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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?

….is the view in Steiner-Waldorf early childhood education.

Steiner education emphasizes the role of play in healthy early childhood education.  Long hours of self-directed free play, particularly in Nature and with natural, simple materials helps a child develop capacities which transform into competence, compassion and cognition in adulthood.

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.

Just as a plant needs the right soil to grow, a child needs the right environment to blossom...writes Sriparna Tamhane in her article on the role the environment in the classroom and spaces outside have in shaping the personality of the child. 

...through systems design and magic' is an article by Saumil Majumdar where he also describes the “10 Laws of Play”.

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.

The latest issue of Learning Curve focuses on 'arts in school education'. The burthen of the collective message of this issue is: in the life of our children, Art is as essential as any other subject. Art sharpens perceptions of the world around us, it increases awareness and sensitivity. It also enhances human relationships as we discover the similarities of the artistic experience.There is a general recognition of the fact that the word 'art' encapsulates within itself a wealth of meaning, as witness phrases such as the art of writing, of communication, of social and political exchange.

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