We are thrilled to announce our second collaboration with our partner Pratham Education Foundation. Sarmaya and Pratham share a common purpose, of ensuring that high quality; immersive art education is available and accessible to reach as many children as possible across geographies and socio economic backgrounds. Inspired by and using objects from the Sarmaya collection, we have created digital modules that will reach 60,000+ children across 3 states in 3 languages within the Pratham network as well as be easily accessible online on multiple platforms. Each module is created for children ages 10+ with diverse learning comprehension levels. The modules are packed with 5-7 fun, informative resources each and the first in this series is a fun, introductory look at coins. We decided on numismatics or the study of coins as our first pack because it forms an important genre of the Sarmaya collection and are fascinating, compact object worlds that serve as exploratory gateways for children to discover decorative art, history, geography and economics. We hope you enjoy using this module, please share your feedback and comments with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
01 Our first video resource is an introduction to the fascinating world of coins. To understand why we use the kind of coins we do today, we travel back in time. In six quick minutes, this video takes a fun, informative look at the history of currency from the barter system to the invention of currency to coins today. This resource helps connect the past to the present for our curious learners.
02 How to read a coin encourages learners to keenly observe the different elements found on a coin. It explores how a tiny object like a coin can be an important, exciting source of history. Here, learners are introduced to the cool terminology involved in the study of coins.
03 Our third resource is an activity sheet expanding on the key concepts learnt in resource 02. The focus is on a single British India coin and learners have to use the terms and concepts learnt to read and decode this coin. This activity sheet will empower young learners to apply the knowledge acquired to any coin they come across.
04 Resource 4 is a video that explores the different shapes and sizes of coins. There are a few surprises in there! This resource explains the connection between shape, technique and purpose of a coin through some ancient, rare pieces from the Sarmaya collection.
05 Have you ever wondered what coins are really made of? Here is resource 5, a quick pdf sheet that will take young learners through what materials were rejected for metal to be declared the MVP and what makes up our current coinage.
06 People behind the coins is resource number 6 and it illustrates to learners how coins are powerful tools of communication used by rulers and governments across centuries. Learners are encouraged to wear their detective hats and examine and interpret the meanings behind the symbols.
07 Activity time! Resource 7 is a worksheet where our young learners get to apply their newly minted knowledge about coins and their wonderful creative skills towards creating a coin.