Making Time Stand Still: A How-To Guide

Our events coordinator – Miss Naini Naik – is a curious cat interested in everything! She is a type A interested in academics and work-outs alike. Since her work ethic and habits are often a source of inspiration for us, we decided to share a unique practice of hers with you as well. Find out…

Preparing Children for Playschool

Hello, It’s Gym again! Today, I would like to applaud the parents who come with their toddlers to school. It’s always fun to see them try to keep up with their child’s energy levels. Having parents around ensures that the child has a fun time learning. And boy, do the kids love their parents’ company….

Read-alouds: How 20 Minutes Everyday Can Change Your Child’s Life Forever

What were the defining moments of your childhood? Think back, and sift through your memories. I’m betting that some memories still feel fresh, and are so powerful that they have been inscribed in your mind forever. As a language and literacy curriculum designer, it’s no surprise that some of my most meaningful memories centre around…

Making Learning Visible

Confucius, the Chinese philosopher rightly said, “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand”. True to this adage, children have great visual memory and prefer learning by getting involved. This helps them in making better connections. Therefore as a facilitator, I firmly believe in making learning visible and…

An Inquiry into Materials – Behind the Scenes

We went behind the scenes and met our show-runner to understand how the last unit – ‘Materials Help Us Build and Create’ was explored by our children. Miss Neha – the academic coordinator for K1 at Toddler’s Den Ahmedabad sat down with us to take us on a journey of the inquiry.   Hello Ma’am,…

The World is Our Canvas – Celebrating Creative Freedom in Early Years

From a hand-crafted enchanted forest to a room inspired by the likes of Monet, Raza, Mondrian and more; from painting with natural materials like twigs, stones and leaves to building 3D sculptures, crafting mosaics, and weaving; from open-ended messy art to elaborate canvas painting, Tod Canvas – the annual art festival of Toddler’s Den was…

The Right to Imagine: How We Create Inspiring Spaces

“A little too intelligent for his age, six-year-old with spiky blonde hair and not much of a filter between his brain and his mouth, always found with a stuffed tiger as his co-conspirator.” No prizes for guessing the characters I am describing here, undoubtedly the epitome of childhood, the incomparable Calvin & Hobbes, protagonists of…

When K-1 Turned Into Event Planners

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose” – Dr. Seuss Event planning as an assignment can be both exciting and challenging. It holds innumerable opportunities to learn how to work with others, get organised, communicate effectively and  take ownership and initiative. This…

How Toddlers Learn – Anecdotes from a Parent-Toddler Classroom

Learning happens best when the senses are engaged. This stands true for everyone, but especially for toddlers who are still discovering and experiencing the world around them for the first time. Babies are born with basic sensory systems that grow amazingly complex within the first few months as new stimulus is processed and millions of…

Understanding 21st Century Teaching

Linda Darling Hammond in her book, Preparing Teachers for a Changing World writes: To a music lover watching a concert from the audience, it would be easy to believe that a conductor has one of the easiest jobs in the world. There he stands, waving his arms in time with the music, and the orchestra…