Monthly Archives: December 2017

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

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