Parent-child bonding at the Diamond Jubilee High School for Girls, Mumbai
The pre-primary section of the Diamond Jubilee High School for Girls (DJHSG), Mumbai organised a unique three-day event from 1 to 3 August 2023 with the objective of strengthening the bond between parents and their young ones during their formative years.
During these three days, a series of activities were thoughtfully arranged to facilitate meaningful engagement between parents and their children. The event commenced with an art and modelling session, as well as “Brain Gym” exercises. On the second and third days, parents and students participated in reading time, music and movement and gross motor activities. The event proved to be a resounding success, leaving a lasting impact on both parents and children alike.
In the art and modelling segment, parents collaborated with their children on creative projects. The room was adorned with displays of the children’s artwork, beautifully exhibited on small biscuit boxes. Laughter, interaction and bonding were also evident as parents and children painted on easel boards and moulded clay into intricate shapes. Later, they all took part in “Brain Gym” activities, learning about its significance on mental and physical health. They also engaged in a series of games and exercises including the “Name Game”, “Lazy 8”, “P.A.C.E” and the “Spaghetti Game”.
The event continued with ‘read aloud’ time, with teachers reading a book of their choice. Parents and their children sat together in the class set up with beautiful dupattas, or shawl-like scarf worn with traditional South Asian attire, and fairy lights, resembling a doll house. Soft toys and cushions were also put out to create a cosy ambience. This activity not only instilled a love for reading in the young ones but also created a serene environment where parents connected with their children.
Music and movement were other highlights of the three-day event, where parents and children danced and sang along to lively songs. This session not only promoted the importance of physical activity but also encouraged parents to unwind and enjoy precious moments with their little ones along with their children’s teachers who joined in the fun activity.
Lastly, the parents and students participated in gross motor activities which tested the parent-child duo's coordination and teamwork. From obstacle races to group games, parents and children worked hand in hand, refining their gross motor skills while nurturing a strong bond. The atmosphere was filled with healthy competition and unwavering support as parents cheered their little ones.
“I would like to thank the school and the teachers for taking such an initiative,” said Mrs Gulnaaz Kothia, mother of junior KG student Irza Kothia. “It was a wonderful experience of spending quality time with my child. The event was well organised and well managed."
Students also expressed their enjoyment of the activities and time spent with their parents.
“I enjoyed playing games and painting with my mother,” said senior KG student Shaikh Anabia Afzal. “I would like if my mummy could come again to school.”
Photos (top to bottom):
- Parents and students taking part in music and movement.
- Parents and students participating in a game.
- Parents helping their children in art and modelling.
- Parents and students in 'read aloud' time.