Tuesday, June 2, 2015

10 ways to cultivate reading habits in children

“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” - Frank Serafini

Reading is regarded as a highly valuable hobby as well as skill. The positive effects of reading last well into school, university and work life. Successful people, despite being extremely busy, tend to take out sufficient  time to read deeply inspiring and informative literature. The benefits of reading are quite well known. An international school student stands to gain a lot from multicultural literature. So how does one actually turn it into a lifelong habit?
There are fortunately many ways to cultivate a lifelong habit of reading. Blogs and short articles do serve their purpose, but reading entire books on a particular subject of interest helps one deeply understand, analyse and critique its various aspects.

 Ways to cultivate reading habits

o      Read to children: It has been often repeated that one must read to children, yet this task carries a huge significance. Kids effortlessly pick up habits from their parents and older siblings. Deliberately reading in the presence of your children or reading to them will encourage them to pick up a book and start reading it themselves. 

o      Gift them a new book as often as you can: Pick up interesting books from your travels; at airports and bookstores in various cities and bring them home.

o      Cut back on unproductive TV and internet time: Although the advent of the internet has helped books reach a larger audience, there are plenty of ways to waste time surfing the internet or watching mindless television. 

o      Create an achievement hall of fame: Make a list of the books that you and your child have read, and celebrate your success!

o      Make reading time fun: Learning is a serious business but making reading time exciting and entertaining helps far more than a rigid and boring reading session. 

o      Let your child join a reading club: Many international schools organise reading clubs. Trio World Academy, Bangalore has its very own reading club that every child is required to join. TRIO library has over 22000 books and digital resources.
Many libraries in Bangalore organise reading events regularly to increase interest among children. They also organise theme based literary events, and book reading sessions by authors. 

o      Organise a read-a-thon: A group of children can gather together to read a specified number of books over a fixed period of time with a challenging goal such as raising money for charity.Trio World School organises read-a-thon every year.

o      Understand a child’s preferences. It is also important to understand the likes and dislikes of children so you can provide them with books that they enjoy. Every month at least take once child to book stores.There are plenty of good book stores in Bangalore.Like Sapna Book Depot

o      Cultivate a dedicated reading space: Try to create a dedicated zone in your home with minimal distractions and comfortable seating arrangements. Fill it up with interesting genres of books.

o      Introduce books of increasing complexity: As kids gain mastery over a certain level of reading skills, push them to try more complex works of literature.

Children can simply start by spending 15 to 20 minutes a day reading a book of their choice. As they get better at this skill, they will learn to enjoy it more. It will enhance their language skills and turn them into good conversationalists. They will meet fictional characters who will influence their worldviews tremendously. Books will teach them critical thinking, reasoning, ethics, responsibility and problem solving. You might also be moulding one of the future's best-selling authors!

Happy Reading :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Importance of creativity for Children

Each individual is born with immense potential for creativity. People who are extremely successful in the fields of medicine, arts, entrepreneurship, politics, pure sciences, engineering, education or public service have benefited from a mentor and/or an environment that nurtured creative thought and action. Starting Early “A baby's brain seems to be the most powerful learning computer on the planet.” says psychologist Alison Gopnik in her TED talk. The duration of a species’ childhood correlates to the size of its brain and intelligence. Humans have a comparatively longer childhood than other species.
Children have the ability to come up with unconventional solutions to problems. Billions of associations are being made within their brain based on all the stimuli and experiences that they encounter; this process slows down as we age. Early childhood is therefore, a great window of opportunity to develop the child’s abilities. How to encourage creativity in children Introduce younger children to good raw materials like paints, markers, coloured papers, clay and blocks. Encourage them to try their hands at art, music, dance or simple science experiments. Great innovations begin as an imaginative thought!
Older children can be introduced to challenging and interesting problems relating to the environment, health, sciences or society. It is ok to be messy when it comes to creativity. Although it might be challenging, allowing for mistakes and experimentation lets children put all their ideas to work. Care must be taken to ensure health & safety. Be aware about the culture of over consumption. Filling up the mind passively by watching TV shows, playing video games and using certain gadgets for very long periods of time may actually hurt creativity. Appreciate any creative solutions that children come up with even if they aren’t perfect.
Do not try to control the outcome of what a child is trying to achieve. Giving importance to the process of creation rather than the end result sets the perfect tone for coming up with great solutions. Excessive focus on achieving high grades by curtailing free flowing creative time can hurt creativity and therefore career prospects! On the other hand, overtly forcing creativity might actually prevent creative outcomes. We can set an example for children and others around us by being creative ourselves. Conclusion Creativity is not about just amusement. Helping children take small steps towards becoming more creative everyday has many benefits. We are not just helping children solve everyday problems, but we are building resilience, independent thought, and preparing them for dealing with unfamiliar situations. So how are you going to inspire a child today?

Monday, March 9, 2015

Is your child stressed out because of his school or you?

Let's take a look at our children today. We parents strongly believe that we are giving them the best of everything and training them to be the best version of themselves, but, let's think again. Are we?? Really??

Gone are the days when coming home after school meant going out and playing until we were forced to come in because it was late. School meant meeting friends and planning the next evening of fun. It was hoping that the teacher is absent, it was looking forward to free periods and turning in our home work at the nth moment.

Our parents advised and lectured us, but little did we listen. Well, some did and it anyway paid off for all in the long run. We were never pressurized into doing activities or nailed under the expectations of fueling someone else's dream. Unfortunately, how many children can agree to this today? They are sent to innumerable activities after school, and enrolled in classes they do not wish to attend. Every parent now wants their child to excel in every field. Every parent wants their child to do what they were unable to. Every parent is hoping to fulfil their

dreams through their child. Is that fair? We adults cannot manage to work a nine-hour shift, then get home and do the household chores, cater to everyone's needs and go to bed at night without complaining. Yet, our children spend the whole day at school, which by no means is easy with the extensive competition, extra and co-curricular activities, additional assessments, and peer pressure, and come home before going for tuitions, extra classes and co-ordinated activities after which they have a lot of homework to finish before retiring to bed. And somehow, we still assume that they have a carefree and less stressful life.

We often take the liberty to say that children are doing a lot in school and, yes, they are. All schools cater to a child's holistic development. They nurture the child and help develop all possible skills exposing him to innumerable activities and opportunities to learn. Why, then, do parents insist on their child having the edge over other children??

Yes, children are made to put in their best efforts and invest their time in school, where they are challenged to work to their best ability, and therefore need to relax once they get home.

So, keeping in mind the child's needs, abilities and interests, both parents and teachers must cater to what's best for a child to grow while being nurtured and less stressed.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Safety at Trio World Academy Bengaluru

Adhering to the highest standards that any international school must mandatory impart, TRIO makes utterly sure that the school becomes a haven for its pupils. The security here is impeccably the best with over 67 CCTV digital cameras installed at various places insides the school. We have GPRS,Speed Governors, Fire extinguishers and First Aid in our buses by which our pupils commute. These AC buses have seat belts too.

Before making any kind of recruitment, TRIO ensures that every teaching and non-teaching candidate goes through Criminal Background Verification Check.

The school premises is built upon keeping in mind that no safety measure remains untouched and the students spend their time unscathed. For ensuring this, all classroom doors have disabled locks from the inside; one can clearly see through glass of each classroom doors for visibility and the unused rooms are locked permanently. Every classroom has a smoke detector and a fire alarm installed. We make it a point that students get their learning within carefree and safe class rooms.

All staff and support staff are on company role they are to follow company disciplinary policies. They have to mandatorily adhere to the written or implied regulations that school enlists for them.

TRIO implements child protection policy and complaint redressed provisions. This gives a guarantee that every child is within full safety ambit. Students are not allowed to access to mobile phones during their school hours. Moreover, Internet and Wi-Fi are firewalled so that there remains no media and personal mails access for misuse. This leaves no ground for negligence at any cost.

At every quarter, mock fire alarm drill is conducted in the school to make every one learn to take safety measure at the time of panic or danger. In case, if there is still any accident that takes place in the campus, we assure that the staff and the students get comprehensive accidental cover to the utmost extent.

Some accidental cases owe their transpiration to psychological ratiocinates. We therefore facilitate to have for our school, a psychological counselor for time-to-time counseling given at the time of need. TRIO owes to unmatched safety standards that any international institution is bound to have.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Trio World Academy - Entrepreneurship and Children

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Trio World Academy, Bangalore, believes in grooming our students to be proactive and compassionate contributors to the society. An entrepreneurial mindset is one asset that students can be encouraged to cultivate. At Trio, we believe it is our responsibility as an international school to impart globally relevant skills that can transform communities.

What is Entrepreneurship?

One might feel that the term entrepreneurship is overused by the media. But in a broader sense, it is a way of approach to life that indentifies needs or problems and utilizes resources in the best possible way, to benefit all the people involved.

The benefits of starting early

The CEO of Zappos, online shoe and clothing store, Tony Hseih, ran a business of making custom buttons when he was 12 years old.
As we grow older, our imagination tends to be less broad & unrestrained. Children on the other hand, are energetic, creative and adventurous. They have immense potential to become problem solvers.

New technologies continue to make our lives simpler and more enjoyable. Some of these are the result of such bold ventures. Despite these, the society still faces problems that affect the health and livelihoods of its people.
What we can do to help students

Students must not just be taught the practical skills behind entrepreneurship. Values like discipline, hard work, compassion, honesty, courage and persistence can be inculcated in them. Skills like brainstorming, goal setting, planning and team work need to be boosted.

One needs to teach them that there are many ways to approach a problem. By teaching kids that making mistakes while learning is really the best way to grow, we are bolstering their ability to be innovative at solving problems. They must be encouraged to pick challenging problems and tackle them with enthusiasm.

Profits and monetary benefits are only one aspect of succeeding as an entrepreneur. Focusing solely on these gains might be a detriment to their personal growth and can thwart great ideas. When we contribute to the prosperity of a community, it cannot but take us to new heights.

Monday, June 23, 2014

First days in school – A parent’s ready reckoner

So your precious child has been admitted to nursery and as she or he takes the first steps towards independence, you as a parent must naturally seem very concerned and eager to ensure that it is a smooth transition for the child. Here are a few tips from an experienced nursery teacher. Ms. Naseem from Trio World School has more than ten years experience, and these tips will definitely help every anxious parent as their tiny tots navigate the journey from home to school.

  • While bringing your children into the school campus, always lead the child by hand by your side. This develops more independence and more confidence in the child. When you hold the child in your arms or communicate over possessiveness, the child will find the transition very difficult.

  • Calm down and trust the teacher and the institution. You would have enrolled your child in only after checking the credentials of the institution and believing in the institution’s capabilities.

  • It takes a minimum of 2 – 3 months for the child to fully settle in. Only after that period does learning set in. Therefore the instructions for early years are very different from that of higher classes. Trust that.

  • Don’t disrespect the teacher. Remember she is a human being and has under her care a minimum of at least 20 children. Respect her time and that the same way your child is important to her, the other children are equally important to her.

  • A teaching methodology designed for children is set up after due consideration and planning. It is not something that can be explained to you in 5 or 10 minutes. Trust the learning methodology at work and wait patiently for results in your child. Each child has his/her own learning curve.

  • At home reinforce the learnings in the classroom by talking about it and encouraging the child. This will greatly aid in the child’s learning curve.

  • Provide play dough, physical & outdoor activities which develop social skills & cognitive learning in the child. This prepares the child for school in Bangalore.

  • At home, encourage the child to eat on his/her own with a spoon. Even if it is messy don’t look for an easier option to feed. This will encourage good eating habits in the child and you don’t need to be overtly anxious if your child is eating in school.

  • Your child’s teacher and you are on the same page – always remember that.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Typical Day at TRIO WORLD ACADEMY Bengaluru

At Trio World School we offer an individual education for each student.

The TWS curriculum combines extra-curricular interests and sports with a wide range of academic studies to develop a personal programme.

This personal combination of studies is overseen by Head of the School, that ensure that any of the inevitable clashes of interest are addressed and that extra time rehearsing for Hamlet doesn't mean Math's homework is no longer important!

We expect a lot from our students: each academic subject sets homework to be completed before the next lesson, so pupils soon learn the skills of time management and prioritising that will give them the self-confidence and independence required at university and beyond.

The week runs from Monday to Friday from 8am to 3.30pm with 6, 50-minute periods each day plus. All students have two scheduled afternoons of sports a week.

In High School, homework is set for every school day and should take about one and a half hours not including private study for their examination subjects. Students in the Middle School are expected to spend at least three hours a week on homework. Primary school students will be given a minimum of 20 minutes homework thrice weekly. Parents of Infant students are actively encouraged to help with colouring pictures, learning new words and writing letters and counting as often as possible.