- Prepare for a fun head gear before you enter the virtual classroom. It could be a superhero band or a tinker bell or clown hair. With lots of drama and voice modulation, introduce yourself and invite children to introduce themselves too! Follow it up with a song or a story!
- Have peppy numbers playing in the background while children enter the virtual classroom. Together move and dance on the tunes
- Dress as a familiar story character and begin with a story by involving all children
- Have a virtual background of a park or rainbows or any theme and plan short activities related to it
- Have conversations with children and get to know them – let them introduce themselves, talk about the holidays, their favourite food etc.
- Send a note prior to have children dress as they like – in their favourite t-shirt or wear their favourite cap etc.
- Engage in a music and movement session with them – could be their favourite rhymes or some familiar songs like lakdi ki kathi etc. with actions. To make it fun, you may invite their parents to participate too
- Plan a fun parent-child activity where together they either they engage in card making or t-shirt painting or a simple fireless cooking activity
- Engage in a badge making activity where all classmates including the teacher make a colourful badge for themselves and write their name on it. Have all children wear the badges at the end of the class and take a class picture
- Have a breakfast or a brunch party! Send a note prior for the parents to arrange for children’s favourite snack – could be a khakhra, cookies or sandwiches along with some fresh fruit juice or a fruit and have it together as a class. Use this opportunity to converse with children and understand about their likes, dislikes etc.
Fatema Agarkar as Keynote speaker @IIT Mumbai, October 13th 2023