In today’s world where everything is so visual and interactive, then why in terms of education we dont give much emphasis to practical learning? Just by reading something, one doesn’t understand how things work. For instance, if you want to learn to ride a bicycle, you would have to sit on the cycle and ride, if you read a manual on riding a bicycle, you will never be able to ride it.
Same thing holds true when it comes to teaching concepts in schools. So, it is essential for us to change our teaching methodology by adding more practical sessions.
Practical and hands-on learning helps children to innovate and encourage self-learning among them. It also gives a break from monotonous lectures.
Previously, people like Albert Einstein, Galileo Galilei, etc first experimented and then based on the results documented their findings.
Which means earlier education was more of practical learning and then spreading the knowledge through theory.
Also, if the practical sessions are taken in the group like in a classroom, it helps bringing social values like sharing, team spirit, and compassion.
These days many project boxes are available in the market which parents or schools can purchase for practical teaching. But the point is which of them is good? Which one to choose?
Many of them sell very customized and toy like materials, which kills the scope of creativity and curiosity in the child. So choosing a right type of project box is also very important.
When you are looking to buy project boxes, ensure the following:
- Are the project parts just plug and play?
- Does the child have to apply some logic and knowledge while making the project?
- Are there any instructions provided?
- Are the instructions simple to follow?
- What kind of material is used?
- Does the project box boost creativity in the child?
Practical learning helps the child remember and understand the difficult concepts too in fun and easy manner.
To conclude, practical learning must be encouraged more and more everywhere, whether at home or at school.
WinningFROG (WFROG) has specially designed workshops for kids aged 6 to 14years based on various topics in Science, Mathematics, Geography, English, etc. WFROG also conducts non-educational workshops like painting, photography, drawing, etc. These workshops are a blend of theoretical and practical knowledge.
Recently, WFROG conducted three successful workshops based on Science and Mathematics in Moshi area. Two of the workshops were on Energy and Energy conversion, which was conducted by Dr. Leena Sharma (PhD. in Mathematics), where the topics were explained thoroughly alongside with the content displayed with concept text and day to day relatable examples. During the workshop, several activities were conducted to make the session interactive, where the kids enjoyed the activities and won interesting goodies. Later the workshop was followed by a practical session, in which self-learning project kits were distributed. These self-learning kits are uniquely designed; they contain all the required raw materials to prepare models based on the topics covered in the workshop. In this workshop, models of power generator and windmill were made and the kids not only enjoyed making these models on their own but also learned how the mechanical and wind energy got converted into electrical energy just by rotating the wheel of the power generator or the fan of the windmill. Kids got excited to see the light bulb glow with the help of power generator and windmill. The workshop helped the kids to learn the concept practically and in a fun manner.
The third workshop was conducted on Mathematics, which covered topics like: Application of Mathematics, Solving Rubik’s cube, and Mental mathematics through games and puzzles. This workshop also included interesting and unique games, which helped to understand the topic easily. The workshop helped kids in removing the fear of mathematics and made the subject simple and interesting. Rubik’s cube was one of the highlights of the Mathematics workshop, in which the kids learned to solve 2 layers of the Rubik’s cube. WFROG also conducts exclusive workshops on Rubik’s cube, which has various levels for beginners, intermediate, and advanced levels.
As stated by Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.” So, practical learning is very essential as it helps kids in understanding complex topics in an easy manner and helps them remember all their lives. So book these uniquely designed WFROG workshops for your kid’s future!
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We recently, organised a Rubik’s cube competition for kids between the ages of 7 years to 15 years, at Urja Studio Café, Wakad.
And it was a spectacular event! Such an amazing talent! These kids were awesome and their fingers moved like magic. The best score was 26.58 seconds! Our little champs were so cool and confident, and they spread such positivity amongst each other.
Sometimes kids teach you biggest lessons of life in their own innocent way; they teach you how to treat both triumph and failure in the same way. They displayed true sportsmen spirit. The finalists shared their knowledge and tips in such a humble manner with the other kids. Not only that the kids were so well mannered but even the parents were so motivating and encouraging.
People came from far and ensured that their kids participate in the competition.
But do we all know why competitions are so important? So here are few points that show how competitions help kids:
- Competition represents play:
Like plays competition teaches social skills and integration.
- Competition brings excitement:
Competition brings lot of excitement and fun, as there are many other participants trying to achieve the same goal. It develops your child’s skills as it pushes the child to give his/her best.
- Competition boosts cooperation:
Today most of the kids are single kids and mingle less with other kids; competition gives them an opportunity to interact and work with other kids and develops social cooperation skills.
- Competition helps in controlling emotions:
Competition helps in making the emotional intelligence strong in kids, if guided and instructed appropriately. Control and competence are correlated, if emotions are in control, the ability to learn new things and to take up new challenges increases.
- Competition brings out creativity:
To win the completion, kids have to think out of the box. Competition makes the kids to try new things and this ability to think different, improves the creativity and problem solving skills.
Glimpse of Rubik’s Cube Competition Feb 2020
With our generation life style where we are getting busy with our careers and fulfilling our ambitions, our dreams; on the other hand we are neglecting our health. We are so stressed that we don’t get time to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Some of us also face issues like infertility. Well, I faced a lot of issues to conceive naturally. We had completed 5 years of marriage and were well settled. We decided to have a baby and start our family. But it was not as easy as we thought. We tried for a year but we were not successful so after few months my husband and I visited a good gynecologist in a renowned hospital. She first examined me and said that my uterus was slightly towards the right side and so she suggested an ultra sound test. To my relief the test was negative. Then the doctor said I should wait patiently. She then suggested ovulation study. In the beginning the study was OK but later on it become a routine and it was very frustrating to go every month and try to have intercourse on those two important days. Sex was no more pleasure but felt like a pressure. We were getting depressed day by day. This cycle went on till 6 months and no positive result. The doctor suggested the following tests:
- BSL (R)
- Rusella Ig G
- <f pp
- HSG- for fallopian tubes
- Semen Analysis
All reports were normal. I did not know how to react; whether I should be happy or sad. I was unable to understand the reason of not being able to conceive if all the reports were normal. During these procedures, the doctor gave me three medicines:
- Folvite 5 mg * 1 month
- Fertomid 50 mg * 5 days at night (during follicle study)
- Duphaston 10 mg * 15 days (after ovulation)
Following are the reading from the ovulation study:
|1||Day of cycle||Rt ovary||Lt Ovary||Uterine -Endometrium|
|2||Day of cycle||Rt ovary||Lt Ovary||Uterine -Endometrium|
|3||Day of cycle||Rt ovary||Lt Ovary||Uterine -Endometrium|
|4||Day of cycle||Rt ovary||Lt Ovary||Uterine -Endometrium|
|didn’t rupture -formed into a cyst|
**According to the online search: The normal endometrial thickness is between 8mm – 10mm.
The normal follicle size is between 18mm – 24mm.
Anyway, I spoke to the doctor but she was reluctant to change any procedure or medications. She was sure that I would be able to conceive without any medical assistance. Months passed nothing happened. Many people advised that due to stress I was unable to conceive so I should take a break from work. So, I decided to quit. And even that didn’t work. Depression and frustration was making me crazy.
After few days one of my aunt suggested to take a second opinion. She took me to Patankar Hospital. I met Dr. Leena Patankar. She is a very wonderful and a confident lady. She went through all my reports and said everything was normal. She suggested that after so many ovulation studies, I should have opted for “Intrauterine insemination (IUI)”. She said that she was confident that I would conceive. She gave me assurance that everything would be fine. After meeting the doctor I felt very confident. I decided to go for IUI.
She asked me to start with Folsafe tablet once in the morning daily for 30 days and Fertyl 50mg tablet for 5 days. And she called me for the ovulation study on the 11th day after my periods.
Ovulation study readings:
|Day of cycle||Rt ovary||Lt Ovary||Uterine –Endometrium|
On the 15th day the follicle had ruptured. The doctor said that I will have to go through IUI procedure on the same day as we had only one day window. So, I immediately called my husband. Since, I had read about the IUI procedure online, I was a little prepared, but a little nervous too. The doctor started the procedure, however the first time she was not able to insert the semen as my uterus was very tight. She asked me to relax but I had become very nervous by then so, I was not feeling very comfortable though it was not very painful procedure but the feeling was very uncomfortable. Then she gave me an injection to relax my muscles and after 20 minutes she started with the procedure again and voila! This time it was done, the procedure was complete. But for some reason I started crying and was hoping not to go through this process anymore.
After the procedure doctor asked me to visit on the 5th day after my period date for pregnancy test. In case I start with my periods then I had to visit her on the second day and follow the same procedure.
She gave me Susten 200mg vaginal 20 tablets for 10 days. It had to be inserted twice daily.
I kept my fingers crossed and just couldn’t wait for the results. Finally my period day crossed, with each passing day my heart was getting heavier and I was getting anxious to know the result.
After years of struggle, finally the day arrived when my wish came true. I was pregnant! I couldn’t believe my eyes. I could see the two lines on the pregnancy test detector. I woke my husband and shouted in happiness. We both were very excited.
It was 9th Feb 2013, when the doctor declared that I was pregnant! :D. I was so excited about everything. I was waiting to experience all the symptoms that I have heard and read in these years. And I started the most beautiful journey of my life – pregnancy! J