This is the occasion when Parents come to see their children perform on stage. All children are given an opportunity to appear on stage. It gives the parents immense joy to see their child on stage, the tiny tot swaying to a song. The older children are given an opportunity to speak. Some are MCs, some take part in a play. We had a packed hall, with eager families of the participating children, vying to get the best seats so that they could get the best view/picture of their child.
The planning for this started way back in September when the songs were finalized. Practice started in October prior to the holidays and was an enriching experience for all of us to teach and learn from the younger lot. They were so enterprising adding their own nuances to the dance steps. some would initially stand and watch and once they started dancing, it was a surprise for us to see them perform.
This was the first time the children enacted a play – based on their favourite story, “The Gruffalo”. The planning for the play started in June – twice a week, every week, the story on which the play was based, was read to the older children. They all knew the lines by heart. Finally we had to give them roles which suited them the best and their ability to face an audience. They were nervous on the final evening, seeing the large crowd of people, but stayed strong in the line of fire and delivered lines like none other.
On the occasion, I took the opportunity, to speak about Montessori methods, Maria Montessori and how alumni of the Montessori methods now are in commandeering positions the world over. I take this opportunity to thank my dear students, my teachers, dance choreographer and support staff for helping bring this show the way it was!