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Nandan Kamath

For far too long, professional sports and the formal education system have been at odds. In an increasingly busy and competitive environment, it is time that these two worlds made peace, moved on from the mutual suspicion that has plagued both and built on the other’s contributions.

Many people are of the opinion that mathematics is only about numbers and number operations, and thus myths related to who can do mathematics and who cannot, abound. It is possible that children may struggle with numbers, but it is hard to believe that there could be a child who doesn’t recognize patterns. We see children creating patterns all the time using stones, sticks, leaves, flowers, finger prints, vegetable carvings, rubber stamp impressions and also mathematical shapes.

Do trees speak? Shanti believes they do. Read her story to find out more...

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

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Did you know that every time musicians pick up their instruments there are fireworks going off all over their brain?

Remember your own childhood days. Whizzing recklessly down the street, we boys with short knickers, with bruised knees and triumphant facial expressions and a stick in hand wheeled old and disused scooter tyres. We stood on the steps of the entrance and played “On the bank-In the river” in its myriad variations. We simply sat down and played with the traditional five stones, tamarind seeds or sea shells. We roamed in our own groups and made adventurous journeys picking mangoes and guavas.

Actual education can begin only after the child has already acquired the necessary basics. Reading and writing are preceded by recognizing, understanding and connecting. Teacher Plus suggests a few pre-reading and pre-learning activities to help prepare a child for the education which is to follow soon.

Going to school is fun. 

This story about a little girl's experience in school was originally written in Hindi 'Hamaari Balwadi' by Rukmini Banerji and illustrated by Sheetal Thapa and has been translated into English by Madhav Chavan.

“A child is not a vase to be filled but a fire to be lit” was the opinion of the French renaissance scholar and writer Francois Rabelais. Numerous educationists of eminence across centuries since then, have held that the true purpose of education is the blossoming of the individual in every possible way. Why, then have we focused so hard on “filling the vase” in our schools, while the “lighting of the fire” doesn’t seem to fit somehow into the overall agenda at all?
Over the last four years, I have heard various educationists, school leaders, teachers and policy makers talk - at various Education conferences and in the media - about the enormous challenges in school education. Over time, I found a few recurring themes:
1. Focus on learning, not teaching.
2. Create the joy of learning – and children will learn for life.

Written and illustrated by Sorit Gupta, this fun book on germs and soap is intended for children who love listening to stories and are eager to begin reading themselves.

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