EducationWorld Preschool Grand Jury Awards 2020
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Short Story – A Birthday Shock!

Lets give Minosha a birthday surprise,” suggested Riya.
A mischeivous twinkle lit up Hiras eyes. How about giving her a birthday shock instead? Followed by our surprises, of course!”

You and your ideas!” Riya laughed. What do you have in mind?”

A midnight ghost to wish her a spooky birthday

Riya laughed. Soon they were planning the prank. Without Minoshas knowledge, they asked her parents for permission to sleep over on her birthday eve.

Minosha still doesnt know we are here,” Riya whispered, as they unpacked their gear at Minoshas house. I told Aunty not to tell her

Then lets get ready quickly,” Hira said, trying on a white bedsheet.

You make a perfect ghost,” Riya told her, pulling out a pair of white fangs that glowed in the dark. She put on a black cloak.

Soon it was bedtime, and the lights were switched off. Riya and Hira crept into the room. It was pitch dark. Thuddd! Riya jumped.

Hira gave a nervous giggle. You arent scared, are you?”

Of course not!” Riya retorted. Ghooooooooooo….

Now Hira clutched Riyas hand. I want the lights on,” she whispered. Somehow thoughts of bats and monsters were crowding her head.

Waaaaaaaaaagggghhh! Something landed on Hiras back, and touched Riyas face. She screamed.


Hira ran and switched on the light. There was Minosha, armed with two pillows!

It was fun playing ghosts,” she told them. Thanks for the birthday surprise. I loved it!”

They laughed and handed her their gift.

– Nisha Daniel

Teacher’s Corner:

Birthdays can liven up your class if you add some spice to each students special day.

Make a crown for the birthday child and let her wear it for a photo with the whole class. Get a print, add a little personal note with a pen, and put it in a frame for a nice gift-cum-keepsake!

Let the birthday girl/boy have five minutes of the spotlight with several students telling her what makes her special.

Create a simple class tradition like this to be followed regularly. You are sure to be the most loved teacher by the end of the year!

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