Corona-tin thoughts

This year started pretty much like any other year. I woke up on the 1st Jan, 2020 without any resolutions. Practical, right? But then things escalated quicker than the milk which boils over when you aren’t looking. One day we were all “normal”, making all sorts of plans. And the next day, we were wringing our hands in desperation, reaching out to families and friends, and hoarding groceries like the apocalypse was coming.

No, the threat hasn’t passed yet. In fact, it is far from over. If CDC is to be believed, the worse is yet to come. I am like, what? Here I am, an introvert, wanting to go out and meet people. Here I am, a lazy AF person, wanting to put on a good dress and do my hair. Here I am, a never-exercise person, doing yoga every morning. Here I am, cook-to-survive person, and cooking expansive Indian delicacies everyday. And they are saying the worse is yet to come? What are they expecting? That I will wake up at 5 in the morning, with sooraj ki pehli kiran, don a saree and say, Hey Prabhu, what’s up? 

And then there is this whole schooling at home thing. I was pretty confident I was going to nail it. I mean, my daughter is in Kindergarten. They do letters and numbers and addition and reading and what is it that I couldn’t possibly know?! Boy, was I WRONG! The English Kindergarten teacher started revising the phonics, and I was like, I don’t know some of this but it’s fine. We were never taught that. And then, the teacher told the students over a recorded video that no English words end with the letter ‘U’, except “You”. And I was like, really?! When I shared this on Facebook, some of my friends commented with fancy words like “Flu, Impromptu, Menu, Adieu”.  And I was like, “Bienvenue, mes amis cul intelligent“. It basically means “Welcome, my smart ass friends” in French and that’s because the above mentioned words have French origins. They are not English words. 

The other day I got an email from the Art teacher saying that we were late in submitting our assignment. And I went on a rant to my husband saying, who teaches art during lock down, and even if they want to, why do we need to do an assignment and blah blah. Pretty Indian in my temperament, no? Anyway, so I hauled myself to listen to the “Art lesson” and sat there with my mouth wide open by the time the lesson ended. I did not know there were a million types of lines, and you could do a ‘Project’ about each of them. So I left my pride and scorn behind and sat to watch the second Art lesson some days ago. The teacher discussed a Picasso sculpture. And Abstract Art. With Kindergartners.
I give up, people. I studied for roughly 18 years, only to realize that I cannot teach Kindergarten level English or Art. Is CDC still saying that the worst is yet to come?!

I am definitely coming out of this quarantine a changed person. More respect for my extroverted friends. I feel you, people.  And empathy for you during this unprecedented time. More respect for our English teacher, if that’s even possible. But a deference of another level for the Art Teacher. 

 

Reading & Writing development for kids with Education.com -Part 2

The road to reading success can be challenging for some kids. Let these professionally animated games give your child the skills and confidence to meet those challenges head on! Alongside friends like Roly and Muggo, your child will develop reading comprehension skills ranging from sight words and letter knowledge to transition words and story comparisons in an engaging way that will help foster reading independence.

Find all the words and you might just find the treasure at the end of the rainbow! Be sure to check out Education.com for more fun learning activities.

 

 

 

Reading & Writing development for kids with Education.com

The road to reading success can be challenging for some kids. Let these professionally animated games give your child the skills and confidence to meet those challenges head on! Alongside friends like Roly and Muggo, your child will develop reading comprehension skills ranging from sight words and letter knowledge to transition words and story comparisons in an engaging way that will help foster reading independence.

 
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Education.com

 
 

 

Product Review – WondrBox

WondrBox aims at providing creative stimulus to kids while building concepts and helping them learn new things at the same time. I ordered a few boxes and let me share one of them in detail with you. I wouldn’t be sharing all, as that would give away the surprise and discovery elements. But the review is comprehensive and based on the feedback of all boxes.

 
The box I am going to review is

Emotion Kingdom

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The idea of this unit is to introduce kids to the world of emotions. The kids are shown basic emotions like “Happy”, “sad”, “angry” etc. through animal stickers. Not only this activity is fun, but also helps in making kids more aware, enabling them to articulate their feelings. These cards also double up as flash cards where kids can write practicing the feeling names. Since these are clean and wipe cards, they can be reused. Isn’t that value for money?

 
The next activity includes 25 animal cut outs, displaying different emotions. The kids are first supposed to segregate these under the different type of emotions they have learned  in the first activity. Children can also count the number of stickers under each group, helping them enhance their numeric skills as well.

 
The third activity is a nice board game with the Emotions train. The players get to pick flash cards and move places as per the mood indicated. The flash cards also encourage players to talk about their experience around a particular emotion. Personally, I think it is a great way to keep the kids engaged while also encouraging them to speak up and articulate their thoughts.
 
 
 
 

 
The final activity is a DIY Emotion piggy bank that the kids need to make, from the material provided in the box. This activity is not only creatively stimulating for the kids using colors and ribbons, but also engaging, keeping them occupied for a good 30-45 minutes. They can also use this piggy bank as creatively as possible
 
 
 
 
 
 
I found the concept of the boxes nice and refreshing. Aimed at not only keeping them busy, but in a manner that will help them build on their cognitive skills,motor skills and logical reasoning.
 
The only complaint I have with the boxes is the DIY material. I found that though the material provided is sufficient in quantity, it’s not really the best quality. Many a times, the blocks needed to make a craft is flimsy and doesn’t stand the pressure. 
 

Priced in a nominal range of Rs. 250 INR to Rs. 400 INR, I think these are a good gifting item for kids. You can find the full range of WondrBoxes at this link
Go ahead, buy these for your kid, or a friend’s kid and see them enjoy it, while learning a few things in the bargain.

 

Product Review – WondrBox (Unboxing)

Hello people. I am back with a Product Review after a really long time. So without further ado, lets check it out.

The designers at Team WondrBox aim to provide children with play based learning against the more conventional textbook based learning in schools. So they have designed WondrBoxes with 4 activities in each box that are not only fun, but will make the kids use their cognitive and logical abilities to be able to complete them. Each box also contains a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) activity that helps kids build something from scratch and also learn a new concept. The kit contains all required materials needed like paints, colors and boxes. The kits are designed for kids aged between 3 and 13 years.

Watch the unboxing video right here.

 
Appreciate how neatly the activities are packed? Because if you have kids, you would know how greedy they are to open everything right away. Since there are 4 activities, it makes sense that the kids take time to complete each one, also ensuring they don’t lose the other parts in the process.
 
Now that the box has been unboxed, let me go ahead and play and build and I will be back with a detailed review very soon.