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Kanhas diaries – a story in pictures

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Kanhas diaries – a story in pictures 8:45 am: Shriya and Pranav Come in early. They spend their  time mixing colours on the blackboard. Play evolves into creating a rain scene by squeezing water on the blackboard with a wet sponge  9:45 am – We start the day with mangal aarti for the class ‘Radha

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Maths is fun!

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Maths is fun! Mathematics – it is  always a challenge to teach and to learn. Mathematics is a language in itself. Where traditional languages translate sounds into symbols, maths translates numerical concepts into symbols. But ultimately, both of them allow us to express thoughts on paper. However, language is still easier to teach because the

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Cooking for Krishna

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Cooking for Krishna For children, cooking is a very special activity. First and foremost it enables them to directly render devotional service to Krishna. It is also an extremely sensory experience – the mixing and rolling, shaping with their hands, feeling the smoothness of batter or the rough texture of sugar, the smell of vanilla

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Revising the alphabet through games

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Revising the alphabet through games Getting children to revise their alphabets – writing and sounds is always tricky. How many of us would want to mindlessly write pages of letters or keep reciting A says, B says etc? I have been doing frequent revision at Kanhas and I had to come up with lots of

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Celebrating festivals together

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Celebrating festivals together We had a wonderful Gaur poornima(appearance of Lord Chaitanya) celebration at Kanhas on 31st March. I think,  more than the actual party,  we had a lot more fun planning it We began planning 2 weeks in advance. We decided we would put up a small show for our mums and dads on

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Picnic at Kanhas!

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Picnic at Kanhas! We has our first picnic at Kanhas, where we went to Collingwood Animal Farm. It was a great opportunity for the children to interact with nature closely. They got to cuddle guinea pigs, milk a cow and feed sheep, horses, and chickens! Cuddling guinea pigs Feeding the chickens Petting the horses Milking

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Hibernation

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Hibernation This week, I thought I will talk a little bit about the science we do at Kanhas. We did hibernation recently and the session went really well, so here goes. I began the class by talking a little bit about  winter sleep. Children as young as the ones in my class have an absolutely

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The letter J

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The letter J This time,  I thought I will describe one whole day at Kanhas. The letter J went exceptionally well… so I am sharing how we learnt it. The day, of course,  began with our morning program. Once the children were warmed up and ready for the day – we began with our story.

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The joy of making something together

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The joy of making something together When I decided to teach Owls on O day to my preschoolers- I found a wonderful folk story online – called the Wise Owl. It is a parable that encourages turn taking and patience – key values that I wanted to introduce to my class. After the story, we

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Introducing the alphabet

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Introducing the alphabet Kanhas alphabet wall Alphabets are a complex topic. If you really want to experience this first hand, try learning the Chinese alphabet! The reason they are complicated, especially for a child, is that they introduce lots of new (and strange) concepts:  Squiggles (or pictures) on a page are linked to sounds. Not

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