It is very difficult to make today’s generation listen to you. It is essential for students to understand the concepts and not treat subjects as mere topics for passing the examination.  To make this happen teachers should make their class fun and exciting for students. Especially if it is a science class, then teachers can easily evoke the natural curiosity of children through lively classes and digital learning.

Experts at Lets Practise share five tips to make the science class interesting and make students love science.

 

  1. Get them engaged

Engaging students in some activities is a great way to get the science class started. This will refresh the young minds and keep them excited for the rest of the class. Students should be encouraged to prepare and stick colourful charts related to their lessons on the classroom walls.  The teacher can use them to demonstrate science concepts and also involve students in discussions. End each class with a great question that students can solve in the next class.  

 

  1. Evaluate student’s understanding

It is very important for teachers to know how deep students understand their lessons. Every student’s level of understanding is different. So you can evaluate your students by having surprise class tests, checking their lab reports or by asking one of them to conduct a small science experiment in the class and explain the results.

 

  1. Explain difficult concepts

Some students are hesitant to clarify their doubts in class for fear of being embarrassed. Teachers should welcome questions even illogical ones and then bifurcate them as easy and tough science concepts as perceived by students. Teachers should then elaborate on these topics and try to make them simple.

Example: They can explain the process of growth of plants by sowing seeds in their class windows, etc.

 

  1. Assign  science projects to groups

Projects are a great way to enrich the child’s experience. Teachers can divide students into groups and assign one project for each group. This way student will get time to explore science concepts and also learn together. Group projects will also encourage students to coordinate with each other. The teacher can also gift certificates and awards for the best team project. Teachers can suggest topics like the best use of renewable energy sources, solar energy projects, the life cycle of a butterfly, etc.

     

  1. Use technology

Teachers can use digital technologies to empower children.  It is proven that visuals are much powerful than words. Teachers can project complicated science concepts or chemistry experiments on a digital blackboard for ease of understanding. This can also be used to study the generation of electricity, rain cycle, etc which cannot be visualized in class otherwise.

 

Students will face many situations in life where they can apply different science concepts. Though some science concepts are boring, a teacher can make them fun and interesting for students. Those were five tips from our experts to make your class interesting. If you have any suggestions or personal experience that can help science students, please share them with us at  http://www.letspractise.com/contactUs                                                  

                                                            

 

Just like the real world, the internet has some unsafe places. However, it is even easier to come upon this unsafe place by accident. On the web, there are no clear lines between what is okay and what isn’t. You have to rely on tools and communication so your child can surf the net in a safe manner. Here are eight tips for keeping your child safe online.  

Awareness

Pay attention to what your child sees and does on the internet. Not everything has to be physical to influence your child so you cannot afford to neglect the virtual realm. There are certain risks you take while being online, and children are more susceptible to these risks.  

The first thing that you should do as a parent acknowledges that the internet is not a very safe space for your child and that there are certain dangers that lurk in the shadowy corners. You have to be on alert and vigilant when it comes to child safety online.

Unfortunately, there are people who will try to exploit the innocence of your child, so be wary. The dark side of the internet is a pathway to many things some consider to be unnatural. Cybercrime, cyber bullying, and damaging online reputation are just some of these.

Research

You must get involved with your child’s cyber world. There’s just no way around it. Ignoring the problem or acting indifferent to it will not make the problem go away. In fact, things will only get worse. If you are knowledgeable of what your child sees, you can identify a conflict quicker. You can then step in quickly before the situation escalates.

Some websites may look child-friendly, using attractive colours and designs to lure kids in. Upon closer examination, you may find that the site is actually dangerous.  

Keep the computer in a location where it is easy to see. If it is hidden, you will not be able to monitor them easily or worse, they could be tempted to visit bad websites because of the secrecy. We do not want to scare you to the point where you outright ban the internet. We are just telling you to be aware of what is on the world wide web.

Create Rules

There should be set rules in your household regarding internet viewing. They don’t have to be a rigid schedule, but you should have limits, for example, one hour every weekday and two hours on weekends. You can even have a list of sites that they are allowed / not allowed to visit, to clear up any confusion.

Many children spend far too much time on their computer, which is not healthy. There is a whole world for your child to explore. Encourage them to go outside rather than stay cooped up inside with the computer. Enforcing these rules will go a long way in preventing internet addiction.

Educate Them

This isn’t just about you controlling what they see. They have to understand why you are doing this.

Teach them important online lessons, as given below:

  • Never reveal your name, address, school, picture, or phone number online.
  • Avoid opening email, attachments or messages from anyone you don’t know.
  • Do not respond to any inappropriate messages directed at you.
  • Never get together with adults you met online.

You can also add any other lessons as you see fit. Tell them that it is for their own safety, not because you want to spy on them or police them. Once they understand and accept that, they will be more open.

Also, tell them to logout of the computer and shut it down once they finish their internet session.  

Beware of Social Media

Social networking websites such as Facebook have content only suitable for those 13 and older. However, some children will lie about their age and register to create an account anyway. This could lead to harmful consequences. The anonymity of the internet provides a platform for people to threaten, intimidate, and harass without having their true identity outed.  

On websites such as Reddit and Tumblr, people create their own persona and are free to  They could be exposed to indecent images or comments. The internet is such a place where your child might stumble upon violence, hate speech, and other vulgar material unknowingly. Such forums should be closely monitored or avoided.

Block Harmful Sites

Parental controls offer you the ability to block websites. There are ways to block a website. That is not too difficult. If you feel a site is unsafe for your child and you don’t want them to view it, you can blacklist it on your computer.

There are plugins and software apps that you can download when it comes to blocking or restricting websites. Any website that explicitly states that the material contained is for 18+  should be blocked.   

Turning on ‘Safe Search’ in Google filters out offensive and inappropriate material. It’s not just the computer, but the tablets, and the mobile phones too. The internet never forgets, and once you post something online, even if you delete it, its presence will linger.

Protect Your Privacy

Privacy is of utmost concern. Your child may reveal identifying information about themselves without even realising it. This is obviously not their intention, but you should be extra careful about this.  

Your email is especially important as someone with access to your email can just click ‘forgot my password’ to gain access to your other accounts.

No matter how hard you try, some inappropriate things might still pop up. As such, tell them to come to you whenever they see something uncomfortable. You can then take appropriate action. Assure them that it is not their fault if they viewed something by accident so they won’t fear to get into trouble.

There is a staggering amount of information on the web, some great and some horrible. Even us adults need to be careful and mindful of what we put out there for public viewing with suspicious characters lurking about.

The bottom line is that who kids are on the internet is not who they are in the real world. However, you want them to be careful.

The Internet for Learning

The internet can be a great tool as long as you use it correctly. It doesn’t just have to be for fun and games.  Your child can use the information for help with homework and tests, or if they are curious about something. There are many educational sites as well that can help your child learn. One such website is Let’s Practise.

With Let’s Practise, you can get sample papers, worksheets, and tests for children from 3rd to 9th standard. You can find informational material for children studying in CBSE, ICSE, and SSC Boards.

To take advantage of all these educational information and more, write to us, call us, or let us reach you. Whatever you do, contact us now. We are the safest place on the internet!

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” ~ Nelson Mandela

India is a nation of many cultures, dialects, and religions. With 22 official languages and many more regional languages, there is a wide selection available for your children to choose from.

Because of the three-language formula in centrally administered schools, it is compulsory for every child to learn three languages. You have to decide what their first, second and third language will be. State syllabus usually has two languages.

Our nation was divided and reorganised on the basis of language. We must realise that this ‘weakness’ is actually our strength, making us one of the most diverse nations ever. This three language policy will benefit everybody by bringing us together again as one unified country and help keep India intact.

In the words of Frank Smith, psycholinguist – “One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”

Students shouldn’t perceive languages as a burden. In fact, studies have shown that learning an extra language is advantageous and helps improve focus, concentration, memory, and intelligence. Also, it takes less time for a child to learn a language than an adult, so it is good that schools are doing this at a young age. Here are the factors that should weigh into your decision and the pros and cons of selecting a particular language:

Languages Available

The first factor that plays into your decision is the options that the school offers. Obviously, if the school doesn’t teach French, there will be no way for you to enrol in French class. Your first step should be to look at the options you can select as this eliminates some languages instantly. From the list of languages the school offers, you can narrow down your list.  

Parental Knowledge

The parent’s knowledge of the language may also play a part. If the mother or father is fluent in the language, they can help the child learn and teach them at home. Parents can help answer questions and clarify doubts regarding the language. This isn’t absolutely required as you expect the teachers to take care of it. There are always tutors available to help.

Comfort Level

Are you comfortable with your child learning a particular language? It is not just about you, as your kid should also be comfortable. After all, they are the ones who will learn the new language. You should sit down with your child beforehand and look at all the options available. Some students opt for Sanskrit as it is easier to learn and score well than other languages. Whatever you do, be sure to get your son or daughter’s input first so they are comfortable with the decision.

Relevancy & Difficulty

One should look at the practical usage of the language while making their choice. You need to examine how frequently people speak, read, and write in the language. For example, although some of the more ancient languages such as Sanskrit are part of the Indian heritage, they are not spoken a lot today. On the other hand, Sanskrit is the language of Vedas, Shastras and classical literature and those with a historical bent of mind should consider it. The key question to ask yourself is whether your child is actually learning the language. They could end up just memorising the information and forgetting about it after the end of the school year.

Future Employment

Will it help them in the place where they seek employment? Obviously, this depends on where they will seek employment. Your child could plan on working in the same state, move to another state, or leave the nation. Employment may seem far off, but it is difficult to change languages halfway through school.  Then comes the conundrum of whether they will retain the language learnt in school. Often times, children tend to just study for marks and forget about the information once the exams are over. Either way, keep their future in mind for sure.

Regional vs. Foreign Languages

According to this study by World Atlas, the five most spoken languages in India are Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, and Tamil. Each state has its own local language, with some even having two or three. Learning to read and write the local language will help the child traverse the place without the help of their parents. In some places (mostly rural areas),  the street signs and store names are only in the regional language, and anyone who is unable to read them will get lost.   

On the other hand, German, French, Russian, Greek, Arabic and Japanese are some foreign languages that your child can learn. However, the school should offer these languages. The debate is ongoing about whether children should learn regional languages or foreign ones first. Foreign languages give children more exposure to the world outside of India. As of late, many students in the US are opting to learn Mandarin Chinese.

The final decision is yours to make. If you want your child to learn about the roots and ancient culture, they should take Sanskrit. If you want them to learn the most popular language, they should go for Hindi. It would be suitable for them to learn their mother-tongue for their own heritage. For anyone looking at the present, the best thing would be to make them learn the local language. A glance to the future and English or a foreign language may be the way to go.   

Many parents tend to concentrate more on maths, science, and social studies, and language tends to get ignored. You should not do this. Place equal emphasis on all subjects as bad marks in one will drag the entire average down. Fluency in languages will help your children to express themselves clearly – which is instrumental not only for marks but for any life activity.

We work with and tutor students from 3rd to 9th standard on a variety of school subjects, and language is one of them. We will help them understand the language, and through increased understanding, their marks will increase as well. Hindi courses for CBSE and ICSE boards are our speciality. Contact us now.

Which Secondary School Education Board Syllabus works best for your kid:  State, Matriculation, CBSE, or ICSE? This is a debate that has divided students and parents for many years and will continue to do so. Before you choose one or the other, you must understand the advantages and disadvantages of each one of them.

We asked our experts to analyse the strengths and weaknesses in an attempt to determine which one comes out on top. Let’s begin!

CBSE

The Central Board for Secondary Education is the most popular educational board in India, spreading across every state. It is also the national board of India. CBSE follows a common syllabus across the nation. CBSE places a lot of emphasis on Science and Mathematics, but not as much on English.

The first language your child chooses can either be English or Hindi. Some of the common second and third languages they offer are Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Urdu, whereas foreign languages like French, Spanish, and German are often 4th language options. The second and third languages may change depending on the school. The CBSE has mediums in both English and Hindi.

CBSE is tougher than State Boards and also has a larger curriculum. The CBSE study pattern prepares the student for entrance exams related to IIT and AIIMS – provided they have adequate marks. Your child can study in whatever field you choose (Medical science, non-medical science, commerce, and arts), and the child can take classes related to that stream.  

ICSE

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) is in charge of the Indian School Certification Examination (ICSE). Schools that follow the ICSE plan are in English medium only.

ICSE has a detailed syllabus and the students receive comprehensive learning about the subjects, almost to the point where students will consider it to be too extensive. Arts, science, languages, and maths are all given equal importance to the ICSE Board. As such, ICSE is the toughest of the lot. ICSE also has a lower amount of schools in India than CBSE. However the ICSE history taught can be more western oriented and may not be in tune with traditional and ancient Indian ethos.

The United Kingdom College Admissions Board has recognized the ICSE standards as being at par with the standards of the University of Scotland in the UK. The syllabus is inspired from Cambridge University in the UK. The ICSE study pattern prepares students to apply to universities in the US or Europe.

State Syllabus

Every state has their own State Board and is controlled by the Education Minister for the respective state. The Department of Education for the respective state government is responsible for everything related to education. For example, the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh follow the Senior Secondary Certificate (SSC) Board.

As there is no central administration in charge of the proceedings, the paper patterns, and syllabus vary from state to state making comparing marks from two different states impractical.

The State syllabus is simpler than those of CBSE and ICSE, but you must learn the State language. The syllabus is much less rigorous than that of CBSE and ICSE. It is designed keeping in mind that these books apply to all economic sections of society and therefore must be easy to follow by all. A student studying following the State Board guidelines may find it difficult to get accepted into a college outside the state due to the lack of a single nationwide standard.

On the other hand, it is easier for them to pursue higher studies in a college within the state as they are already well-acquainted with the state’s educational syllabus.

Matriculation

Just like with State Boards, every state has a Matriculation Board for their syllabus. The standard of education in the matriculation system is higher than the State Board, but lower than CBSE and ICSE.  

The Matriculation Board conducts exams only up to the tenth standard, unlike the other three which conduct exams up to 12th standard. After the tenth standard, the Matriculation Board shifts to the State Board and follows the State Board syllabus.

Matriculation places more focus on memorising and learning by rote compared to CBSE, which tests the student’s understanding of the subject. This leads to less analytical thinking among the students. However, most people would agree that the standard of education is better than that of State Board.  

Which is Best?

Every board has its merits and demerits, and there is no outright winner. CBSE and ICSE may be slightly better in terms of the education offered, but that is no reason to avoid the State or Matriculation Boards. Just because many parents opt for CBSE doesn’t mean you should as well. Take a look at the syllabus that all the schools offer.

It all comes down to your child and what you believe they are capable of learning. Some might consider CBSE or ICSE schools too stressful and fail to perform well. Of course, two schools with the same board could be vastly different in their teaching methodology.

If searching for schools in a new location, staying with the same board is the wise choice as the child is already accustomed to it. If the child is older, take a look at what your child wants to do in the future. Your child will not be doomed to fail as a result of you choosing the wrong board, but it is a critical decision. Take some time to think about it instead of taking a hasty choice and regretting it later.

Once you decide on a board for your child, you can turn to Let’s Practise for help. We help students from 3rd to 9th standard by providing them with course material, question papers and worksheets. It doesn’t matter if your child is studying in CBSE, ICSE, or SSC. Our assistance will undoubtedly improve your child with their exam preparation. Click here to learn more about all the plans we offer.

Time for a lets Practise Summer tip. Summer is here again and is usually seen by children as the time where they can wake up late, fiddle around on the phone / computer / TV for the whole day, and generally be lazier than during school days. While this is partially true, it is important not to let the child slip past the point of no return.  

Of course, summer is the time where your child can enjoy and have fun, but make sure they don’t get too carried away. After all, school is fast approaching and it is important to stay on top of the next year’s class material. You don’t want to fritter away your child’s summer days.

Here are four things you can do to make sure your child has a productive summer:

Read

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” ~ George R. R. Martin, Author

Reading is one of the great activities your child can do during their summer holidays. Reading expands your knowledge and lets you create new worlds and characters. It improves your child’s creativity and imagination.

Make sure your child reads a lot of books during the summer. Reading a good book is better than sitting at home and watching a television or playing on the computer, smartphone or other electronic devices all day. Electronic gadgets make children strain their eyes more than books. Also, video games, movies, and shows don’t force the child to be creative as the visuals are already on display. Reading in this case doesn’t have to refer to school books. Just reading novels and storybooks can help improve your child’s vocabulary as well as teach them good life lessons.

Many stories such as Aesop’s Fables, Amar Chitra Katha and Panchatantra teach morals to children in an entertaining manner. Reading also lends perspective on the cultures and ideas of other people.

You can even go more in-depth and ask them to discuss the books they read during dinner. This way, the whole family gets involved and your child can improve their oratory skills. Older children can keep a diary for their books or write reviews for a book detailing their favorite and least favorite moments.

Strengthen Weak Subjects

Summer is the best time for your child to strengthen their knowledge on school subjects, especially the weaker ones. Catching up on weak subjects helps the child be on top of their game and they will be sharp mentally for the next year of school.  When school starts, they will be bogged down with new material and will thus lag behind. Studying during summer helps them get a head start on the material and makes sure they are ready by the time school comes around.

You should sit down with the child and set a timetable where they take time out of the day to work on math problems or revise their Geography. This can either be one hour every day, half an hour every day, or two hours every other day. Be sure to set something that both you and your son or daughter can agree on. However, remember that studying is probably the last thing that a child wants to do during the summer holidays, so don’t make them spend a lot of time on it. Be fair with them and they will be happy to be your kid!

Join a Hobby Club

There are many activities that your child can join during the summer. Try to find a group or club nearby where your child can learn a new skill or hobby. Some examples of activities include chess, swimming, singing, cricket, and football. There is also karate, dancing, art, singing, and much more. The advantage of these classes is twofold. One, your child can learn something new. Two, they now have their own clique of sorts and have found children with similar tastes as them. This helps them make more friends and expand their social circle.

If your child is old enough, consider enrolling them in a summer camp. Camps are full of action and interesting pursuits for your child. They will learn how to live without their parents and develops their independent growth. They can learn new abilities and improve upon their existing ones. In a way, summer camps can shape how the child grows up to be. If you are worried that they will be alone or won’t fit in, ask a friend to enroll as well. The best part is that they are separated from technology, but will be too busy having fun to notice.

Community Service

You can make your child volunteer at a place like a temple, clean up the beach, or park.  They can also help out at an old age home. Volunteering teaches children the value of hard work. A trip to a place like an orphanage lets the children know about those less fortunate than them. It makes them feel thankful for what they have and not take things for granted. If possible, take your child to a farm so they can learn more about farming techniques and how vegetables are harvested.

We advise just telling your child to go outside and getting fresh air. We know it’s tough to beat the heat, but don’t just let your child stay inside the house. Make them go outside and play and be physically active. You don’t want them to be a slouch once the next school year starts.

The main goals for your child in the summer are to make more friends and gain knowledge. The key is to minimize the time they spend inside the house as this will put them into a rut that is difficult to get out of when school begins again. Summer is the only time when they can freely play outside and not worry about homework or tests on the next day.  

If you follow these tips, you will end up with a summer that makes both your child and yourself happy. Let’s Practise wishes everyone a fun and productive summer!