The world is full of vices today. It is especially difficult for women to survive here, let alone young girls. Every day we hear instances of abduction, abuse, rape and sexual harassment in all places for women – at home, office and even in school.

Should girls then cower in fright and hide in a corner? Or should they be dependent on the male figures like fathers, brothers, friends, and relatives?

Neither of these options is practically possible moreover, they are downright wrong. Women have to learn to survive in this vicious world. They have to learn to combat not only harassment but also sexual exploitation while moving ahead in their career or activity.

Parents are acutely anxious about sending their young daughters into the outside world. However, young girls have to spread their wings in order to flourish in their career and life. What is the solution then?

The solution is to create awareness in the minds of young girls about sexual advances and exploitation. Most often, very young girls are not even aware that somebody is abusing them sexually. This happens when the offender is a known person – a friend, neighbour or relative. This is when sexual awareness has to be taught.

As a parent, teaching your daughter about ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch’ is very crucial. Let us begin by first understanding the difference ourselves.

What is Good Touch?

A “good touch” is one that is not offensive and uncomfortable to a girl. Every touch that a girl feels must be with her full and conscious permission.

If a person touches a girl, they should do only after knowing or ascertaining fully well that she would not object to it.

This is the rule for even fathers, brothers, uncles, or grandfathers. No family member, relative, neighbour, or friend can touch a girl without her permission. If they continue to do so after her objection, it is termed as a sexual offence.

The following are considered as good or safe touches:

  • Holding your hand
  • Patting your back
  • Putting an arm around your shoulders

Helping you in an injury like carrying you if you faint or removing a thorn or splinter from your leg might hurt but help is necessary here. This too should not prolong for more time than necessary.

Generally, good or safe touches are those touches which your child does not find objectionable.

What is Bad Touch?

The term ‘bad touch’ means any touch that the child objects to and which affects the child in a negative way. Bad touch is a broad term which can be classified into 2 categories.

  1. Unsafe or harmful touches

Pushing, elbowing, pinching, kicking, etc. are touches which hurt the child. These abusive touches might harm the child and are termed unsafe.

Parents must teach their girls that such kind of touches should be strongly objected to. Girls must openly protest against such unsafe touches.

The intent is important. Touching with intent to harm is a criminal offence. Not all touches are harmful and they may have touched by accident. Make sure you determine the intent before acting.

  1. Unwanted or offensive touches

Touching girls in the wrong places or their private parts, kissing them or hugging them without their consent, etc. fall under this category.

Girls must be taught from a very young age to say a strong ‘no’ to such touches. Even if close family members like a girl’s father touches the girl in a wrong way, she must know to say a polite but firm “no”.

Although one might argue that a father has the liberty to touch his own daughter, try to make the girl understand that even a father has his limits. In these days of parental sexual abuse, girls must be taught to be on guard always.

Difference Between a Touch and a Caress

First, teach your daughter the difference between a touch and a caress.

A touch is a light or casual physical contact.

A caress is an intended and purposeful physical contact with a romantic or sexual intention.

Make your child understand the difference. Girls are very shrewd and have an uncanny ability to sense a “caress” when they feel one. They express it as “I feel uneasy” or “I felt like caterpillars were crawling on me” or “I felt like puking”.

Tell them to protest strongly against such caresses and move away from the scene. They should not ignore what happened, brush it off, and move on. Characters of such predatory nature should be reported to the police and justice should be served. There should be no place for them in our society.  

Ways to Teach Your Daughter About Good and Bad Touch

  1. First, make you understand that she is the owner of her body. Tell her that her body is solely hers and no one, including parents or siblings, have the right to touch her without her permission. Ask her to express loudly her objection if she does not like the touch makes her uncomfortable.
  1. Teach your girl what her ‘private parts’ are. For very young girls, use the phrase “all that your undies cover”. This makes them understand that all the parts covered by undergarments are deemed private.

For slightly older girls, use the phrase “all that a swimsuit covers”. This gives them a clear idea of where they should not be touched even casually. However, just because she wasn’t touched in a private part doesn’t automatically make it a good touch.

  1. Teach the girl that sometimes adults (like parents, babysitters, relatives or siblings) may help the child to change their diaper or clothing or bathe them or clean them after they use the bathroom. Make the child understand the difference between “helping” and “touching unnecessarily or for a long time”.
  2. Teach them that strangers must be dealt with caution and alertness. Even a neighbour or friend come under the stranger category when it comes to touches. Educate the child that strangers do not have the liberty to touch the child unnecessarily. Teach the girl to maintain a physical distance right from the start.
  3. A touch from even close relatives can sometimes be offensive. Even uncles and brothers have been known to sexually harass girls at a young age. Motivate the child to speak out against such atrocities even if they are from close kith and kin.
  4. Educate the child that for unsafe touches, she has to act as follows
  5. Ask the other person to stop touching. It may have been an accident.
  6. If the other person persists, strongly object in a loud voice.

iii. Scream and attract attention.

  1. If no help is around, run away from the scene.
  2. Immediately report to parents, teachers or even the police.
  3. Never hide such things from parents.

vii. Do not feel ashamed as you did nothing wrong.

Most importantly, talk to your child in a casual manner while giving this advice. Make the child feel comfortable first and then educate. If the child does not want to talk about it, take up the topic at another time. Create a friendly atmosphere at home or school where the child can open up to you.

The significance of saying “NO”

Teach your daughter that is perfectly fine to say “NO” – in fact, it is her right not to accept any situation that is uncomfortable for her or that diminishes her self-esteem or her personal space.

Remember as a parent, you are the best protector of your child. But teach your child that self-help is the best help. Teaching your daughter about good and bad touch is highly necessary in today’s world and the sooner you do it, the better.

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Today’s children are at the crossroads of life. Technological advancement and heavy educational input meet at this crucial intersection. On one hand, technology has opened up wide avenues of both learning and entertainment to children. On the other hand, academic study-loads are back-breaking for kids. Both parents and children are in a fix as to keep up with both technology and studies.

A better solution is to educate your child using educational apps. This is the optimum approach as you are harnessing technology in a positive fashion.

What are Educational Apps?

Educational Apps are software applications created solely for the purpose of education. They can be downloaded onto your desktop or even mobile and accessed on the go. Educational Apps are developed individually for various subjects like Mathematics, Science or even Languages.

With interactive learning, concepts are explained using visual and graphic inputs. At the end of the session, a quick revision helps in the recap. Exercises are provided for practice and tests are conducted online to assess the performance of the student.

Take look at the top 7 Educational apps for kids aged 6- 8:

  1. Marble Math Junior

Math is one subject kid have to be strong on at a really young age. Build a strong foundation for your kid in Math using Marble Math Junior.

A younger version of Marble Math, this App has a highly interactive game which teaches your kid the fundamentals of Maths. It has a marble maze through which the kid has to find his way by solving Maths problems.

With easy instructions and a clear voice-over, players can just touch the screen to hear and solve problems. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Kindle and Android, Marble Math is the best bet to keep your child engaged with schoolwork even on vacation or on the move. With exciting rewards that win the kid over, Marble Math is a bundle of Math Learning plus Fun.

  1. Geo Walk 3D World Fact Book

A mini-encyclopedia for kids is  Geo Walk 3D World Fact Book. Spin a globe and touch a spot to learn more about the city/country from A-Z. Geography is at the grasp of your kid when he plays Geo-Walk 3D World Fact Book. Not stopping with Geography, it gives inputs on natural science, talking about animals and plants as well.

History is also dealt with by Geo-Walk 3D World Fact Book in the form of historic events and personalities. Compatible with all Apple devices, Geo-Walk 3D World Fact Book is a handy tool for your kid any day.

  1. Shake-a-Phrase

A fun and engaging App for your kid, Shake-a-Phrase has a collection of 1700 words and definitions. Watch your kid widen his vocabulary as he uses Shake-a-Phrase in 4 engaging colour schemes. Upper elementary schools can also use this App to improve their grammar and creative writing skills.

This Apple-device compatible App has a structured approach and works on 3 levels – Vocabulary, Imaginative skill and Grammar. Easy-to-use and hard-to-resist, shake-a-Phrase will surely shake your child out of boredom.

  1. Thinkrolls

Rated 2nd among US App Stores, Thinkrolls is a series of science and logic games with two modes – early for young kids and hard mode for kids from 5-8, Thinkrolls takes your kid through puzzles and mazes kindling his thinking ability.

Available in English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai versions, Thinkrolls is an Apple compatible Educational App ideal for your kid.

  1. The Robot Factory

Kids love Robots and your kid is surely going to like this one. The Robot Factory helps your kid create machines, locomotors, G-Force mixers, Zephyr mechanisms, hydrostatic tentacles and even basic exoskeletons.

Available for all Apple devices and featuring in around 59 language versions, The Robot Factory will surely get your child engaged productively and learn the fundamentals of robotics.

  1. Duolingo

The best Learning App for learning foreign languages, Duolingo is easy, smart, interactive and well-structured. starting from basics, it teaches your child conversational language skills at the same time enforcing phonetics.

With tests and revisions at each level, Duolingo is vouched for by even adults as equal to a university degree. Offering Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Irish and Danish, Duolingo is free to download, highly effective and easy-to-use.

  1. Lets Practise

Lets Practise provides Practice material for CBSE, ICSE and SSC Boards from Standard 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th. They have Question Papers, worksheets, Revision Sheets, Multiple Choice Online Assessments with detailed solutions prepared by qualified teachers and experts. There are over 4 Lakh questions in the database customized as per the curriculum followed by schools.  The purpose of this app is to inculcate the habit of everyday practice in children. This will help identify and remedy problem areas while the concept is freshly taught in school.

The above top 7 educational apps for kids have been chosen with great care to cover various subjects so that your child can perform best in all areas. Introduce these Apps to your kids and watch them make the best of both academics and technology for years to come.

You can download the Lets Practise app from the Google Play Store by clicking here. Be sure to contact us if you have any doubts or queries.

 

Teachers are like potters. They mould the raw clay of the minds of the children into beautiful pots or figurines that last a lifetime. The effort they take in moulding the mind of the child is reflected in his personality throughout life.

Like artisans chiseling a rock to carve an exquisite sculpture, teachers chisel away unwanted flaws in the mindset of the child to transform him into a creation of art.

The role of the teachers in child development is highly commendable. It is important that we understand why we should appreciate teachers, When children enter school, their minds are like a clean slate – fresh and impressionable. The positive inputs and knowledge fed by the teachers make the child develop into a strong personality.

Not just academics, teachers play a vital role in inculcating moral values, ethics and integrity into the child. One instance of proof is the “conduct certificate” issued by schools and colleges for students. When they issue such a certificate, they must also understand the role they play in shaping the child’s character and conduct.

Eminent personalities like Dr. Abdul Kalam, former President of India have always attributed their success in life to their teachers. Even current celebrities like Bill Gates of Microsoft, Hillary Swank of Hollywood, American Poet Maya Angelou and our own Bipasha Basu of Bollywood have credited their teachers for their fame and status in life. Famous Anchor Oprah Winfrey and Former American President Bill Clinton to do not miss lauding the contribution of their teachers at every interview. In fact, Clinton’s Teacher Mr. Sputlin was the person who identified  Clinton for his leadership qualities and convinced him that he was wholly capable of organizing things.

When you are climbing uphill, you need a stick to hold on; A teacher is that support. If for some reason, you slip and fall, can you, in any way blame the teacher? This is what most of us do. If there is any folly on the part of the student, we blame teachers.

Only a complete comprehension of the role of a teacher can make us realize their value. Let us look at five reasons why we should appreciate teachers.

  1. Teachers educate students.

Academic education is not child’s play. Mastering the rules of grammar for a language or the concepts of science or mathematics is a laborious task. Understanding alone is not sufficient. Trying to explain this information in a simple and easily understandable manner is more Himalayan.  Teachers do all this and more-

  • They teach fundamentals
  • Explain concepts
  • Clarify doubts
  • Formulate and conduct tests
  • Assess performance
  • Review results
  • Summarize the information
  • Improvise teaching techniques

The list is endless.

  1. They guide students

Teachers have been known to identify and tap the potential of the student. Teachers interact with students regularly and thus are able to assess their strengths and weaknesses. So they are able to easily divert the student into the right path, channel their energy and make them focus on their targets.

  1. They inspire students

Teachers lead by example. Often teachers are living role models for students. Children often imbibe the positive qualities of teachers. Great masters have had even greater teachers. Aristotle- the Father of Science, was taught by Plato. Plato himself was the student of the legendary philosopher Socrates.

  1. Teachers counsel students

Teachers do not limit themselves to the academic field of duty. Instead, they go a step further and take a personal interest in the lives of students. They devote time and patience to listen to children about their personal and family issues and counsel them accordingly. Teachers must have a psychological bent of mind in reading the student, understanding his problems and advising them accordingly.

  1. Teachers motivate their students

It is not enough to just coach, guide or inspires the students. Teachers provide unflinching support and motivate the students when their spirits sag. The faith of the teacher in a student makes him triumph when all else fails.

Teachers are instrumental in identifying the spark of genius or talent in us. They are the winds that fan the fires of passion. They are the light that leads us into the tunnel of life. It is a time we understand why we should appreciate teachers and honour them accordingly.

Our own Teacher-President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was such a living example and inspiration as a teacher that his birthday on September  5th is celebrated as ‘Teacher’s Day in India’. Let’s Practise is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and to enhancing the respect for teachers world wide.

 

A child is the dream of every parent come true- the culmination of his/her desires, the materialization of his/her ambition and the torchbearer of his/her legacy. Every parent inevitably dreams for greatness to be bestowed upon his offspring. These dreams are usually woven around the child’s future- what the child will become, what he/she acquires and how he/she lives. Most often parents tend to perceive their unfulfilled desires as goals for the child.

In this process, have you tried understanding your child’s aspirations?

Gone are the days when children used to blindly toe the line and obey their parents unquestioningly. With technology sweeping every aspect of our daily lives, children are exposed to new concepts, revolutionary ideas and radical thinking. Children have developed the art of questioning every act or event and tend to evolve a thought process of their own. In such a situation, thrusting our ideas on the child or forcing him to give up his aspirations would be the biggest folly a parent could commit.

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS FOR YOUR CHILD?

Every parent paints a vision of what he wants his child to be and this differs from individual to individual. But on the whole, on analyzing this data, we found the predominant parental aspirations to be:

  •        A happy child
  •        A healthy child
  •        An intelligent child
  •        An all-rounder
  •        A well-behaved child
  •        A top performer in academics

Above all this, some parents may aspire for the following from their children

  •        Affluence
  •        Social status
  •        A  touch of  the genius
  •        A prominent personality

Whatever the case may be, it is not wrong to aspire for your child but it is more important to put their aspirations first, ahead of yours.

You should not have too many though, so be careful not to choke on your aspirations, parents.

A simple assessment of the academic grades of  3500 middle school students was done along with their parents’ expectations in Bavaria. It was found that when the parents’ expectations are high but realistic, the children’s grades shot up. But the moment the parents started to over-expect from their child, the kid’s grades took a nosedive. This clearly shows that it is not wrong to expect but clearly wrong to over-expect from your child.

Why all this confusion? why not take the simple route of understanding your child’s aspirations? This is how you do it.

    1.Have a heart- to-heart chat with your child.

Sit with your child and open up a conversation on the topic of his interest. Slowly bring in the topic of his future, ambition, goal etc. It is important that you merely initiate the conversation. Then LISTEN.

  1. No negative responses.

Do NOT negate, criticize or ridicule the child for whatever he might express even if it might be a shocking revelation for you. For instance, you might have dreamt of your child becoming a scientist, he might want to become a painter.

  1. Accept his choice

Hear the child out fully. Then question him gently if you find his aspiration to be a very different one. You have every right to question but none to be judgemental. Merely accept his decision whatever it may be.

  1. No motivation?- ok- but no demotivation!

Sometimes parents are not able to digest the academic, career or life aspirations of the child. In such cases,  if you cannot motivate, be passive- do not demotivate them.

  1. Don’t over-react

In the process of encouraging your child, don’t exceed yourself in your enthusiasm. Adopt a balanced stance to allow the child to make a realistic judgement about his aspiration.

  1. Celebrate his strengths, identify his weaknesses

Now that you are at the crossroads of making important decisions regarding your child and his aspirations, it is imperative that you examine his strengths and weaknesses objectively. This will help you guide the child in the future in times of need. Most importantly, it will help you to stop him from taking wrong turns in life.

Your child may be a great guitarist but he might fail in algebra. Never mind, try motivating the child in the field of his passion and strength. Your support is the best foundation you can provide.

  1. Do not thrust your ambitions on your child.

You might have wanted to be a great ballerina, don’t nag your child to do a pirouette if she can’t. Allow the child to spread her wings and soar high to find her own destination.

  1. Be supportive always

Children often fail even after choosing their own path. Do not adopt the ” I -told-you-so” attitude. Be a support to fall back on at all times, especially when they fail.

Children are the footprints we leave for the future. Make sure they leave an indelible mark in the world by understanding their aspirations and supporting them always.

Let’s Practise can help your students excel. We are teachers and parents ourselves, so we have a lot of experience dealing with children. We offer worksheets and test prep material for Math, Science, English, Hindi, and more. You can give them some extra information with whatever they want to pursue or lend them a helping hand in the areas they are weak. Just contact us to begin!

Grammar is the backbone of any good conversation, writing or speech and this fact is universally applicable for any language. The grammatical usage of a person speaks volumes about his/her education, upbringing, social class etc. Then why take chances? Let us sharpen our Grammar skills to improve our verbal and written communication.

Like any other language, English too has its own grammar rules. What one should ideally do is identify the thumb rule of the particular context and stick to it, making note of the exceptions, if any. The only way to improve your grammatical strength is to make a conscious effort to work on your grammar literally, every day.

Let us begin by looking at some of the basic errors we commit in the usage of English Grammar.

1.AGREEMENT OF THE VERB WITH THE SUBJECT:

The subject of a sentence is a NOUN- meaning a person, place or thing.

The VERB is usually an ACTION word that follows the noun- it tells us what the subject is doing, has done or going to do.

For example- Peter ate his breakfast.

Here, ‘Peter’ is the SUBJECT and ‘ate’ is the verb in past tense.

Now the important THUMB RULE here is

THE VERB SHOULD AGREE WITH THE SUBJECT IN NUMBER.

Look at this simple table- it tells you how the verb has to agree with the subject.

Verb- to be        tense- present

Verb- to write         tense – present

Rule: SINGULAR SUBJECT TAKES ON A SINGULAR VERB.

PLURAL SUBJECT TAKES ON A PLURAL VERB.

Example: I am /You are/She is walking

They are walking.

  1. AGREEMENT OF THE VERB WITH SUBJECT FOR COLLECTIVE NOUNS

A collective noun is a term used to define a group of persons or objects as a single word.

Example: Crowd- a group of people

Some collective nouns are listed under:

Now the important THUMB RULE here is

ANY COLLECTIVE NOUN IS TAKEN AS A SINGULAR OBJECT AND MUST BE FOLLOWED BY A SINGULAR VERB.

For Example: An army of soldiers is passing by.

A bouquet is presented to every dignitary of the function.

  1. CONFUSION IN THE NUMBER OF THE SUBJECT WHILE USING “OF”

Generally, users of English make the common mistake of confusing themselves over whether the subject is singular or plural when “of” is used.

Example:

A shoal of fish looks colourful as it passes by.

Here “shoal” is a collective noun referring to a group of fish.

People often get confused becomes of the use of “of” after the subject. When the subject is followed by an “of”, learners assume the subject to become plural.

Now the important THUMB RULE here is

CHECK whether A COLLECTIVE NOUN appears BEFORE THE “OF”. Then it is SINGULAR.

Incorrect usage: A shoal of fish look colourful as they pass by.

Correct usage: A shoal of fish looks colourful as it passes by.

  1.  CORRECT VERB USAGE FOR 2 SINGULAR OBJECTS LINKED WITH

“EITHER/OR” & “NEITHER/NOR”

Sentences using “either/or” and “neither /nor” cause some confusion among learners. They are often unsure of how to use the following verb here.

Now the important THUMB RULE here is

WHEN 2 SINGULAR OBJECTS ARE LINKED USING “EITHER/OR” OR “NEITHER /NOR”, THE VERB WILL BE IN SINGULAR.

Incorrect usage:  Neither Sammy nor her mother are going to the party.

Correct usage: Neither Sammy nor her mother is going to the party.

Incorrect usage:  Either Philip or his dad are leaving today.

Correct Usage: Either Philip or his dad is leaving today.

  1. CORRECT VERB USAGE FOR 2 PLURAL OBJECTS LINKED WITH

“EITHER/OR” & “NEITHER/NOR”

When plural objects are used with “either/or” or” neither/nor”.

Now the important THUMB RULE here is

WHEN 2 PLURAL OBJECTS ARE LINKED USING “EITHER/OR” OR    “NEITHER /NOR”, THE VERB WILL AGREE WITH THE NOUN/PRONOUN THAT PRECEDES IT.

For example,

Neither the dogs nor the cat eats the food. – Here the verb “eats” is in agreement with the singular noun “the cat”.

Neither the cat nor the dogs eat the food – Here the verb “eat” is in agreement with the plural noun “the dogs”.

Keep these thumb rules in mind while you use nouns and verbs and surely, you will never go wrong.

English Grammar is like Algebraic Theorems- there are rules like theorems with exceptions like corollaries.

Just master the rules of English Grammar by memorizing them and use them wherever necessary. Like Math, you will always get it right.

Let’s Practise has a lot of study sheets and exam papers to help your child with their grammar. We assist students from 1st to 9th standard and have worksheets for CBSE, SSC, IGCSE, and ICSE Boards. You can check out the information about ICSE Board here.