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Adi Becomes a Doctor

In Adi's playschool, Roots to Wings, a lot of emphasis is given to helpings kids learn from real life situations. The teachers bring out a monthly theme that is taught in their lessons and they share a monthly planner with the parents. The planner details the lessons, stories and rhymes that teachers will cover each week, the concept behind the lesson and what the expected outcome is. It also covers the menu and activities for each week. 


Once a month, the kids have a competition where teachers from another school will attend and evaluate and give a prize. Sometimes, the competition will be judged in-house. 


For highly disorganized, working moms like me, this planner is a life saver. It tells me all that I need to support my kid with. What I do is if the main concept is flowers, I get three or four coloring books, dot-to-dot books and so on based on flowers. In spare time, Adi and I sit down to do the coloring and he goes through the names and concepts again while coloring. He likes it and doesn't feel he is learning something or doing homework. By the end of the month, he is very thorough with the concept without having felt that I was busy teaching him. 


This month, the concept was about people who help us in the neighborhood like teachers, postman, potter, doctor, policeman and so on. The competition required kids to dress up as one of these people and talk about what he/she does in that role. I asked Adi what he wanted to be. He insisted on postman. I tried getting the postman's uniform but couldn't get in a day's time. Well, now you know, how disorganized I am despite the planner in hand! 

So, I cajoled Adi into becoming a doctor by saying it gives him the power to demonstrate injections on people and that really clinched his interest and I had won!


Then, I managed to find out a place where they got the doctor's coat ready for him. It took me nearly half a day because most shops didn't have it ready. Then I got Adi a doctor's kit for Rs 100 which I think is a really cheap deal. The kit had a stethescope, a thermometer, injection instrument without the needles (adi was heartbroken!) and bandaid. 


Then Adi was ready for school. Once he had got back from school, I called and he was so thrilled. He said that he did really well. He demonstrated how doctors use the stethescope and check pulse and put bandaid. Then, Ma'am asked the whole class to clap for him and gave him a special lollipop and pencil with a sharpener. He was so proud and happy that I wanted to just cry over the phone.


The fun part comes next. He says that during the class, he took injections (without the needles of course) for two friends, Aditi and Naman, both of whom cried and shouted for Ma'am. So I said, Adi, why did you hurt them? Adi said, "Amma, I gave injection so they become better and their fever is gone." I said, "Okay, but what did Ma'am say when they cried." Smart Adi says, "When Ma'am came, I said I am so sorry Aditi and Naman." With a naughty twinke in his eyes, he says, "So Ma'am didn't scold me, see?"


Yes, I see! I just had tears popping out of my eyes, then coz I was laughing, saying, "What do I do with this little brat of mine!"

Comments

Kals said…
So very cute! I'm glad Adi had fun being the Doctor =)
woww.. soo nice kid..:) congrats to him and to u too.. and haa i must say,he is a naughty boy too ..:)

this way of teaching children is interesting, it make them come out with nice expreicens in schoollife..and of course of complete childhood..:)

Thanks for sharinf this .>:)
Iddy Albatross said…
Adi seems to have had the time of his life being a doc... I wonder if he'll do the same thing if he grows up to be a real doc in the future :P

Had me smiling, in spite of a crappy exam... so, really glad that you wrote this. Cheers...
BK Chowla said…
I appreciate the effort of the school and the children.
It surely gives greater confidence and desire to succeed.
Swati said…
that was very cute and funny :)
R's Mom said…
Such a sweetie he is :)
chitra said…
That's so sweet!
SUFFIX said…
A nice child's journey, glad you are nurturing him well. Wish you all the best.
Sarah Naveen said…
So sweet!!! It was really nice reading abt Adi..
This is the first time i am hearing about this kin of role plays in Indian schools..Great...
nivedita said…
Very shweet! I re read it thrice just to enjoy and I could feel your feelings. It is really very sweet and we will not be able to stop our happy tears.
Nice sharing.
kids are brats all over the place. not really, I like them.
following now!
So very cute, and well written..just bumped into this blog. Checkout ours whenver time permits..
lostworld said…
I remember all the times I played 'doctor' with my cousins and brother. Of course injection is the main attraction. Cute story!
Lavanya Sriram said…
Smart and chweet too :)
dilontherocks said…
So cute..wait until he starts giving you those injections with needles :))
sangeeta said…
guess what he would have done being a postman..
as a doc he was so cute...
All of you pitched in with such amazing enthusiasm so let me share the latest update with u.

Adi wants to be a policeman when he grows up. The logic that excites him is - "Policeman can beat up everybody, even Amma."
unsungpsalm said…
Oh, that is just so adorable :-D

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