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Lakshmi Umesh / February 26, 2020 Posted by : editor

The parent observation is an opportunity for the child to share with their parents the dynamic picture of what life is like in a Montessori classroom – teachers, learning materials, as well as the less tangible atmosphere that is the ‘home’ for the child for so much of his or her working day. The parent observation helps build a relationship between parents and teachers to help the child develop well academically, emotionally, and socially. That’s why, at Ekya, parent observations and parent-teacher conferences are conducted twice a year, one in term 1 and another in term-2. These events play a critical role in creating a mutually beneficial partnership between the parent, child, and teachers to help make the most of the child’s development and educational experience.

Our Term-2 Parent observation and a parent-teacher conference were held on 15th February and 22nd February respectively. As the children presented their learnings to their parents, our teachers and parents had some fruitful conversations regarding the progress of the child. The feedback shared by the parents after the conference was very encouraging and we look forward to a continued partnership with our parents.


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Lakshmi Umesh / April 03, 2024

The Power of Learning with Intent: A Guide to Purposeful Education

In a world brimming with information, the art of learning has evolved beyond the mere acquisition of facts. Learning with intent, a deliberate approach to education emphasises quality over quantity, depth over breadth, and purpose over passive absorption. It’s about cultivating a mindset that transforms knowledge into meaningful action and empowers individuals to navigate the complexities of the modern age effectively.

At its core, learning with intent involves setting clear objectives and actively engaging with the subject matter. Whether exploring a new language, delving into scientific principles, or honing a creative skill, intentionality infuses each learning endeavour with purpose and direction. As Albert Einstein aptly said, "The only source of knowledge is experience." This quote amplifies the importance of active participation and hands-on learning, highlighting that true understanding arises from deliberate engagement with the material.

Furthermore, engaging actively with the material is paramount. Embrace challenges and embrace mistakes as opportunities for growth. This proactive approach not only deepens your understanding but also cultivates critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for success in any field.

Moreover, learning with intent emphasises relevance and applicability. Seek out opportunities to apply newfound knowledge in real-world scenarios, bridging the gap between theory and practice. By contextualising learning within your personal or professional sphere, you enhance its significance and utility, making it more likely to stick.

In conclusion, learning with intent is a transformative approach that transcends traditional notions of education. By setting clear objectives, engaging actively, prioritising relevance, and fostering a growth mindset, individuals can harness the full potential of learning to achieve their goals and thrive in an ever-changing world. So, embark on your learning journey with purpose, and let each lesson propel you towards a brighter, more fulfilling future.

By Sweta Pradeep Rao

Senior English Educator

Ekya School JP Nagar

Lakshmi Umesh / April 02, 2024

Gadget-free Summer Break

With summer vacation around, I urge parents to explore various ways to facilitate children to make healthy choices during their vacation time.

Last week, when we asked our Early Years to visualise their characters and create a story, most of them came up with stories about ghosts and monsters attacking others.  When we had conversations about what gave them this idea, we understood that these story ideas emanated from their online games. While gaming per se develops specific skills and requires focus, it also stifles the imagination of young children. Since it is visually appealing, children tend to remember those images in their heads all the time.

I often see parents providing very young children (1 year to 3 year olds)  with gadgets as the means to keep children engaged and entertained. I see children watching phones in the waiting areas of clinics, hospitals, school lobbies and banks.

This brings us to a fundamental question “ Should children be engaged by parents all the time?” Not necessarily. What is likely to happen if children were not handed over gadgets at the waiting lounges? What would they do? Some of them may cry, some may throw a loud tantrum, and some may crib. If parents show resilience and allow children to settle down themselves, they will soon find ways to keep themselves engaged. Likewise, during summer vacation. What if this is a “no gadget” vacation and parents do not take up the responsibility to engage their children? What would children do? How can parents show resilience here and facilitate children to make healthy choices? I leave the readers with this thought for this summer vacation.

Mathangi R,

Head of School,

Ekya NICE Road.

Lakshmi Umesh / April 02, 2024

The Eye of the Storm

In the hushed embrace of an Indian evening, our journey began, a symphony of anticipation orchestrated by the hum of jet engines and the flutter of boarding passes. The promise of adventure beckoned from distant shores as we boarded our flight bound for the United Kingdom, our hearts aflutter with dreams of far-off lands and newfound horizons. But as we soared through the velvet sky, a foreboding shadow loomed on the horizon, a harbinger of the chaos that was soon to unfold. In the blink of an eye, the tranquil serenity of our airborne sanctuary was shattered by a deafening crack, a burst of purple lightning that danced across the heavens with an otherworldly fervour. The air crackled with electricity as the plane shuddered beneath the force of the storm, its metal frame quivering in defiance against the tempestuous onslaught. And then, in a heart-stopping moment of sheer terror, the heavens unleashed their fury upon us, casting our fragile vessel into a maelstrom of chaos and uncertainty. The sky darkened to a shade of ominous charcoal as the winds howled with a primal ferocity, tearing at the wings of our faltering craft with savage intent. The cabin was awash with panicked cries and frantic prayers as we clung to our seats with white-knuckled desperation, each passing moment stretching into eternity.

And then, as if mocking our feeble attempts at control, the plane tilted almost 180 degrees, its nose plummeting towards the earth with a sickening lurch. Time seemed to stand still as we hurtled towards the ground, our fate hanging in the balance as the world spun wildly out of control. But just when all hope seemed lost, a glimmer of salvation emerged from the chaos, a beacon of light amidst the encroaching darkness. With a mighty roar, the engines surged to life once more, their thunderous symphony drowning out the cacophony of the storm as we clawed our way back from the brink of oblivion. As the storm clouds parted and the sun cast its golden rays upon the horizon, we emerged battered but unbroken, our spirits buoyed by the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity. And though our journey had been fraught with peril and uncertainty, we emerged from the crucible of the skies stronger and more resilient than ever before. For in the crucible of adversity, we discovered the true measure of our strength, our courage, and our unwavering determination to defy the odds and chart our course through the tempestuous seas of life. As we touched down on solid ground once more, I couldn't help but marvel at the beauty of the world around us, a testament to the indomitable spirit of the human soul.

Arjun Narasimhan Kuppuswamy

Grade 8C

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FieldTrips@Ekya: Trip to Banerghatta Zoo and Butterfly Park

Students of Ekya ITPL, Grades 3 and 4 got an opportunity to go on a field trip to the Bannerghatta Zoo and butterfly park. Children were really excited to go with their friends to a place amidst nature & wilderness. The trails within National Park gave an opportunity for students to explore the beauty of nature. Children saw many animals in the park-like snakes, crocodiles, tiger, zebra, giraffe, etc. Students engaged in a hands-on learning experience in a playful way. They understood that science is fun. The purpose of the trip is to provoke a sense of curiosity and inquiry, use observation, curiosity and communication skills. Students experience observing and discovering the diversity of life that exists at Bannerghatta Zoo. It enabled them to explore their ideas about wild animals and built on these ideas both before and after a zoo field trip. After reaching back to school, they promptly recorded their reflections.

ServiceLearning@Ekya: ITPL students visit Sankara Eye Hospital

Service to humanity is the greatest creed of all, with there being no greater good than giving back to one’s own community. It plays an important role at Ekya and helps students identify themselves as part of the community, develop empathy and respect for others, and gain a deeper understanding of themselves. As part of the Service Learning Program, our students of Grades 5 to 12 conduct several fundraising activities at school – newspaper drives, selling handmade scented candles and body scrubs to name a few, with the funds directed to charity. We visited the Sankara Eye Foundation. It is a non-profit organization that strives to eliminate curable blindness in India. On our entrance, we were first introduced to the Quick Medic software which was designed to reduce the patient wait time to eight minutes and do away with long queues. We were navigated around the hospital and walked through the procedure that a patient undergoes in order to receive optimum eye treatment. The hospital had a paid patients wing and a community wing, where buses plied daily to help the underprivileged receive the treatment that they need. We had the golden opportunity to witness a cataract surgery via television and viewing glass setup. We were then taken to the auditorium where a presentation on the hospital’s philanthropy work and its mode of functioning was delivered to us. The hospital follows an 80/20 model, where the 20% consists of paying patients and 80% is devoted towards community service and is also dependent on donations from people and firms such as Microsoft and Infosys. Their altruistic work extends to 100-150 villages in Karnataka and has funded several cataract surgeries for senior citizens in rural areas. Nanna Kannu, also known as Rainbow in other parts of India, is an initiative that has been undertaken by them in collaboration with the Karnataka State Government to provide preventive and curative eye care to children between 0 and 18 years from government recognized schools and shelters. All in all, it was an informational trip which left us with a sense of satisfaction as we had been able to contribute to his noble cause by donating the profits from our school fundraiser to fund cataract surgeries. By Madhuria Rudra (Student Of Grade XI)

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