English spellings can be confusing to learn. Given that English has a non-ideal phonemic orthography, the pronunciation and the spelling do not have a one-to-one relation also. Why are put and cut pronounced differently, even though they have the same vowel? This is one of the few common questions that…View More Learning English Spellings through Phonics
Science concepts I often come across students and parents who complain about the Science and Maths concepts learned in school. They think that learning such concepts is a waste of time and these concepts do not have real-life applications. These comments are usually peppered with doses of righteous indignation. A…View More 3 Science concepts that help you in traffic
What sound comes to your mind when you think of the letter ‘s’? Is it the hissing sound ‘ssssssssss’? You would be right. The hissing sound ‘ssss’ is the default sound of the letter ‘s’. However, did you know that the letter ‘s’ also makes 3 other sounds? It sure…View More The Sounds of ‘S’
Festival of Lights Deepavali is the festival of lights. It is also the time of the year when children and families gather to burst firecrackers. The year 2020 has seen subdued celebrations all over India, with minimal firecrackers. I stopped indulging in firecrackers many years ago. My fascination has taken…View More The Science of Firecrackers
Cleaning the mind I am usually a contemplative and reflective person. Asking open-ended questions feels therapeutic to my mind. While I am specific and practical with everyday logistical situations, my imagination soars when I need to de-clutter my mind. Recently I finished reading a book – When Things Start to…View More Ask questions to clear your mind
“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Isaac Newton Keeping curiosity alive This famous quote by Newton has been an inspiration to many students of Science, I am one among them. Two years ago, in July 2018, I had started to learn something…View More Standing on the shoulders of giants
The ubiquitous ‘e’ Most of us in the English-speaking world know that ‘e’ is the most used letter of the English language. If you do not believe me, try writing a sentence without the letter ‘e’ in it. You will succeed, but the difficulty you will face will prove my…View More E for Elegance
Number literacy begins as early as kindergarten. Kids sing and dance while learning numbers. Trust me, everything seems blissfully easy and fun at that stage of life for most kids. I remember singing this rhyme with actions “One two buckle my shoe, three four shut the door…”. I also remember…View More A Stitch In Time Saves Nine
Reflection As we continue to be in a suspended state of existence with small windows of social activity, I continue my contemplation on the state of education. I found something I had written a few years ago, which I thought is worth pondering. The term “student-centric education” is the most…View More Student-Centric Education – is it just a myth?
“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet Introduction Despite the wide popularity of the Shakespeare quote regarding names, we associate specificity to names. Have you ever pondered on the stories behind names? Names of…View More What’s in a name?