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Teaching Learning Materials

Bodh has been engaged in developing and modifying teaching learning materials (TLMs) and other resources based on cognitive principles and contextual requirements. The emphasis on TLMs stems from the belief that learning should be a joyful and meaningful exercise. Over the years, a significant pool including games, puzzles, songs, cards, worksheets, charts etc has been developed. Most of the TLMs are derived from games that children play and use materials that are locally available. Many of these have also been modified as classroom use and feedback from communities revealed their potential for explaining other/more concepts.

There has been a special focus on utilising TLMs in building language, literacy and numeracy skills in children. In fact, considerable work has been done for pre school and primary levels. For instance, a series called Khel Pathmala has been developed. Meant for children in class I-II (or other comparative levels), it promotes basic language and mathematics competencies. Games and other such activities are utilised in explaining concepts as well as enhancing aspects such as concentration, balance, hand co-ordination etc.

Examples of some of the most commonly used TLMs are given below. These include games featured in Khel Pathamala and other options as well.

No. Game/Activity Function
1 Dus Tiliyon Ka Khel (game of ten sticks) Explains concepts (numbers, place value, simple operations of addition, subtraction and multiplication) Enhances hand co-ordination/balance and concentration Enhances strategic thinking and collective decision making
2 Khel Board (Game of Dice) Recognising different geometrical shapes, colours, words and their sounds Enhances strategic thinking and collective decision making
3 Game of Notes (using fake currency notes) Understanding place value, simple operations of addition, subtraction and multiplication Counting from 1 to 100
4 Jali Button (Net and buttons) Understanding concept of numbers and counting Matching colours and also creating different designs
5 Carrom Board adaptation) Understanding place value, simple operations of addition, subtraction and multiplication Enhances hand co-ordination/balance and concentration
6 55 and 100 Goti Stand Understanding numbers and counting, concept of tens and decimals Matching colours Enhancing balance and concentration
7 Geometrical Symmetry Cut outs Understanding shapes and symmetry
8 Fraction Cards Understanding concept of fractions , simple operations of addition, subtraction and multiplication
9 Rup ek naam anek (One form many names) Understanding synonyms
 
The publications section lists the other key TLMs and resources (including guidebooks, books on children’s games and audio cassettes). Besides these, there are various other subject specific workbooks and worksheets that are being used in the bodhshalas and the Manas Ganga schools (Senior Secondary Girls Residential, Pre and Primary School). 
  
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