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Our Journey though DVM

I am Bhakti Bhatia. I am a Directress, in the Toddler Program at Da Vinci Worli. My journey with Da Vinci began 4.5 years ago – first as a Hindi and Yoga Directress at DVM Babulnath and later at Marine Drive. My son Yug Bhatia joined the toddler batch at DVM Babulnath soon after. Like many of my little toddler students, Yug too was 17 months old when he joined school. He could say a just a few words, was well coordinated physically and had a wondrous smile.

17 month old Yug on first day of school

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Nature and Nurture!

How often do we find ourselves stopping our children from jumping in that muddy puddle, getting wet in the rain and filling their pockets with the little things they find on the street?
We often worry they are getting their hands ‘dirty’ and clothes ‘wet’.
 
 
But the next time we think that way, maybe it’s time we pause and remember, our children need and feel most alive when close to nature. Just as birds are happiest when they fly freely, our children too are happiest when they are outdoors!
 

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नन्हा बच्चा

नन्हा बच्चा
ना समझो तुम मुझको छोटा,
मैं हूँ सबसे ज़्यादा तगड़ा!
चलता हूँ मैं हिलडुल हिलडुल,
पर दिमाग़ हैं मेरा चुलबुल!
अगर तुम समझोगे मेरी बातें,
तो बनना चाहोगे मेरे अपने!
मैं हूँ छोटा, मैं हूँ भोला,
मैं हूँ इस दुनियाका शोला!
बनना चाहता हूँ तुम जैसा,
मगर हूँ अपनी मर्ज़ी का राजा!

– रितु शाह

Ritu Shah, Toddler Program Babulnath

Coping with Separation Anxiety

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Coping with Separation Anxiety: Tips for Montessori Parents

    • Make the goodbye prompt and positive. This sounds easy, but can often be one of the most difficult things to do. Giving your child “one more minute” or staying to work on a puzzle together simply prolongs the inevitable. As a parent, the best thing you can do is give your child a hug and kiss, say, “I love you” and reassure him/her that you will be back soon.

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How you talk to your child changes their brain

Eleven-month old toddler Vianne plays with a phone and a calculator as she sits on a traders desk in front of the German share price index DAX board at the German stock exchange in Frankfurt, February 20, 2009. Vianne and her mother visited a friend working as share trader at Frankfurt's stock exchange. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY) - BM2E52K1AUZ01

“It’s not just about dumping language into your child’s brain.”

Most parents know that talking to their child helps them develop. But a new study has revealed that it’s how you talk to your child that really matters for their brain growth. Rather than just spewing complex words at them, or showing flashcards in the hope of enriching their vocabulary, the key is to engage them in “conversational turns” – in other words, a good old chat.

 

In a study of children between the ages of 4 and 6, cognitive scientists at MIT found that such back-and-forth conversation changes the child’s brain. Specifically, it can boost the child’s brain development and language skills, as measured both by a range of tests and MRI brain scans. This was the case regardless of parental income or education.

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Parental Pressure

As a parent, there are few pleasures greater than your child succeeding at school. But in attaining that ‘pleasure’ how much ‘pressure’ do they put on the child is something to be pondered upon.

Often we come across children feeling bogged down due to the pressure of expectations from their parents. Children are made to understand that they are required to attain good grades whatever it may take. This enhances the exam stress. Besides that parents persistently compare their child’s grades with their peers. This ‘peer pressure’ or ‘fear of comparison’ also can create stress and anxiety in children. Continue reading “Parental Pressure”

Brains need plenty of quiet time

A sign in my father’s office read, ”Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits.”

Ungrammatical, but it captured the essence of my father. My dad spent a lot of time thinking and planning, but he didn’t hesitate to take the down time of ”just” sitting and doing nothing. Dad understood what was good for him, as well as for all the grandchildren that loved to sit on his lap, and just sit.

Children need opportunities to simply sit, rest, observe, quietly explore and be. My dad understood a child’s need for this quiet time. With our children we need to balance activity with tranquil and undisturbed time.

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Notes from my Observation, 4th August 2017, Babulnath

Its 9:15am and Aarav and Isha have decided to work with the ‘The Square of the Decanomial’. They seem happy both to be working together and to be working on this particular material.

As I sit down next to them, they explain to me, “Two people need to work on this, one person cannot do it”. They have already laid down two mats. Aarav brings the large board which acts as a base for the exercise and Isha brings the heavy box with the material.

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In Class Observation, 6th July 2017, Marine Drive

Today was my designated day to observe in the Marine Drive classroom. I sat down with my book in a corner looking forward to the next hour or two. Classroom observations can be so eye opening and sometime very entertaining too.

 

A new child – Karan, who joint just last week was upset. He was walking around following one teacher who had now become his secure net. He was continuously calling out to go to his mama when the teacher asked him to get a mat and brought out some wild animal cards. As soon as the envelope came out the boys eyes lit up. Continue reading “In Class Observation, 6th July 2017, Marine Drive”