About the project
Water, its importance, and water conservation were the focus of the Ankur (Nursery) project this year. The multiple aspects of the topic, including the properties of water, water cycle, and different states of water, meant my students would need to understand many complicated facts. Yet, our six-week project made learning easy and enjoyable with role-play and acting, games, artwork, stories, songs, and hands-on experiments.
Water-based games formed a fun-filled introduction to this year’s theme. A discussion on the sources of water followed, illustrated through the hands-on use of a hand pump as well as through doing art projects and worksheets, thus developing fine motor skills and thinking skills too. Topping up the water in the bird feeder and watering plants in the school garden helped children understand that water was necessary for life.
The project finale came with songs and games, when the children were also able to present their folders, full of theme-based artworks and experiments. The materials on their folders as well as their level of participation in class discussions and other activities had been used to assess their progress over the six project weeks. The children, fired with the zeal for conserving water in the end, promised to take shorter showers and turn off open taps.
As the project came to an end and the children made a pledge not to waste water, it was inspiring to see that they had accepted the importance of water wholeheartedly. It was especially engaging that they could use correctly all the terms that they had learned. Besides, the activities and experiments we had in class showed me that they had honed essential skills by thinking, observing, and critically evaluating facts as they worked together in teams, while their artwork gave me a glimpse into the wonders of their imagination.