Story telling

Hello kids,

I am writing after a very long time.Today we are going to start a new section…………….Story Telling…..and… Reading……

You all like to listen to stories I am sure. Story time can be anytime and in any place, at home or outside in a park just anywhere.As you grow up story time gradually becomes reading time.

You can listen to a story when someone is reading.You can watch puppet shows or watch a little video.You enjoy stories at bedtime and listen to stories with your friends. You can spend Me Time by reading a story just by yourself.When you are a pre schooler you can just look at pictures and gradually you learn to read words and then sentences.Stories should be age appropriate.

Stories can be funny, sometimes nonsensical ,that means they don’t make real sense but your brain begins to imagine what you hear.Sometimes stories are serious and scary.Then we have real life stories.Some stories have morals and values which you can imbibe in real life situations.Stories take you into another world that can be full of imagination.

                                       

I will begin by telling you why  stories and reading are important in our lives.

  1. Stories are fun.while listening to a story we go into a world of fantasy -where animals talk and play with us.We imagine a world of fairies and magic.We can sit on a flying carpet and reach the clouds.
  2. Stories make us think .We learn new words, experience drama and rhythm.
  3. Listening to stories we can increase our attention span and learn to focus especially if we read a book as our mind does not get distracted watching movements as with puppets.
  4. Story time is our’ Mindful Me” time where we can totally focus in the present , that means keep your mind in story ,at the present moment.
  5. We learn morals and values from stories ,this can help us to become compassionate human beings.
  6. We learn to respect our friends and elders by listening patiently, we try not to interrupt even if we are not enjoying,learning social behaviour.
  7. But most of all we listen to stories or read for fun .
  8. If we are alone and don’t know what to do try reading a book.You will enjoy your own company as well.
  9. Stories make us think and help us to become creative writers.

     Important things to remember when reading:-

                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 Posture:-

.  As far as possible sit in an upright position with the book at least a foot away from your eyes.

.  if you want to read at bed time place a pillow behind your lower back to support your spine.a pillow can be placed on your lap to help your arms hold your book  away from the eyes.

.  The light should fall from behind your shoulder and as far as possible no shadow should fall on the page you are reading.

.  Reading in the daylight would be the best with proper posture…ie no strain on spine and neck and no shadow on the book.

.  Try and keep your neck straight or tilt a little to match your line of vision this will help in not to straining your eyes,spine and neck.

.  While reading avoid distraction and enjoy your” Me Time” Time  with yourself and your book.

                                         

Caring for your Books:-

.  Keep your books in a shelf away from moisture and too much sunlight.

.  Use a book mark when you want to stop reading.Never ,Never fold the corner of the page.

.  Turn the pages gently and from the right corner  of the page, this will protect  your page from getting torn.

.  Never leave your book on the ground or stamp on them.

..Remember books are your very special friends .

Here is a famous quote by Dr Suess  who has written some amazing stories for children.

“The more you read, the more things you  know.The more that you learn ,the more places you will go.”

Reading helps us to discover new things and words increasing our vocabulary.

It helps to develop our mind and imagination.

Reading helps us to learn to focus and spend time with ourselves.

Listening to stories when you cant read increases our listening skills.

Reading enhances our Self Esteem.

So kids try and get into the habit of reading.Books can be one of your best friends,and one such friend who will always be with you.

                                         

                                                       Open a Book

Open a book

And you will find

People and places of every kind ;

Open a book

And you can be

Anything that you want to be;

Open a book

And you can share

Wondrous worlds you find in there;

Open a book

And I will too

You read to me

And I’ll read to you.

                                By Jane Baskwill 

                                               

 

 

Care for Yourself this Monsoon.—You are Important

.   MONSOON—–

This is the time of the year we all wait for eagerly. The rains are a big relief after a hot and sometimes dry summer.Monsoon is an important part of our lives ….Remember …Water is Life….We all depend on the rains for our daily water supply , the plants need water to grow and the rain is important for cooling and cleaning of the earth.

Rains are fun time as well

We all know how we get rain .Its magical and the cycle of life.

On a rainy day stand with your eyes closed and listen to all the sounds you can hear

The pitter patter of the rain drops ,the sound of thunder and the splash of water.The sounds of the opening umbrella and the laughter of the children.

Remember —  “Water is a Precious Gift from God.Save every drop.

Today i am  not just going to tell you how important water is and how to save water. We will talk about something as important and that is You.

Rains are important but along with it comes things that make us anxious.Everything stays  damp and wet and often fungus tends to grow on food and our clothing.There is a smell of dampness and we begin to wait for sunny days.Sometimes the walls and ceiling of our homes begin to get wet and leak.When the rain water fills. up holes and water stagnats  the risk of diseases increases. We can be prone to colds,  fever, malaria and water borne diseases like typhoid.our digestive system becomes a little weak and we can get stomach upsets.

Children we can enjoy the rains but we need to be careful and take care of ourselves. Remember you are important.

Here are some dos and don’ts to follow during the monsoon:-

Always carry an umbrella or raincoat.When you are not using it  fold and keep them away .Make sure the umbrella or raincoat is dry  or else they will begin to smell.

If you get wet, dry yourself once you return home .

Change into dry clothes.Wash your hands and feet before touching anything.

Drink something hot and eat only home made hot food .Avoid outside food this will keep stomach upsets away.

When in school carry a set of dry clothes and a napkin.

You can have fun and splash in puddles sometimes but remember to move wet shoes and socks.

Take care not to splash on someone.When in a car ask the driver to go slow when there is a puddle –you need to care for others.

Keep your home free from mosquitoes —

Don’t take out food from a box with wet hands.

You can enjoy the rains—Go for trek with your friends.

Go to the beach and watch the tides but keep safe distance.

You can plan a monsoon party with the help of your mum and invite your friends…plan some interesting craft work,sing songs and watch a short kids movie.you can also enjoy cooking mabe bake a cake or biscuits with the help of mum.

Enjoy the rain kids but keep safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the monsoon but remember you are important ..so take care of yourself during the rains.

Peda

Peda is an Indian sweet and has a very simple recipe. It is made for almost all our festivals.

Things to remember before cooking:-

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Wear simple clothes well pinned up and also put on an apron.
  3. Always have mum or an adult , never venture alone into the kitchen to avoid accidents.
  4. Tie and pin up your hair .
  5. Help to collect all the vessels needed to cook.
  6. Understand what you are going to cooking and then collect the ingredients.
  7. Strictly follow rules and make sure you are well organised.
  8. No wasting and last of all remember to clean up.

Here are the pictures of all the vessel needed :-

  Bowls with a spoon.

Measuring cup , spoon  or scale.

 

Shape trays and dish to put the ready pedas :-

    

Ingredients:-

. Mawa 250 gms. 

. Sugar to taste ..about 1 cup. sugar should be finely ground .

           

Dry fruits chopped :-

           

Method :-

  1. Mash the mawa into a smooth soft dough.
  2. Slowly mix the ground sugar. add to taste.
  3. Add the chopped dry fruits.
  4. Roll into round balls and flatten a little.To make different shapes use the shape trays….just like chocolate making.
  5. Put in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Here is a picture of the process of peda making——

To make pedas colourful add a little saffron :-

Add ground coconut to make coconut pedas.

Chocolate powder to make chocolate pedas .

    

For any festival  gift wrap the pedas in a box :-

Your pedas are ready.

Wash your hands.

Clean the kitchen table .

Wash the vessels .

Put back everything in the correct place .

Enjoy……care and share.

give to the less fortunate.

      

 

Diwali— The Festival of Lights

Diwali is one of our biggest festivals which is celebrated in all parts of India. Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.

 Rangoli and Diya

All the houses are decorated with lights and flowers..Rangoli is made with colours and flowers,inside and outside the houses.We wear new clothes and pray to Goddess Lakshmi.Mummy cooks yummy Indian food and we celebrate with family and friends.

Fun Time :-

Diwali time is fun time .We get Diwali holidays…but before that we have a Diwali party in school and do lots of art and craft as well. We decorate our classes ,sometimes do a little cooking and invite our teachers to our class. Mum and Dad take us for shopping….we buy new clothes and presents for our relations. Diwali is a family festival so many a time uncles ,aunties.and cousins all celebrate together —–its a yearly family get together.

Our pearls of wisdom :-

. When we enjoy we must also be considerate towards others…..

. Be responsible–clear the mess after the party and help to put away things

. Respect and love all religions and people.We should make sure we don’t make too much noise and disturb others. We should appreciate and take care of any decorations others have made. We should pay our respects to all elders around us and seek their blessings.

. Care and share with the less fortunate. We can give our old toys, books, stationary and clothes to those who work for us…. but remember these things must be in good condition or else we would be insulting them.Another way is to visit an orphanage and enjoy Diwali with those children. With mum’s help and prior permission we can plan an outing with them along with our friends.

First of all we must enjoy the festival…..and then also remember  to keep the environment clean and pollution free.—–Yes it’s no to crackers….but when you are small you can play with a sparkler or two. This way your curiosity will be over and you will understand what pollution does to us.

Enjoy eating the yummies mum makes…..

Remember:

. Wash your hands before eating.

. Sit in one place and eat. Bite your food , eat slowly and close your mouth and chew.

. Take only how much you can eat…you can always take a second helping.Its not good to waste food.You are the lucky one who can choose and eat what you like ..so many children don’t know when they  will get their next meal.

. Wait for your turn and learn to share.

. Wash your hands and mouth after you finish.

. Always help to clean up.

Spend time with your grandparents and ask them to tell you about Diwali celebrations when they were young–you will understand how strong our Indian traditions are.

 

 

Happiness

“Children still need a childhood with dirt, mud, puddles, trees, sticks and tadpoles.”

  • Happy Grandma Club

I think this is one of the nicest things I have read about bringing up children.It’s difficult and needs to be controlled and guided –You can’t imagine the fun your little one will have….We grew up like this.

Something i always tell my son….a day in the garden or outside…letting your toddler explore in one day is as much ,if not more than a week in school.

So dear parents ,give it a try …..and share with us your experience…your toddler’s experience.

      

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