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Ekya / June 08, 2018 Posted by : administrator

As part of the English curriculum at Ekya, we have curated a list of books(grade-wise), recommended for our students to read. Here is our English Reading list:

Recommended Reading List for Grade 1

– Ammachi’s Glasses by Priya Kuriyan
– Salim Mamoo and Me by Zai Whitaker
– Ira the Little Dolphin by Shekar Dattatri
– The Noddy Series by Enid Blyton
– Read Aloud Stories (an anthology from Tulika)
– Karadi Tales
– Treasury for Children by James Herriot
– Farewell to Shady Glade by Bill Peet
– Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne
– Now We are Six (Winnie the Pooh) by A A Milne
– Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
– Early Picture Books by Children Book Trust
– Books by National Book Trust

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Recommended Reading List for Grade 2

– The Young Visitors by Daisy Ashford
– Mary Poppins by PL Travers
– The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
– The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum
– Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
– The Enchanted Shoes by Enid Blyton
– When We Were Very Young (Winnie-the-Pooh) by A.A Milne
– The Tale of Mr. Tod by Beatrix Potter
– Books by Children Book Trust
– Books by National Book Trust

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Recommended Reading List for Grade 3

– The Butterfingers Series by Khyrunnisa A
– Matilda By Roald Dahl
– George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
– Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
– The Twits by Roald Dahl
– Once Upon A Monsoon Time by Ruskin Bond
– Deepak Dalal’s adventure series set in the Andamans, Ladakh, etc.
– A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky
– The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
– Let’s Go Time Travelling by Subhadra Sen Gupta
– Books by Children Book Trust
– Books by National Book Trust

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Recommended Reading List for Grade 4

– My Nana is a Nutcase by Ranjit Lal
– The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
– How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
– The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross
– Charlotte’s Web by E B White
– Those Dreadful Children by Enid Blyton
– The Famous Five Series
– The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde
– Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
– Books by Children Book Trust
– Books by National Book Trust

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Recommended Reading List for Grade 5

Stories in Familiar settings
– The Ranthambore Adventure by Deepak Dalal
– The Andamans Adventure. Barren Island, by Deepak Dalal and other
Vikramaditya adventures (available at the school library)

Biographies
– Rani Lakshmibai – Puffin Lives (a new batch of Puffin Lives are now in the
school library)
– My Life. An Illustrated Biography – APJ Abdul Kalam
– I Can – Stories of how children are changing the world by Devika Rangachari

Suspense Stories
– Danny The Champion of the World-Roald Dahl
– Nancy Drew Series
– Hardy Boys Series

Books by Significant Authors
– The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
– Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
– Books by R K Narayan

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Recommended Reading List for Grade 6

Folktales
– Stories to Solve Folktales from Around the World by George Shannon
– Burmese Folktales – Stories from forgotten kingdoms retold by Madhu Gurung

Horror and Suspense
– Goosebumps Series by R.L. Stine
– The Adventures of Feluda by Satyajit Ray

Contemporary Fiction – Expressing the Self
– My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell (Humour)
– Going Solo by Roald Dahl

Fantasy/Sci-Fiction
– The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
– The Unicorn Expedition and Other Stories by Satyajit Ray
– Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Pre-20th Century Fiction
– Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1871)
– The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (1876)
– Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (1837)
– Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1901)
– Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)
– Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (1877)

Pre-20th Century Drama
– Macbeth by William Shakespeare
– The Tempest by William Shakespeare
– Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw

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Recommended Reading List for Grade 7

Fantasy
– Faces in the Water by Ranjit Lal
– Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
– Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets by JK Rowling

Suspense
– Dracula by Bram Stoker
– Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
– Agatha Christie Series
– The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Series by Alexander McCall Smith

Coming of Age
– Unbroken by Nandhika Nambi
– Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
– Words from the Hills by Ruskin Bond

Myths and Legends
– Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
– Myths & Legends Of India, Egypt China & Japan by Rachel Storm

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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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Topping Grade X CBSE Boards – Aditya Kanthi

Aditya Kanthi of Grade X, Ekya School ITPL just did us proud by topping his batch in the CBSE board exams. With the excitement of results at an all-time high, we managed to get in touch with Aditya to have an informal chat with him about this achievement. 96.4% and a centum in Science is an achievement for sure, but our topper downplayed the entire story by being extremely grounded and happy yet raring to go all out for the next two years that will shape his career. This aspiring engineer has dreams of making it big in the field of Computer Science or Nuclear Physics in the years to come. Did he really expect to top the school? “I hadn’t really thought about that. I just wanted to do well. I, however, expected a centum in math,” is what he had to say. Did he have a fixed pattern of study? How did he prepare for the exam? Aditya mentions that he studied regularly from the start of the academic year. “I studied from the beginning. So, there was no pressure when it actually came to the day of the exams.” However, Aditya was unfortunately ill during the Boards. He had a high fever and was really unwell the day before Social Science – but this resilient student says, “the fact that I had prepared from the beginning ensured that I could do well in my papers even when I couldn’t revise for it the day before.” What was his day like during the study holidays? “I did not study the entire day. I ensured that I played for an hour every day. This gave me the break I needed. I love to play Squash, go go-karting and spend some time in the gym” Studies were just a daily routine in his day. What was the highlight of his success? Aditya credits his mother for being a huge support during this time. He says “My mother did not pressurize or push me at all. She just told me to do my best and that it was ok. I cannot do anything well under pressure and so it was great not to have that. I just was regular, and I knew this was enough.” He also mentioned that having friends living nearby helped him discuss subjects easily and also have a sense of healthy competition.
How did Ekya help in his preparation for the Boards?
Aditya, being a self-starter did most of the prep work by himself. He, however, acknowledges his Hindi teacher. "My Hindi teacher helped us a lot, especially since Hindi was a tough subject for me".  He also clarified his doubts with his teachers who were always willing to help. 
Since the pattern of the exam papers was different this year, it helped to have more practice papers. Using Question banks to solve different questions helped predict the questions for the exams. And our teachers helped by taking us through the additional preparation material. I ensured that the 40 days of study holidays was dedicated to revising the entire syllabus and being prepared for the exams ahead.
How did it feel with the spotlight on him? “It does feel weird but it’s ok.” He does admit that he would like to put it all away now and get on with his life. This student is really not fond of all the attention.   His mantra for the students of Grade IX Aditya has just 3 things to say to his juniors.
  1. Don’t really worry – It will be ok
  2. Study a bit – every day – Being regular helps
  3. Play more and study less – Yes, that’s right - you should balance the two and go on
What are your best memories from Grade X? Aditya was quick to talk about friends and how they all played together regularly and had a lot of fun. He did also mention that the flip side of going to school was the fact that they had to study a lot. However, what really was top of mind and caused him some fun anxious moments were his teachers constantly telling him to get a haircut. This teenager is fond of beaches and motor vehicles. His favourite holiday destinations are Goa and the United States. He loves cars and bikes and would love to own a Ducati Master one day. He also follows Politics ardently especially the Indian political scene and that of the United States and finds it interesting to watch the news updates. Here is what Ms. Jyothi Menon, Vice-Principal, Ekya ITPL, and his class teacher had to say about Aditya, Kudos to this focused and resilient teenager and wishing him all success in the future.

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Becoming a Solve Ninja – Abhiram Gooty, Ekya School ITPL

Abhiram Gooty, of Grade X, Ekya School ITPL recently completed the Solve Boot Camp 2018, organized by Reap Benefit across the months of April and May. Solve Boot Camp is a platform where best students from schools were invited to go through an intensive workshop to find solutions to environmental concerns and civic issues. Through the two month workshop, students worked on rapid prototyping, pitching their ideas and solutions, and had access to 30 hours of mentorship on problem-solving. Abhiram represented Ekya at the boot camp that hosted 55 students from 25 schools across Bangalore and Hosur. With 27 products built at the workshop, 15 campaigns were carried out to solve real-world problems. The students came together on 19th May, observed as ‘Solve Ninja Day’, to showcase their solutions. Abhiram identified the garbage menace that plagued his neighbourhood as the problem he wished to solve. Applying his learning from the workshop, he conducted interviews with people in and around his apartment and the employees from the supermarket, both located in the vicinity of the garbage dump. He not only suggested alternatives to reduce waste but also proposed to help clear the dump with the help of BBMP. Using the Sahaya app, Abhiram was able to get in touch with BBMP and was successful in restoring cleanliness in his locality. With this achievement, Abhiram was officially declared as a ‘Solve Ninja’ by Reap Benefit at the Solve Boot Camp, having successfully begun his problem-solving journey. Praising his communication skills, sense of citizenship and use of data, the organization has awarded Abhiram with a certificate of completion.

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