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The Ant and The Grasshopper

on Wed, 07/06/2016 - 14:39

Usha Pandit (2011) Empowering English Grade 3 Mindsprings Publication

Once, near a field, there lived an ant and a grasshopper. All day long the ant worked hard, collecting little grains of wheat. She picked them up one by one and took them to her anthill home. She worked without rest, stopping only for a bite of lunch.

The grasshopper would look at her and laugh. “Why do you work so hard, dear ant?” he asked her. “Come and listen to my song. It is summer. The days are bright and sweet. Why waste the best days with rough work and sweat?”

The ant heard him but did not speak. She just worked on. “What a silly little ant you are!” the grasshopper said. “Soon the summer will be gone and you will be sorry for not enjoying these sunny days.” So saying, the grasshopper danced and sang around the ant.

Soon autumn came, and then winter. The sun was not to be seen. The days were short and grey, the nights long and dark. It became freezing cold, and snow began to fall.

The grasshopper was cold and hungry. He had nothing to eat. The field was dry and there was no food to be found anywhere. “Oh what shall I do? Where shall I go?” said the grasshopper. He thought of the ant. “I shall go to the ant and ask her for food.”

Then he remembered how he had made fun of the ant and laughed at her. How could he ask her for food now? The grasshopper was so weak that he sank near the anthill’s door. The ant peeped out and looked at the cold and dying grasshopper. She took him in and gave him some warm food.

All summer long you worked hard while I made fun of you,” said the grasshopper. “I should have thought of the winter then. I have been a fool. Will you forgive me?”

Of course I forgive you. You have been foolish. It is good that you know now that you must work hard and find food when the days are bright, so that you have enough to eat during the tough times,” said the kind ant.

Grandpa’s Glasses

on Wed, 07/06/2016 - 14:21

Usha Pandit (2011) Empowering English Grade 1 Mindsprings Publication; Pg. 50


Gradpa wanted to read the newspaper.

He settled down in his armchair.

He took the morning paper onto his lap.

He looked for his reading glasses on the table.

They were not there.

He looked under the table.

They were not there.

He went to his bedroom and searched.

They were not on the bed or in the cupboard.

They were not on top of the shelf.

Oh where could they be,” wondered grandpa.

He called out to grandma.

Have you seen my glasses?” he asked her.

Grandma came to the room to search.

She looked at grandpa and laughed.

They are on top of your head,” she said.

He had pushed his reading glasses on top of his head.

Grandpa laughed too.



A Big Quiet House

on Wed, 07/06/2016 - 14:07

Usha Pandit (2011) Empowering English Grade 1 Mindsprings Publication

There was once a man who wished his small, noisy house was larger and quieter. He went to the wise old woman of the town and explained his need. She said, “I can solve your problem. Just do as I say.” The man agreed. “If you have a chicken, some sheep, a horse and a cow,” she said, “bring them into the house with you.” “That’s a silly thing to do,” thought the old man. But he did it anyway. Now his house was already small, and with all those animals in it, there was no room at all. He returned to the old woman and cried, “I need more room! The animals are so noisy I can’t think!” “Take all the animals out of your dwelling,” she replied. When he had put all the animals comfortably back in the barn, the man went into the house. To his amazement, it suddenly looked remarkably bigger! Without the animals inside, his house was now quiet too!



Workshop for principals of Ashram School from Jawhar district - June 22, 2016

QUEST's project supported by Read Alliance will now be operational in 20 Ashram Schools in Jawhar district! On June 22, 2016, a workshop was held for principals of these 20 schools to orient them about these various programs and activities. An exhibition was also set up to explain the activities of QUEST's 'Saksham', 'Lipi' and 'Pustakgadi' programs.
'रीड अलायन्स' च्या साहाय्याने चालणारे क्वेस्टचे 'सक्षम', 'लिपी' हे कार्यक्रम आता जव्हारमधील २० आश्रमशाळांत सुरू होणार आहेत!

पागेर - a magazine by Grade 4-7 students

Students of Grades 4-7 from Pali and Gargao Ashram Schools have prepared this magazine, 'पागेर'. It contains articles, stories, jokes, drawings and crosswords, prepared entirely by the students. QUEST runs the 'Literacy Enhancement in Ashram Schools' project in these schools. The QUEST team's efforts, along with those of the students, can be seen in this magazine!

गारगाव आणि पाली गावातील आश्रम शाळांमधल्या इ. चौथी ते सातवीच्या विद्यार्थ्यांनी बनवलेलं हे हस्तलिखित - 'पागेर'. क्वेस्टतर्फे या शाळांमध्ये 'Literacy Enhancement in Ashram Schools' हा प्रकल्प चालतो. त्या अंतर्गत मुलं आता छान लिहिती

Art & Craft workshop, KGBV, Jalna - Feb. 2016

Resource person Prashant Bane conducted a workshop on Warli art for the students of KGBVs in Jalna in February 2016. The students picked up the skill quickly, and created lovely compositions! 


‘मासे वाचवा अभियान’ - March 7, 2016

सालाबादप्रमाणे महाशिवरात्रीला, म्हणजे 7 मार्चला, क्वेस्टच्या टीमने केले 'मासे वाचवा अभियान'. तिळसे (वाडा तालुका) इथल्या शिवमंदिरापाशी भरणाऱ्या जत्रेत लोकशिक्षण करण्यासाठी हे अभियान होते. मंदिराजवळ एका डोहात दुर्मिळ प्रजातीचे मासे आहेत, त्या डोहात लोकांनी कचरा टाकू नये म्हणून हा प्रयत्न गेली ७ वर्षं चालू आहे. पहिल्या वर्षी ७-८ पोती कचरा डोहातून काढला होता, पण या वर्षी एकच पोतं भरलं! क्वेस्ट टीमच्या अभियानाचा हा प्रत्यक्ष परिणाम! 


महाशिवरात्रीच्या निमित्ताने राबविण्यात आलेले ‘मासे वाचवा अभियान’ खूपच व्यवस्थितपणे पार पडले या अभियानास मदत केलेल्या सर्वच सभासदांचे मनःपूर्वक आभार.

Workshop on Teaching-Learning in Multilingual Classrooms

A 2-day workshop on Teaching-Learning in Multilingual Classrooms was held on February 12-13, 2016, supported by the Tata Trusts, and organized by QUEST. Mr Nandkumar (Secretary, Education) addressed the participants. Well known resource persons such as Nilesh Nimkar (Director, QUEST), Anjali Noronha (Eklavya), Kanjibhai Patel (Bhasha, Gujarat) and Kishor Darak conducted sessions in the workshop. It was attended by teachers and officials from DIET.



Ankur Exhibition: 'विकास बाळाचा, सहभाग सर्वांचा'

An exhibition titled 'Vikas Balacha, Sahabhag Sarvancha' was organized by ICDS (Palghar), Centre for Learning Resources (Pune) and QUEST. On Feb. 24-25, it was held at Vaki, Taluka Vikramgad. The exhibition covers the development of children in the age group of 0-6 years. Many teachers, students, Anganwadi sevikas visited the exhibition.

मुलांच्या ०-६ वयोगटातील विकासाचे टप्पे कोणते आणि त्यात मोठ्यांचा सहभाग कसा असू शकतो याबद्दल एक प्रदर्शन - एकात्मिक बाल विकास सेवा योजना (पालघर जिल्हा), सेंटर फॉर लर्निंग रिसोर्सेस (पुणे) आणि क्वेस्ट या सर्वांच्या संयुक्त विद्यमाने दि. २४-२५ फेब्रुवारीला

Let's Learn English Workshop 4: Feb. 27-28, 2016

The 4th workshop for the English teachers of KGBV under the Let’s Learn English programme was held on 27th and 28th February 2016 at Hotel Galaxy Jalna. The workshop was conducted by Prof Sachin Labade and Prof Kranti Doibale. 7 teachers participated in the workshop. 
The workshop started with discussion regarding different methods/ techniques used by the teachers to teach English. Use of computers as a tool was also discussed. The  inputs of the previous workshop  focused on the construction of sentences.