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Kids Books by Karadi Tales – Review

posted by Anupriya February 5, 2018 11 Comments

I feel so proud when I realized one of these days that at 5 years Nik has a kid library worth around 25 books. I would like to steal some credit for his liking for books and often wonder if he will keep this love for books even when he is all grown up.

Nevertheless, the current kitty of books in my house comprises mostly story books with extensive pictures and some learning based books (the ones that help kids enhance their vocabulary or concept of numbers). At his age, he engages with books mostly through picture reading or with me reading aloud the stories to him. Continue Reading

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4 Ways how My 5 year old Celebrated Republic Day

posted by Anupriya January 27, 2018 9 Comments

My earliest memories of Republic Day are waking up and jumping infront of the television to watch the Republic Day parade. At that age, I was more excited about the tableaux from various states and the cultural performances. A few years later, we participated in the school parade and witnessed the flag hoisting ceremony by our principal. The significance of Republic Day came in much later when we academically understood the meaning of the ‘The Republic of India’ and ‘Constitution’.

When I came across this prompt, I wondered that what I could tell my 5 year old, to mark the significance of the day. He is too young to understand the concept of ‘Constitution’ and ‘Republic’, yet I definitely wished to make him realize that this was a day as significant or rather more than other festivals that we celebrate actively. I raked my mind for things to do with my son but could not really come up with anything of significance. But as the day progressed, it turned out that my son and I were automatically tuned into the patriotic spirit. Here’s what we did –

Stand Up to the National Anthem

Nik like every student is used to the national anthem in school, but I made a conscious effort to play and sing the national anthem even at home. He obviously asked me that why I was playing the ‘Jana Gana Mana’ song at home today. I told him 🙂

Watched the Parade on Television with Him

This year I was keen on watching the Republic Day parade after several years. Reason that I had pulled Nik out of the bed and put him infront of the Television for him to watch the parade. To my delight, he was really excited on watching the various armed forces. He wanted to understand the difference between the Army, Air Force and Navy. It goes without saying that he enjoyed the tableaux.

Draw and Color the National Flag

Nik’s cousin who goes to playschool received a paper national flag in her school. Nik saw the same and was immediately keen on drawing one. So we got to the job and colored our way to make a national flag.

Story Telling

I have come to believe that story telling is an omnipresent rescuer.  I spent some time telling Nik about how we were a child country and did not know how to do our work. So to tell everyone about how work is to be done and who should do what, a book was written. On Republic Day, we celebrate the buying of that book.

I know this is only a remotely related description of a much larger and wider subject. But I thought, for starters it’d be good to go and do enough to instill some sense of purpose to the school holiday named ‘Republic Day’.

I am linking this post to #MondayMommyMoments by Amrita and Deepa





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5 Favorite Nursery Rhymes for Toddlers

posted by Anupriya January 25, 2018 9 Comments

The moment you think about starting methodical learning activities for your toddler, I am sure you tend to think of Nursery Rhymes among many other things. Apart from the fact that Nursery Rhymes are immense fun, they serve a larger role in laying your toddlers learning foundation. Rhymes are the first lines that your toddler will learn to memorize without any pressure of performance. But there are several other benefits that makes rhymes very important for a toddlers growth & development.

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Making Screen Entertainment a Learning Experience for Kids – #YoutubeKids

posted by Anupriya November 16, 2017 10 Comments

Use Screen Entertainment To Enhance Learning for Kids – #Youtube Kids

I suffer from the most common dilemma that today’s parents to toddlers have. How do I keep my kids away from the ‘SCREEN’.  Until a decade back, it was easy to limit kids’ screen time when screen meant only Television, or at the max a personal computer. But with the advent of Smartphones and Tablets life for parents has become almost a screen time nightmare. Some parents call in guilty of using these modes of screen viewing as a way to distract kids and keep busy without bothering them. But there are some who find themselves in a helpless situation, because their toddlers pick up screen habits without much supervision. Addiction to screen entertainment is one of the major parenting concerns in this age. Continue Reading

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5 Reasons to Say No to Fire Crackers this Diwali

posted by Anupriya October 18, 2017 0 comments

The recent ban on firecrackers in the capital and NCR region to keep the pollution levels under control has surprisingly invoked mixed reactions from the elite and the masses. I say surprisingly because only yesterday I stumbled upon a ridiculous statement by a “youth icon” and “influencer” who declared firecrackers as indispensable part of Diwali celebrations and that it is a setback for the Hindus.  I am sure that every Delhite Hindu with some sense and conscience must be relieved at such a directive from the judiciary and would already be anticipating the extent of benefit it will do for the city and adjoining areas.

And all those in other parts of the country have a reason to be happy because somewhere a beginning has been made. We can now at least hope that this directive may find extension and expansion to other metros and cities too and have the privilege of experiencing the benefits of the same.

Personally, I gave up on firecrackers around 10 years back when I witnessed live an accident averted by a close margin when the cracker rocket lost direction and almost got into the window of a neighbor. Continue Reading

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Teaching Children About Charity

posted by Anupriya October 6, 2017 9 Comments

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I am a firm believer in KARMA. KARMA may be defined as the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. So yes the most important value that I want to teach my kids is ‘Do Good’. Sooner or later it will come back to you. Your act of benevolence may or may not always boomerang from the same person, but it will come back to you for sure.

I believe that there are two aspects to doing good and being compassionate towards people. Firstly, I wish to teach my kids that they ought to be good to everyone they deal with in their daily life. This everyone includes EVERYONE ranging from family, friends, foes, and people who assist in making our life comfortable on an everyday.  The second aspect of doing good is through charity. Continue Reading

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5 Board Games That Made Up My Childhood

posted by Anupriya July 20, 2017 8 Comments

My elder son has just turned four and one of his gifts was a magnetic combo of Board Games including LUDO & Snakes and Ladders. A couple of efforts at making him understand LUDO have gone in vain. I guess he is still too young for it, but he has already got a hang of Snakes & Ladders. He loves the idea of snakes biting and taking you down and the ladder which is sort of a short cut to the top. It’s heartwarming to see his grandparents taking the lead and setting up the mood for playing the one game that they too have played for as long as they can remember. His grandparents get so engrossed in the game that they forget the initial idea was to keep the kids busy and Continue Reading

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Shapes Craft – A fun Way of learning through Art & Craft

posted by Anupriya July 13, 2017 14 Comments

It is quite a relief that most of the pre-schools today believe in developing sensory and fine motor skills of the toddlers through activity based learning. Toddlers aren’t handed a pencil and notebook right away and asked to write and learn numbers and alphabets in this tedious and boring way.  For those who have started play school for their toddlers in the recent years must have got a little nervous when your kids were not handed pencils during the entire year of going to the play school. In my case, even at the lower kindergarten level, my son’s school has begun the writing curriculum only now after the summer vacations. The entire learning during the preschool has happened Continue Reading

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Learning Alphabets with Phonics – Flash Cards (DIY)

posted by Anupriya June 14, 2017 0 comments

As I promised in my post on Learning Alphabets Through Phonics, I am writing this post to share how I made my own set of Flash Cards to help my boy practice his phonics.

If you are still wondering what Phonics is and why the modern day schools are following this methodology to introduce alphabets to kids, you must read my previous post which iterates Learning Alphabets Through Phonics. Some parents might find it difficult to cope with the Phonemics methodology in the beginning, but once you yourself get a hang of it, there’s nothing that can help your kid learn English language more easily. Continue Reading

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Learning Alphabets Phonics Way – Everything You Need To Know

posted by Anupriya June 6, 2017 0 comments

Precisely 4 years ago, I was in a conversation with my cousin whose daughter had begun school recently. I happened to ask her if my niece had started learning the alphabets. To which my cousin responded that she was baffled by what they were doing at school with the alphabets. Further discussion revealed that they weren’t being taught Alphabets the traditional way in the normal ABCD… order. This is how we learnt alphabets and have seen generations learning the same. But the new order of learning alphabets is different. It is based on ease of their sound and identification of letters. Continue Reading