We had an interesting experience the other day with our batch of children at the ‘School of Life’ program.
There were certain children in the batch who have been identified for art therapy based on the attention deficit indications that they show. These sessions involve various activities using differet art forms such as music, painting, dance, also games, story telling etc.
Now a certain group of children feel deprived of these benefits and they tend to develop a kind of grievance against the other set. This different builds up to a level where they don’t even want to talk to each other.
The interesting part is that some of these kids who are showing resentment are also very bright in their regular academic performance. The fact that they are not able to check their own emotions and also deal with them appropriately or handle their social interactions with maturity indicates a huge opportunity for providing them inputs on some important life skills like- managing one’s emotions, critical thinking, communication etc.
Thus what was earlier seen to be a difficulty, emerged as a big opportunity to help the children come together and explore what makes them feel the way they do and then giving them freedom to expresss that resentment. This expression leads to a more candid admission of sentiments which then leads to self awareness.
We believe that these behaviours and approaches of children in their larger society provide very significant opportunities of helping children develop both their emotional as well as social intelligence. The fraily of our education system is that none of these aspects would be covered by the traditional academic disciplines yet, we know that if a child has to emerge as a strong person, the attitude of a child towards a personal difficulty or confusion or external influence can reveal so much about where a child stands today and where can he/she reach if no intervention takes place.

We had an interesting experience the other day with our batch of children at the ‘School of Life’ program.

There are certain children in the batch who have been identified for art therapy based on the attention deficit indications that they showed. These sessions involve various activities using differet art forms such as music, painting, dance, also games, story telling etc.

Now, a certain group of children who are not part of these sessions feel deprived of these benefits and they tend to develop a kind of grievance against the other set. This difference builds up to a level where they don’t even want to talk to each other.

The interesting part is that some of these kids who are showing resentment are also very bright in their regular academic performance. The fact that they are not able to check their own emotions and also deal with them appropriately or handle their social interactions with maturity indicates a huge opportunity for providing them inputs on some important life skills like- managing one’s emotions, critical thinking, communication etc.

Thus what was earlier seen to be a difficulty, emerged as a big opportunity to help the children come together and explore what makes them feel the way they do and then giving them freedom to expresss that resentment. This expression leads to a more candid admission of sentiments which then leads to self awareness. And when this understanding is explored with complete openness mind and objectivity,  the state of mind is refreshed!

We believe that these behaviours and approaches of children in their larger society provide very significant opportunities of helping children develop both their emotional as well as social intelligence. The frailty of our education system is that none of these aspects would be covered by the traditional academic disciplines yet, we know that if a child has to emerge as a strong person, the attitude of a child towards a personal difficulty or confusion or external influence can reveal so much about where a child stands today and where can he/she reach if no intervention takes place.

We will always continue looking for these opportunities for making learning happen naturally.

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