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Building In Children the Foundation for Excellence

One of the ways of determining usefulness of education is by observing results achieved. It is not without limitation. Can there be anything like useful knowledge? If there is then it seems to imply that there is such a thing as useless knowledge. If it were to be taken literally that it is useful to know certain concepts because they are going to fetch monetary returns then genuine interest for any subject is sabotaged. Read more +

Trouble with Homework? –Here’s Help

Children have a lot of work to do at school and the load can get tiring. In a classroom typically the student is a listener receiving inputs from a teacher. He/she needs to have time to process the information. Without understanding what is being taught correctly you will have trouble keeping pace and doing your homework.

There are incentives that teachers and parents keep giving a child to make him/her do homework. But what people forget is that to finish your homework you need to have understood the lessons that were taught to you in class. You might be behind the class as sustaining concentration throughout the day is a big challenge to any child or learner. Therefore there is a gap in your learning whenever you are behind class. Online tutoring can help you fill those gaps.

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Skills to Brush before New school year Rush – I

Back to School Tips – Elementary School

For an elementary school child, the main responsibility of preparing for the new academic year is of the parents’. There are many ‘new’ aspects that both students & parents have to cope with:

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New Curriculum & Expectations– More than any thing else, it’s the upgraded curriculum and subjects that makes most students nervous about a new school year. With the advanced syllabus, everybody knows that there comes about more study time and more home work. Many children begin to feel edgy when advanced topics are taught in class. Its always a good idea to have your little one practice for subjects like math, reading and writing ahead of the school year. This will help your child keep in touch during the summer break, know what to expect and feel confident when those topics are taught in a class room. You could either home teach your child or enroll her for a ‘Back to School’ program.

New books

New books

With the new curriculum and syllabus, it is difficult to carry on the books from last school year. However, writing and art books with blank pages can be preserved, decorated and reused for practice and play. Children are always fascinated and motivated to study from their new books.

New Teachers

New Teachers

Its but natural for parents & kids to feel anxious about meeting and learning with a new teacher. ‘Will I like my new teacher?’ ‘Will my child’s new teacher understand her problems?’ are some obvious questions that arise. However, there is one basic thing we need to remember – All teachers are humans! They have emotions and a natural instinct to love and teach their young students. Moreover, as a part of their teacher-training program, all teachers are equipped to handle various situations and children from various social, emotional and intellectual backgrounds.If possible it’s always good to connect with new teachers and convey to them that you are happy to be involved in your child’s progress at school.

New class

New class

In the new academic year, if your child is progressing to elementary school from kindergarten, you will have to mentally prepare your little one for a new environment in a new class room. Schools and teachers make sure that the transition to the next grade is gradual and smooth but its always a good idea to speak to your child about the progression.

New activities

New activities

Every year, your child will participate in various after-school-activities. Its always good to know the various after-school-activities your child can take up in the coming school year and get her mentally prepared for them. As a parent, be a part of the PTA to have a better idea of the various school events. Volunteer for school trips and other events to make your child feel happier and motivated.

New school kits

New school kits

As your child’s summer break comes to a close, parents have a plethora of ‘Back to School’ kits to choose from. Each seems better than the other. Your child would want to own every other kit. However, choosing the right school kit depends entirely on what your child has and what is needed. Often shoes, clothes, bag packs, lunch bags and stationery kits can be reused from last year. Other than saving you some money, it would also teach your child the importance to value what they have and hence keep them carefully. Hand me downs from friends and family when their kids have out grown clothes is also a budget-friendly option.

So get set for the new school year and enjoy yourself see your little one go ‘Back to School’.

Teaching Chemistry Online

As children move on to studying in higher grades they get introduced to Chemistry. At that stage Chemistry might not sound like a subject that is in between Biology and Physics. Children would like to see what they learn literally. If your tutor tries to define Chemistry as a Science of matter it would still lead to further questions such as how is Chemistry different from Physics and what are the different aspects of matter. If Physics is the study of the physical properties of matter through the basic concepts of space and time, what properties of matter is Chemistry about? The difference lies not in holding both these subjects in water tight compartments but in knowing why they are studied as independent subjects. This will give the learner a clue as to what Chemistry is about and the boundaries that separate it from other Sciences.

Teaching Chemistry Online

Your tutor has to show you how the study of Chemistry affects the way we study our interactions as entities. Chemistry is also referred to as the central Science. Why is that? It connects Physics with other natural sciences. You will find that in the world there is an interaction between two or more entities always. What causes the effects and the results that we observe in the universe? How can we explain these results scientifically? We need to study Chemistry in order to do that. Children are generally interested in unusual phenomena as it makes them curious. It would interest them to know that Chemistry was closely linked to Alchemy, which is the practice of turning base metals into gold and silver. Your tutor has to bring in such comprehensive accounts that are easy to understand and at the same time thought provoking.

How different is learning Chemistry online from learning it in a school as part of a curriculum? The online medium gives children the opportunity to refer multiple sites to appreciate the diversity of the subject. Your tutor will present the subject in a way that will get you to probe into the outline of the subject. It is always necessary to first give an outline of a subject before hurrying into the minute details. The outline gives children a clear picture of what they have to learn. Concepts such as ‘compound’, ‘molecule‘atoms’, ‘substance’ have to be explained by your tutor in light of matter that can be visualized by eager learners. It is precisely this that makes online learning an experience of joyful discovery.

How are the SSAT & ISEE different?

As an educator, I’m often encountered by a question from parents and tutors – How are the SSAT & ISEE different? or from students Which exam should I take, the SSAT ot ISEE?

SSAT and ISEE are admission tests to independent schools. Over 900 private and independent schools in the United States, Canada, and worldwide consider SSAT student scores for admissions. The ISEE is an admission test developed by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) for its member schools as part of their admission process.

Both measure the basic verbal, quantitative, and reading skills students develop over time—skills that are needed for successful performance in independent schools and hence in the future. These tests do not measure other characteristics, such as motivation, persistence, or creativity that may contribute to your success in school. Read more +

English Reading & Comprehension for Grade 3 – A short story ‘Who is more to blame?’

The story ‘Who is more to blame?’ teaches us to be sensitive and considerate towards others feelings. It also demonstrates how young readers should look at their own mistakes before blaming others.

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Young Bettie loves the bird on her favorite hat though the bird had died a long time back. She rebukes and beats up her big black cat, Garfield who was about to devour her hat with the tiny, little bird on it. Just then her mother, Rachael comes to Garfield’s rescue. She explains to Bettie that it was bad Garfield was trying to tear apart Bettie’s hat and the little bird on it but it was worse when Bettie took away the bird away from its mother. Bettie then realized that she herself was probably more to blame than Garfield for the death of the little bird.

Answering multiple-choice-questions given at the end of the story is one way to excel in English Language Arts (ELA) and vocabulary. These questions have been constructed by our expert online English tutors who teach students the intricacies of the language. Personalized tutoring and regular worksheets strengthen students’ ability to read, understand and comprehend ideas conveyed by the authors.

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English Reading & Comprehension for Grade 3 – A poem ‘Little Things’

The poem ‘Little Things’ is about how small things which we take for granted can give us immense joy and pleasure. It is these small things that make the larger ones like each rain drop contributes to making of a rain shower; moments combine to make an hour; every star adds to the beauty of the night sky; a smile can calm a disturbed and sad person and kind words are like the gleaming rays of love. Striking illustrations hold a child’s attention and help her understand the poem better.

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Questions based on the poem are given after the poem. Answering these multiple-choice-questions is a good way to learn English language and vocabulary. These questions have been constructed by our expert online English tutors who specialize in tutoring young students.

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English Reading & Comprehension for Grade 4 – A short story ‘A Brilliant Idea’

The story ‘A Brilliant Idea’ teaches us to be sensitive towards others feelings and help others in the best way we can. It also demonstrates to young readers how one can be happy by sharing and giving away someone who is in need of help.

Richie, Kevin, and Kimberley are keen to help a little boy Terry. Their mother Miss Olivia told them about how Terry wanted to work to help out his parents. Richie then came up with the idea of making and packing popcorn, then giving it to Terry to sell. By doing this Terry earned good money and soon became popular. In this way the three children gave away their gift of corn from Uncle Scrooge.

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Answering multiple-choice-questions given at the end of the story is one way to excel in English Language Arts(ELA) and vocabulary. These questions have been constructed by our expert online English tutors who teach students the intricacies of the language. Personalized tutoring and regular worksheets strengthen students’ ability to read, understand and comprehend ideas conveyed by the authors.

More grade 3 English FREE worksheets