Word Play – Session 1


Learning to read isn’t all about phonics and literacy but also about exploring, delighting and laughing. As always, we at schoolkutti strive to make children fall in love with reading. Last saturday, we captivated our little Word Play participants with another magical story – A Tiger in the House,’ which was written by Indian author Ruskin Bond. The story centers around a tiger cub Timothy who was raised as a pet, but later taken to the zoo after he started acting more like a tiger. All the children agreed that it would be awesome to have a real tiger cub as a pet.


Role plays are the most preferred part of all our Word Play sessions. Kids really enjoyed pretending and acting out as the characters in the Little Red Riding Hood. At the end, we also had some fun vocabulary challenges and animal quizzes for each age group that motivated them to ponder over words and facts.

Another awesome session of Word Play

It was an awesome Saturday morning at schoolkutti.com Children’s Library. This week, we read a story about a child experiencing the joy of finding a bird’s nest in her garden and excitedly following every development till the young birds soar into the sky. It was narrated with a touch of fun, holding the attention of the children up till the end.

After the story time, we had a vocabulary game where each and every participant won a small prize for successfully guessing the word based on the clue provided. A worksheet on birthday theme for the little ones and a story writing exercise and comprehension for the seniors followed.

Finally, we discussed the life cycle of a butterfly and explored it through an informative song based video. Our bunch of lively kids made the session special and very interactive. Looking forward to next Saturday.

Day 1 of Word Play

Children should read for the sheer pleasure of reading and not for any other reason. How do you foster a love of reading for pleasure? At Schoolkutti.com Children’s library, there are a lot of reasons for children to fall in love with books. Every Saturday, kids have fun reading stories, singing songs, doing role plays and honing their writing skills. This weekend, a sleepy and dull morning was transformed into a bright and cheerful morning for the children listening to the magical adventures of a little boy who went through troublesome times initially, but then had a happy life with his doting father.


Role playing helps to build up confidence in speaking, while having fun. This week, we had a great time acting out the ‘Chicken Licken’ Play Script. The book about Robots generated a lot of interest and sharing of facts. In between all this, kids also enthusiastically completed worksheets and word identifying activities.


Story Magic @Schoolkutti

Stories are powerful. They help inculcate values, teach interesting facts and entertain too! Our bright, young, eager children absolutely loved listening to Prabha Nair and Indulekha Tampi narrating stories and information about different kinds of parrots. For those lucky children who got to attend this fun and interactive story workshop on wildlife, watch amazing videos, learn so many wonderful things about parrots and finally get beautiful bookmarks made, it was a very, very special evening indeed!

Project based learning – Why and How?

“I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand.” – Confucius

Why is it important to “do”? Aren’t facts and figures enough to take a concept home? It seems logical, but in reality, it is seldom the case.
Theory is important. It teaches us the basics. But for any of us, the best way to learn is by doing. And it is true for any kind of learning. For example, we can talk about the properties of fire and explain the intensity of its heat, but for us to really understand it, we will need to light a fire and stand next to it.

So it is with children. In fact, it is all the more important for children because the best way they learn is through their tactile senses. Logic and reasoning comes much later.
At The Wonder Years Preschools, we have been imparting Project based education for the last 7 years. Our KG children have to submit a project based on their Theme every week. The project is prepared at home by the children, with minimal assistance from parents,. They learn about it when they prepare the project and then come to class and present the project in front of the class.

Consider a project like “Uses of parts of face”. While they do this, they are developing in multitude ways, They prepare the project with their little hands (Fine and gross motor skills, Hand eye coordination, Spacial recognition, Logical reasoning etc), then they learn the project and as much information associated with it (cognitive development, associative and relative data management etc), then they come to school and present the project to the class (presentation skills, language development, confidence building, overcoming stage fear etc)


As you can see, there is so much that they can develop from a small little project. The more practical ways they learn, the better it is for children.

Blog by
George Mathew (Mob: 9020680385)
Founder & CEO | The Wonder Years Primary Schools (http://www.thewonderyears.co.in)

British Council International School Award.

Head Office: Pongummoodu – 6444024/23 | Branch Offices: Palkulangara (Near Pettah) – 6444026 | Kazhakuttom – 6444028 |

Learning disabilities in Children

Learning disabilities or disorders, is term used to describe a variety of learning problems. In most cases it is not a problem with intelligence. In fact, Kids with learning disabilities are as smart as everyone else. Its just that their brains are wired differently. This affects how they receive and process information. This can lead to trouble with learning new things putting them to use.

But the important thing to remember is that most kids with learning disabilities are just as smart as everyone else. They just need to be taught in ways that are tailored to their unique learning styles.

Signs and symptoms of learning disabilities: Preschool age 1 – 4

  • Trouble making eye contact
  • Difficulty in playing with peers
  • Problems pronouncing words
  • Difficulty rhyming
  • Trouble learning the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, days of the week
  • Difficulty following directions or learning routines
  • Difficulty controlling crayons, pencils, and scissors, or coloring within the lines

Signs and symptoms of learning disabilities: Ages 5-9

  • Trouble learning the connection between letters and sounds
  • Unable to blend sounds to make words
  • Confuses basic words when reading
  • Slow to learn new skills
  • Consistently misspells words and makes frequent errors
  • Trouble learning basic math concepts
  • Difficulty telling time and remembering sequences

Signs and symptoms of learning disabilities: Ages 10-13

  • Difficulty with reading comprehension or math skills
  • Trouble with open-ended test questions and word problems
  • Dislikes reading and writing; avoids reading aloud
  • Poor handwriting
  • Poor organizational skills (bedroom, homework, desk is messy and disorganized)
  • Trouble following classroom discussions and expressing thoughts aloud
  • Spells the same word differently in a single document

Common types of learning disabilities

Dyslexia – Difficulty with reading

  • Problems reading, writing, spelling, speaking

Dyscalculia – Difficulty with math

  • Problems doing math problems, understanding time, using money

Dysgraphia – Difficulty with writing

  • Problems with handwriting, spelling, organizing ideas

Dyspraxia (Sensory Integration Disorder) – Difficulty with fine motor skills

  • Problems with hand-eye coordination, balance, manual dexterity

Dysphasia/Aphasia – Difficulty with language

  • Problems understanding spoken language, poor reading comprehension

Auditory Processing Disorder – Difficulty hearing differences between sounds

  • Problems with reaiding, comprehension, language

Visual Processing Disorder – Difficulty interpreting visual information

  • Problems with reading, math, maps, charts, symbols, pictures

ADHD While not considered a learning disability, can certainly disrupt learning. Children with ADHD often have problems sitting still, staying focused, following instructions, staying organized, and completing homework.

Autism – Difficulty mastering certain academic skills can stem from pervasive developmental disorders such as autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Children with Autism Specturm disorders may have trouble communicating, reading body language, learning basic skills, making friends, and making eye contact.

The diagnosis and testing process for learning disabilities

Diagnosing a learning disability is a process. It involves testing, history taking, and observation by a trained specialist. Finding a reputable referral is important.

Learning disabilities can be extremely frustrating for children. Kids with learning disabilities may have trouble expressing their feelings, calming themselves down, and reading nonverbal cues from others. This can lead to difficulty in the classroom and with their peers.

The good news is that, as a parent, you can have a huge impact in these areas. Social and emotional skills are the most consistent indicators of success for all children—and that includes kids with learning disorders. They outweigh everything else, including academic skills, in predicting lifelong achievement and happiness.

Learning disabilities, and their accompanying academic challenges, can lead to low self-esteem, isolation, and behavior problems, but they don’t have to. You can counter these things by creating a strong support system for children with learning disabilities and helping them learn to express themselves, deal with frustration, and work through challenges.

By focusing on your child’s growth as a person, and not just on academic achievements, you’ll help him or her learn good emotional habits that set the stage for success throughout life.

All the best 

George Mathew
Founder & CEO, The Wonder Years Primary Schools

Summer Fun Continued….

So the first month of summer vacation is getting over. However, Trivandrum is still buzzing with activities for children – be it theater, chess, sports, yoga, personality development, public speaking, music, dance and reading.. Come and explore the top events for children.

For details, click here.


MindCarter is hosting a theater program for kids at hotel SP GRAND DAYS, Trivandrum. This is for 7-14 years old students. The dates in May are yet to be finalized. Details are here.

Capablanca Chess School is presently conducting a chess summer camp for children. The next camp is due to begin in May.  For details, click here.


TrickShotz  India is a kid-friendly billiards spot, which has a Snooker and Pool Club/Summer Camp for children interested in the sport. For details, click here.


Nirbhaya Debating Society will be conducting a Partriotic Leadership Program at Schoolkutti.com Children’s Library for children above 10 years. It is basically a Patriotic Leadership Program for School Students.

The main objective of the program is to train the next generation in Leadership Strategies, Effective Nation Building, Team Development, Active Citizenship, Character Formation, Communication Skills etc.

Activities: Role Play, Skit, Model Parliament, Mock Press etc.

Dates: May 10 to 23 (10 days, week days only)
Time: 10:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Limited Seats. First come, first served

About the Trainer: A.P Prejish, an emerging Entrepreneurship Trainer and an Educationalist is a National Award Winner in Public Speaking constituted by Government of India. Prejish is the Chairman of Nirbhaya Debating Society and has been training more than thousands of students and youngsters through various Central and State Government organizations such as Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (Govt. of India), Centre for Gandhian Studies – University of Kerala, National Service Scheme (NSS), National Cadet Corps (NCC), Student Police Cadet Project (SPC).


Click here to register for the program.

Varadamudra Temple of Dance ,Trivandrum will be conducting a Dance Movement Therapy Workshops for children aged 6 to 16 years at Schoolkutti.com Children’s Library. The workshop will be based on different topics related to dance incorporating mime and body movements. There will be emphasis on mind and body coordination. The workshop aims to enhance creativity, confidence and concentration level.

Highlights of the camp will be

☆ Observation training
☆ Movement Therapy
☆ Dance out of harmony with body
☆ Dance in harmony with  body

Dates: May 8 to 19 (Week days only)
Time: 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

About the trainer:
Chothy Nair , Founder and Artistic director of Varadamudra Temple of Dance Trivandrum, started  learning Bharatanatyam at the age of three. She took her first steps in Mohiniyattam at the age of nine and Kuchipudi at the age of twelve. She was a recipient of the CCRT scholarship for Mohiniyattam in 2000. She was also honoured with the title of Kalathilakam  from 2005 to 2007 in both Keralotsavam and Shree Vidhyadhiraja Kalotsavam. She was the first runner up in Vanita Ratnam, a women’s reality show aired on Amrita Television in 2010. She finished  her graduation in Choreography from Natya insitute of kathak and Choreography under the able guidance of Guru Smt Dr Maya Rao and Maddhu Natraj Kiran. She has performed and Choreographed for various performances in India.

Click here to register for the program.



18 to 23 APRIL 2017 at Salagramam, School of Bhagavad Gita, Trivandrum
Balagramam – the Children’s Heritage and Nature Camp – is here again, at Salagramam, to welcome children to an atmosphere of love, learning and laughter.

Click here to send an enquiry about the camp.


Conceptualised and guided personally by Swami Sandeepananda Giri, with the support of experts from the fields of culture and education, Balagramam will initiate children on to a journey of discovery of themselves and the universe which they are part of.
The Camp, which is fully residential, will be held from 18 to 23 APRIL 2017.

In the relaxed and happy atmosphere of Salagramam, children learn to care and share with others, accept, adjust and appreciate themselves and the world around them. At the camp, they will be introduced to the richness of our heritage and scriptures. They will be taught to respect values and develop behavioral skills. Games, outdoor activities, yoga and meditation will strengthen them with physical and mental health. Lessons in Sanskrit, dance, music and crafts will enrich their talents. Along with team work, they develop a sense of identity, responsibility, self confidence and efficient time management.
In short, Balagramam strives to kindle the creative spirit within each child to attain the fullest potential.

Age Limit: Children from 5 to 16 years can participate. They will be divided into groups according to age.
Accommodation: Children will be accommodated in dormitories. There will be separate dormitories for boys and girls.
Reporting at Camp:
Travel to and back from the ashram will have to be made by the participants themselves. Children accompanied by parent/guardian will have to report by 9.30 A.M on 18th April 2017.Parents / guardians will have to leave the campus after the inaugural session.


Proposed Activities :
#Yoga and Meditation # Introduction to Bhagavad Gita and other scriptures # Introduction to Dance, Music, Art, Literature # Craft workshop # Interactive sessions and meeting with well- known cultural personalities # Creative sessions on Dramatics and Speaking # Talent time #Outdoor activities and games # Picnic- One day picnic- cum- study tour to a nearby place of interest.
Medium of communication: Malayalam and English
Supervision and Safety: We fully appreciate the concerns of parents when their children are away from home. Parents may rest assured that the camp and the children will be under the supervision of adult volunteers and coordinators. There will be a Doctor on call and first aid facilities are also available.
All meals and snacks will be served at the camp .Food will be vegetarian – simple and nutritious.
Dress code and items to be brought
Children, both boys and girls will wear white kurta-pyjama, which they will have to bring with them to the camp. They will have to bring at least 2 sets to wear during the day. Other items to be brought by the children 

1. Night wear
2. Sufficient set of under clothes
3. Towel
4. Bedsheet
5. Toilet kit with toothpaste and brush, soap and comb.
End of Camp Activities
The camp concludes by the evening of 23rd April 2017. Certificates will be awarded to participants. All campers will share what they have learned in this cultural experience by participating in a special program for family and friends. All parents and friends are invited to attend this performance.
Camp Donation
Camp Donation is Rs 5000 per child, which will cover all camp expenses including stay, food and materials. 
Mode of Payment
Please make the payment either by DD or cheque favoring School of Bhagavad Gita OR Bank Transfer to our A/c No:541501010050179, Union Bank Of India, Thycaud Branch, Trivandrum.
IFS Code – UBIN0556823 , Account Holder – School of Bhagavad Gita.
Payments by CASH may be made by registering at our office.

Online registration – www.sobg.org
Or fill in attached form and send it to:
School of Bhagavad Gita, Kundamankadavu, Thirumala P.O, Trivandrum- 695006
Phones : 0471-2367299 , 9446033331, 9061125265
Or email to admin@sobg.org

Contribute to a noble cause

VIDYAMRITAM started in July 2012 , when a group of like minded people got together for bringing sustainable changes in the society from the grassroots level. They help children at orphanages develop the basic life skills through a structured curriculum.

As a part of their curriculum, they have developed a BOOK BUDDY program for building /reviving libraries at the orphanages. Through this program they aim at developing 21st century skills for children at orphanages.

It would be great if you could please contribute the following, or spread the word amongst your friends (especially to those who are shifting or revamping their home); and be a part of this humble venture

-Book shelves
-Bean Bags
- Paint

They promote second hand items as long as they are in good condition.


Team Vidyamritam
Inspire. Empower. Liberate

For details please visit www.vidyamritam.org

Contact us at info@vidyamritam.org,
9072301986, 9656912991


YIPPEE! Holidays are here. And a whole two months too! But we know how kids can be. Unless you keep them engaged, you are asking for trouble. Let schoolkutti.com help you with a wide range of summer camps happening all across our city. Areas include dance, arts, crafts, and social and intellectual skills.

Chess and Mind Games

Self confidence and a vast memory power – if you have the combo, then you’re a winner. When you play Chess you gain them all. As parents we may tend to act as helicopters. We hover a lot. We jump in, we put words in our children’s mouth. We think for them. We act for them. We talk for them. Well, they have to fly away from our nests some day, haven’t they? So, help them be independent. Chess makes them thinkers–critical thinkers. Problem solvers–patient problem solvers. There is nothing that works out your brain as rigorously as Chess does.

At Capablanca Chess School, top Chess Instructors provide great lessons on chess, and kids can learn and play in a fun-filled environment as well. Sessions include competitive play too. Yoga and concentration sessions, exclusive chess library, and transportation facility across Thiruvananthapuram city are the valuable services one can enjoy associating with Capablanca Chess School.
Details are here.
Capablanca Summer Camp

Dance, Music, Art, Craft et al

There are various summer camps that provide fun-based classes on dance, music, arts and crafts.

Bring your kids to Wiggles – watch them learn, dance, jump, laugh, sing and feel free!
Check out the Wiggles summer camp at Vazhuthacaud and Kazhakkoottam.
Details are here.
Wiggles Summer Camp

The Little Republic is here with their summer camp ‘Forever Land 2017′ with a variety of activities.
Yoga and Aerobics, Cooking and Baking, Electronic Awareness, Theatre, Dance, Art and Craft, Nature Time are some of them.
Details are here.
The Little Republic Summer Camp

Spoken English, Debate, Creative Writing and Public Speaking

Why not chill out this summer learning some fun English? Beat the heat with VETA’s Summer Camp fun! Learn, play, laugh and grow with us! Join the best summer camp with India’s Largest English Training Academy! The right choice this summer holidays!
Details are here.
VETA Summer Camp

Do you want your children to develop their skills in creative writing? Here is a workshop for children that improves their writing style, inspires them to read more and builds self-confidence in their writing abilities.

Join our vacation camp for 7 to 12 year old children from April 10 to 28. Highlights of the Camp will be Stories, Reading-themed Activities and Creative Writing assignments.

You can click here to register.
Read On

There is also a 10-day debate camp to groom children (10 years and above) in presenting complex issues in a concise, clear and persuasive way through challenging workshops and mock debates. The children will be coached by Ms. Kavyanair Prasadjyothy and Ms. Renjitha A Rajan who are successful university debate champions with a lot of passion in debating.

The aim is to provide children an early introduction to critical thinking, communication, and leadership. Debating also develops confidence and skills in analysis and reasoning.

Here are the details.
Making of Debators

Renaissance Communication and Leadership Institute (RCLI) is a leading provider of communication and leadership training for students. RCLI was born out of the belief that focus and attention should be given to nurturing communication skills just like the academics of a student. It is founded by Raj Nair (Speaker, Trainer and Leadership Coach) and Niranjana Nair (she is an experienced public speaker, and holds Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze titles from Toastmasters).

Join our 10-day vacation camp for 7- to 12-year old children led by RCLI starting from March 27.

Highlights of the Camp include Getting rid of stage fright, building confidence at the lectern, incorporating vocal variety and body language in speeches, individual assessment and feedback, and practice sessions.
Details are here.
Speak with Confidence

Did you know playing Snooker helps you with precision and skill? Trick Shotz at Nalanchira teaches Snooker to kids aged 8 and above. So don’t miss out on their Snooker/Pool Summer Camp.
Details are here:
Trick Shotz

Adventure-packed summer camps

Still need more options? I agree, some of us think beyond the norm. Not all kids can be confined within the limits of a normal classroom. Wonder Years has arranged a whole set of adventure-packed programs for the little busy bees. You can sign up for their classes on dramatics, arts and crafts, and outdoor packages such as Solar Week, Trekking, Camping, Movies, and much more.
Details are here:

Wonder Years

The brains of growing children work like sponges. It absorbs all it can. Feed them with the right foods. Engage them efficiently. If you can ensure that, two months will do quite a lot of transformation.