Exams are not rocket science. Remember, your parents, friends and even strangers did it as a part of their lives and came out unscathed. All you need is a little patience and follow the tips from your Vice Principal - Ms. Veni
Start studying as soon as your teacher announces the exam. Even before that, read over your notes after each class to make sure you understand them. Put the notes in your own words.
  • You can prepare even more by thinking of questions that your teacher might ask on an exam. Write the questions down and answer them after your class is finished. This will make studying easier.

  • Have a plan to manage your time

  • Cramming all night doesn't usually work. Plan your study time ahead so you'll feel confident for the exam.

  • Plan to have enough time to study about 50 minutes at a time with five or 10-minute breaks. Have a snack, watch some TV or go for a walk. Study so you understand the material and not just to memorize it. Plan to study in a place where you can concentrate without distractions.

  • Be healthy

  • Studies show that taking the time to get some exercise and eating healthy improves performance on exams. So get out and get moving. When we're stressed we sometimes want to eat junk food but eating healthy will actually make you feel better.

  • Also, get enough sleep - especially in the days before your exam. Good sleep helps you remember what you learned.

  • Practice, practice, practice

  • Ask your teacher for a practice test. If there isn't one, make your own. Answer the questions with friends and grade each other's work.

  • Think about the stress you're feeling. Write down your stressful thoughts.

  • Whenever a stressful thought pops into your head, replace it with a positive one. For example, replace "I'm going to fail this exam" with "I'm going to study early so I can ace this exam."

  • Also, you may want to practice deep breathing. Take a few deep breaths, breathing from deep within your abdomen and not just your chest. Let them slowly out. This will get more air into your lungs and will help you relax.

  • This one might seem a little out there, but sometimes it helps to imagine success. Think of yourself writing the exam and knowing the answers. Visualize the A+ on the paper after writing the exam. When you imagine yourself being successful, you're more likely to succeed. But don't just visualize studying - you actually have to do it!

  • If you find that you're still stressed, talk to someone you trust, whether it's a parent, teacher, school counselor or friend. They will help you put things in perspective.

  • Scan each page of the exam before starting to make sure you have all the questions. This will also help you decide how much time you'll need to complete it.

  • Read all the instructions on the exam. Do the questions you can answer first to make sure you get the marks for them.

  • Pace yourself. Stay until the end of the exam in case you remember an answer. Go back, review your answers, and remember the relaxation techniques you learned. Breathe!

VeniVice principalDeep breathing exercises do help to control anxiety levels. It has helped me a lot as student.Mini nair, relationship managerDeep breathing exercises do help to control anxiety levels. It has helped me a lot as student.Parulnutrionist

OPEN MINDEDNESS in Schools - Shyamala Salunke

Open mindedness is

 - An INQUISITIVE to learn or experience new things

- A DESIRE to be well informed through reading Newspapers,magazines.
-ADOPTABILITY to new situations in life.

-ACCEPTING challenges that come in their way.
-TEAM PLAYER : listening ability to achieve the goals
In the team, open mindedness is one of the most important value which exposes the child to different culture, experiences and situations to learn and lead in this 21st century .
Open mindedness makes us "learn to unlearn and to relearn" . We will start looking at the word in a new way when we get out of our old one. If we want to start changing our life for better we should be open to new experiences.
As MLZS teachers we are creating 21st century leaders by inculcating core values and open mindedness is one among them. Students are given many activities in our school which will cater to open mindedness. Example, in language classes if the students are learning any fictional story ,the students are given creative writing where they are allowed to create their own story with different characters . such activities help the child to think and accept the challenge where he/she has not done such tasks. Children were asked to write their own poems.
Children attempt these challenges and come up with good pieces of literature by using their own imagination.
In subjects like science and social studies, debates and group discussions are conducted to express views and opinions in a group of children learn to respect other's views and opinions
With an open mind. As the saying goes that " only change is permanent in the world " we have to inculcate open mindedness very strongly in our children to accept the change which is continuous .
Shamala Salunke,

MLZS North

Health Benefits of Fennel Seeds/ Saunf

Often placed near the exit of an Indian restaurant is a tray of small coloured candy. These are coated fennel seeds.  
Chewing fennel seeds after a meal is a common practice in India. They aid in digestion and also freshen the breath. Known in Hindi as saunf, fennel is often used in Indian recipes. 

Historically, fennel has been utilized for treating indigestion, constipation, respiratory issues, eye problems, colic, menstrual disorders, anaemia, diarrhoea and flatulence.  Fennel contains a variety of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibre. Fennel seeds are a good source of vitamins B-3 & C, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and iron. 100 grams of fennel seeds provide almost 40 grams of dietary fibre. A majority of this fibre is metabolically inert insoluble fibre, which helps the increase bulk of food by absorbing water throughout the digestive system and alleviating any constipation.  The fibres which are found in fennel seeds remove toxins as well as cancerous substances from the intestines. 

The unique health benefits of fennel may be used in number of home remedies:
·         For colds, take ½ tsp of fennel powder with a pinch of sugar as a tea.
·         For a fever, take 1 cup grape juice with ½ tsp fennel powder and ½ tsp cumin powder.
·         For gas, make a mixture of equal parts of roasted fennel, cumin, & celery seeds. Chew ½ – 1 tsp of this mixture after meals and then swallow with a cup of warm water.
·         To purify your blood, consume a handful of raw fennel seeds in the morning and evening.
·         If a breast-feeding baby has no appetite, make fennel tea. Steep 1 tsp of fennel seeds in a cup of water that has been heated over the stove. Cool and feed the baby 1 tsp of this tea every 10 to 15 minutes.
·         For nursing moms who need to increase lactation, boil ½ litre of water and add 2 tsp of fennel seeds. Allow to cool, then strain, and add ½ tsp of raw honey to taste. Drinking 2 – 3 cups daily is ok for nursing mom.
·         For cases of heat stroke, soak a handful of fennel seeds in water overnight. Strain the water and add a pinch of salt before drinking.
·         To promote bowel movements, chew 1 tsp of roasted fennel seeds after meals
·         Helpful in curing urinary tract infections in women.

Something is seriously wrong with this statement, “ People who can - achieve, but people who can't - teach” by Ms. Veni

One of my students was egging me to create my blog and start blogging and as usual I was procrastinating. But yesterday I came across a quote purportedly said by an eminent personality. It said that," people who can - achieve, but people who can't - teach." Being a teacher and loving my profession, I took it as a personal insult and so here I am venting my ire through this blog.

What does this personality mean by saying those who can- achieve??? Isn't he a bit presumptuous? Agreed that knowledge can be gained through books, but who will decipher it to us?
Let's start with who is a teacher. The dictionary gives the meaning as one who imparts information or skill to people about a subject. Don't you think that the meaning given is a very insipid and watered down version of actuality? Apart from teaching the subject, a teacher also grooms the students to face real life situations. If we have a lot of achievers today, it is because they were groomed properly by their teachers.

So many successful people have been teachers in their lives. Sir Einstein, Gregor Mendel and closer home we have Dr. Radhakrishnan, Sir. C.V.Raman, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai who were not only teachers par excellence but also achievers extraordinaire. So how can I agree to the comment -those who can't - teach?

I take the liberty to change the quote as 'those who can - achieve and those who love - teach. Teaching is one field where the criterion is not the degrees you garner, but the love - for the subject, for the profession,for the children- which matters. The best part of this profession is that one doesn't age mentally because one is always amongst children. The subject and topic may be the same but the response is always varied. hence no diminishing utility or ennui ala other professions.

I end this tirade with a quote of my own

Ms. Veni
Vice Principal - MLZS Bangalore

Top 10 Social Skills Your Child Needs to Succeed In Life

How soon your child learns to identify colors, write and read are parameters that judge his/her academic and intelligence quotient. Researchers have now found that 10 basic social skills such as taking turns, being nice and listening are just as important to children’s academic success as the subjects they study. Needless to say, it is important that students should be learning these social skills at school as well at home.
Stephen Elliott, Vanderbilt Peabody education and psychology researcher and co-author of the newly published The Social Skills Improvement System—Classwide Intervention Program, found the following 10 social skills crucial for young learners
1. Listen to others
2. Follow the steps
3. Follow the rules
4. Ignore distractions
5. Ask for help
6. Take turns when you talk
7. Get along with others
8. Stay calm with others
9. Be responsible for your behavior
10. Do nice things for others
The Samsidh MLZS approach to teaching and nurturing social skills
Pre School: Our pre school curriculum revolves around these social skills. Each academic activity that is conducted for pre schoolers has an underlying factor of one or a combination of these social skills to give the children a holistic means of learning from the very beginning.
Every year our teachers are trained to be able to lead the little ones in the correct direction in the prescribed manner.
Middle School: These are the formative years in a child’s personality. Whatever the child has learnt in his/her preschool days is either strengthened or completely undone, based on the guidance he/she receives from home and school. A lot also depends upon the child’s experiences from being a certain kind of a person.
Does always being nice mean that he is having to give up his turn at the playground frequently?
Does breaking the rules lead to instant karma at home and at school?
This means that ideally all children should be taught social skills from pre school so that there is no disparity among their social group when they grow up. Positive social skills must lead to positive experiences for the child who is practicing these skills.
At Samsidh MLZS, Integrity is a core value that we instill in our children from the very beginning. If you notice, Integrity forms the basis for all the social skills listed above.
High School: A time when peers act as influencers for early adult life, what children have learnt in their formative years becomes secondary. Thus, it is important that we as educarers, keep re-enforcing the social skills with more force.
At Samsidh MLZS, our co curricular activities make sure team spirit becomes ingrained at this stage and children understand the value of friends in their life. Even the academic projects throw children from different backgrounds together where they understand to value each other and work together as a team.

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Child Could Be Refusing Food

When we counsel the parents, many complain that their kids live on ‘air’! Most of you know how frustrating meal time can be when you try something new or worse when you serve something they’ve eaten before and then refuse to eat! Most kids will do this occasionally, but for some it is a way of life. Well, a variety of factors can contribute and the reasons can evolve over time. 

Medical:  Although this may seem like the most obvious reason kids don’t eat, it is often the most overlooked.  Well, at least it isn’t always explored deeply enough.  When kids have a well-documented medical condition or are visibly sick, it is obvious that their eating can be affected, but sometimes there are more subtle issues.  Two of the biggest problems are acid reflux and constipation.  Both of these very common problems for kids can put a halt to eating.

Sensory: For many “picky eaters” sensory processing plays a big role in their refusal to eat foods. Simply put, if something feels gross in their mouth or on their hands, they aren’t going to eat it.  The fancy therapeutic term we give for this is tactile defensive.  Clues that your child may be refusing foods because they are defensive are: gagging, squirming, or seeming frightened by the sight, smell, touch, or taste of a particular food.

Mechanics: This one might be a little tricky for parents to figure out because you need to consider how well your child is chewing and swallowing their food.  You can probably rule this out if you have a child over 2.5 that safely and easily transitioned onto table foods. Kids will start refusing to eat foods because they don’t know how to chew it or they are scared they are going to gag/choke/throw up again on this food.  They will often stick to a limited diet because they know they can manage them safely.

Routine: This can be a touchy subject for parents; we all have our comfortable eating habits and routines that we have already established for ourselves as adults.  We often continue to do what is comfortable for us with our kids, but it isn’t always what leads us to teaching them habits that we really want them to have. If you don’t have regular meal times, pay attention to how frequently they are eating. Do you eat in front of the TV often, and/or mostly let your kids pick what they want to eat? This is another way the bad habits can begin that can play a role in poor eating.

Behavior:Although, behavior plays a role, it is actually a small percentage of kids that actually refuse to eat based solely on behavior. For kids that have a history of being picky or poor eaters, behavior is a piece of the puzzle, but typically it has evolved from one of the legitimate reasons listed above. 
If you are confused, overwhelmed, or still not sure why your kid is struggling with food, a pediatric opinion followed by a diet consultation with a Nutritionist might be a good idea.
Instant Veggie – Jowar Dosa
·         Jowar flour –½ cup                                      

·         Rice flour -1/4 cup
·         Carrot (grated) – 2tsp
·         Onion – 2 tsp
·         Sour Curd (optional) –  2 tsp
·         Coriander (chopped) – 2 tsp
·         Water – 1 ½ cup
·         Salt – 1 tsp
·         Oil – 3 tsp
1.       Mix the flour. Add water gradually such that no lumps are formed. Make it to a pouring consistency.
2.       Add the remaining ingredients to the batter and adjust the salt as required.
3.       Heat tawa and spread the batter for dosa. Add oil and wait for few seconds until it turns brown. Flip the dosa.
4.       Relish it with chutney/ sambar.
*Note – Add any vegetables of your choice like peas, beetroot, palak, etc to suit kids’ taste buds.
Highlights of the recipe -Jowar is good source of carbohydrates, proteins (compared to other cereals proteins are more in jowar) and B vitamins.  Veggies are sources of vitamins and minerals (as anti-oxidants). Curd is a good source of protein.
Nutritive values
Macro nutrients:
·         Calories – 285 kcal
·         Carbohydrates- 63.4 g
·         Protein – 7 g
·         Fats – 15.4 g
·         Fiber – 2.4 g
Micro nutrients:
·         Vitamin A- 907 IU
·         Vitamin C – 15 mg
·         Potassium – 128 mg
·         Sodium – 19 mg
·         Iron – 3 mg
·         Calcium – 61mg
Health tip
Parents! If you are offering any new foods to your child, eat the new food yourself in front of your child and you can see your child imitate you.
#children# new foods# acceptance

Father’s day at MLZS, Vidyaranyapura

Father’s day at MLZS, Vidyaranyapura was celebrated with zeal. Baby Aadya Vinod Murgod of Sr. KG welcomed the crowd with a warm welcome speech. . We had requested the fathers to be dressed in any fairy tale characters along with their child for a fashion show. Few fathers took the initiative to dress their child as fairies and came on the stage and expressed their true love for their child.
The enthusiasm of all fathers was electric and thoroughly enjoyed all the games.
Prizes were distributed to the winners and our little Nisarga A Rao delivered vote of Thanks.
They went to their respective classrooms where they were given the take aways prepared by their child.
On the whole MLZS’s aspiration to bring all dads of MLZS and their child together to spend quality and fun time together was a grand success. Management and staff thank all the fathers who contributed to this success.
Shloka recitation by Preprimary Students
Students presented an action song to show how much they love their dads

Thirsty crow game: All the fathers along with their child were asked to become the clever crows in two teams (team A & B). They picked up the pebbles and dropped them into the pot. Team A crows finished the race first.
Take a position game: They were asked to walk in circle with the music & asked to take one position among standing face to face, back to back, one standing and the other sitting & standing beside each other when the music stopped. As one position was announced, whoever had taken the announced position was out of the game. The father-child duo that stuck to the game till the end and won first prize was Avantika of Nursery & her father Mr. Anand Kumar and runner up pair was Aditya Sakaray of Sr KG and his father Mr. Munindranath

Passing the ball: This game was exclusively for fathers. They had to stand in backward position in a circle and pass the ball to the next participant. This way they passed and again the team A finished and bagged the first position.

Healthy Cooking Activity
Cooking is the fantastic and fun engaging activity to do with children. This is the best way to get kids interested and even excited about healthy foods. Kids get an opportunity to create healthy meals and understand the nutritional importance of the food. They learn a whole range of skill and it also facilitates to the curiosity of the children on food Manufacturing. Cooking activity also plays a big role teaching the students about Hygiene and food safety.
Sprouts are said to be a convenient source of complete nourishment. They provide long term health and wellness. If consumed judiciously and chosen over other foods, they can prevent diseases and lifestyle related ailments. Spinach is one of the wonderful green leafy vegetable often recognized as one of wholesome food. It has whole lot of nutritional, antioxidants and anti -cancer composition. It is a tender, crispy dark green and favourite ingredient of mothers around the world due to its high nutritional quality.
Imagine !! the goodness of cooking activity and sprouts coming together. That was the experience the 3rdGrade children went through with Parul -our Nutrionist.
 The students were given an opportunity to touch, feel, taste and smell the different flavours of the ingredients. The fun and aroma created in the room made even the picky eaters to give it a try. This gave them a chance to try a different flavour with the experience of preparing the full simple dish.
Sprouts Bhel with its multiple flavours and textures is a healthy and filling snack alternative to the regular Bhel and it will be enjoyed by young and old alike

Instilling values and Academic Performance

A very important and one of the most debated topic especially in modern India  is whether instilling values has any impact on the  social, academic and the cultural behavior of the nation as a whole.  We, in India have always stressed on ethical and value based way of life.  The very fact that the epic Ramayana and Mahabharata have been a source of guiding light for several thousand years is due to the story depicting the clash of values and finally the triumph of good over evil. 

The word ‘value’ stands for all the ideals or behavior that we consider as good or the right way of living.  Be it honesty, compassion, truthfulness, sincerity etc., to name a few.  We are taught at a very young age to be honest, to respect our elders, teachers, be compassionate and  sincere in whatever we do.  These concepts lay the boundary line for an ideal society.  No being is born with the knowledge of knowing what is right and what wrong- is, so it is from the experience of the society that the guidelines are laid to have a peaceful coexistence. 
The only concept that makes a human being superior to that of other living things is the intelligence.  We are able to study, analyze and build up on whatever is learnt to make rapid progress in all walks of life.   Education has played a vital role in the growth of science although its methodology varies from place to place.  Academics is crucial in shaping the progress of mankind and it can never be stressed enough that knowledge can be used for both good and for the bad of mankind.  If, on the one hand we learn to operate and save a human life, on the other hand we do know to manufacture bombs and destroy mankind too.
The educational institutions that only stress on academic performance or “knowledge without a heart” are creating havoc as they become a factory of scholars without moral values that create more harm to society than benefit them.  Those Institutions that stress on values or principles not only bring out scholars but also put them on the right tract of knowing ‘right from wrong’ and ‘good from bad.’   The students who have a clear concept of values do well in academics too as they are clear about doing their duty to society by working to their complete potential, for the benefit of mankind and their own small world.  They are bound to give it their all as the values instilled in them make it essential for them to be sincere and to perform to the best of their ability.
The whole idea of stressing on ‘core Values’, ‘Life skills’, imparting knowledge’, and the methodology involved in imparting these has given rise to a new genre of educational Institutions which have realized that knowledge without care or value are bound to be incomplete and may never reach the goal set while establishing such Institutions.  Academic performance is also bound to be optimum as there is no room for self-doubt, confusion or a biased way of looking at society.  Such Institutions are the true temples of learning that prepare students for a better way of life in future for themselves and for the society as a whole.
To conclude I would like to refer to Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, one of the greatest Scientists of India and a former President of India who stressed that it is impossible for any country to monitor its citizens using the law enforcing agencies as policing them is a near impossible task and that only values imbibed in the citizens can make a country peaceful for its citizens to stay and to grow in a more productive way.
Suguna Prabha K
Mount Litera Zee School

Bangalore - North

Indian Gooseberry- A miraculous fruit

“A daily dose of medium sized Amla is enough to mount up body’s immunity and vitality.You can take a spoonful of Amla juice on an empty stomach every morning. Including Amla in your daily regimen has a lot of benefits.”
Indian gooseberry is known as Amla in Hindi, Amalika in Sanskrit, Neelekai in Kannada is a highly nutritious fruit. It is considered as the fruit with highest nutritional value in ancient Ayurveda. It is a sour, bitter, astringent and a fibrous fruit. The abundance of vitamin C and other nutrients make it a superfood and is used in various forms for its well-known health benefits.
  • It is the richest source of vitamin C, almost triple to that of orange. Vitamin C is easily absorbed by the body and boosts immunity.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties which help in relieving joint pains and swelling.
  • It helps in improving sight as it is also a rich source of Vitamin A.
  • It is a very rich source of fibre and so acts as a good laxative.
  • It regulates acidity
  • It helps to purify blood.
  • It is a good immune booster
  • It helps in strengthening bones.
  • It helps in curing diarrhoea
  • It cures anaemia too
  • Improves appetite
  • It strengthens hair follicles and hair growth
  • It is useful in controlling blood sugar also.
  • It nourishes brain and increases memory power

Nutritive value of Amla per 100g
  • Energy-44 calories
  • Vitamin C 445mg
  • Vitamin E -2450mg
  • Calcium 25 mg
Best way to eat Amla:
  • Eat it raw
  • Eat Amla juice with honey
  • Amla juice early morning is good for health.
  • Dried dehydrated Amla
  • Amla Chutney
  • AmlaMurabba