The students of Grade 1 A had a very creative yet meaningful approach to their class assembly, portraying the message of saving the environment.
They emphasized the three R’s and with a skit conveyed the message of its importance to a very patient audience. The students had personified the 3 R’s, in which 3 students represented each R and showed how important it is to reduce, reuse, recycle. Saving the environment is more than just a task, it is a duty that every individual should do, our students did a great job of showing its importance and the ways it can be done.
It’s Jan 2022, I am in grade 6 as a substitute teacher. I ask the students to introduce themselves. They also get curious to know about me. As soon as I tell them that I am a senior grade teacher and I teach Accounts and Business studies, they are intrigued. The word Business catches their attention and some of them express their interest in Finance.
Now, I was fascinated to hear the word finance from such young children. Particularly fascinated by a young student Ms Ahaana Shetty, who explained how she manages her pocket money, as taught to her by her father. She had a clear understanding of creating a balance between saving and spending.
This was not the case in the earlier times. We can quote examples of celebrities who, despite having earned a fortune, burnt their hands at poor financing decisions. Amitabh Bachan’s ABCL took on more than it could handle, like the Miss World pageant, and exhausted all money. Then it took bank loans which it couldn't repay. Mr. Bachchan had retired, so there was no income and no savings.
The moral of the story is, that even if people earn astronomical sums, they need to invest it so that it keeps growing.
Having said that, it boils down to the fact that financial literacy at an early age is pivotal for building a strong foundation for financial well-being throughout life.
Teaching children about money, budgeting, savings and investments from a young age will help them make informed financial decisions. They can avoid the financial perils faced commonly by people.
The challenge in educating young children about finance would be the financial jargon which they may find overwhelming and difficult to understand. Hence it becomes important to use age-appropriate terminology.
As parents, we can give a reasonable amount of allowance to our children and ask them to use it wisely for needs, and wants and also save a part of it. This will help them to understand the concept of budgeting. We must also encourage them to make informed purchasing decisions, look for discounts and become a smart shopper.
A simple step like opening a savings bank account for the child and making them understand how a bank account works will introduce them to the importance of keeping money safe. They will understand how regular savings will grow over some time due to the compounding of interest.
Children must be taught about loans too. They need to understand that loans should not be borrowed if one is not sure of financial ability to repay. Also, they need to be taught that loans must be repaid timely, or else they will keep becoming bigger due to accumulating interest.
Older children can be introduced to the concepts of stocks and mutual funds. They can be encouraged to follow investments over time and learn about the dynamics of stock markets.
Schools can introduce financial literacy programs and take initiatives to incorporate financial education as part of the curriculum.
I would like to conclude by saying that it is essential for everyone to be financially literate and wisely invest money to grow it. It is equally important to keep track of investments. One should not spend more than what one earns, even if the earnings are enormous, otherwise, the money will not last very long.
Remember, it is your money.
Academic pressure and impending board exams can feel like an overwhelming storm, but as a 10th-grade student who's been through the burnout ringer, I've discovered effective strategies to stay afloat. When stress creeps in, I lean on a toolbox of coping mechanisms that help me maintain balance and clarity.
Understanding my panic patterns has been key. I've learnt that giving my all is important, but the outcome isn't a mirror of my worth. I remind myself of this and reframe my perspective. To escape my study-clogged mind, I turn to books – they whisk me away to new worlds, however briefly. Music acts as a soothing balm; I limit panic to 5 minutes and then channel my energy into finding solutions.
Engaging in physical activities is another lifesaver. Running or spending time outdoors channels my pent-up energy, allowing my mind to reset. Moreover, taking up hobbies like painting or playing a musical instrument provides a welcome distraction and cultivates a sense of accomplishment beyond academics.
Remember, you're more than your grades. Embrace your unique strengths, employ these strategies, and watch stress lose its grip. With determination, self-awareness, and a dash of escapism, you'll breeze through the academic whirlwind.
Students of Ekya School ITPL participated in a mock general knowledge quiz. Children from Grades I to VI, took part in an ideal quizzing scenario, with teams, rounds of questions under various topics, and a points system. The enthusiasm seen in each of the participants was infectious. Here are some pictures covering the event.
Students of Grade IV B of Ekya J P Nagar put up a class assembly on "Understanding Growth Mindset and Fixed Mindset". This concept can be credited to Professor Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.
The students presented this concept through four different role plays. These role plays reflected the challenges faced by the students in their day-to-day lives. For instance, one of the role plays was about a student struggling with Math concepts and how she chose Growth Mindset to sail through her challenge. After the four role plays, students concluded by summarizing what Growth Mindset and Fixed Mindset is all about. Growth Mindset is about believing that one can succeed with consistent efforts and positive attitude. Fixed Mindset is about believing that your capability is restricted and that you cannot improve on areas that you lag behind.
The final takeaway for the school was that one can develop Growth Mindset with persistent efforts, although it might not be easy always.
For more information on the Fixed and Growth Mindset, click here.
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