Is it your child’s first field trip? If so, we understand how difficult it would be for you to leave your child alone especially if the trip demands an overnight stay. Learning from a child’s experience is as necessary as learning from his books. These kinds of excursions will help emotional and intellectual development in her.

So, if parents are hesitant to send their small ones on the trip, they can clarify all their doubts regarding the excursion with the teacher.  The following are some questions that you can ask her teacher or the in charge of the trip:

  •    What is the medium and route of travel?
  •    Who is responsible for the safety of the kids?
  •    What are the do’s and don’ts for the trip?

Experts at Lets Practise share five useful tips for parents to help the child prepare for a field trip:

  1. Plan ahead

To prevent your child from getting nervous at the last minute, parents should plan everything in advance. If it is a two or three-day trip, neatly iron and packs her clothes and other essentials for the trip. Also, let her know where you have placed them. Most of the schools ask their children to come in a particular colour for the trip. So check her school dairy if any such information. Keep her dress, shoes and socks, bags, et cetera ready the previous night itself.

  1. Talk to them

Parents should talk to their children about the field trip, especially if it is her first time. Ask her what she is expecting from the field trip. Explain to her everything that she may come across in the journey. Make her understand the way she should behave in the trip. Mentally prepared children are less likely to suffer homesickness. Keep some over the counter (a cough, cold, headache) medicine handy and inform the teacher about the same.

  1. Know how much cash is appropriate for the trip

We know that you take care of every need of your child. You would have a surely packed couple of snacks, clothes and other essentials, but there are times when your child wishes to buy something from the field trip. Giving too much money is not safe for the child at the same time a very little amount can also leave your child in an embarrassing situation. So, you can ask her teacher to suggest the amount that you can give her.

  1. Place contact details at right places

Though this point seems too much, you cannot ignore this while preparing for the trip. Every school makes sure that their children are safe but to be safer parents can keep the contact information in the child’s pockets, bag, water bottle, etc. this will help the child to get back to her group even if she gets away from them.

  1. Safety Precaution

This is the last but most important tip for parents to prepare their child for her field trip. When it comes to your child, her safety would always be your first priority.  To ensure that your child is safe even when she is away from you, you need to take the following actions:

  •    If your child needs personal attention at certain times, please inform her teacher or the trip in charge in advance.  Example: vomiting sensation during the bus journey.
  •    If your child is allergic to anything, it is very important to let her teacher know that.
  •   If your child is taking medicines for anything, you can give the medication for the appropriate number of days.

 

Try these tips in next first field trip and if she had already been on a trip then let us know about her experience. Was she able to relate it to her curriculum? If you have any valuable tips for other parents please share them with us here.

Math is one subject that causes frustration for some students, yet others breeze through it. Being bad at math doesn’t necessarily mean that the child is poor at studies, but just that math is tough. This leaves many parents flummoxed and scratching their heads.

Why do children suffer from math anxiety? To answer this question, we should first discuss how math is different from other subjects.

How is Math Different?

We should start off by saying that math is not as difficult as some make it out to be. It just has to be learnt in a manner unique from the other subjects.

To solve a math problem, students need to have a good understanding of the logic involved behind the problem. This takes patience, persistence, and openness.   

For subjects like science and social studies, students can get away with memorising  facts, names, and dates to pass. They don’t even need to pick up a pen while learning. Not so with mathematics. Mathematics has a different cognitive process and learning by rote is next to impossible. One simply cannot memorise the answers to every sum.

While other subjects are just questions and answers (A and B), math requires you to explain how you derived the answer. Therefore, the student must also show the process of going from A to B and why they arrived at B.

Math is also foundation based, meaning that the higher standards build upon what was taught in the lower levels. The formulas and operations learnt at the beginning will be expanded upon in future standards. This makes math cumulative. While this isn’t that much of an issue with other subjects, it is crucial to math. If your child did not pay attention or do well in the lower levels, things will only get tougher and they will have a difficult time.

Why Students Dislike Math

Now, to get to the crux of the problem of why students hate math. There are many reasons for this, and for your child, it could be one of the below or a combination.

Some students consider math to be a boring subject because there are no tangibles and no context. You aren’t learning about animals, countries, or revolutions. You aren’t even studying actual people or places, so why bother?

Another factor is technology. Calculators and mobile phones have made calculations so easy that people are either too lazy or apathetic about doing math on paper. They are probably wondering when they will use these problems in real life and therefore develop an indifferent attitude. Children aren’t able to comprehend why math is important and it is not until they’re older that they finally realize the relevance.

The third problem is the amount of effort required to excel at math. You can’t master a concept by doing just one sum. It takes more time to master math than other subjects, and in this fast-paced world, students don’t want to spend that much time to learning. A child has to write down page after page after page to understand the material, and this is off-putting for many. This is because math has a different learning style than other subjects.

Math’s Learning Style

Math needs to be worked out. There is simply no way for a person to learn and improve in math than to write the problems out and solve them. Math demands application of your knowledge to come up with a solution.  The only portion of math worth memorizing is the formulas, which are useless unless you know when and where to apply them.

Some students tend to focus on getting the right solution that they neglect the process and calculations. It should be the inverse, as a correctly worked out problem should lead to the right answer. Even if they get it wrong, they still know how to approach the problem.

For subjects like math, visual videos will help. By watching other people solving problems of a similar stature, your child can learn how the process. Mathematics is a methodical process and requires more interactivity from the student. Visual stimuli will really help them learn.  

Advantages of Math

Your child may assume that they don’t need math since they will not pursue a degree for math in the future. However, math is intertwined with many other subjects. Economics, physics, accounting, engineering, statistics, computer science, and medical science all require mathematical knowledge. Learning the basics will give your child a platform in their search for a degree, no matter what it is.

Math is great for helping people solve problems in real life. It helps you be more methodical and plan better. To solve a math problem, as in real life, you have to analyse the situation, figure out the possible ways to approach it, work out the problem, and arrive at the solution.

Nearly everything in this world revolves around mathematics and numbers. Banks, hospitals, shopping malls, and automobile stores are just a handful of the places where people use math. Your child should be able to perform at least basic math as the one of the two most important parts of this civilised society – currency, requires mathematical knowledge to use.

The second important part, time is also measured in a mathematical basis. You have to make calculations in both regular time (12 hour clock) and military time (24 hour clock). It is even more important when figuring out the time in another country as the time zone changes. Buses, trains, planes, events, and offices all operate on a timed basis.

Overcoming Math Anxiety

So, you should now know why children find math difficult, but what’s the solution?

Math anxiety is more of a mental block than anything – the child believes that math is tough or irrelevant and therefore avoids it or does poorly in it.

You should abolish these thoughts from your child’s mind by spending time to tackle math problems. Fear of math can be reduced by parents taking a more active interest in their child’s education. Especially for something like math, parents should sit down with the child and help them write down problems and the solutions.

Start with simple sums to slowly build your child’s confidence and move on to bigger numbers and tougher problems. Try making sums relevant to your child. For example, if a sum says ‘Janani bought 12 apples’, replace ‘Janani’ with the name of your own child. Adding relevancy makes math more enjoyable because they now have real people to relate to.

You should change the way your child studies other subjects as well, placing more emphasis on learning rather than memorizing. If all they do is recall and recollect, they are no different than a robot. Make sure they are grasping the core concepts of the material, be it science, history, geography, or literature. This way, math won’t feel as strange to them. The essence of the subject matter is what will stay with them for life, not the dates and names.  

We have prepared revision sheets and question papers for students from 3rd to 9th standard. Our database has papers for CBSE, ICSE, and SSC. You can learn more about our involvement with math for SSC Board students here.

These question papers will be especially beneficial in math which requires children to write out solutions. Let’s Practise can help your child understand mathematical concepts and score well in it. Contact us now.

It’s been a couple of years since Let’s Practise launched its worksheet, practice tests and question bank services and thanks for all the encouragement and support. While we are quite confident that parents and teachers know how to make the best use of our platform, we take no chances. Due to insufficient time available to review the status with your child, marks and/or grades become the only way to monitor your child’s progress, which is not ideal.

What is Let’s Practise?

Let’s Practise is a group of parents and teachers coming together for a common cause. Our products emphasise utility and empowerment. We are teachers and parents so we know what’s running through your head when trying to help your child study. We want children to benefit from quality education which will help them succeed in school and in life.

We work like a question paper aggregator, setting up revision and assessment sheets from handpicked content. We leave out irrelevant or outdated information and include only what is necessary. The result is the perfect key to unlocking the treasure chest of your children’s education. To learn more the great team at Let’s Practise, check our about us page.

Now that you have an idea of what we do, here are five reasons why you should use Let’s Practise:

 

Prepared Worksheets

We understand that as a parent, you are very busy and may not have enough time on your hands to sit down with your child every day and tutor him or her. You have to understand the material first and that’s definitely not an easy process.

The big problem parents face with incorporating worksheets into their child’s learning is the time it takes to create the sheets. With Let’s Practise, you don’t need to worry about that. The Let’s Practise database contains over four lakh questions! These include revision questions and past exam papers. We cover the important topics, concepts, and terms that your child should study. There are sheets for Science, Math, Social Studies, English, and Hindi for students of all ages from 3rd to 9th standard.

Individual Experience

Most classrooms these days have between thirty and fifty children and it is easy for your child to get lost in the crowd. Teachers have to follow a tight schedule and it is tough for them to clarify every doubt, so certain questions are left unanswered. Not anymore because with Let’s Practise, you can give your child the one-on-one session that they need.

You should note that Let’s Practise is not meant to undermine the efforts of the class teacher in any way. Being teachers ourselves, we know that classrooms have their limitations and we work hard to overcome them. In fact, our review sheets complement the teacher’s notes and guidance. They are meant to be studied alongside the classroom teaching, not as a substitute.

Our study guides and worksheets help reinforce the knowledge taught in school. The Let’s Practise study sheets help simplify the material and include only what is important. This way, your child can stay ahead of the curve instead of lagging behind.

Better Understanding

One problem students face is they skim through the lower standards and often forget what was taught, causing them to struggle during the higher levels.

Let’s Practise can help create a strong foundation for your child that they can build upon. Once the student has a good understanding of the fundamentals, they can move on to the more complicated stuff.

It doesn’t matter if your child is currently studying in the ICSE, CBSE, IGCSE, or SSC Board, we have teaching materials for students from the third standard to ninth standard. There are multiple choice questions (MCQ), revision sheets, and question papers with solutions attached. By doing these worksheets, your child understands the basic concepts.

Practise Tests

The exam experience can be very scary for your child. A timed environment, no talking, their wits being the only resource, and instructors circling around like vultures. With the threat of dangerous consequences, if they fail, there is an immense pressure on the student to perform well. We want to help your child overcome that fear and become exam ready.

We at Let’s Practise carry practise tests for your child. Our Test Series Preparation plan has 20 papers with detailed solutions included. We have timed papers with marks so you can time your child and see how well he does at home. The truth is that no matter how much information your child memorises, they won’t be ready for the exam until they sit down and work out problems.

By continually training them and assessing their knowledge, you ensure that they will acquire experience and become battle-hardened. Eventually, they will gain the courage to face the daunting task and will be much more confident while taking the actual exam.

Increased Marks

We both share the same goal, to improve your son or daughter’s academic performance. We are teachers ourselves, so we have a better understanding of the school system’s inner workings. We are also more knowledgeable when it comes to teaching students for higher standards such as eighth and ninth. Some children just can’t wrap their head around what is taught in the classroom and need additional worksheets.

If this is the case and your child is struggling in a subject, a private course will help. You should definitely consider using services such as Let’s Practise to improve their marks.

If you have any doubts or queries that were unanswered in this articles, please take a look at our FAQs.

We have Welcome (Free), Moneysaver and Quickstart plans along with the aforementioned Test Series Prep plan. There is also a plan where you can pick whatever subject or subjects you need and only receive review papers as relevant. You can view all our pricing plans here and select the one that best fits your needs.

In conclusion, we are simple, reliable, and supportive. Why not give us a try?

“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.

Are you looking to get your child admitted in a new school? A combination of shortsighted government policies, vested interests and unrealistic expectations has led to a quagmire in the quality of education. The majority of government schools just aren’t up to par. That’s the sad truth! Private schools offer a better quality of education, but they only have a limited number of seats and huge number of parents clamoring for them.

Not everyone can start and complete their schooling in the same campus.  Owing to job changes, housing issues and transfers, it is quite likely likely that you may be forced or willing opt to choose a new school. However it is tough if the child has to switch schools, for that means they have to adjust to an unfamiliar location, make new friends and essentially start a fresh way of life.

Sometimes, you just don’t have a choice and have to opt to go with whatever school you’re ward is lucky to get admitted. We all want our child to get the best education possible in the new surroundings. How can you make sure that the school is meeting both your expectations and the child’s needs? Here is what you should look for when assessing the right new school for your kid.

Referrals from Parents

The best way to determine the quality of the school is to or visit education forums or ask parents whose children attend the shortlisted school. Also be sure to ask if there are any unwelcome surprises in terms of fees. This will give you an unbiased opinion of the school. How is the atmosphere of the school – easy going, mildly strict, very strict or toxic?

No school is perfect, but if the school has too many negative reviews, it is time to rethink.  Enquiring with other parents may also get you the inside scoop on how the school runs classes and events. If you have multiple kids, getting them all in the same school may be a better option.

Transportation

Check the travel time between the school and your home. Ideally you want a school that isn’t too far off. Consider the time and finances that you have to invest if you enroll your child in a faraway school.

Does the school offer safe bus or van services? If alternate travel arrangements cannot be made, and If you are going to be dropping them off and picking them up, you have to make sure you are available during the specified time. If both parents are working, it is doubly difficult as there will most certainly be traffic during school hours. What about parking?  Check that out too.

Security and Infrastructure

Be sure to take a look in and around the school to inspect it. It’s not just the tables, chairs and classrooms that you should observe. Are there clean restrooms, play areas and a well stocked library? Are the cricket pitch and football ground properly maintained? Is there proper security, fencing and CCTV at vantage points to keep unwanted elements off the school premises?

Cost

One crucial information you should look for is the cost involved. Sometimes, the tuition fee claimed is not the total. The real expenses could be much higher – books, uniform, shoes, stationery, transport, snacks, field trips, sports, study classes and the dreaded ‘miscellaneous expenses’.

Be on the lookout for hidden expenses or fees that the school may tack on after your child has joined. It is tough to back out of the deal after you have accepted.

Parent – Teacher Association

You can find out more about your child and what they’re doing in class if you meet the teachers. There are times when your child  will conceal information from you and the only way for you to find out is by hearing it from a teacher.

Does the school have a Parent-Teacher Association? Are regular meetings being held? How easy is it to get hold of the teachers? Does the school offer online or a mobile app to access the academic information? Is there a WhatsApp or other forum to seek answers?

Language Options

Does the school offer a choice of vernacular and international languages? The medium of the school is also important to look at. Don’t restrict your choice to English speaking or ‘convent’ schools. Vernacular students can also excel with the right support at home and in the school.

Another important question is whether the school carries the quality through to all levels. They may be excellent at managing younger kids, but can they maintain the interests of middle and high-schoolers? There is nothing wrong with wanting a good environment for your child now, but please keep the long term interests in mind as well.

Choosing the right school for your child isn’t easy, but remember to keep these notes in mind as a sort of checklist while you go scouting for a school. Once you find the school you want, Let’s Practise can help your child succeed. We offer programs and courses for students from 3rd to 9th standard. Just contact us today to find out more.