Sep 21, 2018

Wooden Knobbed Puzzles - Geography For Kids - Review



Does your child like puzzles? Here is something interesting for those little hands. Montessori inspired puzzles that cover some geography๐ŸŒŽ! These wooden toys (knobbed puzzles) are made by artisans in India. 


I came across these wooden knobbed puzzles of India, Continents ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ& Countries of the world by Stuti Gupta (Wooden Toy Lovers) . Sharing them here for your benefit and if you would like to order these for your child, here is a benefit for all you awesome members of this community. This is a token of love for being here!


PRODUCT DETAILS

Continents puzzle - 399 Rs + shipping, A4 size



Countries of the world puzzle - 700 Rs + shipping, 46*30 cm



️India puzzle - 450 Rs +shipping, 30*30cm





HOW TO ORDER

You can order these puzzles directly by contacting Stuti Gupta on whatsapp ๐Ÿ“ฒ 9811987124.


DISCOUNT

Mention the discount code KJUNCTION & get an instant ๐Ÿ‘‰ 5% OFF on the prices mentioned above. Shipping is extra for all the puzzles.


PERSONAL REVIEW

These are nice to introduce the concept, names & shapes of the continents, countries & states of India. I do not own them because I already have another version of such puzzles since a year now. But these wooden ones are a better eco-friendly alternative. It has knobs so it also helps in pincer grip. It is sturdier as compared to foam based puzzles of the same type available in the market.

I would have preferred if the country & states shapes & sizes were more to scale but since this is just for representation purposes, it is not that big an issue. The child surely gets an idea about the stuff this puzzle intends to give. Some states in the India map will not have knobs because of their small size. So those pieces wont be detachable from the map board. This is a known limitation because of small size of the state, but needs a gentle mention in this review.

Overall, nice, engaging & educational puzzles. When not used with the puzzle board, for elder kids, the individual pieces of the puzzle can be used for tracing the countries or states shape & kids can color them.


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Sep 6, 2018

Ganesha Birth Story - How Ganpati Got Elephant Head - Storytelling For Kids - DIY

Storytelling is an art & Indian mythological stories are a treasure. Instead of just telling the story verbally, this time try telling it with the help of props to your kids. Here is the birth story of Lord Ganesha, how he got elephant head. Check out my DIY storytelling setup with props in this article.


Watch this video below.

This is how I narrated the birth story of Lord Ganpati this Ganesh Chaturthi to my 2 year old son using his toys and playset items.




Let me know in the comments, how you found this storytelling setup!



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Aug 16, 2018

16 Best Parenting Books That All Parents Must Consider Reading

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Being a parent myself, an early childhood educator & energy healer, I understand the anxiety that a parent faces in the parenting journey. Those never ending questions, doubts, issues in day to day life, we become clueless about every small thing related to our child. How to potty train, how to wean, how to handle tantrums, how to communicate, how to teach them table manners, and the list is endless. In this much requested post, I am sharing an exhaustive list of parenting books that will surely guide you through one of the most anxious as well as exciting & rewarding phase of your life - parenthood!


Lets begin the list of some really awesome parenting books!



How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish


A book by New York Times bestselling authors that teaches you how to effectively communicate with your child. The book also gives in tips and tricks to parents that teaches them to build a healthy relationship.





The Conscious Parent
Dr Shefali Tsabary

This innovative parenting style recognizes the child's potential to spark a deep soul-searching leading to transformation in parents. Instead of being merely the receiver of the parents' psychological and spiritual legacy, children function as ushers of the parent's development. Once parents are learning alongside their children, power, control and dominance become an archaic language. Instead, mutual kinship and spiritual partnership are the focus of the parent-child journey.




The Art Of Conscious Parenting
Chitra Jha

Conscious parenting is the new guideline that holds the best of both worlds: the familiarity of sure-shot methods and the necessity of modern, emerging ideas for a happy childhood. Equal parts practical and spiritual, this book is the right concoction of everything that spells successful parenting in the twenty-first century.





Siblings Without Rivalry
Faber & Mazlish

A book that offers prompt solutions to parents to help their kid overcome sibling rivalry by examining various methods.





What’s Going On In There
Lise Eliot

Drawing upon the exploding research in this field as well as the stories of real children, What's Going On in There? is a lively and thought-provoking book that charts the brain's development from conception through the critical first five years. In examining the many factors that play crucial roles in that process, What's Going On in There? explores the evolution of the senses, motor skills, social and emotional behaviors, and mental functions such as attention, language, memory, reasoning, and intelligence.

 



The Whole-Brain Child : 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson

This book offers a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth.

 



No-Drama Discipline
Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson


Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene.




Parenting From the Inside Out
Daniel. J. Seigel & Mary Hartzell

The authors explore the extent to which our childhood experiences shape the way we parent. Drawing on stunning new findings in neurobiology and attachment research, they explain how interpersonal relationships directly impact the development of the brain, and offer parents a step-by-step approach to forming a deeper understanding of their own life stories, which will help them raise compassionate and resilient children.





The Kingdom Of Childhood
Rudolf Steiner

The author stresses the tremendous importance of doing everything in the knowledge that children are citizens of both the spiritual and the earthly worlds. And, throughout these lectures, he continually returns to the practical value of Waldorf education.




Einstein Never Used Flashcards : How Our Children Really Learn and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek & Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

The authors offer a compelling indictment of the growing trend toward accelerated learning. It's a message that stressed-out parents are craving to hear: Letting tots learn through play is not only okay-it's better than drilling academics!





Brain Rules for Baby : How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
John Medina

This book bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice. Through fascinating and funny stories, Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, unravels how a child's brain develops -- and what you can do to optimize it. You will view your children--and how to raise them--in a whole new light.





Simplicity Parenting
Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross

The author helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need for their attention to deepen and their individuality to flourish.






Beyond the Rainbow Bridge : Nurturing Our Children from Birth to Seven
Barbara J. Patterson & Pamela Bradley

This book discusses healthy rhythms in both home and school, play and how it stimulates imagination, how to protect and enliven the child's twelve senses, creative discipline, creation of birthday stories and craft projects for the young child and much more.





The Secret Life of the Unborn Child
Dr. Thomas Verny & John Kelly

The ways in which you respond to and care for your unborn child may affect his physical and emotional well-being for the rest of his life. The choices you make today about your child’s birth may make a vital difference for years to come. You can prepare your unborn baby for a happy, healthy life. This remarkable book will show you how!





My Child Won’t Eat
Carlos Gonzalez

The author explores the reasons why a child refuses food, the pitfalls of growth charts, and the ways that growth and activity affect a child's caloric needs. He discusses how eating problems start and how they can be avoided.





Toddler Calm
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

Toddler Calm is about gentle parenting. It will give you a proven and successful alternative approach to creating a calm and happy family.





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Aug 14, 2018

Sleep Talk For Children's Self Esteem & Other Issues - A Powerful Parenting Tool

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Are you a parent who would like to support your child’s development in the best possible way? Would you like access to a quick, easy technique to improve their behaviour? Build their self-esteem and help with lots of childhood issues? The Sleep Talk for children may be the answer.


In this video below, I am going to talk very briefly about sleep talk. It is an awesome parenting tool that I have been using for my son since he was born. I have used it for potty training, behavioural issues, handling tantrums, separation anxiety, weaning breastfeeding, putting to sleep, building self esteem, eating issues and what not. This can be used for children till they are about 12 or 13 years. However magical it may seem, it has a strong backing of a reason why it works.

But before we go on to why it works, let us first understand how it can be used. So how to do sleep talk. Watch this video below to understand.




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Aug 8, 2018

Things To Consider Before Buying Waldorf Inspired Rainbow Stacker Toy



There are many versions of Waldorf inspired Rainbow Stackers (like Grimm's etc) available in the Indian & overseas market now but before you decide which brand to pick up, here are few pointers you should consider so that your child can make the most out of this versatile toy!


  • Make sure the stackers are exact semi circles, i.e. full arch. To check that, just see the smallest piece of the stacker, does it look like an exact semi circle or close to 1/3rd of a circle? To make the most of this stacker toy, it NEEDS to be exact semi circle. 
  • Make sure that the thickness of all the pieces is at least more than 4 cms. Otherwise they will not stack nicely & tumble down irritating your child 
  • Make sure the color of the pieces is not glaze finish and has enough friction to bear the weight while they are stacked. 
  • Make sure that the wood used is not too light (it happen in case of mdf wood), otherwise the stacking will not be neat & stable. 
  • Make sure the wood used is not too heavy (some kinds of woods are heavier & denser), otherwise it will be uncomfortable for little hands to handle it. 

I hope these pointers are helpful to all. I find all these pointers fulfilled in these Rainbow Stackers by My Dream Shop owned by Surekha Jadhav. So sharing it here for your benefit.



Check out My Dream Shop's 7 piece Rainbow Stacker HERE. 

Below are some inviting pics of the same.








Check out My Dream Shop's 12 Piece Rainbow Stacker HERE.

Below are some inviting pics of the same.


The shop also stocks natural (without color) version of these stackers. Check out all the items of My Dream Shop HERE.



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Jul 28, 2018

How To Keep Mosquitoes Away Naturally - Tips & Tricks




With monsoon comes the mosquito menaces and so are the diseases like Dengue, Malaria and chikungunya. Real fight for a parent is to protect children from these diseases and we all know the side effects of various mosquito repellents present in the market. In this post, let us look at natural alternatives to keep off the mosquitoes.


Here are some popular natural mosquito repellents DIY recipes that should drive the mosquitoes away.


Neem Oil

Neem oil is considered as one of very effective mosquito repellent. Neem oil is easily available at nearest chemist shops.

You can dilute this oil with coconut oil and apply on body.

Citronella

This is a popular essential, it is derived from a species of lemon grass and the smell of it is researched to be quite offensive for the mosquitoes, especially the dengue-causing variety. Many top brands repellent cream has this citronella content.

Clove oil

Clove is again a very common ingredient in Indian kitchen and also another very popular and easily-available oil, this too have insect repelling feature.

If using on a small child, mix this oil with coconut oil and apply.

Lemon Eucalyptus Oil (OLE)

A very well-documented mosquito repellent, OLE is known to have an effect as powerful as a chemical repellent. If you read the labels, you will find it listed as an ingredient in most natural insect repellents. If you wish to use it, try and procure the insect-repellent version of it and not the essential oil as the efficacy of the latter is not yet confirmed.

These oils do not work for longer hours, most have an efficacy of maximum 2-3 hours.

However, you can reapply these oils.

Remember
  • While taking your child to park, ensure they wear full sleeves
  • Use mosquito nets or apply mosquito repellents on the hands & legs that are not covered

Here are few plants you can have in your garden to keep mosquito away - 
  • Citronella (lemon balm, lemon grass, lemon verbena)
  • Geranium
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Anise
  • Mint
  • Marigold
  • Catnip
  • Wormwood
  • Lavender
  • Cedar
  • Tansy
  • Cloves
Ready-Made Natural Mosquito Repellents

If you do not have the time & patience to try out the above recipes. Here is a ready-made solution for everyone. I have been using these two all natural mosquito repellents and they work great for me & my family. You might want to check them out!




Do share in comments if you have any tips or tricks to keep mosquito away naturally.


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Jul 19, 2018

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle - Kids Book Review

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Read on this kids book review of the bestseller The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Author: Eric Carle
Distributor: Puffin Books
Age in yrs : 1.5+
Recommendation : Strong 


The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the most illustrative and informative books for children between the age group of 1 to 5 years. The book is basically the story of a caterpillar dissecting the pangs and toils of its life. The language of the book is very simple. This has been especially done so that the children are encouraged to read the book themselves. With its extensive illustrations, the book also provides a lot of information to the children and at the same time persuades them to think and answer some questions; like the number of days in a week or naming food items or stating the stages of evolution of a caterpillar.



Fact and Fiction Balanced Well

The author has given away some really interesting facts in the book in an easy manner which is why the knowledge becomes readily available to the children and they rather take it as obvious facts. While doing so, however, the author has not indulged in scientific facts that become boring after a point and has also emphasized on the fictional things that might amuse the children. Furthermore, the book very accurately states the metamorphosis process which has been endorsed by the Royal Entomological Society.

Timeless Classic for Children

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the best timeless classics for children because the book and the story was initially published in 1969, but over the course of 40 years, the book still hasn’t lost its charm and continues to mesmerize young readers from around the globe. The simple story of a caterpillar’s transformation into a beautiful butterfly has become widely popular because of its scientific approach.

Eric Carle’s books have an uncommon place in everyone’s heart. The way he makes his representations makes them so bright and engaging all. This Very Hungry Caterpillar book has holes through its pages and it worked extremely well with kids as they like putting their fingers in things.





It is a very cute charming tale about growing up – development of a caterpillar from egg to butterfly and in the meantime it’s very educational for younger children because the main character has to overcome his ravenous appetite, so ends up eating a lot.



In this procedure youngsters can learn to count, explore different fruits, hues and find out about caterpillars transform into butterflies.

It also gives a good introduction to days of the week and some food vocabulary.






In this book we discover that caterpillars, similar to people, appreciate eating junk food and fall sick, so we can likewise make a point to kids about adhering to a good diet as the caterpillar feels better after eating leaves(good diet).

Book Review by Vaishnavi YelchurRead all reviews by Vaishnavi HERE.


This post first appeared on Moppets Wiki



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Postman Bear By Julia Donaldson - Kids Book Review

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Read on this kids book review of the book Postman Bear from the celebrated author Julia Donaldson. 

Book: Postman Bear
Author: Julia Donaldson
Age in yrs : 1.5+
Recommendation : Strong





‘Postman Bear’ is a dazzling story of woodland friends receiving a very special letter.

This story with a well-known setting utilizes rhyme to superbly add fluency and is based around a little Bear in bright red midsection coat composing and delivering letters to three of his companions. Set in a woodland, the pursuer is able to follow the Bear as he goes to different areas to post these letters and kids are able to count and ensure that each one is delivered, as well as encouraged to make guesses as to who is behind each front door and eventually what exactly could be written in the letters. Toward the finish of the book the Bear prepares for the birthday party heating a cake lastly respects all his friends at the entryway.




The story offers a few open doors for youngsters to conclude, construe and translate information both with the inquiries asked inside the book, for example, ‘Who’s behind this entryway?’ and the splendid illustrations in this story additionally gives much possibility for guardians to make inquiries and incite kids to expand upon such abilities fundamental to reading.



On the whole ‘Postman Bear’ is a brilliant read for youthful readers to expand upon their phonics abilities.The magnificent illustrations using interactive flaps to reveal extra information drive fun, surprise and fabricate early perception and comprehension for moppets.




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

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Jul 18, 2018

Cloud Meditation For Kids & Adults - Healing & Relaxation


Let us revisit this very old and popular form of meditation that will give you healing and relaxation - CLOUD MEDITATION. This is a great tool to develop mindfulness and it can be practiced by kids and adults alike anywhere anytime, provided you can spot a cloud in the sky.

With monsoon everywhere in the country, lets practice this meditation when it is cloudy.
Its a simple meditation popularly known as “Cloud Meditation”.
You can do this even when it’s raining.
Follow these steps:

  1. The first thing you need to do is find a quiet place outside, away from people, where you will not be disturbed by anything. This could be in a park, on a hill, or at the beach. If this is not possible, sit on your porch or by a window, where you can see the sky.
  2. If you are outside, either sit down on a rock or bench, or lie down on the grass.
  3. Ensure to look at a cloud in the opposite direction of the sun, so that you don’t look at the sun.
  4. Now slowly take few deep breaths, and then relax your body.
  5. Look at the sky for some time, choose a cloud, and fix your attention on it.
  6. Notice the color of the cloud, its shape and size.
  7. Watch the cloud, and follow it movement as it drifts in the sky.
  8. Watch how the cloud changes its shape or dissolves in the sky.
  9. Keep watching the cloud calmly, while disregarding the other clouds.
  10. Just watch the cloud, without thinking about it, analyzing or commenting about what is happening. Whenever you discover that your attention has wandered away, bring it back to the cloud.

Duration for this meditation :10 minutes.
Benefits of this meditation :
It strengthens the concentration ability of mind, improves control of the attention, and increases calmness.
Let me know in the comments below your experience with this meditation.

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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.


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 or no experience in meditation) and advanced.

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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.

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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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