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Ekya / August 28, 2017 Posted by : administrator

As part of our Experts@Ekya program, we had Ms. Neeth Medappa from Pastry Masterclass, organize a Baking Workshop at Ekya JP NagarEkya ITPL and Ekya BTM Layout.

Ms. Neeth Medappa is a trained French Pastry Chef from Le Cordon Bleu, Ottawa, Canada. She has had over 300 enthusiastic bakers in attendance at her signature baking master-class, organized in Coorg and Mysore. Young, budding bakers now enjoy the same experience with Ms. Neeth’s student-friendly ‘Junior Pastry Masterclass’ as did the students of Ekya at their workshop – exploring delightful recipes of pure indulgence.

Students from Grade IV to Grade XII learnt the fundamentals of baking with essential kitchen safety techniques and were able to whip up some simple yet delicious treats in no time.

The enthralling three hour session started with an introduction to baking and was followed by a live demonstration of recipes. In addition to playing with dough and frosting, the children got their hands on baking manuals to help with their future baking endeavors. Our young bakers put their taste-buds to work at the end of session, taking a bite full of the delicious cupcakes and biscuits. The workshop concluded with our guest speaker addressing questions from students in an interactive Q & A.

 

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Ekya / February 15, 2024

How to Instil Road Discipline in Your Children: A Guide for Parents and Teachers

We are always around kids during their childhood years, but as they grow, we allow them to play and roam with friends. Practising road safety is essential for the safety of both passengers and pedestrians. According to the research, road crash injuries are the leading cause of death aged 5 to 29. It is quite tough to be around the kids all the time, hence it becomes imperative that children be aware of road discipline. To ensure the safety of children, parents and teachers must know how to instil road safety discipline. But the question arises, what is involved in road safety? Here is the comprehensive guide for parents and teachers about how to teach road safety rules to children;

How to Ensure Road Safety for Children?

Teach them basic signals

First and foremost, teach the kids about the traffic signals and lights and what they mean;
  •     When the signal turns Green, that means ‘go’.
  •     When the signal turns red, that means ‘to stop’.
  •     When the signal turns yellow, that means ‘to slow down’.
  •     Only walk when the ‘Walk’ sign appears, but look right and left before crossing the road.
  •     Do not cross the road when the sign says ‘Don’t Walk’.

Cross the road at the Zebra crossings

Teach the children to cross the road only at Zebra crossings, and guide them that they are meant for the safety of pedestrians. Help them understand the speed of a vehicle and that they can only cross when it is at a safe distance

Equip the children to understand signboards

To understand signboards, give your kids a mini-guide or pamphlet in which sign boards are explained in a way they understand.

Avoid using mobile phones

In this era, even kids are using mobile phones. Teach the kids to strictly avoid mobile phones while on the road or roadside.

Ride Bi-cycles carefully

Guide the kids to wear proper gear while riding bicycles, whether with friends or going to school. Make them wear helmets, elbow and knee guards. If they are riding bicycles in the dark, make them wear bright-coloured shoes.

Do not jump traffic lights

In any situation, do not jump the traffic lights, teach the children to follow this rule as it poses a risk.

Avoid playing on the road or roadside

Children are always excited and start running wherever they find the way. Tell them not to run and play on the road or roadside, it is always risky.

Stand out of blind spots

Teach the children to never cross a road from in between vehicles or any other object, that is always dangerous. Guide them to always cross the road when it is clear.

Follow bus safety tips

Guide the children about following the bus safety tips every time they travel on a bus.

How Can Adults be Role Models for Children?

By following these steps, adults can teach children about road safety rules and discipline;
  •     Teach the child to understand basic traffic signals and signs.
  •     By frequently checking whether the child stops, looks, listens, and thinks before crossing the road.
  •     Explaining road safety rules in simple language.
  •     Walking on the road and following the road safety rules together
  •     Do not use phones and other devices when walking on the road or around vehicles
  •     Always hold the child’s hand on the driveway or while crossing the road
It is not possible for parents and teachers to constantly supervise their children when they are out on the road. So children must be taught road safety standards from an early age. We at Ekya Schools believe in instructing children in these areas and by following the road safety etiquette, they feel responsible towards themselves and others. There are many ways we teach the students about road safety. We incorporate easy understanding for the children, like using age-appropriate behaviour, making the learning fun, using visual aids, appreciation to practise in real-life situations. We cover it all.

Ekya / February 15, 2024

How to Foster Active Listening Skills in Your Child: Tips and Strategies for Parents and Educators

Active listening is way more than just hearing. It is an intentional act to engage, understand, and reflect. Active listening plays an essential role in building a student’s communication and language skills. During the early education period most learning is done in the verbal format so, parents should pay more attention to developing active listening skills in their kids. In the longer run, it will be quite helpful for students as they can perform better in their academics and also do justice with their relationships. Being one of the  leading CBSE schools in Bangalore, we understand the importance of active learning and hence sharing a few tips on improving listening skills for children:
  • Always maintain eye contact while speaking: Parents and guardians should make eye contact with their kids. Making eye contact boosts their child's confidence and improves active listening skills which makes them more enthusiastic during conversation.
  • Repeating the key points: During the conversation, parents should pay attention to the things their children are more focussing on and if they want them to focus more on a particular point, it should be repeated again and again. This will feed it into their subconscious mind.
  • Ask multiple questions: Asking multiple questions during the conversation is a good way to develop listening skills among children as answering requires active listening. This is also a good way to develop inquisitiveness among them.

Here is the list of different types of listening:

  • Critical listening: It involves listening and analysing both the positive and negative aspects of any topic and synthesising the information to form a point of view.
  • Discriminative listening: In this type of listening interpretation is done by considering sound and body language rather than the words. 
  • Aesthetic listening: It involves enjoyment. Aesthetic listening is often used by parents or teachers to make the education fun and more engaging. 
  • Biased listening: It is also known as selective listening as the listener only focuses on a particular part of the communication. It leads to distorted information leading to communication.
  If you are a parent and wondering how to teach listening skills to your child, here is a list of a few exercises:
  • Take the help of audio resources: Children like to listen to audio clips as they find it more interesting and engaging. So parents should use audio resources for teaching different subjects. Nowadays audio resources are made using such special sounds that the brain finds more appealing. Such types of audio clips can be used to improve the active listening skills of children.
  • Conduct regular listening activities: It is one of the best parenting tips for listening. Listening activities can be made in the form of games to make it more engaging and fun. Once a week it can be done as a group activity in school. This way children can not just participate but also learn to reflect on certain topics.
  • Take regular feedback: Parents and teachers should be involved in taking regular feedback. This will make the students more responsive and attentive during teaching sessions as to provide any feedback it is essential to be attentive and actively listener.
  • Include short questions in between conversations: It is one of the best active listening strategies for teachers and parents. Short questions in between learning sessions encourage the students to be an active listener and more attentive. This also promotes an inquisitive nature among students.
  • Maintain a relaxing environment: It is one of the most essential points that parents and teachers should never miss out on. A relaxing environment promotes the holistic development of students. It enhances the confidence and promotes the participation of students in discussion sessions which further enhances the active listening skills. 
It is advisable to promote active listening skills among students as it not just be the building block of their communication skills but will also help them perform better in their academics. As per a study, there is a direct correlation between active listening and academics. Active learning skills boost student’s overall development which will help them in becoming a holistic individual.  If you are tired of searching the internet with terms like the best schools in Bangalore or the best CBSE schools in Bangalore, consider visiting Ekya Schools. With over 30 years of education legacy, it makes us one of the leaders in the education sector. All our 5 campuses across Bangalore follow the Understanding by Design (UbD) Framework which is based on research pedagogy. Our teachers are well qualified and go through rigorous year-long teacher training programs. This makes them well-versed with modern education techniques over conventional rote learning methods. UbD framework focuses on special learning techniques that focus more on practical knowledge given through various activities to make the learning fun and more engaging which further enhances the active learning skills among students.

Ekya / February 15, 2024

How Ekya School's After-School Program is Nurturing the Next Generation of Leaders

Ekya Schools is a vibrant community of children, educators, and parents present in various parts of Bangalore City. The school believes in a holistic education that goes beyond textbooks and exams, focusing on the overall development of each child. Holistic development is crucial for students as it allows them to develop into a well-rounded person. Through exciting after-school activities like Robotics for kids, Visual arts programs, and sports in school, Ekya Schools offers a platform where young learners can explore their interests and reveal their talents.  As one of the best CBSE Schools in Bangalore, we will delve into how these programs are shaping the next generation of leaders. 

Design Thinking

The Design Thinking Challenge is held annually at Ekya Schools and is a fun opportunity for kids. They get to work on socially relevant problems like Environmental Awareness, Animal Welfare, or Bullying Prevention. They get to use their imaginations and team up with friends to come up with ideas that can make things better for everyone. It's not just about finding the right answers, but learning from mistakes and sharing thoughts.  With design thinking challenges, our goal is to create new leaders who are good at solving problems and making the world a better place.

Robotics

Co-curricular activities at Ekya schools, like Robotic Programs, play a crucial role in the holistic development of students. These programs give them valuable knowledge about robots, automation, and engineering. They get to use what they learn in physics and engineering by creating their own robots.  By doing this, they become better at thinking creatively, understanding science, and learning visually. At Ekya schools, we make sure these activities are fun and easy for students.

Quiz Programs

Quizzes can greatly enhance the learning and development process for students in several ways. They make kids remember and understand what they have learned before. It also teaches kids how to make good choices and think critically. When students work together in a team, it helps them cooperate and learn from each other.  At Ekya schools, we have a fun quiz called the Mock GK Quiz for kids in Grades 1 to 6. It has different types of questions and teams get points for answering correctly. This quiz is a great way for students to show off their knowledge and skills. 

Visual Arts Program

Visual Arts classes are a perfect way for students to express themselves creatively and develop skills that go beyond what they learn in the classroom.  At Ekya Schools, students who are interested in honing their skills in visual art can join our after-school activities for Visual Arts. These classes teach different techniques like abstract art, canvas painting, glass painting, Madhubani, and more. By exploring these techniques, students develop their creative skills and learn to communicate their ideas visually. 

Sport activities

Playing sports isn’t just about running around and getting exercise. It also teaches important skills like teamwork, staying determined, and keeping a positive attitude.  Ekya Schools offer a variety of sports coaching programs, including basketball, karate, gymnastics, skating, badminton, table tennis, and cricket, to help students develop these important skills. We also provide access to indoor games like chess and carrom, as well as yoga, to ensure that all students have the opportunity to engage in physical activity and develop healthy habits.

Music

At Ekya Schools, we think every kid is special and has things they're good at. That's why we offer Performing Arts classes. In these classes, students learn about Music and Dance or Performance Arts. It's a fun way for them to show what they can do and learn new stuff too.

Conclusion

In conclusion, schools aren’t just about math and science, they are about learning many things. At Ekya Schools, we are committed to offering our students an overall development learning experience through a wide range of extracurricular activities including music, sports, design thinking, and other engaging pursuits. For the best holistic education, consider Ekya Schools, one of the top IGCSE Schools in Bangalore.
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The Week That Was – Independence Day at Ekya

With the tricolour flag hoisted and the National Anthem sung at all four campuses of Ekya , here is how 15th August unfurled at each of our schools: A day of performances Ekya JP Nagar ushered in the India’s 71st Independence Day with an inter house group dance competition for students from Grade VI to X. Keeping in tune with the patriotic spirit, the theme for the event was ‘Unity in Diversity’. Dressed in lovely costumes and adorned with props, our students put up one scintillating performance after the other. The wonderful rendition of Aashayein by the school’s music club was followed by a powerful speech by the Head Boy Rohan Mahesh Rao, as he spoke on the importance of celebrating India’s independence. Winners of all the intra-school events and the day’s dance event were announced and felicitated. [gallery size="large" columns="1" link="file" ids="1902,1901,1900"] Remembering the heroes Running up to 15th August, children at the Ekya Early Years Kanakapura campus observed the ‘Armed Forces Appreciation Day’ followed by ‘Marigold Appreciation Week’. Our tiny tots came dressed as Army, Navy and Air Force personnel, acknowledging their role in protecting the freedom of our country. The children also participated in planting Marigold saplings to mark their appreciation for plants and their support towards protecting the environment. [gallery size="large" link="file" columns="2" ids="1905,1906"] A day of giving back At Ekya ITPL it was about giving back to the community on Independence Day. Mrs. Sharmila Choudhury, our Senior Director, Academics, opened the proceedings as the school’s choir delivered a powerful vocal rendition of patriotic songs. This was followed by a power packed dance performance by members of the school’s Dance club. As part of the celebrations, students of Grade IX and X hosted the ‘Unwarp the Act of Kindness’, an event that raised funds for educating children and supporting women from slums in the school’s neighbourhood. A day of excitement as our children lay stalls of exfoliating scrubs, detox bath salts, aromatic candles and delectable fare. Heavy downpour in the city did not break the school spirit as students were encouraged by the brimming energy of the parents who joined in on the festivities. [gallery size="large" columns="2" link="file" ids="1909,1908"] Celebrating independence through art Students at Ekya BTM Layout brought out their theatrical skills as they put up a patriotic skit that celebrated secularism, unity in diversity and how far India has come as a nation. The children proved that dramatics isn’t their only strength - the entertaining skit was followed by melodious renditions and dance numbers tuned to the spirit of the day. [gallery size="large" columns="1" link="file" ids="1910,1911,1912"] Pre-primary students  joined in on the celebrations by wearing costumes inspired by the tricolour of the Indian flag. It wasn't just their clothes that sported the colours of saffron, white, navy blue and green - our parents sent in tricoloured snacks for their children, keeping the theme in mind. A colourful day concluded with the students participating in a collaborative art work of the national flag made by hand print technique. [gallery columns="1" link="file" size="large" ids="1913"]

Decoding the role of Growth Mindset in Education

At Ekya, we strongly believe that a person’s ability and intelligence can be honed through practice, hard-work, dedication and motivation. This is why we invest our time and efforts towards creating an environment that promotes and develops a 'Growth Mindset' among the educators and students alike. What is Growth mindset? Growth mindset is a concept that has been developed by Carol Dweck, a professor of Psychology at Stanford University. An individual with a Growth mindset thrives on challenge and sees failure as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching his/her existing abilities. A student may have the brains and talent but what is more important is his/her ability to be able to stay motivated, display grit and perseverance in completing a task and growing significantly more each day. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishments in every area of work and life. What is on the other side of the spectrum? Fixed mindset, on the other hand is a notion that our character, intelligence and creative ability are inherent qualities – they are static and we can’t change them in any meaningful way. People with a fixed mindset believe that you are either born with these qualities or not, and nothing can change that. They think what they are is predetermined, that which cannot be developed or improved upon. Ms. Dweck notes that such individuals strive for success and avoid failure at all costs become a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled. What does “Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset” seem like? From excerpts of her latest book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Ms. Dweck talks about the difference between the two:
In one seminal study, we offered four-year-olds a choice: They could either redo an easy jigsaw puzzle, or try a harder one. Even these young children conformed to the characteristics of one of the two mindsets — those with “fixed” mentality stayed on the safe side, choosing the easier puzzles that would affirm their existing ability; those with the “growth” mindset thought it an odd choice to do the same puzzle over and over if they aren’t learning anything new.
In other words, the fixed mindset kids wanted to make sure they succeeded in order to seem smart, whereas the growth mindset ones wanted to stretch themselves, for their definition of success was about becoming smarter. How does either mindset react to feedback? Through her research, Ms. Dweck noticed that with a fixed mindset were only interested in hearing feedback that reflected directly on their present ability, but tuned out information that could help them learn and improve. They even showed no interest in hearing the right answer when they had gotten a question wrong, because they had already filed it away in the failure category. Those with a growth mindset, on the other hand, were keenly attentive to information that could help them expand their existing knowledge and skill, regardless of whether they’d gotten the question right or wrong — in other words, their priority was learning, not the binary trap of success and failure. These findings are especially important in education and how we, as a culture assess intelligence. Hence, when we as educators value effort over ability, we are setting a culture of Growth Mindset in our classrooms, making challenges seem motivating and learning more fun. This will enable our students to view themselves as lifelong learners and their personal success will be about working their hardest to become their best.
Ms. Dweck on the importance of picking on such a mindset at an early age
At Ekya, our focus is more on the child's learning than achievement. Yes, we celebrate our success but we value the trials and tribulations that got us there. By adopting the Growth Mindset, we allow our students to love what they do and not hold them back from what they are capable of.

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