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Monday, 28 January 2019

School Admission for the Academic Year 2019-2020

San Academy Admissions 2019-20


DOWNLOAD ADMISSION FORM for  San Academy School Admissions 2019-20 in their three branches.
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Sree Sankara Bala Vidyalaya Golden Jubilee School Admission 2019-20





Sree Sankara Bala Vidyalaya Golden Jubilee School Online Registration for admission for the academic year 2019-20 will be available on 15th January 2019 from 6.00 a.m. onwards.
Admission for P.K.G., L.K.G. & U.K.G. based on  age criteria and for Std. I to IX based on Entrance Exam 
Age Criteria :
  1. Child born on or before 30.11.2016 is eligible for Pre K.G. (Age 2 ½ years to be  completed as on 31-05-2019)
  2. Child born on or before 30.11.2015 is eligible for L.K.G.  (Age 3 ½ years to be completed as on 31-05-2019)
  3. Child born on or before 30.11.2014 is eligible for U.K.G.  (Age 4 ½ years to be completed as on 31-05-2019)
School Address:
Sree Sankara Bala Vidyalaya Golden Jubilee School 
#249A,Kamakoti Nagar 1st Main Road,
Opp Balaji Dental College,
Pallikaranai,Chennai,PIN-600100
Website : Apply Online

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Amma! Give me the phone!


Amma! Give me the phone!
The essentials in upbringing of a child till the last century had been nutritional food, adequate care with unconditional love and plentiful affection. We have strong contender now who is topping the charts along with the quintessential which are the “gadgets”.


Every child is a blessing and a wonder. As parents, we admire and get elated at every milestone the child achieves. As days go by, our admiration becomes expectation on the child. To make the child achieve, we start the “bribe-factor”, which becomes a change and results in a habit. Habits are hard to break for anyone.

I can illustrate an everyday scene at all of our homes. The moment we take the plate to eat, we either switch on the TV or the You-tube on mobile. When feeding the kids, we make it a point to switch on the tab or the mobile or the TV (entertainment gadget in any form) in order to get the “work” done.
In today’s world, the best way to divert a kid is giving them a gadget.  It can be to calm the cranky one or to occupy them while we are on tete-e-tete. The reasons how and where we started all this are numerous. We are living in an age where we know the challenges but are not ready to accept solutions.

What can I do?


There is no dearth of advice regarding gadget de-addiction. I do not want to add to your worries by listing mine.

First accept we are the reason for gadget addiction.

Do not attempt to de-addict by hiding away the devices totally. The child will be clueless and crankier.

Do not pull out the device as soon as your work is done. E.g. stopping the device as soon as they stop eating. Gradually they will start to eat slowly. Believe kids are smarter than we think

Restrict screen time to 1- 2 hrs. per day. Install good apps viz., Brain Training, memory puzzles, Coloring apps.

De-addict them from videos and nursery rhymes. That is a real overdose for anybody. Be strict at times.

Do not give them gadgets in public places. Occupy them with a toy, not the gadget strictly.

Last but not the least, use the gadgets minimally when you are with kids. Parents are the first teachers. They see the world through you.

Try at least one of the above mentioned points sincerely.
Happy parenting!
Figure : Gadgets are kid essentials



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Friday, 30 November 2018

10 Hygiene Tips Your Children Should Follow At School & Home


     
Children are more inclined to fall sick than adults, the reason being that children are in close contact with other children at daycare, school or home where germs are easily transmitted. 
     
     Unfortunately, most children are not conscious of personal hygiene as they should be, which increases their risk of illness.

     There is more to hygiene than just washing hands. Schools can also provide an arena where good hygiene can be shown at its best and habits such as hand washing can become ingrained at a young age.

    Dr. Ashraf Allam, Regional Vice President, Mundipharma Middle East and Africa region, shares his tips on how children can maintain proper hygiene at school using these simple steps:

TIP 1: MAKE HYGIENE FUN AND EXCITING

Kids are likely to adopt hygienic habits if they enjoy doing them. Through co-curricular activities and inter-house competitions conducted in schools, the importance of hygiene can be conveyed in a fun and competitive manner.

TIP 2: HAND-WASHING IS A MUST

Hand washing is an integral aspect of good hygiene. To eliminate contracting germs after playing outside or when in close contact with animals or someone who might be ill, it is essential to teach kids to wash their hands thoroughly and scrubbing their hands with antiseptic cleansers, especially after using the washroom.

TIP 3: GROOMING THEIR FINGERNAILS

Fingernails are a breeding ground for bacteria. The germs that live under a child's nails are easily transferred to their eyes, nose, and mouth. Ensure that students' fingernails are clipped every week.

TIP 4: ORAL HYGIENE

Proper brushing and flossing is a learned skill that can only be improved by practice. This type of oral hygiene needs to be instilled in students at an early age.

TIP 5: HANDKERCHIEF IS THEIR BEST FRIEND

A handkerchief should be a child's best friend. Children should be taught to cover their mouth and face, using either a handkerchief or a tissue, while coughing and/or sneezing.

TIP 6: KEEPING TOYS IN THE PLAYROOM GERM-FREE

A child's favorite stuffed toy or blanket may carry germs. Make sure it is washed with other toys regularly.

TIP 7: CLEANING OF CLASSROOM FURNITURE

Regular cleaning of classroom furniture will ensure a bug-free learning and teaching environment. Classrooms must be vacuumed and mopped every day.

TIP 8: FOOT HYGIENE

Sweaty feet, also known as athlete's foot, can cause fungal infection. Kids should use cotton-lined socks instead of synthetic fibers along with leather and canvas shoes to allow feet to breathe.

TIP 9: DEALING WITH ILLNESS

Children should only attend school if they are well enough to benefit and participate. This will also reduce the chance of illness spreading.

TIP 10: STOP BAD HABITS

Remind kids of the importance of practicing good hygiene. Explain that, although germs may not be visibly present, they are still found in air particles and can make them sick.


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

What parents need to know about the magical power of re-reading a book

Dell’Antonia writes about parents who bribe their children to read over the summer, but the same concerns are raised during the school year when teachers reward students for reading. Instead of reading because it’s enjoyable or illuminating or a welcome escape, a kid chooses a book because it will take her to 100 points. That same kid won’t choose a book that she won’t get credit for, and this means that despite the well-intentioned efforts to encourage reading, incentive programs actually discourage some kids from reading the books they feel most drawn to.
Especially troubling is that children rarely receive credit for re-reading a book, an important intellectual exercise. Free from the constraints of a reading program, some children spend the summer re-reading favorite books, and going back to school means putting these favorites back on the shelf.
Re-reading is a different intellectual challenge than reading a book for a first and only time. When a child re-reads a book, he reads it more deeply. Because he already knows the story, subsequent readings allow him to glimpse the author’s craft. He notices that in the first chapter a seed is planted that doesn’t sprout until later in the book. He sees how the author hints at what’s to come. He also reads differently on later readings. Maybe on a first read, the plot was so engrossing the reader hurried through some passages that she lingers over the second time through.
Maybe the child re-reads a book after a few years have passed—this is when re-reading gets really magical. In addition to noticing character and plot elements that weren’t interesting to the younger reader, the older reader also discovers she can use the book as a way to measure and know herself. When she realizes that she totally missed the older sister’s story on her first read but now finds that story compelling, she has an opportunity to reflect on her own growth and where she is in her life. This re-reader makes the miraculous discovery that books are not static: they grow and change as we do.
Re-reading is also essential for higher-level reading that will happen in high school and college. A first read can be a thoughtful and analytic experience, certainly, but a second read always involves some critical thinking. When a child re-reads, he doesn’t just follow the story; he begins to pull back the curtain and understand how the story is made. He doesn’t have to go on to be an English major, but he can carry with him through life the ability to delight in understanding how books work. Understanding how books work is a great platform on which to build an understanding of how people and societies work. This is the foundation of a liberal arts education, the foundation, really, of being a person.
So, as children head back to school, I exhort parents and teachers to encourage re-reading. Even if an incentive is offered, I think intrinsic desire always kicks in when a reader is given the chance to go back to a favorite book. In my children’s novel The Rosemary Spell, the main character refers to the books that help you know who you are—these are books that you re-read at intervals in your life. You go back to them again and again, you read them until the pages grow soft and the cover falls away, and each time, you find something new and you become not only a better reader and an experienced critical thinker, but also a richer person.

Virginia Zimmerman is professor of English at Bucknell University and the author of The Rosemary Spell (Clarion Books, 2015), a novel for young readers.

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Saturday, 9 January 2016

PARENTING - Do You Oil Your Kid’s Hair ?

Every time you look at your kid you chide yourself for not oiling her hair enough like how it was done for you.Every time your mom meets your kids she is scolding you for not applying hair oil on them regularly and that is why their hair looks badEvery time your in laws visit you they claim that all your kid’s health issues are because you do not regularly give your kids an oil bath.

Today, many of us urban dwellers do not apply on our heads or our kids’ because it is now considered not so fashionable to have the oiled hair look. We also are now aware of a lot more hair oil options like almond oil, jojoba oil, sesame oil, mustard oil besides coconut oil and we are not sure what we should be using. So here is a quick low down on hair oils and their uses:

Sesame oil: Highly recommended for hair and body. It is said to promote hair growth and protect the hair. It smells a little funky and therefore kids might resist it! Sidha medicine recommends using sesame oil twice a week on the hair and body to reduce body heat which regulates many other things in the body as well and keeps the body functioning at optimum levels.

Mustard oil: Mustard oil is again great for the hair. It contains Beta carotene- Vitamin A and linoleic acid which is great for the hair. It is especially great to be used for kids who are prone to phlegm and congestion. It loosens the mucus too when applied on the chest areas. It is a heat generating oil.

Olive Oil: This is great for extra course and dry hair. However since it is very greasy, you can apply it and soak it in for an hour and then shampoo it out. If your child has very frizzy hair, you can apply a couple of drops in your palm and use it to smoothen down the frizz. Jojoba oil is also great for extra dry or frizzy hair.
Coconut Oil: This of course the most popular hair oil since it is relatively light compared to the other oils. It is rich in lauric acid and actually penetrates your hair. It is a cooling oil and therefore you may want to avoid it if your child already has a cold and congestion. It has been known to promote hair growth and lessen hair .





Saturday, 28 November 2015

OBESITY AND WEIGHT LOSS IN CHILDREN


Too much pizza, too much video games, and too much Kidz world … let’s face it you need to make some life decisions to keep off the love handles. But be careful!!! Trying to lose weight can also be dangerous especially for kids going through puberty and growth spurts. Here are the best ways for kids to lose weight…
Food First
The number one rule you should consider when you want to lose weight is “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.” It is very simple to see that if you eat a lot of fatty foods with sugar and grease, you are in danger of gaining weight and getting acne. Eating healthy might not taste as good, it might be more expensive, and it might be less convenient… but I guarantee you that it will bring you happiness and a great body to boot.

Healthy eating is the best decision you can make

Sweating with Sports

Sports are a fun way to lose weight. But not all sports will help you lose weight so finding a sport that makes you sweat is the key. Here are a few great sports that will make you sweat off all those milkshakes:
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Track & Field
  • Badminton
  • Sit-ups & Push-ups
  • Swimming
Joining a team with a coach is the best way to lose weight because the coach usually makes you work hard and practice vigorous drills and exercises.




Running is great exercise!

Gaga for Yoga

One of the biggest trends to lose weight that is sweeping the nation is yoga. Yoga is mostly stretching your body into weird positions that might seem uncomfortable at first, but as you get better at it, your body will thank you. Gaining flexibility and losing weight go hand in hand like peanut butter and jam. Not only will you stay lean, yoga shapes your body perfectly to have everyday great posture and graceful movement in whatever you do.

Yoga keeps your body lean

Kill the Car

A sneaky way to lose weight is to avoid your parents’ car. By refusing to get rides to school, you will have to find another way to commute and obviously walking, running, skateboarding or biking to school will totally keep you in good shape.
Childhood obesity is at an all time high and let’s be honest here… it is never easy to lose weight. Everyone wants a quick and easy solution, but you have to realize that the best way to lose weight is slowly and steadily.

Biking to school is a great way to stay in shape
The biggest problem most people have is that they don’t lose weight for the first week and then they give up. However, they might not even know that as they are working hard and exercising, they are burning fat and gaining muscle which usually can actually cause you to gain weight at first, and then as you keep burning fat after all your muscles have been developed, you lose weight later. Be Patient!!!


Sunday, 22 November 2015

Sweetheart to Monster - Understanding your Tween

From Sweetheart to Monster - Understanding your Tween

Children really are growing up more quickly than ever before. For parents, the transition from child to teenager brings a minefield of challenges. 

Tween Discipline

The ages 7-12 can be such a challenging time, yet it is puzzling how little advice exists for parents of tweens. On the plus side, tween-age children usually do want to please their parents, and most love spending time with their families. Parents should try to make the most of this before the teen years kick in... 
The downside
Some behaviors in this age group can be challenging and difficult for parents. A child who may have been perfectly happy for parents to make most of the decisions, suddenly develops a strong will of his own. A placid, friendly child suddenly becomes moody and snaps at parents over the least thing. If you really enjoyed the baby and young child days, this can be a difficult adjustment. 
For children, it is an experimental time, working out what sort of teenager and young person they are eventually going to become. Many parents say their children seem to be teens at ten!

The growing influence of peer group 
From age ten, the influence of friends may gradually become greater than that of parents. The clothes children wear, the hobbies they enjoy, the music and films they like must all meet peer approval - nothing is more important than feeling like they “belong”. As a parent, it is easiest to let this happen without too many battles. Your child will be making choices as a teenager soon enough, and there is no sense in major rows if he wants to start now. This is still the time to shop together, but allow your child more say over what he like – don’t just enforce your own tastes. 
Why have they become so unco-operative? 

Parents may feel really confused. Your child refuses to do things you ask, or seems to have become more hostile. It sometimes seems like they hate you, and they may even say this, but it is a temporary love-hate situation that represents their confusion and resentment of the power you have over them. Like toddlers, they have become aware of increasing independence and their widening range of choices. They say “no” simply because they can! Your child can also use his more advanced language, not just to negotiate sensibly with you, but to deliberately deceive you, or to answer back defiantly or rebel against your control. 
Life is also tougher for older children. No longer seen as ‘cute’, expectations on them to behave are much greater, which can be stressful. 
The top five behavior problems in pre-teens 
  1. Not listening to parents 
  2. Answering back and 'cheekiness'.  
  3. Refusing to obey when asked to do something  
  4. Swearing  
  5. Secrets and Lies 
The top five parenting tips 
  1. Speak quietly and calmly. Avoid nagging that children simply “tune out”. Make eye contact and show by voice tone and body language you mean what you say.  
  2. Remember some of their behavior is trying out grown up roles and independence. Be clear about what is unacceptable and stand firm, but always make an effort to speak politely and respectfully.  
  3. Children do want clear boundaries, but think about whether the request is fair and age appropriate. Could you be flexible or negotiate? Is it time to review rules?  
  4. Check your own language isn’t being copied. State clearly if your rule is that no swearing is allowed, and what sanctions will follow.  
  5. Being secretive, or even lying is very difficult for many parents. Explain why lying is wrong and stress that you value honesty - talk about any reasons behind the behavior. Respect the increasing need for privacy and independence as children grow – they may not want to tell you everything, and insisting on this can lead to lies.