Book Club! Congratulations for the first anniversary and here's to many many more! Cheers!

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