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We have special classes for the children who need them. After the classes we usually send an email to the parents. I am sharing some of the emails here for the benefit of all the parents.

Nursery

Dear Parents,

I had a special class for your child today. I was trying to understand what they know and where they need more help. You can see them working with great concentration here in the photos.


The problem with these children is that they cannot pay attention for more than a few minutes. They get distracted quickly, quicker than the other children of their age.

They learn what we teach them but need a lot more repetition because they forget quickly. This happens when their mind is diverted to another activity, which someone else is doing.

We do give them extra practice in the school but we need your help to improve them.

Today I asked them the words for the 'b' sound - bus, balloons, bat, etc.

Then we revised the words of the 't' sound - tree, top, telephone, etc.

This we did using flash cards. Then we looked in to the nursery phonics book - you have a CD of the book - and checked how many of the words they know for 'b' and 't'.

In the same book there is a worksheet with a 'b' box and a 't' tin. The 'b' objects have to be put in the 'b' box and the 't' words have to be put in the 't' tin. Children touch each objects and drag them with their hands to put in the correct box.

They also played on tablet PC's to build blocks for b and t as well as make words by dragging letters.

The other children in the class have begun to read words such as 'a cat', 'a rat', etc. after practicing 'b', 't', 'm', 'r', and 'c'.

Please help your child catch up by

- showing pictures of objects and asking what is it

- asking for the first sound, they should be able to say for example b  b   b  b box, t t t t train

- asking them to put the b pictures in the b box and t pictures in the t tin - you can show the book on the computer or print out that page

- asking them to read the letters 'b' (ba), 't' (ta), 'c' (ka), 'r' (ra), 'm' (ma) - write the letters on slips of paper, show them and ask them what it is

- showing them YouTube videos on the nursery site and making them repeat the sounds and words.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Dear Parents,

I had a special class for your children today.

They learnt 'f', 'g', and 'd' sounds.

Please help them practice the same at home as homework.

Tomorrow I will be working with them again to see how much they remember.

How to Practice

1. Use the Phonics Games

Show them the phonics board, point to the letter in the middle (f, g, d). Ask them what it is. If they don't remember tell them it is (fa/ga/da/)

Make them repeat the sounds for each letter.

Ask them to touch fa / ga/ da/ and check if they are able to touch the correct card.

Pick out the picture cards for these sounds from the phonics games box.

For fa you need fish, fan, etc.

For ga you need goat, grapes, etc.

For da you need drum, donkey, etc.

Show each card and ask them 'What is it?'

They will say, for example, 'a fish', 'a fan'. If they don't know teach them the words.

First start with one sound. After they know all the words for 'f' ask them to place each picture card on the 'f' board. 

While they are placing it talk to them and say, what are you putting on the card? Yes, you are putting the fish on the 'f' card. fa..fa...fa..fa.. fish. etc.


2. Use the Videos On The School Site

Watch the 'f', 'g' and 'd' videos with the children. Pause the video at some places and ask them to show the relavant picture cards.

For example, spread all the picture cards in front of the child, when the video shows a particular word (e.g. fan) ask the child to pick up the (fan) picture card and show it to you.

Continue in the same way. At times the letter will be seen on the computer monitor screen. Hold  the phonics board next to the screen and tell them, 'Look this is f and this is also f.'

Once they learn one sound, move on to the next sound. Once they learn two sounds, give them the cards for both the sounds and ask them to choose which one will go where.

Please write back to me if you have any questions.

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Dear Parent,

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Select two boards - example l and n - take out the picture cards that begin with the l and n sound. Start with two cards and ask, "What is this?" Get the answer, "a lion", "a nest". Show her  the 'l' board and the 'n' board and tell her, "This is 'l'. This is 'n'. When you ask, "What is this?" she should be able to say 'l' or 'n'. Now show the lion card and say, 'la...la...la lion', show the nest card and say 'na...na...na... nest'. Show her how to place the lion on the 'l' card and the nest on the 'n' card. Pick up the cards and give her the cards one by one.  Ask, "What is this?". "a lion, la...la...la lion" Where is 'l' show me". She should show the 'l' on the board. If she shows it correctly appreciate and say, "Yes, that is correct. That is 'l'. Place the lion on the 'l' card".  If she shows the 'n' card, say, "Is this 'l'. Nooooooo. This is not 'l'. Look here this is 'l'. Place this lion on the 'l' card.  She should listen to these instructions and follow them. You should not place the card for her. Let her listen to what you say and place it. Every time appreciate and motivate her to do more.

Everyday she should watch YouTube videos. Tell her if she plays Phonics Games with you she can watch YouTube videos. 

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Dear Parent,

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Since he needs more individual attention and constant repetition to get it right all the time, please help him at home. Play with him Phonics Games.

Select two boards - example l and n - take out the picture cards that begin with the l and n sound. Start with two cards and ask, "What is this?" Get the answer, "a lion", "a nest". Show him the 'l' board and the 'n' board and tell him, "This is 'l'. This is 'n'. When you ask, "What is this?" he should be able to say 'l' or 'n'. Now show the lion card and say, 'la...la...la lion', show the nest card and say 'na...na...na... nest'. Show him how to place the lion on the 'l' card and the nest on the 'n' card. Pick up the cards and give him the cards one by one.  Ask, "What is this?". "a lion, la...la...la lion" Where is 'l' show me". He should show the 'l' on the board. If he shows it correctly appreciate and say, "Yes, that is correct. That is 'l'. Place the lion on the 'l' card".  If he shows the 'n' card, say, "Is this 'l'. Nooooooo. This is not 'l'. Look here this is 'l'. Place this lion on the 'l' card. He should listen to these instructions and follow them. You should not place the card for him. Let him listen to what you say and place it. Every time appreciate and motivate him to do more.

Once he learns all the 6 words for these two sounds you can add one more board - one more sound. This time play with three boards and 18 cards. Introduce only two new picture cards at a time.

Since he seems to like watching YouTube videos, at least to some extent, make him watch it at home, everyday.

Try to talk to him and find out what interests him.  He needs people to interact with him and understand his feelings and interests. This will make him a better learner too.

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Dear Parent,
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Please watch and note what motivates him to do as you say in day-to-day activities. Sometimes he may rebel and at other times he may follow your instructions because he likes your appreciation, he gets to do something he likes the most etc. Find out what interests him (may be playing with friends, may be watching TV, may be going out with you) and use that to get him to settle down for study purposes. If you complete this you will get .... (whatever he likes the most, whatever interests him).

Ask him to watch the YouTube videos on his site, everyday.

Start playing phonics games with him at home. Take any two boards and the 12 picture cards that go with the boards. Start with only two picture cards. Ask him to tell you what they are and what the first sound is, example, 'la....la...la...la lion'. Show him the letters, for example, 'l' and 'n' on the boards and ensure he can identify which is 'l' and which is 'n'. You place the cards on the boards, show him once and then give him instructions to place the cards. After he masters these two cards, take two more cards. Now play with these four cards. Then add two more cards and so on. Once he learns two sounds add one more sound, take three boards.

With constant practice of watching the videos and playing with the phonics games will help him learn well.

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Dear Parent,

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I think, he has to get his mind to focus first and try not be as restless as he is now. For that we should just ask him to sit quietly for a few minutes. We have to start with a few seconds and gradually increase the time. If we constantly do it, over a period of time he will be able to concentrate and learn things. Right now he is unable to learn at the level of Nursery.

To bring him up to the nursery level, please make him watch the YouTube videos while sitting in an upright position without touching any objects around him. Ask him to concentrate and look at the screen. When his attention is diverted, pause the video and ask him to pay attention and then start the video again. Everyday he should watch a 3 to 5 minute video with full attention.

Then take the pictures of the phonics games. Select two boards - example l and n - take out the cards that begin with the l and n sound. Start with two cards and ask, "What is this?" Get the answer, "a lion", "a nest". Show him the 'l' board and the 'n' board and tell him, "This is 'l'. This is 'n'. When you ask, "What is this?" he should be able to say 'l' or 'n'. Now show the lion card and say, 'la...la...la lion', show the nest card and say 'na...na...na... nest'. Show him how to place the lion on the 'l' card and the nest on the 'n' card. Pick up the cards and give him the cards one by one.  Ask, "What is this?". "a lion, la...la...la lion" Where is 'l' show me". He should show the 'l' on the board. If he shows it correctly appreciate and say, "Yes, that is correct. That is 'l'. Place the lion on the 'l' card".  If he shows the 'n' card, say, "Is this 'l'. Nooooooo. This is not 'l'. Look here this is 'l'. Place this lion on the 'l' card. He should listen to these instructions and follow them. You should not place the card for him. Let him listen to what you say and place it. Every time appreciate and motivate him to do more.

If you do this on a regular basis at home, he will get over his hyperactive nature and learn to listen to others and follow instructions. This will help him learn well in the school.

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PP I

I had a special class for your child to help her master the initial sounds.

The children in her class have already revised all the initial sounds and are able to read the three letter words.

She is still not very sure of the basic sounds.

Please help her watch all the videos on the site, right from the month of June. Today she watched the videos and repeated the words. Then identified the letters from flashcards. Then played on the tablet PC to revise the sounds, identify the letters for specific sounds and give the words for each sound.

Example: b...b...b  ball, b..b..b.. bear, etc.

1. Please ask her to watch the videos of June and July and master all the sounds.

2. Have letters written on small slips of paper, each letter on one slip of paper. Tell her, "Give me 'b' (ba)". She should pick up b and give you. Then ask her what are the words that begin with ba.  b...b...b... ball, b...b.. b... book, etc.

3. Show her the letters on any newspaper, books or any other reading materials and ask her , 'What is this?' She should be able to say b (ba) or c (ka) and so on.

4. Constantly practice with her to read the letters, identify the sounds, write the letters and say the sounds and sing sound related songs.

Once she grasps the basic sounds she will start reading fast.

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PP II

Dear Parent,

We have special classes for children who need more help.

I had a class with your children to clarify the concepts of 'before' and 'after' numbers. Please help them practise in the same way at home. They need a lot of practice to understand and apply this concept.

1. I made them stand in a line and talk about who is standing before, after and between. Example, Ashrith is standing before Tanushree. Who is before Tanusheree? Ashrith. Who is after Tanushree Chauhan. Where is Tanushree between Ashrith and Chauhan. In the same way all the children's position in line was discussed.

Then I gave them number names - you are not Ashrith, you are number 1, you are not Tanushree, you are number 2 and so on. Then each one will talk about themselves and the one standing before and after them.

Example: I am number 2. Number 1 is before me and Number 3 is after me.

2. I showed them a number line - just numbers 1 to 10 -  and pointed out to numbers and asked them to show me the number 'before' - example - what comes before 5.

I used the same number line to talk about 'after' numbers.

Then we talked about 'between' numbers - what comes between 8 and 10, for example.

3. We used a calendar to talk about the numbers before and after.

4. Then they watched a video on their class site and revised the concepts before and after.


5. Then I wrote numbers 10 to 25 on slips of paper. Gave them some numbers randomly and asked them to ask me for a before number and after number.

For example, they had 13. They said give me the number 12 - which comes before 13.

In the next round they asked for the after number. I have 13. Give me 14 which comes after 13.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Class V

Dear Parent,

We have been conducting special classes  for Maths.

She needs to improve her skills in doing sums. Right now we are concentrating on Multiplication.

For this we have shared with her videos, which will help her understand ways of doing fast calculations.

She has been drawing multiplication wheels and understanding the pattern in the number sequence.

She worked on the tablet PC to do simple addition and subtraction sums and practised speeding up the time taken to calculate.

Please help her at home by doing the following:

1. Ask her to watch the videos we have uploaded on the class specific Maths site and on the home page under Math Trick.

2. Ask her to prepare the multiplication wheels on A4 sheets or Chart Paper, write the numbers by the side and identify the pattern.

3. Please ask her to play some maths games on Google Chrome. If you have Google Chrome installed on the laptop, math games can be added to Chrome from the Chrome Webstore.

4. If she spends 1 hour per day for homework, please ask her to schedule at least 15 to 20 minutes for Maths.

5. At her study table she can put up tables and other information she needs to remember and look at them everyday.

Thanks for helping us help your child.