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editorialclubitpl / February 14, 2019 Posted by :
It is indeed true when one says that today you may be a reader, but tomorrow you will be a leader. Books and reading give you an immense amount of knowledge and create interest like no other. Reading week was celebrated at the Ekya School, ITPL Campus with great zeal and enthusiasm. Throughout the week students participated in ‘Stop, Drop & Read’ activity. A fun learning activity which required the students to temporarily put aside their work at the sound of 3 loud bells and read a book of their choice. ‘Stop, Drop & Read’ was thoroughly enjoyed by the students and was a good exercise to develop the habit of reading in children. 
Various other activities were included for our exuberant students within this one week. There were events that brought out the hidden creativity of the children such as bookmark making, pictorial illustration of their favorite story, making a cover page and blurb for their favorite book along with puppetry.
There were interesting activities for the enhancement of their writing skills as well such as writing a book review, making a character sketch of their favorite character, making a tantalizing tiny tale, and creating comic strips on books that they have read before.
The parents of students from grades 1 to 5 were invited to narrate stories to our students. Students of Grades 1 & 2 had a great storytelling time. A book fair was organised where the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves as they were introduced to a variety of genres of books. 
It was indeed an enthralling week at Ekya ITPL and we thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere of books and reading. Let us never let the fire of literary works burn out!
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editorialclubitpl / 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

editorialclubitpl / 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.

editorialclubitpl / 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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Which style of parenting is better? Eastern or Western – A debate

Parenting is subjective, but to quite an extent it is influenced by our surroundings, upbringing, and culture. 'Which style of parenting is better? Eastern or Western’ was the topic of debate at Ekya School JP Nagar. Students highlighted some key factors that differentiate the parenting style in eastern and western countries. Shreya Siddharth of Grade 6 in this blog shares an account of the debate competition and the topic discussed. The topic given to us to the debate was ‘Which style of parenting is better? Eastern or Western’. The teachers first tested us on our knowledge about the topic by holding a discussion. We shared our thoughts and also noted down points. We were then divided into teams consisting of two members each. Each team had to argue for and against the topic. Here are some of the points we debated about: Eastern vs. Western style of parenting: The world consists of nearly 7.5 billion people. The parents of the world prefer their technique of parenting according to the place they live. The western style of parenting is largely supported in North America and Europe while the eastern in Asia. Today, at school we debated about the two. Eastern style of parenting favours family first. They are emotionally connected and supported. The western style teaches kids to be individualistic and open to the world. Here are some primary differences... 1. Sleep: Most American babies do not sleep with their parents from the early days. Unlike the eastern culture, the western babies have been trained to soothe themselves to sleep. While in the eastern culture, parents sing a lullaby. 2. Mealtime: Beyond bottle feeding, meals are usually placed in front of the child. A bib is a must to begin this meal adventure in most American homes. While in the eastern culture feeding the babies is a necessity for parents. 3. Playdates: These are common in the US and they are constantly arranged to allow the child to interact with others. These unstructured play opportunities encourage children to venture and explore their environment. Playdates also exist in the eastern cultures where several mothers meet and chat while their children play in a home or outdoor environment. However, these mothers may show some hesitation about having their children venture beyond the ‘comfort zone.’ 4. Strict upbringing: This exists everywhere and this applies to both cultures although most would like to believe that western parents are more liberal.However, parents in the east may adhere to stricter routines, and discipline due to their higher expectations set for their children. While success is important, western parents also look at other ways to develop their children. As such, they do not generally push their children but allow them to pursue their interests. 5. Leaving home at age 18: The biggest difference comes when the child becomes college bound at around 17 or 18 years old. With close to 4,600 universities or colleges in the US, some parents may find their children opting to enter colleges at this age. Unlike the western culture, young adults in the east usually stay with their parents till they get married. They usually live in a joint family where all siblings, in-laws, parents live. Conclusion: Parenting style depends on where you live and the custom followed. - Shreya Siddharth of Grade 6, Ekya School JP Nagar

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Field trip to Bannerghatta National Park – Ekya School JP Nagar

Our students are given numerous opportunities to participate in activities and field trips to enhance their learning experience. Real-time experiences help our students to improve their interpersonal and social skills. It improves their communication skills as they interact with their peers at a personal level.
With an objective of sensitizing students about the animals and their habitats, pre-primary students of the Ekya School JP Nagar were taken for a field trip to Bannerghatta National Park. With joy & excitement, students saw numerous animals like tigers, lions, bears, elephants, porcupines, tortoise, white tigers, leopards, snakes etc.
Not just animals, students got a chance to see some rare categories of birds like emu, pelicans, pigeons, macaw, different kinds of parrots and parakeets etc.
In true sense, this visit to the zoo helped our students relate to the concepts they had been learning in class with real-life experiences gathered at the zoo. 
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