Compassion

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Putting someone else’s interest before our own is a value which must be taught to children. Being kind, helpful and, generally, a good human being is something children will learn only if people around them practice the same. In a world where popular culture celebrates egocentric thoughts and centres around becoming successful no matter what, we need to make children believe that compassion will take them places.

In a workplace, being sensitive to others’ problems, helping each other in times of crisis, sharing workload etc,  are important values in order to encourage teamwork, and create a trusted, secure, happy and satisfying work environment. Success is but natural in such compassionate and affectionate workplaces. Nobody in the world is successful on their own, they will always have someone who has helped them in some way or the other to climb the success ladder.

In fact, compassion is what makes us different from wild animals in the forest, it is what makes us human.

We live in a society and not in isolation, and so, we must remember that we will need people sometime in our lives and those relationships can be built only if you truly love and care for them.

Integrity-Become a Good human Being Before a Successful One

 

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We live in a world where the destination is more important than the journey. In a bid to achieve success, we often forget honesty and morality. Dishonesty might help you today in a sales pitch but tomorrow if the customer /client isn’t satisfied, you will not only lose the customer but also get a bad name for your organisation. Children must be taught to value honesty and uphold ethical responsibility not only in their jobs but also in their life. Success when achieved fast, using immoral ways, will also leave you equally fast.

Simple things like owning up to one’s own mistakes, making genuine promises and not eluding people with exaggeration, being true to people and valuing their efforts, instead of taking advantage of them just to get your work done, appreciating other people’s work and not hogging the limelight for something you haven’t done. These values are very generic in nature and everyone knows their importance, but somewhere down the line power and success blinds them or they succumb to pressures and choose immoral means to succeed.

Integrity is not part of any book or curriculum, it is something children imbibe from family, school and friends.

The world will remember you not based on your success but the kind of human being you are, and values like integrity make you that human being.

Developing Right Attitudes to Prepare Children for the Corporate World

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Apart from skills and education, what will get children to shine in this competitive world is the attitude. Two people with similar education but with different attitudes will approach work or life differently. And this difference makes one more successful than the other. Today, we shall look certain types of attitudes that will help children reach great heights in the corporate world.

Curiosity: As children, curiosity is abundant in them, but we must make sure to keep sustaining curiosity and stimulating higher levels of curiosity by introducing them to books, documentaries, and other educational media. Today,  technology keeps them abreast with the world happenings; adequate exposure to it will keep them aware and also push them to know more!

Value For Time & Money: Time and money are two factors which the world runs on. People who value time and money, value the world and the world will value them. A routine or discipline needs to be instilled in their everyday lives. This will make it easier for them to get accustomed to a fast-paced business world. When they learn to respect money, they will automatically learn to respect hard-work. Also, one must learn to handle personal finances,  only then one earns credibility.

Ambition: Employers are looking for ambitious people, hungry to learn and eager to achieve greater heights. Those who are passionate about their work and are willing to continuously hone their skills to fit into the market are priceless to companies. Of course, there must a balance between one’s personal ambitions and the company’s interests. The kind of value an employee attaches to the company can make him an asset or a liability, one must learn to look at the bigger picture, and not just personal success.

Solution-Driven & Open : When children are taught to be solution driven, it heightens their innovating capacity, pushes them to strive for excellence and makes them open to different perspectives and possibilities-all of which are necessary to develop leadership and team-building skills. Children with such skills and attitudes will be more resourceful to organizations, making them almost indispensable and of course successful!

Most of all, children need to be true to their work and their learning processes. They must be able to harness the learning at home and school,  to the best of their potential, to face a cutthroat yet exciting corporate life.

 

Ganapathi Bappa Morya!

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It’s time to feast on laddoos and modaks and welcome Lord Ganesha into our homes. Ganesh Chaturthi, a festival predominantly celebrated in Maharashtra and Karnataka. So, who is Ganesha or Ganapathi? He is the son of Shiva and Parvathi and is often referred to as the elephant headed god. There many stories about how he got the elephant head, one of them is that when Parvati created a young boy and breathed life into him. She asked him to guard the door while she bathes. When Shiva comes home, the boy stops him and in his rage cuts the boy’s head. To appease Parvathi, he brought the boy back to life and replaced his head with an elephant’s head.

Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day festival, wherein an idol of Ganesha is brought home and placed. He is surrounded by decorations and lights. Modaks, which look alike to momos, is a sweet made specially for the festival. It is said to be Ganesha’s favorite sweet. Friends and families gather together to perform pujas and sing bhajans. People are dressed in traditional attire.

Apart from Ganesh idols at home, there are public Ganesh idols too, on the streets. Generally seen in Mumbai and Bangalore, these public idols are of mammoth sizes and the entire street is lit. Maharashtrian crowds even perform a dance using an Indian instrument called Lazzim.

The number of days the idol is kept at home or in public varies. Some people keep the idol of one day some 5, some 9; after which the idol is taken to the sea or a nearby river for immersion. This immersion symbolises his journey back to heaven. Until recently,  the idols used to be made of plaster of paris (pop) which today has been banned in many parts of India, due to its toxic material. Today people have started buying idols made of clay or  mud which easily dissolve in the water, causing no harm to water based organisms.

There is a common saying in Marathi -’Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Pudcha Varshi Laukar ya!’ Which translates to - ‘long live Ganapathi,  come again soon next year!’ So kids, let us all welcome an eco-friendly Ganapathi, whole heartedly, as he blesses us for a bright future and a green world!

Why should one value his/her own values?

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Personal values are the essence of who we are. They represent the core aspects of our self.

We all have little nuances that make us who we are. Discovering your personal values involves discovering what you’re passionate about and finding what’s really important to you. The more we understand ourselves, the more self-aware we become, and the easier it is to live a successful life.

In reality, most people coast through life without any consideration for what is truly important to them. If you’ve ever felt really frustrated or angry about something, it’s likely you were experiencing a ‘values conflict’. Sometimes – just understanding why we feel frustrated, can help us move forward.

A values conflict is often common among family members. For example, as a child, you may end up picking your parents values instead of your own. You may be pushed into becoming a lawyer by your father because he may have secretly wanted to be one. Law may have been important to your father,  but it doesn’t mean it is to you. And you can never be happy when caught in the middle of a values conflict.

If you take the time to identify your values they will become your own personal framework for a successful life. Because, once you know what’s important to you, you’ll never waste another second on things that don’t matter.

 As Mahatma Gandhi said, "Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny."

So here’s an exercise to help you discover your own values. Just grab a notebook. Give yourself quiet space, no distractions, and at least an hour to reflect on what your core values are.

 

5 Benefits of Yoga for Kids

 

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The world celebrated the 3rd International Yoga Day, and like the previous years it was an unqualified success.

The ancient practice originated in India and the whole world was looking towards India to take the initiative to take make it popular across the world.

In keeping with the sentiment, our country presented a strong case to the United Nations to declare June 21 as International Yoga Day.

5 Things to take care of this Monsoon!

 

 

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The suspense is finally over as the Monsoons arrive on time and the country heaves a collective sigh of relief.

Such is our dependence on the annual rainfall that any shortfall has far reaching consequences on agriculture, trade and life in general.

However, the rains also bring with them their own set of challenges, especially to parents who have to get their children ready for school. And then there are other issues to take care of too as rains put normal life out of gear. Today we will take a look at 5 important things to pay attention to during the rains.

5 questions to ask the teacher during the Parents -Teacher Meeting

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Do we treat the Parent-Teacher(P-T) meetings with the kind of importance they deserve or do we parents treat them as something we are expected to put in an appearance at least once a year?

Children have impressionable minds, and it is important to handle them with utmost care and the P-T meetings are a great way to assess a child’s progress in a non-intrusive manner.

Top 5 things to do before the academic year starts!

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The number one thing on the to-do list for every student is of course to get themselves reconciled with the fact that the summer vacations are coming to an end or have already done so in some cases.

All good things must come to an end and the summer holidays are no exception. We all had great fun and it is time to begin our academic journey all over again!

WHAT DID OUR PARENTS DO TO US??

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ALAS!  Used clothes, used  toys, used cycles and used books of our older siblings!!

But......What did it teach us??

It’s not mine nor yours....it’s OURS !

We learnt to share & care..... That one chocolate from a friend’s B’day had to wait till the school ended to find its way to the two mouths! What else did it teach us??

WHAT ARE WE DOING TO OUR CHILDREN?

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We were waiting for our food to be served in a restaurant when I noticed a toddler refusing to eat her food in our neighbouring table. Her parents addressed the issue immediately by handing over a mobile phone to her. The rest of the meal was taken care with the child happily watching the videos.
This is the scenario in many households today. Dora, the explorer and Doremon are the companions of our children on the dining tables. This habit formed at a young age continues through teenage and later, in our busy lives, we tend to multitask while we have our food. Various studies show that we need to be mindful while eating our food. Why is this so? What are we doing to our children?

''BOOKS ARE THE WINDOWS TO THE WORLD"

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Really? Is it true? Yes, dear friends ... it is a truth indeed!

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.

Tell me, how many of us have the secret desire to travel the whole world and see how big this world is? Yes, you are right. Most of us. Then start reading a book and see how it enlarges your world. You are never alone when you're reading a book. Have you ever felt it when you are reading your favorite book? When you are relaxing… sinking down in the sofa... slowly… just like a movie fade out... that your real world is evaporating and you are alone inside the world of the story of your book... living the life of the story? Isn't that our most favorite feeling?

Happiness is a state of mind

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“Happiness is always a choice. I have to create my own good fortune. So look for the ways to be happy always”.

This is the quote I have written on the front page of my diary. When I wrote this, I wrote it to myself…. in my mind. What is the main aim in everyone’s life? What everyone wants? What everyone seeks for? What everyone longs for? What everyone have in themselves? What is the ultimate cause and effect of all our deeds?

H A P P I N E S S ……

Role of Value Education in Reinforcing Moral and Social Values

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“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” – CS Lewis

As the 21st century children seem to be smarter than ever, the importance of a value-based education has become a necessity like never-before. Technology has crept into Education and has opened infinite windows to information. The young minds are now exposed to the ocean of thoughts and ideas, without boundaries. In the light of this exposure, educating children on their values have become the need of the hour.

Health and Happiness

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The ground work for all Happiness is Health.
Health sometimes cannot be a choice but happiness is a choice we can make.
We are beyond the power of changing the way we look but we can change the way we think and feel. Health and Happiness can be worked together, it is not easy because health and Happiness are the sides of the same coin and one cannot work without the other. When things are good we are happy and when things are not like we want we are unhappy, health can make us feel good and at times make us feel miserable when we don't have a good health .
Everyone wants to be healthy but sometimes our habits and sometimes when we refuse to let go the things that make us sad can make us very unhealthy. It gatherers and bounces back as a result of being unhappy and unhealthy.
So the secret of being happy and healthy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of every single day. We need to choose Happiness because we need good health. If we have Health we probably will be happy and if we have Health and Happiness, we have all what we need.
Happiness is the Highest form of Health.
- Priti Kapur Prabu
  Mother of Aparna (Grade 8)
  MLZS, HSR Branch

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.