Farm Animals!

17 08 2009

After I read them a book on farm animals, we made this video of the kids talking about their favorite farm animals! Check it out below, and watch out for the twist at the end!

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New posts!

16 07 2009

The kids did some more micro-blogging today! Check us out here:

http://vishwashaanti2009.wordpress.com/





I want to be…

15 07 2009

The kids helped prepare a video-blog about what they want to be when they grow up! We’ve got some Hindi micro-blogs ready to go, but we’re facing technical difficulties, and soon as theyre resolved, we’ll have some Hindi posts up!





A New Visitor from New York!

9 07 2009

We had a new visitor from New York today: my sister, Urmi. She came and spent some time teaching the kids English and giving them some practice in conversational English. We selected a short clip from the visit:





Introductions Part II!

24 06 2009

Well, we’ve had massive technical difficulties in the past few days; the computers hadn’t arrived (still haven’t), and we’re making do with the older computers, only one of which turns out to be hooked up to the internet (and it has been down!). So I saved some of the boys’ write ups on a flash drive, and here’s a glimpse. The boys are introducing themselves with some of their favorite things (and some things they dislike!). These are the raw first drafts of how they will introduce themselves on their own posts, once we get things settled:

My name is Biplab.
I am 12 years old.
I live in Noida.
I study in a Public school.
My favorite color is red.
My favorite god   is all gods.
My favorite game is football.
My favorite food is Maggie.
My favorite fruit is mango.
My favorite subject is English.
My favorite story is Birbal’s khichri.
My favorite hobby is dancing.
My favorite film star is   Hrithik.
My favorite  drink  is  milk
My favorite  flower is lily
I  don’t like  cursing
I  don’t  like washing  clothes
I  don’t like  picking up  garbage
I  don’t  like  brinjal
I  don’t  like tomato chatni
I  don’t  like  singing
I  don’t  like   pig
I  don’t  like  noida
I   don’t  like  roohafza
My favorite [hobby] is  reading
My favorite friend  is  jayanto
My  favorite animal is  tiger
My favorite vegetable

My  name is  Rohit.hassan.
I am 11 years old.
I live in Noida.
I study in 7 class.
My favorite colour is red .
My favorite  god is VIVEKANANDA.
My favorite game is football.
My favorite food is dosa.
My favorite fruit is apple.
My favorite subject is ENGLISH.
My favorite story is BIRBAL’s KHICHRI.
My favorite  HOBBY is SWIMMING.
My favorite filmstar is GANESH.
My  favorite film is DON.no.1.
My favorite  DRINK is MILK.
My favorite  flower is ROSE
I don’t like cursing
I don’t like crying
I don’t like  ROOAFZA
I don’t like  Picking up the garbage
I don’t  like dal

My  name  is  vishal
I  am  11  years  old
I  live  in  Noida

I  study  in  six  class
I  study  R.K.P.H   public  school
My  favorite  colour  in  red
My  favorite  god  is  hanuman
My  favorite  game  is  football
My  favorite  food  is  Maggie
My  favorite  fruit  apple
My  favorite  subject  is  english
My  favorite  story  is  birbal’s   khichuri
My  favorite  hobby  is  dancing
My  favorite  film  star  is  hrithik
My  favorite  movies  is  sing  is  king
My  favorite  drink  is  sprite
My  favorite  flower  is  jasmine
I  don’t  like  picking  up  garbage
I  don’t  like  sweeming
I  don’t  like  cursing
I   don’t  like  brinjal
I   don’t  like  tomato
I   don’t  like   washing  clothes
I   don’t   like  rice
I    don’t  like  sweets
I     don’t  like  sweeper road.





The Chair-Table Experience!

19 06 2009

Yes, as the earlier post announced with great happiness, the chairs and tables ARRIVED! Here’s a few pictures from yesterday’s study session:

Picture!!!!

Picture!!!!

The younger kids huddle around for Story Time!

The younger kids huddle around for Story Time!

Helloooo!

Helloooo!





The Waiting Game

13 06 2009

Well, no project goes as smoothly as we intend it to! The chairs and tables haven’t yet arrived, so the kids and I are still making do with studying on the floor…the furniture guy has been promising for DAYS that it’s going to arrive, but no luck. We ordered the computers, and they’re allegedly going to arrive Thursday. The problem is, we need the tables to place the computers on! We’re really hoping to have everything set up by the end of this week…

Apart from the logistical issues, things have been going rather slowly: the orphanage has fewer kids these days-some of the kids have gone to their villages for a short break. The remaining kids and I have been working on English lessons around school vocabulary. They’ve been doing worksheets, dictation, and making sentences out of the given vocabulary. I have also taken to speaking in the TL (target language, English) more and more. The boys were a little confused initially, but they’re beginning to enjoy it. Their comprehension is really good; but when it comes to having to produce any English, they’re not very confident.

Today we also had a lovely lady who visited the orphanage for the first time. She doesn’t live too far away and came with some delicious food and drinks for the kids. She was very tender with the kids, and they immediately took to her, quickly getting over their initial shyness. Pics below! Come show us some comment love!

I found a froggie!

I found a froggie!

The kids huddle to do an ESL worksheet

The kids huddle to do an ESL worksheet

Check out this book!

Check out this book!

The kind lady came bearing goodies!

The kind lady came bearing goodies!