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Dusari - Classwork and Homework

Date Classwork Homework
09/12/2010
  • Every one was asked to describe what they did in Summer vacation.
  • Divided all students in pairs and asked them to find out 5 facts about the other person. Then they were asked to tell their findings to the rest of the class.
  • Read the passage GaaDage baabaa at home. We will discuss this passage in next class.
  • Call your favorite cousin or a relative in India. Tell them how Ganapati are celebrated here and also find out how they are celebrated in India. Students will be required to tell the class what they found out from their cousin.
09/26/2010
  • Discussed Ganapati Utsav. All students described what they found out on phone from their relatives. Also discussed Lo. Tilak's intentions for starting the Sarvajanik Ganapati Utsav.
  • Read the passage gaaDage baabaa. Discussed various ideas such as swachchhataa, pradooshan, andha-vishwaas etc.
  • Solve the word puzzle given in the class.
  • Write sentences using following words. (All these words were discussed in the class today while reading the passage.): avati-bhavati, galakaa, raTTaa, kharaaTaa, rog, saath (epidemic), andha-shraddhaa, jawaan, chukar-paNaa, swatah, aDathaLaa, aarashyasaarakhe swachchha, nirmaL.
10/10/2010
  • PARENTS - please make sure that your student completes the homework.
  • Write sentences using following words. (All these words were discussed in the class today while reading the passage.): galli, kesaaL, gonDas, sadasya, gaayab, kharedi, angaN, ravaanagi, paaLeev.
  • Read passage - halaNaaraa dagaD. We will read this in the class again.
10/24/2010
  • Read and discussed passage - halaNaaraa dagaD.
  • Discussed the concept of kartaa (subject) and kreeyaapad (verb). Also discussed how the gender of the subject affects the verb.
  • Discussed the months of Bhadrapad, Ashwin and Kartik and all the festivals in them. This includes Ganapati, Gauri, Navaratri, Dasara, Kojagiri and Diwali.
  • Complete the - gender worksheet.
  • Project - draw the time line for the months of Bhadrapad, Ashwin and Kartik. Show various festivals that fall in those months. Use colors, pictures and your creativity! We will post these in Triveni's Diwali function.
  • Write any story for any one of festivals above. Write a draft first, ask your parents to correct the grammar, spelling etc. before you make the final copy. Submit both, the draft and the final copies.
  • Call the number 7605696299 and leave a voice mail introducing yourself.
11/7/2010
  • Read the passage "gosht diwaalitalyaa killyaanchi" at home. Parents, your student may need help in reading and understanding this passage. Please take this opportunity to discuss your Diwali memories with them.
  • Describe in your words one incident each for:
    • Jevha mi aatmavishwaas daakhavila.
    • Jevha mi kharepaNaani vaagalo.
11/21/2010
12/05/2010
  • Read the passage again with your parents. Answer questions under the passage.
  • Complete the visheshaN worksheet given.
  • Check out and read one book from the library. Any two students will be asked to tell their story to the class.
  • Parents, we request your continuous involvement in the student's homework. You can help them read the passages and the books. You can also help them correct and rewrite their answers. This will provide you an opportunity to converse with them in Marathi which is absolutely essential for the success of the Shala.
12/19/2010
  • Talked about student's plans for the holidays. This led to an interesting discussion on some of the more "complicated" relations, such as, vyaahi, saaDu, deer, bhavajay, naNand, mehuNi, saasu-saasaraa etc.
  • Read the passage - ToaL aani mungi.
  • Continued playing the game "ho-nahi-mahit nahi."
  • Read the passage again with your parents. Answer questions under the passage.
  • Check out and read one book from the library. Any two students will be asked to tell their story to the class.
1/9/2011
  • Read the passage again with your parents. Answer questions under the passage.
  • Complete the naam-visheshan worksheet.
  • Check out and read one book from the library. Any two students will be asked to tell their story to the class.
1/23/2011 It was an all-fun games-only class with no reading and writing what so ever :)
  • We had a passionate debate on topics such as:

    "Junk food should be allowed in schools."

    "Home-schooling has more pros than cons."

  • Played the Marathi version of Taboo. I was pleasantly surprised with the ease with which the kids guessed words. Next time I will need to come up with harder words :)
  • Read the passage - Butch O'Hare. Memorize the passage. Yes, I know it's lot of work, but I think it will go a long way in mastering words, sentence formations and speaking with confidence. So, please start early and give yourselves lot of time before next class.
  • Answer questions under the passage.
2/13/2011
  • Reviewed the homework. All the students had done very well on question and answers. However, most did not even try to memorize the passage. Please note that the purpose of this assignment was to encourage them to read the passage many times, get familiar with words, sentence construction and to give them confidence with pronunciation.

    Star Student of this class was Aditya Jog for memorizing a good chunk of the passage and reproducing it flawlessly. Congratulations, Aditya - great job!
  • Read a new passage on Dr. Martil Luther King Jr.
  • Answer the questions below the passage on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Memorize the poem Uth Mulaa.
2/27/2011
  • Reviewed the homework and discussed the passage on Dr. Martin Luther King. Talked about some important concepts - hinsa/ahinsa, nyaay/anyaay, samaanataa etc.
  • Had debate on topics: "Schools should not have a summer vacation" and "Cell phones should be allowed in schools." I can definitely see an improvement in the student's ability to listen and argue on a given topic. It was a lively debate :)
  • Talked about the upcoming assignment due on 3/20. All the students are expected to choose an Indian figure or a place and prepare a presentation on the same. They are also required to talk about their subject in about 10-15 sentences in "first person." We are going to have our students tell about their subjects to younger students from other classes. We are also going to video shoot this and send it to be shown in the BMM Chicago convention. So, please help your student prepare for this. Details will be sent in a separate email.
  • Read the comprehension paragraph on tigers and answer questions.
3/13/2011
  • Reviewed the homework and discussed some very useful adverbs - shakyato, sahaj, visheshtah etc.
  • Talked about the presentations due next week. Some students did mock presentations. Everyone discussed and we suggested changes etc.
  • Please note that presentations are due on 3/20. The presentation could be on a poster board or a small trifold. In addition, they have to be able to tell about their subject in about 10-15 sentences. They will be required to repeat it to many small groups of parents and students. So, please keep it short. Also, avoid using big words that will be hard to understand for our young listeners.
  • Do not forget that we have a parent-teacher meeting after the presentations. Feel free to send an email to Sujit if you have any questions.
3/20/2011
  • Kids presented their projects to the class and parents. This was a great experience for all. Well done!
  • Parent-teacher conference.
  • Complete the reading log. You are required to read at least 15 minutes every week. Get your parent’s signature on the reading log.
4/10/2011
  • Complete the reading log - 15 minutes per week.
  • Answer the questions below the passage.
  • A mistery question for bonus point - let's see how many remember it :)
4/24/2011
  • Read a new poem Aajaaripan. Learned the concept of "yamak" in Marathi poems.
  • Talked about impromtu topics they recieved in the Easter eggs!
  • Kids are doing great with their reading logs! Keep it up.
  • Answer the questions below the poem. And don't forget to memorize the poem.
5/8/2011
  • Answer the questions below the passage. Don't forget to fill out your leading logs.
  • 5/22 will be the last class of the year. We will have a small test. It will include reading-comprehension and speaking on an extempore topic.
  • On the last day of the year we'd like to recognize their efforts in learning Marathi. We will award certificates of accomplishment along with a small gift. We request all parents to join us at 5:15 to encourage your students.
 
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