I was requested...rather firmly by my 'Phoenix’s', my oldest group at Redwood Montessori, to please plan a Valentine’s Day class for this week.
So keeping with our theme of Indian stories, the children listened to the love story of Prithviraj Chauhan and Samyukta/ Sanyogita which was followed by questions...loads of them!!!
Did he really exists?
Did the 'Swayamwara' really happen?
Questions about the difference between a 'Rajasuya Yagna' and 'Ashwamedha Yagna'...which a few seemed to have read about in another story.
It was a great opportunity to talk about how folklore often blurs History.
The stories often are almost always the victors telling, but in this case so much of our knowledge come from Chand Bardai’s Prithviraj Raso.
We followed this with a fun activity to share some love. The children had to share compliments with each other, genuine and heartfelt. With papers taped to their backs, the children went around and wrote one word about their classmates....this one time, literally behind their backs.
Then came a chance to think deep about what’s in their own heart...and ‘map’ it. .
The last pic is the paper from my own back...I’m going to take ‘interesting’ as a big compliment and hope that goes beyond my interactions with children!!!