5 REASONS WHY ARTS EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE

You do need art. We all do, and not just for high-brow reasons.

Over the past few decades, there has been a growing movement in public education and government circles to cut funding to the arts.

However, if you actually take the time to look at the data available, you’ll find the arts have a very tangible, measurable, and essential impact on our lives. It doesn’t matter if you’re an elementary school student or if you haven’t been in school for decades—the arts enrich all of us, sometimes in ways we’d never suspect.

 

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HERE ARE FIVE BIG REASONS WHY ART AND ARTS EDUCATION ARE MORE IMPORTANT NOW THAN EVER

 

1). ART BENEFITS STUDENTS… ALL STUDENTS

You’ve probably heard that arts curriculum is beneficial to students, but did you know that it benefits all students, even the ones who aren’t particularly artsy?

The work of advocacy organizations like Park West Foundation and Turnaround Arts—programs that specialize in bringing the arts to underperforming schools—has proven that both right- and left-brained kids really do benefit from arts education.

A two-year study revealed that students who participated in programs like Turnaround witnessed an overall 22.5 percent increase in math scores and 12.6 percent improvement in reading scores. If that wasn’t enough, there is further evidence that schools with arts programs do better on standardized test scores as well.

2). ART MAKES YOU HEALTHIER

The National Endowment for the Arts recently released research from the University of Michigan, which notes that: “Older adults who both created art and attended arts events reported higher cognitive functioning and lower rates of both hypertension and limitations to their physical functioning than did adults who neither created nor attended art.”
v It’s nice to know continued involvement in the arts doesn’t just benefit youngsters. Even when you’re grown, art literally makes your smarter, stronger, and faster!

3). THE ARTS PUT AMERICA TO WORK

Yes, art can nourish our souls, but it can nourish our families as well. The next time you hear someone suggest that arts funding isn’t an essential expense, remind them that the nonprofit arts and culture industry drove $166.3 billion of economic activity during 2015, according to the Americans for the Arts’ fifth Arts & Economic Prosperity study.

This activity includes 4.6 million jobs and $27.5 billion in government revenue every year. (Wow.)

4). ART MAKES US HAPPIER

The arts can make your kids smarter, they can make you stronger, and they can put money in your pocket, but they’re not done yet—they can also make you feel better too.

Research from the University of Western Australia suggests that exposure to the arts for just two hours every week can drastically improve your mental health and overall well-being. It can be active exposure, like painting a picture, or passive exposure, like strolling through a gallery or museum.

Regardless, in the words of the researchers, “Arts engagement increases happiness, confidence, self-esteem and reduces stress and social isolation.”

5). ART TEACHES US HOW TO DREAM

“From an early age we encouraged Romeo to express his deepest feels with his art, way before he could even speak, and because of this he has grown very fond of art and the art world alike,” Blackman says. “Every passing day, new creations are being made by Romeo, which is really amazing to see, his imagination taking off, and his natural talents flourishing.”

Even if you’re not as talented an artist as Romeo, there’s something about art that teaches us to imagine, aspire, and dream. Can you think of anything more important than that?

Whether you appreciate art on a physical or a metaphysical level, we hope everyone realizes the importance of arts education for people of all ages and continues to support the arts. Because, remember, you gotta have art.

Every year, we observe National Arts in Education Week, a celebration of “the transformative power of the arts in education,” which truly stresses how vital the arts can be to young people and society as a whole.

 

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5 POINT GUIDE TO CHOOSE UNDER GRAD COLLEGE IN INDIA

July, 2019
Usually students go after colleges which have enjoyed remarkable reputation over the years. While it can be a good way to decide on a college, it should not be the only parameter.
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The admission season has begun. University will soon begin its application process. Several other colleges around the country have already commenced or completed their application process for under graduate courses. Mumbai University will begin its application process for Under Graduate courses after class 12 board results are announced. All these universities have many colleges affiliated with them and can often confuse students about where to study.

Usually students go after colleges which have enjoyed remarkable reputation over the years. While it can be a good way to decide on a college, it should not be the only parameter. The years spent at under graduate college are formative for a student and help them realize their future path, their interests, their career goals and most importantly prepare them for the real world. Hence, it is vital that a student choose the right college for their under graduate studies.

HERE ARE A FEW PARAMETERS WHICH YOU SHOULD CONSIDER WHILE CHOOSING THE COLLEGE FOR YOUR UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES:

1. RANKING IN NIRF:

It should not be the only priority, but it cannot be denied that a good ranking in NIRF India Ranking is a guarantee of good infrastructure and better faculty support.

2. FACULTY AND COURSE:

You will be spending the next three years of your life studying this course and learning from this faculty so it’s wise to know as much as you can about the faculty of a college. Also find out what are the components of the course which you wish to study at a college. Students often join a course and realize later that the course does not deliver what they expected in the beginning.

3. CAMPUS CULTURE:

Believe it or not, but campus culture helps you a lot in understanding the dynamics of the real world. The time you don’t spend in the class room will be spent in and around the campus. This is the place where you will pick up practical skills, make friends from other departments and learn some important lessons of life.

4. EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS:

You may not be too much into ECA but these play an integral role into a person’s growth. Don’t close yourself up to opportunities. Find out if the college you are planning has clubs dealing in your area of interest or not. However, this should not be a reason to reject a college but should definitely add brownie points to a college’s credit.

5. ASSESSMENT CYCLE, METHOD AND SCHEDULE:

This is important, period. You must consider the assessment methods applied for a course at the college and see if there have any irregularities in the pat. You wouldn’t want to be stuck at a place which decides declaring result on time is too mainstream.

But in the end, choose a college where you would have fun and learn for the next three years.

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ESSENTIAL QUALITIES OF AN ENGINEER

 

May, 2019

 

Are you busy filling out forms for various engineering entrance exams? Have you considered if you have the right temperament to be an engineer? Certain characteristics of an engineer can be helpful for doing well in the field. Find out if you might have the typical qualities of an engineer:

 

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FIND OUT IF YOU MIGHT HAVE THE TYPICAL QUALITIES OF AN ENGINEER:

CRITICAL THINKING

Engineers are problem solvers. For your laptop to work faster, an electrical engineer must find out how to redesign existing electrical components. Once the concept is constructed, manufacturing engineers must discover how to produce the new components on a large scale for the consumer market. These new iterations of products and procedures require engineers to solve problems and work through possible solutions.

OPEN MIND & POSITIVE ATTITUDE

If engineers are to solve challenging technical problems, they should be imaginative and optimistic. It is this attitude that can enable them to be successful.

RESOURCEFUL

Engineers should be practical and resourceful. They need to rely on concepts and know when to refer to books and engineering guides to solve a problem. their practical knowledge should come handy when needed.

IMPLEMENTING IDEAS

A researcher brainstorms ideas and experiments to explore its potential. Whereas an engineer develops a practical solution under time & budget constraints and implements it in a real-world environment.

COOPERATIVE

Teamwork among engineers is almost always required to complete a job, as most jobs require several engineers to complete. A carton of milk might require several engineers to design the package, test its performance and then produce the end product. Something more complex such as an engine may need hundreds of engineers during development. An engineer should be comfortable working in teams and communicating effectively, negotiating, creating relationships with colleagues, giving feedback and motivating colleagues.

STRATEGIC DESIGNER

Innovative products are the result of strategic and planned thinking, which is an important characteristic of engineers. This attribute clearly identifies a specific aim to solve the problem, the ability to tap into collective knowledge, link unrelated concepts to construct new thoughts and experiment to create technical leaps forward.

ETHICS PRACTITIONER

The engineer should apply laborious thinking and make ethical and morally sound decisions. Engineering societies have developed a code of engineering ethics to enable engineers to speak up if they predict and anticipate faults or snags with a solution.

CURIOUS

Engineers are intrigued by how things work and the science behind it. Many take apart their toys at a young age in order to discover how to put them back together. This attribute is important because engineers need to understand a product before implementing changes.

PROBLEM-SOLVING

Engineers might sense an opportunity where others perceive a problem. They are realistic and practical. This ability stimulates the questioning minds of engineers and helps them use scientific knowledge and create technical and methodological solutions.

DESIRE TO CONTINUOUSLY LEARN

Technology and scientific knowledge are expanding at a rapid rate. Engineers should be able to keep themselves up to date in their skills and knowledge in their area of expertise and in general.

Other skills that make a good engineer include:

1. Proficiency in maths and science, computer literacy

2. Identifying and defining problems

ASSESS AND SEE IF YOU HAVE THE APTITUDE TO BE AN ENGINEER:

Answer the following questions with a yes or no to assess your engineering aptitude. Every ‘yes’ carries 1 point. The more you score, the lesser is your engineering aptitude.

  1. Math and Science are boring subjects.
  2. You are not curious about how things work.
  3. You do not look for doing things in a new way.
  4. A gift says “assembly required”, you put it aside.
  5. You don’t enjoy working on computers and playing video games.
  6. You hate solving mazes and jigsaw puzzles.
  7. People around avoid your decision and opinion.
  8. It’s always difficult for you to express yourself clearly in a precise fashion.
  9. You hate doing things in an independent way.
  10. You avoid reasoning out problems.

 

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WHY CHOOSE ENGINEERING AS A CAREER

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May, 2019

It is said that engineering is not just a degree, but a way of thinking. Even though the number of engineers in India has proliferated over recent years, the demand for good engineers has remained constant. Engineering continues to be a popular option for higher education among students as indicated by the rising number of candidates who appear for engineering entrance exams like JEE Main (previously known as AIEEE) and JEE Advanced (previously known as IIT-JEE.)

Engineering is one of the few professions where creativity meets originality and innovation and this explains its popularity.

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TOP 4 REASONS TO PURSUE ENGINEERING

1. The course itself can offer a variety of specialties. If you’re not sure what to focus on in science, an engineering course could give you flexibility.

2. An engineering course can offer you diverse career options after completion of the Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.). You can either opt for a Master of Science (M.Sc.) from a good international university or pursue an MBA, which can help you gain management skills in addition to technical skills. Besides these options, there are conventional concentrations such as mechanical, electrical and electronics that generally have a steady demand. Other emerging options such as nanotechnology and biotechnology are gaining steam.

3. Engineering can also be a well-paying profession. Even though the starting salary may not be at par with a doctor or other professional position, over the long term potential growth and opportunities offer potential for good remuneration. In the US, engineering geologists can expect job growth of 21 percent between 2010 and 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov/ooh).

4. An engineering graduate has long been respected in Indian society. This is important as social stature is a big concern for families in India. Engineers have been responsible for the tremendous innovations and discoveries since time immemorial. Since engineering involves concepts and reasoning, it can be a great choice for anyone who wants to leave a mark.

POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES OF ENGINEERING

    • A head start with good companies, tremendous opportunities for growth and a variety of career options are just some of the positive aspects of engineering. You can use your technical finesse to be creative, which can be very satisfying.

 

    • Despite the numerous positives, like every field there are some negatives attached to the profession.

 

    • Engineering has become a common degree in India and so students may have to stress what distinguishes themselves from others with the same training.

 

    • It is also said that the amount of work that you need to put in is high relative to expected returns.

 

TRAITS COMMON TO ENGINEERS

An engineer should have curiosity and a bent of mind to discover something new. If you merely study science with the objective to score and do not find much interest in the experiments and the numerous applications possible through the formulas and concepts, it is unlikely that you would want to make a career in the same.

GROWTH FOR ENGINEERS

Money is always an important consideration when choosing a career and engineering can offer tremendous opportunities for growth. The expansion in the services sector, growing stress on manufacturing and a large number of emerging fields may all contribute to income growth for engineers.

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6 EXCITING CAREER OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS WHO HATE MATHS

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May, 2019

Haven’t we all heard it a thousand times that there is no future without Maths? Mathematics is a very interesting subject and those who can really pick up the formulas and the tricks, can easily score above 60 in Maths. But, imagine those who don’t get the subject, no matter how much they try. So, does this mean that for those who can’t score well in Maths, the future is not so bright?

The answer is a big “NO”. Although you need Maths to go for mainstream careers like medicine or engineering, there are ample courses out there that do not need Maths and can give you a decent pay once you graduate. Check out these exciting career options that you can consider if you hate Maths!

 

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1. BACHELORS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

A bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) is a three years undergraduate course for students who want to learn business administration. Students from any stream in 10+2 can apply for the course provided they meet the eligibility criteria of minimum 50% marks and English as a compulsory subject. Business Law, Operations Management, Business English and Cost & Management Accounting are some subjects that are offered under this course.

Top 3 colleges for pursuing BBA:

  • Christ University, Bangalore
  • Symbiosis Centre for Management, Maharashtra
  • Madras Christian College, Chennai

 

2. INTERIOR DESIGNING

Can you transform the look of any room from drab to fab with your decoration skills? Then consider going for an Interior Designing course and become an interior designer. You should only consider this career if you have a knack for design and visualize well. Most of the time, you might face challenges because you need to improvise on your ideas based on the demand of the clients. a student need to have 55% marks in 10+2 and English as a compulsory subject.

Top 3 colleges for pursuing Interior Designing:

  • National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad
  • Apeejay State University, Haryana
  • International Institute of Fashion Designing, Pune

 

3. MASS COMMUNICATION

Mass Communication is a broad term and it includes subjects that are related to the media industry like reporting, anchoring, video jockey, disc jockey, cinematography etc. The scope of mass communication in India is huge and one can build a promising career after completion of their course. The course requires at least 50% marks in 10+2 with English as a compulsory subject.

Top 3 colleges for pursuing a Mass Communication degree:

  • Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune
  • Lady Shri Ram college for Women, Delhi
  • Christ University, Bangalore

 

4. HOTEL MANAGEMENT

Hotel management courses offer training in various aspects of the hotel industry like catering, housekeeping, management, sales and marketing, front office etc. Hotel industry is ever- blooming due to various deals and meetings being done on business and corporate trips. Once should score at least 45% marks in 10+2 to pursue this course.

Top 3 colleges for pursuing a Hotel management degree:

  • Institute of Hotel Management, Mumbai
  • Oberoi Centre for Learning and development, Delhi
  • Christ university, Bangalore

 

5. ANIMATION

Animation is another interesting career to pursue if you love art and technology. Television, film and advertising industry have high demand for animators and it is a growing field since most of the programs on digital platforms use special effects. One must have at least 50% marks in 10+2 and well versed with sketching/drawing.

Top 3 colleges offering Animation courses:

  • Arena animation, Bangalore
  • Webel Animatrix Academy, Kolkata
  • Asian Academy of Film and Television, Noida

 

6. FASHION DESIGNING

If you swear by designer clothes and style a simple dress in such a way that it can instantly grab eyeballs, go for fashion designing. Learn how to blend creativity and styling and bring out best pieces of clothes that can flaunt any silhouette. One must score at least 555 marks in 10+2 with English as a compulsory subject.

PROS AND CONS OF FASHION DESIGNING

PROS
  • Extreme job satisfaction
  • Good pay packet after a certain level of experience
  • Scope of creative outburst
CONS
  • Extreme pressure as you have to meet tight deadlines especially during wedding and festive season and also during fashion weeks
  • Creative clash with your client especially if he/she is a celebrity
  • Expensive profession if you are starting out on your own Odd working hours

 

PERKS

Salaries vary widely depending upon the experience and designing house that you are working in. As a fresher, if you join a retailer or a designing house you can expect something between Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000 per month. There is no limit as you climb up the ladder.

 

WHERE TO WORK

  • Work as a designer in Designing houses
  • You can work in Retail companies
  • You can open your own boutique

 

FASHION DESIGNING INSTITUTES IN INDIA

    • National Institute of Design (NID)
    • Apeejay Institute of Design
    • National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)
    • Wigan and Leigh College
    • Pearl Academy of Fashion
    • Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune

 

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20 AWESOME ACTIVITIES TO KEEP YOUR KIDS ACTIVE AND HAPPY DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

April, 2019

Worried that the kids will be bouncing off the walls in sheer boredom during the school holidays? Or they’ll be glued to cartoons or playstations all summer? Here are some ways to keep them entertained, active and out of trouble. At very little or no expense.

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1. MARBLE PAINTING

This one’s for young kids – preschoolers to 8-year-olds. Get some tempera paint, poster paint or activity paint in at least 6-7 shades; a small pack of marbles; a metal box/canister (the kind that chocolates come in) or, if that is not available, a shoe box; thick sheets of poster paper cut to fit at the bottom of the box. Now get the kids to coat the marbles in different colours and drop them in the box. They can use as few marbles as they want or as many, depending on the number of colours they want in their painting. Now close the lid and shake the box a few times. Open it and voila, the painting is ready! Now wash the marbles and try with different colours. Older kids could experiment with rolling the marbles carefully around in an open box or tray instead of closing the lid and shaking the box.

2. THE LEAF HUNT

This can be done by kids from ages 5-12.Pick an outdoor area green area like a park or a garden where you are comfortable sending the kids on their own. Now, leave the kids indoors while you secretly go and pick leaves from different trees/plants/bushes – one leaf for each child. Hand the kids a container with these leaves and let them loose in the green area. The idea is for them to match the leaves they are carrying with those growing on the plants/trees. You can then tell them the name of the plant or tree as well and as much more information as you think can absorb.

3. FAMILY TREE

This is a great activity for teenagers. They can make this on chart paper or on their computers using a template. They can go back as many generations as they want depending on how complex they want the family tree to be. It’s interesting to learn the names and ages and relationships in one’s family – going back to great grandparents, granduncles and aunts. Rummage through old picture and add those too if possible. Basically, a family tree is the most common form of visually documenting one’s ancestry. Most family trees include a box for each individual and each box is connected to the others to indicate relationships. In addition to an individual’s name, each box may include dates, birthplace, and other information, depending on the desired complexity of the family tree diagram. You can find many resources online to create a family tree.

4. TRAVEL ALPHABET

Play this game when travelling by car, especially long trips, with children of all ages. Run through the alphabet from A to Z by asking them to spot the letters, in sequence, on the number plates of other cars travelling on the road. When they’re done with the alphabet, you can switch to numbers. Next, try spotting objects or cars or buildings in different colours.

5. GRANDPARENT BIOGRAPHY

This is another good activity for teenagers, although 10 year olds can do it too. Do you live in a joint family, with parents or uncles and aunts? Grandparents are often lonely but full of memories of their childhood. Children love listening to their stories. Get your child to record and transcribe an interview with a grandparent or much loved uncle/aunt about their childhood. You can then “publish” it (along with pictures) and distribute to family and friends. Here are a few questions to get them started on an interview with grandma: 1. What are the names of your parents and brothers and sisters? Did you have a nickname? 2. When and where were you born? When and where were your parents and brothers and sisters born? 3. What kinds of things did your family do together when you were young? 4. Who were some of your friends? What did you do with your friends? 5. What schools did you attend? What were your favorite subjects? Who were your favorite teachers? 6. How did you meet Grandfather?

6. A TO Z SCAVENGER HUNT

Give the children a big box and send them off on a scavenger hunt indoors (if you don’t mind your home being turned upside down) or outdoors to a park. Give them a time limit and have them compete against each other if they want. Ask them to collect in the box any items they can find starting with different letters of the alphabet. So your kids may pick up an apple from the kitchen (starts with A), or a safety pin (starts with S) from your sewing box, or a ballpoint pen (starts with B) from your work table. All letters of the alphabet must be covered. And all items must fit in the box provided. The kids can play this in teams with their friends too. A single kid can go on a solo scavenger hunt.

7. WALL CHALK MURALS

Give the kids paper, poster board, canvas…any legitimate surface to draw and paint on, but chances are they’ll head straight for somewhere you dread – the wall! Now, it’s understandable that you want your living room to stay safe and graffiti free, but how about compromising and letting them use an outdoor wall in your home or compound? Give them coloured chalk instead of paint to make murals on the large canvas of the wall. If the wall is large a bunch of friends can do this activity together. Chalk washes off easily so they can try different designs on different days.

8. CAR RACING TRACK

Put coloured tape on the carpet or floor to make roads for your kids’ cars. You can add signals and stop signs to make the activity more creative. Make a special zone for parking where the cars have to come to a standstill after play is over. This will prevent you from tripping over toys lying all around the room. The tape will come off easily when you are done.

9. BULL’S EYE

A couple of sponges (for small kids, to prevent against injury) or bottle caps, and some chalk are all you need to turn a reasonably large indoor or outdoor area into a target practice zone. Join in with the kids for some fun.

10. BALLOON VOLLEYBALL

When you need to keep the kids active but it’s too hot to play outside, string up a rope or two dupattas tied together across your hallway. Then hand the kids a balloon each and have them play balloon volleyball. Add a couple of rackets or paddle boards and it becomes balloon badminton!

11. INDOOR BOWLING TRACK

You can make a very addictive indoor bowling game using a wooden board or flattened cardboard box laid out on a flat surface. Use pencil erasers or fat crayon stubs for bowling pins. And marbles or a ping pong ball as the bowling ball. Keep score and have fun!

12. MAGAZINE SCAVENGER HUNT

Have an urgent presentation to prepare but the brat is pestering you to play? Keep a bunch of old magazines handy and make a long checklist of the kind of pictures they can find in there. The checklist could include things like: picture of a red car, someone wearing glasses, someone with a moustache, someone wearing a purple tie, etc. Ask your child to tear out these pics and give them to you after you’re done working. Have a small reward handy for finding all the pics.

13. ROOM CLEANING RACE

Get yourself a timer, sit back and let the kids do all the work. Can they put all the cushions back on the couch in 30 seconds? Can all the blue toys on the floor be found in one minute? Can all the shoes lying around the house make it back to the shoe rack in 2 minutes? Can all the clothes on the bed be folded in 10 minutes? The sound of the timer going off will galvanize your kids into action. Remember to have a reward ready for all the hard labour.

14. TEN QUESTIONS ABOUT INDIAN STATES

Ever played 20 Questions with names of personalities dead or alive, where you can only answer with a yes or no? You can do the same with names of Indian states, but with only 10 questions. Is this state in the north of India? Does its border touch Nepal? Is tea grown there? Remember, you can only ask 10 questions before you have to guess. Play this game while travelling by car with schoolgoing kids of all ages.

15. HOLD A CAR WASH

Park your car in the driveway and let the kids give it a good scrub with a bucket of water and sponges. If you don’t mind getting wet yourself, get a garden hose and join in the fun. A great way to cool off on a hot summer day.

16. MAKE A BIRD FEEDER

This is a lovely way to help out our feathered friends while teaching the kids about different birds in the neighbourhood. Several craft websites will give you tons of ideas about how to make easy, inexpensive bird feeders. Here is one with 32 ideas. Don’t forget to put a bowl of water out too. And remind the kids to keep refilling it.

17. GET COOKING

You don’t need to pull out your recipe books or get into dicing onions to cook a meal with kids. Cooking offers a range of choices – from baking with older kids (a muffin pan, eggs, flour, sugar and a couple of basic recipes you find online to get them started) to teaching the young ones how to butter a slice of bread, roll out chapatis, cut a soft fruit like a banana with a non-sharp knife, whip up some dahi to make raita. Expect a mess at the end of the exercise though!

18. LIFE-SIZE SELFIE

“Making a self-portrait is a beautiful way for kids to express themselves. It helps them explore who they are, what they would like to become; what are their likes and dislikes, fears and passions,” says Rashmie Jaaju in her wonderful blog, where she explains exactly how you can help your kids make life size portraits of themselves with this keep-them-busy-for-hours art activity.

19. MY TURN, MY TASK

For a birthday party, or just when you your kids have friends over, this is an interesting game for all ages. Divide the group into two teams of about 5 each. It’s a relay game. On a table keep 5 things in a line, like mug of milk/soft drink, green chilli/cookie, thread and needle, boiled egg, etc. (you can pick any items of your choice). The team members have to stand in a queue at a starting line (assign tasks to each member at this point). The first person from each team will run and drink from the mug and run back to the second person in the queue. The second will run and eat green chillies kept on the table and will run back to the third person waiting in the queue, the third will thread the needle and the fourth will shell the boiled egg, and so on. The game continues till the last person finishes his/her task. The quickest team is the winning team.

20. SPINNING TOP/LATTU/BUGARI

And finally, take the kids down nostalgia lane to your own childhood. When there were no playstations and video games and everyone went outdoors to play with other kids. This very typical Indian game is virtually on the verge of extinction so you may have some trouble finding the necessary equipment. Do you know where to buy a spinning ‘top’ or lattu (Hindi) or bugari (Kannada)? Maybe a small toy shop in the older part of the city? The game involves spinning this wooden toy, which is spherical at the top and tapering at the bottom. A string is used to wrap around the top to spin it. It is knotted at the end to hold between the fingers. You throw the wrapped top in the air in such a way that the toy is spinning when it lands on the ground. Two people can compete to see whose top spins for the longest time. You can also pick up the spinning top on to the palm while it is still spinning and pass it on to others also.

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HOW TO WRITE A SHORT STORY IN ENGLISH

April, 2019

We’re half way through National Novel Writing Month, which means writers around the world are working hard to complete 50,000 words by the end of the month. Each November, hundreds of thousands of people challenge themselves to complete a whole novel in 30 days, but the challenge isn’t necessarily limited to just that. This is the perfect opportunity to write that story that’s been in your head for years. As long as you’re writing something, you’re playing an active part in this global phenomenon. So how do you plan to challenge yourself this year? Do you think you’re ready to try writing something in English?

We suggest you start small; see how it feels to write a short story in English. There’s no denying that it’s not an easy feat to write a compelling story, and it’s all the harder when you’re not writing in your native language. If you’re still learning English, engaging in the practice of writing short stories will help you find new ways to express yourself and force you to learn extra vocabulary. So what are you waiting for? Take a look at our top tips for planning and writing an amazing short story.

1. PICK A THEME

Base your story around something you’ve already learned in English. If you’re still a bit uncertain around the language, this might seem difficult as you could find yourself limited to talking about pets, but you can still be creative about it. If you’ve learned about animal vocabulary for example, then set your story in a zoo. If you’ve learned about how to talk about yourself in English, have the story be about someone telling the reader about themselves.

This will give you a little bit of confidence before you start. It will encourage you to learn more words and vocabulary around the subject and will naturally make you revise what you already know.

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2. MAKE A PLAN

No matter how short you intend your story to be, make a quick plan beforehand. This will stop you from getting lost and will help you spot any problems you are going to have before you start.

You might find it useful to make the plan in your own language first and then make your first task to translate your plan into English. This can be a good test to see if you are going to struggle with writing the story once you get more into it.

3. PICK A POINT-OF-VIEW

Decide how you’re going to tell your story. It is most likely that you will want to tell the story in the first person (ie. I did something) or the third person (ie. she did something). It is unusual for anyone to use the second person (ie. you did something) so don’t try and start with that.

Making this clear from the beginning will give your story with a sense of cohesion and keep it tied together. A single point of view like this will also make it easier for your reader.

4. WRITE THE ACTUAL STORY IN ENGLISH

With the plan, it might work out for you to write the plan in your language and then translate it. This is so that you can get your thoughts in order so you’re not trying to make yourself be creative and think in an unfamiliar language. Once you come to actually writing the story however, try and stick to English. Writing a story in English will force you to start thinking in the language more and you will get more out of the exercise if you’re not just translating everything.

5. KEEP IT SIMPLE

Remember that you’re not writing a multi-book series packed full of characters, political intrigue and dragons. If you enjoy writing your short story, you can get to that later, but to start with, make sure you keep your short story simple!

You also might want to have a specific length in mind. Stories can be really short and still be effective. Flash fiction for example is between 150 and 1,000 words long.

6. FINISH IT

This might sound stupid, but it’s very easy to give up and leave a short story unfinished, but if you can get to the end, even if you don’t think it’s very good, you will likely find that your English will have improved at least slightly. It is also a great confidence booster to have finished a little project like this.

If you enjoyed writing a short story in English, you can always try and write another one, or maybe try your hand at some poetry next!

 

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