Twelve hours of travel-time, and a three-hour workshop. I can’t promise to do it again, yet it was fun!
The British Council, Mumbai, has rolled out the reading challenge programme in several schools in Mumbai. I conducted three workshops at Universal High, Dahisar, and had a lovely time.
We worked with Sophie’s Snail by Dick King-Smith, a story I love. Classes one and two read the story with me, and enjoyed it as much as I did! We couldn’t get over the size of the snail. The whole class chorused with me, “It’s bright yellow and just the size of Sophie’s middle fingernail!”
With the older children, we did “The Porcupine” by Roald Dahl, “The Adventures of Isabel” by Ogden Nash, “The Quarrel” by Maxine Kumin, “A Pizza the Size of the Sun” by Jack Prelutsky and “Jimmy Goes to the City” by Arthur Read. The children learned about rhyme and meter, and then played with all the poetry we could in an hour!