Reading aloud to your child: Why?

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents”!

— Emile Burchwald

Reading aloud is a great way of engaging with young children.

  • Improves vocabulary considerably, especially when stories are 2 years above the child's reading level.
  • Expands world knowledge.
  • Allows children to identify with people, places and situations beyond themselves and to then begin to define their own beliefs and opinions.
  • Gives your child an academic advantage.
  • Lengthens attention span.
  • Takes children beyond their own reading level (their reading level doesn't catch up to their listening level until 8th grade).
  • Provides talk time for you and your child and even lets you grapple with difficult issues together (low stakes grappling).
  • Builds motivation, curiosity and memory.
  • Helps children cope during times of stress or anxiety.
  • Creates a positive association with books and reading.
  • Feeds natural curiosity and motivates children to learn more about the world around them
  • Gives you a lot to talk about and discover together with your child.

 - Chanchala

Maths is everywhere.

  • You can count when you go shopping and in the car.
  • Puzzles are great fun and board games too!
  • Art and Math have a lot in common with each other. In fact you can see the Math in Art and Art in Math! Patterns, shapes, geometry, symmetry, spatial reasoning, proportional reasoning, etc… are all a part of the arts (visual art, music and dance) as they are of Mathematics.
  • Daily Decisions -We all use mathematics daily in what we do. Involve your child in using numbers to solve problems and make those everyday decisions with you. For example:
    • Do we have enough plates and utensils for all the guests coming for the birthday party?
    • We are doubling this recipe. How much of all the ingredients will we need?”
    • “This store is selling the game you want for 20% off of Rs.200. that store is selling the same game for Rs.190. Where should we shop?”
  • Cooking can involve weighing, measuring, ordering, estimating, adding, multiplying…
  • Restaurants and shopping can involve money, number identification, estimating, adding, subtracting, division….
  • Parties can involve matching numbers of people to plates, cutlery, area of tables, estimation, multiplication….
  • Trips can involve time, distance, budgeting, speed, evaluating various routes, license plate games (e.g adding or multiplying the numbers on the plate)….
  • Home projects can involve a lot of Math.. shapes, areas, adding, spatial knowledge etc
  • Gardening can involve measuring, counting, area, division…..

“Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count. Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace which is right for each individual child”!

- Chanchala

Modern English

Mutation phenomena occur in all languages around the world. English being most dominant language in the world, is evolving faster than ever. Its ever evolving nature leaves our language in a continuous state of alteration and regeneration. Social media had an immeasurable impact on the world but the biggest impact of all might be the changes it has made to the language.

English is spoken as first or second language in a large number of countries. Modern English is the form of the English language spoken in English which began in the late 14th century. The biggest boom in language reform has occurred just recently. The reason behind it is improvement in technology.

Social media introduces new vocabulary as well as increases the volume and speed of daily communication. There are several more examples of S M S slang making it into our dictionary. It has opened a new way of communicating.

The use of acronyms, are now common place substitute to whole sentences.

LOL (Laugh out loud),

TTYL (talk to you later), NSFW (not safe for work),

GTG (got to go)etc. are just a few that demonstrate how social media speeds things up by lessening the need to write longer phrases and reduces space. In fact we are moving to a more pictographic way of communication with the increasing popularity of emotions. In 2015, the word of the year was ‘the tears of joy’ emoji.

Dozens of recently coined terms and phrases which have originated from social media have found a place in our dictionary.  ‘Selfie’ was named word of the year by the Oxford English dictionary in 2013.

So special media has undeniably changed the way we speak and write English.

 - Rupa Saxena

TIPS FOR PREPARATION OF OLYMPIAD EXAMS:

  1. Go through the syllabus exhaustively

It’s very important to check the syllabus before start preparing for the exam. For SOF Olympiad you can check the www.sofworld.org. SOF has mentioned the syllabus for each exam be National Science Olympiad (NSO), National Cyber Olympiad (NCO), International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) or International English Olympiad (IEO). You can check the syllabus for each class.
2. Practice previous year question papers

Purchase the Olympiad Sample Papers for specific exam. You will get the practice test & Mock test. Do practice a lot for all the questions covering each topic. After that give the mock test and analyze your results by checking your assessment report.

  1. Start preparing for exams at least two months before

Start preparing at-least two months before, go through the all the curriculum books and study material before start practicing the exam. Cover all the topics and practice online. Identify your weak areas then practice them to improve.

  1. Solve Quizzes & Puzzles for Maths, Learn Daily words for English

Find some Puzzle book and practice a lot specifically for Mathematics Olympiad.

  1. Prepare notes, quick facts for revision

While preparing for exam do remember to create notes and quick facts to remember and do quick revision before exams. Quick facts could be useful enough for future references and revisions. It helps in learning faster.

  1. While writing exam:

      Carefully read all questions to determine exactly what is being asked.

Take a moment to determine if your answer makes sense.

Be certain that you have completely answered each question.

Pay attention to details in the questions and in your answers.

Do hard work smartly which help them to score good.

- Shilpa

Why Are this whys important?        

“What?”   “Where?”   “Who?”    “When?”   “How?”

When your child asks a question, she/ he is taking an active role in her/his own learning. She/he is trying to figure out how her world works by seeking information. As she/he asks questions, she/he is developing critical thinking skills that build brain power.

Asking questions is also an important form of communication. Your child is seeking out a knowledgeable person—you, another child, a family member or caregiver—and requesting information that he needs or wants.

Finally, when your child asks questions, it shows how important strong relationships are in helping children learn and grow. Children turn to the people they love and trust to help them learn.

- Shilpa

Important tips for map pointing:

  1. Make sure that you are using an up to date map to study. Look for maps on reputable, regularly, and print one out if you prefer to study a paper map.
  2. To keep from being overwhelmed, focus on only one or two continents at a time while studying. Trying to cover the entire map at once will break up your concentration and make memorisation more difficult. If necessary, cover the parts of the map you are not concentrating on to keep your eyes focused.
  3. To reinforce your knowledge of where countries are located on a world map, quiz yourself alphabetically. Choose a continent and try to name each country in it in alphabetical order. By making the studying process more complex, you will sharpen your focus on the material and challenge yourself more thoroughly.
  4. To memorize countries, print out copies of a world map to color or use for study. Color coding different continents and countries can help to build visual associations, and be a fun, relaxing activity. Blank maps can be useful for studying and quizzing yourself on the location of countries.
  5.  Working on a jigsaw puzzle exercises several brain functions simultaneously - notably the abilities to reason, sequence, and solve problems. While you are already flexing your brain muscles, capitalise by incorporating your study of the world map into the activity. The prolonged examination of the world map puzzle, in addition to your mind working on an analytical level, will help you retain country locations     

- Vipra

MAGIC SQUARE PUZZLES

A Magic square is a square where each line of 3 numbers

(Vertical, horizontal and diagonal) adds up to the same amount.

Can you make a new magic square using digits 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5 so that each line adds up to 12?

Write the numbers -6,-4, 1, 2, 3 and 5 in the correct place so that each line of the cross adds up to 3

Place the 6 captain Salamanders in the squares on the board so that no captain is in the same line (either horizontal, vertical of diagonal) as another.