“Moving” with numbers

Pavan RC Kinesthetic math involves using the entire body to learn math and not just hands to write. It makes learning active. We have heard of people who hate math begin loving the subject after learning it with kinesthetic activities. Read More …

The power of estimation

Sandhya Singh

Estimation is an important area of study in primary school. It is a skill that comes to our aid all through our lives and that is why before you introduce formal measurements in class here are a few activities to help enhance your students’ estimation skills.

Adding fun to math

Suma Vivekanandan

Since math is an abstract subject, grasping it becomses easy for children if the subject is introduced to them through games. Here are a few simple games that you can get your students to play to understand LCM, multiplication, fractions, and number properties.

What is your question today?

Sharmila Govande
How can children be taught to question all the things that they see or hear or read rather than accept the answers given by the teachers? How can teachers work on building children’s curiosity levels and engage in questioning until they are satisfied and are clear about any concepts? Children ask questions when they feel that their questions are appreciated. Therefore parents and teachers should encourage children to ask questions. Here are some techniques that teachers can adopt in their classrooms to promote a questioning culture.

Sita’s Solitaire

S N Gananath
Have you, as a teacher, come across the game called ‘Vamanaguntalu’ in Telugu,’ Pallankuzhi’ in Tamil or ‘Aluguli mane’ in Kannada? You may have even played it in your younger days. It is time now for you to go back to that game because it is absorbing and it has interesting mathematical patterns that you could use in your classroom to explain some basics in math. This article explores the game and how children can benefit in different ways.

Back from the vacation!

Sheel

We have just left behind some beautiful memories made during the vacation and it is time now to get back in earnest to classroom work. To make this transition easy why not pull out some of those vacation memories and convert them into teaching points?The author uses her own vacation in Sikkim to tell you how this can be done.

Decoding decimals

Sinny Mole

Decimals first make their appearance in primary school. And they are always a tricky topic to teach young minds who are only aware of the whole number system. Here are a couple of activities that will help your students grasp the concept of decimals better.

A story of a grammar class

Nabanita Deshmukh
Storytelling is a great way to make language teaching authentic. But teaching grammar which is the basic component of language requires skills that will encourage children to pick up the nuances fast and correctly. Given that stories always impact children, here are some activities that can make your grammar classes fun and interesting and will also motivate children.

Fun ways of building word power

Leena Thorat

A popular way of building students’ vocabulary is to get them to write the same words several times and give them dictation. However what happens with this method of building vocabulary is that what is learnt is promptly forgotten after the test. Perhaps it is time to revise the way we help children learn vocabulary? Here are 5 interesting and fun ways that will give you much better results.

Pathways to language development

Subha Vaidyanathan
How can teachers improve the English language skills of their students? While some children are exposed to the language at home, there are others who need special attention. Systematic building of vocabulary from the basics is necessary right from the start. This can be done by using games and activities like word lists. Children not only have fun but without realising it, can hone their skills.