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QUEST presentation at ECE Conference, Bengaluru, Nov. 7-8, 2016

At the National Conference on Re-defining the Early Childhood Education Development Profession in India held at Bengaluru on Nov. 7-8, 2016, Nilesh Nimkar (Director, QUEST) gave a presentation on QUEST's Ankur program, In the panel discussion that followed, and the informal conversations during the conference, everyone appreciated the depth and commitment seen in the presentation! 

 
 
 

Vaachan Prerana Din - October 15, 2016

October 15, the birth anniversary of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is celebrated as 'Vaachan Prerana Din'. The QUEST team members celebrated this day at their various project locations.

In the Anganwadis at Dhapad and Viveknagar, QUEST's Ankur team conducted various reading activities with children, parents and teachers. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed spending time with books and stories!

 

At the Ashram School in Kavale (Palghar dist.), QUEST's PustakGadi project team organized poetry reading, treasure hunt with books, games based on book titles etc.

My Fluffy Cat

on Sat, 10/01/2016 - 11:47

My cat is a fluffy little ball of brown fur.
When he was a small kitten he used to squeak.
So we named him Squeak.
He is playful and fun o watch.
He bats pieces of paper and wool.
He jumps after a rubber ball.
He drinks milk and eats cat food.
He is very careful when he walks on the table.
He hunts and brings in a live rat into the house.
My sister does not like this gift,
My sister is scared of rats.
She squeals and screams.
Dad takes the rat and lets it out in the garden.
The rat hurries into the bushes as fast as he can.
Squeak has brought us many gifts to show his love.
A bird, a frog, and even a tiny rabbit.
He holds them gently so they are not hurt,
They are always let out safe and sound.

*****

 

 

 

 

 

Manu Kaka’s Special Pets

on Sat, 10/01/2016 - 11:41

Some people have dogs and some have cats.
Some keep fish, and some like parrots for pets.
Manu kaka has odd pets.
He lives in a big house.
It has a large pond at the back.
He has a black alligator that eats fish for snacks.
At home, he keeps four pet tortoises.
One of them is a hundred years old.
They eat green leaves and vegetables.
He also has a big elephant in his courtyard.
The elephant eats stacks of sugarcane and coconuts.
In one room Manu kaka has a glass tank full of snakes.
They need a dozen eggs to eat in a day.
When he was younger Manu kaka had a pet tiger.
It gave his friends a fright.
He gave it away to the zoo.
Manu kaka says that he is going to get a dinosaur.
My brother says Manu kaka is joking.

 

 

 

 

 

Jack and the Bean Stalk

on Sat, 10/01/2016 - 11:31

There was a young boy called Jack.

He lived with his mother in a shack.

They did not own much and were poor.

They did have an old brown cow.

It stopped giving any milk.

So mother said, ‘let us sell this old cow’.

Jack frowned and said, “How can we sell our cow now?”

Mother scowled.

So Jack walked slowly to town.

To sell the old brown cow. He found a thin man with his hat over his brow

Who showed Jack five small beans to sow.

The beans are magic vowed the man.

They will grow into a big strong tree.

“Wow,” said Jack and sold the cow for the beans.

Jack’s mother said “You are late.

Where have you been?” When Jack told her he had sold the cow for beans, she was very cross.

“I have never seen such a foolish boy!” she growled.

She threw the beans out of the window,

And Jack had to sleep without any meal.

The next day his room was in shadow Of a thick bean stalk that had grown in the night.

What a sight it was!

Jack climbed up the tall bean stalk and saw

A large giant with a crown sitting at the table.

He was counting a stack of money.

Under the table was a sack of gold.

Jack saw that the sack was his father’s.

He knew that the giant had stolen the gold.

He hid from the big giant and Waited for him to fall asleep.

Jack crept up to the gold, took it,

And ran down the tree.

The giant woke up and ran after him.

Jack ran faster and got to the ground.

Clever Jack showed everyone his father’s sack.

The giant was taken away by the giant police.

Mother and Jack are now rich.

They proudly own a big house in town.

*****

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gopi and the Fireflies

on Sat, 10/01/2016 - 05:58

Gopi had gone to visit grandma.
It was a very pleasant night, a gentle breeze was blowing.
He saw many lights outside his window.
They floated like golden stars in the darkness.
He wore his black woollen jumper and went out.
He could hear the croak of frogs, the chirp of crickets,
And the sound of drums.
He went to catch the green and gold flying lights but they moved away.
He ran around jumping up, and down, to catch one light.
Grandma came out and laughed.
“Those are fireflies,” she said.
“They glow and so they are called ‘glow worms’ too.
Other night animals do not try to prey on them because they glow bright.
You can catch them in a jar to look at them.
Then you must let them go.
That is the right thing to do.”
Gopi brought a glass jar and a few flew into the jar.
He closed the jar lightly.
He enjoyed looking at them.
Then he gently let them out and let them fly away.
One by one, until there were none left.

 

Ella the Elephant

on Sat, 10/01/2016 - 05:40


When Ella was a baby elephant she would forget to eat because she loved to play. Her mother thought she was just being playful. But Ella had a problem. She could not remember.

She had many friends in the forest. The monkey Bholu, the giraffe Lamboo, the panther Panna, the fox Fakira, the many birds and even the little ants were her friends. She could not remember their names and so she called the monkey ‘Lamboo’ and the panther ‘Fakira’. Oh dear! She was very gentle with them and they loved her very much.

Sometimes she could not remember where she was going, so she would go to the wrong forest. The big lions would chase her away.Sometimes her mother would ask her to fetch coconuts and she would come back without anything in her trunk. Her special friend was the crocodile called Kirit. She never forgot his name. One day, after her mum had scolded her for squashing some fruit by sitting on them, she shed large elephant tears. “I am so sick of being forgetful,” she said to Kirit.

“I think I know what you can do,” said Kirit. “I have seen my old friend the cheetah do it. You should put a knot on your tail. Then you will remember that you have forgotten something. Think hard, and you will remember what it is.”

From that day onwards Ella could be seen with a knot on her tail and sometimes two or three knots to remind her of many things. But the names of her friends were still all mixed up. “Oh well,” she said, “I am not good with names, but I never forget a face.”

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Mr. Phil Falls Ill

on Sat, 10/01/2016 - 05:23


Mr. Phil is in bed and very ill.
He looks dull and pale.
His body is full of pain.
He says he has the chills.
How could Mr. Phil fall ill?
He eats well, and does his drill.
Dr. Small is not very tall.
He looks at Mr. Phil’s mouth.
He looks at Mr. Phil’s tongue.
“You have caught a bug. Did you eat street food?” asks Dr. Small.
“I ate a pie in a stall in the mall, that’s all! How can that make me ill?” says Mr. Phil.
“Well, it did do that,” says Dr. Small. “Now take this red pill and this blue one. Drink a full jug of water each day and you will be well Mr. Phil.”

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'Container Classroom' at Uchaat inaugurated on August 28, 2016

QUEST has been conducting various activities under its 'Saksham' program at the Uchaat High School, Wada Taluka, since 2015. QUEST recently installed a 'container classroom' at the school in Uchaat. This classroom has been created by 'Studio Alternatives', using a discarded ship container. It was formally inaugurated by Mr. and Makhijani, who provided financial support for this initiative thorugh Lions' Club.

An exhibition of QUEST's work was organized on this occasion, and the GoshtaRang team presented a story, which was appreciated by students, parents and teachers alike!

 

 

 
 
 
 

THE FOX AND THE CROW

on Wed, 07/06/2016 - 15:00

Usha Pandit (2011) Empowering English Grade 2 Mindsprings Publication; Pg. 67

Once upon a time there was a fox. He was very hungry and he looked around for some food. He was very tired so he sat under a tall tree. Suddenly a crow flew up to the tree. The crow sat on a branch. But it did not caw because in its beak the crow had a piece of cheese. The cheese made the fox’s mouth water. Then the fox thought of a plan to get the cheese from the crow. He looked up at the crow and said, “Hello Mr. Crow, how are you today?” The crow did not say anything. He just looked at the fox. Then the fox began to praise the crow. “How lovely your feathers are,” he said. The crow just listened and said nothing. Then the fox praised the crow some more. “Your voice must be sweeter than a nightingale’s voice,” said the cunning fox. “Why don’t you sing me a song?” The foolish crow was very pleased. He forgot he had the cheese in his beak. He began to sing loudly. The cheese fell down and the fox leapt on it and ran into the forest taking the cheese with him.

 

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