On the 2nd of March, we made a trip to Vartan Gregorian to observe the children for whom we will be writing the software. We spent about an hour in the school and interacted with the children on a very personal level. As we came in, the kids were splitting up into two groups - one to go to a science class, and another to gym. The four of us came along with the science students and found ourselves as teachers to them. The children split up into four groups and each of us worked closely with 4-6 students as a teacher. Our task was to show them what a cricket is and all the different characteristics of the cricket, including the fact that it has 6 legs, 2 eyes, a head, a thorax, and an abdomen.
What impressed us was the fact that the children had a varying ability of speaking English, yet all were forced to repeat such complicated words as thorax and abdomen. We all went into the science room where we helped the children to make color representations of the crickets using pieces of color paper and starch to glue them down. Many of the children, whose ages ranged from 4-6, were more interested in painting with the colored paper rather than gluing it, but most reacted well to instructions if those instructions were repeated more than once.
Aron observed that his group of kids enjoyed drawing with the paper and were fascinated by discovering that colors can be mixed, etc. Intellectual curiosity was different in different children, but most had a good time discovering and playing with new things.
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