- Let them study the way they want to: As parents, you should always respect your child’s studying style. They might want to study alone for hours together or study with their peers. Sometimes when children are studying together, their understanding of subjects is much clearer as it involves questioning, revising and learning together that does not happen when they are alone.
- Be a support system: Being supportive in any way will help the child study better. Help them prepare a studying schedule, or put up a timetable in the house so that everyone knows what exam is the following day. Sit with them, have conversations about things other than studies; this will ensure they’re relaxed and will be able to prepare better.
- Let them be involved in activities: It is not good to be an old school parent who cut off internet & TV time during board exams. The child does not have the capacity to study the entire day. Taking periodical breaks in the middle is essential. It’s a positive distraction that ensures that after the break studying is faster and better.
- Ensure balanced meals: It is the parent’s responsibility that during exam time they should feed the children a balanced meal of carbohydrates and proteins. So ensure they eat lots of vegetables, eggs, fish and fruits. Once in awhile junk food can be allowed, but not regularly.
- Do not put any pressure: Parents should understand that exams and marks are important but not more than the health of their child. There are more things in life to cherish than this. Let your child breathe, and avoid putting any pressure on them by reminding them to study, comparing them with peers or giving them any advice.
What do you get when you put 18 Kannada speaking 5th graders from a government school in front of PCs with access to Khan Academy? Magic! These kids had been bussed in from their school in Ramagondanahalli and were seated in Inventure Academy’s Computer lab on a bright sunny morning. We had a bunch of dedicated volunteers, 11th grade students from Inventure Academy and staff ready to help them if they needed help. We had planned the experiment to last an hour. At the end of the hour, we asked each child, should we stop the session and each of them said – “Please, can we have 5 more minutes?” We told them there was a yummy snack waiting for them when the session ended and that didn’t budge them either. These are kids who don’t necessarily get any breakfast when they come in to school and yet they were all glued into learning Math and couldn’t have enough of it. Several wished they knew what was being said in an American accented English, wished they understood what ‘Acorns’ or a ‘Ladybug’ meant but that didn’t deter them from learning. They asked for help, they asked for online hints, they watched videos and they all loved the smiley faces on the screen when they figured out how to solve a problem! They learnt shapes, how to tell time, add and subtract and did lots of word problems in a language they barely followed. And they never gave up. Not one of them threw up their hands in despair, not one of them said I don’t want to continue. Even the children who were weak in math said they would like to do it again because they love math! This experimental pilot was conceived and led by Nooraine Fazal CEO, Inventure Academy, Mallika Sen, Principal, Inventure Academy & Lavanya Vimla, Teacher & Community Service Lead at Inventure Academy and Sumedha Rao of Whitefield Rising to understand how much of a barrier language was in the learning of math through Khan Academy. Our experiment clearly shows that even though language was a constraint for some, it did not stop the learning process. In our feedback, each and every one of these children said that they would like to continue this type of self-paced learning and had fun doing so. In order to give these children an opportunity to continue to learn using Khan Academy in their own schools, we need your help – we need techies who can work with us in providing:
- Affordable Solar powered UPS systems for these schools to ensure that they have uninterrupted power supply and
- Reliable, affordable Internet connectivity and PCs
- Setting up networking, security and firewalls for these PCs
Inventure Academy's Primary School Production: Nurturing Individuality & Teamwork
Nooraine Fazal, Managing Trustee of Inventure Academy, at the 'Our Safety Our Voice' pledge signing[/caption]
Congratulations!"Our Safety Our Voice" was the first of its kind, Intra school event in Bangalore. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be associated with this event.The commitment of your school to provide a safe childhood is commendable. Involving students and making them a party to this process is a new and important approach.Kudos to you and your team at Inventure for coming up with this unique concept and pulling it off perfectly at such short notice.At Enfold, post such public awareness event, we analyze to assess the likely impact on the target audiences. This helps us maximize the impact of similar programs that will be held in the future. We identify the points of value of the program, the points of inadequacy and redundancy, and more importantly, the points which we feel will cause a shift in attitude and behaviour, with respect to creating personal safety and safe spaces.We will be happy to share our analysis with your team. We would also appreciate if we can receive some feedback on the nature and extent of Enfold's involvement in yesterday's event. We would also like to hear from the students.Your concern for the safety of the under privileged children and your school's support for the project "Laksha Makkalu Suraksha" is touching. What could be better than children of means enabling the empowerment of under privileged children to have a safe child hood!Enfold Team joins me in thanking you, Mallika maam, the teachers and all your staff members,for the cordial hospitality extended to us at the event. We look forward to continuing a meaningful relationship with your school and engaging in the process of creating safe spaces for children.Dr Sangeeta SaksenaFounder, Enfold Proactive Health TrustThank you for inviting us to be part of the event today. It is an enormous privilege & a wonderful experience to be part of such a platform. Many thanks to all of you at Inventure Academy for the lovely hospitality. The Charter student committee did a great job. Team Enfold, as always real nice meeting all of you .... . you guys are doing a awesome job. Susmitha Alva, Children's Movement for Civic Awareness
BMUN 2014 We all set out to the Bangalore Model United Nations conference with big expectations and quite a bit of excitement. I waited at the bus stop anxiously, it was my fifth MUN and I was in a particularly difficult committee – the Security Council. The first day was tough for me, I didn’t speak much and the level of competition in my committee was very high. Regardless of the circumstances, I was thoroughly intrigued by the intensity and complexity of debate in the Security Council. Although I didn’t fare too well, I was happy to hear my fellow members of the delegation performed very well. The second day was the game changer, this was when a considerable portion of debating occurred and delegates got to work to form blocs and write up resolutions. I managed to reverse the previous day’s misfortunes and I got off to a good start. Committee session was hectic and frenzied but it was very productive and a truly enjoyable experience. I ended the day on a high as I was satisfied by my progress and effort. [gallery columns="2" ids="4003,4004"] The third and final day was devoted to finishing and passing resolutions, our council managed to pass two resolutions unanimously – the first Security Council in ten years of the BMUN conference to do so. Soon after, we were seated for the awards ceremony waiting for the respective awards to be announced. Much to our joy, the Inventure delegation ended up winning several awards in the conference and we were extremely happy to have accomplished this wonderful task. Personally the fact that I managed to achieve my goal of getting an award was heartening for me. Overall BMUN 2014 was an interesting and enjoyable experience for every delegate and for me it was an invaluable learning experience that I will always remember. - Arincheyan G, 11AS Bangalore Model United Nations conference awards: Siddharth, 12 ISC won Commendable Delegate Aahika, 11 AS won Commendable Delegate Arin, 11AS won Best Position Paper Rhea, 9 IC won Best Position paper.