Friday, October 29, 2010

Shopping with Kids

How often do we go shopping with our kids? I guess, most of us like to leave them home when we are planning to shop for ourselves. We won’t disagree with the fact that when we are shopping for ourselves, the kids push us over to their stuff. And then, we end up purchasing their stuff and sometimes even forget to buy for ourselves something which was necessary.

So instead of shouting at them or standing helplessly in front of everyone while they are busy showing their tantrums, one should try and involve them with your own work.

Firstly, try and go for shopping less number of times.

Secondly, when you prepare a list for yourself, ask your child to do the same. (Remember only things of necessity).

Thirdly, Put some amount (small) in your child’s hand, pocket, purse etc. and ask him/her to shop from that particular amount. And also fix some gift, if they save the money from that amount.

Then, if your child is creating a fuss over a toy which you think is pretty expensive or not necessary for the moment, don’t deny your child straight forward, instead ask him/her to collect the money for the same. In this manner they’ll come to know that how much time it takes to collect that particular sum of money and in the process, somewhere they’ll realize its value.

Try and pay your bills in front of your child. So that they know, nothing comes for free. If they are using telephone, watching television or even opening and closing the refrigerator every time they’re passing by the kitchen, they have a price to pay.

One can opt for reasonable stores while shopping for the kids. Because your kids are in a growing stage and secondly they judge the quantity of products purchased for them.

Try and involve your child with your own shopping. Tell them what you are interested in buying and then see the excitement on their faces when they select the things for you. This activity makes them feel important and that their choices do matter to you.

So Happy Shopping!!


-Blog Author


Dr. Pooja Singh
St Edmund's School,
Sector-5, Jawahar Nagar,
Jaipur (Rajasthan), INDIA.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Education can shape the future of any country.

‘Tomorrow’s Challenges shape Today’s Education.’

Education is not just one of the but the most important dominion of our national life. Needless to reiterate that education holds the key to development and progress in every sphere of our existence. It is the power of knowledge that fueled Man’s progress and it is the insatiable appetite for knowledge that keeps us advancing, moving forward and crossing into new frontiers.

It is a general perception of masses that the students are the future of the country so it is necessary that students prove themselves capable to shoulder responsibilities in all the fields and lead the nation towards the correct path of progress.

In olden days the requirements were limited and man used to do all the work manually as his mere aim was to survive. Consequently with the advancement of science, research and technology, the world is moving very fast and in fact has shrunk due to the effects of scientific inventions. Now the time has come to change our mentality and people are to be educated and made professionally competent for enabling them to contribute in the development of the nation. That can be possible only by improving the educational standard, upgrading the quality of expertise to qualify the youth to work skillfully, streamlining the progress of the country.

The long term returns and benefits of investment in education, training and human resources development have been quite phenomenal and are evident from the fantastic growth and development of the nations such as Japan, Canada, America etc.

To sum up, education aims at proper integration and harmony between feeling, thinking and doing. It provides proper orientation and positive steps which are actually the need of an hour to engage the youth of any country in nation-building activities. Their zeal, enthusiasm and energy need to be channelized in social reconstruction as the younger generation, which is more flexible, sensitive and dynamic can do wonders if properly guided and motivated through education.


-Blog Author


Dr. Pooja Singh
St Edmund's School,
Sector-5, Jawahar Nagar,
Jaipur (Rajasthan), INDIA.

Indian Education System

‘Education is what survives, when what has been learnt has been forgotten.’

The education system in India is considered to be one of the largest and most ancient ones in the world .The history of the education system in India dates back to the first centuries, when the young children were taught in the ‘Gurukuls’ and ‘Guru-Shishya’ system was the most common means of education After that famous universities like Nalanda, Takshashila, Ujjain and Vikramshila came into existence and enhance the scope of students. In modern times, the education system in India is divided into different stages or levels which are been provided in numerous schools, colleges, universities and other institutions.

Indian schooling takes basically fourteen years from child’s lifetime, starting with the nursery classes where a child learns the basic alphabets of English and other tools of the basic subjects. The idea is to develop the capability of recognizing and understanding the things around the kids. As the student gets promoted to the higher classes, he comes to know about the various aspects of our society. All this time, it’s not just the books that are included in the course curriculum to develop in him the skills of being a hard working child that believes to go deep in to the concept rather than becoming just a regurgitate, sports and other cultural activities are also added up in the day routine so that the refreshment along with the development of new skills may be developed in the child. Here I must not forget to add a new plan of CBSE for the class IX onwards students which is called CCE, Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation, in which the student will be evaluated regularly and diagnosed frequently not only on the basis of his performance in academics but his interest in extracurricular activities and complete behavior towards the environment.

India's higher education system is the third largest in the world, after China and the United States. The main governing body at the tertiary level enforces its standards, advises the government, and helps coordinate between the centre and the state. Some institutions of India, such as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), have been globally acclaimed for their standard of education. The IITs enroll about 8000 students annually and the alumni have contributed to both the growth of the private sector and the public sectors of India.

With its plurality and paradoxes, India never ceases to fascinate. And education in India is only on among various other elements that have captured the attention of the world. While the United Nations is worried about the presence of a large number of illiterates, various other countries are amazed by the quality of some of the human resources that the Indian education system has produced. From an integrated and synergic viewpoint. Educational system constitutes the foundation of the legal, administrative, civic and developmental domains of unfolding India of tomorrow.

-Blog Author


Dr. Pooja Singh
St Edmund's School,
Sector-5, Jawahar Nagar,
Jaipur (Rajasthan), INDIA.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Summer Camp Importance

After a full year of hectic studies and pressure from parents to perform better in the academic year, students finally get the time to enjoy themselves. Yes, you all got it right. Here I am talking about Summer Vacations. Every child waits for it so anxiously. They start planning for their vacations a month before.

There are many things a child plans for his/her summer vacations. Some visit their grandparents place while others join some or the other activity. Some students even try and complete their syllabus in these summer vacations. Parents’ also try and make full utilization of these breaks for their kids.

Resources have confirmed that children who remain idle during their vacations tend to perform sluggish in their after break examination than before ones. It’s always good to involve them in some learning habit. The children maintain a routine life. They follow the same time table as in a school like getting up early in the morning and always coming with a view to learn something new. Apart from this, they can develop a social circle. They meet different students from different schools and different environments. Here they can also generate friendships of a life time and should be encouraged to do so.

All in all, it can be said that there are more advantages in letting a child join some or the other activity in vacations to develop not only physically but mentally, emotionally, socially and psychologically.


-Blog Author


Dr. Pooja Singh
St Edmund's School,
Sector-5, Jawahar Nagar,
Jaipur (Rajasthan), INDIA.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Parents Expectation

This particular posting is especially for those parents who are in stress at this particular moment for getting their child prepared for the entrance examination of any particular school. I can very well relate to all of them. As a mother of a 5 year old, I also went through the same tensions. The starting point is when you decide to send your children to clear the entrance of any top notch school of the city. As a parent there is no harm in wanting the best for your child however one should always keep in mind the child’s caliber.

They don’t even know what you have planned for them but slowly and gradually they start feeling the pressure. Your sending them to tuitions at such an early age or increasing their study times when they learn more from their environment definitely affects their psyche. Your over expectations soon start showing signs through your child’s behavior. If suddenly your child goes hyper, or suddenly he/she has started misbehaving or started to take every work as a burden then please be cautious as your child wants to say something to you. He/She hasn’t learned these things since birth then why now? This is just one of the ways of him/her telling you that something somewhere is not correct.

As a parent there is nothing wrong to expect the best from your child. However it must always be remembered that THEY ARE CHILDREN and this precious time of their life will never return. Give them only that amount of pressure which they can undergo. Imagine how tough it would be for a 5 year old to prove himself in front of you by getting through any exam or any school. And what if he/she is not able to do so?

The simple solution to all your worries are: Allow them to do their daily tasks and along with it you carry on regular studies. Take real life examples, more of practical studies and give lots of MOTIVATION, henceforth the result will follow. And a last word of advice that if in any case your child is not able to get through, please don’t blame him/her. All of them have brilliant potentials. The only need is to become aware of it and allowing it to grow.


-Blog Author


Dr. Pooja Singh
St Edmund's School,
Sector-5, Jawahar Nagar,
Jaipur (Rajasthan), INDIA.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Preparation for a pre-school

Now that your toddlers are on the onset of joining their first school, you are a bit worried about the type of pre-school that should be chosen. You talk to your family members; your friends who have kids probably of the same age and you even go and check out each and every school by yourself on your list. Here are few common tips to check out the best school for your li’l one.

The foremost question that pops up in our mind is why do we need a pre-school? The answer to the question is SOCIALISATION. At home, a child do gets the opportunity to mix up with friends and cousins which might not be of his age and added to it he’s always under the guidance of his parents. A pre-school allows the child to grow emotionally and intellectually on his own, viewing the world from his mindset, spending time everyday with kids of his age.

When you choose a preschool, it is important to give consideration to a child’s characteristics, the program, the preschool staff and also the physical environment of the school. All these factors together may provide your ward the best of educational experience

A pre school can provide an edge for your child to succeed. Apart from the bookish and the factual knowledge a good preschool allows the development of various skills and techniques that prepare them to face the future challenges of life like cognitive, language development, gross and fine motor skills, self-dependency and also value educational skills.

Before getting entrance to any preschool you can ask the following questions about the school:
- Do they have a clear cut syllabus?
- Does this syllabus lead to overall development of the child?
- Does the staff takes interest in a child’s natural interests like reading, counting, writing or story telling and tries to enhance it?
- Do they strike a balance between indoor and outdoor activities?
- What is the size of the classroom?
- Which approach they follow while teaching?
- Do discuss the disciplinary methods also?
- Do they keep a track of a child’s performance in every sphere?

Also make it a point to enquire about the staff and the physical environment of the school. The answers to the following questions should be positive and satisfactory.

- Are the teachers nursery trained?
- Are they patient enough to deal with the children?
- Has the staff been stable for years?
- Are the teachers experienced?
- How do they communicate with the parents?
- Is the school having spacious outdoor area for play?
- Are there enough supplies of playthings?
- Are there enough people supervising them when outside?

So the keywords for your selection are Research, Research and more Research. After you are completely satisfied with the school’s atmosphere, its curriculum, teacher’s qualifications, class size, health and safety standards, then you can register your little darlings to their perfect neighborhood school.

-Blog Author

Dr. Pooja Singh
St Edmund's School,
Sector-5, Jawahar Nagar,
Jaipur (Rajasthan), INDIA.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Role of schools in overall development of a child

The great Indian philosopher Patanjali said” When you are inspired by some great purpose all your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitations and dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover your true self”.

Right! This is the motto behind every school or institution that works for the physical, mental and emotional development of a child.

Our ancient system of education was based on imparting moral and ethical values which in turn acted as powerful tools in transforming the personality of individuals in accordance with patterns approved by the society. The same holds true, even today with the help of value education. The learner is helped to assimilate those qualities which lead to the highest development – mentally, spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. Such education also brings out the latest capacities of the learners and leads them to their rightful goals and every school assist their students to reach to their goals in all spheres of life.

Education is based on the inculcation of human values instills in the minds of students a patriotic feeling and a deep sense of world citizenship. It helps in the fight against the forces of communalism and violence which are proving to be a great burden in these troubled times. Educationalists believe that value education which has a profoundly positive content based on heritage, national goals and universal perceptions can successfully shape future citizens who are a credit to their families, society and country. Every institution helps children in their overall development by providing platforms for their hidden talents.

As the globalization is increasing rapidly including all the aspects of life so every institution is trying to make the students globally perfect so that they can outstrip others of their age and caliber. Tiny kids are taught the use of computers at an early stage i.e pre-primary level.

Besides academics and sports, students are showing their talents in various other categories, so to exhibit their output all the institutions organize annual functions, fete, educational trips and various other intra and inter school competitions.

In short – “A home away from home” is an apt synonym used for any institution that creates an overall developed child through vigorous exercises and efforts.


-Blog Author

Dr. Pooja Singh
St Edmund's School,
Sector-5, Jawahar Nagar,
Jaipur (Rajasthan), INDIA.