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Ekya / August 08, 2023 Posted by : administrator

Solar power is the most abundant energy and an essential renewable resource. Our term one field trip was to Supreme Solar Projects in Yelahanka. We had an exciting day and learned much about manufacturing solar heaters and other solar-powered products.

We started our journey by bus to the factory and, amidst the traffic, went towards our destination. Our class exchanged jokes and chips during our trip and laughed and sang. A pleasant surprise came as we stopped at a toll booth to see another bus filled with students from CMR. Our class had a jolly time on the bus and a growing curiosity about the place we would visit.

Upon arrival, I saw the immense factory and got off the bus in awe. Our class and the CMR students lined up in batches and entered the factory. The first thing I noticed was the numerous processes and proceedings of the factory. Metals were being cut into strips, circular cutting, cutting by laser and various other things in motion. The guide explained the types of heaters they manufacture- Tube and Panel heaters- and told us about the dimensions and proportions used.

We walked around to see how the tank for the heaters was being made and were explained the procedures around the factory. There were various processes to create a seemingly simple thing. Hole punching, rolling, welding, cutting and setting, leakage testing, sand rupturing, coating, heating, painting, thermal insulation, securing and assembly were all processes shown to us. Seeing how something familiar was manufactured at such a large scale was intriguing.

While my batch was waiting for the other set to finish their tour, I realized that this trip was an extension of our learning in school. We have been learning about renewable resources in Social Science, and solar heaters are a way to harness the monumental energy of the sun in our daily lives. After hearty lunches on our bus, we returned to school in the afternoon heat, feeling the sun’s power again.

This field trip was an informative, fun journey to see how solar heaters are made. I enjoyed going there and was fascinated by the multitude of processes and operations around the factory. This was an excellent extension of our learning at school, and I look forward to more trips like these next term.

Written By:
Ira Dwivedi
(Student of Grade 7A)
Ekya Schools, Byrathi

Ira Dwivedi

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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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#TeacherBlogger: Prani – field trip By Prema V, Ekya Schools, Byrathi

Prani: The Pet Sanctuary is one of its one-of-a-kind experiential education parks. An initiative of Into the Wild focuses on outdoor experiential education.

Experiential education is the best teaching approach for young minds, enabling them to connect to the natural world. Interactions with nature and animal life will facilitate mindset growth and physical well-being.

This being one of the critical aspects of learning in Ekya Schools, field trips are planned to ensure that students connect with the natural world and expand their knowledge. As part of their field trip, students of grade 3 of Ekya School, Byrathi, visited this pet sanctuary on 19 July 2023. This experience assisted students in observing, touching, feeling and listening to various sights and sounds around them to enjoy nature and be empathetic towards the exploited animals.

As they were allowed to interact with species being conserved and rehabilitated, students were more curious to learn about these animals and record their experiences in their journals. It was an open environment that welcomed curiosity and cultivated environmental literacy, which can be implemented.

Over and above, students were educated on correct thinking about animals and the natural world. It also allowed them to ponder co-existence, care and concern for animal and plant life and become responsible citizens.

By Prema V Kannada Language Teacher Ekya School, Byrathi

#TeacherBlogger: Importance of Lifeskills for students By Ms. Pooja Nagpal, Ekya Schools, JP Nagar

Life Skills

Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what matters is best
Bob Talbert.

Education

As the quote says, we can teach kids to count, read, write, and learn about the world, but it is also essential to teach them how to live in this world. Life skills education is a significant way to lead one's life as one ought to lead to be justified to others and oneself. It is a pointer to one's development in diverse dimensions—physical, mental, emotional, social, aesthetic, cultural, etc. To deal with stress, anxiety, day-to-day problems, behavioural issues, and many such social situations, Life Skills are of help. Being a branch of social psychology, the subject of life skills concentrates on the social behaviour of human beings in different social situations.

Definition

The abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.

Life skills are essential for every individual, especially for students. These skills equip students with the necessary tools to succeed personally and professionally.

Reasons for Teaching Life Skills

Life Skills Education contributes to primary education, gender equality, democracy, good citizenship, child care and protection, the promotion of lifelong learning, quality of life and peace. The skills must be repeated again and again. Thus, the knowledge is remembered repetitively, making the brain remember 90% of the information. Hence the need to repeat, recap, reinforce and review.

Students should develop essential life skills to enhance their well-being and success:

  • Decision-making
  • Critical thinking
  • Interpersonal relationship skills
  • Self-awareness-building skills
  • Empathy
  • Coping with stress and emotions

Decision-making skills

You can practice and improve by learning a good decision-making process emphasizing how you decide, not what you choose. Everyday life is an endless sequence of decisions. Good decision-makers are those who overcome biases that might affect their choice. Employers expect managers to make excellent choices based on facts and data rather than intuitions. Decision-making is the thought process of selecting a logical choice from available options. Rational decision maximizes our chances of happiness, successful living and fulfilment.

Critical Thinking: Critical thinking will enable you to express your thoughts, ideas, and beliefs better. Better communication helps others to understand you better, resulting in less frustration for both of you. Critical thinking fosters creativity and out-of-the-box thinking that can be applied to any area of your life. Students should develop the ability to question, reason, and use logic and evidence.

Interpersonal Skills: Interpersonal skills are essential for students to develop as they build relationships. Students should learn to listen actively, empathize, negotiate, and resolve conflicts.

Time Management Skills: Time management skills are crucial for students, as they need to balance their academic, social, and personal lives. Students should learn to prioritize their tasks, set goals, and manage their time effectively to meet deadlines and achieve their objectives.

Leadership Skills: Leadership skills are essential for students to develop as they prepare to take on leadership roles in their personal and professional lives. Students should learn to communicate effectively, delegate tasks, inspire and motivate others, and make tough decisions.

Self-awareness: Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity. It is a necessary skill for coping with life's inevitable obstacles and one of the key ingredients to success and learning to bounce back and bounce forward. Resilience skills are essential for students to develop when facing challenges and setbacks. Students should learn to bounce back from failures, cope with stress, and adapt to change.

Students must develop life skills as they prepare for their personal and professional lives. These skills allow them to attain their objectives, establish healthy relationships, and lead fulfilling lives. By becoming independent learners who can manage change, take accountability for their work, and lead others, students are better equipped to produce outstanding results. Moreover, acquiring essential life skills can help individuals navigate life's challenges effectively. Remembering that good mental health is vital to overall well-being is critical.

By Ms. Pooja Nagpal Teaching Staff Ekya Schools, JP Nagar

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