Exam Ready

Schoolkutti.com is coming up with a workshop for children ‘Exam Ready’ with Exam Preparation tips for young minds. It will be facilitated by Dr. Anish N R K
(Psychiatrist in charge of Child Clinic, Government Mental Health Centre). This unique workshop will include expert advice and activities to guide children in the following areas.

- Applying Memory Techniques
- Managing time effectively
- Improving reading and comprehension skills
- Managing stress and building confidence

Date: Feb 17 (Saturday)
Time: 4 to 5:30 PM
Venue: Schoolkutti.com Children’s Library

For registration, please call 0471-4015293 or 9847320281

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Books fascinate us.

Blooming readers at Schoolkutti children’s library enjoying special moments… listening to yet another delightful tale from Karadi Tales.

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Little revelers captivated by the charming illustrations

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Stories….our recipe for happiness

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Jingle Bells Storytime

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There were squeals of glee and cheeky laughter as we jingled all the way on Saturday evening at the library during the ‘Jingle Bells Storytime’ listening to the awesome narration of the story ‘Father Christmas on the Naughty Step’ by Bina Maria Mathews . It was a lively and fun story to get children into the Christmas spirit. The story experience was made extra special with fun Christmas songs, dance and craft. The joyous occasion also marked the 4th birthday celebration of Schoolkutti.com Children’s Library. Kids and parents enjoyed delicious whole-wheat X’mas and Birthday special butter cake prepared with love by our healthy-yummy cake baking expert, Ritu Bhatt

Happy Birthday Schoolkutti.com!!!

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On kindness, sitting still and more…

Last weekend, our delightful little readers at Schoolkutti.com Children’s Library had a great time listening to the Chinese story ‘The Grateful Snake’ from the book ‘Story told around the world’. This story teaches about small acts of kindness to the importance of being a true friend.

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After the story time, the kids worked on a few spelling puzzles. Then, we had lots of fun doing a role play based on the well-loved favorite ‘Pied Piper of Hamelin’, that was decidedly unprepared and natural. It was lovely to see the children expressing without inhibitions and communicating in their own words.

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During the read-it-yourself time, the children enjoyed the adventures of the super active girl Viji from the book ‘Sit Still’ by Karishma Mahbubani with illustrations by Suzzanne Rebello. They could easily relate to this girl with boundless energy, due to reasons that need not be explained :-)

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Some of the kids got so excited that they even went on to strike some yoga poses to show us how flexible and strong they were.

Finally, they took turns to read and discuss some interesting facts about polar bears.

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Join us on Saturday mornings for stories, word games, puzzles, interesting facts and lots of fun.
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Feel free to contact us @ 9847320281.

Fun Time with Mangoes and Mischief

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The children were such amazing and attentive listeners at our Word Play Story Time this week at the Schoolkutti.com Children’s Library. Today we chose a delightful book with beautiful illustrations titled “Mangoes and Mischief” by Sreedevi Gopakumar and Sahitya Rani from Ms.Moochie publishing house.

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What a fun time we had discussing Moidutty’s love for mangoes, Malu’s superb aim, the muddle the kids get into because of stealing mangoes, the various mango based treats and about how they make friends with the interesting monster Maangasura!

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This time, we introduced a fun twist on the “Guess My Word” game, by making each child provide a word which the others had to guess. Kids loved getting to play the “teacher” by giving out clues.

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Next, we went on to do some role play based on the book ‘The Very Big Pancake’.

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All our little champs had a blast acting out as the seven hungry children who chase a huge yummy pancake.

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Happiness is in spreading the joy of reading….

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Reading is a powerful medium of early literacy for children and especially important for children from challenging backgrounds. As part of a volunteering effort for Vidyamritam, Schoolkutti.com team conducted an interactive story reading session at Govt. LP School Kuryathi, Manacaud on November 25, Saturday.

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The story we chose was ‘The Magic Umbrellas’ by Theertha Raj and Nancy Raj. Kids really enjoyed the suspense in the story and were quite interactive. It is a lovely book from Ms Moochie with a nice message that the children could actually relate to.

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Vidyamritam group is doing a great job in encouraging under-privileged children to enter the enchanting world of books through a wide range of workshops including reading and storytelling. To feed into students’ eagerness and curiosity, Vidyamritam has also set up a nice little library for the children. Thanks to Vidyamritam for the wonderful experience. Looking forward to many more such fulfilling sessions!

The Home School Collective of Trivandrum

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Blog by George Mathew
Founder & CEO, The Wonder Years Primary Schools

The Home School Collective of Trivandrum group held a meeting at the Wonder Years Preschool on Nov 19, 2017. In the meeting it was decided to start meeting every week or once in 2 weeks at a common location with our children. During the meetings children can play and interact with each other through free or directed activities. To start with, it can be free play and then once all of us are comfortable with the concept and the kids get to know their friends, we can move to directed activities.

Directed activities are fun open activities that teach children, through fun games, stories, drama and other aids, about certain concepts. The directed activities should be taken in such a way that it keeps the inquisitiveness of children alive while not forcing a response from them. They should come for the activity on their own because they feel it is interesting.

A person who knows the subject and can articulate it in a way so as to keep children engaged should take the directed activities. If needed, we can bring in professionals in the field, the cost of which can be shared by the participating parents on a pro rata basis

Apart from the weekly meetings, other activities can be planed:
1) Field Trips
2) Charity Work
3) Farming
4) Heritage Walk
5) Creative Arts (Choir, Theater, Art & Crafts etc)
6) Workshops (Science, Robotics, Art, life skills, magic etc)

For these efforts to succeed, we need individuals who are dedicated to the cause and are willing to spend time and effort on this.

We would want to form a core group of people who will drive this forward and who can be responsible for coordinating the activities.

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Toddler Story Time

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The ‘Toddler Story Time’ program conducted by Bina Maria Mathews at the schoolkutti.com Childen’s Library was a huge hit with both parents and the young listeners who attended the session on November 17. The book we chose this time is the all-time-favorite – ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. This unique picture book with its cute illustrations and plenty of intrigue discusses the evolution of a butterfly. The plight of the adorable caterpillar was presented with lovely props, movements and interesting expressions. Kids and parents also enjoyed singing a bunch of nursery rhymes after reading the book together.

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Word Play

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This weekend, our young readers at Schoolkutti.com Children’s Library had a lovely time taking turns to read from the book ‘Aditi Zoo’, authored by Amrut and beautifully illustrated by Kruttika as part of the Book Lover’s Program for Schools. The children could relate to the delightful story of the little girl who desperately wants a younger sibling and the interesting animals she brings home to handle the challenges her father sets for her. Then we had fun playing word games based on circus jobs and listening to the adventures of Minny the elephant who escapes from the circus. As always, we simply loved all the excitement and the happy buzz among the kids.

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Exploring in and around the sea

For our Word Play session this week, the theme was ‘Sea Life’. Stories about life in and around the sea are always exciting for children.
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In our weekend program this week, the aim was to learn about some of the animals that live under the sea. Kids enjoyed talking about sea animals (big, small, long, colours, it has / hasn’t got legs etc).

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This time, the listening practise was with an ocean themed fun song ‘Everything beneath the sea’. Kids were introduced to different sea animals through stories,games and songs. It was fun describing sea animals for children to guess.

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The worksheet from British Council was full of interesting activities.