I am generally happy with how kids are growing, but there are some things that I felt are missing from when I was young:
Listening to stories and lessons of wisdom from grandparentsListening to parents talk about current affairs / society (and trying to give my kiddo views)There was really no screen (even TV had limited channels), so time was spent on coloring, kite flying, hop-scotch, reading, making paper boats, paper planesI had time for friends: learning & reciting & discussing things (stories, jokes…)
And Festivals were a really really big thing: preparing for them (& negotiating with mom dad for goodies) before the festival, celebrating it with all fanfare and discussing it for days after it ended.
Obviously I never thought of all of these as education when I was growing up, but I now realize that they were at the core of my social awareness and value systems. And these age old / traditional ways of learning are what I feel my kids are missing. I have fully accepted the modern life and appreciate the positives of technology, but they have come at the price of the traditional methods. Chanda Mama is a small effort towards reclaiming that impressionable childhood that loves to explores, learns by doing, imagines and celebrates with full heart.
So how do we build an environment where kids learn about important and yet complicated aspects like Values, Culture, Morals, Current affairs, Society, Creative Arts & Health? How do we do that so kids don’t feel that they are going to a ‘class’ or ‘school’? The answer was staring in my face: “Play Area”
Like any other mother of kids in this age group, I have had my fair share of visits to Play Areas on birthday parties & play dates. I have probably made more than 30-40 visits in the last 1 year. The amazing thing about these places is that, each and every time my babies are excited about going to these places and come back very happy. They give an outlet to the energy of the kids and help them meet their friends in a fun environment.
Out of this came the idea of Chanda Mama: Kids Play Area & Learning Center. If we can generate the excitement of a play area and still manage to give important learning to the children, then we have succeeded in our goal. Chanda Mama is where Kids Come to Have Fun and Go Back with Some Learning. A place where our young adults can make things (like painting, clay models), do physical activities (like dance, yoga), see things that trigger their imagination (puppet, magic shows, role plays), listen & learn about our world (environment, animal welfare, inspirational personalities), read, and celebrate (birthday parties, festivals).
We will keep on making the activities more and more relevant while ensuring the ‘fun’ element. We hope to build a community of parents and look forward to your visit, participation and feedback in this endeavor.
Mom of Kalash & Mishika and Promoter of Chanda Mama