The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist." - Maria Montessori
For Schools and Organizations
Kutoohala Store at your premises
We’ll bring a sample selection of books and toys from our store to your school or organization for exhibition and sales. Every book or toy at Kutoohala is handpicked based on a stringent criteria based on our experiences with children and scientific research about how children learn. Our books selection for zero to twelve year olds contains the best of board books, read-aloud picture books, early readers, fluent readers, fiction and non-fiction. We carry books published by both Indian and Western publishers. Quality doesn’t mean expensive as we sell both new and gently used books in very good condition.
The toys selection for zero to twelve year olds provide opportunities for children to unleash their creativity and develop a wide range of skills – storytelling, fine motor skills, spatial skills, logical thinking skills, performing arts and visual arts.
We’ll be around to help parents to choose the right book or toy to suit their children’s needs.
Book & Art sessions for children and parents
Based on a theme of your choice, we’ll read fun picture books to children and engage them in a related art activity where we’ll introduce an art technique based on a famous children’s book illustrator. We’ll also briefly talk to parents about the importance of reading to children at an early age. The whole workshop is about one hour long where both parents and children can participate. Example themes that can be covered in this workshop are “children’s emotions” and “talking to children about their private parts”.
This workshop can be offered to the 2.5 - 5 year age group and their parents.
We offer workshops for parents about the following topics. These workshops are interactive with many discussions, role-plays and activities. They help parents to construct knowledge based on their prior experiences with their children. The workshops duration range from one to three hours and can be customized based on your school’s or organization’s needs.
Introductory parenting session (2 hour session) – maximum 50 participants
In this session, as parents, we’ll first explore what we want for our children and whether these qualities and skills that we want for them are enough for them to lead happy and successful lives as adults.
Through role-plays and discussions, we’ll then explore different parenting styles that we as parents embody and how, many of them conflict with nurturing the qualities and skills that we want for our children. We’ll then go on to talk about how a democratic parenting style is necessary so that our children can lead happy and successful lives as adults, and how we can get there.
Advanced parenting Sessions (2 - 3 hour sessions) – maximum 50 participants
In these multiple advanced parenting sessions, we’ll explore various democratic parenting actions that we can take during conflict situations that we face with our children. Each of these actions will be explored using role-plays or discussions. The 2 hour long “Introductory parenting session” is a pre-requisite for these sessions.
Developing the Love for Reading in children (1 - 2 hour sessions) - maximum 50 participants
How do we work with children to develop the love for reading? How do we choose books for children that develops the love for reading and transitions them to being independent readers? These are some of the questions that we’ll explore in this session.
Nurturing Creativity in Children (2 – 3 hour sessions) – maximum 30 participants
Creative thinking is extremely important to nurture in our children as living in this complex world requires new ways of thinking and problem solving. Through hands-on Lego projects that parents will do in this workshop, we’ll explore the conditions for nurturing creativity in a child and how parents can go about it at home.
About the Parents’ Workshop Facilitator - Gayathri Tirthapura
Gayathri's core interests lie in finding appropriate environments and methods to engage children in joyful learning, based on research in psychology, neuroscience and education.
She started her career in the Telecommunication software industry where she spent 10 years building and managing products and teams both in India and US. The birth of her daughter in 2003 inspired her to make a career shift to the field of education. She has worked with many educational organizations both in India and US, teaching children and helping organizations with their organizational/program development needs. She holds a Master of Science degree from Stanford University, USA and a Master of Education degree from Harvard University, USA.
She founded Parent Musings (http://www.parentmusings.in, http://www.kutoohala.in) in 2012 and is currently the Managing Director of the organization. Parent Musings is dedicated to helping parents help their children learn better and lead happy lives. The organization seeks to engage with parents who are willing to critically inquire into issues related to children's learning and emotional development, through parenting workshops, curated children's events and by making available to parents, the best of children's books and toys that are fun and educational. Apart from working at Parent Musings, she is also a Co-Founder and Trustee at Tejasvita Trust, Bangalore which seeks to identify children with talent in underprivileged communities and fund their development and education.