The Preschool Pangs II – Is your child ready for preschool?

The Preschool Pangs II – Is your child ready for preschool?

So, you’ve decided to go down the route of enrolling your child in a preschool over homeschooling. One box ticked, one major decision taken, so that should make your life easy. Does it? If you’re anything like me, you would start worrying over the next decision point – is my child really ready for preschool?  And this question is probably tougher to answer than the previous one. (As an aside, isn’t that the trickiest part…

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KidEngage Reads – Mythology for children

KidEngage Reads – Mythology for children

Most of the schools have broken for the term, and being in India, the break always coincides with the festivals – born multitaskers that we are! And if it’s holidays, and holidays for a reason, you can always expect the curiosity about the mythology getting to the fore.We put together a list of some beautiful books that will give the children a good peek into the world of Indian mythology.

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KidEngage Reads: Vibhuti Cat by Shikhandin

KidEngage Reads: Vibhuti Cat by Shikhandin

Vibhuti Cat is the story of Magesh and his Vibhuti Cat. Magesh is different from other children and does not speak much. His interaction with his understanding older brother Vignesh and his love for Vibhuti Cat define Magesh. Magesh’s Vibhuti Cat emerges out of the boy’s own interactions with the world and the people around him. Read up the review of this book in the ‘Children First’ series by Duckbill.

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Read your blues away – 5 Books that will help your child ease into back to school routine

Read your blues away – 5 Books that will help your child ease into back to school routine

Yes, its that time of year again! A new class, curriculum, friends and in many cases a different school altogether. So, getting back to the choc- a- bloc routine of the school after the long summer holidays can cause some serious blues to even the happiest of the lot. Sometimes, reading about characters who are of the same age group and are going through similar experiences of settling back in school can help ease the whole process for your child. Here are a few books we recommend your child should read once school begins and these will also help you start a discussion with your child about settling back into the school routine.

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For the Love of Reading

For the Love of Reading

Looking back, I think the reading aloud was the biggest contributor in making him a reader. He hardly ever went to sleep without having a story read to him, and I saw my husband happily taking over the bedtime ritual of reading. It’s the sacrosanct father-son bonding time, but the roles have been reversed – it’s the boy who reads the story for his dad now.

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International Lego Day – 8 Benefits of playing with Lego

International Lego Day – 8 Benefits of playing with Lego

One of the most educational toys available also happens to be one of the most inviting! The skills children learn from Lego are important and incredible! Here are 8 benefits of playing with Lego

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Does your child HATE reading? Here are 5 Tips that will help your kids to form an everlasting bond with books!

Does your child HATE reading? Here are 5 Tips that will help your kids to form an everlasting bond with books!

There is no magic potion that will help your kids to love Reading. Parents usually buy board books for their babies in the hope that kids will love reading. And yet, by middle school, most kids stop reading books that aren’t assigned in school.Here’s how you can help your kids reach that ‘happy reading place’.

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Old Stories, New age

Old Stories, New age

It also happens that as adults you get bored with sharing the same story to a toddler who would like to listen to the same story a million times in a row, all they are looking is to memorize and learn – hence that is a very important teachable moment in the history of your child’s life. You don’t have to be very creative about it, you just need to be an aware parent, not authoritative.

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Kindle the Love of Writing in Your Children – Here is how

Kindle the Love of Writing in Your Children – Here is how

Helping your kids discover a love for it can help them exercise their creativity well beyond their childhood and develop a lifelong passion for it. You can prepare your child for creative writing through play, conversation, reading and exploration. Here are a few ideas to get them going!

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A Message, Gently Delivered – 4 Books that make you think

A Message, Gently Delivered – 4 Books that make you think

If you are the kind of parent who sees an opportunity to teach your child something anywhere you look, the books on this list are for you! What sets these books apart from other belligerently moral books, is the way the gently delivered message sinks in. A gentle touch, a lovely story, an intriguing narration do a great job of camouflaging the message in the story. Push these books into your child’s hands and let simmer for a little while, for best results.

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