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MUSIC IN EARLY YEARS

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MUSIC IN EARLY YEARS

Music affects the child in all the areas of development right from the time he/she is born. Infants move their hands in response to the music whether it is soft, soothing or a lively tune.

Music being the important part of our culture is also an important way of learning in early years of life. Seth Anandram Jaipuria School provides an opportunity to the children in their early years with endless inspiration and pleasure of listening to soothing sounds and expressing themselves on rhythmic harmonies.

Here teacher plays an important role in bringing happiness to the children through music. In early years rhymes are the best medium to respond to music enthusiastically and spontaneously. Teacher makes circle time magical for the students by using music. The younger, the children more movement is required, e.g holding hands and walking in a circle to the beat, moving slowly and quickly to the tempo of the song, refines their gross motor and listening skills.

Musical experience in childhood accelerates creativity, imagination, improves attention, develops kinesthetic, language, socio emotional, fine motor skills and also enhances sensorial skill.

Keeping this in mind at Seth Anandram Jaipuria School music has been introduced in pre-primary curriculum. This initiative of school helps children to experience the happiness and learning that music brings.

Here children are encouraged to sing a song and are also allowed to experiment with the instruments of their level. Pre-Primary children are introduced to the instruments like shakers, swar tarang clapper etc. Learning to play an instrument gives children immense pleasure.

Music and learning are integral to each other. Seth Anandram Jaipuria School enriches the lives of children through music in early years.

Sustainable Lifestyle: A Need of the Hour

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Sustainable Lifestyle: A Need of the Hour

‘Old is Gold’ – my memory fails me here as I try to recollect the uncountable occasions when I would have brought to fore the knowledge of all the literary devices (sarcasm, irony, paradox….) to negate this statement, counter it, rather declare it as an imprudent thought emanating from some vestiges of dark ages. What was good in the absurdity of walking miles to meet your loved ones or cycling down to nearby market areas, in folding your hands to thank God for the humble meals he provided to us which then obliged us to be mindful of not wasting it, eating what suited best to the season, of thriving only with a few fans and some decent piece of furniture, storing water and using it sagaciously? But today when my exhausted eyes exert to have a clear view of the surroundings in the envelope of the smog, I can see, yes, surprisingly see, the beauty in whatever was old. Oh! I hope I didn’t sound cynical- while glorifying the past.. I stand tall with the achievements of the present but I am definitely in love with the lifestyle of that antiquated era – simple, self-effacing and sustainable maybe because it’s rarely seen now- endangered!

Sustainable lifestyle, technically- it means to meet our societal, economic and ecological needs without compromising these factors for our future generations. Man, being the supreme creation of God was expected to adhere to this lifestyle but ironically the blinding avarice of having more and more of everything, basking in the glory of successful feats even if it had put on stake the well-being of our Mother Earth, molding and twisting nature to serve his unending needs rather luxuries, has brought man closer to the brink of his own doom. The critical ailing condition of our planet earth without a doubt needs a strong intervention by the government and global community in terms of foraging ways to combat the situation but unless we intend to change ourselves, all endeavors are bound to prove futile. The biggest transformation we need to bring in ourselves is adopting a sustainable lifestyle.

Let’s begin from our ‘home sweet home’- In fact kitchen. Just open the refrigerator and see how many unseasonal and nonlocal vegetables and fruits do you have in it? Plenty – right? Do you know the extent to which it requires energy-intensive greenhouse production, plastic packaging, irrigation on a large scale, and long-distance transport for importing non-regional foods? Local, seasonal produce is fresher, unprocessed and believed to be more nutritious yet just to satisfy the taste buds we do not mind gulping down eatables with chemical residues from applications necessary for long-distance shipping and handling. Look around and observe the number of plastic products being used at your home despite the danger of earth being converted into a garbage dump of these non-biodegradable items, number of electrical appliances and water outlets which are switched on though they are not required, despite the advertisements broadcast / appeals made in public interest to save energy, to save each drop of water lest our future generations should be deprived of it. But who cares about them? ‘My family and I should not face any inconvenience’. By the way how many of you ever gave a suggestion to the President or Secretary of your apartments to make use of solar panels for power supply? Oh, sorry why should you? You are not the one facing the dearth of electricity. Just come out of your house now… the first thing your eyes would search for is your car to travel a distance of 1 Km no matter if it wastes fuel– a lackadaisical attitude resting on luxuries and comforts.

If it is not our apathy then what else is it, that we do not even give a second thought before wasting our meals , ignoring the vital processes like reusing and recycling the commodities and thus adding onto our already increasing size of landfills leading to production of toxic gases? Who among us doesn’t know about compost but how many of choose to initiate its formation in our communities. Why should we – It’s government’s job. Why can’t we be waste conscious? Why can’t we consume only the amount which is required? Consumerism has mastered and enslaved the minds of human beings and we conveniently play at its hand oblivious of the unbearable burden it puts on the limited resources of the earth and indifferent to the agony of the millions who are eventually deprived of basic needs as a result of it.

Our apathy is becoming more and more conspicuous and glaring with the passage of time. It is horrifyingly astonishing that today we are knowingly and consciously digging our own grave. To take a recent example of this year-It sends a chill down my spine to think that we chose celebration of Diwali with the poison of crackers over inhaling clean air, we chose a vain lifestyle over the one which encompasses care and empathy for all. And why just one day – we turn a blind eye to incessant smoke being emitted by our own vehicles but repair can wait, farmers burning stubble, construction sites blowing dust into the air…..but still ‘’Silence is golden’’ Does it not appal you in any way that in last five years we have probably breathed pure and clean air for only 61 days? If not then we all need to put down our heads in shame for we have become so callous, inhumane and savage that we do not feel qualms of conscious even before strangulating our mother Earth who nurtured us with love and bounties.

Habits die hard. It is difficult to change them but not impossible. Our luxurious, ‘couch potato’, apathetic lifestyle needs a loud knock at its conscience before the change becomes evident. The only prerequisite is conscious efforts and a strong will. The advent of this change in lifestyle looks appealingly at the parents at home and educators at school who can do wonders by instilling values which drive the young children instinctively towards an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle. At Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, the students are educated to adopt this lifestyle from an early stage; as a result it is manifested by their persona ‘by choice’ and not ‘by force’.

Let’s set a precedent for others to follow by adopting a sustainable lifestyle that brings us closer to nature, that contents us with fulfilling our needs and not greed, that chooses life over vanity , revers the sanctity of man’s relation with his environment and respects the right of everyone to live peacefully on planet Earth which we have not inherited the from our ancestors; rather have borrowed it from our children”

Role of Grandparents

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Role of Grandparents

“Grandparents are delightful blend of laughter, caring deeds, wonderful stories, and love.”

Grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. Most of their significance to children is seen through the support and help they give to their parents. Grandparents are often seen as “stress buffers”, “family”, “roots,” “arbitrators,” and “supporters.”

Research suggests that children find unique acceptance in their relationships with grandparents, which benefits them emotionally and mentally. Sometimes they’re playmates for their grandchildren. They’re very often role models and mentors for younger generations. They are also historians — teaching values, instilling ethnic heritage and passing on family traditions.

Many grandchildren feel that their grandparents influenced their beliefs and values. A child’s perspective of what constitutes a healthy, normal relationship is shaped by the relationship that he or she holds with a grandparent.

Grandparents are a valuable resource because they have so many stories and experiences from their own lives to share. Oftentimes children will listen to them even when they are not listening to their parents or other adults. Grandparents also offer a link to a child’s cultural heritage and family history. Children understand more of who they are and where they come from through their connection with their grandparents. They provide sense of security to their grandchildren when kids need someone to talk to, because sometimes children just find it easier to open up and share their difficulties and problems with them. Grandparents offer an affordable childcare option. With both parents in many families working outside of the home, it is oftentimes the grandparents who play a vital role in raising today’s youth.

At Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Grandparents day is celebrated every year to commemorate grandparents influence on the lives of their grandchildren. We believe it is because of them that children learn more values than what parents or the school can teach them. On this day children express their love and gratitude towards them. The excitement of

Grandparents knew no bounds when they watched their little ones perform on stage. The day blessed us with numerous memories to be cherished forever. At school, grandparents are invited for story-telling sessions as they have many stories and experiences from their own lives to share with their grandchildren and they loved it.

Let’s give green a chance…

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Let’s give green a chance…

Being green is an unshakable commitment to a sustainable lifestyle and it all begins with us. One cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around us. What we do makes a difference, and we only have to decide what kind of difference we want to make.

Imagine if trees gave free Wi-Fi, we would be planting them like crazy. Isn’t it?? Planting trees teaches us to gather strength from our deepest roots. It’s our duty to save environment’s beauty. The key to greener planet is in our hands. One who plants a tree, plants a hope.

With the aim of spreading awareness about environment, Seth Anandram Jaipuria School has always taken the lead and has been a source of inspiration. To take the objective of plantation forward, the school has successfully registered itself to the ENO Tree Database

Environment Online – ENO is a global virtual school and network for sustainable development. Since its launch in 2000, over 10,000 schools in 157 countries have joined ENO and made concrete deeds for environment like tree plantation.

The school’s Principal-cum-Director, Ms. Manju Rana along with the students participated with great zeal and enthusiasm. Tree Plantation Program was conducted at the green belt near the school premises. Teachers and students joined hands in large number to make this event a great success.

Taking initiative is the commencement of being a leader. It’s doing the right thing without being told. Seth Anandram Jaipuria School takes initiatives with different communities to make the environment clean and green.

When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds. The students of Pre-Primary, Primary and Middle classes along with the gardeners and teachers participated in the plantation drive with great enthusiasm. Many different trees were planted and then registered on an online app – ENVIRATE.

Plants elemental to the ecology of the region are chosen for the purpose. Registering trees, taking pictures and rating the environment online on a mobile phone was a great fun. This drive is, thus, a perfect example of how virtual connection can work in tandem towards a cleaner, greener globe. May we and generations to come, bask in their glorious beauty.

Not only this, Seth Anandram Jaipuria School has also participated in ENO – Climate Cycling organized by Climate Circle Association based in Finland. Climate Cycling – A first time cycling event in Helsinki which was held on 11th September, 2019. It’s the simplest approach to remove carbon dioxide. Principal-cum-Director, Ms. Manju Rana initiated the event by giving a green signal to all the participants.

Students in large number enthusiastically participated in the event and learnt how much carbon dioxide a small cycling event helps to remove from the atmosphere. The Jaipurians today are always ready to reduce a little amount of carbon dioxide.

Let’s all enjoy a healthy and a better life. Let’s win the
battle against climate change!!!

Come on…,
let’s follow a few green tips:
> Leave nothing but footprints.
> Take nothing but pictures.
> Kill nothing but time.

 

Outdoor Learning in the Early Years

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Outdoor Learning in the Early Years

Play is the beginning of knowledge and it comes naturally to each child. An Outdoor play is an inevitable part and equally important for the holistic development of a child. With the advancement of technology, children have lost their fun and miss the experimental and creative part of learning.

Encouraging children for outdoor play during the early years of development helps them to learn and grow rapidly. It not only makes children energetic, creative and enthusiastic but also provides an opportunity to explore, discover and develop their critical thinking.

Keeping this in mind, at Seth Anandram Jaipuria School we emphasize to work and help children towards gaining an overall development. Various structured outdoor activities like Edu Sports, Adventure Camp, Multi Intelligence Camp, and Sensory Garden along with free play, swings, sand pit, water area etc are organised to cater their academic need as well as to enhance their physical abilities. Each activity is designed and conducted under the supervision of well-trained faculty to ensure a safe and happy environment for children to learn. All the activities are collaborated with the curriculum to help children to learn differently.

Free play is also an excellent way to enhance the social skills of the children. It gives them an opportunity to communicate freely with their peer group .They learn to share and to work in collaboration with team. It also teaches them to remain patient and helps to infuse curiosity to learn with their immediate environment.

It is now time for parents also to participate equally and provide them ample opportunities for the holistic development of their child. They should spend some quality time with them to strengthen their bond and encourage them to explore, experience and enhance their abilities. Together we can help them to grow happily in the lap of nature.

“NO TECHNOLOGY CAN CREATE THE AWESOMENESS OF GETTING OUTSIDE AND PLAY”

Bond Between Teacher And Students

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Bond Between Teacher And Students

“Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students” – Solomon Ortiz

Developing positive relationships between a teacher and student is a fundamental aspect of quality teaching and student learning. We teachers at Seth Anandram Jaipuria School right from the beginning aim to create a special bond with our kids, as teachers play a magnanimous role in shaping the lives of their students. It is important to realize how special a teacher and student relationship is.

As kindergarten teachers of Jaipuria we create a safe, caring and supportive environment for our children by involving them in various activities like circle time, free play, swings, etc. Activities like circle time give opportunity to each and every child to express himself/herself. We believe that children do differ in their ways of learning and hence it is the responsibility of every teacher to cater to the individual needs of the students. While some students grasp the concepts quickly and take part actively in the learning process, some may find it difficult.

It is the teacher who has to create an atmosphere that is conducive to an engaging learning process. Jaipuria establishes a supportive classroom environment, coupled with productive student- teacher relationships, to provide a robust platform for students so that they stay encouraged and motivated to grow not only academically but also personally.

When it comes to raising children to learn and lead, a positive teacher-student relationship is as important as academic performance for students to achieve more and empower themselves for the life ahead of them.

 

UNIVERSE AT A STONE’S THROW

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UNIVERSE AT A STONE’S THROW

The space and universe has always created a kind of fascination and curiosity in the minds of young learners and budding scientists. The mystery of stars, planets and other celestial bodies have attracted everyone as powerful magnets since time immemorial. But as it so not just possible for everyone to explore the space and its enigma, the planetarium shows at school have provided a great opportunity to the children of primary classes to experience the heavenly bodies at their doorstep. To give the children of primary classes an out worldly feeling, Seth Anandram Jaipuria has organised a mobile planetarium show in the school premises for grade two, four and five which provided the children an incredible way to learn about the wonders of space due to the unique environment the dome creates. It was completely dark and immersed the children into a wonderful experience of the universe. These shows were also linked to the curriculum of primary schools and were led by presenters who are passionate about space.

Anubha Jain

 

POLLUTION WOES…..

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POLLUTION WOES…..

As Delhi/NCR celebrates a quieter Diwali, cleanest in four years, optimism for having a less polluted aftermath were dashed on the day after when the reversal began with firecrackers inspite of being banned by the authorities, taking centre stage, aided by a drop in the wind speed and a high share of stubble burning, that resulted in Delhi’s air quality touching ‘severe’ levels for the first time this season.

In fact, much of the pollution is coming from farms in nearby states of Punjab, Haryana, and Western Uttar Pradesh. With the rice harvest over, farmers are burning crop stubble — specifically the remnants of the rice crop to prepare the fields to plant wheat and return nutrients to the soil. As winter begins to roll in and Delhi suffers from seasonal smog, calls are once again going out for drastic measures.

A graded response to worsening air pollution in the national capital and adjoining areas has already been triggered and the Delhi government has announced another round of Odd-Even vehicle restriction which is to begin from Monday i.e. 4th November. Anti-pollution face masks are already flying off the shelves as Delhi’s denizens seek relief from the gas chamber like situation. The city is on high alert.

None of this is new now. It has been clear over the last few years that the air quality in Delhi/NCR is progressively worsening. But what’s unique about Delhi’s smog is that the smoke from the burning outside the city is mixing with pollution inside the city — from construction, vehicles, and fires used to cook and keep warm and the annual crop burning in the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana. This mix of rural and urban pollution intensifies in the cooler winter months and this year’s air currents through the region have been unusually slow, allowing the dirty air to linger.

Delhi and NCR has earned the unenviable distinction of becoming the most polluted cities on Earth this month, as air quality has reached epically bad proportions.

The airborne particles and toxic chemicals that make up the smog have choked the heart of the metropolitan area, where merely breathing the air was, at its worst, like inhaling poison.

Hospitals reported a 20 % surge in patients with pollution-related illnesses, and doctors have declared a public health emergency. This is the third year in a row that air pollution in Delhi/NCR has become very severe, despite the Indian Supreme Court’s attempt to mitigate it in October with a fireworks sales ban ahead of Diwali.

The Central Pollution Control Board has declared a public health emergency in Delhi and nearby areas as the region chokes due to rising air pollution levels since Diwali. The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority has banned construction activity till November 5 as the pollution levels entered the “severe plus” or “emergency” category.

As air pollution reached alarming levels in the national capital, hospitals reported a surge in the number of patients suffering from respiratory and breathing complications, with doctors advising residents, especially children and the elderly, to stay indoors as much as possible.

If this continues Delhi is going to be a living hell for all……

It is high time now to stop blaming others specially the authorities for the present scenario and to take some positive steps ourselves.

Knowledge comes from learning and wisdom comes from experience

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Knowledge comes from learning and wisdom comes from experience of living with with others

‘PUAAAAAH!’ THE ALPACA WAVES TO YOU! The 2019 World Scholars Cup Global round was held in the capital city of China, Beijing with more than 3000 participants who got Alpacas and Jerry’s which are the mascot of WSC. This was the biggest global round with participants all around the globe having an amalgamation of several cultures and languages. The eight-day trip to Beijing was a magnificent one with a plethora of opportunities to explore. The two-day city-tour gave us a glance of the Chinese history dating back to 5000 BCE. All the students got a glimpse of the Chinese architecture as well. The competition itself gave a chance to all the students to introspect themselves and do a self-analysis of their potentials and capabilities. There were several participants who were awarded with laurels for their exceptional performances in all the arenas.

Apart from the competition, a Scavenge Hunt was organized by the WSC community in which there were students from all the countries in one team and this gave an opportunity to the people to interact with each other and understand the customs of other countries. The dialogue between the students helped them make new friends from all around the globe. WSC aided the students to comprehend the inner abilities and made them experience a new way of life. it gave us a new outlook towards community, communication and many more paradigms. The informal events gave all the participants an opportunity to deepen their friendships with their newly made pals from other countries. It aimed at making an integrated family, a cohesive community with students from all corners of the world. WSC is the perfect example of learning from the visuals, it made us grasp the diplomatic concepts and helped recognize the international relations between the nations. The syllabus of WSC widened our knowledge and made us learn and comprehend the perspective behind the several theories and concepts. The competition enabled the students to chalk out the relation between science and history, between literature and music, thus making us an intellectual being with a sense of relations.

In my opinion, WSC is the best platform to increase the knowledge of a person in all the arenas of life that too in a practical, logical and socially integrating manner. This WSC Global Round 2019 gave me a bag full of memories and it was a new beginning for several friendships as well. Indeed the rooms of the WSC venue, the air of China holds the chatters and reminiscences of several languages and cultures and have given birth to budding lifelong friendships to cherish throughout.

 

Shelly Dwivedi
Class-XII-F

 

PRINT-RICH CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT

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PRINT-RICH CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT

PRINT-RICH CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

Healthy environment is the key to healthy learning. It is important to create and provide print-rich environment to the Pre-primary children. They learn as they explore, interact and have meaningful discussion about the written words. It helps the children with countless opportunities to learn about letters and letter sounds. A print-rich environment is one in which children interact with many forms of print and it helps foster skills needed for reading.

Classrooms of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School have all the quality indicators that relate to literacy and in developing pre-reading skills. It includes flash cards, word cards, teacher made books, word walls, printed word labels, cozy book areas, theme display, bulletin boards showing students work, picture book and attendance chart. Students learn best through hands-on, meaningful play experiences within this prepared environment.

Children begin to discover cues that help them figure out words they see which lays the foundation of reading. They want to model what they see around them. Our school provides an environment that has labels, signs, charts, name tags to help so children learn letters, words, numbers easily and are able to make connections between the letters and the functions they serve. Students are able to learn concepts in a way which is both meaningful and fun for them – instead of rote learning or by being forced to sit and write. Learning for them in Seth Anandram Jaipuria School is spontaneous and fun.

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