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### Finding good schools, Schools »

Should we go for a newly established school with a shiny building and computer enabled teaching approach or should we go for the prestigious old school located in the middle of city and established 50 years ago. Its a tricky question that we are faced very often these days. We decided to look at it and help you make up your mind about a young school vs an older school! First we try and understand why is age an important factor to be considered while selecting a school ...... [More]

### Finding good schools, Schools »

This is a continuation of our discussion on finding good schools for kids and understanding what role does age of school play, if any, in its quality. Let us look at reasons why we think you should prefer a newly established schools over an older school. These schools are coming up now and they vary well realize their limitations vs older, more established schools in the same city. To overcome those, they also rely on new techniques and it is these that are potential advantages. We list down 5 advantages here...... [More]

### Finding good schools, Finding good schools, Schools, Schools »

In our previous blog post, we talked about what is age of school and what are the 3 ways to look at it. Let us now take one at reasons why you should prefer an older, more established schools over new ones. We see there are 5 reasons for preferring older schools over newer ones. Older schools have strong cultures, traditions and systems As schools grow older, they develop cultures, traditions and systems that invoke pride amongst older students and facilitate path for present students. Traditions could be academic, cultural or ...... [More]

### Finding good schools, Schools »

In this post, we will discuss ways in which schools can hide real information behind a simple number and how you can uncover the truth. There are 3 main things you should be aware of when looking at Student teacher ratio quoted by a school. Student teacher ratio is NOT equal to number of students in a given class: Student teacher ratio is simply the ratio of total number of students in a school with the total number of teachers in a school. Just for our understanding, consider a school with just one class and one section. This school has 60 students in that one class. Also, this school has 5 teachers, one for each subject of English, Maths, Science, Social Science and Hindi. The teacher student ratio of this school is 12 (60 students and 5 teachers). However, the number of students that will be taught by one teacher is still 60!... [More]

### Finding good schools, Schools »

Student teacher ratio is a ratio of number of students attending the school the school with number of teachers employed by the school. As an example, a student teacher ratio of 25:1 shows that for every 25 students attending the school, there is a 1 teacher. This ratio indicates (indirectly) the attention that a student is likely to receive in a class in that particular school. A class will have students with diverse interests and different learning abilities. Large student teacher ratio, say 50:1, means more students to be managed for each teacher and thus lesser individual attention. This metric of student teacher ratio has become an important factor to be considered while selecting new schools for your kids. Schools with low student teacher ratio realize this and actively advertise this and also charge for this. What is an optimal student teacher ratio: Is smaller student teacher ratio always better?... [More]

### Gifts for children, Parenting »

Find the coolest and most useful gifts for 10-15 year old boys and girls. Every time! Gift ideas that work for boys and girls. They will just love the gifts and you will feel good about giving something useful and of value. Read on ...... [More]

### Gifts for children, Parenting »

Gifts that matter. Amazing gift ideas for 6 to 9 year old kids. These gifts will be popular for both boys and girls. Read more ...... [More]

### Gifts for children, Improving learning process and outcome »

This is a continuation in our series of posts on how to find the best gifts for kids. In our previous post on this topic we discussed about finding right gifts for 1-2 year old children. In this post, we will focus on kids in the age group of 3-5 years. We will follow the same 4 step process as we had discussed earlier. Understand the profile of kids in desired age group: Children in this age bracket of 3-5 years are highly mobile, full of energy and zest. Its practically impossible to keep them in one place. They are much more aware of their surroundings through TV, comics and friends.... [More]