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June 22, 2010 > Hindi-English Immersion class comes to Fremont Public Library

Hindi-English Immersion class comes to Fremont Public Library

Submitted By Rakhi Sharma
Photos By courtesy of Dr. Vishal Sharma

Building on the popularity of its Spring Program, Cheeni For Tots (CFT) is planning a Hindi Immersion Program for tots this coming August for lots of summer fun!

During April - May, Cheeni For Tots, entertained and educated kids (and parents) over a six-week period, with a bilingual Hindi-English story time at the Fremont Public Library.

Combining parental fun and tot empowerment, parents and their children spent time learning together (a nearly forgotten art) while being entertained. These sessions combined a whole world of recreation, and enabled kids to not only hear fascinating fairy tales, but also to learn poems, the Hindi vowels and alphabet, counting from one to ten, the names of major animals, and lots more - all in just a half-hour during the six short weeks!

The engaging style of Cheeni For Tots Co-Founder, Rakhi Sharma, a Harvard-trained software engineer turned entrepreneur, allowed children to absorb materials seamlessly, and make remarkable progress, as attested by beaming, proud parents, who were amazed at the achievements of their little ones! With songs, dances, and action sequences, as well as participation from the moms and dads in attendance, the sessions had not a dull moment!

"Love it!" said Barbara Monie, a mom who just moved to Fremont from the mid-West. "Refreshing!" gushed Pravina Hedgepatil, a mom whose 6-year old son had a blast.

Karen Pacheco, Supervising Children's Librarian, said, "It was a great combination of on-line and off-line content. Children not only had a lot of fun, but learned a lot, too!"

Cheeni For Tots combined the use of projection techniques to make stories from books come alive on the big screen, used animal images to add excitement for the little ones, and encouraged them to participate and overcome their shyness and initial apprehensions.

The children were able to review the materials they learned, at the library, by watching them online via short, entertaining videos at the Cheeni For Tots website.

"To encourage a spirit of active involvement, and to draw out even the shyest of kids, we conducted a Lucky Draw Contest at the end, where kids submitted their coloring sheets," said Sharma. Everyone was a winner, and got prizes just for participating! Over 50 kids and an equal number of parents thoroughly enjoyed the program, and participated enthusiastically."

If you are interested in more information and/or participating with the upcoming Hindi-English Immersion class in August, please visit http://www.cheenifortots.com/events and fill out the advance sign-up form to reserve your space! We look forward to your participation!

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