Are you, as a parent, more anxious to check the results than your children? Of course you are, and why shouldn’t you be? The CBSE ICSE mark sheet is an encapsulation of the entire year’s work, which makes it a very important document.

Do you know how to read the mark sheet? Viewing a mark sheet can be overwhelming and confusing. You may not know what is important and which factors you can ignore. Let’s understand what certain phrases mean and what to watch out for.

Here are five aspects you should look for while evaluating your child’s mark sheet:

The Grade Point System

Mark sheets have a point system for the child’s marks. Alongside a number for the exact marks, there is also a letter for the range of marks. Sometimes, there will only be a letter and not the exact score. Here is an explanation of the grade point system and what it means.

Below is the current CBSE grading scale for classes 6 – 8:

CBSE grading school

It is important to note that these are the general letter grades on a mark sheet but may vary depending on school and board of education. The scale differs for class 9 and 10. Check the mark sheet for a key with the exact values.

Attendance

Marks are important but be sure to look at the attendance section as well. It will tell you if your child has been cutting classes. If there is less attendance than you expected, look in the teacher’s notes. Poor attendance may indicate low interest in school or in a particular subject.

Teacher’s Notes  

Often in the case of younger students, teachers will leave personalized remarks in the mark sheet. Does he pay attention in class? Is your child following instructions? Is he getting along with others?

The answers to these questions can be critical to identify your child’s behaviour in class. As a parent, you should not neglect this behavioral aspect. It shows their attitude towards other students, teachers, and learning in general. Marks are not the only important factor as the child can learn life lessons and get practical experience for the future.

If your child has not performed well, these remarks can also point out the reasons. You will get notes on their personal attributes, communication, behavior, work habits and social skills. If they talk a lot in class or be very silent, do not dismiss it as something that young kids do. The problems may continue unless you remedy them now.

Percentage vs. Percentile

These are two terms which you will probably encounter on your child’s mark sheet. They are often used interchangeably, which is wrong. Both of these have different meanings.

Percentage is more common, and it means, in the simplest terms, ‘a representation out of 100’. The word ‘percent’  can be divided into ‘per’ and ‘cent’, which literally means ‘a part of 100’. The values are being converted to a total of 100.

You should note that percent is indicated by ‘%’ but percentile is not. If your child has scored 20 marks out of 40, they have scored 50%.

Percentage is usually used in general terms whereas percent is for more specific purposes. One might say ‘A large percentage of the children aced their exams’.

Percentile is a bit more complicated. It denotes a measure of distribution through statistical means. If your child is in the 60th percentile, this means they scored higher than 60 percent of the kids who took the exam. You can use percentiles to compare your child to their peers. Was the exam for everyone or just your child?

Percentage – Representation of data out of 100

Percentile – Representation of data in comparison to the rest out of 100.   

For example, a child scoring 95% on the exam means they got 95 marks out of 100. However, the exam could have been easy and many others could have scored 100 marks. Percentage doesn’t tell you anything about the others.  

If the child was in the 95th percentile, you know for sure that they did better than 95 percent of the class. Therefore, a high percentage is good, but a high percentile is better.  

In the end, percentile seems to be the fairer way to judge your child’s performance and know where they stand in class.

Extracurricular

There are periods apart from the main subjects that are on your child’s schedule. Karate, music, swimming, art, singing, and dance are just some of the other activities that your child may excel in.  It is important to test the waters and ask your child what they like to do. Look at their performance in areas such as PT, writing, and public speaking.

Schools also conduct programs and tournaments for sports, drawing, chess, etc. See if your child is interested in any of these. You may have uncovered a hidden talent and found an athlete or singer.

Other Tips

Try not to compare your child’s marks in front of them as this is off-putting. Not all children learn the same way and someone who excels in one subject may struggle with another.   

Do not scold or verbally abuse your child for missing out on marks. Try encouraging them and asking them a genuine reason for failure rather than berating them. This will only make them dislike studying even more.

Knowledge is the top priority but marks are a way of measuring that knowledge. The system is not perfect, but as of now it is the only one that exists. Apart from this, meet the teachers so you can know more about what your child does in class.  

Focus more on whether they are learning rather than memorizing and regurgitating information. If they only study so they can do well in exams, the knowledge will get stored in short term memory and be forgotten after the exam.  

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Never forget that these are the formative years for your child and will shape the rest of their life. Keep this in mind and your child is sure to go places. Happy parenting!

Mom is usually the first one in the family to wake up and the last one to go to bed. Her hectic schedule – cooking food, packing lunch, cleaning the house, laundry, etc. can make her irritable. An organized mom contributes toward a smooth and irritant-free schedule of family events. However, an unorganized ‘you’ will only result in stress.

Here are six sure shot tips to be an organized mom:

Keep a master calendar

Have a master calendar hung on the wall visible to everyone. Mark the dates of important family events, extracurricular activities, school holidays, class tests and major events at school. You can refer this calendar later to plan the day’s schedule. It will also prevent you from missing out on any important events. Also last minute logistics of travel can cost more!

Create a timetable for daily routine

The second most important tip is to design a simple easy-to-follow timetable for your children. Draft a rough timetable along with your child for the daily routines. You can then tweak it according to the day’s priorities. Setting an approximate study time, homework time, playtime, etc. will make him more organized. Inculcate in your child the habit of packing the school bag, ironing the school uniform, wearing a tie and polishing shoes and then keep them ready for the next day. This will help him to be relaxed and give a refreshing start to the day. Now all he needs to do is pack the lunch, get a pair of matching socks and voila, 75% of the morning irritation is over!

Keep things organized

Teach your kids to be organized. Don’t let them throw their school uniform around as soon as they return. Ask them to hang it neatly and roll the socks and put it along with the shoes in the shoe rack. Help them to keep the room organized by designing it suitably. Make sure all the racks and hooks are at the height that they can reach out. Buy a kid’s closet or simply arrange baskets to arrange his/hers clothes and toys. You can use cardboard boxes with different colors to sort them.

Conduct a weekly cleanup

Encourage your child to clean his room every week. Allot a day in the week to clean the study table, sort out toys and clothes. Reorganizing his room every month will help in keeping the room neat and tidy.

Use checklists

You can help your child to prepare different checklists. Checklists are the best way to keep track of his actions. He can have lists for his assignments, household chores, and also as reminders for school. Ask him to cross the tasks once accomplished.

Utilize Technology

Homemakers are always busy with some or the other work and in the case of working moms, the burden increases. You have to manage your professional and personal life together. Try using technology to ease up your work a bit. Use the contact lists to save important contacts and sort it into official and personal ones. Use the calendar to schedule important meetings and set reminders for due dates of paying bills – electricity, school and tuition fees, etc. Pay bills online to reduce the stress of standing in queues.

There is an old Indian saying.

You cannot bend a tree what you weren’t able to as a sapling.

The behaviour and habits of the child follow what he is taught at an young age. An organized mom inculcates good organization habits in her kids. So, follow the tips mentioned above and help your child to grow up as a responsible individual.

Have any more valuable organising tips? Share them with us.

Summer is finally here, after all the stressful exams, piles of homework, assignments and continuous hard work through the academic year! The scorching sun and sweltering heat cannot stop you from having fun now. 

Aside from visiting relatives, going to the mall or movies and/or enrolling in summer classes, do you have any summer plans?

Here are six amazing ideas to utilize this summer effectively:

Inculcate the reading habit

Reading is an essential part of learning. With multiple distractions, it is very difficult to develop the reading habit in your child.  So, this vacation gift your child some wonderful books of interest to her – fantasy, adventure, fiction, etc. Ask her to critique the plot, main characters, the beginning and the end. This develops a structured thinking process in their minds.

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” – Maya Angelou

 Cooking can be fun!

Cooking with kids is another fun activity. If your child is a foodie and she has a passion for cooking, encourage her. Let them experiment with ingredients and flavors. Find some kids friendly recipes here and make sure you are there to assist during the entire process. Help them with the chopping and grinding to ease their work but keep younger children away from knifes and scissors to avoid any injury. We are sure you will be pleasantly happy to see the big smile on her face once the dish is ready.

Experimenting with Science

Children can grasp concepts better if they experience them. Here are few science experiments that your children will love.  Buy some ‘Do It Yourself’ (DIY) kits that are available in the market. Watch your child learn as she plays!

Transform a boring visit into a fun time

Children can get bored if you pack too many visits to temples and museums in a single-day schedule. Research these places on the internet, ferret out nuggets of information about our glorious history and ancient science, offer them prizes for guessing artifacts or dates correctly. Check this list to plan your summer day out.

Create a summer scrapbook

Ask your child to create an online scrapbook this summer and build a photographic diary that represents good memories of the day. She can then upload these pictures, pen down her experiences and share with a close group of trusted friends or relatives. Who knows, a brilliant photographer or talented writer may be unearthed?

Awaken her creative genius

creative genius

Summer is the time to follow interests, discover new passions, and experiment with new ideas. The School organizes few arts and crafts competitions but academic pressure may limit her from sharpening her creative genius. Now is the time to try new things. So encourage her to craft something special. If she loves beaches then here are some beach crafts that she can start with.

LetsPractise has launched a great summer program for students. To know more contact us here.

 

Advancement in science and technology has also seen the disadvantages: Deforestation, burning fossil fuels, emission of industrial wastes, mining, oil spillage are some major causes of man-made disasters. We ruin Mother Earth for food, shelter, and comfort, etc. When will this stop?

“The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago – had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.”

– Havelock Ellis

We are not able to breathe fresh air or consume organic foods that our great-grandparents used to relish. However, we can ensure that our children don’t continue the inevitable path of man-made destruction.

Here are few tips to bring your child closer to nature through evoking the sense of social responsibility:

Dedicate some time for exploring nature

Even in a crowded metropolitan city, there will be oases – a pond, park or a beach. Avoid the distractions of the internet and simply relax. Encourage your child to absorb every moment in the silence. The waves, shapes of clouds, birds chirping, sea shells on the shore or birds and squirrels in the park. You and your little one will surely appreciate the experience.

Build a Nature Collage

If your child has the hobby of collecting stamps or coins, then this one is for him. Ask children to collect leaves, twigs, flowers, and more from each trip and visit you make to a beautiful place. He can later put them together in a nature journal or scrapbook. Recollecting the memories from the journal will fill him with excitement as he grows older.

Tend to Kitchen Garden

If you are lucky enough to have a garden at home, then get set for a wonderful family bonding activity. Ask him to take care of your kitchen garden. Let him maintain each plant himself – protecting it from insects and birds, pruning dead or infected twigs, watering, etc. but make sure you are there when he needs help.  

Start a Home Garden

If you don’t have a garden, then start a small garden today! Find a space to develop the garden – a rooftop, balcony or even the space near the windows will allow you to grow a few plants. Take your child to a nearby plant nursery and ask him to choose seedlings for the garden. Help him pick the right ones that will fit your space and are suitable for the climate. Teach him to transfer the seedling into the pots and how many times it has to be watered. Let him observe the growth of the plants and nurture them. This entire process will teach your child to be patient, caring, responsible and also create a sweet bonding with nature.

Take him to an organic grocery shop

Picture courtesy: Blossom Chutti Playschool, Chennai.

Take your child for grocery shopping. Point out a fruit or vegetable that he has not seen before. You can then answer his questions about them. This gives him an opportunity to see and learn about a wider variety of foods. You can also discuss about various healthy foods, differences beteen where they grow and how they are packed and transported, etc.

Many foods, animals and even trees are slowly becoming extinct due to callous human behaviour. By giving your child proper environmental education, you can build their interest in environmental and community services. This also expands their knowledge and makes them responsible about conserving our resources.

LetsPractise provides ICSE & CBSE students easy and interesting resources for their education. Check them out at cbseinfosst.

 

Five Tips for Effective Parent Teacher Meetings

 

five tips-for-effective-parent-teacher-meetingsDid you miss the last Parent Teacher Meeting (PTM)? The usual complaint from the teachers is that parents don’t take the Parent Teacher Meetings seriously.

The PTM is a monthly or quarterly meeting organised by the school administration to connect the teachers with parents. This meeting provides the parent(s) a few minutes, exclusively with the teacher to discuss the academic and non-academic performance of the child. Positive PTMs build a rapport between the parent and the teacher and improve the chance of the student’s success.

Here are five simple tips for an effective Parent Teacher Meeting:

Tip #1 – Talk to your child before the meeting.

Children are often frightened by the term ‘Parent Teacher Meeting’. They have an impression that the teacher may complain about them. Ask your child if he has any issues with class lessons or classmates so that you can discuss it with the teacher. Make him understand that the meeting is held for his benefit. Let him know that you will stand by him if he is right!

Tip #2 – Prepare a list of questions to ask the teacher.

The Parent Teacher Meetings are pre-scheduled and you will only have a limited time with your child’s class teacher. Having a list of questions prevents you from missing important points in the discussion. Ask relevant questions:

  • Is he attentive in class?
  • Did he miss any unexcused classes?
  • Can he retake the missed class test?
  • Can something be done to alleviate his homework stress?

Tip #3 – Discuss your child’s problems, if any.

A mother is aware of her child’s behaviour so it’s important that you share insights about the child in the meet. This may help the teacher to work with him better. Also, let the teacher know if your child is facing any emotional disturbances viz. relative’s death, medication, etc. If the teacher is aware of the child’s problems, she will be more sensitive to his needs.

Tip #4 – Welcome the teacher’s suggestions.

Though you know your child well, remember that the teachers also spend a lot of hours observing him. Also, your child may behave differently in school than at home. Therefore, ask for suggestions from his teacher. If his teacher points out any negative qualities in your child; don’t lose your temper. Stay calm and try to understand what she has to say. Take her suggestions for helping your child at home – with homework, reading, projects, etc.

Tip #5 – Be on time.

Another important factor to consider for an effective PTM is time. Remember that the PTM is pre-scheduled and there will be other parents waiting to meet the teacher. If you are late for the meeting, you will have less time to communicate moreover, you may even miss your turn. Keep a reminder for the meeting the previous day. If you are unable to join the meeting for any reason, inform the teacher beforehand. You can also request the teacher to re-arrange the meeting for you at a convenient time.

The Parent Teacher Meeting is not only helpful for the teacher, but for the parents too. Effective PTMs can help parents and teachers to work together for the child’s benefit. Follow the above tips in your next parent-teacher meeting and share your experience with us.