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C O N T E N T SReflections on the YearNirmala Diaz4Eurythmy at SlokaClio Osman6Wet-on-Wet PaintingGoutam Pal7KINDERGARTENSeasons TableMary Liza8The 3 Rs of Waldorf EducationSakshi Vasudevan9Grade One ReadinessPooja Abhichandani10GRADE IIntroducing Alphabets In Grade 1Sushma13GRADE IIMy most cherished moments in Grade 2Priya15Fables and the Saints In Grade 2Vinitha Sreepada16My Favourite Saint17GRADE IIIThe Secret Of PowerAnirudh Puttagunta19Day And NightTanvi Raju19The SunlightPallavi Joshi19Basant Has ComeAkshay Bhave19I Fear. I Love. I WantPallavi Joshi20Beautiful NatureIvana Adeline Thomas20How Is Grade 3 DifferentPranaya R20The CowshedArjun Iyer20BuildingVasundhara20What Will I Be?Aaryan Kanthamaneni20When I Grow Up.Anirudh Puttagunta21My Favourite BlockKhushi Kabra21Grade 3: Importance Of Practical Work For9 Year OldsLeena Thomas21GRADE IVFractions And How They Are Taught In Grade 4Jyotsna Patnaik24A Magical TaleAnshika25Man And AnimalsBhavishya AbhichandaniThe ZooHeeraNatureAditi VasudevanChoco's TrapLayaThis Patched ClothLayaI Love HyderabadMokshStarsDhruvSummer SeasonHeemankshi AgarwalWhy Learn Geography?Paras JoshiGRADE VBeauty and Patterns In NatureRajilakshmi TummalaSlokaVrindaLong Live The Sun God RaMeenakshiAlgaeSasankA Poem On EarthVanshRa The Sun GodSamayaThe DuckAbhinavIdiom PoemRiaGRADE VILearning HistorySobana SrinvasanVolcanoes Around The WorldArushi DahiyaAsiaRohan SreepadaGood MorningAyushOur Epic Mini BazaarHemangiThe Oath Of HannibalYoshithaLiving RocksRithwikStrong And SolidRohitPrecious Wonders Of NatureSourishSave Rocks!IshtaRocksGananiGRADE VIIWonder PoemRheaGenie In A Silver BoxSaranya PavaralaCakes, Cakes, 36363636373838383838404040My Sweet Little SisterNandini AbichandaniSave PlantsSreeja NaraharasettiWater for LifeArshitaHow Earth Took BirthAditiGRADE VIIIYou SmiledAthenaA Living TreeKesavaThe RocksYasaswaniLoving NatureShaik Ismail AhmedMy Days In SchoolHimanshiThe Lonely FlowerAnishaThe Setting SunChinmayHimalayasRakshitI Like ComputersMeddha SrinivasanFreedomPrithviSocial NetworkingHimanshiGRADE IXSitting Under A TreeAdeshFriendsNeha PradeepThe Light Of My WorldAsha Kiran CherukuriA Friend Who I Always Believe InChandikaGRADE XImportance of Adhyan (Self Study)in Student's LifePadmajaBad DrugsKalyanChocolatesPragatiChild LabourMalvikaMy Special TeacherRishikeshThe VictimNeeharikaMan: His DestinyHiranmayiMy School, My Life, My SlokaSirajThe Time TravellerAbhiramHeal The EarthTanyaLooking Forward; Looking BackCompiled poems from Grade XJharoka 5454555556565760

ach school year ends with a burstof colour and a parade of events thatlead up to the holidays. The days ofHoli express the fierce onslaught of summer inall its light, heat and glory. The flowers of thebougainvillea make a beautiful statement ofnature's vivid adornment to celebrate summer.Walking around the school, thinking aboutanother year that has passed, we see coloursmirrored in the classrooms too. The children'spaintings and the blackboards all cometogether to proclaim the essence of theWaldorf School. The meeting of art and sciencecomes alive visibly wherever you turn.EReflectionsGrade 9 Mural WorkClass One has painted Holi with flashes ofcolour in watery blue and side by side aredrawings showing how the children havegrown over the school year. Class Two haspainted baskets full of Holi colours waiting tobe used when the festival begins, a moment ofstillness before the explosive joy of playingHoli. Class Three has painted the angels andthe burning calf as seen by Moses as he comesdown from the mountains. Everywhere thepresence of art and the expression of thechildren is experienced so clearly. The year thathas been spent to enhance beauty in the schooland strengthen the core of Waldorf Educationat Sloka, shows in the art that has blossomedforth in the children's work.The eagle, the bull, the lion and the man - thefour aspects of a complete human being andhis connection with the cosmos has beenpainted and observed by Class Four. Thepresence of creative imagination and the willinvolved in creating art and craft helps thechildren cross the bridge that separateschildhood from the world of grownupsgradually and healthily. After their journey to4Greece and Egypt and all the epochs andmythology, which crowns the learning processin Class Five, the children experienced thephysical grace of Olympics and wondered atthe values and the struggle between good andevil that has existed through the ages.When I entered the class after my trip to Egypt Isaw the painting of a balance with a heart anda feather on each side of the scale. Of course,the pure heart would be lighter than thefeather. This was the story I heard in Egypt atthe Tutankhamen Museum and there was thepainting in Class Five at Sloka. Class Sixpaintings of rock and mineral were trulydramatic. A visitor we had from Hawaii, VanJames, a highly experienced artist and WaldorfTeacher was highly impressed and remarkedon the beauty of these paintings. He was alsovery impressed by the display of perspectivedrawings done by the children of Grade Seven.In Grade Eight, colour is reintroduced after theblack and white and charcoal sketches ofGrade Seven. Typically paintings of theindustrialised horizons at the time of industrialrevolution and portrait painting develops anew form and skill in the children. Class Nineput together a collage of Durer's etching. It wasa very detailed and intricate copying of theversatility and style of this great German artist.Class Ten made vivid patterns in black andwhite and worked on stencil art.For the first time in Sloka, we had a majorattempt at creative writing where 24 childrenwere paired to write 12 short stories together.They were guided by an expert mentor whowill edit and compile their work into a book.In April 2013, teachers of Sloka representedthe school at AWTC in Korea. This came two

Reflections.years after we hosted the AWTC at LeoniaResorts in Hyderabad. For many of the teachersthis was a great way to meet and experiencethe struggles and joys of their colleagues, theWaldorf teachers from all over Asia.Manorama and Jyotsna continued to mentorother teachers at the conference.Over the year Sloka has hosted Judith Clinganand her music group who worked withteachers, parents and children of Sloka. Weplayed host for the first Anthroposophicalfestival in October 2013 and this year LightEurythmy group from Dornach performed atWISB Hyderabad and we hosted them all at theKindergarten.As the school year draws to the close we lookforward for all the growth and changes thatwill help Sloka take a healthy view towardseducation of the child. We also thank the entireSloka family and all our well wishers from farand wide who have placed their trust in us andcontinued to support and work towards thewell being of the essence of waldorf educationfor our children.Nirmala DiazFounder Trusteehen we began work on Palash 2013-14, we wanted it to capture theethos of Sloka Waldorf School.Over the course of our journey, what werealised, though,is that it is nearly impossible to reflect the spirit of theschool in print. The spirit of Sloka lies beyond the pastel curtains, the inspiring Main LessonBooks, the cozy season's tables and the wet-on-wet paintings.The spirit of Sloka lies in the children's voices. It lives in the teacher's gifts (and quirks)! Itthrives in the music that fills the air. It blossoms in the lawns and gardens and cobbledpathways and arbors. It survives in the wisdom and traditions that senior teachers sogenerously pass on to the newcomers. It flourishes in the faith that parents have in thesystem.To capture all this in a magazine is an impossible quest. But what we have attempted to dohere is provide brief glimpses into the world of Sloka Waldorf.EditorialThis could not have been possible without Mr Ganapathi Rao, our very patient andgenerous designer/printer/publisher who has been working so generously to make thishappen. He has welcomed us into his home office, uncomplainingly spent time and effortand expertise on this.We thank all the teachers and the children who have given their time and their work to beshowcased here.Hope you enjoy this magazine.Happy Reading to you all !Sobana Srinivasan and Leena Thomas(Editorial Team)Cover Page Painting : Akshar Back Page Painting : Abhinav5

EURYTHMY - A SOUND MOVEMENTWhen I retired several years ago, I was able tofulfill a lifetime wish to come and live in Indiaand at the same time be able to teachEurythmy-the subject that makes a Waldorfschool a Waldorf School. I was thrilled whenSloka offered me the opportunity to teach thechildren this form of movement.Why do I love teaching this subject so much? Inits simplest terms, Eurythmy means makingwhat you hear (through speech or music)visible. That means, every sound has a gesture,which the children have been learning over thepast three years. This knowledge can beconverted into artistic movements making apoem, for example, visible.To explain in more detail: “He was a rat” is thebeginning of a humorous poem. The childrenmight do the sound R and the sound T for theword 'Rat' while at the same time move in theEurythmy form for a concrete noun.“Down in one hole they did live” comes later,and there they might do L for Live and at thesame time move backwards in a straight line,demonstrating the Eurythmy movement for anactive verb. So, for example, the Eurythmy inClass 4 can reinforce what the children arelearning in grammar as well.6In the higher grades, it is possible to take anypiece of prose or verse and go beyond thegrammatical or spelling constructs. Childrenare taught to interpret the verses in morecreative and poetic forms using the underlyingprinciples of Eurythmy.Yet another wonderful aspect of Eurythmy is itsability to help children learn to orientatethemselves in space and to move together withother children to form an artistic whole.This helps expand the children's spatialawareness and creates mar velousopportunities for the children to grow socially.For example, in Class 5, the children learn tomove as a five pointed star,showing each of the 5 points,while always facing forward.When 5 of them move togetherthey have to be aware of the other4 in order for the magic of the starto become visible.This is not as easy as it sounds andwhen the children manage to dothis, they have a great feeling ofaccomplishment. The geometricforms in transitions becomeincreasingly difficult. By Class 9 it ispossible to have 18 childrendemonstrate 6 triangles within alarge triangle, harmoniouslymoving until every one of thechildren are back to their startingpoint. By now, every child hasmoved to 6 different points withinthe larger triangle. Obviously tomove such forms you have to haveclear pictorial thinking.This is a very basic window into Eurythmy.It is essential for us to realize that Eurythmydoes not strengthen the physical body butrather works with the life forces. It can onlyreally be done by children as well as adults ifthey are fully engaged in their thinking, feelingand willing. It contributes to a happier,healthier and more fulfilled life.Clio OsmanEurythmy Teacher

MY JOURNEY IN WET-ON-WET PAINTINGCan you remember how we shiver a momentbefore standing under the shower in winter?Beginning a wet-on-wet painting can give asimilar excitement. The rhyme of watercolor ona wet paper!One has to be brave and courageous to touchthe white wet paper with a brush full of color.Now, the next step has become easy. Colorsenter into each other's boundary to create aninexplicable experience of a visual fusion.The wet-on-wet technique is closely relatedwith the process of watercolor. I was firstintroduced to this technique when I joinedSloka. I didn't take much time to understandthe technique, thanks to my previousexperience with art.Three years ago, I had my first training inWaldorf wet-on-wet painting with Mr. ChrisBennett. We had to paint a fragment from theRamayana for the Grade V Ancient Indianmythology curriculum.We painted Sita waiting under a tree. Sita wasin mourning. The ambience was mischievouswith the coolness of the weather and stillnessof the tree. The twisted tail of a monkey washanging from the tree. We painted the wholeimage in two colors, Carmine Red and Prussianblue.Honestly speaking, I was really hopeless in thebeginning. I felt that after learning so much,the painting was too simple for someone withmy background!painting board.One has to be careful and ensure that there areno air bubbles underneath. After the paper isstretched on a board, one can start painting;the painting should be finished when thepaper is still wet. No secondary or mixed colorsshould be used in this technique. A wide, flatbrush with the correct proportion of color andwater can ensure good results.Most interestingly, the painting looks very easyonce it's finished. But it's not as easy as it looks!It's an amazing experience to play with liquidcolors on wet paper.I can't recollect how many wet-on-wetpaintings I have done in the last three years.I must have averaged about three paintings aday. A wet-on-wet painting is like a playground and a battle-field; it's a meditation,self-realization and a brave journey.It has the quality of suddenness. It has a flow ofits own which controls the painter's hands.That moment of excitement is somethingwhich pulls you to pursue wet-on-wetpainting. It has an open form which tends toavoid intricacy. While doing wet-on-wetpainting: Don't judge the result critically justenjoy the journey.Goutam Pal,Art Teacher (Upper Grades)Fortunately, it didn't take long for me to getover that misunderstanding. I soon realized theimportance and positive sides of thistechnique. When I close my eyes, I stillremember my first wet-on-wet painting andthe grief of Sita in that cold lonely ambience.Wet-on-wet painting is very simple in terms ofits technique. A particular rout