Interesting classes, a host of activities and feel good factors... this is the kind of environment in which children love to learn.
What do you do on the last few working days at school? For the 600 students of Chinmaya Vidyalaya, classes in April would mean learning what they love to.
Annually, post-exam days of the school will witness Login Camp, a 10-day-long summer camp for students of Stds. III to VIII. A string of activities, classes and games keep up the interest of students and the final day of that academic year closes with a whole bunch of prizes for the enthusiastic learners.
If the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. timetable makes the camp remind the students of the dreary regular classes, there are many other factors that show a stark contrast.
Colourfully dressed kids lug only their lunch boxes to class since books are a strict no-no during the camp.
Games take up a majority of time every day and just when the students are exhausted, short sessions on diverse topics are organised to refresh them with new ideas. Language skills in both Tamil and English are taught in activity-oriented classes.
Sense organ games, the favourite among the kids, teach leadership qualities, observational capabilities and lateral thinking to the children in a subtle way.
Lot of activities
Primary class kids are treated to introductory sessions on yoga, dance and martial arts like silambam, which comes under extra-curricular syllabi of the school for higher standards.
Sessions on journalism, cooking without fire, cartooning, photography, dramatics and carving are optional electives, giving the students the freedom to choose what they want to.
Fun kicks off when the students are through with their classes in the evening. The talented lot in fine arts present cultural show before their counterparts and invariably, every evening closes with variety entertainment.
All through the camp, teachers assess the students’ involvement and coordination for selecting the ‘Best camper’ of the year. Juniors, too, have their share of deal by receiving ‘smart kid award.’ “The camp isn’t to teach them any fresh concepts. It is to enhance what they have learnt earlier and to prepare them for the next academic year,” says Principal Geetha Parthasarathy.