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World Rights Day: Sensitizing ourselves to different rights

Explore the paradigm of rights with books

Human Rights Day is observed annually across the world on the 10th of December. What is a human right, after all? It is a right which is believed to belong to every person. What if we were to make a paradigm shift here? A shift which could include the right of not just a human, but of every living being on this planet?!
At Kutoohala, we sincerely believe...

Eric Carle and his books


“We have eyes, and we're looking at stuff all the time, all day long. And I just think that whatever our eyes touch should be beautiful, tasteful, appealing, and important.”
― Eric Carle
Who doesn’t love a good picture book? And who doesn’t love the sight of children losing themselves to the book in wide eyed wonder? Just what do you get when it’s a book that is not only educative but also...

Three Core Concepts in Early Childhood Development


The three part video series from the Center for Developing Child at Harvard University depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse. Healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for educational achievement, economic productivity,...

John Holt on children's learning


John Holt, an exemplary teacher and the author of ten influential books on education was a passionate advocate for children. He believed that children learn at their own pace and there was no way that one could speed them up without doing them damage. He also believed that children are born scientists. They perform all steps in their everyday...

Understanding the Impact of Advertising on Children and Redefining the Laws of Living in India

Authors:
Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Faculty, ICFAI, Jaipur
Dr. Pushp Lata, Assistant Professor, Languages Group, FD-1, BITS, Pilani

This article has been published on this website with permission from the authors: Dr. Sanjay Kumar,Faculty,ICFAI, Jaipur and Dr. Pushp Lata,Assistant Professor,Languages Group, FD-1,BITS, Pilani

The objective of this paper is to explore the harmful effects...

Quitting is easy, so what can we as parents do?

Author:Gayathri Tirthapura

Some of us give utmost freedom to our children when it comes to learning. We try to make learning as much fun as possible. We find teachers, schools and educational aids that expose our children to a variety of possibilities in scholastic and non-scholastic areas and see what interests them. We then focus on the...

Why do picture book illustrations matter?

Written by the Content Team at Parent Musings

‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ is a phrase we often hear, but a child’s very first impressions of a book is indeed shaped by the cover. Good illustrations can contribute to the overall development of the child by stimulating their imagination and arousing their perception. They also enable children to make connections with the characters in...

How and Why should I help my child deal with bullying?

Written by the Content Team at Parent Musings

Children bullying each other is not something that we parents can take lightly. It can not only affect the child's academic performance but can lead to many emotional and social issues in a child which can affect their overall health and well-being. The Parent Musings team caught up with Dr. Kirthi...

How can I help my child fall in love with reading?


Read to me
by Jane Yolen

Read to me riddles and read to me rhymes
Read to me stories of magical times
Read to me tales about castles and kings
Read to me stories of fabulous things
Read to me pirates and read to me knights
Read to me dragons and dragon-...

What is Whole Child Education?

At an young age, Malathi knew that she wanted to be a teacher. But little did she know what a difference she would make. As the founder of Vikasana, Malathi has worked tirelessly, for the past 30 years, on the education of the 'whole' child. Vikasana primarily serves under privileged children in Bengaluru. Its alumni, many of whom are first generation college graduates, are currently living...

How and Why should I help my child develop healthy eating habits?


Parents and many children too are well aware of the fact that junk food is not healthy and yet we find most children eating a lot of junk food. Is junk food only impacting a child’s health or is there more it to it than meets the eye? In spite of the obvious impact on health, why are most parents incapable of stopping their child from eating junk? We, at Parent Musings met up with Deepa Prakash,...

Where do I start if my child seems to have learning or developmental difficulties

For parents who are faced with the possibility of their child having a developmental/learning difficulty, navigating the complex set of services and resources that are available in India today can be overwhelming to say the least. In this interview, Bharati Srinivasan and Vijayalakshmi Sampath, both special educators in Bangalore, offer advice and information about resources/services available to parents and...

Why is arts important in the life of children with learning difficulties

Author: Jayashree Rajanahally, Special Educator at Brindavan Trust

A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they drew. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was? The girl replied, "I'm drawing God." The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like."...

How do I choose high quality picture books for my children?


Authors: Gayathri Tirthapura and Shubda Garani

Have you recently picked up a children’s book and paid attention to it? Have you  looked at the choice of words, imagined the story setting and spent time on the illustrations? It can transport even you, an adult, into a magical world. In that world, all you need is...

What are the Negative Impacts of Television on Children?

Author: Gayathri Tirthapura

When I was growing up in India during the 1970s and 1980s, television was just being introduced to the masses in the country. The one and only TV channel back then, Doordarshan, hardly ran any programs for children. During my spare time I found...