Importance of Breakfast for School Children


Due to numerous reasons, the importance of a healthy breakfast is often underrated. A glassful of juice or a cup of coffee satisfies us while we have a tendency to remain occupied till lunch time. As lunch time draws nearer, we experience a sudden hunger attack. In so doing, tend to overeat.

A healthy and balanced breakfast is extremely valuable for school going children. After an overnight sleep, if they don’t consume proper food, they will not be able to concentrate in class. Children would become lazy and mentally weak. Thus, adversely affecting academic performance.

Weight Loss – There is a deep connection between weight management and breakfast. Skipping breakfast increases the tendency to eat a heavy and unhealthy lunch, followed by dinner. Post lunch, one keeps munching tasty, but unhealthy food items.

Ideal Breakfast for school children– The motive of a proper breakfast is to ensure supply adequate amount of energy and protein, needed to start the day. A good breakfast contains nutritious foods from at least 3 of the food groups. Eggs, milk, yogurt, fruits or/and bread form good choices for breakfast. A mix of variety of healthy cereals, that are low in sugar quantity is perfect. You hardly require 5 – 10 minutes for breakfast. Still, if you fall short of time, you can insert a slice of cheese between two whole grain bread. Your child can munch this in the school bus or on the way to school.

It’s prudent to be creative with the choice of food items for breakfast. Spoil your child with healthy food varieties for breakfast. Firstly, make your child drink a glass of liquid. Either a glassful of juice or plain water will do. Thereafter, feed him or her a small meal. Make your child grab the habit of eating something in the morning. And, habits are difficult to leave. Once your child acquires the habit of having breakfast, the food quantity will inevitably increase.

Why parents should keep an eye on what their child is surfing?


The Internet is essential and ever-present. Doubtlessly, the advent of the Internet has made life much easier. Today, we can probably do anything and everything using the Internet. The life of parents and school kids have also been heavily influenced by the internet. Just like any other entity, the Internet also comes with its equal shares of pros and cons. Thus, parents should do their bit to ensure their child is not harmed.

Pros & Cons

Parents whose child surf the Internet should act a little wiser. The Internet, is one of the best avenues via which one can know about the latest happenings around the world, perform research for class projects and talk to peers. However, the cons of the Internet are something that many parents fail to notice. There is an urgent need to keep a check on your child’s online activity.

Parents should Learn first

To tap your child’s activity on the Internet, you should first brush up your Internet surfing skills. A good understanding of the Internet will help you protect your child. Thereafter, you will be able to take necessary steps like blocking adult websites or websites that contain offensive language or restricting visits, to a certain chat room or other social platforms.

Excess and improper use of the Internet can invite trouble for your child. After all, not all information on the Internet remains private. If your details reach an unreliable person, you and your child might be in deep trouble.

Be Alert

Parents should know that children can be a victim of online child predators. It’s very easy to fake your identity online and child predators take this advantage, to trap children They communicate with children in the best possible way to gain their trust. This, of course, does not happen overnight, but takes some time. In this case, the child is seen online at the same time, day after day. Hence, parents should become watchful. Also, if you find your child using the Internet in solidarity only, then there must be something fishy.

Countering Trouble

In case, a problem erupts counter it tactfully. For example, if a stranger comes to know your details like phone number or ATM pin, then try changing the details as much as possible. Thereafter, ensure that the contact with the unreliable stranger stops immediately. Often, friends tend to take revenge using the Internet by posting illicit photos or videos. If you come to know of something, talk to the friends and try finding out the offender. If the photos or videos relate to the schools, inform the school officials immediately.

What Makes A School Truly International?

1.pngIt’s that time of the year when you have to get your kid enrolled in school. Selecting the right school for your kid is one of the most important decisions, you got to take in life. And, it is not an easy one. Now of late, many parents are selecting international school’s for their offsprings.

International schools come in various sizes, shapes, systems and with different formats and curricula.  Over the years, countless numbers of International schools have mushroomed across the nation. This has caused serious problems for parents, as they tend to get bewildered while choosing the right school for their children. Making the right choice among so many schools is not a mere walk in the park. The concern for parents is to find a school that not only claims to be one, but is truly international in all forms.

An International School

The exact description of an international school is difficult to pen down. Just having the word “International” attached to the school’s name, does not make it one, in real. An International school aims to offer international education by preparing unique program of study, to produce global citizens. Along with tall standards of academics, the school should teach international culture and history. The student of an International school should possess an international mindset and be inured to international education, lifestyle, history and way of living. Also, students should carry these philosophies with them, throughout their lives.

When at an International School, students get authentic international experience:

  • Students get to meet and connect with people of different nationalities and exchange cultural ideas and beliefs. Our cultural backgrounds influence our reactions to problems and situations.
  • Students make international connections, which is helpful for their future endeavors, when they would like to get employed.
  • Students become familiar with common habits practiced worldwide.
  • Students become open minded, and it becomes easier for him or her to embrace varied global cultures.
  • Students gain respect for each other’s tradition, culture and diversity. Eventually, become good global citizens.
  • Students come across different forms of studying, as teaching methods are different, in different parts of the world. This helps students expand their academic horizons.

You can consider the above points and gauge the potential of a school that claims to be international.

Learning VS Memorization: Your student’s Brain is either a File Drawer or a Web of Ideas!

Your personal computer retains information or data, in linear fashion, i.e. in the form of several 1s and 0s. A computer can only function with the prototypes you feed it. Machines are unable to apply their own mind or logic using already present information or facts.


Fortunately, our brain doesn’t function likewise. Our brain is composed of billions of neurons linked together. If we understand a concept or information, our brain can counter more problems, pertaining to that concept. However, one needs to understand a concept or logic for future use. Only, memorizing it by heart won’t serve the purpose.

Students should be exposed to deep understanding of subject topics. More than often, students are provided with special study materials that contain partial information.The study materials generally cover topics that are more likely to come as exam questions. These would certainly help students clear exams and come out with flying colours, but, that is it. Student’s will have no clue what to do with their limited bookish knowledge, once they clear the scheduled exams.

School kids should be encouraged to understand subjects and not merely memorize topics, to pass exams. Qualifying school exams with golden marks is of no use, if students are unable to make apropos application of their learnings, in their daily life. Once a topic is taught to students, they should be allowed to share their insights and ideas. The classroom should be converted into a discussion space. After all, the ultimate aim of education is to raise qualified-educated citizens who can think and contribute towards the well-being of the society.

Researches say, ideating or executing or practicing something we learn helps us remember it, for long periods. Also, our brain is a muscle. If it remains unused for a while it will atrophy. Our education system should be structured in such a manner that students are able to utilize their thinking muscles, as frequently as possible. We seriously need to move away from the strict and mundane teaching methods like fixed periods, only-classroom classes and everyday homework; and implement a free and flexible learning scheme. Let’s not make our students a bunch of drawers who would seldom try to understand and implement logic. Instead, let us create leaders with sharp minds who are ever ready to come up with efficient and revolutionary ideas.

Global vs Local: Never forget your Roots

Every parent, wants to give the best form of education available, to their child. Over the years, numbers of schools imparting international standard of education have increased, in leaps and bounds. Trying to get children enrolled in international schools has become a common practice.

Advantages of Global Education:

With access to 1, you can broaden the vision of your child. Your child will study, learn, compete and prepare himself, keeping international standards in mind. One spends almost 18 – 20 years studying in school. The environment at school shapes the child’s morales, lifestyle and beliefs, that are carried throughout the life. Thus, in an international school, where students come from various parts of the world, your child will meet and become accustomed with varied cultures.

Remember Your Roots

Doubtlessly, there are uncountable numbers of benefits your child can enjoy because of global education. However, it is important to keep a check to ensure your child does not go overboard with international culture and lifestyle. Embracing change is inevitable, but forgetting and lamenting your roots, is being immoral. As a parent, it is your duty to teach your child the importance of your own culture and tradition. You should strive to showcase the best of your values, philosophies, practices and rituals. Or else, a time might come when your child would be comfortable acting international and traditional food or attire would appear uncool and become old-fashioned.

Your child should get equal access to global and local education. This will ensure your child grows up to be a fine global citizen, with traits of his origins.

A person’s identity is not his surname or the garb he puts up or the language he speaks, but the values he preaches, practices and propagates. Languages, clothes and such entities can be emulated, time after time.

The need to make real life connections with learning!

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“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

– Benjamin Franklin

It’s said that the essence of teaching is to make teaching contagious to have one idea spark another. Ideas can only be stimulated by a teacher cum mentor cum guide, who facilitates thinking, engages minds, encourages questions, and supports a struggle to cultivate DREAMS!

Will Richardson in his book, ‘Why School:  How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere’ emphasizes the importance of ‘Real Work for Real Audiences’. The visionary and education reformist opines that there is an increasing need to integrate challenging alternatives that can reform the existing education system to a system which is relevant and useful in the world outside school.

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way he learns.”

The secret of education lies in respecting the student and ensuring their engagement in the academic projects which they will work hard on now and remember for a long time. The best way to drive this engagement is to incorporate a strong real-life connection. Connecting lessons to the real world drives student interest, engagement and retention.

By associating a robust real-life connection, you are integrating a rich framework and perspective to the project, through which students will learn and practice skills, gather and present information, and solve problems. Indeed, the real-world connection becomes a differentiating factor of this learning practice and motivates students to embark on the spirit of inquiry and research. More importantly, associating a real-life connection gives a reason to students, more important than grade-based, to find the project worthwhile and do it.

There are different ways to facilitate the association of students with real-life events. Students can either connect to the real world through their project topics, or through authentic interactions with related people and institutions, or through creating a presentation that helps them imagine or achieve a future goal.

Also, the relevance and benefit of finding and establishing a connection depends on the many factors, including the school curriculum, the issues and potential audiences around you, and the availability of time. The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives and the concept of ‘making real-life connections to facilitate learning’ surely reinforcing the said belief.

At Niraj International School, “learning is pleasurable but doing is the height of enjoyment’, we allow these young impressionable minds to explore and unveil ways that can make the world a better, richer place.

Can ‘Differentiated Instruction’ at school level address the aggravating burden of non-performance?


Robert Benchley’s Law of Distinction states that “There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don’t.”  I belong to the first group and rest my distinction based on whether people ENDURE the work they do, or they ENJOY it!

If you are doing what resonates with your soul then, you will be constantly drawn to get better at it, as oppose to doing something that doesn’t feed your spirit and aggravating the burden of non-performance. However, it is not a matter of our personal career choice; rather it concerns the whole societal outlook on what and how it perceives the ‘right course of an education system’.

There is nothing more UNEQUAL, than the equal treatment of UNEQUALS.

As Einstein stated, everyone is a genius; but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. It has even been mentioned by Sir Robinson that many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they are not- because the thing they were good at, wasn’t valued at school or was actually stigmatized.

Ours is an education system which ‘dislocates’ people from their natural talents rather than nurturing their natural skills and potential. According to Sir Ken Robinson, “We have sold ourselves to the ‘Fast-Food’ Model of education where everything is standardized rather than being customized and personalized according to the different ability levels in students.

The human community depends upon the diversity of talents and not singularity. Hence, we have to transform the industry model of education which is based on linearity and conformity with the agricultural model which is student-centered, student-driven and gives space for teachers to meet the needs of students in a variety of ways.

For that it is imperative for teachers to anticipate and respond to a variety of student needs in the classroom. The following step is to pre-assess their knowledge, by putting them in ability groups and differentiating by modifying the content, process and the product.

“FAIR isn’t everybody getting the same thing, FAIR is everybody getting the same thing what they need to be in order to be successful”; and therefore students must be given a choice about how to demonstrate their learning by addressing individual learning styles and preferences to amplify their chances of success.