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In Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Programme, there is a provision of free text book distribution to all girls and schedule caste and schedule tribe boys studying in parishadiya primary, upper primary and government schools and aided private schools/Madarsas etc.

The state govt. is providing free text books to all non-SSA category  boys from class 1 to class 8 . Since 2007-08 SSA is providing work books also for class 1 and 2 in Hindi & Maths and for class 3 to 5 in Maths & English to SSA category of children

The Directorate of Basic Education which houses the State Text book office is responsible for ensuring the timely printing and distribution of the Free text-books and timely availability of text books in the market.

  • Specifications of the Job are finalised by the Government of Uttar Pradesh and communicated to the Director, Basic Education and the State Text Book Officer (State text book office).
  • Technical and financial bids are invited for inner text and cover page separately through National Tendering process.
  • A tender committee with the Director, Basic Education, as the Chairperson is constituted with State Textbook officer as the Member Secretary. After the publishers and printers are short listed by the committee on the basis of their technical bids, their financial bids are assessed and the final selection is made.
  • The lowest price quoted by the successful bidder becomes the cost prize for all other successful bidders who agree to work on that lowest price. The price fixed includes the cost of paper, printing, transportation up to the district headquarters in case of textbooks for free distribution, binding, purchase of the textbook cover. Transportion cost is borne by the wholeseller and retailer for books that are sold in the market. The Printers/Publishers give 7.5% discount on the price of the book for free distribution and 1.5%  royalty to Govt. through State Text-Book Office for the number of books for which agreement is made.
  • In order to check the number of copies of textbooks to be printed and right amount of royalty to be paid, printing of the covers is entrusted to private Security presses accredited by the Reserve Bank of India.
  • Each of selected printers is allocated a unique code. This code has to appear near the spine of every textbook printed by the Printers. This serves the dual purpose of monitoring the quality of the printing job by every printer and also reduces the possibility of unauthorised copies of the textbooks from reaching the market.
  • Printers/publishers are given the manuscript on CD-Roms and the corresponding hard copies of the textbooks. In this way, the processing time at the printers end is eliminated and they are in a position to prepare the positives and negatives of the print material, plate making etc. to start printing work immediately. For books which are not given on CD Roms, the printers/publishers are required to make a model copy and get it approved by the subject specialists positioned in State Text book office and the Tender committee.
  • After the printing job is over and the end product is verified for conformity with quality standards laid down for the job, every publishers/printer has to submit alteast five finished copies of the textbook printed by them to Assistant Director (Basic) of that Region and EBSA of that district.

Once text books clear quality test to meet the standards of quality control and the specified number of copies are found to match print order, the AD (Basic) and Basic Shiksha Adhikari releases the books for sale in the districts and for free distribution.

No. of Titles (Books per class)

Class No. Of Titles (Books) Class No. Of Titles (Books)
I 3 (2 Workbook) VI 14
II 4 (2 Workbook) VII 13
III 7 (2 Workbook) VIII 13
IV  8 (2 Workbook)   *Scout Guide and Shiksha (Classes 6, 7, 8) is one book which is taught in classes 6, 7, 8
V 8 (2 Workbook)    
Total 30   40

Specification in Force for Publishing/Printing Text books

Year Specifications for Inside Specifications for Cover Trimmed Size
Paper Size No. Of Colour Paper Size No. Of Colour
2006-07 Sheet/ reel paper recycled pulp paper
60 gsm
50.8 cm. x 76.2 cm. 4 175 gsm 53.34 cm. x 78.74 cm. 4
Two colours for maths book of class 6, 7 and 8
18.41cm.  x 24.13 cm.

*There are 30 titles for class 1-5 and 40 titles for class 6-8 of Nationalised Textbooks in Hindi medium and 15 title for class 1-5 and 18 titles for class 6-8 of national textbook in Urdu Medium.

Recently Provision for

Free text books distribution to the girls studying in KGBV (Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya) of Uttar Pradesh has been made since the year 2009-10. All DIETS are also being provided 10 sets of Text Books for refence during training programmes.

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How to Decide if You Should Get Out of Teaching — Or Make Things Better if You Want to Stay

Teaching is one of the rare careers where it’s still common to stay in the same profession — possibly even in the same school — for a good portion of your career. For some teachers, this stability is part of the appeal.

But for others, there comes a point where the joy is gone and they decide it’s time for a change.

“In today’s world, very few people stay in a career for 20 or 30 years,” said Jan Stewart, a career coach with Emerge — Coaching for Success. The fact other people change careers more often than they used to can add to the feeling of stagnation.

Stewart and other career coaches who work with teachers offer some issues to consider when pondering a career change — and options for getting the excitement back if it turns out a new career isn’t the best choice. Answering a few questions can help you make up your mind:

How stressed are you?

Making up your mind to stay in teaching or start a new career requires you to ask a lot of tough questions and weigh all your alternatives.“Stress makes you sick, and if you are approaching burnout you are more than likely experiencing the negative effects of stress on the body, the mind and the spirit,” said Kitty Boitnott, a career transition and job search coach who specializes in working with teachers. “If you are dreading Monday morning every single week, if you spent the entire weekend on school work and you feel like you’re still not caught up, that’s a sign that it may be time to make a change.”

Are you in a toxic environment?

Some workplaces — including schools — are so negative that it’s best to find a new situation.

“If you feel like you’re giving your all and it’s still not enough, no matter what you do, then it’s time to consider other options,” Boitnott said.

Are you close to being eligible for a sizable pension?

Many school districts offer teachers good retirement benefits if they stay for a certain number of years. Some teachers who are getting close to qualifying may run the numbers and realize it would be worth it to stay for two or three more years.

This type of practical consideration can lead teachers to consider ways to re-energize themselves where they are, rather than changing jobs.

Can you afford to make a change?

This depends on what type of new career you have in mind — and how many working years you have left. Would it require extensive schooling to get qualified? Would it take time to build up a roster of clients so you were earning enough money to live on?

Boitnott once worked with a client who was considering leaving teaching for law school.

“You get into the practicalities: Can you get the kind of help that you need so you can quit your job and go back to school full time?” Boitnott said.

Not every new career would require an entire new degree, of course. And there are scholarships available in some situations.

Each individual’s circumstances play a role as well: Mid-career teachers may have children in college, or mortgages to pay. Teachers just out of college may be more willing or able to have roommates or even move in with their parents to reduce their expenses while they invest in a new career. And with more years left to work, younger teachers may find that the new career is more likely to pay off than those who are looking at retiring soon.

“It’s very individual — it depends on the specific situation,” Boitnott said.

More tips for making up your mind

Once you weigh these factors — how sure you are you no longer want to teach, what type of work you would like to do instead, and the practical considerations related to changing fields — you may decide to make a dramatic change.

Or you may realize that a wholesale change either isn’t really what you want or is not practical. In that case, experts suggest a variety of smaller changes that could help you regain the excitement.

Change grade levels

Sometimes even a change within the same school or district can help bring back the feeling that you are learning and growing in your work. Stewart once worked with an elementary school teacher who loved science and transferred to an upper-grade assignment where she could focus entirely on that.

“She didn’t have to think about English and literacy and all those things, and she became very creative. It changed the way she looked at everything,” Stewart said.

Consider a different location

“If you still love teaching — you really do love it when you shut the door and are in the classroom with the students — but you’re unhappy, then you probably want to look at the place,” said Karen Samuelson, a career and life coach.

Perhaps your commute is too long, and a transfer to a different district would shorten it. Perhaps you would thrive in a different type of school — private instead of public, for example. If you end up leaving your current job without a new one lined up and are interested in exploring different types of teaching, Samuelson suggests working as a substitute for a time.

Take a class

Sometimes it’s not possible or necessary to get a new job. Changing other aspects of your life can also be energizing.

Stewart suggests taking a course. “Sometimes that can be very inspiring,” she said. “See if that will spark a fire.” You may find a new part of your current field to delve into — or you may find a completely new outlet. In that case, you might not be learning material that you directly apply when teaching, but you would be modeling for students how to stay curious and keep learning throughout your life.

Start a club

To share an interest with students, you could start an on-campus club focused on an interest of yours. Perhaps you could help students raise money for charity, for example, or maybe you could start a science-focused lunchtime club for students who want an alternative to the playground.

“You step out of your comfort zone a little bit: Take something you really like and see if you can bring it to the work situation,” Samuelson said.

Find a hobby

Perhaps you used to love knitting but haven’t done it in a while. Maybe you have always wanted to learn to play tennis. Finding a focus outside of work can be a good way to rediscover your energy and enthusiasm — and the feeling of well-being may spill over into work.

“Everyone has different interests, and obviously they don’t all get fulfilled at work,” Samuelson said. “How do you get creative about how you’re living?”

Finding the right fit for your situation

Deciding whether to continue in your current job or look for a change — whether you’re considering a dramatic change like becoming a veterinarian instead of a teacher, or a small change like starting a poetry club on campus to share your love of poems — can be scary but also exciting.

Each individual’s ideas and ultimate decision will be different — and your decision might be different now than it will be in a few years.

“There’s no cookie-cutter approach, no one-size-fits-all,” Boitnott said.

6 Ways Students Can Cut Stress Before Big Tests

Tests help us assess students’ comprehension and skills, but they can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. To help students destress before taking a test, try one or more of the activities below.

Whether you work with elementary, middle or high school students, there’s always a way to help them feel even slightly better about an upcoming test.

1. Dear self

Have students write a letter to themselves, and ask them to either describe a time when they didn’t do well on a test or describe the mistakes they often make on tests. Once they’ve identified the issues that trigger their test anxiety, have them write down reminders of how to prevent or work through those types of errors or missteps. This shows them they are capable of creating a plan of action and learning from mistakes.

Right before the test, have students silently reread their letters to themselves and then flip them over to write down concepts, formulas or terminology that will be on the test. This will activate their minds and prime them right before it’s go time.

2. Word rock

Help younger students get focused by having them each paint a small rock and write a word on it — or you can write it for them. Ask them how they feel when they have to take a test and talk about how to face those feelings.

Some might feel really nervous, so they can pick a color that’s calming to them and write the word “calm” or “focus” on it. Others might be afraid of not doing well, so they can pick a color that makes them feel bold and write the word “confidence” or “believe” on it. Let them get creative so their rocks really fit them.

On test day, pass out their rocks and have them take some deep breaths while holding their rocks. This helps harness their energy and begin with a positive mindset. Remind them that we all have a mix of emotions; we simply have to find a way to cope with the negative ones and keep our eyes on the task at hand.

During the test, let them hold the rock in their hand or have it on their desk (whatever you prefer) as a positive reminder. But make sure to retrieve the rocks after the test if you want to make this into a routine with big tests.

3. Doodle & music

Give students a short, well-defined break from studying and let them listen to music and doodle. You can either choose the music or let students listen to their own on their devices if that’s permitted. Either way, this can help them unwind for 10 or 15 minutes, giving their brains a break from reviewing or cramming for the big test.

Doodling has no expectations or pressure, but if students want an alternative they can color or write. Regardless, it helps them do something creative that keeps their minds active yet not overworked or overstimulated.

Playing music while doodling can greatly influence their mood, and a positive or negative mood can really influence how focused they are and how confident they feel. Although classical music is not typically a favorite among youth, studies have shown that it can help increase concentration, so you might want to try this out with your students — unless you think it might increase their stress.

4. Stretches

Getting students out of their seats and stretching can help increase blood flow and alertness. Set aside five minutes of stretching before the test, and don’t be afraid to throw in a few simple yoga poses like the tree pose to encourage balance and calm.

If you have young students who need to get their wiggles out, have them run in place, skip with an imaginary jump rope or do 10 jumping jacks before doing stretches. Just make sure not to wear them out or they’ll collapse into their chairs and want to sleep instead of taking the test.

5. Comedy

Telling a few test-related jokes or a funny story can release endorphins, improving their moods and helping them feel more at ease before the test. If you don’t have your own material, find some funny comics relating to the test subject, pull up a YouTube clip or have them do Mad Libs with partners so they can create their own fill-in-the-blank story that makes them laugh. Making time for these kinds of antics can lighten the load and remind students that you care about their well-being.

Transitioning from this light-hearted moment to a test can be a bit tricky, so it’s best to not let it go on for more than 10 minutes. You’ll want to give students a bit of a pep talk leading into the test vs. abruptly shifting from laughter to serious, test-taking silence.

6. Easy ‘test’

If you have a classroom full of older students who are really nervous about an AP exam, the SAT or an English proficiency test (or something similar where the stakes are high), give them an easy “test.” Create a test with 10 questions that you know they all know the answers to, as a way of showing there was a time when they didn’t know these items they now consider obvious.

They can be questions like “What does U.S.A. stand for?” or “What is 2+2?” They will undoubtedly laugh at this, but it can lead to an important conversation. Together, you can talk about how at one time those questions might have been difficult, how our brains store knowledge, how we build on those fundamentals to advance, and how a test can only show some of what you know on a particular subject that’s demonstrated through a particular test format.

This can help them see the bigger picture so they don’t measure their worth on a single test score and instead recognize that this is one measurement that may be important and also anxiety-inducing, but it’s all about putting it in perspective.

Kara Wyman has a BA in literature and an MEd from University of California-Santa Barbara. She has worked with adolescents for a decade as a middle school and high school English teacher, the founder and director of a drama program, and a curriculum designer for high school and college courses. She works with 13- to 19-year-old students as a project manager of a nonprofit organization.

SOCIAL MEDIA STARTER KIT FOR TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS

You’ve heard it time and again: Today’s children are born into a digital world. And, as educators, it is our responsibility to help shape our students’ futures as responsible digital citizens.

Social media presents many new ways to enable learning. Yet, because social media is so new, many fear the unknown consequences of its use. It’s no surprise that this topic presents one of the biggest challenge to today’s educators.

Let’s face facts: Most of us are ill-prepared for the rising tide of social media. This sentiment rings loudly especially in the classroom and school environments. Many educators lack adequate training on their own use of social media, let alone their students’.

We are here to help.

Social Media Starter Kit: An Educator’s Starting Guide to Social Media

Our Social Media Starter Kit develops your foundational knowledge of social media in and out of the classroom. These guides are not meant just for helping your students — these guides lay a framework for your own social media identity as a teacher, educator, and citizen.

Who will benefit from the Social Media Starter Kit?

  • Teachers with limited understanding of social media (personal and professional uses)
  • Educational administrators creating or modifying their school’s social media policies
  • Educators reluctant to embrace classroom technologies
  • Veteran teachers looking for simple ways to begin integrating technology and social media in the classroom
  • New teachers seeking advice on personal and professional social media boundaries

We always strive to update and improve our resources. Take some time to read through the guides, and let us know what you think! Send any feedback, comments, and questions to editorial@concordiaonline.net.

GENERAL GUIDELINES: DO’S AND DON’TS FOR EDUCATORS

Teachers need to be savvy about developing a social media footprint.With many things in life, we learn about what to do by learning what not to do. The use and misuse of social media present a wealth of shining examples of this belief.

This section is a great primer for teachers new to social media and educators reshaping their school’s policies around social media. How do our general guidelines help?

  • Learn about the basics of social media usage
  • Discover ways to protect your personal and professional social brand
  • Find tips to help parents establish boundaries for your students outside of the classroom

Social Media in Education: Benefits, Drawbacks and Things to Avoid
The increased connectedness of social media brings with it a list of potential dangers. As you build your social presence, think about your “brand” — both inside your classroom and out. Here are a number of points to consider, along with a quick list of do’s and don’ts.


Managing your Digital Footprint: Social Media Guidelines for Teachers
What do Hansel and Gretel have in common with your social media account? Read about the connection, and learn why a well-planned social presence can do you wonders.


Helping Parents Set Strong Boundaries for Children’s Use of Social Media

True, kind, necessary — students who understand this golden rule of social media will save teachers and parents many a headache. Learn about this rule and five other ways teachers can help parents set boundaries for their children’s use of social media.


How Teachers Can Prevent Cyberbullying

Bullying, once limited to schoolyard hair-pulling and name-calling, has made its way online. As you introduce social media activities and lesson plans into the classroom, keep these tips in mind to prevent cyberbullying.

Read more articles from our blog if you’re interested in additional perspectives on and measures to prevent cyberbullying.


Why Paying Outside Companies to Monitor Students’ Social Media Behaviors Just Doesn’t Work

Big Brother; the Law of Unintended Consequences; invasion of privacy — these are just a few warnings Superintendent Brian Gatens identifies against the private monitoring of students’ social media activities. What are some suitable alternatives? Read Gatens’ suggestions.

Motivate, Encourage and Inspire: Teachers Share the Reasons Why They Teach

Why do you teach?

Poet William Butler Yeats remarked, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Truer words were never spoken. For many students, a passion for education is often ignited by an inspiring teacher.

Teachers are dedicated, to say the least. They work long hours, spend their own limited resources to innovate curriculum, and do everything they can to make sure their classrooms are safe and welcoming for students.

Still, teachers don’t receive the recognition they deserve. What keeps them motivated? What fuels their passion for teaching? We were curious.

“I love helping children realize that learning can be hard, and that’s okay.” – Kathy P.

“I enjoy the collaboration with other professionals, and the creativity needed to consider needs of different types of learners.” – Kelley C.

“I have found that students can teach me, too, about different cultures, abilities, and perspectives.” – Jill W.

“Being a child’s advocate and helping him/her realize his/her own potential is my greatest joy in teaching!” – Beth R.

“I teach because sometimes I know I am the only person in a student’s life who they can trust!” – Jessica D.

“There is nothing better than having one of my students realize they’re stronger and more resilient than they ever thought possible.” – Karen W.

“To help students learn to think for themselves.” – Lesley T.

We asked teachers to share their reasons why they teach on our Concordia Portland Facebook Page. The amount of answers we received was incredible! From following a natural passion, to enjoying summers off, or witnessing a child’s “aha” moment, the responses were inspirational. We are proud to share them with you:

‘Impact future generations’

To their students, teachers can be so much more than an educator. Teachers support, prepare, nurture and encourage their students, often long after their school year together finishes.
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‘It’s a calling’

Natural teachers love sharing knowledge. They feel a desire to share ideas, communicate concepts and inspire conversation with those around them. Teachers teach to reach children, and see their progress develop over time.

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‘Oh, I get it!’

The best moment for a teacher is witnessing a student grasp a concept for the first time. There is no better reward than helping a student finally reach clarity. This moment can be life-changing for both student and teacher.
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‘Confidence in myself’

Teachers are known for helping and supporting the conviction in others surrounding them. Through their dedication in the classroom, to their students, the school families and their colleagues, they too establish a strong sense of self-confidence.
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‘Born to teach’

Many teachers chose their profession for a simple reason: They were born to do it. They can’t ignore how much they love working with kids and how they feel at home in the classroom, facilitating discussions, and helping them grow!
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‘The sky is the limit’

Those who teach relish finding ways to encourage their students to reach beyond expectations! Teachers enlighten students to push past what is comfortable in the classroom, which by extension, gives them the confidence to achieve in other areas of life.
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‘Summer vacations’

Who doesn’t enjoy having a summer vacation to unwind and relax? Though teachers seldom take breaks from teaching, many take advantage of having some weeks off. Many, though, spend those weeks learning new concepts to share with their students in the fall.
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‘A child’s love is pure and unconditional’

A major reason why our teachers love what they do — their students! The students they have share a devoted love of learning, and a sincere sense to help their fellow students.
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‘My student’s depend on me’

Teachers take their commitment to their students, classrooms, and schools very seriously. They know how much students depend on them for support, encouragement and inspiration.
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‘You helped me understand’

For some students, a teacher is the first person to help them finally reach clarity in the classroom. Teachers know that each student learns in a unique way, and on their own time.
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‘To show strength’

Students look to their teachers for more than just guidance. Teachers model how to fail and succeed, how to treat and help others, and to always try and go above and beyond.
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‘My grandchildren and children’

Many teachers work hard to be inspirational for others who may follow in their path. They teach to be an example that their own children (or grandchildren) can be proud of!
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‘Help aspiring teachers’

Not only do teachers enjoy working with students, they enjoy working with other teachers! Whether it’s sharing best practices, encouraging stories, or lesson plans, teachers rely on each other for encouragement and inspiration.
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‘Keeping things fun’

What’s the point of doing something, if you’re not having fun? Teachers enjoy shaking up classroom routines, and discovering new and exciting ways to teach and learn. We couldn’t agree more.
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‘Support future learners’

Educators know that the efforts made in today’s classrooms, can set the pace for students and teachers in the future. Teachers take this responsibility to future teachers and students seriously.
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‘To be effective’

Teachers love when their students understand academic curriculum and find ways to apply it practically in real-world situations. Preparing students to be successful, happy adults is the ultimate goal.
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‘Sharing knowledge’

Sharing is caring, and teacher’s know no better way to show how much they care by sharing knowledge with their students. This creates learning opportunities for both student, and teacher!

How To Spend More Quality Time With Your Child

The ten o’clock news hasn’t even started, but you’re too exhausted to watch — who can stay awake that late? Car pools, lunch bags, after-school activities, dinner, homework, bathtime, bedtime. All on top of your own job (or jobs) and the other realities of adulthood. You have just enough energy left to drag yourself to bed so you can wake early and start the routine all over again. Each day with young kids feels like a week, each week like a month.

Yet as every birthday passes, the years seem to be streaking by at warp speed. Five-month-olds become 5-year-olds in the blink of an eye, and then 15-year-olds. This inexorable march of time that turns babies into big kids is the “other” biological clock facing young couples. Every day brings new growth, new milestones, and new wonderment, but the challenges of juggling our adult lives often prevent us from fully appreciating the delicate nuances of childhood.

We’ve heard about slow parenting, attachment parenting, and tiger moms. However, over my past 30 years as a pediatrician, I have learned that there is a single truth that applies to any parenting philosophy: Your children need to spend meaningful time with you. They need to see who you are and how you live your life. And in return, they will help you to better see who you are.

When you add up all the time your kids spend at day care, in school, asleep, at friends’ homes, with babysitters, at camp, and otherwise occupied with activities that don’t include you, the remaining moments become especially precious. There are only 940 Saturdays between a child’s birth and her leaving for college. That may sound like a lot, but how many have you already used up? If your child is 5 years old, 260 Saturdays are gone. Poof! And the older your kids get, the busier their Saturdays are with friends and activities. Ditto Sundays. And what about weekdays? Depending on your children’s ages and whether you work outside the home, there may be as few as one or two hours a day during the week for you to spend with them.

However, instead of worrying about how many minutes you can spend with your children each day, focus on turning those minutes into memorable moments. Parents often compensate for having such a small quantity of time by scheduling “quality time.” Two hours at the nature preserve. An afternoon at the movies. Dinner at a restaurant. But the truth is that quality time may occur when you least expect it — yes, at the nature preserve, but also in the car on the way to ballet practice.

Try this mental trick to help you readjust your thinking: In the course of a crazy day, imagine your biological parenthood clock wound forward to the time when your children have grown and have left home. Picture their tousled bedrooms as clean and empty. See the backseat of the car vacuumed and without a car seat or crumbs. Playroom shelves neatly stacked with dusty toys. Laundry under control. Then rewind the imaginary clock back to now, and see today’s minutes of mayhem for what they are: finite and fleeting.

Not every day with your kids will be perfect, but hopefully one day you will greet their departure with a profound sense of satisfaction because you’ve given them what they need to succeed and also given yourself what you need to feel like a successful parent. Although I don’t know how to slow down time, I do have some ideas about how to optimize the time you spend with your kids — while they are still tucked into their beds, where you can peek at them before you go to sleep.

Practice Parenting Meditation

When you’re overwhelmed with your responsibilities, it’s easy to toggle into automatic pilot with your kids. But if your mind is elsewhere during the precious moments you’ve worked hard to preserve, you have lost your kids’ childhood just as surely as if you hadn’t spent the time with them at all. Instead, try to stay in the moment with a “parenting meditation,” in which you focus on seeing your kids, hearing them, understanding them, and really being amazed by what you’ve created — living, breathing miracles of nature who are learning like sponges and growing like weeds.

Take Pajama Walks

The hour before bedtime can be chaotic with young children. One of my favorite techniques to help them calm down — weather permitting — is an evening pajama walk. Not only will it give your kids gentle, mellow time to decompress, but it will also give you special moments with them that otherwise might have been lost to TV.

The key to pajama walks is the pajamas. Get the kids completely ready for bed — teeth brushed, faces washed, pj’s on. Then put them in their stroller, or on their tricycle, or in their sneakers, and meander slowly around the neighborhood. No snacks en route (their teeth are already brushed!); don’t kick a soccer ball along the way; postpone animated conversations until tomorrow. It may take a couple laps, but by the time you arrive back home, your kids will be in a fresh-air trance and ready for bed.

Have Taco Night

Dinner at home with the whole family is special unto itself, but your kids will be even more eager to sit down together when your meal has a theme. You can have taco night, pizza night, Chinese night, egg night, or pancake night. Turn your kitchen into a sushi bar or an Italian bistro once a week. When kids are excited and having fun, they are energized in their conversation and about sharing their news at the table.

Special dinner nights are also a unique opportunity to increase your kids’ involvement in cooking with you. When there are recurring themes for dinner, they can assume a bigger role in getting the food to the table because they’ll remember the routine from the last time. While they’re washing the vegetables, stacking the tortillas, mixing the salsa, grating the cheese, they may be gossiping about what’s happening at school. When they leave the house in the morning, be sure to remind them, “Taco night tonight!” They’ll look forward to it all day.

Fix It Together

Never repair a leaky faucet, change a tire, paint the fence, or replace the furnace filter without your kids. Home improvements are a great way to spend time with them while teaching them about tools and life at the same time. The attic, the basement, and the crawl space are all classrooms for learning how things work and how to safely fix things. Give them a flashlight, and talk them through the job you’re doing. As they get older, hold the flashlight for them. Instead of dreading things that break, you’ll see new tiles, built-in shelves, and paint jobs as bonus chances for time with your kids.

Don’t Drive Everywhere

The minutes that we “save” by driving our children a short distance to the neighborhood park or a friend’s house are actually priceless moments that we lose in the name of convenience. The next time you need to take your children somewhere nearby, try to get there on foot. Walking with your kids is a great way to slow down the pace of your lives and to have more unscripted moments with them. Talk about where you’re going, what you’re thinking, what they’re thinking, what you see on the way, and who said what to whom in school today. Hold hands if your kids haven’t gotten too cool for that yet. If you’re dropping them off somewhere (a playdate, a piano lesson, karate class) and would normally drive away and return again later, take along a backpack with work or reading and find a quiet place to wait until they’re finished. The hour or two that you have alone in a coffee shop or under a shade tree will help you slow down and stay sane. Then pick up your child and walk back home together.

Play Their Games

If you decide to bring video games into your home, do your best to screen them and even learn how to play them so you can experience this part of your kids’ world. Why? First, your kids will “kick your butt,” to use their phrasing; this is one activity where you’ll never have to let them win, and it’s a good thing for children to occasionally see their parents as human and vincible. Second, there will be guaranteed hilarity at your lack of dexterity. Finally, some games have somewhat redeeming virtual reality, because they mimic real-world activities such as table tennis, bowling, baseball, skiing, and dancing (which are certainly much better than games where you blow each other up). But set time limits, lest their virtual realities take over their reality.

Serve Ice-Cream Sundaes and Popcorn

Yes, we all know that there’s an obesity crisis in this country, and we certainly don’t want to teach our kids to get their comfort from food. However, kids have to be kids, and when kids grow up to become adults and parents (I’m talking about you!), they still need to occasionally feel like a kid.

Establish special traditions around fun treats — they become more special because they don’t happen that often. Hot summer Sunday-afternoon sundaes, or cold winter family TV nights with hot cocoa, or popcorn balls on the day of the big game. Sprinkles make ice cream special, and cuddling goes great with cocoa. Now, please don’t go around telling people that a pediatrician told you to feed your kids ice cream with sprinkles; I do have a professional reputation to maintain. So, just for the record, baked apples with cinnamon and raisins, angel-food strawberry shortcake, and banana splits with fat-free frozen yogurt work just as well.

The food is not the point — it just helps make the point. Fun foods and special treats are conversation starters and memory makers. Your children may not remember all the discussion topics or the jokes or the tickling, but they will forever fondly recall the baked apples and raisins. And, of course, they’ll remember the occasions that merited the special treats. And that they shared them with you.

My wife’s grandmother was famous for periodically telling her daughters, “Remember, girls, you’re having a happy childhood.” If you find a way to make the most of every moment that you have with your kids, you will not only be a wonderful parent, but you will also be teaching your kids how to be good adults and wonderful parents themselves someday. Show your children how important your time with them is, and you will be impacting generations to come.

SD International Public School

SD International Public School is a senior secondary school in Mulahi Rashoolabad – Rura Road, Kanpur Dehat district, Uttar Pradesh, India.[3] The school is affiliated to U P Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad Allahabad. This school is first school at Rashoolabad – Rura Road Kanpur where Computer Classes/LAB available for all classes going to be conducted.

Founder

Brijesh Kumar Mishra and Abhishek Kumar Mishra are the founder of this school. Both are young, dynamic having great vision for improving the education status in rural areas. Brijesh Kumar Mishra is working as Software professional and Abhishek Mishra is retired Airforce cadre. They founded this inter college in 2016 on 5 June and gave its name SD International Public School. Both of them have given their money and time to enhance the education status in the rural areas.

Location

SD International Public School is located at Mulahi, Rura Mindakua Road, Kanpur Dehat. It is in center of Rura, Jhinjhak, Rahoolabad.

SD International Public School Mulahi, Distance Map as

  • Banipara: 2 km
  • Rura: 12 km
  • Mindakua: 8 km
  • Rashoolabad: 14 km
  • Jhinjhak: 15 km

Infra Structure

  • Huge Class Rooms
  • Science Laboratory
  • Library Room
  • Computer LAB
  • Staff Room
  • Principal Office
  • Kitchen
  • Account Room
  • Separate wash Room and toilet for Girls, Boys and Staff

Facilities

  • Computer Education
  • Huge Play Ground
  • Major Sports Kits available for each age groups
  • Library Available
  • Neat and Clean Classes
  • Transportation

Staff

  • Staff at SD International public School are dedicated for quality education to meet the modern education needs.
  • Staff is well trained ad educated.
  • No Local staff. Teachers are from Delhi, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Akbarpur,Jhinjhak etc.
  • Young Energetic
  • Strong Communication
  • Disciplined
SD International Public School Mulahi
SD International Public School Mulahi

SDI Education Society

SDI Education Society Found in 2016 By Abhishek Mishra & Brijesh Mishra to play a role of bridge in fulfilling existing gap of education system in rural areas. This society will arrange better education for common man in rural areas at minimal and affordable cost without any commercialization. Society will focus on setup institution and help other institution who can serve education to all.

 

SDI education Society planning to setup SD International Public School at Pur, Akbarpur Kanpur Dehat (Akbarpur-Rura Road). This will be functional by Next Session 2017-18.

Anyone interested to contribute to the nation through this society may contact on below contact Numbers

Abhishek Mishra
+91 77601 99805 , abhi.1975us@gmail.com

Brijesh Mishra
+91 9899494343 , mrbrijesh@gmail.com

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