Sep 21, 2017

The Ultimate List Of Indian Mythology Books For Dussehra & Navratri Festival For Children

18 Indian Mythology Books For Dussehra & Navratri Festival For Children the k junction


Dussehra, also called Vijayadashmi (or Bijoya in Bengal), is the culmination of the nine-day Navaratri celebrations. Navratri means nine nights and so the tenth day Goddess Durga, who is worshipped throughout the nine days, is immersed in holy water after pooja. It is a festival that marks the killing of Ravana by Rama. It is seen as the victory of good over evil. Here are some Indian mythology books that you can read to your children this festival season.

I am listing the BUY LINKS for these books too. Apart from Amazon, there are some awesome mompreneurs who are selling some of these books & I would highly recommend you to buy books from them instead of Amazon to support the great work they are doing. You might want to check out their amazing collection of books apart from just these Dussehra / Navratri themed books & build a humble home library for your child. I have personally bought a lot of books from these mompreneurs & can vouch for their quality & service.



Amma Tell Me About Durga Puja

Age 3yrs+

The city is abuzz with fanfare and fervour,
Giant idols under wraps, ready to be unfurled,
Colourful pandaals receive finishing touches
To host the biggest outdoor festival in the world!
Celebrate the homecoming of a loving daughter,
Victory of the goddess and a demon's defeat,
See how Ma Durga outshone even the mighty gods
How a woman achieved an impossible feat!

Buy Here - Amazon | The BookMark | Changing Hands Bookshop | Mom & Kids Books




Ravana Remedy

Age 3yrs+ 

Picture book with colour illustrations 

Price - 50 INR




Ravana

Age 3yrs+ 

Picture book with colour illustrations

Price - 25 INR

Buy Here - Changing Hands Bookshop




Ravana Refuses To Die

Age 6yrs+

Whether it’s a demon king who refuses to die, a top-secret interstellar mission, a hair-raising kidnapping or a sleazy land grabbing, the Gang is embroiled in every adventure that unfolds in Babubari.

Buy Here - Amazon | Changing Hands Bookshop




Rama & The Demon King

Age - 4yrs+
Banished by his jealous stepmother, the good and brave Prince Rama has lived in the forest for 14 years, along with his beautiful wife Sita and his loyal brother Lakshaman. Rama has triumphed over the demons that dwell there and the three live a simple, peaceful life among the forest animals. But it is not to last, for the ten-headed King of the Demons vows to take revenge. Eye-catching illustrations, based on the Indian tradition of shadow-puppetry, convey the exuberance of a millennia-old tale which is still very much alive today.
Buy Here - Amazon




Hanuman's Ramayan

Age 6yrs+

Valmiki has barely put down his pen after completing his magnificent creation, the epic Ramayan, when he realises he has competition. The sage Narad tells him that there is a better Ramayan, written by Hanuman. Valmiki is devastated! As the story of Hanuman's Ramayan unfolds, humorously and gently, so does the idea that there is no one version of the well-loved story about Ram, Sita, Hanuman and Ravan, but many. Here, the quirky illustrations based on the style of Mithila folk paintings tell their own story.

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Celebrate Dussehra & Durga Puja

Age 6yrs+

Now enjoy your favourite festivals even more with stories and fun things to do throughout the year! Bring on the celebrations - its Durga Puja and Dussehra time! Ten whole days for fun and festivities, and for thanking the gods and goddesses for their blessings. From fasting to feasting, from Rama dramas to burning Ravanas, from exchanging leaves to exchanging gifts, different people in different parts of the country celebrate these festivals in all kinds of ways, and you can know all about it! This book brings you wonderful stories about Dussehra and Durga Puja... Can you solve the case of a stolen idol? Or imagine a private mother goddess? Or figure out how festivals can help you be the most awesome person you can be? Or work out ways to fight a monster you can't see, and win? It's all here! So why wait to celebrate? Open up the boxes of sweets, put your best clothes on, and tuck into this super collection of stories, folktales, myths, legends and activities.
Plus: Why we celebrate Durga Puja and Dussehra - the myths and legends of the festival
Plus: 20 fun things to do during Dussehra and Durga Puja
Plus: Your very own fill - in festival diary

Buy Here - Amazon




Dussehra

Age 3yrs+

Dussehra is celebrated to reminisce Lord Rama's victory over Ravana which symbolizes the victory of Good over Evil. On this day, Lord Rama killed the evil demon Ravana who had abducted His wife Sita. Hence, this day is also called Vijayadashmi. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal all over the country.

Buy Here - Amazon Kindle




Celebrate Durga Puja With Me

Age 3yrs+

'Celebrate Durga Puja with Me' started as a thought while holidaying in Australia. Shoumi and her family attended Durga Puja celebrations in Brisbane with an old friend she grew up with in Bombay. "Bombay comes alive with festivities for five days every year during Pujo," they reminisced, as they attended a condensed 'weekend Pujo', which is typical outside India. Memories of celebrations from her childhood form the essence of her collection - the frenzied 'dhunuchi' dance during Durga Puja, the rhythmic chants of the oarsmen during Onam or the expression on a friend's face as you snuck up to smear 'abeer' during Holi! "I wanted to recreate these memories in verse for my daughter and kids all over who may not have the opportunity to experience festivals the way we did."

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Durga The Feminine Force 

Age 3yrs+

When the evil demon, Mahishasura, defeated the gods and took control of Amravati, all the gods came together, creating a woman using the best parts of all their powers. This woman came to be known as Devi Durga. Read about her fight against all forms of evil, her love and devotion to Lord Shiva and her various incarnations.

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The Feminine Force Kali

Age 3yrs+

Buy Here - Amazon


You might also like these fun & developmental Montessori inspired activities based on this festival that I did with my toddler last year. 



Lord Rama 

Age 3yrs+

When the world was being terrorized by the evil King of Lanka Ravana, Lord Vishnu appeared as Lord Rama to vanquish the demon and restore peace on earth. Lord Rama is the embodiment of truth, virtue, the ideal son, the ideal husband and above all, the ideal king.Lord Rama, retells Lord Rama’s story from his birth till his victory over Ravana. The illustrated text written in lucid language makes it an engaging read for the young mind.

Buy Here - Amazon




Festivals Of India

Age 3yrs+

The colourful festivals of India are an integral part of the life of its people. They are symbols of the rich cultural heritage of this diverse land. Each unique festival is a celebration of great significance, where India comes alive in its fascinating best. This beautifully illustrated book tells you all about festivals from the story behind why each festival is celebrated.

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Amma Tell Me About Ramayana

Age 3yrs+

The story of Rama, the righteous prince,
Written ages ago by the poet Valmiki.
This is Ramayana - an ancient, epic poem,
As told by Amma to Klaka and Kiki.
Beloved prince of Ayodhya, next in line to be king;
Banished to the forest at his stepmother's behest.
Waged a war with the demon Ravana to rescue his wife
Helped by an army of monkeys in his quest.

Buy Here - Amazon | The BookMark | Changing Hands Bookshop



Tulsidas Ramayana (Amar Chitra Katha)

Age 9yrs+

Tulsidas (1574) tells the story of Ram, the prince of Ayodhya, in Awadhi, a dialect of Hindi spoken in Awadh in Uttar Pradesh. The work consists of about a thousand stanzas, each about 12 to 18 lines, set in elegant rhyme. Every village and town in the Hindi heartland has a troupe that gives a theatrical performance, called Ramlila, based on Tulsidas' work. Ramlila is enacted as part of the Vijaya Dashami celebrations.

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Short Stories From Ramayan 

Age 5yrs+

Ramayan is filled with educative tales and fables. This book is an attempt to bring alive some of the timeless tales of this great epic with the help of lucid language and illustrations.

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Rama 


Age 3yrs+

Simple story of Rama's life in rhyming text with black & white images for coloring.

Buy Here - Iskon Temple (Offline)




Hope you liked this collection of Dussehra & Navratri themed books for kids. 

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Sep 18, 2017

Homeschooling India 101 - An Ultimate Guide To Get Started - By Renuka Mahesh


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Homeschooling 101

More parents are now choosing to homeschool instead of sending their children to public or private schools. Learn more about homeschooling in India from Renuka Mahesh from Explore Kids World in this 101 video!


I often get questions from fellow parents about homeschooling & its related confusions! So, I have teamed up with Explore Kids World to answer those questions.

Renuka from Explore Kids World is here to answer your FAQs on homeschooling - What is it? How to start? What are types of homeschooling? What about giving exams of higher classes while homeschooling? And more! 


Renuka is a Marketing Graduate and also a holder of Bachelors in Tourism and Hospitality management and a Masters in Business Administration, English literature & Clinical psychology. She is aspiring to get a Doctorate as well. A child educator by profession, carrying her family legacy of nurturing their small Montessori inspired space “Explore Kids World”, where they enjoy learning the Montessori way and encourage kids to learn & think out of the box. The curricular and co-curricular activities are designed in such a way that kids experience the joy of learning and learning beyond textbooks. Renuka is the third generation. She has grown up seeing Montessori, Early Learning, Gentle Parenting around herself. This was the utmost inspiration that she refused the so called corporate jobs only to pursue her passion and became a child educator. This inspiration led her to take up workshops and courses in Nutrition (infancy and child care), Gentle parenting, Literacy and numeracy skill (The Montessori way ) and counseling psychology. She is now rigorously working, studying and writing about homeschooling.

Now lets get started & here is the much awaited video! I recommend using headphones because the audio is a little noisy to be honest. The reason being, we met at a coffee shop & did this discussion & video. I am a mom & always buying time from here & there. So to shoot this video, I had to send my toddler to a super market to buy grocery along with his dad on a weekend! Talk about limited time & resources for a mom 😉

Here is the 101 video for you!




Hope you found this video useful. If you have any more questions, feel free to connect with Renuka or myself on our social media channels. I am listing all of them below - 

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Sep 9, 2017

Storytelling - Pratham Books - Kottavi Raja & His Sleepy Kingdom - #Pbchamp

Pratham Books has this wonderful initiative One Day One Story where all over the country, one book is read to children. The K Junction registered for this wonderful opportunity and became a #pbchamp to tell the story of "Kottavi Raja & His Sleepy Kingdom".



Kuhoo Gupta had a wonderful time telling the story of "Kottavi Raja & his sleepy kingdom" by Pratham publishers as a part of their one day one story initiative to 30+ kids. The kids really enjoyed the session and she was so happy to listen to their lovely words while they were going back - "mam bye bye", "mam mazaa aaya", "mam acchi story thi", "mam aur games khelein?"





 


She conducted two activities after the story telling session -
  • She pretended to be Kottavi Raja who could finally sleep well after so many days. Divided the kids into 3 teams and every team was supposed to arrange themselves into a height-wise line without making a sound or else Kottavi Raja will wake up. It was hard for the kids to keep quiet and do the needful. There were giggles and whispers.


  • Now all the children were supposed to pretend as sleeping and they were made to sit in a circle. She gave each team a paper and a crayon. Every child had to draw something on the paper with eyes closed and pass on the paper to the next child in the team. At the end we saw papers of all three teams and they had some wonderful artwork drawn randomly by every kid eyes closed. Then they told her, "I made this sun, I made this mountain, etc etc".





All in all, a fun and satisfying experience with these little curious enthusiastic bunch of kids .

Event powered by Pratham Books
Location and logistics partner - Little Wings International, Pune

Thank you partners for making it happen.

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Sep 8, 2017

6 Things To Consider When Choosing Toys - #PlayItRight - What Is Wrong With Today's Toys!

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For children, in the early stages of child development, play is life, and toys form an essential part of early learning. Toy shops are filled with countless options to choose from. Let us see what is wrong with today's trend in toys. I will also share some tips on what qualities or characteristics to look for while buying the next toy for your child. Here is your ultimate guide for choosing right kind of age & developmentally appropriate toys for children that will help your child blossom with creativity & intelligence.

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Children are constantly exploring their world. And play is something that is their right & necessity. We parents often tend to buy lots of toys from the market assuming they will keep our kids engaged for long but does this happen actually? Major percentage of the toys are used just couple of times & then the child never ever looks at them unless some other child is trying to play with that toy. What could be the reason? Aren't the toys engaging enough? Aren't they attractive enough? What is the root cause of this behavior?

What Could Be Wrong In A Toy?

  • Passive - Something like a "press and make noise" or "press & lights flashing" kind of toy are passive. There is not much a child can do with such toy. Surely he will be excited when he gets hold of it initially but after few days, he will not be interested in listening to that same noise again & again. 
  • Flashy Lights Or Colors - This is over stimulating & overwhelming for the child. In long run, it is not advisable to play in an over stimulating environment. It can lead to fussy, hyperactive or clingy kids in future. 
  • Gender-Biased Toys - Kitchen sets & dolls can be enjoyed by boys & cars can be enjoyed by girls equally. Adults try to enforce gender on toys, not kids. Give your child freedom & opportunity to play with all kinds of toys.
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  • Non-Imaginative - A toy may not be giving enough opportunity to be imaginative to a child. It might be too straightforward perhaps that it does not interest the child. Pretend play sets are great for imaginative plays.
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  • Too Much Detailing - You have a building blocks set in the market of various kinds like train building blocks, house building blocks, amusement park building blocks. Too much detailing in a toy restricts the child to use his own imagination. Let the blocks be plain simple generic blocks & let the child come up with his interpretations on his own. 
  • Not Open-Ended - Open ended toys captivate the young audience for longer for the simple reason that kids can put in & give shape & form to their never ending imagination using such toys.
  • Not Helping In Development - Toys should be helping a child in some sense, be it motor skills or emotional intelligence or anything else. 
  • Non-Immersive - Is your child immersed during his play with a specific toy or is he too distracted while he plays? That can give you an idea if this toy is going to last for long or not.
  • Non-Natural Materials - Toys made of natural materials like wood, wool, cloth etc are better for kids as well as environment. They provide a rich sensory experience to children and of course they are long-lasting. 
  • Exposure To Screens/Gadgets - We can certainly avoid the various so-called educational apps that claim to teach colors, shapes and the likes to toddlers. Exposing kids below 2 years to screen is dangerous and can get highly addictive. There is enough research about the ill-effects of screens & gadgets.
  • Battery Operated - In most cases, battery operated toys are passive, they entertain the child and the child just sits and watches or listens. The focus should be what a child can do with a toy, not what the toy can do for the child. 
  • Too Many Toys - Steiner Waldorf educationalists have long recognized the positive effects of taking away excess toys from children and replacing them with simpler, more natural playthings to stimulate creative play.
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How To Choose Right Toys For Your Child



So next time you buy a toy for your child, do a quick check with this checklist. Whether the toy -

  1. stimulates the child's senses correctly 
  2. is made of natural material
  3. is open-ended / imaginative / interactive 
  4. meets any kind of learning objective in an age appropriate manner
  5. enhances motor skills and/or emotional intelligence
  6. is non-toxic & safe as per the age of the child

If you look at Skola Toys, they have a great collection of such toys. They believe that play leads to exploration, exploration leads to discovery and discovery leads to learning. Skola toys stimulate the child’s senses by opening up a fascinating world of colours, shapes, numbers, alphabets, science, geography and more. Watch out for more details on Skola toys in my subsequent posts. 


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Skola toys can be bought from major online stores like Flipkart, Amazon, Firstcry & their website itself.



At the end, I would like to say that "less is more" for a child. Even if you have tons of toys at home, keep out just a few of them outside so that there is less to choose from for your child. 


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Sep 1, 2017

Maria Montessori - Free Ebook - Absorbent Mind & Book Recommendations

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Dr. Maria Montessori is the founder of the Montessori method of education. She started her first classroom “Casa dei Bambini” or Children’s House in 1907.

Montessori method of education stresses the importance of respecting children – “Help me to help myself”. 


Maria Montessori was born on August 31st 1870. It was her birthday yesterday and I cannot say enough how much I owe to this dynamic and innovative woman as far as my parenting journey is considered. The Montessori philosophy changed my perspective as a parent, it was a paradigm shift I must admit.

So here is a BIG THANK YOU to Maria Montessori for guiding me and many many parents & caregivers!

If you are new to this, you might want to read the biography of Maria Montessori HERE.

According to Montessori, the goal of education is “to be able to find activities that are so intrinsically meaningful that we want to throw ourselves into them”. According to her, the child builds itself through experiences on the environment. On this notion, she developed a set of didactic materials which leads to sensory education, muscular coordination, and language development. These didactic materials have built-in “control of error” which gives the child concrete proof of whether its work is right or wrong, this also frees the teacher from being the person of reinforcement.


FREE EBOOK - ABSORBENT MIND BY MARIA MONTESSORI

Here is one book on her philosophy that is written by herself - the very famous ABSORBENT MIND. 

It is a must-read for everyone who is interested in Montessori. This book is not a practical guide, it doesn't tell you, what to do or give you certain activities, it is a very philosophical book. It opens your eyes and makes you look differently at children, childhood, society.

Montessori is so much more about the attitude, about philosophy and principles than about certain tools, materials or activities. All the great work and Montessori-inspired materials & activities are quite useless, if you don't get the philosophy right. 

And now lastly, here is the FREE EBOOK version of this awesome book ABSORBENT MIND.




If you wish to read this book in paperback, here is the Amazon affiliate link (with no extra cost to you). Buy using this link to happily support this blog of mine.



I would also suggest these books for some additional reading on Montessori. You would love them for sure!



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Aug 23, 2017

How To Make Eco-friendly Ganesha Using Kitchen Ingredients At Home (With Kids) (Vlog)

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For the upcoming festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, I made an ecofriendly and totally compostable Ganpati idol at home using kitchen ingredients along with my 2 year old son. Watch the video for the recipe of the dough and step by step process to make the idol along with your child. Kids love such activities & it is a great sensory experience for them.


This is the first time I did sculpting and that too with a toddler helping me out!;)

We did not just create an idol, we created beautiful memories to cherish in the years to come :)




Happy Ganesh Chaturthi :)


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Aug 17, 2017

FREE #TourOfMontessori Video Series - Week 5 - Culture Area (VLOG)

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Language Tour Of Montessori

We have almost come to an end of this super informative FREE video series. Thank you so much for your encouragement, shares, feedback & comments on the previous videos. Coming Friday, last video in this series, it is going to be the tour of CULTURE area of Montessori in our FREE Guided Virtual Tour of a Montessori House Of Children, #TourOfMontessori, 5-part video series! So sign up now HERE.


This is the teaser video of Culture Area tour.



Sign UP for FREE HERE to access FULL video.

If you still do not know what it is all about, then check out THIS post & you can sign up for FREE for this super informative series by clicking HERE. In return, you get 5 videos right into your mailbox!

Click HERE to watch the Practical Life tour teaser video & HERE to watch the Sensorial tour teaser video.

Hurry, you do not want to miss it and it will NOT be free forever :)

Here are my home based / DIY setup related to culture area of Montessori that you can also easily do at home if your child is not going to a Montessori school. 

Study Of Germination Process | Budget Friendly Arts Corner | Art Projects For Kids Science Lessons | Geography Lessons | Music Lessons


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