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.

The classroom in the community

Suma Vivekanandan

If one thinks about it geometry is all around us. Roads, building, objects all have certain shapes and follow the principles of geometry. So why sit in the classroom and study geometry from the textbook? Step outside the classroom like this teacher did and notcec how different and exciting your lessons will become.

A moot point

Ratna Rao

Learning to debate is a skill that can benefit primary school children. They learn to express themselves verbally and in front of groups. This builds their confidence apart from sharpening their listening and speaking skills. Debates are also useful assessment tools to gain insights into students’ understanding of various topics. Here are a few ways in which teachers can help children develop their debating skills.

The art of being a SciTeller

Mahak Katyal

By now most of us agree that stories are a good way of drawing the attention of a child and engaging him. But how exactly does one use these stories, say in a science class? What will the lesson plan be?

It’s more than just play

Sameera Sood

What is play? Why is it important for children and how is it different from work? Children love to play and explore their environment. It helps them develop intellectual and social skills. It is different form work in the sense that play is something one chooses to do while work is something one has to perforce do. Since play is the basis of language and cognitive development, teachers must ensure that children get adequate opportunities to play in school.