Sunday, May 9, 2010

The wounded swan- a puppet show

I have been teaching children Buddhism at my local Temple and we are planning a puppet play about a wounded swan
- The swan gets shot by Prince Devaddatta - the cousin of Prince Siddartha ( who later becomes the Buddha )- one wants to hunt and eat the bird- the other to look after it and let it live. A rathersimple plot but there are many ways of presenting it. The students are very excited to make their own puppets- they have been drawing all the characters.
I like to use creative ways of teaching as its a good way to actually retain the knowledge. Also the students are so busy through out the week, they rush from one thing to another - this gives them time to enjoy, play and create something which has only personal benefits. They are a real pleasure to teach!!!

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