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Spend More Quality Time With Your Kids as You are Their First Friends

We know how busy are our parents in the 21st Century, but we also want to make sure that our students get the attention and love of their parents and family. Being a parent is more than paying bills and taking caring of the materialistic needs. Parents need to communicate with the children to teach them how to live and behave, to monitor their growth and helping them identify their skills and talents. Parents are the best teachers in a child’s life. Without their guidance and support, a child is always confused between the right and the wrong.

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Spending individual time with each child helps you better understand who your child is. When kids get regular time and attention from parents, they feel important. When you know what your child is thinking and dreaming about, you can help your child manage feelings and meet goals. In our fast-paced society, we often forget that relationships take care and time. Spending time with your children shouldn’t be seen as “doing time”—it shouldn’t feel like a prison sentence.

Anyone can have a child and call themselves “a parent”.

A real parent is someone who puts that child above their own selfish needs and wants.

Aspire Your Child to Grow as a Nice Human Being First then a Successful Person

People often get confuse in ‘A Good Human Being’ and ‘A Successful Person’. The truth is, a good human being can always become successful but not the vice versa.
Parents always tell their children to be good in studies, get good grades and get a good job to make good money. They often forget to educate their children about the basic etiquettes and manners in life. We see parents wanting their children to be “someone”, i.e. to have a status, position, qualification, tag, etc. But, in the process, if the need of being a good human being is given secondary importance, the child turns out to be “someone’’, but not a good human being.

If a person is best teacher or surgeon and is arrogant, no one would like her/him. So the efficient people should also be affectionate enough. So, under these circumstances our successors, i.e. young people and children should be encouraged to achieve great heights, but at every stage of life we must remind them that the value of life lies in being a good human being. The foundation stone of a good human being is laid at a very young age.m blog

Being a good human being is a lot more than what others seem to give you credit for. People don’t understand that people who have good hearts and are just always there for other people, have to deal with a lot of negativity because people tend to associate kindness with weakness. But actually, it’s the complete opposite. When you’re a good person, you are the strongest type of person there. You are the one who people confide in whenever they need comfort or advice. You are the one who your friends come to whenever they have good or bad news. You are the one people rely on.

At the end of the day, a good human being is the one people will always be thankful for because their lives wouldn’t be the same without them.

Grooming up Future Leaders

Over the years, there is an augment going constantly on in the field of knowledge about what exactly and essentially students need globally (a) key skills to use knowledge and (b) the technique to face the challenges with accelerating technology in a fiercely competitive world. Hence, The Manthan School being a pioneer in providing quality education comes up with certain viewpoints to help in understanding this issue.

Firstly, we need to redefine our approach to teaching-learning and realign existing pedagogies. We, at The Manthan believe that knowledge is complete in itself to encourage students to improve and enhance their learning skills. Matching to this belief, our educational viewpoint is based on the holistic ideology of learning where the emphasis is given on the overall development of the child. Being a top CBSE School in Noida, The Manthan School has been aggressively working to improve the concept of learning quality among children for better future outcome.
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The pedagogy of ‘Integrated Learning’ is the key of our educational scheme. Based on the practical approach of learning, we bring together diverse disciplines on one platform in order to help students to establish connections between subjects and perceive knowledge as a whole. Our curriculum is also designed to incorporate all dominant models of integrated learning at one place.

The school is believed to be the best school in Delhi NCR that offers a wide gamut of academic programmes enriched with our rich culture to encourage the students in identifying their own unique strengths. Manthan also provide students with trans-disciplinary learning opportunities so that these activities not only help them in improving their knowledge and skills in a real life context, but also helps them in developing cross-cultural sensitivity, social responsibility, and the broader worldview. Our schools are considered as a mini replica of this world, where learners are groomed to be productive future global citizens.

 

Student – Teacher Relationship

The teacher student relationship is very important for children. Children spend approximately 5 to 7 hours a day with a teacher for almost 10 months. We ask ourselves, who is considered a good teacher?

All of us have gone through schooling, and if fortunate had a favorite teacher. A positive relationship between the student and the teacher is difficult to establish, but can be found for both individuals at either end. The qualities for a positive relationship can vary to set a learning experience approachable and inviting the students to learn. A teacher and student who have the qualities of good communications, respect in a classroom, and show interest in teaching from the point of view of the teacher and learning from a student will establish a positive relationship in the classroom.
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The key is, teachers need to continuously monitor the student in order for him or her to be aware of any difficulties the student is having. Understanding the child’s problem, fear, or confusion will give the teacher a better understanding the child’s learning difficulties. Once the teacher becomes aware of the problems, he or she will have more patience with the student, thus making the child feel secure or less confused when learning is taking place in the classroom.

For teachers conducting a classroom and shaping the minds of the young students, teachers who communicate effectively with their students should give appropriate and helpful feedback to their students. Interaction between the student and teacher becomes extremely important for a successful relationship through the entire time of a school year. A close, but limited relationship between the student and teacher can be helpful for those students who are shy, and find speaking in front of the classroom difficult or children who have low self-esteem. The tension these students hold in a classroom will have the confidence they had always wanted, but never achieved due to not having a good relationship with the teacher.

How can a teacher nurture positive relationships with students? 

Positive teacher-student relationships are socially catchy. Students who experience positive relationships with teachers are more likely to try to develop similar bonds with their peer group and also they can express their thoughts with their teacher.

Being kind matters. Learning is enhanced when teachers demonstrate a variety of behaviors associated with kindness: interpersonal warmth, care, love, affection support, safety, and intellectual encouragement. Infact we suggest that these behaviours increase student’s creativity, autonomy, and satisfaction; and result in better student attendance and grades.  

Teacher-student relationships matter concerned of grade level. While it is often assumed that younger learners are more dependent for their academic adjustment on their teachers than are older ones, research suggests that the importance of teacher-student relationships remain consistent no matter a student’s age.

 

 

HAPPINESS

“Try to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made three thousand, six hundred and fifty persons happy, or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment.”

What is happiness, and why do we constantly run after it? It is a feeling of inner peace and satisfaction. It is usually experienced, when there are no worries, fears or obsessing thoughts. This usually happens, when we do something we love to do, or when we get, win, gain, or achieve something that we value. It seems to be the outcome of positive events, but it actually comes from the inside, triggered by external events.

What does it mean to be happy? We meet various situations every day, and some of them may not contribute to happiness. However, we can choose to keep thinking about the unhappy events, and we can choose to refuse to think about them, and instead, think about and relish the happy moments. All of us go through various situations and circumstances, but we do not have to let them influence our reactions and feelings.
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If we let outer events influence our moods, we become their slaves. We lose our freedom. We let our happiness be determined by outer forces. On the other hand, we can free ourselves from outer influences. We can choose to be happy, and we can do a lot to add happiness to our lives.

What is the difference between happiness and pleasure? Pleasure is a good feeling that comes from eating good food, watching a good movie, feeling the warm caressing rays of the sun on a winter day. Pleasure has to do with enjoyment involving the five senses and is dependent on circumstances, objects and people.

When you are happy, minor unpleasant events usually do not disturb you, but when you are unhappy, you feel as if everything is against you. You might compensate for this, by eating chocolate and sweets, because this gives you pleasure.  “Pleasure is perceived through the five senses, while happiness is not dependent of the five senses”.

The Curriculum Corner

At a recently concluded seminar for teachers, I encountered a new term called the Curriculum Corner. A bit of search on internet yielded interesting results, something which I would like to share with everyone.

Curriculum Corner is a platform for creative people to come together and share their ideas and techniques of delivering academic content in novel ways. This helps the teaching community, in particular, to collaborate and integrate the best ideas, and weave them in their own curriculum to make it more effective. Curriculum Corner acts as a common repository of resources related to different subjects for a wide range of audience. As a teacher, one could find unconventional ways to deliver the content and make it more engaging for the students. Students can also access these corners and use it for a better understanding of the subject-matter.

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I discovered these corners on many popular social media platforms like Face book and Pinterest etc. A Curriculum Corner can be setup in multiple ways, like in a school, within a community or on web for larger access. For example, we can also create such platforms in a physical form in a school by compiling creative ideas of teachers, students and parents and make it available for everyone to use it as per their needs.

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In a constantly evolving world, the ultimate aim of a teacher is to teach their students in the most effective ways and help them realise their own potential. Hence, there is a need to be creative and innovative in their methods of delivering the curriculum, within the existing resources. Curriculum Corner may end this quest for creativity and result in a more enriching teaching and learning experience.

Written By : Anupama Saini

Visit To Sai Shiksha Sansthan

Written By: Satvinder Kaur

Visiting Sai Siksha Sansthan reminded me of my fathers teachings – Happiness is not a commodity which you can buy, borrow or steal. It is a feeling, which comes from within and contentment is the seed of it.

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Students of Sai Siksha Sansthan are the reflection of this thought. I felt like meeting a small troop of not only well disciplined but self disciplined, well dressed, well behaved and happy students. They were fully contented with the minimum resources they had and getting a pencil or an eraser as a gift brings a broad and bright smile on their serene faces.

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The sole objective of the Sansthan is to nurture and mould young minds into civilized citizens. Many students were from nearby villages whose parents were mostly illiterate, but they entrusted the school with the responsibility of educating their wards and are not inclined to interfere or dictate terms. The school has not only achieved its goal by taking the onus on its shoulders but also strengthened and maintained the bond of trust between school and parents for the last 25 years.

Sai Siksha Sansthan is a perfect example of bilateral, fruitful and harmonious relationship between society and school.

Written By: Ashima Hooda

Sai Kripa Sansthan’ I was part of a trip organized by the school to ‘Sai Kripa Sansthan’ which has been a life changing experience as it was filled with emotions and sentiments.Grades 2-6 along with three other teachers visited it. The school is situated on the outskirts. It was a brick building with an open area at the centre. The school is run by Mrs. Kiran . We were taken by surprise when we entered the school as there was complete silence and it seemed that there were not many children in the school. But to our utter dismay all the classes were having full attendance and the children were attentive and disciplined.

We took a round of the school; saw their science lab, computer lab and the library. What was an eye opening experience was that they were utilizing the limited resources they had very wisely and sincerely. It was a learning experience for all the children and also for us. I had the opportunity to interact with grade 5 students. It was a pleasure beyond measure to see the confidence of the children.

In the end we gave them the items collected during the ‘Joy of the Sharing’ week in our school and could see the happiness and gratitude in their actions. After the visit now I can really say that hard work + dreams + dedication = success. We all have so much to learn in so lessa time and I believe that the journey of learning in never ending.

My Views On Parenting

All of us want to be a good parent and try and imbibe the best values in our child. In our own way we try to coach and guide our child to become a better person. But, is there a best way to do that? Perhaps not.

As each one of us is different, we have our own ways to impart the best knowledge and value. At The Manthan School we also try to do that in a structured way. In this note I am sharing my views on what is effective parenting. My views are a summation of what I have learnt being a mother, observing other parents and reading about how be a good Parent. As Sadhguru says, “There is no one standard rule for all children. Different children may need different levels of attention, expression of love, and toughness. Suppose I was standing in a coconut garden and you ask me, “How much water per plant?” I’d say, “At least 50 liters per plant.” When you go home, if you give 50 liters to your rose plant, it will die. You must see what kind of plant you have in your house and what it needs”. The same will apply to our children as each one is different.

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Give Them ‘True’ Love

People misunderstand that loving their children is to cater to whatever they ask for. Giving them everything they ask for is going too far, isn’t it? When you love, you can do just whatever is needed. When you truly love someone, you are willing to be unpopular and still do what is best for them. At time you have to decide when to say no to the child’s demands.

Don’t Rush Them into Growing Up

It is very important that a child remains a child; there is no hurry to make him into an adult because you can’t reverse it later. When he is a child and he behaves like a child, it’s wonderful. When he becomes an adult and behaves like a child, that’s bad. There is no hurry for a child to become an adult.

Make It a Time to Learn, Not To Teach

When a child comes, unknowingly you laugh, play, sing, crawl under the sofa, and do all those things that you had forgotten to do.

What do you know about life to teach your children? A few survival tricks are the only things you can teach. Please compare yourself with your child and see who is capable of more joy? Your child, isn’t it? If he knows more joy than you, who is better qualified to be a consultant about life, you or him?

When a child comes, it’s time to learn, not teach.

Also Read: Exploring Education at Every Level

Provide a Supportive and Loving Atmosphere

If you set an example of fear and anxiety, how can you expect your children to live in joy? They will also learn the same thing. The best thing you can do is to create a joyous and loving atmosphere.

Maintain a Friendly Relationship

Stop imposing yourself on the child and create a strong friendship rather than being a boss. Don’t sit on a pedestal and tell the child what she should do. Place yourself below the child so that it’s easy for them to talk to you.

Avoid Seeking Respect

Love is what you seek with your children, isn’t it? But many parents say, “You must respect me.” Except that you came a few years early, are bigger in body, and you know a few survival tricks, in what way are you a better life than him?

Make Yourself Truly Attractive

If you are genuinely interested in giving your children a good upbringing, you should first transform yourself into a peaceful and loving human being.

A child is influenced by so many things – the TV, neighbors, teachers, school, and a million other things. He will go the way of whatever he finds most attractive. As a parent, you have to make yourself in a way that the most attractive thing he finds is to be with the parents. If you are a joyous, intelligent, and wonderful person, he won’t seek company anywhere else. For anything, he will come and ask you.

If you are genuinely interested in giving your children a good upbringing, you should first transform yourself into a peaceful and loving human being.

Also Read: Manthan a School With International Fame!

5 Most Important Things To Teach A Child

Kids at a tender age are the very quick learner, they learn something very fast which we can’t imagine. They are so natural pure and free that they don’t have the capacity to judge and know what is good and what is bad so being a parent and teacher it is our responsibility to let them understand the difference between good habits and bad habits.

Therefore, in order to know what are the most important things that you require to instruct your child?

Giving Respect is the root of all good things

Giving Respect to everyone is believed to be the most basic teaching that being a human we learn. Respect is also considered as one of the best traits that are required everywhere. Respect helps in winning the trust and blessing of our elders, so try to teach it from the very beginning and also try to repeat it daily so that other kids may also follow.

Be honest, even if it is painful

Doing mistakes is very much common phenomena in kids, so many times in order to hide themselves from fear of scolding or a punishment kids often tells lies. Therefore being a teacher and friend try to make them comfortable with you so that they become honest and do not tell lies even if it hurts.

Also Read: Exploring Education at Every Level

Teach to share

It is very natural for kids that they don’t want to exchange or share the gifts and eatables given to them. They are so attached to the colourful rappers and often cry if someone forcefully snatches from them or ask for it to distribute, but that is just a period to learn or grow. Thus being elder we must teach them this important thing from the very beginning that sharing brings people closer to you and your heart. Teach them the significance of sharing with their friends and siblings or kids who are less fortunate. But do tell that they do not share with strangers because it may create problems.

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Tell them not to give up if they fail

Many time the child moral falls if they fail in an exam or not get what they are looking for to be a winner but being a guide for their future growth we all needs to uplift their mindset and try to boost the feeling so that they can try again and be the winner again.  We must make them understand that winning and losing is part of the game and life, but what is more, essential that they try again and participate be the winner next time.

Taking care of themselves

Try to teach your kids to take care of themselves as Mom and Dad won’t always be there to save them.  Being a good parent and teacher it’s a responsibility to instill good habits in your kids so that they came home safely and you become free when they are out of the home.

Also Read: Improving Communication Skills in Children

How To Celebrate An Eco-Friendly Diwali

Diwali is just around the corner and your preparations must be in full swing. For many of us, Diwali means -crackers, gifts, sweets, lights, noise, and decorations. However, over the recent years, this auspicious day has also turned out to be stressful for both human and animals living on this planet. Have you ever thought how these celebrations harm the environment and nature around?

No doubt thinking about these celebrations makes us happy and full of joy. Here is what happens to your surroundings when you celebrate Diwali with absolute ignorance and unawareness.

It leads to air pollution: The bursting of crackers in any way express joy and happiness, but it is an easy way by which we can pollute our air water and restrict others from breathing some fresh air too.

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It leads to noise pollution:

Noise pollution is another problem that arises with such celebration. Apart from the air pollution the bursting of crackers also creates the problem of hearing and can be dangerous for both men and animals and small birds.

It dirties the surroundings:

If you take a look at the ground the morning after bursting crackers then you will feel that this garbage cleaning are really a big headache before the community.

It leads to  various Health issues:

Breathing problems Eye itching body rashes are some of the most common problems that occur during such pollution.

Ways to make Diwali more nature-friendly

Opt for earthen lamps against Chinese light for decoration:

In an aesthetic sense these electric lights add more beauty to your home, but definitely, it consumes more power. The Chinese lights also obstruct Indian Lighting earthen diyas industry to grow and ultimately puts a huge pressure on our pocket. Whereas   these diyas are cheap and look more beautiful for the occasion.

Use organic and eco-friendly Rangoli /accessories:

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This Diwali tries to make your house smell well with eco-friendly rangoli or room /accessories which not only increases the aesthetic beauty of your home but also saves lots of money. Further, it is not going to harm anybody.

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