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.

A ‘voluminous’ matter

Jayati Kaushik and Sindhu Sreedevi

Volume–an important but difficult topic for kids to fathom. Help your students understand what volume is, the difference between volume and capacity and how volume can be measured with these simple to do activities.

Lyrics and language

Avantika Thakur
Can music be used as a teaching tool? What would be the effect on children if music were to be played in the background in the classroom? Do they become more energetic and alert? Here is an interesting article where the author gives some tips on using music to further learning.

Stop, hop, and go!!

Ratna Rao

How often have we not heard the joke about a panda who eats, shoots, and leaves? Everytime we hear this joke it reminds us of the importance of punctuation in our language. Punctuation marks can sometimes seem confusing and difficult to comprehend. Here are some fun exercises for you to introduce punctuation and help build an easy relationship for your students with a little bit of grammar.

Playward the way forward!

Sharmila Govande
What are the challenges that teachers face when they try to bring ‘play’ into lesson plans and use play as an effective medium to teach a particular concept?The main difficulty is to keep the noise levels down and also space constraints. So, how can teachers make ‘play’ organised and structured? This article tries to answer these questions.