Sproutz Beatz

January Edition

From Principal's Desk

Art of making children talk about their school

As kids start going to school, they get exposed to a bigger environment, make new friends, learn new things and get new experiences. As parents, you are always concerned and enthusiastic to know about your child’s day and what they learned at school. But, in many cases, parents fail to make children talk about the school or friends or end up asking them interrogative questions that doesn’t give much scope for the child to talk.

So how to get going with this?

Experts say that we should not talk to children about school at the time of pick up or immediately after coming back from school. In contrast to adults, young children tend to “live in the moment”. They will be celebrating the experience of getting back to home/seeing parents. In that moment, if you ask, “How was your day?” or “What did you do today?” he may be off guard and unable to answer your questions. This should not be considered as an inability to recall or absentmindedness of your young child.

Children feel compelled to answer you when asked, “Did you do any work today?” They may feel unneeded pressure to perform. If he doesn’t want to answer at that moment, he may come up with an activity he remembers or a person he recalls or an irrelevant answer making you feel not so good about the child’s learning or comprehension. Young children don’t visualize each moment at school as significant as parents see. As parents, you may find it interesting when your kids talk about tracing letters in sand, learning a new rhyme or playing a new game… However, for your child, it’s just another good day at school.

So, as parents, how do we connect with our children at the end of the day? How do we learn about the details of the day without putting them on spot or forcing them to come up with something?

Here is a model conversation:

As you reach your child’s class or receive him from the school van, give him a warm hug and say, “It’s so nice to see you” without asking the teacher about the day or getting indulged in discussion with other parents or on phone. Have the complete focus on your child as you walk to your car or home. Wait patiently for your child to open. If the child remains silent, you can start talking about talking about your day. “I organized my cabinet in my office today; I got a new friend at the office, we both enjoyed having lunch together.” As you share about your day, give pause in between to give scope for your child to ask questions about your day or share something about his day.

As your child feels comfortable and starts sharing, encourage him by asking open-ended and positive questions.

Asking open-ended and positive questions help children to think beyond and have a positive approach towards everything they see. Having a good conversation with kids will help parents understand their children better and help children cope with any unseen problems they might be facing. Also, keep in mind that usually, kids are not specific. So you must ask for specific information when you want it. Finally, avoid negative questions that tend to stop a conversation.

Here are few conversation starters:

· What was the most interesting thing your teacher said today?

· What was the best thing you did at school today?

· Did anyone have anything fun or interesting to talk about?

· What was the best thing your teacher asked you to do today?

· What did you play with your friends during lunch time?

· Which dish did you like the most today at school?

Having healthy conversations with kids each day after school will get you connected with their school, friends, and learning. Moreover, you will be able to detect and reflect on any problems child can possibly face in a social setting. As you start this practice at an early age, you create a ritual of sharing feelings and thoughts even after your children grow into young adults.

Stories From Our Budding Authors

As part of our literary week, our amazing kids have narrated very creative stories. Click on the images below to read the digitally published, delightful stories narrated and illustrated by our PP1 & PP2 Kids for Literary Week!!!

(**Please note that they are written as narrated by children. So, proper grammar is not expected.)

Famous stories retold by our Nursery kids

Trip to aquarium

This is a red dog. His name is Tom. He loves to play with friends and loves bones. He went to an aquarium to see the sea animals. He saw shark, whale, fish, octopus, starfish, jellyfish, dolphin, crab, seal, green turtle and sea horse.

Suddenly, he put the hand inside the pool and caught a fish. He cooked the fish and ate it. He again put his hand in the pool and got a dolphin and gave a kiss. Then he saw a baby whale. He was taking bath and was looking for his mommy. But mommy whale was driving a car in water. She was going for shopping in the mall. After that, she had to go to buy vegetables from market. Baby whale loves vegetables. Mommy made the vegetable cookies. After eating, baby stomach started paining and he started crying. Mommy whale came and gave him a medicine. Baby whale said, “thank you, mommy. I love you”.

Pepper Going to Office

Pepper is going to office. He goes office to work. He works on laptop there in office. After that he comes back home, he washes his hands and eats biryani, curd, and dosa. After food, he went out to play cricket. He was throwing the ball and striking the ball. But Pink Bubbles won the game. So pepper was sad. Suddenly he started crying because he was having stomach pain and so a doctor came and put an injection. Then pepper went home and slept. Again, he woke up in the morning and went to office.

Alternate endings for the stories (By Nursery)

I am not scared

A Puppy was planning to go for Halloween celebrations. He started thinking, "Should I dress up as funny pumpkin, or a clown or a pirate?" I should dress up in a different way, may be a superhero. Then puppy gets scared by seeing something that is dressed in long white color, resembling a ghost.

What will you do if, the ghost is in front of you?

Responses given by our Nursery kids

Fight the ghost by tickling with fingers it will go away by walking.

I will bring magic wand say abracadabra ghost will fall down and sleep

I will make dosa and put it in plate and serve to ghost ,it will wave bye and go away .

I and ghost will play bat and ball, we will eat roti and sleep.


“Jack, Jack, dad will take us on a hike today!” yells Anna. Anna puts on the sunscreen. Jack runs to the car. Dad brings lunch and drinks. Jack and Anna sat in the car.They drove. They passed the city. They drove to the countryside. ”We are here!” said dad. Jack and Anna start up the path. They go under the trees. They crossed a stream. "I see tracks", says Jack."Look! Animals!", Says Anna. Dad puts the picnic blanket on the grass. "Give that back", says Jack to the frisky squirrel. The sun is low, the air cools down. It is time to go home. "I love hiking with you dad", says Anna. "Thanks dad!", says Jack as he gives dad a hug. The next day Jack and Anna want to go on another hike. They make a picnic basket. They get ready. Mom says, "not today kids. Today you can not go on a hike".

Now how will we go?

Kids responses

Go slow outside, call my friends, take the food packed, then we will go to picnic, play and come back home.

I stay at home, just sit like that, go to mall and buy toys, balloon and go home.

I and mom go to mountains, snowfall will be there. I wear gloves, sweater and play in snow, throw snowballs on mom and dad.

I will go in car see crocodile take a picture, and go home.

I will go down, play kabaddi, I will go to amma and sleep.

I will take bike start go round and round.

Our Adorable Toddlers

Sproutz Toddler group- 2016-2017

Highlights Of The Month

Theme of the month

During December and January, we explored China and Europe. As part of China, our kids were excited to know about Chinese food and the Chinese way of eating. They enjoyed making Chinese dragons and paper lanterns. They enjoyed knowing about different insects. They observed some of the common insects they found in the school garden. Knowing and studying about the life cycle of a butterfly was another interesting element of learning in December. Children understood how living things grow and change. During this time, kids also learnt about different materials they use in their day-to-day lives. They observed and felt different materials like glass, metal, porcelain, plastic, rubber and fiber. As we travelled to Europe in January, our kids learnt about the famous monuments like Eiffel tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa and Colosseum. Kids with their teachers explored famous European cities and countries like Paris, Italy and Switzerland. They learnt the process of baking bread and making pizza. Exploration of Europe will continue in the coming months.

Sproutz Zest

Sproutz Zest -- an inter-school kids talent show off -- was conducted in December to bring kids from different school on one platform. The main intention of the event is to bring out the creative element in the kids. Kids of different ages from different schools participated in the various competitions and brought out their best. They mesmerized the judges with their creativity and confidence.

Christmas Celebration

Christmas is all about Christmas carols, Santa, gifts, beautifully decorated Christmas tree and dressing up in red and white. Our kids celebrated Christmas eve at school and experienced all that symbolizes Christmas. It was a feast to see all the cuties in red and white dresses. The excitement on their face as they received a surprise gift from Santa was worth cherishing. See for yourself.

Making of greeting cards for New Year

Our kids made New Year greeting cards for their parents. The innocent thought, confident strokes, and beautiful colour combinations made the cards look wonderful. We are sure all parents would preserve these cards as treasure.

Literary week

During the literary week, our PP1 and PP2 kids created stories with the help of their teachers. They gave titles to the stories and made relevant illustrations. Kids of nursery gave a different ending to the story and our play group enthusiastically described different objects of their choice in their own words. The literary week is one of the occasions that aroused kids creativity and imagination.

Pongal Celebration

Celebrating different festivals at school is just a way. The main intention behind it is to make children be aware of our culture and traditions. India is a culturally rich country and it is very important for us to make the future generations be aware of it. We spoke to kids about how and why Pongal is celebrated, showed them videos. An earthen Pongal pot was set up to give a view of how porridge is made in villages using firewood.

Annual day celebration

The highlight of January is our second annual day celebration. The theme we chose is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. It signifies our theme for the year ‘Around The World’. The entire program was an amalgam of Indian and western dance forms. Kids looked amazing in colourful costumes and mesmerized the audience with their confident performances.

Field trip to Sudha cars

As part of the activities related to transport, a field trip to Sudha cars was planned. Kids were astonished to see the display of a wide variety of vehicles on one platform.

Upcoming Events

18th February- Pajama Party

24th February – Holiday for school and daycare on account of Mahashivaratri

10th March- Holiday for school and daycare on account of Holi

18th March- Family Fun Time

29th March- Holiday for school and daycare on account of Ugadi

Boost Your Child’s Immunity

When functioning properly, the immune system fights disease producing organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. All children are continuously exposed to these pathogens, but exposure does not mean a child will get sick. A strong immune system provides a child with powerful natural defenses against disease. Conversely, a child with a weak immune system is vulnerable or more susceptible to colds, flu, and more serious illnesses.

It is virtually impossible to germproof your child. Germs are abundant everywhere. Being exposed to germs is a part of life, and not necessarily unfavorable. Exposure to different viruses and bacteria can actually strengthen a child’s immune system.

With simple lifestyle and dietary change, you can boost your child’s defenses against these common health problems, speed healing and help your child enjoy a greater level of wellness.

It is virtually impossible to germ-proof your child. Germs are abundant everywhere. Being exposed to germs is a part of life, and not necessarily unfavorable. Exposure to different viruses and bacteria can actually strengthen a child’s immune system.

With simple lifestyle and dietary change, you can boost your child’s defenses against these common health problems, speed healing and help your child enjoy a greater level of wellness.


Breastfeeding for as long as possible is crucial to developing a strong immune system. Breastmilk supplies the factors necessary to protect your baby against disease, as well as all the nutrition he or she needs, including the essential fatty acids. Feeding a baby artificial milk (formula) deprives him or her of receiving the crucial protection that breast milk provides.

Feed Your Child More Fruits and Vegetables

A healthy diet is the foundation of a good immune system, so pay more attention to what your child eats. Immune-boosting fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, sweet potatoes, beans, broccoli, kiwi, melons, oranges, and strawberries are important to include in any child’s diet.

Nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains and other foods rich in vitamins A, B2, B6, and C, zinc, selenium and essential fatty acids also help strengthen the immune system.

Avoid feeding your child foods that are highly processed and loaded with sugar, such as cookies, boxed cereals, sweets, and sodas.

Sugar has been shown to reduce white blood cell count, an indicator of immune strength. The function of white blood cells is to fight and destroy germs that can cause disease. This is why many kids get sick after birthday parties or any celebrations. Their resistance is lowered due to excess sugar. Giving your child extra vitamin C for a few days before and a few days after these events may help to prevent the onset of an infection.

Make Sure Your Child Enjoys Sound Sleep

Proper rest and sleep are essential for growing children. A newborn needs up to 18 hours of sleep a day. Other children need between 10 to 14 hours of sleep a day, depending on their age. Along with the duration, the quality of sleep is also important.

Turn your child’s bedroom into a sleep haven by keeping it dark and well-ventilated at night. Sleeping in darkness promotes the production of the hormone melatonin which also acts as a powerful antioxidant. Also, avoid all electronic devices as well as games in your child’s bedroom.

Soak Up Fresh Air and Sunshine Daily

Nature is an excellent immune stimulator. So, expose your child to nature to nourish his body and mind while boosting his immune system.

You can ensure your child gets the required amount of vitamin D naturally by exposing his arms and face to the sun for 20 minutes daily. However, be sure it is early morning sun to avoid the harsher sunrays later in the day.

In addition, early morning fresh air is good for your child’s body and mind. Take your child for walks in your township or parks. Let your child run, jump, dance, and climb. Allow them to run barefoot on the grass. It will also promote increased strength and agility.

Exercise as a family. Research shows that exercise increases the number of natural killer cells. To get your children into a lifelong fitness habit, be a good role model. Exercise with them rather than just giving them expensive toys or tabs to keep them engaged.

Guard against germ spread. Make sure your kids wash their hands often with soap. You should pay attention to their hygiene before and after each meal and after playing outside, handling pets, blowing their nose, using the bathroom, and arriving home from school. When you're out, carry disposable wipes with you for quick cleanups.

Another key germ-busting strategy is to throw out their toothbrush right away when they are sick. A child can't catch the same cold or flu virus twice, but the virus can hop from toothbrush to toothbrush, infecting other family members. If it's a bacterial infection, such as strep throat, however, your child can re-infect herself with the same germs that got her sick in the first place.

Shower Love and Affection on Your Child

Love and affection are important for a child’s overall development, including the immune system. Do not hesitate to show your love and care to your child. Hold, hug, massage, touch and kiss your child often. Spend time with your child and try to play with him. Eat at least one meal together every day and talk to him about his daily activities.

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Avoid Unnecessary Antibiotics and Vaccines

Giving a dose of antibiotic whenever your child has a cold, flu, or a sore throat is a bad idea.

Whenever your child's pediatrician wants to prescribe an antibiotic, make sure you ask, 'Do you think it's really necessary?'

Excessive use of antibiotics leads to antibiotic resistant germs and decreased immunity.

You child’s immune system gets stronger and stronger as he grows.

Courtesy : http://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/