Apr 28, 2017

Why Katappa Killed Bahubali - More Profound Questions From Bahubali 2

I belong to that "what??? Are you serious???" tribe in India who hasn't watched bahubali 1 till date owing to motherhood & newborn schedules! But husband man insisted to watch bahubali 2 while he happily transferred me the gyaan and story of bahubali 1 last night.

While the entire nation is going crazy over this million dollar question - "Why did Katappa kill bahubali?", here are some questions, far more profound than the original question funnily, that the kid in me came up with! I request everyone to help me find the answers by sharing the questions everywhere ;)

1. What is the age of Katappa?
Oh yes, he looked after bahubali since birth and was fit enough till bahubali's son was 25 years.

2.Boost is the secret of Katappa's energy?
At the age of at least 70 years as per comprehension of the story, he fought the climax battle of bahubali 2 with never ending enthusiasm and strength.

3. Why did Katappa not marry?
His ancestors and grand ancestors had been serving to the kingdom as gulaam. Looks like this poor hard worker has no successor at this age!

4. Why and how did Kumar Varma leave his state and settled with bahubali starting from the god bharaai function of dev sena?
He seems to be wandering around with bahubali and dev sena instead of living in his own state. When and why did he relocate?

I hope the super sequel of bahubali answers these questions and more importantly Katappa finds his successor! Or may be he plans to become a male version of "Baa" of "kyuki saas bhi kabhi bahu thi" ;)

Ok now some serious stuff! Go and watch bahubali 2 to know the answer to the million dollar question, it is indeed a treat to watch!!!

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Apr 17, 2017

Facebook Live Chat/Session on Energy Healing By Kuhoo Gupta - Video Replay (VLOG)

As a Yoga practitioner, Reiki practitioner, Crystal healer, I was invited by World Of Moms, a venture by FirstCry.com, to talk about Energy Healing.

Here is my Facebook LIVE video replay on ENERGY HEALING, that I did on WorldOfMoms page. The Reiki & Yoga practitioner and Crystal Healer in me, spoke for an hour. It was a great experience.

I have talked about -
What is energy healing
What are 7 main chakras in our body
What are the physical & non-physical functions of these chakras
How you can balance/heal your chakras using different modalities

And then a whole bunch of answers to questions by the live viewers about their experiences, issues & ailments & how energy healing can benefit them & how to go about it.

I am sure you would find something beneficial for your case in this video. Please share if you think it will benefit your friends/family.

Happy Healing :)

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What's On Our Montessori Inspired Shelf - Hands-On Learning Activities For Toddlers - 25 Months (VLOG)

Today, I am sharing with you the hands-on learning activities that I set up for my 25 months old son on his Montessori inspired shelf! Hope you like them & get some ideas from the same.

I have listed the sources of the materials & printables used in the activities in the description box of this Youtube video. Do subscribe to this blog & my Youtube channel to get the updates first!

I would love to hear your comments how you found the activities!

If you prefer to look at just the pictures, here they are -

Happy Learning & Happy Parenting :)

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Apr 16, 2017

DIY Easter Resurrection Garden & Storytelling For Kids (VLOG)

Easter is here & since I want to raise a multi-cultural child, we not being Christians does not stop me from telling my 26 months old son about Easter, its story & its significance.

Easter or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. Source - Wikipedia 
I thought & looked around for activities for my son based on Easter theme but most of them were egg based. I do have his Montessori shelf setup with some egg-themed activities (Will cover the shelf in a separate video) but I wanted to make something more meaningful to make him learn the real meaning of Easter. So I came up with this DIY Easter garden. I have shared the setup & details in this video below. Hope you like it :) I would love to read your comments!

If you are here, you might be interested to look at my Christmas Nativity Storytelling setup as well, that I had set up last Christmas for my toddler - HERE & HERE as well.

And now some pictures of my son with the Easter Garden setup!

Listening to crucification story

Putting Jesus inside the tomb

Putting the stone to close the tomb

Bonus, now a super fun activity with Easter egg & kinetic sand! Just put some kinetic sand into the Easter egg & shake shake shake! Open it & see an ellipsoid :) Watch the video below for details.

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Hope to see you around. Happy Parenting!

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Apr 11, 2017

Observe - Meditate - Follow Your Intuitions - Work Of A Parent - Quote By Rudolf Steiner - Waldorf

Rudolf Steiner’s advice to the first Waldorf kindergarten teacher in the early 1920s was these lines in this poster!

Observe the children.
Actively meditate.
Follow your intuitions.
Work so that all your actions are worthy of imitation.

This is a great reminder for me, that I would like to revisit every single day! Amidst all the daily routines, episodes of highs & lows, instances of handling tantrums of a toddler, if there is something superlative I can do for my toddler, it is to be mindful, and follow these beautiful lines, and then everything will fall into place in the long term.

It is okay if some day I am not able to do anything productive with my child, it is okay if some day me & my child just laze around in the bed together, it is okay if some day he is not learning anything new, it is okay be slow, kind & calm to yourself, so that you echo & reflect the same to your child. 

Because at the end of the day, we need happier & calmer individuals in the future, more than learned & intellectual ones. Learnings will automatically follow :)
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Apr 10, 2017

Montessori - Practical Life Exercise For Toddlers - Line Drying Clothes - VLOG

I have been following Montessori principles with my son since he was 7-8 months old. And every day I thank my stars that I stumbled upon this philosophy. Here in this video, I share yet another beautiful moment my son gave me. He is 25 months old in this video. Suddenly he wanted to line dry, couple of hand towels & then also put the clothespin over them. I let him do it & only when he asked for help, I helped him.

Practical life skills form a very important part of Montessori principles & curriculum. They help children develop order, concentration, coordination, and independence - skills which help in all learning. This particular activity of line drying clothes is a great life skill to learn. Putting clothespin is an inexpensive fine motor activity. Doing real work gives the child a great sense of satisfaction & confidence.

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Apr 7, 2017

DIY Montessori Permanence Box For Infants & Toddlers - 8 to 12 Months

I was digging through my old photos, the time when I had not started to document my motherhood & Montessori journey through this blog. And I found this DIY Montessori Permanence Box that I introduced to my son when he was 9 months old. How time flies, he is now 25 months old!

What Is A Montessori Object Permanence Box?

The object permanence box is found in a Montessori environment for infants & toddlers. It is introduced when they are able to sit up without assistance, usually around 8 to 12 months. The aim of this material is to help them develop their sense of object permanence - which means that if an object is out of sight, it does not mean it does not exist. That is the reason why peekaboo is played too.

Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget believed that the development of object permanence, or the ability to understand that objects exist even when not seen, is one of an infant’s primary developmental accomplishments.

This material indirectly also develops focus & concentration, improves their whole hand grasp, and works on fine motor skills too. They learn hand-eye coordination.

Why DIY?

Montessori materials are awesome but they are expensive most of the time because they are wooden mostly.

I have made a lot of DIY Montessori inspired learning materials for my son, including this DIY Montessori Permanence Box. It is super simple!

Materials Needed

  • Cardboard box
  • Colored papers (optional)
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors or a cutter
  • Ball
I took a small cube shaped cardboard box and cut a hole according to the size of the ball I had. I also made a door kind of opening on another side of that cube. And then I stuck this cube on to another cardboard tray (it was the lid of a shoe box). I pasted colored papers to make it look attractive. 

How To Present The Material? (Source HERE)

1. Put the work mat in place and put the object permanence box on the work mat so it will be in front of the child. Encourage the child to help.

2. Sit facing the child with the work mat between you.

3. Name the box and the ball: “This is the box. This is the ball.”

4. Slowly and deliberately place the ball in the hole.

5. When the ball rolls to a stop in the tray, smile and pick it up.

6. Repeat the action.

7. Invite the child to place the ball in the hole.

8. Once the child begins putting the ball in the hole, quietly move aside and allow her to work undisturbed.

9. When finished, invite the child to put the materials away on a low shelf so she may work with them again when she wishes.

Unfortunately, I could not find any pictures of my son using this material in my archives :( But I remember how happy he was exploring this material, which included eating it too! At that age, they are mouthing everything around them!

"One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child." - Maria Montessori

I would love to know what DIYs have you done for your child? :)

Happy Parenting!
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