Mother’s Day Celebration

It’s that time of year again, time to celebrate all the awesome mothers out there! At Schoolkutti.com Children’s Library, we celebrated Mother’s Day with heartwarming stories of love, of fun and of longing for our mothers. This year, we chose a lovely story about the bond between a mother and child – “Are you my mother” by PD Eastman. This classic story follows a baby bird in search of its mother. From a cat to a hen, the baby bird asks everyone it meets, “Are you my mother?” – until finally being reunited with its own. We also sang and danced to some lovely mother’s day songs. After the song and story time, the little ones enjoyed a game of musical chair. Finally, it was time to make some beautiful Mother’s Day cards to gift their mommies. It goes without saying that something handmade is likely to be most precious and would make our mothers happiest. They left for home, eagerly waiting to proudly present their lovely artwork to their mommies. On the whole, it was one of the best Mother’s Day celebrations at our little library! Thanks to our literacy coach Saranya for engaging the children and making this special day extra special for everyone!

Best Summer Camps for kids in Trivandrum 2022

Looking for summer camps Trivandrum parents? We’re here to help your kids have an amazing summer with these selections.

So you’re in luck: We are listing the best summer camps in and around Trivandrum that your kids will love, so start taking notes, Mom and Dad!

Here is a comprehensive list of the most awesome Summer Camps @Trivandrum in 2022.
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Paadashala TEEN PREP PROGRAMME (Location: Vellayambalam)

Paadashala Summer camp 2022 Trivandrum

Paadashala launches an attractive back to school program for children of class VIII – X.(Age 13Yrs to 15 years) Prepares children to return to school with enthusiasm and leaving back a load of anxiety and fears. Come and Experience a program to alleviate your fear of school…. Intensive 50 Hrs programme stretched to 14 days without break . Everyday 3 hrs each (Fun filled interactive and activity based sessions handled by experts.) Brainstorming sessions, interactive and activity based sessions,problem solving session. No textbook no notebook, no pen. BACK TO SCHOOL PROGRAMME FOR KIDS OF 2 TO 12 YEARS. Contact or whatsapp at 9995458074.

Cocoon Preschool Summer Camp Location: (Location: Edapazhanji and Puliyarakonam)

Cocoon Preschool is also coming up with an amazing summer camp for children aged 7 to 10 years.

At the Cocoon summer camp, we have got days jam packed with creativity,  adventure and excitement. Life is full of experiences! Cocoon kids camp brings big experiences to little people. Hourly change over of activities means great fun and pleasure throughout the day. There is something for every child aged 4 years to 14 years. Loved and trusted by parents, our ethos has always been to put children 1st. Each unforgettable experience at the camp will enhance their well being and revitalize them for their return to school.

The Learning Minds Summer Camp (Location: Maruthankuzhi)

The learning minds are conducting summer classes for the children aged 6 years to 12 years. This is a gateway for students to develop and sharpen their skills on English language, handwriting improvement and mental ability. The class is scheduled to be held from April 6th 2022 to May 6th 2022. Registrations are open now. The learning minds conduct sessions by complying with all covid appropriate protocols. Contact 7994147887 for more details.

Schoolmynd Summer Camp Location: (Location: Ambalamukku)

  Schoolmind summer camp 2022 trivandrumGet yourself immersed in the joyful, fun filled world of scintillating science experiments ranging from Martian Robots to Spiralling cyclones, and get unshackled from the learning constraints. We proudly present the fifth edition of the premier science camp, Eurecka 2022 conducted by Schoolmynd, Ambalamukku, Trivandrum. Meant for students of grades 3 to 9, the camp is tentatively planned to be held from April 15th to May 2nd ( except Sundays & Saturdays ).
Timings : 10 am to 1 pm. Registrations open. First come first serve basis, only for 15 students following all Covid protocols.

For more details please contact Dr.Kishore: +91 6282103148 What’s app: 9847091451.

If your institution is coming up with an interesting summer camp, please email the details to [email protected] For enquiries, please contact 8606405917 or 9847320281.

Let’s Talk About the Birds and the Bees

Soon-to-be big brother/ sister asks, “Daddy, how did baby get in mommy’s tummy?” Crimson-in-the-face daddy looks at mommy for help. Mommy grins and shrugs the ball back into daddy’s court.
And then we fill the poor child with fairy tales about storks and chimneys. Really? And for this reason, ‘sex education’ gets tip-toed around, ignored, swept under the carpet, you name it. Very few parents actually seize the bull by the horns, see this as a learning opportunity for the child, and give
them the facts of life in an age-appropriate manner. This stems from the way we treat the very topic of sex. If we want our children to grow up to be informed, respectful, responsible adults, we need to make sure that they have the information they need. And they need to feel comfortable enough to come to you with any query, no matter how delicate. This is the single most important skill every parent should try to develop.

Wait, isn’t it the duty of schools to impart ‘sex education, you ask? Why is that? The school system did not beget your children. You did. Sex is a part of life and life is what families go through day in and day out. Ipso facto, home is the best setting to talk about the facts of life. So, here’s grabbing the bull by the horns. Forget about the traditional “we need to talk” method.
One big talk is not going to cover all the important things. Besides, it is likely to be a cringe fest, is it not? Rather, slip in bits of information in your daily conversations with your kids. It’s not just talking about the so-called ‘mechanics’ of it. It is also important to talk about being respectful of
your own bodies and others’, pregnancy, contraception, STDs, being sexually responsible, sexual harassment, rape, pornography – all of this is relevant. Think hard about what you want your children to know and take away from your conversations and give them age-appropriate information on the same.

Before you stick your head in the sand and say, “No, I cannot do this…”, there is good news coming
your way in the form of a very informative, funny, and wonderfully illustrated book titled ‘It’s Not the Stork!’. Written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Michael Emberley, It’s Not the Stork! is for kids aged 4 to 7, but is actually applicable for anyone above the age of 4.

It is a picture book (hooray!) and it gives simple yet detailed information on anatomy, the physical differences between boys and girls, how body parts work, sex, pregnancy and so on. No, you cannot just hand over the book and tell your children to read it. You need to sit down with them and read
this together. Talk about things openly and freely (any awkwardness you feel will go away in a bit, so keep at it). Here are a few things to make sure of before you sit down together with this book.
1) Use the actual names of body parts in your daily conversations with your kids. You should be using the words testicles, penis, vagina, breasts, etc., like you would any other body part like elbows or toes.
2) If you are not a family that reads to the kids, get into the habit of reading to them bits and pieces from books, magazines or newspapers that you are reading. Otherwise, when you suddenly sit them down with this book, things won’t seem quite comfortable for either party.
3) Go through the book before you read it to your kids – being familiar with the contents is a great confidence booster. You can also point out the funny bits because on every page of this book there are 2 really cute characters – a confident bird and a timid bee – who provide comic relief.

Now that we’ve set the stage, go ahead and draw your kiddos around you and go through the pages, a few at a time. Read the book to them in multiple sittings because it is pretty comprehensive. Have many, many conversations and discussions about it. Let your children go through the book when you are not reading it together (the illustrations are a real joy). Read the book multiple times over the years. They will pick up something new with each reading. Be accessible to your kids, answer any query appropriately and if you don’t know the answer to something or are unsure how to answer, you can always say “I really don’t know but I’ll find out and let you know, OK?” It also helps bring home the fact that dad and mom are not perfect, omniscient beings after all. There is the common belief that if you talk about sex to kids, they will be more likely to experiment early on in their lives. Is this really true? Think about it. As with any other socially relevant topic (like climate change or teen suicides), the more you have honest, open conversations with your children, the more likely they are to understand and form intelligent opinions of their own. The more understanding there is, the more they’ll be capable of making informed decisions. So parents, let’s take a pledge to be more available to our kids, to have more conversations with them, to incorporate critical thinking in their lives and most important of all, to listen to our kids without judgment and answer their questions the best way we can. Remember, it’s called parenting,
not perfecting. We’re all in this together.

– The author is an independent researcher in the fields of alternative education and self-directed learning. Besides being a homeschooling parent, a lover of libraries and a lifelong learner, the author is also passionate about minimalism, cats and tiny homes. Go figure!
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The book It’s Not the Stork! is available at schoolkutti.com children’s library. So are the second and third parts of the series – It’s So Amazing, for ages 7 and up and It’s Perfectly Normal, for adolescents and those approaching their sexually active years.

Raise a Reader with Schoolkutti.com Children’s Library, Trivandrum!

“Every child is capable of using imagination. Every child has a hunger to know things. But not all children have access to the books that can stimulate their imagination​ and satisfy their thirst for knowledge.”​
-​Mary Pope Osborne

United Nations (UN) Day is observed on October 24 each year and marks the official establishment of the organization in 1945. In 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today designated children’s rights activist and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls’ education. As a 16-year-old, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai had made an impassioned speech about gender equality in education at the United Nations headquarters on 12 July, 2013. Her speech received a standing ovation from all delegates.

‘I am Malala’ is the bestselling memoir of youngest ever NOBEL PRIZE winner, Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who stood up to the Taliban. For this book and other popular titles by inspiring people, call 0471-7964605 or whatsapp 9847320281/8606405917 or email [email protected] Schoolkutti.com Children’s library has thousands of books from reputed children’s publishers like Penguin, HarperCollins, Amar Chitra Katha, Tinkle, Duckbill, Tulika, Storyweaver and Ms. Moochie. Many of them are award-winners, with bright pictures and rich colors, which are eye catching and engaging. We also have chapter books and comics for the older children. Our collection has books of many genres, like mythology, biography, adventure, wildlife, humour, science, comics and mystery.
Home Delivery available.

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World Tourism Day

Pretty much everything has been turned on it’s head because of the pandemic, including our vacations. Still, we can celebrate World Tourism Day on September 27 by taking a virtual tour of the globe. Books give children the opportunity to learn about the people, places and events that are currently outside of their own experience. Explore the world around you through fascinating tales and facts about them.

Think to Ink (Activity-based Writing workshop)

Schoolkutti.com Children’s Library conducted an activity-based Writing workshop for children above 9 years. It was facilitated by Geethu Prakash, Advocate and award winner in numerous writing contests.

The workshop successfully triggered the spark of journalism in children by helping them identify and report interesting things around them and finally present their findings effectively into a newspaper. We could guide them to effectively brainstorm ideas, express thoughts clearly and write constructively.

During the program, the trainer discussed techniques to create a piece of writing that enhances the reader’s understanding of key ideas and information. Memory games and vocabulary activities were also included to enhance their imagination and concentration. Children responded with enthusiasm and thrill to the word and sentence building activities. Organising ideas through mind mapping techniques were also introduced. Summary writing methods were taught and children were made to write down the summary of a small newspaper report.

On the last day, the children took a virtual tour of the globe. A rapid fire round was held to familiarise them about the continents and states. We also had a self awareness activity during the program- it was a moment of introspection when they pondered over and listed down their strengths and weaknesses. The workshop marked it’s end when the children came out with their brilliant work of creativity weaved during the series of sessions. They participated in every aspect of producing the newspaper – from topic selection, researching and writing, editing and finalizing their work. Sharing the end product here, for all of you to see.

Smash it Butterfingers!

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Look out! It’s Butterfingers again at Schoolkutti!
‘Smash it Butterfingers’, the latest smashing book from the ButterFingers series by Khyrunnisa A is now available at Schoolkutti. The Butterfingers books have always been a big hit with the young members of our library. Amar and his friends are brimming with enthusiasm to succeed in a badminton tournament that is to be played on Friday the thirteenth. Will they succeed? This hilarious page-turner is recommended for lovers of the sport as it is for readers who know nothing about the game.

Call 0471-7964605 or whatsapp 9847320281/8606405917 or email [email protected] to borrow your favourite books. Home Delivery available. More than 8000 books exclusively for children of all ages.

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What’s the big secret? Why You Need to Know . . . Period

What are periods? And why is it such a big secret? 11-year-old Aditya really wants to know. Ever since Rhea didi began getting brown paper packages, there’s been something that no one is telling him. …

Told with a lot of humour and heart, this conversation starter, “What’s the Big Secret” (Puffin), a full-colour illustrated book on periods, helps everyone, especially boys, understand the bodily process and quell their curiosity.

It’s a much-needed book that aims to expel the stigma attached to the concept and help parents engage in difficult conversations about growing up with their children.

by Sonali Shenoy

Eric Carle Story Magic and [email protected] with Matilda

Reading workshops encourage children to become independent readers by focussing on fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. In the current covid scenario, on online reading program is a great way to motivate children to read.

Schoolkutti.com is coming up with two reading programs in June.

  1. Eric Carle Story Magic (for 4 to 6 year olds)

Join us for a special program featuring Eric Carle’s iconic books. This participatory program is intended to encourage children to actively engage with stories by Eric Carle. Kids can join in, speak, sing along, move around, watch and listen to lovely stories and songs.

  1. [email protected] with Matilda (for 7 to 9 year olds)

[email protected] is an interactive reading program with fun activities. In June, we will be reading and discussing the classic children’s novel ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl. There will also be activities that are educational, fun and interesting!

Scrabble Time

Scrabble is a great mind game for kids to build their vocabulary skills. Schoolkutti.com conducted a Scrabble Workshop last week for 9 to 12 year olds. Our budding word-builders had great fun looking up new words, challenging their peers and playing around with words and letters. We had lots of positive feedback from students who attended our last batch.

Our next batch will start in June. Thank you for your support.