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Why It's Better For Kids To Be Schooled In Their Mother Tongue

I recently visited a primary school in Tirur, Malappuram district, Kerala. The language of instruction was English. The teacher had great enthusiasm, but the children didn't quite share it and seemed to be restless and distracted. To get to the bottom of this, I decided to have an informal chat with one of the students, Atul. When I asked him what he had learned in class, he was stumped. He didn't know what the teacher was even talking about.
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Why I'm Not Sending My Kids To Classes Or Camps This Winter Vacation

I dread vacations, I really do. And, I think, almost every mother does. I order books, I buy crayons and colour pencils and paints. I pull out all the birthday gifts that I have successfully stowed away for months. And yet, when the vacations begin, I find myself terribly ill-equipped to handle the girls. Perhaps that is why, no sooner than the holidays start, most mothers, like me, want to pack the children off to some camp or the other.
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Why I'm Not Sending My Kids To Classes Or Camps This Winter Vacation

I dread vacations, I really do. And, I think, almost every mother does. I order books, I buy crayons and colour pencils and paints. I pull out all the birthday gifts that I have successfully stowed away for months. And yet, when the vacations begin, I find myself terribly ill-equipped to handle the girls. Perhaps that is why, no sooner than the holidays start, most mothers, like me, want to pack the children off to some camp or the other.
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How Our Differences Can Unite Us – If We Let Them

What can you possibly learn from someone who speaks like you, whose world view is exactly like you? Whose voice is an echo of yours? Nothing. But someone who is different can challenge you and you can challenge that person and benefit from it. Multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism are the need of the day. We need differences. We need diversity. It is possible to have multiple belongings, rather than a single identity.
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Here Are Some Creative Ways To Encourage Your Child To Read

Reading is not only an essential life skill that helps your child's brain grow, it's also a magical, exciting journey of vibrant thought and imagination. But not every child finds reading easy or interesting. It can be difficult to engage a reluctant reader and often requires caution; forcing a child to read before he is ready can often do more harm than good. Here are some creative ways in which you encourage your child to make reading a positive, fun experience.
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How A 13-Year-Old Helped To Innovate Learning In His Classroom And Beyond

Through collective brainstorming, Aman and his classmates hit upon the idea of starting informal learning circles (LCs) that could be run by the students and for the students. "Teachers sometimes have a lot of admin work because of which it might be really hard for them to focus on each and every child in the classroom. I thought LCs would be a great way for us to make a difference to this problem that some of our classmates face every day," he says with wisdom beyond his years.
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5 Life Lessons From 5 Countries

From a rural and orthodox community in South India to sophisticated Switzerland, I have found myself living in different countries and experiencing whole new worlds over the past several years. These experiences have shaped me and given me lasting perspectives on life. Through this post, I want to share the main life lessons I got from living in Japan, USA, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and India.