Sproutz Beatz

November Edition

Director's Desk

We have thinkers, dreamers & creators in our own house. Let’s nurture their stories!

Look at the picture below. Observe closely for a minute.

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What is it ? Write your answer on a piece of paper.

We have asked the same question to some of our kind, “the adults”, as well as, our innocent Sproutzies.

What could be the possible answers?

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Which category did your answer belong to? Why am I talking about this picture and what’s the story behind it? It all started with a nature walk with my 2 ½ year old. As we were passing by the plant, few things went through my mind. I know that my daughter knows about the leaves, flowers, fruits. I wondered if she knew what a stem is. So, I asked a very simple question, “What is this?” I was expecting an answer from the category A. Like a slap on my face, I immediately got a response, “It’s a zero tree.” I wondered if I heard her correctly. So, I asked her again. She promptly tried to rephrase her answer and clarified it further so that, my pea-brain could comprehend her thought. “It’s empty tree. Because, there are no leaves, no flowers.” Not even in my wildest imagination would I have come up with such a thoughtful word. Although this may be a specific incident that I narrated here, I am sure few other similar conversations with your kids would come to your mind. I am just trying to say that all young kids across the world are brewing with more such creative and imaginative ideas.

Although the creative edge is very natural in children, it will slowly get overshadowed by the facts and theories that they learn as they grow up. I am sure that all of you would agree that this “out-of-the box” thinking capability is a true asset to have because, all the inventions, discoveries and even some great literature is the result of the people’s ability to dream, imagine and think out of the box. We wouldn’t be flying across the world if it wasn’t for Wright brothers’s imagination. India’s very own indigenous version of a ‘space shuttle’, a fully made-in-India effort, was possible because of Dr. Kalam’s big dreams!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to preserve and regulate this beautiful talent that they have in abundance? Are we, as parents, doing the right things to “nurture their stories”? Yes! We can enable our kids to dream, imagine and think creative by following these simple steps (click here for more explanatory version):

  • Read, listen & make stories with your kid
  • Ask open-ended questions
  • Allow them to make simple choices
  • Let them get bored! Yes, you read it correctly.
  • Be prepared with items to stimulate their imagination
  • Encourage unconventional use of toys and other materials
  • Play with your child
  • Be prepared for "messy play"
  • Allow room for mistakes
  • Encourage children to ask questions

Let’s nurture the creative element in our kids.

Let them dream, imagine and think out of the box.

Today’s dreamers are tomorrow’s achievers!

Natural remedies to cure common cold and cough

Cold and cough is a very common problem both children and adults face during winters. Treating a common cold and cough can be extremely difficult as there is no scientific cure for a common cold. Experts also suggest to avoid administration of medicines for cold for children under 6 years of age. So how to cure cold? Here are some natural remedies which help us to strengthen our immune system and cure cold and cough.

1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the most effective natural home remedies for colds because it increases the production of white blood cells, and can also help prevent the multiplication of viruses while reducing mucus and inflammation in the nasal passageways.

Foods that are packed full of vitamin C include oranges, cauliflower, lemons, broccoli, strawberries, cabbage, peaches, kiwi and tomatoes.

2. Tea

As many mothers probably already know, the key to curing any type of cold is to drink lots of fluid. Of course, this can come in the form of water or juice, but tea is a hot liquid that can help prevent the drying of your child’s throat and nose. Drinking tea is also another popular, natural home remedy for treating flu because it can help prevent dehydration as well.

Lemon and green tea specifically can be extremely effective in treating a cold.

3. Garlic

Garlic contains antiseptic properties that could help protect the immune system against a common cold, and scientific studies have shown that the allocine contained in garlic can also act as a stimulator of white blood cells.

Boil three to six cloves of chopped garlic in a cup of water, and have your child drink the liquid in a soup form and drink it two to three times a day.

4. Salt water gargle

Forcing your child to gargle with warm salt water may be a daunting task, but it can help remove any bacteria from your child’s mouth and throat. Mix about ¼ to ½ of a teaspoon of salt into half a glass of warm water, and stir until all of the salt is dissolved before gargling.

5. Pepper

If your child has a runny or stuffed up nose, eating pepper with a meal, gargling pepper in hot water, or even simply smelling pepper can help break apart any congestion in your child’s lungs or sinuses.

6. Ginger

Eating ginger raw or drinking ginger tea are both popular natural home remedies for colds that are known to help treat the symptoms of a common cold. Take about ten grams of ginger and cut it up into small pieces before boiling it in a cup of water, and then have your child drink the mixture at least two times a day.

7. Honey

Because honey has been used as a cold fighter for years, it may not come as a surprise to some that honey can be effective in shortening the lifespan of a cold. Experts have found that honey can help treat a cough because it coats and soothes an irritated throat.

8. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is known to help ease the pain of a dry or sore throat, and it is praised by “naturalists” because of its effective healing properties. You can try boiling one teaspoon of powdered cinnamon in a glass of water, and then mixing it with some pepper powder and honey for extra effect. Or you can add a little extra cinnamon it to your child’s food.

9. Chicken soup

It’s no wonder that chicken soup has been one of the most cherished home remedies for colds. Chicken soup is packed full of nutrients and vitamins that are essential when treating a common cold. Scientific studies have shown that it can thin mucus secretions, and the carbohydrates from the broth and noodles can help maintain your child’s energy level as well.

10. Sleep

Even if you’re eating and drinking all the right things, and taking the right supplements, you’re not going to feel better without enough sleep. Make sure you sleep as much as you can when you’re feeling under the weather, and you’ll hopefully be feeling better in no time at all!

Source: http://www.parents.com

Highlights Of The Month

Theme Of The Month

Our kids enjoy exploring and knowing about different states of the country. Now our kids can point out about ten states on the India map and talk about them with confidence. During the months of October and November we covered Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Punjab and Gujarat. Kids enjoyed knowing about the extreme climate, snow covered mountains, Dal lake and animals covered with thick fur. As we talked about snow, we also showed them how water changes from one form to another upon heating and cooling. During the travel to Maharashtra kids came to know about the famous monuments and Mumbai. Making and tasting ‘vada pav’ fascinated them during the study of Maharashtra. While exploring Gujarat, they enjoyed the native food of the state. Ms. Alpa, our Gujarati teacher, made dhokla for all the kids. , our kids related dhokla with Gujrat very well. Making tie & dye handkerchief was the most exciting activity that even got some of our parents also excited. . Kids dyed their own handkerchiefs and took them home. There are no words to describe the wow moment kids had on seeing the beautiful prints they made.

Our kids associate prominent elements of each state with that state. These strong connections are retained in their mind for a very long period and are constantly reflecting on what they have learnt. We have noticed that several of our children have been observing things around them and connecting them back to a specific elements of the states that they have explored. Some examples of such associations are Kerala to coconut, Telangana to Bhonalu and Charminar, Himachal Pradesh to sheep and wool, west Bengal to fish and tiger, Rajasthan to camel and desert, Jammu & Kashmir to snow.

When it comes to Punjab, it is bhangra. The moment we say Punjab, all our kids ,irrespective of their class start jumping up and down with their hands up saying bhalle… bhalle … It is so satisfying to see our kids making these connections. Be sure to strike a conversation with your kid about these. You would be surprised.

In the upcoming month, our kids will explore paper, silk, silk worms, dragons, noodles, chopsticks and many more. Yep, you guessed it! We are off to China.

Diwali celebration

At Sproutz, our motto behind celebrating each festival is to not just get the children dressed up. We want our children to know about the culture, tradition and more importantly the story behind celebrating each festival. We narrated the story of Rama as a part of Dussehra and Diwali celebration. Our kids know that Dussehra is celebrated for the victory of good over evil and Diwali is celebrated to welcome the dear ones back home. To mark the celebration, we made beautiful rangoli with flowers and colours and made all our kids to light a lamp. Our kids also decorated an earthen lamp in their own way and took it home.

Halloween day

Halloween gives an opportunity for children to be whimsical, creative and most importantly to pretend to be their favourite character. It is that one day, they get to live as their favourite character and we wouldn’t want them to be robbed of their “privilege to pretend”. As expected, our kids looked cute in their unconventional costumes! it was a feast to our eyes looking at all the superheroes, fairies, witches, pirates, pumpkins, animals, and story book characters like little red riding hood. Our teachers added more flavor to the Halloween day celebration by transforming themselves as cute cats, bunnies and witches.

Children’s Day Celebration

On children’s day, our kids had double the fun than usual! Nursery, PP 1 and PP2 kids had a lot of excitement participating in different athletics at the botanical garden. They enjoyed the beauty of green trees, colourful flowers and the green grass in the pleasant weather. Our play group kids had a blast at kidihou playing with different kid friendly activities.

Ms. Alpa (PP 2)

October and November months kept us very busy and excited with two field trips, student led conference and Children’s day, Halloween and Diwali celebrations. All these activities gave rich experiences to all my kids.

Past months, we explored Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Punjab. Kids make each day exciting and memorable with their ability to connect the dots. I enjoy those innocent yet intelligent conversations. As I talk about dry fruits, Shloka immediately says, “mam, my daddy is eating almond and walnuts daily in breakfast”. While learning Gujarat, I showed video of white desert. Arjun quickly connected it with the snow of Himachal Pradesh. As a part of our cooking activity, we made Vada Pav -- the famous food of Maharashtra. Anish connected it with burger saying, “it is looking like burger. I love burger”. Kids enjoyed cooking and eating Vada Pav very much. While exploring Punjab, I introduced India-Pakistan border and talked about soldiers. Akhil said, “Mam, border means gate? Soldiers will not allow bad guys to enter our country”. All my kids are a good team now. They are friendly and helpful to each other. We all have a very creative conversation every day.

My kids are progressing very well in all the domains of learning. Now they are confident speakers and do not hesitate to speak in front of a small group. They are learning to read fluently, getting confident with numbers and becoming aware of the world around.

Ms. Aruna (PP 1)

November had been a busy month with celebrations of Halloween and Children’s Day and preparation for SLC.

Kids enjoyed painting diyas for diwali. They were keen to paint them using different colours. It was a treat to our eyes to see all the kids cutely dressed for the Halloween day. Chitraansh dressed as a lion, Taran as a spiderman,girls as fairies. When I called Taran by his name, Chitraansh said,”not Taran, spiderman”. As Chitraansh was dressed as a lion, Taran was not comfortable with the lion face. He said, ”take out the scary mask from your face and make it neat”. Halloween day definitely pushed kids’ tolerance levels.

On Children’s Day, kids were excited to play in the Botanical Gardens. We organized a few games for them and they participated enthusiastically. They blew bubbles and enjoyed trying to touch them without bursting. Looking at the trees in the garden, they immediately connected to the ‘parts of plant’.

We had a busy time preparing for Student Led Conference. Kids really enjoyed the activities and were eager to do them. Kids did an amazing job on the day of the conference. Though it took time to do all the activities, it was great to see the parents and students patiently go through all the activities. I never knew that my children have so much patience. Thank you all for making it a success.

During December, we will be introducing continents, oceans and explore China.

Kids will be practicing CVC words and more phonic sounds will be introduced. Number sequencing and counting will be revised from 1 to 20.

Ms. Nidhi (Nursery A)

The previous month was special for children as well as us, the facilitators. Children loved their special day: ‘ Children’s Day’. They were very happy and we were happy to see them happy. We went to the Botanical Gardens where they had loads of fun. We organised a few races, which was a surprise element for them, followed by treat and a gift. Children are meant to be just like that: ‘ HAPPY’.

Then there was another big event, ‘SLC’, which was a huge success. Our kids showcased their skills to the parents. Parents were pleasantly surprised to see their lil ones’ creativity, sensibility and knowledge of course.

In a discussion on healthy and junk food, Parnitha told, “Ma’am, I no eating chocolate, I do uho-uho(cough).” I am proud that my kids are becoming conscious about their eating habits.

The other day, I asked children to come and sit for circle time. Tanvi said, “Ma’am, mat not there”. She not only reminded me about the mat, but also helped me put the mat in order. They are becoming conscious as well as responsible too.

Ms. Anitha ( Nursery B)

October and November had been very exciting for kids and me as well. We celebrated Diwali by decorating diyas and Halloween by dressing up as little fairies and super heroes.

Kids did lot of reinforcing activities related to numbers, parts of the plant ,different modes of transport , fruits & vegetables and community helpers. While dealing with modes of transport Shivika said, “we use road for landing of aeroplane. So, aeroplane also comes under road transport.” What a fantastic thought!

My children loved to find alphabets and numbers from sand pit and said them aloud. Honing their corresponding counting by loading the truck with clay balls was another favourite activity they enjoyed.

When setting up the classroom for student led conference, Aditi immediately noticed the change and asked, “Where is our big India map?” Great observation skills. While Vaishnav was solving the Ganesha puzzle I observed something that I would like to share. As soon as he is done solving the puzzle, he put his hands together and started praying. Each day of mine turns out to be a great and hilarious experience with these little ones.

Ms. Maya & Ms. Mounika ( Play Group A)

My kids’ are honing their socio-emotional skills each day. They are becoming more balanced and getting adjusted to new friends and situations much faster. I am proud to see my kids growing up.

This month our kids were introduced to dance classes. They enjoy shaking their legs to the music and following their dance teacher’s movements.

We celebrated Diwali by painting diyas. Kids enjoyed lighting diyas and watching lakshmi pooja. We celebrated 100th day of school by having a student led conference. Parents were excited to see their little ones’ enthusiasm in presenting their learnings.

Ms. Sesi ( Toddlers)

My kids play together, babble, laugh, cry and keep us on our toes through out the day.... yet they make my day every day with all those sweet nothings......

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