As children grow up, they learn from their surroundings and observe the habits and behaviour of people around them, and in the early phase of childhood, they learn and pick up habits very quickly. We can easily mould the habits and routines of children when they are young. Hence, It is essential to instil and encourage healthy habits and routines in children; this keeps them motivated and helps them maintain their best behaviour.
In December, Let's Start Art sessions were conducted on the theme "Early to bed and early to rise", derived from a textbook of children from Government Primary Schools of Varanasi. Approximately 700 students from 20 schools attended these art sessions.
Discussion on such topics develops self-awareness and discipline among children. It also boosts their self-confidence. We asked students to share their stories through their drawings.
Children don't have to be artistic but should be encouraged towards expression and creativity. Through our Let's Start Art session, we blend art with the other concepts of the curriculum. Art-integrated learning follows the experiential approach of education, which emphasizes 'learning by doing.' it engages children's minds, helps them better understand the topic, and leads to the holistic development of children.
"I go running daily with Shankar, Samar, Mahim and Tahir. We don't feel good on the day we don't go running. I go to bed early in the evening to wake up early. Running makes us healthy. I want to become a soldier." Aditya (student of class 4, Government Primary School Kodai Chowki) told our art instructor Chandan.
"In my drawing, I've made my morning routine. I wake at 8, brush my teeth, shower, and go to school after breakfast. After today's class discussion on Early to bed and early to rise, I learned that I should wake up early and study. I want to become a doctor", said Sonakshi (student of class 4th from Government Primary School Kabir Nagar) to our art instructor Harshita Gupta.
"We should clean our body to stay healthy. We should always wear clean clothes. Our school has a playground where we exercise, run and play kabaddi, football and many other games. My father brings apple, and I eat an apple every morning to stay healthy." Sonam (class 5, from government primary school Lahartara) shared her story with our art instructor Moni Gupta.
"I have made a drawing about my daily routine. When I wake up, I see the sun first thing in the morning because it gives us energy; then I brush, bathe, do some exercises to stay fit and then I go to school after breakfast. In my school, we pray before classes. After I get home, I play, study, and then go to bed after dinner." Palak (class 4th, government primary school Orderly Bazar) told our art instructor Kavita.
"To stay healthy and fit, we must exercise daily and sleep on time. When we go to bed on time, we wake up early and feel fresh in the morning", Niraj, a Class 4th student at Government Primary School Sunderpur, said about his drawing to our art instructor Radha.
"I go for a morning walk with my dog, then come home and get ready for school. After returning from school, I help my mother with household chores. I play with my siblings and then head off to bed early." Mona, a class 4 student from Government Primary School Shiv Purva, told our art instructor Moni Gupta about her drawing.
Under the guidance of our art instructor, students of Government Primary School, Naria, recently completed their first mural in the school. The mural encourages children to understand the value of food and reduce food waste. We felicitated these children with certificates and gifts to celebrate the mural's completion. Creating murals helps boost the children's confidence and generates a sense of belongingness for the school. Achievement behaviour is an integral part of a children's development that leads to a child learning to be effective and developing a sense of mastery over their environment. Through achievement, one develops positive self-esteem, acceptance, adequacy and self-worth.
The art sessions were conducted by Kavita Kumari, Harshita Gupta, Chandan Kumar Sahu, Radha Gupta, and Moni Gupta in Government Primary Schools at Kabir Nagar, Aditya Nagar, Orderly Bazar, Durgakund-1, Sundarpur-1, Sundarpur-2, Kodai Chowki, Nayi Sadak, Chittupur, Lolark Kund, Nariya, Bhikharipur.