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[6 Mar 2011 | One Comment | 3,704 views]

Kidosphere has launched a useful app for preschoolers. An iPad app to help kids familiarize with Hindi consonants and their sounds. Kids can doodle to practice writing. App also comes with 2 games bundled. One to recognize the beginning sound of a word and another puzzle to familiarize with the order of the alphabets.
This app is free to download. As always, we would love to hear from you and your kids.
Video Demo –

 

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[24 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 3,589 views]

The theme for one of the Sunday’s reading/crafts session we did back in August was Reuse/Recycle/Reduce. We started the session by reading this book – Chasing the Plastic Pisach by Pratham Books. We followed the reading session by making a paper basket out of newspaper strips and out of cereal cartons. In a repeat session, we made another basket with a LOT of glue and magazine strips ( post to follow ).
 
What you need:
One hour’s time, newspaper OR cereal cartons, stapler, paint, patience and a lot of excitement.

How …

Books, Events »

[22 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 2,961 views]

Excellent write up on the role of picture books in child development, by Lori Calabrese at The Children’s Book Review site.
Some points I could completely identify with:

-Picture books are multi-sensory, which aids a child’s growing mind and stimulates their imagination.
-The repetition in many picture books allows a child to participate in the story.
-Children love art.
-The illustrations of a picture book help children understand what they are reading and allow young readers to analyze the story.
-Chapter books are not necessarily more complex than picture books and in fact, their vocabulary …

Books, Events »

[16 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | 2,831 views]

Inventory of books bought from the Bangalore Book Festival 2010. We have read, read and read in the last couple of days. These books have been accompanying us everywhere, to the park, to friends house and to the school even! A handful of books already missing, apparently they have been given to their friends!
National Book trust
Pratham Books
Tulika Books
eAppu and some adhoc books
Thanks to SaffronTree, I had read a lot of reviews on NBT books. Obviously picked up a whole lot, luckily the walking talking encyclopedia happened to be there …

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[7 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 3,041 views]

The eighth edition of the Bangalore Book Festival starts on November 12th @ Palace Grounds. It is a 10 day feast, with publishers and distributors from all over the country participating. The festival also claims to host entertainment programmes, book reading sessions and author meets.
 Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mindonfire/3956865159/in/photostream/
 
via The Hindu

Over a million titles under various categories and languages will be displayed in more than 300 stalls during the 10-day Bangalore Book Festival (BBF). The fest is expected to attract more than two lakh people. The country’s biggest publishers, distributors, exporters …

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[26 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 4,769 views]

Printable flash cards of Hindi consonants.
Also available as a free iPad app on app store – http://www.mytoystory.com/2011/03/06/hindi-consonants-ipad-app-on-app-store/
If the embed does not work, click here to download and print.

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[25 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 2,442 views]

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