Feb 24, 2009

Tag: #6 and #6 Photo Meme

Angeleyes sent me this interesting tag/meme...and i must say i enjoyed it a lot. Here is what one has to do.
1. Go to your Picture Folder on your computer or wherever you store your pictures.
2. Go to the 6th Folder and then pick the 6th Picture.
3. Post it on your bloggy and tell the story that goes with the picture.
4. Tag 5 other glorious peoples to do the same thing and leave a comment on their bloggy tellin’ them ’bout it.
So, my #6 folder and #6 photo is this one…

Wow...Sweet memories rush into my mind. Late night partying. Giving 'adda' or chatting in Bengali. Watching movies. Playing cards. Teasing one another. Enjoying Piyali's home made-five star recipes. Not to forget my carefree life without baby. :)

This was taken at a Piyali's house in KL a few years ago. We were all great friends (still are) and called ourselves the 'Mastee Gang' or 'Fun gang'. Piyalis left for India. Reshmis are still here. But we are all in touch. Cheers to oldtimes sake!

The friends on this photo are: (Bottom Row: From left) Samik, Navonil (darling hubby), Sandeepda (Top Row: From left) Piyali (with Tanay), Myself, Reshmi.

And now, I need to tag 5 other lucky people…

Jagritah Vikriti (Jeet)

Little stories about Chloe (Agnes)

The Artful Parent (Jean)

Our Life Story (Ping)

Little Prince's Mummy


Feb 23, 2009

Development of Verbal Skills

The typical toddler's brains are like sponges. They pick up information from every little source here and there. You get to see sudden reflections of those in their developments. Every little new word picked up brings them closer to their next milestone.
Yesterday, we went to an Indoor Games Fun Event organized by Bharat Club. My hubby played table tennis and I played carrom. He also joined in for carrom doubles later on.

While DD sat near me watching the first carrom of her life, the striker hit the center and she cried out, "IT BURST", "IT BURST" with a glimmer in her eyes.

I was so surprised. Where on earth could she have heard the word 'burst'? After a thought I related the word 'burst' to 'bursting of balloons'. Perhaps, the toddler mind had somehow related the word 'burst' with 'sudden loud sound', made from balloons or elsewhere. The human brain is capable of making these associations about words inspite of not knowing the meaning. Isn't it interesting?

Cute Blogger Award

2ma2ma has just given me my first award and i am so delighted. Thank you 2ma for the same.

Here are the rules:
1. Copy Badge “2008 Cute’s Blogger Award” and put it on your blog.

2. Link or tell a bit about the person who gave you the award...
"2ma" - She is a wonderful person whose life revolves around her precious nephews, Shan Leo & Shan Rae, who is also her god-son.

3. Each one of you who receive this award must list down 10 facts/hobbies about yourself...
Some of my hobbies are:
Blogging (whenever i get some free time).
Photo/Video Editing (whenever i feel the editing itch).
Sketching (when the mood is right)
Reading when the book worm in me wakes up. (mostly its asleep)
Listening to music (almost always)
Surfing the net (Can't live without it)
Watching movies (Love it actually)
Facts abt myself:
I appreciate creative forms of expression in whatever form they may be.
I cook but dont like it at all.
I am quite a night owl. Love to stay awake surfing the net or reading a book at night.

4. Pass this award to 10 bloggers and link them in your blog
So, here's to my blogger friends.
Hijack Queen
Allaboutyourchild (Angeline)
Mummy Moon

Feb 21, 2009

A heart full of music

As a child, we used to eat, sit, sleep MUSIC. Music was an inevitable part of our life that we couldnt live without. I am glad that my daughter has the heart for music and can feel the pulse of beats and rhythms.
Here is a video of how she enjoyed a Bollywood song while she was a baby.

Now she has started to sing and adding in her own words in her self - created songs. Sometimes the song are to the tunes of 'Twinkle twinkle' or 'Are you sleeping' but the words are her own, and sometimes the words and tunes are entirely her own creation.
One day, she was singing a tune of her own with words of her own while we listened to her in the car. I asked her what song she was singing at the end of the song and she immediately replied that it was the 'Lion' Song.

One more song that she has created goes something like this...
Happy Happy there there there,
Happy Happy there there there.
This is to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. :D

Then there is one more she sings...
"Are you ready?, Are you ready?, Yes I am, Yes I am" to the tunes of 'Are you sleeping? Are you Sleeping Brother John?'

While I write this post, she sits here near me and sings...
"There's a cat, There's a cat,
In a house, In a house."

We also have a friend whose child used to show similar traits, you give him a word and he could make a song out of it instantly.
For example: Over the breakfast table, he sang a song about 'chilli', 'bus' and 'sun' each a separate one. We were amazed.

If you look deeper into each of these examples, you will find that children are capable of taking one format, for example: a tune, a word, a sentence, a poetic structure or a storyline and replacing it with different themes...so the Twinkle Twinkle tune becomes a common structure to which different sets of words create a different song instantly.

Will it be called 'Creativity' or will it be called 'Copying'? What do u think? Let me know.

Dad's Day of Art & Imagination

Daddy has had a long and busy week full of meetings and discussions. So, he decided to relax and let his colouring skills do the talk. Inspired by the lush greenery breathing with freshness after a heavy shower and the backdrop of the beautiful hues of the setting sun, my darling hubby picked up his box of crayons, some paper and a beer and enjoyed the evening in the balcony on a Saturday evening.
It just goes to prove that if the moment is right you can get inspired to do something creative. So, don't miss out on any of these moments, when they come by unexpectedly in our day to day lives.

Colouring Activities while building fine motor skills

Colouring or painting your little one's world is the best gift that Daddy and Mummy can give ones child. We are fortunate to live in a colourful world where the thought of leaves brings about the colour green, the sunflower yellow, the ocean a turqoise blue in our minds.
I have always wondered how it would have been to live a colourless life. I have been watching a few cartoons on Disney like MickeyMouse Club House, Pooh etc picking up on the same concept of colour education with interesting episodes and stories like wiping off colours from the rainbow, or a sudden magic that makes Noddy's town go colourless.
A baby slowly realizes the value of colours while he /she is growing up. We as parents can make them recognize the different colours so they can enjoy colours as well. Children by nature love colours. Hence, many to-be parents start getting the nurseries ready with a splash of colour while waiting for the new one's arrival.
To teach your little one the concept of colours you can use a variety of apporaches. You can show him/her colours in various forms of existence in day-to-day life. Another approach could be to let him/her play with colours. A few crayons can engage him/her, while he/she enjoys, dabbles and explores. It will also secretly help in building his fine motor skills.
With every stroke on the paper, an impression is made on the paper, not to forget the lasting impression of the impact of colour on your child's mind.

This is a drawing made by Ru where she enjoyed repeating the names of the colours while playing with crayons on 21st Feb 2009 while her dad sat in the balcony drawing with his own set of colours.
Here are her few initial efforts with crayons while she watched the difference in colours with every change of crayon.

The second drawing done immediately after shows her level of progression while she got engrossed trying to experiment a bit more with the same colours.

Besides, you could try reading books on colours like Brown bear, brown bear, buy cds on colour (bought one recently) or show the colours on her dress each new day.

Nuffnang's ‘I’m Going Kame Hame Ha with Dragonball Evolution’

Nuffnang has organized various contests in the past. And this time Nuffnang is again back with an event for all its bloggers
to be part of the Premiere Screening of Dragonball Evolution

'Coz I'm about to land on the EARTH.

So what if I dont have HAIR on my head???
So, what if I need a few accomplices???
Dont underestimate ME.
Heard of 'Women Power'?
Laugh at YOURself if you laugh at me!
'coz we can be potential bombs (at times)...
Watch out! We're trained to destroy!

Keep your forces ready...

...coz here is how it will look,
After our vengeance on this Earth is over!!!
The Aftermath!!!
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Feb 18, 2009

Future of Childrens' Creativity

Are kids born creative? Do young creative souls lose their creative spirit and talent when they enter school? Does the word 'creativity' in school have to be restricted to a period of 'Art & crafts'? The education process is still very structured and caters to the needs of the society. There is no room for originality. We have learnt and re-learnt that there can only be one answer to a question. Any answer besides the desired answer will demark your child as a child with a 'learning difficulty'.

The recent Hindi Bollywood blockbuster Taare Zameen Par where an artistic boy loses his concentration and spirit of learning via formal education and is misunderstood by all including his parents and sent to a hostel labelled as a dyslexic child shows that society is not ready yet for creative talent. We can only fantasize of a society that is receptive to such children as the kid 'Ishaan' in the movie. (By the way, my younger brother's son who was born a few months back has also been named Ishaan and I wish him a creative journey for life like the boy in the movie.)

Formal education demands you to deliver like pre-programmed stereotyped machines. Is any child on the offbeat track heading for trouble. Yet, one can see the need for individuals with abilities for innovative problem solving abilities who have an edge over the others when a problem arises, due to his/her innovative way of looking at the problem in a job scenario.

Building on a child's creative genius requires an open mind that is ready and brave enough to beat the system. But will it leave a child directionless and confused? I think there is a great need for some experimental schools for nurturing creativity and the creative way of thinking. Until then, I hope as a mother that we can make a difference to our child's lives by keeping the creative flame burning despite the challenges of a rigid and structured formal education system.

Do take a look at this enlightening video by Sir Ken Robinson. It’s a little long but not to be missed. He’s funny, making you laugh while bringing in the importance of being creative! Also, contribute your thoughts. I am concerned. Are you?
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/66 - INTERESTING VIDEO

Feb 11, 2009

The Terrible Two's

Our daughter is now 2 years old. Yes, Ru has officially entered
the terrible two's phase of her life.
...Time flies! And it still seems like yesterday when I held her in my arms with a joyful tear in my eye. She looked back at me...saying, "Mumma, here I am. It's me!" ...and now two years are over.
We took our baby to MegaKidz Midvalley where she played to her heart's content. After returning home, our little lady was overjoyed to see the Birthday cake and the mini golf set and the balloons. We had to do takes and re-takes of the 'blowing the candle' scene. Somehow, the obsession with the candles continue. At 12 midnight she had blown on her blocks yet again while we sang the birthday song.

This time round, she kept singing the Happy Birthday song, didn't let Daddy cut the cake. She wanted to cut it herself. Shows, she is growing older and more independent. And I await with dreaded eyes, the day when my butterfly will learn to fly and fly away.
Here's wishing our darling a very HAPPY 2nd Birthday and MORE EXPERIENCES while GROWING UP!