Dismantling colourism in kindergarten

Sangeeta Zombade and Priyanka Shrivastav
Dark skin has been a matter of ridicule for a long time. Be it home and neighbourhood or media and public spaces, young people are bombarded with messages that put darker shades of skin down and equate being fair to higher standards of beauty. This, in turn, is often used to bully and put people down. Read how some children and their facilitators helped process some of these messages and beliefs underlying them.

Colour by numbers…with a twist!

Kavitha Madhuri Reddy
When the numbers are small, you know which number can be divided with which other number but as the numbers get bigger you need to the ‘divisibility rules’ to easily identify which numbers you can use to divide the bigger numbers. One way of learning these rules is to byheart them, another way is to understand them by observing number patterns.

Making sound sense

Ranjeeta Prajapati
If there is a subject other than math that instills fear among students it is English. But like with math, if English is taught the way it should be then there is no need to be afraid.

Cultivating scientific temper

Avneesh shukla

The primary aim of science is to instill, in the learner, curiosity and promote the ability to think and arrive at solutions to complex problems. Here are a couple of simple experiments to start young learners on a journey of discovery, exploration and creativity.

Classrooms in nature

Nabanita Deshmukh
Children can experience language in myriad ways by using the surroundings they live in. To make learning more enjoyable and experiential, the outdoors can be frequently used. Encouraging students to explore and observe their surroundings on their own is a great way to teach a second language because children love spending time in nature and thereby learn faster.

Uncommon ways to teach common prepositions

Urvashi Nangia

Grammar is important to the study of language. But the unimaginative ways in which we present grammar to children puts them off it, leaving their language learning incomplete. Why should learning grammar be boring? Here is a beautiful account of how this teacher taught her students a grammar concept playing in a park.

Weaving stories, opening worlds

Menaka Raman
Teachers can now have access to an ever growing digital library of books. StoryWeaver by Pratham Books have recently launched a delightful set of audio stories for children, called Readalongs. Artfully narrated, and subtitled, these Readalongs bring stories alive in an engaging audio-visual form that will help children fall in love with reading.

It’s about time!

Gomathy Ramamoorthy
Here is an interesting lesson plan on how a teacher took the trouble to teach the concept of time to children. With lots of activities using ICT resources, charts as well as sequencing cards, the teacher was able to relate the concept to their experience with time in life.

Language and literacy essentials

Yukti Lao
Learning a language has become relatively easy now especially at the pre- school level with the use of technology. Language learning in early childhood forms the basis of a child’s development in later stages. Take a look at some of these interactive language learning programs designed to boost the learning process of pre-school children.

Connecting with the computer

Sandhya Sawant
Technology is fascinating. Technology is all around you. But for first time users it can also be intimidating. Here are a few tips to familiarize primary school children with the computer.