Weavers – Workshop on Insects

Did you think that spiders are insects? No, neither are millipedes and centipedes. What happens when a wasp attacks a cockroach? It was interesting to know that the venom attacks the neurotransmitters of the cockroach that blocks its escape response. The stung cockroach is not only paralyzed,its motivation to run also is gone. The wasp drags the cockroach and lays eggs on it so that the larvae can feed on it later.

What should you do to reduce the chances of getting stung by a wasp? Hold still with your eyes closed. Rapid movement startles the insect and encourages stinging.

Belgica antarctica, the Antarctic midge, is a species of flightless midge, endemic to the continent of Antarctica. At 2–6 mm (0.079–0.24 in) long, it is the largest purely terrestrial animal on the continent, as well as its only insect.

Children learned all this and much more in the Weavers – The Curious World of Insects Workshop – at Schoolkutti.com Children’s Library on 22nd January, 2017. Geetha Iyer, Biologist, Education Consultant and Author brought together little-known aspects of insect life.
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Kids had fun trying to identify and learning about the various insects in the photographs that were displayed.

Celestial Wonders – Session 2

Today’s topic in the ‘Celestial Wonders’ program was ‘Discovering the Milky Way’. Here is a quick look at few of the discussions we had.

How can we see the milky way if we are inside it? Isn’t it like trying to take a picture of the outside of your house while being IN your house? Because we are inside the Milky Way, we don’t get to take any pictures of it from an angle above it, but we only get pictures in which we see the structure of the Milky Way edge-on, from inside of it.

Exactly how far is an object when we say that an object is light years away? What do we understand when we look at objects that are light years away through a telescope? It was interesting to learn that the distance to Proxima Centauri is only four light years. However, it takes the light from our stellar next door neighbor four years to get to Earth.

We talked about dwarf galaxies, which are small galaxies composed of about 100 million up to several billion stars, a small number compared to the Milky Way’s 200–400 billion stars. Our milky way is expected to now grow mainly by eating smaller galaxies, rather than by collecting gas.

It was quite interesting to find out how the radiation from the sun reaches the earth. The magnetic field around earth protects our body’s DNA from being affected by this radiation. A very small change in our DNA can even affect the way we look.

Children were also curious to know how the planets, moons and asteroids in the Solar System were formed. After debating over some interesting theories and watching informative videos, we came to the end of the session.

The Weavers – The Curious World of Insects

Did you know…
- Dance flies of the family Empididae have been courting their mates for eons by presenting them with silk-wrapped prey as nuptial gifts.
- There are at least twenty-three different categories of silk, each the result of natural selection and an independent evolutionary pathway.
- Some moth-caterpillars will walk only on a path of silk, leaving human monarchy a tad inferior surely.
- Silk is an excellent material for select surgical procedures.

Schoolkutti.com Children’s Library is conducting an interactive session based on the book ‘The Weavers – The Curious World of Insects’ by Prof. Geetha Iyer (Author, Teacher and Wild Life Enthusiast) for children of age 8 to 14 years on January 22nd Sunday. Since life evolved on this planet, there have been six major extinctions and insects – since their arrival 400 million years ago – have been amongst them! How did they survive when species after species went extinct? In a world that is fast collapsing to global warming and climate change, there is now an increased interest in knowing the secrets of insect survival. With silken thread forming the central motif, The Weavers brings together little-known aspects of insect life.

Geetha Iyer is an ardent wildlife watcher, naturalist, author, teacher, and consultant in the twin fields of education and environment. A Zoology graduate with a Ph.D. in Education from Madras University, she has several years of experience in the area of designing and executing science and environment education curriculum. She enjoys writing about bringing biodiversity into the classroom and regularly conducts workshops about the environment, education and natural history.

Venue: Schoolkutti.com Children’s Library, Trivandrum
Dates: Jan 22 (Sunday)
Time: 4 to 5:30 PM
Fee: Rs. 150/- for members and Rs.200/- for non members

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Call 9847320281 or 4015293 for more information.

Click here to register

http://schoolkutti.com/events/schoolkutti-events-details.php?id=110&districtId=1

Celestial Wonders – Session 1

What are the rings around the planet Saturn? What causes the fire inside the belly of Sun? What is spectroscopy? What are the different elements that are required for life to sustain on a planet? Why is Mars called the Red Planet? All these interesting questions were answered by Aswin Jacobs in the introductory session of Astronomy Workshop, which started at Schoolkutti.com Children’s Library today. Children were excited to learn that fire in the sun is not caused by burning like we see on earth, but due to the various nuclear reactions.
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Today’s topic was ‘Lift off into Space’. Children tried to imagine how fast they would need to throw an object in such a way that the object does not return and remains in the outer space. All of them remembered what happens if they let the air out of a balloon – the air goes one way and the balloon moves in the opposite direction. Aswin explained that rockets work in pretty much the same way. Exhaust gases coming out of the engine nozzle at high speed push the rocket forward. Children enjoyed watching the accompanying videos.

Kids loved learning a wide range of fun facts about space and astronomy. They were not afraid to ask questions at any point and the session was quite successful in stimulating their curiosity and in expanding their cosmic perspective.

Fun with Reading @Schoolkutti.com Children’s Library

Schoolkutti.com is conducting a reading club for young children and the club functions on Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 12 PM. The reading club is led by Sulfa Mazood who holds an M.A in English Literature.

The club gets into the following activities.
- Read aloud sessions
- Role plays
- Guided reading
- Vocabulary activities
- Puzzles from the Hindu Young World and Robin Age Children’s Newspapers

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Here are some interesting facts about our reading club.
1. Our reading clubs are designed to be fun for children and will be interesting even for the most reluctant readers
2. The program is open to all 6 to 11 year olds regardless of their reading level.
3. We promote reading for enjoyment.
4. We help choose the right books for your child.
5. We encourage you not to miss any session. However, you need to pay only for the sessions that your child is able to attend.

For the sessions to be effective, we also encourage parents to read to their children regularly. Reading aloud and sharing stories with your child is a great way to spend time together. This is not only beneficial for your child, but can also be the best way to bond with your child.

We want every member of our reading club who finishes a Book to say “PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.”

Call 9847320281 for details.

Click here to register.

http://schoolkutti.com/events/schoolkutti-events-details.php?id=96&districtId=1

BACK TO SCHOOL (Productivity Workshop)

Schoolkutti.com children’s Library conducted a productivity workshop for 9 to 14 year old school children on 25 June 2016 at 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm named ‘BACK TO SCHOOL’ facilitated by Rajesh Nair,a distinguished toast master from toastmasters. org.The workshop helped the children with organizing everything including their cluttered study desk,school project or even their own thoughts to set up goals.

In that session ,students got some simple exercises to train themselves in managing time, how to get things organized quickly to meet their goals, and improve analytical thinking to find out root cause of problems and apply solutions.

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The main benefits of the workshop are helping children improve their academic performance, manage time effectively, and also to think long term and steer successfully towards their goal.

Young Readers Club@Schoolkutti.com Children’s Library

On Your Mark, Get Set . . . READ!
Reading stimulates minds, develops communication skills and promotes academic excellence. Encouraging children to read is sometimes a challenge, especially in this age when we are surrounded by electronic gadgets. Schoolkutti.com is starting a reading club for little ones and the club will function on Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 12 PM. The club will also get into exciting activities to capture the attention of every child, even the most reluctant readers. The reading club will be led by Sulfa Mazood who holds an M.A in English Literature.

Here are the top five reasons why you should sent your child to our reading club.
1. Our reading clubs are designed to be fun for children and will be interesting even for the most reluctant readers
2. The program is open to all 6 to 11 year olds regardless of their reading level.
3. We promote reading for enjoyment.
4. We help choose the right books for your child.
5. We encourage you not to miss any session. However, you need to pay only for the sessions that your child is able to attend.
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For the sessions to be effective, we also encourage parents to read to their children regularly. Reading aloud and sharing stories with your child is a great way to spend time together. This is not only beneficial for your child, but can also be the best way to bond with your child.

We want every member of our reading club who finishes a Book to say “PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.”

Call 9847320281 for details.

Click here to register.

Wiggles After School Program

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Wiggles Activity Center is providing a variety of activities for After School children. Those who join for the after school programme will automatically join our reading club and Craft club.The Wiggles teachers will focus on 1. Kids studies : special study time table will be set for each student. 2. All Saturdays we will be conducting test papers 3. Teachers parents meeting time will be allotted. Apart from this we focus on the overall development of your kids in behavior, other activities and Language development.
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Every Saturday after the Test paper they will have group discussion, outdoor fun, craft and reading club. We move forward only according to the time table and we request all parents to be cooperative and let them attend all activities without any day. On all Saturdays for one hour our teachers will give a special class for Malayalam and Hindi as most of our children doesn’t have the base. Alternate Saturdays they will get a Mathematics class to get thorough in Tables and other things. We take only 25 students for a year. Then after school students those who want to join for other activities parents need not get worried as they do not need to move from one place to another. ….We are providing good certified classes ..such as KARATE (TRAINER SIVAPRASAD),CHESS,WESTERN DANCE ( WIGGLES SPECIAL DANCE STUDIO CLASS),CLASSICAL DANCE. And last, but not the least, there will be Special care and affection from us…….
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Story Circle (Gods of the Vikings) @Schoolkutti

At the start of this new year (2016), Schoolkutti.com was the venue for a Story Circle – ‘The Gods of the Vikings’, based on tales from Norse Mythology. Designed and facilitated by Prasanth Gangadharan, Story Circle is a program that helps children learn through stories. With a story at its centre and a circle of activities weaved around the story, the program is designed to enhance creativity, speech, reading and conceptual learning in children. The Story Circle at Schoolkutti was held on four consecutive weekends in January 2016.
On the last day of the Story Circle the children put up a small program for their parents. It wasn’t meant to be an ‘event’, the children themselves were given about an hour’s notice and there were no rehearsals. The idea was to gain from the experience of standing in front of an audience and use the opportunity to share what they had been doing over the four sessions.
Here’s what happened:
The children began with the Vikings verse, a war cry which they performed with gusto, drawing imaginary swords from their scabbards and banging them on their shields.

Next they recited two poems, one about going in search of treasure and the other about slaying a monster, in rounds.
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Two concepts that were weaved in to the stories in this Story Circle– Tenses and Fractions – were recalled through an activity based on movement.
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The highlight of the evening was the children’s retelling of two stories from the Norse Mythology. They kept the audience hooked and had them in splits often.
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The program ended with a performance with their Viking staffs, based on the Voluspa, an ancient Norse poem.
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During the course of the program the children had made pastel illustrations based on Norse stories. A poem was also taken up for guided reading through the sessions.
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Overall, the program was a great experience for the children. Children had so much fun that they could hardly wait for the next session every week. Parents also appreciated the sheer genius of combining play, movement, coordination, repetition, all leading to clear concepts and comprehension.

Summer Programs@Schoolkutti.com Childen’s Library

With the summer already knocking at our doors, its time to start looking out for the best programs in the city where your little ones can spend their holiday time fruitfully. Schoolkutti.com Children’s Library is conducting some cool summer programs for children starting from March 21.

We are coming up with an exciting and interactive drama workshop for 8 to 14 year old kids from March 21 to April 1 for 10 days. While having fun using their imaginations and creating characters and stories using costumes and props, drama activities can help children learn about emotions help build self-confidence, improve communication skills, teamwork and stage skills. The workshop that will be conducted by Françoise Calvel (Layam Cultural Events and Training PVT LTD)
ends with a play or showcase on the afternoon of the last day.
Timings: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Age Group: 8 to 12 years

Please click here to register for the event.

http://schoolkutti.com/events/schoolkutti-events-details.php?id=87&districtId=1

Next in line is a public speaking workshop – ‘Say it with confidence’, that fosters your child’s innate communication skills and helps get rid of the fear of addressing large groups. It grows their confidence and develops their self-worth.
The 10-day workshop will be facilitated by Bejoy Peter’s Public Speaking (BPPS).
Timings: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Age Group: 8 to 12 years

Please click here to register for the event.

http://schoolkutti.com/events/schoolkutti-events-details.php?id=86&districtId=1