When I first got to know of Mishkkaa – the Billi of Hollywood, I was amused. Here was a girl, who is talking so sensibly and simply about causes relevant to children, and society in general, and yet, the sweetness of her age is intact in the way she decides to name her YouTube channel (“I like cats, and I like Hollywood” was the story behind the name as she told me later!). I got in touch with her through her mother Ekta, and she agreed to talk to me more about her channel, and herself.Read More
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” Thus goes a powerful quote in the world of parenting and education. As you ponder over it, it makes so much sense.You start evaluating your surroundings and beliefs to see how much of the child’s requirement they are catering to. How could a school or formal education stay out of this evaluation, then? Should the child learn because he needs…Read More
The first thing that strikes you about Ms Girija Rao is a sense of calm, and a smile that reaches her eyes. She is a passionate freelance consultant in child development, having a rich experience in teaching and mentoring young parents. Her strong belief that it is possible to raise wonderful human beings by good nurturing techniques led her to conduct numerous parenting sessions, and now, she has captured her rich experience of these sessions in a book “The…Read More
Imagine a place where the entire focus is the on the ‘learner’ and that could be a child or an adult!
A non-judgmental space that helps the learner feel safe, combined with challenging experiences that provide infinite opportunities to learn and grow. They celebrate learning and appreciate that each individual is unique. With a passionate team of inspiring leaders and go-getters, Cilre is a company that has worked with over 1000 children and adults and inspire learners to explore, develop and create on their own. Team KidEngage met with co-founder Ananthi Balakrishnan and she shared her story about how they came up with the idea of starting Cilre and what future plans are in store for this unique company. Here are a few excerpts of our conversation with her.Read More
As parents, we all have gone through the phase of buying a whole lot of stuff for our kids. Sometimes we just “have to have it”, sometimes it is “just-in-case”. Something was “just too cute”, and something came heavily recommended by a friend who swore by it. The only glitch is that the children outgrow a lot of stuff pretty quickly, and we discover that a lot of things were never or very rarely used, and…Read More
To understand the benefits of eco-tourism for kids and families we spoke to Shyam Penubolu who is
an avid trekker and a nature lover. He has done several high-altitude and low-altitude treks in the Himalayas, Sahayadris and the Western ghats since the age of 14. After almost two decades in the corporate world, Shyam decided to follow his heart and set up an adventure outfit, Outdoers, that enables city folks to tread the road less traveled and visit some of the most beautiful, unexplored places in the mountains.
Team KidEngage has been looking at the various products and platforms in the STEM space. We are happy to bring you the RoboGuru Coding Challenge – a great STEM learning experience this summer.Here, students can discover the fun in the concepts of Science Technology and Math. To keep the kids motivated, the program is designed in the form of exciting games and challenging puzzles, and at a global level, with their upcoming May-2017 competition “RoboGuru Global Coding Challenge”.Read More
To understand the role of puppetry in education clearly, we got an opportunity to speak with Lata Satagopan who is a popular ‘theatre in education practitioner’, storyteller, and script writer from Bangalore. She is committed to innovative and socially relevant puppet making and has earned a reputation in the circle of puppetry in India and abroad. She has a certificate on the Educational Use of puppetry from the NCERT, New Delhi. She has been conducting workshops for adults, teachers and children and has been giving thematic puppet performances and staging children’s plays for over more than a decade.Read More
Finding time and motivation to “run” is tough for all of us. For running moms, it is even more difficult. We spoke to Tanya Aggarwal who shares some golden words of advice for running moms to effectively fit in a run into their hectic schedule. She is a full time mom to two little ones, a trekker, an avid runner and a practitioner of yoga.Read More
Students these days are constantly under stress to meet the demands of various social and academic pressures and the ancient practice of yoga offers a multitude of benefits to modern-day students of all age groups. Yoga’s combination of breath and movement can help reduce the social and academic stress a child goes through and helps soothe cramped bodies jammed into desks and hunched over computers. Yoga can benefit kids significantly, and in some ways, possibly even…Read More