My Child Eva – Full of life: May 2014


Tuesday, 20 May 2014

A Sacred Visit

Fun with Lemon
Eva (9 months old) playing with lemon at temple during our visit on 15th august 2012.

This was Eva's first ever visit to Sidsar, she liked this place too much since she was free to play with pebbles. Sidsar is very peaceful and sacred place, also is closed to our heart. We had measured her weight using sweet like sugar for god blessings (believes).

Good memories to cherish a lifetime.
Measuring her weight

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Seek-N-Put (Alphabet matching game)

Preschoolers love the alphabets and like to create interesting activities with letters. Almost, all children usually find letters from newspapers, or any advertisement, bags, cars, toys, clothes, shop banners etc. Many times Eva uses her tiny fingers to show the alphabet letters from building names, T-shirt, boxes, bottles, food packets and tells mamma, G for giraffe, E for elephant and so on.

It’s a fact that, learning with fun makes the experience of learning well, and hence here we are playing a game of seeking and putting alphabet letters. It’s a great activity to recognize the alphabet and match with the same letters. Eva has interlocking foam mat cards of alphabets, she received this gift from my auntie.
Alphabet Train & Tower
Every time she used to play with alphabet cards, either make a tower or train using it. At the end, you can find them laying everywhere in the drawing room. In order to revamp and start learning with fun, I set out an idea of playing a game with the avail of these cards.
Sorting cards accrding to crayon color
First of all I put five different colored crayons (in this case matching with cards) on top. Now I ask Eva to find and put the card with matching color against the crayons. By doing  this, she categorized them and makes different rows as colored on it (as displayed in the above picture).

To play this one can prepare the cards on different colored cardboard or get some foam mat cards jigsaw game.
Jigsaw cubes

Side by side, we have got a puzzle game consist of several blocks. Each cube has six different types of pictures, including alphabet letter, relevant image (e.g. M for Mango in above picture) , colors, patterns, numbers and counting numbers image (e.g. eight strawberries in above picture). Eva was gifted this puzzle game from her friend Khanak on her birthday.

Here we are playing alphabet match, we are matching letter on a box with the same letter on the foam mat card.
Finding letters

I ask Eva to match the letter written on a box with cards and put it on the card which has same letter. She identifies the alphabet letters with an image and arrange it on card smartly.

Here we also get a chance to educate kids the difference between short and tall. After explaining, Eva starts recognizing the short and the tall line of cards easily.
Cubes on Cards
The Seek-N-Put game keeps kids busy with alphabets and aid in learning skills like recognition, color screening and short vs. tall difference. The beauty of this game is that, it doesn’t require costly toys/stuffs and you can also use other alternatives of the alphabet as well.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Opting Best Preschool

Eva is growing and completed 2 years now. Obtaining the best school for a kid is the greatest concern for parents and hence gradually we have decided to do some background work and research to grow a basic idea about preschool. To begin with, we have started looking for preschools in internet area nearby to place we live.

A twosome of weeks later, we have visited many preschools and got reviews from friends and relatives about schools. Its three to four months left in taking a decision of school because the preschool is the first and greatest step in our child's life.

We wanted to get hold of three admissions together for Eva and her friends Ahaan and Freya. Every evening we all parents used to meet and discuss that what all the things really counts, we need to keep in mind for preschool admission.

Before finalizing we had kept a few things in mind like, sight of the school environment, teachers, classmates, and distance from school to home, homework, fee structure, amount of toys & games, audio & visual activities, field trips and various other matters.

Finally, we decided to go for Euro Kids, because it nearest to our home and match almost all criteria we were looking for.

Eva was so much excited about her school since she wasn’t alone and had a company of her friends. We had taught lots of things to Eva to getting ready for it, so that she can adjust herself in the school surroundings and do basic things on her own. Some other important things we kept in mind were…
  • Does she sense potty and react accordingly?
  • Does she able to manage basic needs like, tying shoes, handle bags and books, self-feeding with spoon?
  • Whether she interacts easily with other children or not?
  • Is she ready to take instructions other than us?
Based on our experience, I would like to share a few things to keep in mind before taking a decision of preschool for your child.

  • Preschool environment and the design of preschool classrooms should be attractive enough for kids, so that they should start liking at first sight.
  • School and classroom walls should be designed with storytelling pictures, if school has a small aquarium or such interesting other things then it would be an added advantage.
  • Try to get the complete information about teaching methodology. It should be diversified enough with books, games (outdoor & indoor), activities, audio-visual class and field trip.
  • The library should be well arranged with books and at an appropriate height/location so that a child can easily manage.
  • Distance between school and home should not be far away so that little child experiences to journey long back and forth, especially whilst returning home back when kid may be exhausted.
  • School timing and activities should be well managed so that kid will not be bored.
  • School playground, classrooms and washrooms should be cleaned and aired enough.
  • Has school management taken complete safety and security measurements?
  • Most Most Importantly, The teacher-child ratio of classroom as recommended by NAEYC. (2-and 3-year-olds are in groups of no more than 18, with at least two teachers (excluding 2-3 helpers/maids). For 3- to 4-year-olds, the organization recommends groups of 20 or fewer, again with at least two teachers).
  • Get the detailed information about fee structure, schedule and payment method/procedure.
  • Observe the interaction and behavior of teacher with the kids.
  • Last but not the least, do NOT forget to bring your child along with you whilst visiting different schools. Upon returning home, you will have a chance to ask for the attractions of a particular school and may be able to find the reasons behind liking it.