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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Green Deen Day celebration at Lakehead Grammar School

The Green Deen event about 'Earth'  were started a month ago by relating all the activities or subjects to
support environmental protection. There were art and class projects, display boards, posters based on 'Earth or soil saving' topic. Many role plays were prepared, related rhymes and crafts were prepared for display at 'Green Deen Day'
Few glimpses of preparation can be seen in following pictures:

The main event was celebrated warmly on 1st of March, 2014 at front ground of Lakehead Grammar School. Program started at 8.30 am to 10.45 for boys and second part of event started from 12.00 noon upto 2.15 pm.

Logo of this event was 'Become the agents of saving the soil.'
Other motto's were 'Save the soil', Live Green, Be Green'

First part of the event organised by and for male section:

Girls section:

Early Years event held at roof top of School:

Few sites of interests related to Earth day:

** 'Save the earth for kids'

** 'Kids for saving earth'

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Green deen our earth and islam

Lakehead Grammar School is ahead in the whole region by raising awareness and celebrating the events related to environment.

2011: Our 'Go green events started in 2011. March 12, 2011 'Green Deen Day' was celebrated first time.
Link to the post: Celebration of Go Green event at Lakehead Grammar School

2012: 'Lakehead Grammar School' raised awareness about essential energy resource 'Water' on 27th April, 2012.
Link to the post: Raising awareness about 'saving water' - Celebration of Green Deem 2012

2014: March 1st and 3rd 'Green Deen' events were organised related to 'Earth' topic. There is a strong relation of being muslim and Earth.  Deen in Arabic means religion but can also be translated to path or way. So a green deen is literally an environmentally friendly religion.

Islam is based on the understanding that Allah is One, andeverything comes from Allah – He is the Creator and Sustainer. Everything in the natural world is a sign of Allah’s creation.
Islam seeks for us to establish justice and to maintain the Ea rth’s delicate balance (Mizan)

We are required to honor the trust we have with Allah (amana) and bestewards of the Earth (Khalifah)
Living a Green Deen means knowing that we have undertaken a trust ( Amana ) with our Creator to protect the planet.

Earth Day was established in 1970 to raise awareness about the environment.
In the book, "Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet," Ibrahim Abdul-Matin outlines Islam's teachings about the environment, and encourages American Muslims to become more conscious of what they can do to protect the planet. Author Ibrahim Abdul-Matin says: "Green has become the catch-all word for being environmentally friendly.

Related posts:

** What Islam teaches Muslims about protecting the planet and environment?

** In Islam, every day is Earth Day

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A learning and fun nature walk

Today 2nd part of our learning and fun outdoor activity (nature walk) happened. All boys of all play group and nursery students participated in 'nature walk'. It was a very organized walk as young kids enjoyed walking and learning along with their teachers and class mates.

Some parents residing nearby areas were also there to see our 'nature walk' and even the passing elder citizens appreciated the discipline of students.
The people around that lake were excited to see long ques of children with happy faces. Many of them stopped and asked the name of the school and questioned about the purpose of this visit.
Getting ready in the classroom for exciting nature walk
Listening to safety instructions before the walk

A small bridge on Dhanmondi lake 
Peeling peanuts and counting
Teacher suggesting the young ones to relate peeling to addition and doubles

It was interesting to see an art students coloring a flower picture
The nature band was made with the dry leaves picked from the ground

A good time with friends
Teacher is teaching the name of plant
It is one of the pictures drawn by students of nursery class, imagining the scene (after coming back from nature walk)
I was amused listening a student, saying:  'I didn't know before that the nature is so beautiful!'
Despite of the dusty roads,  and footpaths it was an amazing morning time. The fog was thinning and sun rays were gradually emerging from clouds, it looked really awesome.

While searching more on this topic I came across a very useful post which I am quoting here:

'The benefits of outdoor play are really very basic,' says Harry Harbottle, a consultant in play and risk management, who was formerly appointed by the EU as a child safety expert to the European Standards Organisation. 'If children aren't allowed to engage with the elements – mud, water, air, even fire – how can they begin to understand the world that they live in?'

Harry argues that there is a need to move away from a culture of reluctance to let children explore outdoors. 'We are at last realising the consequences of children spending most of their time indoors,' says Harry. 'There are too many children who have been adversely affected by a lack of exercise and stimulation.'

In addition to the health and developmental benefits, outdoor education also helps to increase awareness of the environment. 'If we want people to become more environmentally conscious, what better way to do this than to encourage children to engage with nature?' asks Harry.

Reference: Take it Outside!

No doubt that "nature walk is a great way to enhance children’s appreciation of the natural environment."

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Early years nature walk

Lakehead Grammar School is situated at the end of "Dhanmondi Lake" branch. It takes few minutes to reach at the side ways of the lake, though you need to turn towards the back of the school building.

Getting ready at school ground for a nature walk outside the school
Every year, early year class teachers take their students for a walk to that area. Many parents reside around the Dhanmondi area and may be those children also visit nearby places but it is a special occasion for them to visit these same places with their class mates and teachers.

Peeling peanut shells and sharing
Doing some activities such as counting the peanuts etc
Teachers busy with students in groups
Exploring and enjoying nature watch with teachers
Now it's time to go back to school
Students still exploring on sideways whilst going back to school 
Today only girls of Play Group and Nursery all sections went for nature walk and tomorrow all boys will be taking part in this fun and learning outdoor activity.

Why nature walk?
To fulfill the objectives of:------
Exploring the nature that surrounds us in our day to day life.
 • Exploring the nature like flora and fauna and the sunshine and clouds.
 • To find flowers of all colours, shapes and sizes, as well as leaves of different shapes, colours and sizes.
 • To feel the different textures of all the things we found including the bark on the trees.
Listening skills: As we walk we can listen out for different sounds. The most common sounds we hear are birds, cars and buses, dogs barking, people talking, the wind.
 • Weather: Season late winter, dry leaves, winter
 • Safety rules: Follow and listen to the elders. Walk in a line and side of the road.

Main activities:
 • Sitting at ground or sideways to watch the nature. Peel the peanuts (badaam and count how many nuts they find inside it. Two friends will count together (addition) in trays.
• Collecting leaves and discover the shapes, size and texture of these leaves. Strips of papers (wrist band) and sticking leaves on these strips. We will name those strips ‘nature bands’
 • Discuss opposites ie clean/dirty, light/deep green, shadow/light, long/short.
• Relation to Green Deen (Earth): We keep our road, city clean. Dirty water, clean water.
• Flowers (Bangla related) Gaada, Daalia, Gulaab, Chandro Molika. Colours and sizes of the flowers
• Phonics sound: B-Bridge

Art and crafts Planning:
 • Students sat down in class with paper and pencils and  teacher asked them about the things they had seen, heard, touched or smelled whilst on their walk, then they drew them. They had drawings of birds, flowers, trees, clouds, the sun, and the bridge or buildings around the lake. Tomorrow insha Allah I will include those nature pictures in my post.

 Learning outcomes for nature walk:
 • Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment.
• Children develop positive dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, enthusiasm and imagination.
 • Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural processed materials.
• Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media (conversation, drawing)
• Learn to develop communication skills and vocabulary relating to their subjects such as English and Bangla.

• Learn number relationships (as they count and do the addition while peeling peanuts)
• Learn to develop imaginary skills as they draw coming back to classroom, what they explored their nature walk.

Alhamdu Lilla we could successfully meet our objectives today and tomorrow our journey is continued with boys group-----------!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Early years Winter stage show

Now it is the late winter season in Bangladesh. Today it was foggy in the morning when 'winter stage show' was started but early year children and teachers enjoyed the whole function. It was a really warming and colorful occasion.
On the rooftop of the school it looked really bright and colorful although the stage was built very simple and on the floor level.

The main attraction of the program was 'Tuna Tuni' props prepared by KG.
Every class or section prepared English or Bangla rhymes related to winter. As Nursery class sung the vegetable song holding big vegetable format placards.
January month was a busy time for teachers as they have to work hard to make the winter Pitha or stage show programs successful.

More pictures of the winter show:

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