From Principal's Desk
It's All In Your Mindset
Take a little time to answer the questions below:
- Did you ever give up learning any skill (a sport, music, dance …) thinking that you can never become perfect at it? - Yes/ No
- Do you give up solving a puzzle after trying it for a couple of times? - Yes/No
- Do you hesitate to start learning anything new? - Yes/No
- Do you think people who reached greater heights in their respective fields have an inherent talent or just got lucky ? - Yes/No
- Do you believe IQ defines a person’s intelligence and it can’t be improved- Yes/No
Do you know that the responses you picked in this survey are the result of your mindset? Furthermore, did you ever think that your mindset depends on how you were appreciated or criticized during your growing years?
If most of your answers are yes - you have a ‘fixed mindset. Otherwise you have what is called a 'growth mindset'.
World-renowned Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, made a significant research on the factors that shape-up the mindset of an individual and the role mindset plays on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference. She primarily categorized the mindsets into two: Fixed-mindset, Growth-mindset
In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort.
In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a flexibility that is essential for great accomplishment.
Read the questions once again and analyze whether you have growth mindset or fixed mindset.
But how do we develop a certain mindset?
People acquire and develop one of these mindsets based on the circumstances they encounter during their growing years while their belief system is formed. It also majorly depends upon how parents, teachers and other members of the community interact with them during these growing years.
Our mindset has a great deal of effect on our behavior, relationship with success and failure in both professional and personal contexts, and ultimately our capacity for happiness.
So, it is very important for us to develop a growth mindset and also strive to nurture the same in our children, as it profoundly affects the way we lead our life. It can determine whether we become the person we want to be and accomplish the things we value.The picture below shows the characteristics of Fixed and Growth mindset
Are we unknowingly pushing our children towards fixed mindset?
Are children becoming victims of parents’ mindset?
When children are very young, we -- the parents -- are in awe with our baby's new accomplishments each day. Our enthusiasm to praise is also very high. Every milestone/accomplishment is complimented very generously. Two things start happening in parallel here. Just like caffeine addiction, our children are getting addicted to "generous praise" for the "accomplishment/result". Secondly, we are also getting used to our own "anecdotal proud parent moments".
Slowly, as children grow, the effort that they need to put-in in order to get the "praise-worthy accomplishment" gradually increases. When our children start seeing that a lot of effort is needed to get to "praise-worthy accomplishment", they quickly start looking for alternatives to feed their "praise cravings". They start leaning towards doing things that they are reasonably good at and give-up on building the skills that need even a little more perseverance.
At the same time, parents, teachers etc. start comparing the child by the outcome they produce such as: marks, grades, winning a sport or even a simple art work. As parents, we always assume our children to be smart and portray the same at all times and in all the activities. We always expect the best from our children. We appreciate and look for the skills in which they fare well and criticize them for not doing well in other skills. This action of ours reinforces the thought that they will be appreciated only when successful and they start putting effort only in the skills that they can perform well. This leads to a vicious downward spiral that further solidifies their belief system that success is measured only by the output and pushes them towards fixed-mindset. Eventually, they start believing that successful people are born with an innate talent.
Most of us, if not all, can relate to this both as a child and a parent. In several occasions, I have seen parents who intimidate their children for not getting a certain task right. Some parents almost give away the answer when a child solves a puzzle without even letting them to try different ways to solve it. Some over enthusiastic parents even do their children’s projects to make it look beautiful. Many parents expect their children to be perfect and win in all the competitions they participate, forcing them to believe SUCCESS is the attribute of being smart or intelligent. Let’s not stimulate our children to develop fixed mindset!
But, does that mean that we shouldn't praise or criticize our children? No. We should praise our children abundantly and give them constructive feedback every step of the way. By making small changes in our practices and behavior, we can help our children develop growth mindset.
How does growth mindset help our children?
Having growth mindset will help children thrive on challenge ,see failure not as evidence of unintelligence but as an encouraging trigger for growth. They show willingness to stretch existing abilities and build new skills. They will always evolve, adapt and develop new skills to raise the bar.
How can we develop growth mindset in our children?
1. Praise effort, strategy and action but, not results
Focus more on the processes of what kids do rather than the results to develop a growth mindset. Give comments such as “You worked hard to get that right!”, “That was a smart idea to finish the task!”. This type of praise, also known as encouragement, helps kids develop the belief that success has more to do with what they do than innate smarts and talents.
For example: When a child does an art work or solves a puzzle, if we focus on their effort, the time dedicated, the perseverance to finish the work, they begin to see the importance of the process instead of their natural abilities.
2. Look for opportunities to stretch your child’s capabilities
Encourage kids to stretch their capabilities by adding depth and breadth to their list of activities. Give them challenging tasks without setting any expectation. Encourage them to stretch their capabilities across a range of areas rather than a few.
Role model effort and perseverance: Start a hobby with your child and let him or her see that you can really struggle at something in the beginning and improve over time. Help him or her through this hobby so that, you can both improve together. Hobbies could be activities such as cooking, gardening, arts and crafts, photography, sports, chess, etc. Help children explore more activities outside their comfort zone and continue the development of incremental successes.
3. Give honest feedback
Always give an honest feedback. Resist praising at all times. Giving honest feedback promotes a growth mindset. While giving honest feedback, focus on things well done followed by constructive feedback. This will keep the young learner’s head up while accepting the flaws and areas of improvement.
Support and encouragement are also key ingredients to help the child develop a growth mindset. Share examples of your past where you had to overcome obstacles and hardships. Share your failures with your child so that, they know failures are a part of life and they don’t make a person bad or unlovable. Share examples of famous people who have had to overcome setbacks and adversity to be successful.
"If parents want to give their children a gift,
the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges,
be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning.”
– Carol Dweck
So let’s give the greatest gifts to our children:
‘The ability for them to believe in themselves.’
Potty training: How to get the job done
Potty training is a big step for kids and parents too. The secret to success? Timing and patience.
Is it time?
Potty-training success hinges on physical and emotional readiness, not a specific age. Many kids show interest in potty training by age 2, but others might not be ready until age 2 1/2 or even older — and there's no rush. If you start potty training too early, it might take longer to train your child.
Is your child ready? Ask yourself these questions:
Does your child seem interested in the potty chair or toilet, or in wearing underwear?
Can your child understand and follow basic directions?
Does your child tell you through words, facial expressions or posture when he or she needs to go?
Does your child stay dry for periods of two hours or longer during the day?
Does your child complain about wet or dirty diapers?
Can your child pull down his or her pants and pull them up again?
Can your child sit on and rise from a potty chair?
If you answered mostly yes, your child might be ready for potty training. If you answered mostly no, you might want to wait — especially if your child has recently faced or is about to face a major change, such as a move or the arrival of a new sibling. A toddler who opposes potty training today might be open to the idea in a few months.
Ready, set, go!
When you decide it's time to begin potty training, set your child up for success. Start by maintaining a positive attitude — and recruiting all of your child's caregivers to do the same. Then follow these steps.
Pull out the equipment
Place a potty chair in the bathroom or, initially, wherever your child is spending most of his or her time. Have your child decorate the chair. Encourage your child to sit on the potty chair — with or without a diaper. Make sure your child's feet rest firmly on the floor or a stool.
Help your child understand how to talk about the bathroom using simple, correct terms. You might dump the contents of a dirty diaper into the potty chair to show its purpose, or let your child see family members using the toilet.
Schedule potty breaks
If your child is interested, have him or her sit on the potty chair or toilet without a diaper for a few minutes several times a day.
Read a potty-training book or give your child a toy to use while sitting on the potty chair or toilet. Stay with your child when he or she is in the bathroom. Even if your child simply sits there, offer praise for trying — and remind your child that he or she can try again later. To maintain consistency, try to bring the potty chair or a portable potty with you when you're away from home with your child.
Get there — Fast!
When you notice signs that your child might need to use the toilet — such as squirming, squatting or holding the genital area — respond quickly. Help your child become familiar with these signals, stop what he or she is doing, and head to the toilet. Praise your child for telling you when he or she has to go.
Some kids respond to stickers or stars on a chart. For others, trips to the park or extra bedtime stories are effective. Reinforce your child's effort with verbal praise, such as, "How exciting! You're learning to use the toilet just like big kids do!" Be positive even if a trip to the toilet isn't successful.
Ditch the diapers
After several weeks of successful potty breaks, your child might be ready to trade diapers for training pants or underwear. Celebrate this transition. Go on a special outing. Let your child pick out his or her underwear. Once your child is wearing training pants or regular underwear, avoid overalls, belts, leotards or other items that could hinder undressing.
Most children master daytime bladder control first, often within about two to three months of consistent toilet training. Nap and nighttime training might take months — or years — longer. In the meantime, use disposable training pants or mattress covers when your child sleeps.
Know when to call it quits
If your child resists using the potty chair or toilet or isn't getting the hang of it within a few weeks, take a break. Chances are he or she isn't ready yet. Try again in a few months.
Highlights Of The Month
Teacher’s day celebration:
The entire team @ Sproutz was ecstatic with the love and appreciation shown by our parent fraternity on the occasion of Teacher’s Day/Teacher Appreciation Week. Each day of the Teacher Appreciation Week was made special by our enthusiastic parents. Be it roses, cards, gifts, treats,delicious breakfast or the active involvement of parent volunteer group, each day and every plan showcased their love and respect for their child’s teacher. Here is a glimpse of it.
A big thank you to all our parents for making this occasion very special!
A special thank you to the parent volunteer group for taking time out of their busy schedule to organize the event. It definitely means a lot to us!
Make and Take Ganesha
On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, all our kids made Ganesh idols using clay. They enjoyed the process of mixing, kneading, rolling and giving a shape to the clay ball. Their little creative hands made beautiful Ganesh Idols. All the kids were very proud of their creation and took it home with immense care.
In order to promote eco- friendly Ganesh Chaturthi celebration, we organized Make and Take Ganesha workshop at school. Mr. Atindra, our art teacher, guided all the people that attended the workshop in making pretty Ganesh idols.
Knowing about our Indian culture and tradition is an integral part of our curriculum. We celebrate festivals of all religions to achieve this objective. A week full of Dussehra Celebrations was super exciting for kids! Children made and played with paper dandia sticks. Children watched the story of Rama and understood the significance of celebrating Dussehra. All our kids learnt and tested their archery skills by aiming and shooting an arrow at the Ravan puppet made with paper cups. Arranging different colours of flowers to make Batukamma and dancing around it for the native songs brought the flavor of Telangana culture.
Image building workshop for teachers
Continuous learning is the motto of Sproutzies. We had an interactive and interesting session on image building by chief image consultant, Ms. Jigna Shah. After the session, our teachers became more confident. They learnt that small tweaks in their appearance, body language and communication can bring a remarkable difference in their overall personality.
Theme of the month
The month of September was very exciting for the kids, as we explored states with varied climatic conditions and culture. We traveled in the extremely hot deserts of Rajasthan learning about camel and cactus. Then we witnessed the ice capped Himalayan range of Himachal Pradesh learning about sheep and yak. Then we learnt about the rich culture of Gujarat and finally, the specialty of West Bengal in celebrating Dussehra. We were so happy to hear the 2 to 4 year old kids talk about the hump of a camel, the spines of cactus, snow melting into water. They were able to understand and connect with so many concepts out of their imagination. Their eyes popped out with surprise when they watched a video explaining how woolen sweaters are made by shredding fur from sheep and yak. Our kids are very inquisitive and keep asking questions to know more and more. Their enthusiasm to know about different things never comes down.
We will keep up the enthusiasm in the coming months by travelling to Jammu & Kashmir and Maharastra.
Creative Birthday Cakes
Play Group A
All my kids are coming very happily to the school. They are mingling with their favourite friends and teacher and are enjoying the school and classroom activities.
During the September month, we explored Rajasthan, Gujarat and West Bengal. Along with the states, we also covered shapes (circle, triangle, square and diamond), colours ( red, white and green), domestic & wild animals.
Children enjoyed exploring different states. While exploring Rajasthan, we talked about cactus plant, camel and the desert. When I showed the pictures of cactus, children asked many questions like can we touch the cactus plant? , will cactus plant hurt us? They were curious to know more about cactus plant. During circle time when I was explaining about cactus plant, Suvaneesh said, “Maya mam I will go to Rajasthan and bring more cactus plants for you." I was very happy that they understood the fact that cactus is found more in Rajasthan. Praneesh said, “Maya mam, I will go to Rajasthan and will ride on camel’’.
Kids also enjoyed exploring Gujarat. They enjoyed eating Gujarat’s famous snack- khaakra. We enacted in the class as if we are going on an exploration to different states by aeroplane. When I asked children which state they want to explore every one answered Gujarat. Ruhi became a pilot of the aeroplane and she took us to Gujarat.
We also explored West Bengal, wherein we talked about Howrah bridge, rasgulla and durga pooja.
Now comes the favorite activity of all my kids i.e., art activity. Children enjoyed making thorns on cactus outline using a fork, creating a desert scene with sand, molding play dough into cactus plant. One of their favourite activity was making castle with sand. Apart from being creative, my kids are also good at physical activities. They played hockey during sporty beans. They also played shapes musical game, running around the shapes and many more.
Next month we are exploring Jammu and Kashmir. So, if you have any pictures clicked in this state please share them with us. It would be very helpful for us while teaching in the class.
Play Group B
My kids come to school each day with a smile. They willingly participate in circle time, rhymes and other class activities. Now all of them know the class routine very well.
This month we covered Gujarat, Rajasthan, and West Bengal. As a part of Rajasthan, we made a sand castle, cactus plant with play dough and painted camel with sand.
In our class room I displayed flash cards of shapes on the wall. Whenever they have free play, they take the shapes from the puzzle and match them with the shapes on the wall. It’s a pleasure watching them.
While exploring Gujarat, we served a famous Gujarati food, ‘khaakra’ for snacks. All the kids liked khaakra very much, especially Abhiram. After tasting khaakra, he refused to eat his favourite snack brought from home. He ate only khaakra on that day.
Now a days, our kids started doing some funny things during rhymes session. When I start singing the rhyme, “Are you sleeping..brother John”, Alaysha will act like sleeping on the floor followed by Abhiram and Aarush. They get up from the floor only after I finish the rhyme.
During West Bengal, we made Bengal tiger face mask with paper plate. When I narrated “voice in the jungle” story by wearing the mask, my kids started making animal sounds. They enjoyed the session. We also made Howrah bridge with soft blocks.
This month kids learnt about hot & cold weather, desert, camel, Bengal tiger and significance of Dusshera. Next month we will travel to Jammu &Kashmir.
We are glad to communicate with you about yet another month of fun and learning. We started and ended our month with celebrations. In the beginning of the month Ganesha making workshop was organized for kids and parents. Kids laid their hands on clay and shaped it beautifully into Ganesha. They enjoyed playing with clay. While making Ganesha, Aadhya told, ‘Ma’am Ganesha eat Laddoo’. Every day when we were doing reinforcements of letters of alphabet, Tanvi would always say, "Maam, T For Tanvi." She is so excited to see her name on the board. We talked about plants, fruits and vegetables this month. Kids were very happy to taste different vegetables and ‘fruit salad’. They discussed their favourite fruits and vegetables. Parnitha excitedly said, "maam, I eat ladies finger and become long(tall)." In a general discussion in the class, Aniruddh came to me and told, "no sun today, sun is hiding." And yes, it was actually a cloudy day. Sun was indeed playing hide and seek that day. My class loves reading so much that whenever I talk about books, their face light up with joy. Whenever they are free they want me to give them books and they start exploring them. When I was reading a story, Samar noticed a nest in the book and told, " Maam, Jammy house nest." How observant these kids are? While reading a book, I sat on Parnitha’s chair who had gone out for a while. Immediately Varsha poked and said, "don’t sit Parnitha chair, sit Tanvi chair, she no come." I was happy to see my kids are so alert in class.
States plugged in: Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, and WestBengal.
Infused with worship: Our little artists showed great inclination to make Ganesh with clay. They cherished the whole process of rolling balls of clay and molding them into Ganesh with their little hands.
Bursts of teacher's day celebrations went for a week: greeting with flowers, cards, delicious treats and gifts from parents & management. My dear parents, you made this teacher's day so special!
Dussehra was celebrated with great enthusiasm. We told story of Ramayana to kids followed by shooting miniature Ravan with bow and arrow. We also had Bathukamma arranged by kids and Dandia. While telling the story of Rama shivika said, "ravanasurudu vachi sita ni ethukellipoyadu (ravana came and took away sita. )". It is always amazing to hear them retell a story in their own words.
Here comes the part of gaining knowledge:
We introduced children to desert, camel, cactus plant and puppets. Children enjoyed touching the soft stem of desert plants, they were very cautious to not touch spines. My little tots enjoyed making puppets using ice cream stick and a piece of cloth.
Sand play was one of the major attraction. While doing the desert art with sand, Samira said, “I like playing with sand.” Kid’s enjoyed coloring cactus. Saanvi said, "I go in camel." When Vihaan saw the picture of Jaipur palace, he said, "nenu daddy vellanu" (My dad and I went to Jaipur palace).
While exploring Himachal Pradesh, kids loved making pine tree using different shapes (rectangle& triangle), sheep mask and fruit salad. They could differentiate the taste of different fruits and expressed their likes and dislikes. Tavvishka could explain the process of making fruit salad right from getting fruits from the market to washing & cutting them to make salad. Kids had fun wearing the sheep mask made by them and pretending like sheep-- ‘baah baah here and a baah baah there.’
We connected West Bengal with Kahini’s grandparents. We talked about tram, fish, rasogulla, Durga puja , tiger, Howrah bridge. Each time we introduce a new place or a thing kids quickly connect with the alphabet sounds. " hhh" for Howrah bridge, "rrr" for rasogulla or they start counting or looking for shapes. My kids don't leave a single chance to make connections, making it easy for us to reinforce.
Upcoming theme for next month is Jammu Kashmir & Gujarat. So keep waiting for next exciting article!
Kids have actually started picking up pace with learning in the month of September. During this month we’ve covered a few states like Rajasthan, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh. Kids enjoyed the activity of spreading and sticking sand on the chart to create a desert scene. Taran said,” The cactus is pricky. Don’t touch”. While doing Himachal Pradesh, I showed them related pictures. Looking at a picture of yak for the first time, Krishav said ,"buffalo". When I was talking about Howrah bridge, the kids were making the "hhh" sound connecting to the phonic sound of ‘h’. I am so proud of my children. They make connections very well.
Kids learnt about animal and plant products. They tasted fresh butter, cheese, mint leaves, coriander, carrot, beetroot. My kids have their own preferences when it comes to tasting or eating new varieties.They enjoyed printing beetroot flowers and were excited with the pink colour they got on their hands from beet root.
Dance classes have started as a part of the curriculum. My kids enjoy Ms.Shachi’s dance class. I am enthralled to see all the kids of my class including the reluctant dancers to dance in a rhythmic way.
Kids are quite aware of the three magic words-please, sorry and thank you. They use the words willingly, according to the situation.
Phonic sounds are being introduced and revised along with a few CVC words. They are able to recognize the starting sound of words and some are able to blend and read words by the phonic sounds they make. Kids are able to identify sight words in the story books. All the kids are able to recognize the numbers from 1 to 10. They have started writing numbers 1-4 and are able to count objects.
In the upcoming month we will explore Jammu and Kashmir and Gujarat as a part of our theme based learning. Water and land transport,sea animals, hygiene and pre-math concepts: float/sink , big/small will also be introduced along with phonic sounds and numbers.
September brings with itself, a lot of festive colours. It is an action packed month with the events like Make and Take Ganesha, Teacher’s Appreciation Week, Dussehra celebrations and many more activities and games. We celebrated Ganesha Chaturthi by making Ganesha idol with clay. While making Ganesha idol, Arjun asked, "ma’m, can we take our Ganesha home?". Immediately Akhil said, “Ma’am, I will put my Ganesha in my home temple and will do pooja.” I am glad that the pace has been set and our little buds are blooming in thought and spirit.
Dussehra was celebrated by knowing the significance of the festival, arranging flowers the traditional way to make Batukamma. This will definitely have a cultural influence on our little ones.
Teachers’ Appreciation Week brought a bundle of surprises to all of us. Parents had taken so much efforts to prepare food for teachers and made cards, sent flowers and gifts. It was such a lovely feeling. I would like to thank all the parents!
In September I introduced Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal. Along with these, kids enjoyed learning all about animals and plants.
While learning Rajasthan, I introduced pink city, Jaipur. So immediately Marina asked , “Alpa ma’m, pink city means all girls are living there?” I just laughed on her imagination. While learning Himachal Pradesh, I introduced yak and sheep and told children that we get wool from sheep. So Anish asked, “ma’m if people remove wool from sheep, don’t they feel cold?” While learning about animals, I told kids that we should not harm animals. Anish promptly said “hunters are bad guys as they kill animals, right teacher?” How humane are his thoughts!
Along with theme learning, kids are grasping sight words, phonic sound related words and CVC words( a,e,i,o,u family words) with ease. They loved to learn while playing quizzes or games. Some of my kids are getting comfortable in reading level 1 story books with minimal support.
Numbers are doing magic on all my kids. They love numbers whether it is writing or playing games. Kids are absorbing the concept of big/small numbers, descending numbers and 10s and 1s very efficiently. They are mastering to make 2D and 3D shapes using straws at their level.
Next month we are going to explore Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat and Maharashtra along with sea animals, transport, phonics and math concepts. Wishing you all happy holidays.
I have planned fun assignments for kids that they will love to do with parents.
Up Coming Events & Holidays
- 30th September to 14th October- Dussehra vacation for school
- 10th & 11th October- Dussehra vacation for day care
- 28th October- Diwali celebration
- 31st October- Halloween
Follow the links given below to help kids reinforce numbers and phonics during the holidays.
Star Readers Of The Month
Congratulations to PP2 and their parents for being the Star Readers Of The Month! PP2 children together read for 920 minutes. Together, all Sproutz parents contributed 1975 minutes towards reading! This is an awesome contribution!
We appreciate all the parents for taking time to do what matters the most for their kids development at this age-- reading to them. Thanks for helping us in progressing the reading program. We are very proud of you!
Congratulations Varsha from NurseryA, for being the STAR KID of the month for reading. You contributed 575 minutes to the total reading time.
Other Top Readers:
Arjun- 530 minutes
Anvi- 262 minutes
Keep it up Kiddos!
We hope to see many more kids join this list soon!