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Teach the Way a Child Learns

 

One of the very common cause of concern for every parent is the education of their children. They begin to worry about their “studies” almost as soon as the child enters a school. Parents spend their precious time and money for their children’s education but still get this feeling that their child “does not study properly”.

The problem is not in the child for not showing an interest in his studies but the problem is that we as parents or teachers are not able to understand and identify his way of learning.

Every child is born with unique traits and learning abilities. Each child has his or her own preferences for learning environment also. Some children prefer studying alone in peace, while some others would prefer group study. Instead of pressurising a child to learn certain concepts in a particular manner, we must, at first, try to identify his learning style, preferences and abilities. A child should be taught not in a way that we know but in a way that he learns and understands.

What are these learning abilities?

Some children learn by way of listening and some by observing others. Some children learn by way of performing an activity, while some others learn by repeating the words they listened. Once we identify the learning style of our kids, I think half of the work is done because, when we know how the child will learn, we can easily adopt various methods of teaching a child. The role of a teacher is to facilitate a child in learning and not to enforce his style of teaching on the child.

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Planning Activities

After getting to know the learning style of your child, we should try to change our teaching methodology as per the abilities of the child. We can try to plan activities for him. Activities can be planned in a way that should be according to the age group of your child and should be of interest to him. The concepts to be taught can be easily incorporated in these activities

How to identify a child’s learning abilities

Aviva India has come up with an online program to help parents in discovering the learning style of their children. It is called Kid-o-land. The program provides iCan, which is a proprietary assessment tool. It is developed with the help of psychometrics. This tool is designed for 7-9 years of children and helps parents identify their child’s inclinations, learning style and the preferred learning environment.

It has three sections in the test. I took the test myself for my daughter. After answering all the questions, it sends you the report of the test. Once, you get the report, you can go back to the platform where it provides you with various activities according to the learning style of your child. The activities are very helpful and can be done easily. They do not require much preparations and provides loads of learning too in a child friendly day.

Like it is said, “The sooner, the better”; we must try to identify our children’s learning abilities the sooner, for we can start planning for his future in a better way. For this, Aviva also offers tailor made child plans which can assist a parent to start planning for his future. With the help of tailor made activities and child plans, all I can say is no more worries about the studies and the future of our children. I have made my plans already, so what are you waiting for?

This is a sponsored post but the views and thoughts expressed are my own. This post was also featured in MyCity4Kids.

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Feasting While Fasting: Best Places to Enjoy Navratra Thalis in Delhi

Navratri is the time when special Navratri thalis are served in some of the restaurants of Delhi. The Navratri thalis contain special dishes that can be eaten during the fasts of Navratras.

The restaurants which serve Navratra thalis do not use onions, garlic and everyday cereal in this “vrat ka khana”. These dishes are prepared using desi ghee and pure salt instead of ordinary refined oil and commonly used table salt.

Here are the five best restaurants which serve these special navratri thalis:

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1.    Veg Gulati

Veg Gulati is famous for its North Indian cuisine. It sees a huge rush and waiting outside is a normal practice but the food served is worth every second spent in waiting outside.

A bit on the expensive side but the food is sure to appeal your taste buds.

Where is it located: Shop No.8, Pandara Road Market, New Delhi- 110003.

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2.    Sagar Ratna

Sagar Ratna is a chain of South Indian restaurants in various parts of Delhi. Their Navratri thali contains dishes like sabudana khichdi, singhade ke pakode, sabudana wada, sitafal, kuttu ki puri to name a few.

Where is it located: Multiple locations in Delhi- Defence Colony, Paschim Vihar, Pusa Road, Chanakya Puri

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3.    Haldiram

The navratri thali at Haldiram is sure to pamper your taste buds. They serve a huge variety of dishes in special thali like vrat ke chawal, sukhi arbi, paneer tomato, kuttu ki puri, soma rice and shrikhand to name a few.

Where is it located: Multiple locations in Delhi- Naraina, Connaught Place, Janak Puri, Gurgaon.

4.    Sattvik

Sattvik is a luxury dining place for vegetarians. It serves North Indian Vegetable food. The ambience is pure and quiet and it serves extremely delicious vrat ka khana during Navratras.

Where is it located: S-5, 2nd Floor, Select City Walk Mall, Saket, New Delhi

5.    Govinda’s

Govinda’s is located inside the premises of Iskcon temple. It is a pure vegetarian restaurant which serves its meals to Lord Krishna first. Special Navratri thalis are prepared with love and devotion here during the festive season.

Where is it located: Ground Floor, Iskcon Temple complex, Raja Dirsain Marg, Hari Krishna Hill, East of Kailash, New Delhi.Feasting While Fasting: Best Places to Enjoy Navratra Thalis in Delhi

 

 

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Deer Park: A Hidden Gem of Delhi

The festive season has started and my daughter’s school was closed for term end break. I wanted to take them to some new and different place that they have never been to. There are many new places that our city offers for kids, malls, play areas, gaming zones and theme parks. While we go there every now and then, I wanted to take them to some place which would delight them and offer them some kind of learning.

While searching for some fun places to go with kids, I came across Deer Park. Initially, I thought it to be a simple park which lies forgotten in the heart of the city like many other parks. I read more about it and got to know that there are some animals to see. I decided to explore the place with my kids.

We went there at about noon time, the weather has become pleasant now making it a good time to visit open areas. There are various enclosures in the park, one of them has rabbits and guinea pigs. Kids were so happy and excited to see rabbits and guinea pigs, they were not ready to move from there. A little ahead was another enclosure where there are large number of deer and peacocks. It was joy to see the kids jumping around like deer and peacocks, making the visit more joyful.

A big lake makes the place look more beautiful and peaceful, adding to the picturesque beauty of the place were various types of ducks. The place is very calm, serene and beautiful. Once inside, I could not believe for a while that I was in Delhi, given the fact that our city has become so crowded and polluted. It was a bliss to find myself there. The lush green gardens, animals roaming freely inside the huge enclosures, chirping of birds, chattering of monkeys, squirrels running here and there provides a treat for the eyes.


The place provides learning and entertaining experience to the visitors especially kids. The nature walk and exposure to sunlight is an advantage which the place offers to the urban kids who are more prone to staying indoors and becoming glued to the screens. The fresh air gives a boost to the lungs which have become used to inhaling the pollution of the city.

The walk in the lap of nature is very refreshing especially in such a place where there are deer, peacocks and rabbits around. The entry is also free and there is no time duration for the stay there. The place is open every day from 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM during the summers till October and 5:30 AM to 7:00 PM during winter. So, if you are thinking of taking your kids to for a nature trail and making memories, Deer Park is sure to delight you.

Where is it located: Hauz Khas, Delhi.

 

 

 

 

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The Glitz and Glam of Navratris in Delhi

 

Navratras are just around the corner and Delhi is all geared up to celebrate this much awaited festival with great grandeur and style. Delhi is at its shimmery best to fight the battle of good over evil and celebrate the nine avatars of Goddess Durga.

Navratras begin with “Kalasha sthapana”. It means installing a pot with holy water. The pot containing holy water is considered as the symbol of Goddess Durga. It is placed in the puja room and worshipped for nine days. On this day, barley seeds are sown as “khetri”. By the end of the navratras, these seeds grow into 3-5 inches long shoots. These are taken out and distributed as a form of blessing.

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A very important aspect of Navratri celebrations is the fasting. Many people observe fast for the whole navratris but there are many who cannot fast for so many days. They observe fast as a couple. On the last day of the navratras, any two members of the house observe fast for one day.

Kirtans are organised on a daily basis in temples on a large scale. Ladies form groups or kirtan mandalis and perform kirtan and puja in their houses.

The evenings witness Ramleela. Sharad Navratras are synonymous with Ramleela which is organised at a very large scale in various parts of Delhi. Ramleela, is the theatrical performance of the story of Ramayana. The city’s highlights at this time are the Ramleela performance and the Diwali Melas organised at various parts of Delhi.

Alongwith, the Diwali melas and Ramleela which have always been very popular, another major event which has started gaining popularity is the Dandiya Nights.

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The love for shimmer, music and dance has led to Dandiya nights getting popular in Delhi. The nine days of Navratris give Delhiites a reason to deck up in their most shimmering outfits and hit the dance floors with dandiyas in their hands.

The last day of the navratri is celebrated as “Kanjak” or “kanya pujan”. Kanjak is celebrated in temples as well as in houses. Young girls are invited in the houses, their feet are washed. A holy thread called “mouli” is tied on their wrists. Tilak is applied on their forehead. They are given puri halwa as a form of blessing.

Navratras are considered as highly auspicious days. It is believed that if you have to start anything new, may be a new business venture or buy a new vehicle, property or jewellery, then navratras are the best days to start. Navratras also mark the beginning of the wedding season in Delhi. All the wedding functions start with “Mata ki Chowki”, which is conducted during the navratras.

The markets are flooded with red chunaris, food items which are eaten during the navratris, things related to navaratri puja. Another thing, which is very famous is the “navratri special thalis” served in restaurants. The “navratri thalis” have become so famous that even those who are not fasting during these days opt for them during the Navratras.

Delhi looks at its best and sets the mood for the festive season beginning with navratras. All the new ventures which were put on hold and were waiting for the auspicious days, the weddings, functions, not to forget the shopping spree will all begin during the navratras. Delhi is going to be fully decked up and Delhiites will be seen glittering and sparkling.

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The Super Food: Quinoa and its Health Benefits for Kids

The theme of the National Nutrition Week for 2017 is “Optimal infant and Young Child Feeding Practices : Better Child Health”. When I read about it, my motherly instincts immediately led me to start surfing for some super foods for kids. One of the super foods which I came across is Quinoa. Quinoa is included in one of the world’s healthiest food. It is also very good for children who are in the middle of growing phase.

So, what makes me write about this particular super food? Well, I was simply fascinated by it’s truly amazing health benefits especially for the kids. Here, are the nutrients that make quinoa a truly super food.

1. High Calcium-

We all know that calcium is extremely important for the development of bones in growing children. Quinoa has high amount of calcium along with Vitamin D which is important for its natural absorption.

2. Complete Protein-

Quinoa is one of the best plant based source of protein. Protein is required for keeping and building tissue for our body. It also helps in building the immune system in children and preventing illnesses.

3. A Great Antioxidant-

Antioxidants which are present in this super food are helpful for fighting radicals in children’s body. Radicals can be harmful for the body and can cause some serious illnesses.

4. Rich Source of Fibre-

Quinoa is a rich source of fibre which helps reducing the risk of obesity in children.

5. High in Iron-

A very important micro nutrient which is extremely beneficial for the development of brain and immune system is iron. Quinoa is highly rich in iron which makes it beneficial for mental and physical health.

6. Good Source of Vitamin-

It is rich in Vitamins like A, D and E. All these micro nutrients are very essential for children for their overall development.

After knowing so much about this super food, I couldn’t refrain myself from trying it. These tiny grains are a gluten free alternative to food. Cooked quinoa seeds become fluffy and creamy yet maintain a slight crunch.

Before cooking it is advised to wash it thoroughly to reduce it’s bitter taste. Put it in a bowl and run it under water.

Quinoa can be roasted or boiled. It takes less time to cook in a pressure cooker but keep in mind to use less water to cook it thoroughly.

Quinoa can be used in smoothies and salads. It goes well with many types of food and can be prepared in many ways.

Growing children need more micronutrients than macronutrients. Micro nutrients are very essential in the brain development as well as in the development of immunity. There are increasing risks of obesity in children. Quinoa, is one grain which comes with all the essential nutrients to meet their needs. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and include it in your recipes to create some healthy and tasty food for your kids.

This blog was also published by me on www.babychakra.com