Happiness comes from within

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As days are changing people are getting busier day by day. A good home, a good career, good marks, good looks, to sum it up a “Good Life” is all that we need to be happy. Constantly we are struggling to find the best for ourselves and using it as a measure for Happiness. Parents are happy when a child get good marks but not with the effort a child takes to prepare for the exams. Getting admission to good schools/colleges gives us happiness but not the fact that how much our child is able to learn within those fancy buildings and luxurious rules.  A high end mobile handset brings us more happiness than the phone calls made to our loved ones.

Are we really happy with these materialistic objects or are these objects used to camouflage our insecurities, our shortcomings, our dreams which we were not able to fulfil?  Are these all we need to be happy.

As per the dictionary the meaning of Happiness is: joy, pleasure, contentment, satisfaction, gladness. If we take a moment to ponder and observe these words, then these are feelings which relates to our inner self. It’s a state of our mind which tells me that this is what you need and not what you want. Needs can be fulfilled but wants are endless. Happiness is nothing but acceptance of fulfillment, to look inside ourselves and say I am trying my best. The moment we stop comparing ourselves to others, using them as a yardstick to measure our lives, we become contend with what we have, in other words we are Happy. “I “should be a measure for myself.

No one is incharge of my happiness except me. It’s a feeling that comes from within. A voice which praises me for the endless hardships I faced to overcome my difficulties. Acknowledging that as a human I have my shortcoming and accepting that I am not perfect. It’s an encouragement that tells us to dream and let your dreams be your inspiration but don’t let your dreams be materialistic which can be concluded in two words “achieved” or “not achieved”. Dreams can never be achieved, it can be fulfilled and the sense of fulfillment brings happiness.

When we are at peace with ourselves that is the time we are happy, and this happiness is very infectious because this is positive happiness which has come from within ourselves and like the sweet fragrance of a flower it spreads across the garden of life.

  • Mrs. Sakhi Ghosh Dastidar

          Parent of Ayanika Ghosh Dastidar (Sr. KG)

          MLZS, HSR Branch

Conservation of Nature & Wildlife - Why kids need to be made aware of it?

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First, let us look at the importance of conservation of nature and wildlife with the help of some numbers. Consider the following gloomy statistics:

  • According to the World Resources Institute, 100 species die each day due to tropical deforestation.
  • A recent study shows that global warming could drive up to one half of all plants and animals species on dry land to extinction by the year 2050.
  • Around 30 countries today face chronic freshwater shortages. That number is expected to hit 50 by 2020.

 

How can we arrest this downward slide into an abyss? Now for some good news: Children, as one notices, are able to communicate with animals in a language grown-ups cannot comprehend. They are also a lot more sensitive to issues concerning the environment. Therein lies the hope for our planet, which is under tremendous stress brought on by unbridled human activity.

Children are our last hope for the continued good health of the earth and all its inhabitants. In fact, it is the grown-ups that need to be constantly reminded of their duty and commitment to the preservation of our environment. Littering, unscientific disposal of garbage, polluting of water bodies, and deforestation are some of the biggest threats endangering our existence.

Conservation: Impress upon children about the need to maintain the balance in nature between man and animals. Animal products like skin, fur and ivory products should never be bought as ’when buying stops, killing stops too.’

Outdoor lifestyle: When children develop a love for the outdoors they begin to see nature with a fresh perspective which is ultimately beneficial. For instance, taking up swimming can make them aware about the pollution of our water bodies.

Community efforts: As a community, we can achieve great results with cleanliness and awareness drives as has been demonstrated by scores of school children all over the country.

Catching them young: Humans are creatures of habit and it is easier to mould young and impressionable minds. Teachers and parents have an important role to play in guiding students to become environmentally aware and responsible citizens of tomorrow.

Finally,  all of us are equal stakeholders in the good health of our planet and we must act collectively, with children taking the initiative being the more energetic taking the lead. Adults’ role is to encourage them to spread awareness by providing them with logistical and moral support.

MLZS is passionate about conservation of environment and we appeal to everyone to play your part in this noble mission.

TRANSFORMATIONAL TEACHER

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Meet Ms. Shanmugapriya, Primary Teacher from Samsidh Mount Litera Zee School, HSR Branch. She has been working with us for the past 5 years.

1. Why did you choose teaching as a career?

 

Ans: Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world - Malala Yousafzai

All my teachers right from primary school to higher education were stand alone models and they  have influenced me to become  a teacher.I feel that it’s a great opportunity to work with young people and make a difference in their lives. Whenever my students meet me somewhere ,they rush to me to wish me and talk to me. I feel this is the only profession where we are remembered by everyone irrespective of one’s position and status. This is one of the professions,which gives us the job satisfaction. I feel a sense of achievement whenever my students score high not only in the examination but also in the examination of life when they do well in their professional and personal lives. 

 

2.Why/How did you come across/join MLZS?

Ans: A friend of mine was working as a special educator in Samsidh MLZS then. She informed me of a vacancy for Math teacher’s post. So I attended the interview and got an opportunity to work in this esteemed institution.

 

3.What do you like about MLZs?

Ans: I like the vision of our school of “creating 21st Century leaders” and feel proud to be a part of this awesome process.  We are working for a better future. At Samsidh MLZS  the work atmosphere is really good. Right from the Management, everyone is very down to earth and work oriented.  All work towards achieving the common goal of creating the 21st Century leaders.  we are allowed to share our feelings ,difficulties etc with the Management very freely and are guided and encouraged by them in an amiable manner .

 

4.What are the changes that you have brought into a child?

Ans: I made my students free of fear from tests and the importance of having a good mental ability in their day to day life .In my class I make sure that all are equal irrespective of their academic knowledge and their family status. My students follow the same and there is no divide what so ever.
5.Why is MLZS better than the other schools?

Ans: Samsidh MLZS is an Institution which strives purely for the welfare of the children. Here we see what is right for the child  and all our work revolves around it .I feel in that way Samsidh MLZS plays a wonderful role as an ethical and humane Educational Institution.

 

6.What are the achievements in your teaching career?

Ans: Even though I work as teacher, I feel I continue to be a good and eager learner. I gain a cornucopia of knowledge from my students, colleagues and my higher authorities every day which empowers me further. I would like to share an incident .When I was the class teacher of grade 2, I had an autistic child in my class. At the end of the academic year,I asked the students to write a letter /drawing to their favourite teacher. That child drew a picture of lady with the words, “ I love  Priya  ma’am.  I love my math teacher” and he gave A+ grade and a few stars tome.I was really moved and overwhelmed by the touching gesture of the child through his drawing.

7.How long do you wish to work for this school?

Ans: I would like to work till my retirement age, maybe even later if I have physical strength. I believe that this is my destiny and I can’t even think about working in any other place as I am totally attached to this atmosphere.

8.What do you think is the role of a teacher  in MLZS?

Ans: A teacher's role in MLZS  involves more than simply standing in front of a classroom and lecturing.Here  the  teacher understands that teaching involves wearing multiple hats to ensure that the school day runs smoothly and all students receive a quality education.

9.If you need to describe MLZS in one word, what would it be?

Ans: Exuberant

10. Out of the six values of the School, which value is the closest to your heart?

Ans: Open mindedness.  Open-mindedness helps us to learn and grow, to strengthen our belief in ourselves.

Why identifying and nurturing your child's passion is important?

 

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There was a time--not very long ago--when most parents in India wanted their children to pursue either of the two professions: engineering or medicine.

Consider some of the impressions prevailing about other professions at the time: teaching was a noble profession, but paid poorly; banking was a steady job, but required extensive travel; business was an attractive option, but was too risky. And so on…

The children themselves may not have been keen on the two professions but were wary of offending their parents. In addition, they had to deal with peer pressure, family pressure and family pride. If you were ‘good’ at studies, you became an engineer or a doctor, period.

Eventually, most of those who followed their parents’ advice were happy with the career choices their families made on their behalf--but there were also a good many who were not.

The latter set of people continued to pursue the profession sans the requisite passion. Some of them gathered enough courage to make a switch to the vocation they were passionate about, and a few of them still hope to pursue their passion, in spite of doing well in their current profession.

To be fair to the parents--who always want the best for their children--back in the day, the opportunities were rather limited. It was the advent of computers that spawned a whole range of new opportunities. And suddenly, one found, one was spoilt for choices, and selecting the right profession suddenly became tougher than ever before.

Can passion alone decide what career option your child is going to pursue? How important is it to identify your kid’s passion and how can you help them nurture it as best as you can?

 

As parents, we need to:

    • Be free of prejudice: Be prepared to accept what your child has decided to do. All professions are equally important and fulfill a certain role in society.
    • Trust the gut feeling: Parents know about their children best. Has your child shown an artistic temperament, a head for numbers, or a flair for the languages?
    • Respect child’s judgement: Don’t be alarmed by or be sceptical about the choice your child makes. Your only worry should be to provide support to nurture that passion.
    • Support the passion: Being passionate about what they do brings out the best in children and being able to do it with full parental support is like the icing on the cake.
    • Accept setbacks: Don’t let the fear of failure deter you or your child from pursuing the passion. Early setbacks are common, even desirable, for eventual success.

 

 

 

Finally, take time off to identify what interests your child as it may not become apparent straightaway. It may even change several times in the initial stages as your child weighs her options. Be patient, and discuss the topic often, but stand by your child’s decision.

Passion kindles imagination, which in turn unleashes the creativity in your child. As Albert Einstein said, “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

Inculcating the habit of eating hygienic & nutritious food!

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Dealing with children is possibly one of the toughest jobs in the world as any parent or teacher would testify. Perhaps, a teacher’s job is even tougher considering they have to keep many of them under check at any given time.

 

Most children love to bend a rule a little bit if they are reasonably sure they can get away with it. After all, kids will be kids and a little bit of mischief  is even expected of them.

 

The right diet and hygiene are vital to a child’s all round development. Therefore, the task of ensuring the right standards of hygiene and nutrition in children’s diet poses a big challenge to parents and teachers at home and school respectively.

 

This calls for encouraging children to follow a set of guidelines at home and school. We will first look at the hygiene part and look at the points related to nutrition a little later.

 

  • Hand hygiene: Encourage children to always keep their fingernails trimmed and wash their hands thoroughly before eating food.
  • Refrigerated food: Encourage children to always eat freshly prepared food and avoid refrigerated food as it may develop harmful mold or fungi if there is a power failure.
  • Clean water: Encourage kids to always drink clean water and from known sources. This protects them from the risk of contracting waterborne diseases like Cholera.

 

A balanced diet is essential for physical and development of your child. Encourage your children to avoid eating the following food items:

 

  • Junk Food: Provides zero nutritional value, and also contains excess salt.
  • Aerated Drinks: Colas and sodas contain excess sugar.
  • Chocolates & icecreams: Result in bad teeth and excess body weight. (Moderate consumption is fine)

 

So how can we ensure our children get a balanced diet that meets their nutritional needs and the prescribed hygiene standards?

 

Sticking to home-cooked food with plenty of fruits and green vegetables and prepared as per the hygiene practices discussed above ensures your child is healthy and active at all times. In addition, the following guidelines should be followed by adults:

 

  • Food handling: Food handlers at home and in school should use spoons, ladles and  protective gloves.
  • Pesticide-free food items: Wash fruits and vegetables with clean water before use to make them free of pesticides.
  • Single-use of cooking oil: Discard cooking oil after a single use as recycled oil may develop cancer-causing free radicals.

 

Children are aware about these issues and are easily convinced once it is explained to them. Our motto should be: Eat healthy and live healthy.

Harmful Impact of Excessive Usage of Gadgets

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Gadgets can be classified as labour-saving or amusement devices. Useful as they are, gadgets are increasingly being regarded as instruments of large-scale change in modern society--changes that may not necessarily be regarded as good or desirable.

In the olden days, women had to walk long distances to fetch potable water from a distant water source; now they use municipal water supplied through pipelines. We washed our clothes by hand; now we use the washing machine. We used to climb stairs; now we use the lift. We used to walk, now we depend on mechanised transport. As a message circulating on a popular messaging service put it recently, 'these days, people drive down to the gym to ride the bicycle.'

Today's children are amazed when their parents tell them that they did not have a television until they were in their late teens or doing a school project meant going to the library and doing hours of research by referring to as many book as the librarian would permit. The kids are even more impressed when they are told calling your aunt in the neighboring town required 'booking a call' and waiting for the network to be ‘free’ for the call to go through. The younger generation just cannot imagine a world without the internet or that one cannot perform a task without a gadget!

As you can see, gadgets have helped hardworking women to save on time and provided them with ready access to clean water. On the other hand, overuse of gadgets has rendered us physically inactive. A logical consequence of the gadget-induced inertia is poor health and stunted growth--both physical and mental--in children. And this is worrying.

Well, like everything else in life, there are two aspects to the use of gadgets--their use is a necessity to live in a modern society, and their misuse is a real concern. The internet, ironically, is awash with articles, blogs and films depicting the havoc electronic gadgets are wreaking on young minds. As parents, we could not agree more. Let us list out some of the ill-effects of gadget over-indulgence both on children and grown-ups:

Health Concerns: The physical inactivity is the primary factor responsible for increased instances of hypertension and diabetes even in young children.

Social Concerns: Human interaction is conducted virtually, eliminating the need for face-to-face meeting. The fallout is social awkwardness and isolation among children.

Developmental Concerns: The ability to think clearly and coherently is what sets humans apart from others. Overuse of gadgets stifles creativity in children.

To summarize, use of gadgets is not the problem, but their overuse or misuse is. Parents need to encourage their children to walk more, watch TV less, use mobile phones sparingly, read more books, take up a hobby such as gardening, play outdoor games when they feel the need for recreation and entertainment. And finally, we adults must set our children an example by following the same rules that we have set for them.

 

TRANSFORMATIONAL TEACHER

 

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- VANITHA K

1) Why did you choose teaching as a career?

Ans. Everyone remembers one’s great teacher. Perhaps one of mine inspired me to work as a teacher and showed me the joy of a particular subject and made the lessons fun. Hence, when an opportunity knocked my way to work with children and make a difference in their lives, I jumped at the chance. Teaching is fun and there are plenty of opportunities for me to be more creative in conveying information to the children. I have been given a chance to inspire students as I was inspired by my teacher. Teaching is a wonderful way to pass our knowledge and passion; hence I chose teaching as my career.

2) Why/how did you come across/join MLZS?

Ans. I was undergoing training and also working in the Montessori school and was eagerly waiting for a chance to join any CBSE or ICSE school. One day an attractive advertisement caught my eye about the new and upcoming school in Kasavanahalli which was Samsidh MLZS (CBSE School). I eagerly attended the interview and was selected for the senior KG. Pre - primary teacher’s post. I was very impressed by the vision of the Management and the words of the Principal which gave me courage to take admission for my children too in this school.

3) What do you like about MLZS?

Ans. Samsidh MLZS is the best school and comfortable place to work with right from the Management, the Principal to the teachers and the children. The teachers undergo various training sessions every year which provides us immense opportunities to learn new things every year and gives confidence to work peacefully. Our school believes in following a different approach to teach students. Samsidh MLZS never forces students to study just for getting excellent grades, but motivates them to understand the values and concepts through activity based methodology. Our school is unique because we are free to discuss our problems and wants to the higher authorities. Samsidh MLZS follows values and teaches the same to the children along with providing discipline to them.

4) What are the changes that you have brought into a child?

Ans. The changes that I have brought in children are:

-I make my concept come alive by making it as interactive and engaging as possible.

-I enjoy every teaching moment to the fullest and to have fun with the children.

-To make them feel special, safe and secure when they are in the classroom.

-Being positive influence in their lives,

-Bringing positive energy in the classroom every single day.

-Teaching them the values in every activity.

-Keeping my head steady and teach happily for the love of education.

There is a saying “with great power, comes great responsibility”.

5) Why is MLZS better than the other schools?

Ans. Samsidh MLZS is a one of its kind organization to work and is a child friendly school. Modern technology is used along with the teaching by the teacher. Our Management, the Principal and all the staff members are very cooperative and supportive. Every day of work is filled with zeal and inspiration and this has taught me how to make my passion more creative and fruitful inside and outside the classroom and the school.

6) What are the achievements in your teaching career?

Ans. I believe that my greatest achievement as a teacher is to have become a wholesome person – a person who teaches and is able to be appreciated, to be listened to and is valuable to the students who gain so much by learning. Being a skilled teacher helps me to contribute my knowledge in a given task very effectively and crestively. I learnt a lot through teaching, gained satisfaction by satisfying the students and parents. I have gained respect in my school through dedication and the quality of work.

7) How long do you wish to work for this school?

Ans. I consider MLZS as my second home. I wish to work as long as I continue to bring some progress and changes in this school.

 

8) What do you think is the role of a teacher in MLZS?

Ans. MLZS teacher understands very well that teaching involves wearing multiple hats to ensure that the school runs smoothly and all the students receive a very high quality of education. We integrate critical thought, emotion and moral values with factual data to broaden the learning experience and make it more relevant to everyday life situations.

9) If you need to describe the school in one word, what would it be?

Ans. Creating 21 st century leaders.

10) Out of the six values of the school, which value is the closest to your heart?

Ans. The value of Integrity is closest to my heart.

Importance of Traditions & Culture for Kids

Kids today are torn between tradition and modernity. Educators and parents are faced with an important question: how to strike a perfect balance between trying to reinforce traditional values, but not be seen as offering resistance to the only constant thing in life--change.

 

Change can be defined as an opportunity offered by nature for course correction. Is all change good and, by extension, do all traditional things qualify to be termed as good by default?

 

The answer to this query does not provide for an unambiguous answer either in affirmative or otherwise--there are multiple shades of grey.

 

Today we live in a multicultural society, which is a byproduct of globalization. Therefore, teaching children about tradition and culture in the modern context calls for a fresh perspective -- one that takes into consideration the modern sensibilities and the environment we live in.

 

While all change may not be good, it may also be argued that there are certain traditions and cultural aspects that are worth preserving and fighting for. But it is great to have an open mind too. Let us take a look at some of the values that are relevant at all times:

 

Importance of Family Life: This is the most important factor responsible for inculcating moral and ethical values in children. We must therefore impress upon the younger generation why family is so important and how it acts as a support system they can rely upon at all times.

 

Respect for elders: India is one of the only few countries in the world where we are taught to respect our elders--in fact, it is ingrained in us. We must continue to uphold this tradition, for, elders enforce a sense of order and discipline in families and in the community.

 

Celebrating Festivals: They are great for learning about our traditions and culture. One must be proud of their heritage but at the same time learn to respect others’ ways and viewpoints too. This is very important in the multicultural environment we live in today.

 

Festivals like Diwali, Id, and Christmas are no longer celebrated only by the respective community, but celebrated as national festivals cutting across all divisions lends credence to the fact that the future of a nation as diverse as ours is in good hands.

Importance of Practical Knowledge for Kids

 

 

Importance of Practical Knowledge for Kids!

It is very important that at a young age, children are oriented towards practical knowledge rather than relying completely over their bookish knowledge. Practical knowledge helps in contributing to the holistic development of a child. Here are some benefits of practical knowledge for kids:

 

Develops a thorough understanding of the subject

Practical experiments help one develop a thorough understanding of the subject. Theoretical matter will help the kids know about a concept but the actual learning comes from practical knowledge.

Kids might be able to understand a concept much better if demonstrated practically to them. When they visualize something happening, they can understand the intricate how to’s of the subject.

 

Practical knowledge requires practice

Theory is all about reading a given set of materials and understanding what the materials want to convey. Whereas to gain practical knowledge, you need to explore various options and see what works the best.

Unlike just reading theory and mugging up things, to get practical knowledge, you need to practice repeatedly and inculcate the habit of letting them go deep to the root to understand the concept holistically.

 

Knowledge is retained in the child’s brain

We tend to retain visual memory for longer than we retain our hearing memory. Similarly, something that the kids experience practically will always have a profound effect on them over what they read or have been taught in the class lectures.

Knowledge gained through practical experiments is retained in the body for a longer time as the kids have understood the concept and know how exactly something is working. Also, kids tend to get bored while the regular lectures or while reading the concepts in a textbook. Instead, the practical experiments are interesting to them and they are able to retain that set of information for a longer period in their brain.

 

Easy to relate to the practical knowledge and easy to understand

For kids, it is always easier if you show them how something happens rather than explaining the process to them. Children are always curious and tend to ask many questions on how things work. If we show the practical implementation of things to them, they can easily obtain the answers for their questions and satisfy their curiosity.

One of the most important learnings from practical experiments is that, children can explain a specific process in their own words when needed. Theoretical information requires them to learn and write answers in a specific way without knowing what it means whereas visualizing it practically can help them develop their own sense of ease while describing it.

 

Cultivates the habit of teamwork

Practical experiments promote group work. Since practical experiments cannot be performed by an individual child, he or she might seek the help of his/her teammates and therefore build a bond with them. Team work is always an enriching experience for children as it teaches them to socialize with other kids and work in a team.

 

Practical knowledge is associated with a sense of outdoor activity for the kids and hence, it not only interests them but also helps them gain deeper knowledge indirectly.

5 Good Habits That Need to be Inculcated in Kids!

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Every parent wants to inculcate good habits in their kids and they want them to grow up and become better people. Though every parent has a list of things that they want to teach their kids, in their daily rush, they may not be able to take time and remember these things.

Here are some habits that can help your kids become better people

Stay Hygienic, Stay Healthy:

Hygiene is one of the most essential things that one should be taught in their childhood. As the kids grow, they continue implementing these habits that they have been taught since their childhood.

Minute hygiene habits like washings hands before and after eating, washing their feet after entering home etc. can help them lead a healthy and good quality of life as they grow up. Hygiene will help them lead a germ free life and disease free.

Sleep well to Stay Energized:

When children are young, they generally tend to run around a lot and exhaust their energy. Appropriate sleep should compensate for rejuvenation the next day. Also, it is very essential that we build the habit of getting 8 hours of sleep every day from their childhood.

As children grow up, they become involved in multiple activities and need to maintain their concentration even while multitasking. Appropriate sleep and rest will help them focus and work towards their goal efficiently.

Litter belongs only in the Dustbin:

One of the most important practices that should be inculcated in kids from early childhood is to keep the house and the earth clean. A cleaner earth and a greener earth is what we should drive our future generations too.

We should teach them the importance of a clean environment and encourage cleanliness at home and outside. Small habits like using the dustbin while you are outside, cleaning their room once in a while will help them understand the importance of cleanliness and they will automatically make a habit out of it.

Family time is Important:

In the era of millennium, it is a growing trend to establish nuclear families. Children are not interested to stay with their parents because from an early childhood, they have not experienced life with their parents.

It is essential that children learn the importance of family and make an effort to bond with them. Always have a small family event now and then which will help everyone mingle and enjoy with each other. Also, encourage family meals every day and try to spend a few minutes every day sitting together and talking about your day, experiences etc.

Being Humble is of utmost Importance:

The most important lesson in life is to stay humble. Teach your children to be polite and empathetic to everyone. Some small examples could be, to teach to greet everyone they meet, teach them to enter with a smile, teach them not to shout in situations which are difficult etc.

Being humble is one of the best qualities and habits that one can have and it can only be developed over time starting from one’s childhood.

 

Good habits are not a one-time thing to teach your children. It should be developed slowly over a period of time so that they can understand for themselves as to why these habits are helpful to them.