Thursday, 18 May 2017

British Council ISA 7: Cricket – One Team One Dream

Through British Council ISA 7: Cricket – One Team One Dream, students actually got an opportunity to study, compare and contrast the history of Cricket and how it is associated with the colonial past. It has always been believed that the game of cricket survived as a children's game for many centuries before it was adapted by adults around the beginning of the 17th century.

The students underwent an all-encompassing learning experience as they had to research, collate, arrange, classify, perform and paste the facts & pictures in the various activities like Collage and PowerPoint Presentation.

Students of Classes VII – VIII prepared PPT to elucidate the rules, regulations and history of cricket and shared the same with the students of Class V – VI. Further, Class V & VI students prepared a beautiful collage on the legends of Cricket from India and England.

A cricket match was conducted on 20th May’17 in the premises of the school in which there were two teams India and England and the students showed up with great team spirit.

A Cricket Quiz was also conducted which was on the basis of the evolution of Cricket, in which two teams comprising students of V to VIII took part. Even the audience felt involved in the activity as they were passed the unanswered questions of each team. All students, as well as the teachers, enjoyed this activity very much. Also, a feedback was taken from the chief guest, parents and students.

Through this, the students opened up their horizons of knowledge about the game. For e.g., first ever international cricket game was between the USA and Canada in 1844. The match was played at the grounds of the St George's Cricket Club in New York. The activity also paved a way to the students to attain knowledge about the Cricket’s origin in India and develop a deeper understanding of it and its international standards.

It was an actual hands-on experience on a school pitch, which enhanced the passion for cricket among students and along with that, gave them a better understanding of the game. Teamwork building, co-operation, collaboration and critical evaluation of the situation, strategic planning, concentration and presence of mind, sportsmanship, leadership qualities and discipline are a part of the game and these skills were learned through the activity.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

British Council ISA 6: Kaleidoscope of festivals

Festivals have a religious origin and entwine cultural and religious significance in traditional activities. They serve to fulfil specific communal purposes, especially with regard to commemoration or thanksgiving. ‘Kaleidoscope of festivals’ – a collaborative activity of ISA with China included the festivals of India and China, seasonal festivals, regional festivals depicting the oneness and brotherhood in the kingdom of India.  The activity paved a way to the students by bringing them face to face with the highest expression of the human spirit by imparting the knowledge and relevance of different festivals celebrated in the partnered countries.

 Through this activity, awareness was created among the students about the different festivals of the other countries and the reason for their celebration. Also, it provided them with a platform for developing critical thinking, teamwork spirit and enhancing creativity.

The students of Grade VII to VIII were shown a documentary on various festivals of their native country as well as the partnered country i.e. China. Students of Class VII prepared PPT on the festivals of India like Holi, Diwali, Gurupurab and Onam; and Class VIII students were made to prepare PPT on the festivals of China such as Ching Ming, Lantern Festival, Dragon Boat Race, Qing Ming and Chinese New Year. Further, the presentations were exchanged with the different schools through wiki spaces.

The students prepared display boards that adorned the school corridor. The students of Class V prepared bulletin boards on festivals of India and students of Class VI prepared bulletin boards on festivals of China and all the evidences were exchanged with the partnered schools through e-mails.

In conclusion, a feedback was taken from the parents, teachers and students.  
The learning outcome of the activity was that the students developed sensitivity towards different cultures and their important festivals.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

British Council ISA 5:  Kingdom  of  Dolls

In today’s technological age, when we talk of the world being a “Global Village”, dolls from all over the world – Ethnic Dolls along with the flag of the country were brought under one roof. Kingdom of Dolls Project encompasses an array of activities, which were conducted for pre-primary. and Grade 1 children to acquaint them with the culture and tradition of various countries around the world.

Under this title, a variety of activities were organized like Doll making activity, an excursion to the Doll's Museum, enactment of International Dolls, Power Point Presentations and Quiz. The activity was conducted with the aim of providing a learning environment that respects diversity. Also, it was conducted for the students to enable them to have a better understanding about the basic concept of dolls.  The pre-schoolers embraced this opportunity and whole-heartedly took part in the activity.

A doll is a model of human being often used as a toy for children. This ISA Activity helped in developing social, emotional, motor and cognitive skills of a child, which will further help him in his personality development and understanding skills.

The teachers collected the information of dolls from different kingdom through internet, newspapers and magazines and shared it with the pre-primary students up to Grade 1. Students of Class Nursery to II visited the Doll Museum as dolls are known in all cultures and are one of the oldest and widespread forms of toys, “Bib and Tucker” activity was held in the premises of the school in which the students adorned the attires of various countries depicting the culture and tradition of countries across the globe. Not only this, the students of Grade K.G, I and II made the beautiful attires of dolls and also coloured the dolls in the worksheets provided to them.

The project concluded with the exhibition which was organized by the school for parents in order to make them aware about the learning activities of the children at school. Also, a feedback was taken from the parents, teachers and students.

Friday, 27 January 2017

British Council ISA 4: Endangered  Species  - Shoot with Camera…Not Gun

There was this old, vile man with a beard
Who the African elephants feared,
“Bang, bang!” went his shotgun
For him it was such fun
The African Elephants disappear!

Animals are one of the most beautiful creatures existing on the planet but the irresponsible behavior of the human beings is troubling the existence of animals. Habitat loss, hunting and poaching are some of the major threats to the life of these creatures. It is the need of the hour to conserve these endangered species that are under the threat of extinction, for a balanced growth on the planet.

Endangered species can be stated to an animal if they are either disappearing fast from the face of the planet or are very sparsely populated, which is not good enough for survival of the animal community in the long run.

In order to make students aware about the importance of saving these beautiful creatures on earth and to help them understand and gain perspective on human issues that are continuing to endanger animals and threatening our global environment, the Prayaagians were made to develop an attitude of conserving endangered animals and their protection measures around the world by following activities.

SAVING ENDANGERED SPECIES: There was a collaborative activity which was conducted with the objective of making our children explore and gather information about different endangered species of the world and various reasons for their getting endangered. Students of Class III, IV and V did a plethora of activities in order to fulfill the objective, wherein Class V students collected data regarding the endangered species and their protection measures from magazines and internet and shared the same through video with Class III and IV students.

POSTER MAKING & QUIZ: Then, there was a very informative and creative activity wherein the students of Class IV came up with beautiful and expressive posters of various endangered animals. The Quiz Show enabled the students to undergo a brainstorming session, which helped them to widen their horizons about the significance of habitat on earth.

SHOW AND TELL: In this activity the students of Class III were prepared to participate in the activity in which students spoke about various endangered species depicting information of the same, whose evidences were displayed and uploaded on different online portals in order to spread awareness among people all around the world.

CIRCULARS AND FEEDBACK: Not only this, even the parents and guardians of the students were made aware about the importance of saving and conserving the endangered species for a balanced growth on earth through various circulars. Also, a feedback was taken from students, teachers and parents.   

Thursday, 20 October 2016

 British Council ISA 2: MUSIC - An Expression of the Soul

The greatest creation of man, music touches the soul and helps man to sympathetically manifest unspoken desire and humanity in humans. School possessing the circular activity of music, which is even increasingly being accepted and exchanged with the countries having different cultures, paving a way to develop associations between the two nations by welcoming foreign students and teachers nowadays.

The project provided a platform to the students of Class VII to interact with students and teachers of Bangladesh and enhance knowledge about the music and culture of the countries with which the collaborations with the mentioned country.

Through this activity, the students have actually been made aware of the different musical forms and to internalise the fact that music is the expression of the internal soul.

IDENTIFICATION AND COMPARISON: The activities conducted for this project included identification and comparison of the music and it's for and the evidence was collected for the same. Furthermore, Quiz Activity was also conducted for imparting better understanding among the students.

EXCHANGE PROGRAM: Through this, the students learnt about various forms of music of the partnered country, Bangladesh and exchanged the audio music recordings along with e-mails and also shared it with the above-mentioned country through videos. Moreover, Class VI students were made to learn of the partnered country and present it in the assembly; and the evidence was shared and exchanged through e-mail. This activity actually paved students a very good platform for interchanging the knowledge of music.

FEEDBACK: Not only this, even the parents, teachers and students were made aware of the importance of music and its forms used in Bangladesh. Also, a feedback was taken from the same.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016


  • Take genuine interest in your students 
 Learn their interest, hopes and dreams. Ask them about what is going on in their lives. Listen to them and share your stories with them so that they feel comfortable and safe.
And once they start trusting you they will start following what you ask them to do.

  • Act friendly in other ways

A smile can really make you day and i have experienced myself if you smile at someone it motivates him to be a better person, joke sometimes. A supportive touch on a student's shoulder can really create a difference in a students attitude.

  • Be flexible and keep your eye on the learning goal prize

Do not be rigid with students. they are the growing buds which needs to be nurtured with love and care. Sometimes instead of making them do what we want them to do, do what they want to do and you would be surprised to see what beautiful things these students come up with.

  • Reward every small achievement 

Most educator believes that all students should learn as much as their ability and effort will permit. Still almost all schools and parents reward only the high achievements alone on the basis that high grades will inspire all children. However, the students who work hard but get less grades are not acknowledged. And if we start rewarding even the smallest hard work done by the students it would motivate the children to work more harder and will being satisfaction and build confidence in them.

  • Never give up on your students

Be positive and encourage them to grow, because once you give up on your students there can be no growth at all. You are the wings for these little birds, they will fall sometimes but if you stop teaching them they will never learn to fly...
9 Steps to More Effective Parenting

Raising children is one of the toughest and most fulfilling jobs in the world and the one for which you may be the least prepared. Learning “on the job” how to be a parent can be fraught with pitfalls. As advocates for children, we at PRAYAAG for Children want to help you raise healthy and happy children. Here are some ways to tackle your child-rearing responsibilities that will help you feel more fulfilled as a parent, and enjoy your children more, too.

1.     Nurture your child’s self esteem
Children start developing their sense of self as babies when they see themselves through your eyes. Your tone of voice, your body language, and your every expression is absorbed by your child. Your words and actions as parents affect your child’s developing self-image more than anything else in his world. Consequently, praising your child for his accomplishment, however small, will make him feel proud; letting him to do things for himself will make him feel capable and independent. By contrast, belittling your child or comparing him unfavorably to another will make him feel worthless.
Avoid making loaded statement or using words as a weapons: “What a stupid thing to do!” or “You act more like a baby than your little brother!” Comments like these bruise the inside of a child as much as blows the outside. Choose your words carefully and be compassionate. Let your child know that everyone makes and that while you may not like his behavior. You still love him.
2.     Catch your child being good
Have you ever stopped to think about how many times you react negatively to your child in a given day? You may find that you are criticizing far more than you are complimenting. How would you feel about a boss who treated you with that much negative guidance?
The more effective approach is to catch your child doing something right, and praise her to the skies. “You made your bed without being asked-that’s terrific!” or “I was watching you play with your sister and you were very patient!” These statements will do more to encourage good behavior over the long run than repeated scolding. Make a point of finding something to praise every day.  Be generous with rewards-your love, hugs and compliments can work wonders and are often rewards enough. Soon you will find you are “growing” more of the behavior you would like to see.
3.     Set limits and be consistent with your discipline
Discipline is necessary in every household. The goal of discipline is to help children choose acceptable behaviors. Children may test the limits you establish for them but they need limits to grow into responsible adults. Establishing house rules might include: homework is to be done before any television privileges are granted, or hitting, name-calling and hurtful teasing are unacceptable.
You may want to have a system in place: one warning, followed by consequences such as “time out” or loss of privileges. A common mistake parents make is failure to follow through with consequence when rules are broken. A rule without consequences is not a rule at all-it’s a threat. You can’t discipline a child for talking back one day, and ignore it the next. Being consistent sets an example of what expect from our children.
4.     Make time for your children
With so many demands on your time, it’s often difficult for parents and children to get together for a family meal, let alone spend some quality time together. However, there is probably nothing your child would like more. Get up 10 minutes earlier in the morning so you can eat breakfast with your child or leave the dishes in the sink and take a walk after dinner. Children who are not getting the attention they want from their parents often act out or misbehave because they are assured of being noticed. Many parents find it mutually rewarding to have prescheduled time with their child on a regular basis. For instance, tell your child Tuesday is her special night with Mommy and let her help decide how you will spend your time together. Look for ways to connect with your child without actually being there-put a note or something special in her lunchbox.
Adolescents seem to need the undivided attention of their parents less than younger children. Since there are fewer windows of opportunity for parents and teen to get together, parents should do their best to be available when their teen does express a desire to talk or participate in family activities.
Don’t feel too guilty if you’re a working parent. Quantity is not nearly as important as what you do with the bits and pieces of time you have with your child. It is the many little things you do together-making popcorn playing cards and window-shopping that your child will remember.
5.     Be a good role model
Young children learn a great deal about how to act by watching you. The younger they are, the more cues they take from you. Before you lash out or blow your top in front of your child, think about this: Is that how you want him to behave when he’s angry? Be constantly aware that you are being observed by your children. Studies have shown that children who hit usually have a role model for aggression at home.
Instead, model the traits you wish to cultivate in your child; respect, friendliness, honesty, kindness. Exhibit unselfish behavior. Do things for other people without expecting a reward, such as taking dinner to sick neighbor. Express thanks; offer compliments. Above all, treat your children the way you expect other people to treat you.
6.     Make communication a priority
You can’t expect children to do everything simply because you, as parents, “say so.” Children want and deserve explanations as much as adults do. If we don’t take time to explain, children will begin to wonder about our values and motives and whether they have any basis. Parents who reason with their children allow them to understand and learn in a non-judgmental way.
Make your expectations clear. If there is a problem, describe it to your child, express your feelings about it and invite your child to work on a solution with you. Be sure to include consequences. Make suggestions and offer choice. Be open to your child’s suggestions as well. Negotiate with her. Children who participate in decisions are more motivated to carry them out.
7.    Be flexible and willing to adjust your parenting style
If you frequently feel “let down” by your child’s behavior, it may be because you have unrealistic expectations for her. Parents who think in “should”, e.g., “She should be potty-trained by now”, may find it helpful to do more reading on the matter or talk to other parents or child development specialists. This may enable you to adjust your expectations to a more realistic level.
The environment in which your child moves also has an impact on her behavior. For example, you may be able to modify your 2-year-old’s behavior by changing her environment. If you find yourself constantly saying “NO” to her, there are surely ways to restructure her surroundings so that fewer things are off-limits. This will cause les frustration for both of you.
As your child changes, you will probably have to change your parenting style, too. Many parents find it helpful at some point to draw up a “kiddie contract” to encourage good behavior and motivate their child. This can be as simple as a weekly list of chores and responsibilities posted on the refrigerator. Chances are, what works with your child now won’t work forever.
Teenagers tend to look less to their parents and more to their peers for examples of how to be. Continue to provide guidance and appropriate discipline while allowing your child to earn more independence. And seize every available moment to make a connection!
8.     Show your love is unconditional
As a parent, you are responsible for correcting and guiding your child. But how you express your corrective guidance makes all the difference in how your child receives it. When you have to confront your child, avoid blaming, criticizing or faultfinding, which undermine his self-esteem and can lead to resentment. Instead, strive to nurture and encourage even when you are disciplining your child. Make sure he knows that while you want and expect him to do better next time, you love him-no matter what.
9.     Be aware of your own needs and limitations as a parent

Face it you are an imperfect parent. You have strengths and weaknesses as a family leader. Recognize your abilities, “I’m loving and dedicated”. Vow to work on your weaknesses. “I need to be more consistent with discipline”. Try to have realistic expectations of yourself, your spouse and your children. You don’t have to have all the answers be forgiving of yourself. And try to make parenting a manageable job. Focus on the areas that need the most attention rather than trying to address everything all at once. Admit it when you’re burned out. Take time out from parenting to do thing that will make you happy as a person and as a couple. Focusing on your needs does not make you selfish. It simply means you care about your own well-being. Which is another important value to model for your children.