May 28, 2018

Self Healing & Chakra Balancing - 10 Days Online Whatsapp Workshop


Announcing the 10 days online Whatsapp Workshop for everyone - SELF HEALING & CHAKRA BALANCING.


DETAILS OF THE WORKSHOP

WHEN - 10 days from 18 June to 27 June 2018
WHERE - Online on Whatsapp
FEES -
Energy exchange for the workshop - 750 INR
EARLY BIRD till 12 June - 500 INR


⚠️Do you sometimes feel not centred?
⚠️Out of balance?
⚠️Or simply not yourself?
⚠️Out of energy?
⚠️Exhausted?
⚠️Empty?

👉I would like to invite you to this transformative whatsapp workshop (so you can be anywhere in the world to attend this) where I will teach you about your energy centres called Chakras. I will tell you how to energize, strengthen and balance them, one by one.

⚠️ In this workshop, you will get to understand about 7 chakras, their various aspects, how they govern our physical & emotional lives, identify the imbalances in your chakras, self heal your chakras, do chakra balancing & see a shift in your overall energy and physical, mental & emotional being.

⚠️ Suitable for beginners (little experience in meditation) and advanced.

⚠️ EXPECTATION FROM PARTICIPANTS

You will be expected to go through a short writeup or audio or video every day and some introspection of yourself. And then a short experiential exercise of around 15 minutes daily to do at your end independently.

You can consume the content when you get time during the day and post your questions or sharings.

⚠️ So even if you are traveling or working through the day or have kids, you can still attend it assuming you can spare the above mentioned time at any time of the day.


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May 22, 2018

How To Make Handmade Paper From Recycled Scraps With Kids - DIY Tutorial



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Here is an easy tutorial on how to make handmade paper at home with your kids using recycled paper scraps. I did this Waldorf inspired activity with my 3 year old son after we visited handmade paper factory as a part of our homeschool co-op field trip last week. Making paper is magical, therapeutic & its super simple too!


We had visited hand made paper factory recently and since summers are here in India, I thought it is a great time to make hand made paper at home with my 3 year old son. I had been meaning to do this for a long time & for this project, I had also collected old paper bills, scrap papers, left over paper cutouts while making Montessori inspired printable activities etc. They all came in handy while making this handmade paper. And not to mention, my boy was super excited to replicate at home what we had seen in the handmade paper factory recently.

WHAT YOU NEED
  • Recycled wastepaper (I used old paper bills, scrap papers, paper cut outs from craft sessions, my son's old scribbled papers)
  • Blender / mixer
  • Big large utensils
  • Water
  • Wide kitchen sieve 
  • Rag clothes
  • Towel
  • Flower petals, food colors, thread cuttings (optional)
  • SUN (lol)

PROCESS

Me & my son tore the scrap papers into small pieces & put them into warm water & left them to soak for 30 minutes while we had our lunch. You see these big utensils that contain soaked papers.



Then I blended the soaked papers and formed a nice pulp out of it.



His friends also joined in & then the kids took the pulp & placed it into the circular kitchen sieve that I had. I use that sieve for flour to make chapatis. They put one layer of pulp on to the sieve & pressed it to make it uniform - neither too thick nor too thin. Putting a container beneath the sieve works well to contain all the draining water. 



Now the task is to keep squeezing out water from this sieve. Before that we put in some flower petals on the the pulp to make it beautiful. See those orange petals in the pic? This step is optional. And you can also put in seeds in the paper at this step so that when this paper is discarded & thrown in the soil, something grows out of it. We also put in some thread cuttings into the paper to give it another look.

We used a rag cloth to press the sieve so that more & more water squeezes out of the pulp & the grains/fibres of the paper inside the pulp start to attach to each other & take a form of paper all set together.



My son again pressed the pulp in the sieve kept on old newspaper so that it absorbs water from both the sides.


Finally when we felt that the water is squeezed out pretty nicely from the pulp & the paper which is in the making is binding nicely (basically the fibres), I inverted the sieve & the wet paper landed up on the towel like this. It was an awesome moment to put down our first paper on the towel with no cracks at all. 



And slowly we had a bunch of papers ready to be sun dried! We ended up putting food colors in some papers, that is the reason you see greenish paper in the picture below.



And the next day, our handmade papers were all ready!!! They looked gorgeous to us!!! Don't they?




Handmade papers also make beautiful gifts & keepsakes! 



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How To Spend Summer Vacations At Home With Kids - 10 Productive Ways (VLOG)


10 Easy & Productive Ways To Spend Your Summer Vacation With Your Child. This article showcases the Facebook live video I did on this topic recently as a part of my #TuesdayLive Facebook live series.


Often, parents are so used to kids going to school that they go clueless when the summer vacation comes as to how to spend the time with kids.

In this video, in this digital age, I am going to give you some worth listening to old school ideas on how to spend time with kids.

Tag your friends here if you think this knowledge will help them!



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Relevant Links Mentioned In This Video

#TuesdayLive Archives

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May 19, 2018

Women Who Inspire - Shrinithi Venkatesa Mohan From Shiksha Junior Preschools - Interview Series

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I'm so excited to present this interview series for all you lovely readers of my blog. This series - "Women Who Inspire" features interviews of some lovely ladies that I know. I love what they do & I admire them a lot. I thought of passing some inspiration to all of you too! This interview series will give you a little sneak peek into the lives of these women.


Today, let us hear from Shrinithi Venkatesa Mohan (SVM) who is the founder of Shiksha Junior Preschools, Shiksha School For Teachers & Parents & Shiksha School For Autism.


Shrinithi Venkatesa Mohan, from Coimbatore,Tamil Nadu, graduated in Computer Science Engineering and started her career working as a software developer. But the entrepreneurial bug bit her real hard right after she graduated and she was looking at opportunities. She went abroad for her Masters in Computer Networking and living the American dream in NYC. But somewhere she was never satiated with what she was doing and thoughts of heading back to India and to her hometown to start something on her own were there. Her husband was in London during the time and they made a conscious decision to move back to Coimbatore. She was going the family way that time and tried different hats from tailoring to skill training to getting back to IT to what not. But being the mother of her newborn daughter made her choose a career that will accommodate her daughter and her limited work timings and that drew her to starting her career as an early childhood educator.



Shrinithi's ventures include -

Shiksha Juniors Preschools

Shiksha School for Teachers and Parents – A Montessori and early childhood training institute that skills teachers and parents enabling them to facilitate better learning experience for their children.

Shiksha School for Autism and other needs








You can check out all the interviews in this "Women Who Inspire" series HERE.


K : Think back to five years ago. Did you envision this is where you would be?

SVM : Yes!



K : How did the idea for your business come about?

SVM : After becoming a mother.






K : Describe your typical day.

SVM : I have setup businesses in such a way it functions even without me being involved in every day operations. I work from home more these days with my second born being 8 months old.

K : How many hours do you work a day on average?

SVM : For me it is all integrated I can never segregate my work and family hours.



K : What are your ideals?

SVM : Be honest and open about what you can offer and what you cannot offer in your business. Never regret to say "no". Lot of times entrepreneurs are scared to say no in the fear of losing customers. I don’t believe in over promising and under delivering.



K : What has been your most satisfying moment in business?

SVM : When I realize the impact that we are making in so many peoples' lives as an entrepreneur.



K : How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?

SVM : I live in a joint family setup and regularly communicate with my in-laws, partner and kids about what I am going through, share my aspirations and ups and downs. I think it has helped me a lot in building my career.



K : What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?

SVM : I wouldn’t call it a sacrifice but I have given up a lot of social life and other fancies to be diligent in my work :)



K : What are some of the biggest mistakes you’ve made?

SVM : I always have rushed into decision making in the early part of my career, now I am much more mature in decision making and do not act based on emotions in my venture.

K : Where you see yourself and your business in 10 years? 20 years?

SVM : We want to impact a large number of parents-teachers-children.



K : In one word, characterize your life as an entrepreneur

SVM : Hyper!



Thank you so much Shrinithi for taking out time for this chit chat! It was a wonderful talk session and I wish you good health, peace, happiness & success in your venture!

You can check out all the interviews in this "Women Who Inspire" series HERE.

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May 18, 2018

How To Teach Even & Odd Numbers Using Counters - Montessori Math

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Check out this simple DIY Montessori Math exercise to explain & teach the concept of even & odd numbers to children. Indirectly it also prepares the child for divisibility of numbers.


If you have been following this blog closely, I has posted about the work with Montessori beads done by my 3 year old son. If not, then you can click right HERE to check that in detail. That exercise was basically to associate digits to the quantities. Quantification is very important to understand.

He has been practicing that for long now so I thought it is a good time to expose him to the concept of even & odd numbers. For that I took out my versatile wooden digit counters from the below set & Montessori beads.



If you do not have wooden digit counters, you can easily make paper cards and write digits on them by hand.

Then I asked him to arrange the beads in the correct fashion. And he did it quite nicely & confidently. Check out in my Instagram video where he is counting & arranging the beads. It is hilarious!



After that I asked him to place the walnut shells in pairs below each digit as per their quantities. Walnut shells make great counters, right?

And then I told him a quick story. Those which are in pairs have friends to play with and they are called even numbers. Those which have one shell left alone are always looking for a friend to play with, they are called odd numbers.

And this little story gave him a good grasp of the concept! Listen to his answers in my Instagram video below when I asked him whether this number is odd or even for couple of numbers!

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Purpose Of This Exercise

Direct
  • To reinforce the knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities.
  • To indicate the odd and even numbers

Indirect
  • To prepare for the divisibility of numbers

You can see the exact presentation of this Montessori exercise HERE. 

Which Math exercise/activity have you done with your child recently? Share your blog post in comments below, I would love to see & get some inspiration.


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May 15, 2018

Painting Space Nebula Using Soft Pastels - Art Tutorial For Kids


Ever wondered to introduce a new art medium to your kids other than crayons, water colors, acrylics etc? Here is a quick tutorial on painting a Nebula in space using Soft Pastels for kids. 


We do a lot of arts in our Homeschool! We have a Montessori Inspired arts corner set up for my 3 year old and he is free to access any art supplies.


We do unstructured as well as guided/structured art and the pics of our artworks are spread all over my phone. Not every art activity go on to this blog. You might see many art posts on my Instagram & Facebook accounts.

This is our latest guided art work using soft pastels from Kokuyo Camlin. We tried to recreate a nebula from Natgeo book of space for kids. 

Here are our resources that we used in this project

Soft Pastels, Natgeo Book of Space, Black Paper, Sponge for smudging, White Acrylic Paint, Old Tooth Brush. You can go for any of the variants of soft pastels as mentioned below. It is suggested to use a fixative spray on top of your soft pastels art work so that it remains intact. 





My son chose this picture to paint. 



This is our first attempt using soft pastels. We got inspiration of such artwork from @acraftedchildhood on Instagram. Thanks momma!

My 3 year old son basically used soft pastels on a black chart paper as per the colors seen in the nebula. He did couple of layers.







This is what it looked after a bunch of colors he did.






Then he smudged the colors using sponge when done.



He again layered with red soft pastel with its entire length on to the paper to get a wider & smooth stroke.






And then he sprayed white acrylic paint to recreate stars.



Here is the final version.




How do you like it? Hubby said the painting looks better than the original image, yes he is biased because it's done by our son!




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Tips On How To Choose The Right Preschool For Your Child (VLOG)

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How To Choose The Right Preschool For Your Child. This article showcases the facebook live video I did on this topic recently as a part of my #TuesdayLive Facebook live series.

Parents were never spoiled with so many choices when it comes to preschool selection for kids. In our generation, we hardly had a choice. But today you can hear options like convent school, Montessori school, play way school, Reggio school, Waldorf school, traditional school, gurukul school, multiple intelligence based school, hybrid school & what not.

Not every parent would know what does that actually mean! So how to choose the right preschool?

In this video, I will give you some tips about making the right preschool selection for your child & your family.


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Relevant Links Mentioned In This Video

Understanding Alternative & Holistic Education

Considering A Waldorf School For Your Child?

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May 12, 2018

Ranganna (Tulika Publications) - Kids Book Review


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Book: Ranganna
Creator: Arthi Anand Navaneeth
Distributer: Tulika Books
Age in yrs : 4+
Recommendation : Strong


Ranganna, a fascinating book for moppets who loves to paint their nails.



It is a book about a blue child elephant named “Ranganna” who lives close to a dhobi ghat.


The elephant is exceptionally enraptured of the hues around him. He goes insane over the shades of garments spread over the ghat for drying, shades of the blossoms, rainbow colors etc. This little elephant had two little companions called Anushka and Aditi. One day when his companions came to offer him food, he saw the dazzling hues on their nails and opened up about his desire to get his nails shaded. Ranganna’s companions begun giggling saying never knew about an elephant wearing nail clean. Still Anushka and Aditi did not need their friend to get frustrated, they began tallying elephant toes with the goal that they can bring an alternate shading for each nail as Ranganna wished. At the point when the elephant nails are painted with nail hues, the Ranganna was overwhelmed with euphoria and did his most loved elephant dance imparting the joy of nail hues to every one of his companions in the ghat.

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We can utilize this book to present hues, fundamental counting and elephant dance to moppets.

Book Review by Vaishnavi Yelchur. Read all reviews by Vaishnavi HERE.

This post first appeared on Moppets Wiki


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May 9, 2018

10 Easy Steps Towards Healthy & Sustainable Lifestyle (VLOG)

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10 Easy Steps Towards Healthy& Sustainable Lifestyle. This article showcases the facebook live video I did on this topic recently as a part of my #TuesdayLive Facebook live series.


Be the change! Switch to healthier eating & lifestyle habits. It will not only help you & your family, but also mother Earth! Watch this video for 10 super simple tips/steps & choose a healthier tomorrow!




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Relevant Products Mentioned In This Video

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How To Become A Better Parent - 10 Parenting Mistakes To Avoid (VLOG)

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How To Become A Better Parent - 10 Parenting Mistakes To Avoid. This article showcases the facebook live video I did on this topic recently as a part of my #TuesdayLive Facebook live series.

To build a better next generation, we need to evolve & become a better parent too.

In most cases, there will be at least one mistake that you should be able to improve upon in your parenting journey after this talk.

Why am I so confident? Because we all are humans at the end of the day, we cannot avoid mistakes but we can definitely be conscious & aware about the way we are parenting, right?

Parenting is NOT easy & just like in any other field, there is always a scope for improvement. So in this video below, I will take you through 10 common parenting mistakes that we as parents tend to do & how we can tackle them & become a better parent. This video also serves as answers to common questions that parents ask me over emails, comments & personal messages about how to deal with typical situations with their kids. So go ahead & watch this video, you might relate to some of the scenarios I mention here.



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You can go through other Facebook live videos HERE & I will keep adding them in this archive and you can find them all at THIS link anytime in the future. You can also join my facebook page & group to follow the updates.


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