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Sid is a Star!

Hey everyone!

 

Want to share some great news! My son’s blog www.siddipolis.wordpress.com got featured in Top 5 Children Bloggers: Meet The Kids Who Make The Difference. So proud of my little darling. He has come a long way from the first time we initiated this with him.

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We started last January, with him writing a simple journal – a minimum of 5 lines everyday. Initially it was a bit of a struggle as he would not know what to write about. Children are like sponges. They just soak, soak and soak experiences their every waking moment. It was an interesting journey to help him learn how to squeeze out some of that and express them into words. He drew adorable doodles to accompany his small accounts of some prank or some game he played with his friends. With little nudge and guidance, he flourished.

 

It gives me so much pleasure to see people visiting his blogs and reading about his experiences. I recommend all parents to inculcate this in their young ones. Here are some tips on how to get them started and help them along the way that I have learned –

  1. Start small – start with a simple journal which captures what happened during the day. This helps them write about something they know very well. Their friends, their class, some project they did in school, anything. As long as they write its good.
  2. Make time to read – After the child has written a journal make it a point to read it and suggest corrections. It is important for them that you read that they have put in an effort to write. Make it a point to sit with your child and read what they have penned down. If they feel you do not have time to read what they are writing they may not find it worth the effort and start seeing it as a chore.
  3. Appreciate – Give them small encouragements as you go along. Appreciate the fact that they wrote – no matter how small or how silly the journal is. Then follow it up with suggestions to make it better.
  4. Don’t over correct – While it is important to help them with the correct spellings and grammar and even sometimes on how to express something better. But be careful. You don’t want them to feel they are not doing a good job. Also, let them write in their own style and over time when they improve you can show them their older pieces and show how far they have come by being a regular writer.
  5. Respect their right to privacy – Kids are also not comfortable sharing their feelings with everyone. So do not share their journals / blogs without their permission.
  6. Encourage reading – Introduce your child to blogs by other children and on topics that they like. Use these blogs to suggest ways to make their’s better.
  7. Insist upon being regular – Instil the importance of being regular right from the beginning. Make it clear that it is non-negotiable. If not a big post / journal make sure they write some thing.
 
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Posted by on April 29, 2016 in Love, Siddharth

 

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Ganpati Bappa Morya!

Its festival season and the air will soon get filled with echos of ‘GANAPATI BAPPA…MORYA!!! What better way to usher in this pot-bellied Lord than to fill it with fun and creativity.

In this age of cartoons and video games, its difficult to ensure kids understand the relevance of our festivals. We organized a Ganapati Carnival that introduced children to the feats and stories of Ganesha and the relevance of the festival. Along with this, the kids made festive delicacy with a chocolaty twist – yummy chocolate modaks and beautiful festive souvenirs to brighten their festival.

Our day started with a bubbling bunch of kids listening to cute stories of Lord Ganesha and the race with brother, Karthikeya, around the world for a mango. The kids loved hearing the antics of Ganesha and his smartness in taking 3 rounds of his parents and declaring them their world! Some of them shared anecdotes about their races. Some even got charged up and ready to race then and there…ah! The energy of the young ones!

Having learnt how naughty and smart our little Ganesha was, they proceeded to make tasty treats for him – Chocolate and besan modaks. It was difficult for the young cooks to decide whether to mould the modaks first or to eat the yummy batter. With great show of will power they completed their moulds and once the moulds were sent off for setting they licked the batter off their fingers to their hearts content…lick lick! For Recipe please click here

After this they all set out to create their festive souvenirs, making baskets to carry their yummy modaks in. The young artists were soon engrossed in choosing bright coloured stones for their baskets and listened as they shared their ideas on how to make their basket pretty. We watched in wonder as each and every child created unique and beautiful patterns using the colourful stones, sparkles and lace trimmings. 

While one young boy covered his basket handle with colorful stones, another wanted to make flower patterns with stones.

A little 2-yr old wanted to add sparkles on her basket…all by herself! And we were happy to oblige!

It was heart-warming to see their enthusiasm! If you have kids around you who could use some cheer…please gather them up this festive season and have your own Ganpati Carnival! It will be a day well spent.

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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