Category Archives: Education

5 Skills That Every Preschooler Needs Before Grade School

What are the skills needed for school? These basic tasks prepare your kindergartener and preschooler for school. Without them, academics and overall development mean nothing. Last year, I read an article about how more and more children are entering grade 1 without having very basic fine and gross motor skills. Schools are spending a lot on…

Beyond the Performance: What Theater Classes Can Really Do For Your Kids

Ever considered enrolling your children in a theater workshop during vacations? You must have wondered if they would contribute in any way to your child’s development. Or did you simply think of theater as another fun way to keep them entertained? From a distance, an acting class for kids might look like a great way to dress up,…

There is No Such Thing as a Visual Learner: 2 Neuro Myths that are Still Prevalent in Schools

Have you ever thought of yourself as a right brained person? Has a school ever used marketing centered around “learning styles” to sell its curriculum or methodology to you? Do we use only 10% of our brain, like the movie Lucy had us believe? All these three ideas are not really backed by science. Last year, The Guardian published…

The Indelible Mark of Marks: Will the Bournvita Exam Sale Video Change Our Mindset?

Now that exams are in full swing, did you watch the Bournvita Exam Sale Video that went viral recently? Watch the video above before reading further. SPOILERS AHEAD! The video features a clearance sale a week before exams, where students are selling their hobby artifacts for free because their parents feel that scoring marks is…

Where can you find good books for a child who loves to read?

Kid books

We were desperately on the lookout for books for our son when he started to try reading on his own. A good friend of ours introduced as to a whole beginner reader series called Captain Awesome. Until that point, I did not know there were books that catered to beginner readers with themes that would…

Effect of Screen Time on Motor Skills: The Smartphone Generation is not Ready to Write

Screen time

Teachers are seeing more and more kindergarteners whose fingers are not ready to write. They lack the fine motor skills required to write legibly in Kindergarten and beyond. This has been traced back to excessive touchscreen device use. As adults these days, we barely write at all. And sometimes when we do have to write,…

Home Schooling Your Child

Home schooling

Eight-year-old Pritha loves to make doodles. She attends dance and music classes. Every morning she decides on the subject she wants to study. Pritha belongs to the growing tribe of home schoolers in India, who don’t pack their school bags and rush to catch the school bus. The mornings in her home are slow and…