Book reviews by Ms. Jyoti Malviya (Grade2 Homeroom teacher)

Book reviews by our educator Ms. Jyoti Malviya (Grade2 Homeroom teacher)

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Book no. A045: Wings of Fire
An autobiography by A P J Abdul Kalam. In this book Dr. Kalam has shared his lifetime experiences with rocketry and machines. How they plan and how they execute it, how they give wings to rocket and how they give wings to their dreams. He discussed about Agni, Prithvi, SLV-3 and so on. He has mentioned names of all the great people with whom he has been for long time and help him in showing right path. He discussed about the leadership qualities, also discussed about how people always engaged in their problems instead of finding solution. As he mentioned a very good poem
God has not promised
skies always blue……..
But God has promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labour
Light for the way.

He has shown a great interest in Youth of India and inspired them. He likely to see developed India. I think the meaning of Wings of fire is wings to our dreams.

Personally I want to thanks Akshay Sir and Yograj Sir because few years back when I was in college I heard a lot about this book, from that day I was very excited to read this book but because of heavy course I didn’t manage to read this book, after completion of college I got engaged in my personal life and my professional life…. again my dream of reading this book remained the dream. But a hearty thanks to you both… finally I got the chance to read this book and I fulfill one of my dream.

Book no. A032: Stories from here and there

Stories from here and there written by Sunil Handa Sir. The book comprises of many stories with a moral of every story. I enjoyed reading this book as everyone enjoys reading stories.It is well said that truth is bitter but stories are best way to show the mirror. Many stories are there which I like most such as:
1. Easiest way to have God’s darshan
2. The biggest lesson
3. Can’t hide bad intentions
4. Reality – one question and many answer
5. A land where there were no old man
6. Arjun or Eklavya
7. You always find something that reflect you
8. Harshvardhan and Siddhraj
9. What is education
10. Write on sand and stone
11. Better I learn to live with it
12. Necessity become a ritual
13. Two large pots- one cracked and other perfect
14. The clever jeweller
15. Grammatical error
16. Srinivas Ramanujan- division
17. Fill the place with something
18. Weight problem
19. Like what you get
20. Real prosperity
21. Transform your life
22. Beauty lies in the eyes of beholder
23. No body can insult you unless you want to be insulted
24. Keep learning till you die
25. Function of a leader
26. The greatest man
27. Bad to worse therapy
28. Triple filter test
29. Illusion
30. Adaptation
31. Two wrongs don’t make one write
32. Never give advice to fools
33. The biggest victory is to win heart of the people
34. Don’t give up yours dream
35. It wasn’t your baby
36. The best medicine
37. Secret of happy marriage
38. Sleep when the wind blows
39. The picture in the wallet
40. I’ll never complain again
41. Slap in the face
These are some stories which I like most and forced me to think over it. I would like to read this book once more as many of the stories are inspirational and we require inspirations after every short intervals. I’ll try to inculcate some stories in my life too. It was nice reading this book.

‘बच्चों का खाना’ बनाम ‘बड़ों का खाना’

जब मैंने २०१३ में ज्ञानकृति की स्थापना की थी उस समय यह कल्पना भी नहीं की थी कि पालकों के साथ मुझे साल में कई बार बच्चों के खाने (या नहीं खाने) के बारे में ईमेल या व्यक्तिगत मुलाकात करनी पड़ेगी प्रायः वास्तविकता आपकी कल्पना को तितर-बितर कर देते है। अपने बचपन में दूसरों का टिफ़िन चोरी करके खाने की तो खूब किस्से-कहानियाँ सुनी थी पर अचानक इस पीढ़ी को क्या हो गया विधाता? क्या ब्रम्हा ने आजकल के बच्चे किसी “manufacturing defect” के साथ बनाना चालू कर दिए है? विषय तो बहुत चिंतनीय है, इसलिए ‘बच्चो को आसानी से खाना खिलाने’ की इस श्रंखला की यह पहली कड़ी है…

आपके बच्चे को क्या खाना सबसे अधिक पसंद है? आँख बंद करके सोचिये…

क्या आपके दिमाग में हॉट डॉग, मैक्रोनी, चीज़ पिज़्ज़ा, बर्गर, मैगी जैसी तस्वीरें आई? कुछ लोग इस तरह के खाने को “बच्चों का खाना” भी बोलते है। अब तो आपको यह ब्लॉग और भी ध्यान से पढ़ना चाहिए।

बच्चों को इस तरह का खाना अधिक मात्रा में खाने के लिए कोई पौष्टिक कारण है क्या? या कोई कारण है कि बच्चे लौकी जैसे “बड़ों का खाना” नहीं खाये? संभव है कि आपने कभी “बड़ों का खाना” जैसा कुछ होता है यह न सुना हो, पर आपके बच्चे मन ही मन ऐसा निश्चितरूप से सोचते है। मैंने कुछ बच्चों को यह बोलते हुए भी सुना है कि “जब में बड़ा हो जाऊँगा तब मैं xyz सब्जी खाऊँगा।”

मेरी समझ के अनुसार अधिकतर बच्चे निम्नलिखित खाद्य पदार्थों के लिए कभी मना नहीं करेंगे

  • किसी भी तरह का जंक फ़ूड, जो एक डब्बे में बंद होकर आता हो
  • चॉकलेट युक्त खाद्य जैसे chocos आदि
  • केक, आइस-क्रीम के नाम पर कुछ भी

हर जन्मदिन पार्टी के बाद बच्चे यह सब खाकर आते है और पूरे स्कूल में सबको बड़ी शान के साथ बता रहे होते है आजकल बाहर खाने जाओ तो मेनू में “Kids Menu” अलग से दिए होते है, उनमे बच्चों के खाने के नाम पर यही सब कचरा (junk) परोसा जाता है

यह सिद्धांत कि बच्चों का खाना अलग होता है और बड़ों का खाना अलग, यही हमारे बच्चों को बिगाड़ रहा है।

पालकों को क्या करना चाहिये?

  • पसंद-नापसंद तो सबकी होती ही है, किन्तु खाने को लेकर घर को अलग-अलग टीम में ना बाँट दे
  • बच्चों को वही खाने के लिए प्रेरित करें जो आप खाते है (अगर आप भी ‘बच्चों वाला खाना’ ज्यादा पसंद करते है तो सुधार की शुरुआत स्वयं से करें)
  • ‘स्वाद’ के स्थान पर ‘पौष्टिक’ भोजन के बारे में बार-बार बच्चों को बताये
  • “बच्चों को तो यही सब पसंद है” आदि कहना बंद करें
  • “कभी-कभी चलता है” से काम नहीं चलेगा, हर दिन और हर परिस्थिति में पौष्टिक खाने की आदत डालनी होगी
  • डॉक्टर, शिक्षक (सर, मैडम) के नाम पर डराकर भी आदत सुधारने की कोशिश व्यर्थ ही जाएगी, बच्चा आपका है और कायदे से उसे आपकी बात सुनकर मानने में कोई परेशानी नहीं होनी चाहिए बच्चा अगर आपकी बात नहीं मानता तो पहले आप ‘बात मनवाने के तरीके’ सीखें (Hint: Circle Time 5:00 onwards in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0L1mnW7EpY )
  • अंतिम और सबसे महत्त्वपूर्ण उपदेश – बच्चे आपने आसपास के लोगो का ही प्रतिबिम्ब होते है स्कूल के शिक्षक, माता-पिता, दादा-दादी, नाना-नानी, भाई-बहन सबको आदर्श बनकर दिखाना होगा

यदि आपको मेरे विचार उचित लगे हो तो इस ब्लॉग या फेसबुक पर कमेंट करके या मुझे  yograj@gyankriti.com पर ईमेल करके अवश्य बताये आप खाने (या अन्य किसी विषय) से जुड़ी समस्या के बारे में जानना चाहते है तो वह भी लिखें, मैं भविष्य के ब्लॉग / विडियो में आप सभी के प्रश्नों का उत्तर देने का प्रयत्न करूँगा धन्यवाद

Parent Blog: गली-गली में चर्चा है ज्ञानकृति के ज्ञान की

श्रीमती दीपा श्रीवास्तव, श्रेयांश की माता, द्वारा रचित दो कविताएँ। उनका यह मानना है कि ज्ञानकृति के साथ हँसता, खेलता, बढता, समझता और हर कुछ जानने की कोशिश करता है बचपन।

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गली-गली में चर्चा है ज्ञानकृति के ज्ञान की
अजब अनूठे और अनोखे ज्ञानकृति के ज्ञान की
अक्षय सर की सूझबूझ की
योगराज की गहराई की
बच्चों को जो हंसाती, रचना की उस मुस्कान की
गली-गली में चर्चा है ज्ञानकृति के ज्ञान की

खेल-खेल में पाते शिक्षा बच्चे यहाँ संस्कार की
व्यवहारों से सीख रहे शिक्षा गणित विज्ञान की
गली-गली में चर्चा है ज्ञानकृति के ज्ञान की

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बच्चे पढ़ ही नहीं रहे, सीख रहे है
क्योंकि वे ज्ञानकृति में पढ़ रहे है
बच्चे स्वछंद आकाश में उड़ रहे है
सीमाओं से परे अपना जीवन जी रहे है

बच्चे रेत-मिटटी में खेल रहे है
प्रकृति में रहकर प्रकृति से कुछ सीख रहे है
बच्चे सब्जी बो रहे है, काट रहे है, बना रहे है
जीवन जीने की हर कला सीख रहे है

बच्चे दौड़ रहे है, सूर्य नमस्कार कर रहे है
वे बढ़ ही नहीं रहे, बड़ा बन रहे है
परीक्षा, पास-फेल, प्रथम-द्वितीय इस सब से परे
बच्चे अपने-अपने व्यक्तित्व और कौशल को निखार रहे है
क्योंकि वे ज्ञानकृति में पढ़ रहे है
बच्चे कुछ अच्छा-अलग कर रहे है

“श्रेयांश बढ़ रहा है, पढ़ रहा है
सीख रहा है, बड़ा बन रहा है”

 

Migration to Google Apps for Education

प्रिय पालक,

यह नोटिस बहुत ही महत्वपूर्ण है, कृपया ध्यान से पढ़ें और उचित कार्यवाही करें।

सोशल मीडिया के माध्यम से हमने सूचित किया था कि जल्द ही आप सभी एक नए और बेहतर संपर्क प्रणाली पर आ जायेंगे। हम एक-एक करके सभी कक्षाओं को इस प्रणाली पर ला रहे है, अब आपकी बारी है:

कृपया 18, 19, या 20 जनवरी को 15 मिनट का समय निकालकर सुबह 9:30 बजे से 2:30 बजे के बीच स्कूल आए। माता-पिता दोनों आए तो बेहतर होगा। हम आपको नए ईमेल -id देंगे अतः अपना मोबाइल फोन अवश्य लाएँ, जिस में Gmail एप्लिकेशन इन्स्टाल किया हुआ हो। अधिक जानकारी के लिए नीचे दिया गया विडियो देखें।

यदि आप नयी प्रणाली नहीं समझते तो आपको कोई भी नोटिस प्राप्त नहीं होगा

अतिरिक्त कार्य जो आप साथ में कर सकते है

  1. छात्र के आधार कार्ड की फोटोकॉपी जमा करें
  2. परिवार के समग्र id की फोटोकॉपी जमा करें
  3. छात्र के बैंक खाते की फोटोकॉपी जमा करें
  4. यूनिफ़ोर्म का ऑर्डर दें (अगले वर्ष से लोअर और निक्कर भी ड्रेस में रहेगी, आप आवश्यकता अनुसार पैसे जमा करा दें। एक पीस का मूल्य इस प्रकार है)
    • टी-शर्ट – 250रु
    • लोअर – 250रु
    • निक्कर – 200रु
    • स्वेटर – 500रु
    • यूनिफ़ोर्म विक्रेता 10 फरवरी तक स्कूल से ही ऑर्डर ले रहे है। आप अपनी इच्छा अनुसार किसी भी विक्रेता से बाद में भी यूनिफ़ोर्म लेने के लिए स्वतंत्र है।

यूट्यूब में विडियो देखने के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें

Poem&Story Recitation Day + Ramanujan Week

Poem and Story Recitation Day (Preschool Event)

Following students participated in the poem and story recitation day. All the participants will get a certificate of appreciation at the Yearly Award Ceremony (25th February 2018). List of participants:

  • Nursery: Ariketh Goyal, Kavya Mishra, Maksharth Gokhale, Aarna Singh, Heral Patidar, Jivishka Gurbani
  • Junior KG: Krisha Jain, Mansi Rangari, Bhavya Nahar, Lakshya Gupta, Aarav Bansal, Shankhesh Chhajed, Aradhy Gupta, Abhyudaya Shukla, Atin Nema, Aayansh Vyas
  • Senior KG: Nayesha Gangwani, Aarav Sharma, Rudra Joshi

Thank you all the parents and students for participation we appreciate your efforts!

Learning Basics of Coding – Junior School

Grade 1 students were exposed to computer coding with the help of a game. The students were supposed to act like a robot which follows does a particular task whenever some command is typed in the system. The lesson plan and photographs of the activity are given here for details:

  • Understanding how robotic instructions are given
    • Ask children to use instructions for routine works like – go ten steps in forward direction, take a left turn, e.t.c
    • Make syntax for each instruction
      • START
      • Moving forward A steps – walk(A)
      • Left turn – turn(L)
      • Right turn – turn(R)
      • Moving backward B steps – walkback(B)
      • STOP
    • Work in teams of two to write an algorithm to make a square of 5 steps size
    • Teacher will make turtle outputs for each of the answer
      • Correct answer should look like
      • START
      • Walk(5)
      • Turn(L)
      • Walk(5)
      • Turn(L)
      • Walk(5)
      • Turn(L)
      • Walk(5)
      • STOP
    • Discuss if any other algorithm is possible.
  • Using FOR loop
  • Give some situations where similar types of instructions are repeated.
  • FOR(5)
  • {
  • ….
  • }
  • This repeats the code 5 times.

Ask students to make new code for making a 5 step square using FOR loop

  • START
  • FOR(3)
  • {
  • Walk(5)
  • Turn(L)
  • }
  • Walk(5)
  • STOP

Write code for making shapes in groups of 3/4 students :

Facebook Live with Yograj Patel 16 December 2017

Disclaimer1: The questions asked by teachers in the session are not their own queries or views they are only representing the questions usually asked by parents of their classes.

Disclaimer2: We have some core philosophies, for e.g. 100% attendance, punctuality etc., they are not debatable, discussion is only for doubts and clarifications.

Facebook Live Video Recording: https://www.facebook.com/gyankriti/videos/1704421859579428/

Question 1: My child is interested for Dance or Cricket. I want to know because he is very much interested in both things? – Suresh Chouhan

Answer in video: 1:16 to 4:00

Summary of answer: Interest of young children change with time. It is better for wait atleast age of 7-8 years before children start any formal training. Avoid time pass activity classes – risk of bad influence. Avoid team games, younger children are more likely to show more interest in individual sports.

 

Question 2: How did you decide about the theme of this year’s annual function? What inspired you? – Navita Katariya

Answer in video: 4:00 to 6:28

Summary of answer: We focus on developing nationalistic and patriotic feeling among students, they should know about each and every part of India. ‘Indic languages’ was an easy theme to showcase India’s culture and mother of all languages – Sanskrit. The movie Baahubali inspired us for this theme as it has songs in multiple languages including the Dheevara song in Sanskrit language.

 

Question 3: Why didn’t you give any mementos or certificate this year in Gyankumbh? – Deepika Gokhale

Answer in video: 6:30 to 7:40

Summary of answer: This year onwards we will organize Yearly Award Ceremony to distribute all the awards at once. It is scheduled at PritamLalDua Sabhagruh on 25th February 2018.

 

Question 4: प्रीस्कूल कक्षाओं में कोई भी पाठ्यपुस्तक नहीं है। किन्तु कक्षा १ में कई पुस्तकें हैं। क्या यह व्यवस्था बच्चों के लिये कठिनाईपूर्ण नहीं होती? – Rachana Saxena

Why there are no textbooks in your school? – Rajkumar Rathore

Answer in video: 7:40 to 9:00

Summary of answer: This is not factually correct. We have notebooks in all classes, children however don’t carry them in school bags every day. Preschool students don’t have textbooks and we follow our own curriculum developed in sync with ICSE guidelines. Grade1 onwards students get textbooks for Hindi, English and Maths. They do not face any difficulty in using the textbooks, all the Grade1 students and parents can testify this.

 

Question 5: How children should be raised so that they could think on their own? and 2. How parents should react to children’s mistake and rude behaviour especially in public? – Gourav Gupta

Answer in video: 9:00 to 15:25

Summary of answer: Quite a subjective issue. What we do at Gyankriti? Increase confidence of children by training them in Practical Life Skills. Once they become independent they can start taking small risks. Block and Montessori hour for mental development. Teacher should only support and not write exact answer on board for copying.

 

Please don’t make mistakes an ego or self-esteem issue. Don’t be embarrassed by behaviour of children. Frame rules in circle time, revise the rules regularly. Parents should show ideal behaviour in front of children. If the issue continues for long time check if your child has any disability or disorder.

 

Question 5: Why ICSE not CBSE? – Raghvi Gupta, Pushyamitra Joshi, Gagan Rathore

Answer in video: 15:30 to 18:30

Summary of answer: CBSE is currently looking after over 20000 schools across India. Too many schools and reduction in quality over the years. ICSE is better at quality and provides some freedom for schools to implement their own unique ideas. It is also better in terms of language development, be it Hindi, English or third language. A recent survey of over 25000 students by NCERT concluded that ICSE is the number one board in India and its students scored much better in English, Maths and Science as compared to CBSE or any other state board.

Comments: There is mistake in video. I said ICSE instead of CBSE at some places.

Mr. Jayakrishnan (Course Instructor at IITBombayX.in) is also writing a detailed blog on this topic.

 

Question 6: Why our syllabus or writing work is less? Why no cursive writing? – Dipty Joshi, Deepika Gokhale, Suresh Chouhan

Answer in video: 20:50 to 25:30

Summary of answer: Syllabus is as per ICSE curriculum. Our focus is more on concepts and less on cramming. Similar kind of syllabus is followed at other goods schools in India. Similarly, in terms of writing work, it is at par with NCERT guidelines, they can write what they can read. The brief outline is: Nursery: Pattern Writing, Junior KG: English Alphabets, Senior KG: Hindi Alphabets and English words, Grade1: Passages in Hindi and English.

Apart from this writing has no future, all the competitive exams are held online these days. In the coming years children may be allowed to even give board exams on computers.

 

Question 7: Want to know about phonic sound? How to teach phonic sound to kid? And how it’s helpful for them? – Bharti Mishra

Answer in video: 25:55 to 27:40

Summary of answer: The method of teaching reading by phonics, especially English, is not scientific at all. The sounds change all the time, there are more exceptions and many more rules. Children get confused by rules and they tend to decode words all the time and hence unable to enjoy reading.

 

Question 8: Hindi me aap Grade1 ke bachchon ko matra gyaan nhi kara rahe he tab kya bachhe hindi pad payenge theek se? – Dipty Joshi

Answer in video: 27:40 to 29:30

Summary of answer: Not true. We introduce all the matras at once. Our Hindi textbook Rimjhim has all matras from first chapter itself. Vowel sounds, Nasal sounds like bindu, chandrabindu, nukhta, everything is properly taught to children. We don’t specify any particular time period of teaching a particular matra, that is why this confusion is there among parents.

 

Question 9: Any plans for expansion in Rajasthan? – Nutan Mankodi, Are you planning to merge Annapurna and Nipania Branch? – Ashwini Kopergaonkar.

Answer in video: 29:30 to 31:50

Summary of answer: We don’t have any expansion plan. Want to work only in Indore and open only one school. There are also no plans for merger of Nipania and Annapurna branch. They will continue to operate independently for preschool students near their home. Grade1 onwards main campus will come very soon. Plan is already shared on our website’s location page.

 

Question 10: How to deal with Mobile and TV addiction in children? – Dipty Joshi

Answer in video: 31:50 to 32:15

Please check a separate video we made on this topic: https://youtu.be/u0L1mnW7EpY

 

Question 11: I have heard that ICSE board is tough?

Answer in video: 32:15 to 33:05

Summary of answer: Yes, we also find that the board is tougher in comparison to CBSE as it focuses more on conceptual learning instead of rote learning. But it should not be a problem if the school is developing concepts from early stage.

Other questions I was not able to answer in the live video

  • What is the role of infrastructure in term of good school as many of parents and colleagues have issue and deny just because of infrastructure?
  • The infra of Gyankriti is sufficient for the number of students we have with us. 5000sqft for 100 children is better than 2 acres for 2000 children.
  • Sir can you brief on your infrastructure of school, when it will be developed?
  • http://www.gyankriti.com/en/locations/main-campus we have published the future plan summary on website.
  • Sometimes mother is not able to teach child due to lack of knowledge of English language and father is busy with tight schedule.
  • 1) Please try to support children during formative years, that is upto 10 years of age after that he will be able to manage on his own. 2) We don’t give any homework where parents need to teach, classwork is enough.
  • Bahut bar aisa hota h kuch parents mail check ni kar pate or bacche kuch event miss kar dete h to bacche sad hote h iske liye kya kar sakte h aap
  • यदि आपके पास इस समस्या का कोई सुझाव हो तो जरूर भेजें, हम उस पर विचार करेंगे, दुर्भाग्यवश सबको फोन करना संभव नहीं है और शायद ही उससे भी यह समस्या हल हो
  • Abhi currently hui euro kids ki durghatna aur Roz iss tarah ki durghatnao ko dekhte hue Apne Apke school k bachho ko unke level par inn sabhi ghatnao se bachne k liye kya kya awareness program shuru kiye hai…?
  • We take some of these age-appropriate topics in preschool assembly and value drama sessions. Regarding current secuirty measures, everything is inline with government guidelines and we completed a security audit 3 months ago. It is done twice a year.

Understanding lunar cycles with the help of Indian Calendar

[Update] This blog was also republished by HBCSE, TIFR‘s Small Science Website: http://smallscience.hbcse.tifr.res.in/lunar-cycles-and-indian-calendars/

Outer Space and celestial bodies are something that fascinates everyone, including children. Many countries invest lot of time and resources in exposing children to space research. Space exploration can also serve as a stimulus for children to enter the fields of science and engineering. How should we begin with at the school level?

At Gyankriti one can notice that children write Gregorian calendar dates in English notebooks and Vikram Samvat dates in Hindi notebooks. The children are also regularly told to go to the terrace and observe the moon. There are two learning objectives associated with this

  1. Understand the phases of moon throughout the year and co-relate it with the hindu calendar. [Subject: Science]
  2. Understand the logic behind ever-changing dates of Hindu festivals. [Subject: General Knowledge]

Sample of dates written in Hindi and English notebooks.

In this blog we have explained the curriculum of Indian Calendar at our school.

About the Indian Calendars

One can find more details about various versions of Indian Calendar and the astronomical concepts behind them on the website of Positional Astronomical Centre of Indian Meterological Department. http://www.packolkata.gov.in They also publish the national calendar of India, Rashtriya Panchang, with the objective of unifying the divergent practices of calendar systems existing in different parts of the country and also to promote panchang calculations on a modern scientific basis.

 As we are using Vikram Samvat at our school, here are some basic details of the luni-solar hindu calendar.

  • The Indian calendar is known by the Hindu word “panchanga“.
  • The calendar is based on the lunar cycle. A day is measured as the period between one moonrise and the next. A month is the period from one moon cycle to the next. A year is measured from the beginning of a season until its return.
  • A lunar month lasts 29.5 days on average.
  • A lunar year lasts 12 lunar months or 354 solar days.

Since a period of twelve lunar months fall short of a solar year by 11 days, an additional month is added to the calendar at three-yearly intervals. This month is known as the “adhika“. Each month is divided into the two cycles (waxing and waning) of the moon (new moon to full moon and back). The period of the new moon is called “krishna paksha” and the period of the full moon is called “shukl paksha“.

One can find more details about various versions of Indian Calendar and the astronomical concepts behind them on the website of Positional Astrononimal Centre of Indian Meterological Department. http://www.packolkata.gov.in

Which calendar should we follow at our school?

The Indian Calendar Reform Committee, appointed in 1952, identified more than thirty well-developed calendars, in use across different parts of India. There are two main calendars. In North India, the month generally begins with the full moon, in South India with the new moon. Festival days will still fall on the same day, or very closely, but the name of the month may be different. For example, Krishna’s Birthday falls on the eighth day of the dark moon; in the North this is in the month of Bhadra; in the South in Shravana.

Well that’s a bit complicated to begin with. Choosing the ‘perfect calendar’ for our school was very confusing. In the end it didn’t really matter which calendar we follow, as our main objective is learning its co-relation with lunar cycles. That is why we decided to go with Vikram Samvat which was started by King Vikramaditya of Ujjain in 57BC, that is 57 years before Gregorian calendar. Vikram Samvat is the most popular version in Madhya Pradesh and hence all the festivals in our region rely on its dates. For finding out the correct tithi everyday we refer the dates published in the local daily Dainik Bhaskar.

So you can use the most popular Indian calendar of your region and pick the dates from any newspaper of your area.

Grade wise learning outcomes related to space exploration

We have introduced Grade1 in this academic session and it is the senior most class at our school. That is why the curriculum outlined here is just an extrapolation of what we have been doing recently. Depending on our experiences the actual content might change over the years.

Kindergarten:

  • Learn the names of days in a week (Somvaar, Mangalvaar, …)
  • Understand the concept of day and night with the help of globe

Grade1 & Grade 2:

  • Learn names of months in the Indian Calendar.
  • Read the date from school calendar and write in Hindi notebooks everyday.
  • Understand the tithi and paksh
  • Observe the moon regularly at home
  • Co-relate the tithi and paksh of a day with the phase of moon on that night.
  • Learn names of planets in our solar system and their relative position to each other

Grade 3 onwards:

  • Understand the dates of major Indian festivals and link them to the phase of moon [For eg. Krishna Janmasthami falls always on the Krishna Paksha Asthami of Shravan month in Vikram Samvat era]
  • Observe timings of moon-rise and moon-set everday
  • Rotation of Moon around the Earth and Moon-Earth around the Sun. Making working models and relating it with the calendar.
  • Any other astronomical facts related to calendar.

Acknowledgement: Mr. Anand Bhushan, Assistant Professor, NIT Patna, helped us a lot in formulating the curriculum for teaching the Hindu calendars. You can reach him at: anand.bhushan@nitp.ac.in

 Sources:

CV Raman Week – Science Activities

Junior School students celebrated Sir Chandra Shekhar Raman’s birthday by organizing various fun and learn science activities. They also visited Sirpur Lake, Indore for bird-watching and observing various plants over there. The highlights of the entire week are as follows:

Visit to Sirpur Lake: Students formed 4 groups and walked about 2 KMs each in different paths along the lakeside to observe plants, birds and animals in that area. They noted down their observations and collected leafs, flowers, fruits etc. during the walk. At the end all the groups shared their observations with each other.

CV Raman Week – 8 November 2017

Posted by Gyankriti – ज्ञानकृति on Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Model Making: Toy Car (Propelled by Magnets) & Toy Boat (Propelled by Balloon)

Model Making:

Toy Car (Propelled by Magnets) & Toy Boat (Propelled by Balloon)

Posted by Gyankriti – ज्ञानकृति on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Experiment: Detecting the acidic/basic nature of household items using Turmeric (yellow colour indicator), Soap Solution (Base) and Lemon extract (Acid).

Easy Titration

Fun with science – CV Raman Week: #Titration using Turmeric (yellow colour indicator), Soap Solution (Base) and Lemon extract (Acid).

Posted by Gyankriti – ज्ञानकृति on Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Experiment: Making a convex lens with glass of water. As soon as the water level crosses the arrow — the arrow will magically change direction. This happens because the water filled glass acts like a convex lens.

FUN WITH WATER LENS

Happy Birthday CV Raman – Science Week: As soon as the water level crosses the lower arrow — the arrow will magically change direction. This happens because the water filled glass acts like a convex lens. Small Science

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Demonstration – Air is required for combustion

Demonstration – Cleaning water using alum

Mixed Group Day – Unique form of teaching and learning

Mixed group is a unique form of teaching where the children are the teachers and learners themselves. Mixed group day is a day in the week when a group of children of various age group and classes come together in an environment where these children learn to help and be helped by other children and the whole process of peer learning takes place. There is a good and consistent interaction that takes place among children whose age and abilities are varied. Maria Montessori said nature and nurture work hand-in-hand where the groups should contain different ages, because it has great influence on the cultural, social and emotional development of the child.

A Grade1 student is re-telling the “Lion and Mouse” story from Nursery syllabus.

A student explaining the safety procedures of Roller Skating. The younger students are supposed to do skating in coming years.

It has been observed that within 3 -4 weeks the children get acquainted to all students and teachers in the school and develop a beautiful bonding and they keep exchanging a ‘hi-bye’ whenever they meet.

The importance of mixed group is felt more now as the upbringing of kids are now in nuclear family whereas there was a strong system of joint families in earlier days where a lot of learning would occur among brothers, sisters, cousins when they played, studied and did things together. The difference of few years creates a comfort zone for the children at both ends to help out more. The child also gets her own time and learns at her own pace which is crucial for a child’s learning. The propensity of accomplishing the task, learning how to cooperate and act sensibly in a situation doubles.

We at Gyankriti feel that mixed group is not only a medium for learning but also an opportunity to promote interaction among children of various age groups, which plays a part in enhancing their all round development.

FAQs for teachers organizing Mixed Group:

1) What are the logistics of planning a mixed group?

Organizing mixed group for the first time is bit difficult but it gets easy with time. You need to plan the classrooms settings and number of groups you will form at the school level. Then the students are evenly distributed in proportion of strength of each class. The groups may be same or different for each week.

2) How frequent should we organize mixed group activities?

Ideally it should be on daily basis but due to logistical constraints we do it once in a week. The last day of the week is left empty for regular syllabus and a significant time (1-2 hours) is spent on mixed group activities every Friday or Saturday.

3) What is role of teacher in mixed group class?

Teacher acts as a mere facilitator and tries to minimize her interference in the class. She must try to explain all the rules carefully before starting the class. One or two student leaders should be chosen to make sure all the rules are followed sincerely. However the student leaders are not supposed to scold any child, they should in fact take care of other children just like teachers.

4) What activities should be conducted?

Let the students decide what they want to share. If they don’t, you can suggest simple activities that have happened recently in any of the classes. We should never underestimate younger children, many times they are in fact better at sharing certain things.

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Visit to Fountainhead School, Surat

The founding team of Gyankriti, Akshay Gupta and Yograj Patel, visited Fountainhead School, Surat this week. Here are the details of the visit:

Fountainhead School, Surat

About Fountainhead: Fountainhead School was founded by two IIM Ahmedabad alumni Ankita Diwekar Kabra and Vardhan Kabra in April 2005. The school started with six students and today it has more than 2000 students in its preschool and main school. The Fountainhead School dreams of revolutionizing the Indian Education System. Undoubtedly, there is an enormous gap between the kind of education that is possible & desirable; and the type of education that is currently available in India. Fountainhead aims to bring the sheer joy of learning back to the classroom with its innovative schooling system.

One can read more about Fountainhead school and it’s founders from school’s website http://www.fountainheadschools.org/ or from Page 140 of Rashmi Bansal‘s book ” Stay hungry stay foolish“.

Background and Agenda of the trip: Vardhan is also an IIT Bombay alumnus, sharing the same Alma matter and vision for education he has always been an inspiration for Akshay and Yograj. This was our second visit to Fountainhead. Last time we visited the school on 5th Feb 2012, that was before founding Gyankriti to understand the basic requirements of starting a preschool. We did include some of the best practices of Fountainhead preschool at our Gyankriti preschools. Since Gyankriti has upgraded itself to Junior Schools this year and a senior school is already planned, we again felt the need to review and learn more about our academics and classroom strategies. The visit was primarily focused on seeking information about student learning processes and classroom management strategies for teachers. It was an overwhelming experience for us and we could relate to many similarities between Gyankriti and Fountainhead curriculum, teaching methods and policies. At the same time we learnt a lot about continuous improvement required to manage the school at larger scale. We also studied their school bus management and Physical Education & Sports programs in great detail. We wish to revise many things that are possible in our context.

We would like to thank Vardhan, Ankita, Swati, Suruchi and many other team members of Fountainhead School for allowing us to visit their school and supporting us throughout the visit.