August 15 is here. Schools often celebrate our nation’s Independence day by hoisting the tricolour flag, singing patriotic songs and delivering speeches on the nation’s struggle for freedom. If your child is going to be one of the speakers on Independence Day, you have every reason to be proud of him/her. But surely, your child might require some help here. So it’s time to help your child to prepare an Independence day speech and here are some tips.

Preparing your child for the Independence Day Speech

  1. A sense of pride and honour

First, instil a sense of pride and honour in your child. Yes, the very fact that he is going to deliver a speech on our nation on Independence day shows his contribution to the national spirit.  Appreciate this heartily and ask your child to look upon this speech as an honourable task. Your child will then take extra effort in ensuring a perfect delivery of the Independence day address.

  1. Recall history

Independence day is the occasion to celebrate our sovereignty as a nation and the freedom we gained through non-violence. The uniqueness of our freedom struggle in the Pacific path we tread, adhering to Mahatma Gandhi’s code of ahimsa and non-violence. Recall all the historical moments like the Sepoy Mutiny, the Non-Cooperation Movement, Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Civil Disobedience Movement and Quit India movement to trace the timeline of our freedom’s history. This will help the child to recall the main points while delivering his speech.

  1. Outline the facts

Our nation’s independence was won with great hardships and the united efforts of many leaders. Teach your child the facts about the freedom struggle like the names of the leaders, the important places of protest, the preamble of our constitution, the meaning of our national anthem etc. Learning this would make your child deliver an enthusiastic speech with an emotional overtone.

  1. Introduce sayings of leaders

“Swaraj is our birthright,” said Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Quotations like these had a great impact on the freedom struggle. Introduce quotations like these as part of your child’s speech to make it more relevant and convincing.

  1. Nurture values

Illustrate real-life incidents as examples of the values of honesty, truth, and patriotism from the lives of leaders like Gandhi, Nehru, Netaji etc.  Build a sense of patriotism by inspiring your child with their determination, courage and integrity of character.

Make your child understand that the independence we gained was not won easily. So the freedom should be exercised judiciously without harming others. Teach your child the qualities of equality and justice and how they play a major role in current society.

  1. Prepare rich content

A speech for Independence day must be power-packed with rich content consisting of historical facts, quotations, dates, statistics etc. The content should not only be informative but interactive and engaging. Create a unique and stylized content that impresses the audience.

  1.  Offer an easy flow of content

Help your child compile a speech in a simple and lucid language that is easy for him. Avoid using tough and bombastic words that are hard to pronounce. Using too much mathematical data in the speech also makes the speech boring. Allow your child to enjoy each and every word he speaks.

  1. Encourage inputs from the child

Welcome your child’s inputs and suggestions on the speech. Allow him/her to unleash their creativity and express in their own words. This builds their confidence and morale.

  1. Practise

Every child will be nervous when he/she faces the audience. Get your child to practise the speech in front of your family members and encourage the child to speak boldly. Practice makes the child perfect in the rendition of the speech.

  1. Motivate

Encourage your child to participate and perform in such public activities. Emphasize that participation is more important than winning and also underline the fact that with practice, anything can be achieved.

Prepare your child for the Independence day speech using the above tips and watch him/her emerge a sure winner, wishes from Letspractise

The first day of school is all about the students marching back into the beginning of the academic year, excited to be back after the long break in their freshly pressed uniforms and brand new accessories. Has it ever occurred to you that this is one of the most prominent reasons why these kids love first days? How should a teacher handle students on the first day of school in keeping the excitement alive throughout the academic year?

Before we go on to look at the to-do list let us first understand the situation here. Whether the party under discussion is a first grader or a twelfth grader mixed emotions will be a part of getting back to school after the long summer vacation. There would be excitement in a few minds about their return and dread in some other minds about the confinement in a classroom. There is no right or wrong reaction to school, every child has the freedom to have his or her opinion about school and the system. This is where the school and the teacher come in. It is their responsibility to create an environment where kids long to wake up every morning simply to get to school and begin learning because the 7 to 8 hours are not sufficient to satisfy their desire to learn.

1. Starting the academic year on a positive note

Just like first impressions, the teacher ought to make a  welcoming head-start to the year. Beginning on a positive note is important because this sets the mood for the students for the rest of the year. Imagine this, the first day of school, everybody settles in and the teacher walks into the class demanding to check the completion of the holiday homework. It is an immediate buzz-kill. It immediately ruins it is for these children, instead, a better way to handle this new start is to build a rapport and a connection with the class holistically yet also influencing and making an impact on each individual. An exchange of self-introductory activities wherein both teacher and students discuss themselves and their preferences. This bridges the gap and enhances the teacher-student relationship.

2. Discussion of academic structure

Most educational institutions and teachers practice authoritative methods of teaching. Education has now reached a stage where the most effective way to handle students is through democratic leadership. This gives room for mutual respect and understanding. By giving the students the break-up or the plan for the year they are in a state of mental readiness which allows them to perform to their best potential. This also shows that the teacher consents with the students, in turn, giving them a voice.

3. Analysis of students’ learning styles

At this point, it is quite clear to us every individual has various modes of learning such as kinesthetic, visual and auditory every student requires specified activities in order to allow effective learning to take place. The first day of school is the best time to evaluate students. How does a teacher have access to evaluating students in a few hours? We are not talking about a complete analysis of studying the students MRIs and brain function but we are trying to simply learn their dominating learning styles.

Kinesthetic – hands-on craft activities

Auditory – answering to comprehensive audio passages

Visual – interpretation of images and visuals

Don’t forget to add a few games in there every now and then. Who doesn’t love a little entertainment with a bit of laughter and movement? Try the above activities it doesn’t just bridge the teacher-student gap but also keeps the students on their toes to know education can be a lot more fun than it seems.

The main aim with which LetsPractise has been designed is to bridge the gap between teaching and learning and to make learning a fun process. Here the overall development and child-friendly learning is of importance.

Take a look at the available options to best suit your child and check here for free trial .

It is during the early developing years that the character building process takes place for a child. It is quite clear to us that educational institutions especially schools play an important role in shaping the personality and character of an individual thus influencing small communities, in turn, influencing the society at large. But is this known fact taken seriously enough to make a change? Let’s look at the current educational system! We are a part of a society that emphasizes on academic excellence and progress which is simply about the end result rather than the journey and it is high time the adults and influential members of the educational institutions actively rise to bring about the change that is needed in our society.

We are often told that it is a ‘big bad world’ out there! Is that the idea we want to instil in the minds of our future professionals and leaders? Instead, we need to create a systematic psychological pattern of behaviour to be developed at an early age to help them face the realities of our world.

1. Emphasis on strong personality development 

Why is this important? Our schools for some reason do not give room for individuality which results in mediocrity. Who would prefer to be a part of a society with a bunch of averaged potential individuals? We strive for excellence and excellence doesn’t necessarily mean it paves a way for unhealthy competition but it allows us to be the best version of ourselves. It is the role of the teacher to embrace each student’s individuality; assist in enhancing their positive aspects and creating activities that best suit their individuality. This, in turn, would result in creating a class of 40 different special individuals with firm personalities which comprise of confidence, a person of moral values and excellence in their areas of expertise. Hence when life throws a curve ball at us we have our character and values to fall back on to make the right decisions.

2. Breaking stereotypical ideologies

Since when did labelling and categorical divisions based on the behaviour of the majorities define a person? Gender differences, caste, and creed, religion or something as simple as one’s own preference gets put into categories thus diminishing the individual’s potential. Breaking these barriers that make these individuals conform to the roles they have been slotted into should be brought down. Thus, when society uses their judgement to label a person these future generations have already mastered the art of breaking down stereotypical barriers and are already on their way to stand out in the society for their true potential and not labels.

3. Mental Health 

There is ample amount of importance given to physical health but have you ever wondered about the need for mental health. There needs to be a balance in schools which give equal importance to academics, physical development, and mental health. Here we simply do not speak of improving the mental health of a student but also a teacher as well. It has been recorded that 300 million of the society has been diagnosed with depression by the WHO out of which according to the National Crime Records Bureau, every hour, one student commits suicide in India and the suicide rate of students has been on a high rise. How do we tackle this situation? Meditation and exercise go hand in hand. It releases a balance of ‘happy chemicals’ in our brain in order to eliminate the slightest signs of mental illness.

4. Emotional Quotient

EQ should be given high importance yet we seldom hear the term. EQ is nothing but the ability to identify, apply, comprehend and handle one’s emotions. With the noticeable rise in mood swings and emotional immaturity among students these days it is essential that educational institution provide students with programs that enhance their EQ levels as it is can be both obtained or acquired with guided programs.

The above points are just the basic strategies in creating a strong survivor of the society. Although the above are important, a teacher plays a major role in the life of an individual. We have vivid memories of how our teachers have contributed to the choices we’ve made in our personality, behaviourisms and even our choices in career.

Educational institutions are making conscious efforts in promoting an all-round development of an individual before he heads off into the world.

The importance of all the above is a subtle part of Letspractise. Overcoming learning difficulties, testing students abilities and areas of weakness, and creating tailormade learning material to best suit their needs is a top priority at this forum.

If you need assistance in areas such as chapter wise assessment, tailormade worksheets, and analysis of teaching methodologies to suit your child, do get in touch with Letspractise and allow us to assist in enhancing your child’s learning experience.

The FIFA fever is on. Come what may, young and old, all are sitting with their eyes hooked on the TV screen watching the World Cup football finals. Children, especially, are addicted to the game and insist on watching it, no matter how late the hour. Parents have no other choice but to be clever in persuading kids to pursue studies using World Cup resources.  Is it possible? Definitely yes. Let’s practise sheds some light on some innovative ways to teach or learn Maths using the FIFA World Cup.

Innovative ways of learning Maths using FIFA World Cup

1. The CSI Maths Mystery-the Missing FIFA Football  World Cup 2018 Soccer

Kids in primary school are just going to love this game. It involves the mystery of the missing football where students have to narrow down the list of suspects by completing the tasks one by one. Topics covered include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division apart from place value.

2. Year 2 World Cup Maths 2018-All topics- differentiated levels

For kids in class 2, this Maths pack covers it all with differentiated levels called Challenge, Super challenge and Super Super challenge. With an exhaustive set of 30 problems at each level, the kid is made to revise all Maths topics of classes 2 & 3 based on World Cup activities.

3.  World Cup Maths

This interesting Maths pack is just the thing for football fanatics. Ideal for secondary students aged 7-11, it uses statistics and data, word problems and mental Maths to peak up academic skills.

4. World cup Russia 2018 Maths Challenge

This World Cup Maths Challenge is the Best bet for kids in middle school. Right from ratio, fraction and percentages to Mean, Median and Mode, this  Maths Pack covers it all in 5 complete worksheets. Even metric conversions and problems involving the calculation of speed and distance.

5. The World Cup from Oxfam

This useful resource for 9-14 yr olds includes Maths worksheets on Ratio, Probability, Percentages and Fractions. With a colourful slideshow as an added attraction, this cross-curricular resource keeps the student fully occupied with both Maths and the World Cup. Other subjects like English, Geography etc are also covered in this pack.

6. FIFA World Cup Russia Maths Worksheet

Based on the Russia 2018 World Cup, this worksheet aiming at ages 11-14 helps to revise core Maths topic and consolidate them. Covering topics like ratio, fractions, percentages, area, symmetry, sequences etc., this Worksheet is the right tool that keeps kids in key stage 3 or classes 7-9 on the academic track while savouring FIFA football.

7. World Cup 2018 Maths quiz

Slated for the 11-14 age group or even higher, this World Cup Maths quiz can reply get students going with their Maths homework. This free Maths pack covers several topics like map scales, number problems, flag symmetries, statistics and more. All students have to do is print the flags and data sheets and soon they will be engrossed in this Maths activity in no time.

8. World Cup Maths activities

This free downloadable resource is a Maths treasure for students in high school. The topics covered are Probability, Mean & Range, Time, Trigonometry, Angles, Vectors, Plotting graphs etc. All the activities are centred around the World Cup and hence are thoroughly interesting and informative.

The World Cup 2018 is an exhilarating experience. Allow students to enjoy it while shooting their goals for Maths this year using the above World Cup Maths resources recommended by education experts. Look for more such informational content on the Let’s practise site which is an abundant reservoir of knowledge for all students.

Is there any blueprint for success? There is- it is hard work and practice. Believe it or not, if you question the study habits of the toppers at any school, one commonality that emerges is daily practice. State and school toppers have admitted that studying daily had reduced their exam stress by 75%. They also claimed that they allocated specific hours of the day to study consistently and practise question papers.

Let us try to analyze why daily practice is a successful habit which can change your life.

Why daily practice gives success to a student?

  1. Daily practice lessens the load of studies.

Every school day has nearly 8 periods of study. At the end of the day, a substantial amount of portions has been covered up. If the student does not brush up the chapters every day with daily practice, he is sure to struggle on the exam day. This is because the entire portions will start tumbling on his head like a ton of bricks. This causes stress and tension as there is limited time on hand and excessive portions to cover.

But with daily practice, lessons are covered little by little and by the time the exam arrives, the student is thorough in his lessons.

  1.    Helps to keep main points in mind

Sometimes teachers give valuable points, references and tips which might be available in the book. The student jots this down and forgets it later. If he adopts the daily practice routine, he is bound to revise this extra information and make full use of them.

  1.     Clarify doubts immediately

Tough concepts in Maths and Science are difficult to understand in the first instance. When the student adopts a routine of daily practice, several doubts arise which he is able to clarify immediately or the next day in class. If the student keeps a backlog of portions, the doubts will get accumulated and he will never be able to comprehend the chapter fully.

  1.     Helps the student to review and self-analyze

As a result of daily practice, the student is able to identify his strengths and weaknesses in studies. He is able to assess the extent of portions covered and earmark which chapters need more revision and study.

  1.     Helps the student to plan better

With daily practice, the student acquires the ability to plan better. He is able to chalk out a study timetable and an exam study plan. this planning ability will give him valuable expertise in the long run.

  1.     Helps the student to manage time better

Time management comes easy for a student who has a routine of daily practice. The student is able to manage time effectively and allocate hours for both study and games.

  1.    Builds consistency and leadership

If daily practice becomes a habit, it builds the quality of consistency. This trait is a leadership quality which will shape the personality of the student in the coming years.

Making daily practice a habit -some tips for students

  • Get up early in the morning. This gives you extra time.
  • Allot hours for study- preferably in the early morning and evening.
  • An hour before school and an hour after school will do.
  • Revise the lessons in the morning
  • Work out practice question papers in the evening. Use online sites like Letspractise to navigate your portions in an easier manner.
  • Give an off during Sunday to relax yourself.
  • Scale up the study hours according to the need like exam time or after a vacation.
  • Never miss the routine.

One in a hundred students may be a born genius but the rest of the 99 can become winners too by daily practice.  Become a winner by making daily practice a habit and by using Letspractise to sharpen your academic skills.