Nutrition is a basic human need and a prerequisite for healthy life. A proper diet is essential from very early age of life for growth, development and active life. Nutrition is the science that deals with all the various factors of which food is composed and the way in which, proper nourishment is brought about.
Good nutrition is one of the keys to a healthy life. You can improve your health by keeping a balanced diet. You should eat food that contains vitamins and minerals. This includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairy products which are good source of proteins . Balanced nutrition and regular exercise are also good for your health. These habits can help you lose or maintain weight. Try to set realistic goals.

Activity Based Learning

Activity-based learning
” I hear and I forget. 

I see and I remember 

I do and I understand.”

Activity-based learning for kids, refers to a variety of pedagogical approaches. The central tenets include the necessity that learning is based on hands-on activities and experiments. 
It is a type of learning where children learn at their on pace through various guided activities. The learning is achieved in three ways: experimentation ,expression ,exploration. 
The main aim of ABL is, every child should learn that education can be just as enjoyable as playing. Innovative educational activities for kids provide plenty of learning and a healthy dose of fun. The activities carry children from preschool to elementary school and inculcate a lasting love of learning in them.

Shine a Light !

As we journey through this pandemic together, let’s shine a light on humanity and kindness.

Kindness starts with being kind to yourself. Random acts of kindness provide us all with a day to really reflect on the importance of being kind, not just to each other but to ourselves as well. It also gives us time to spread the message that a little bit of kindness can go a long way.

With what has already taken place in 2020 and still continuing into 2021, it seems appropriate that we take every opportunity possible to make another person smile. A simple act of kindness can have such an effect and can make us feel good too.

Being kind is for everyone and seeing the impact of our act on others can lift our whole day and hopefully inspires others to ‘pay it forward and do the same for another human in return’ and remember, as Aesop said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted “.

In fact, everything is going to be amazing if we bring a positive impact, explore the good, and make kindness the norm.

Ms. Anupriya Thakurala // Facilitator // Samsara School

Beat the Stress with Healthy Eating

In this fast pacing world, stress has become a part of our lives just like a near and dear friend. It is very important for all of us to manage it well otherwise this friend can very easily cause destruction in our daily lives.

This message is particularly for all the youngsters out there. Most of us consider food as an escape from our problems, but in reality the food we eat makes or breaks us, the choice is always ours. So it’s very important to eat fibre and protein-rich diet during times of stress as it gives our body the energy to fight negative emotions and gives us that extra energy to calm down our minds and relax our muscles.

So my dear children always remember, you gain nothing from stressing out so calm down, relax and eat healthy.

Ms. Seema Garg // Facilitator // Samsara School

Teacher- Student Relationship

Children spend 6 to 7 hours in a day with their teachers. During this time, the teacher is not only a giver of education and knowledge but also a person who sets moral values that are imbibed by the students. Most of the students consider their teachers as their role model. The teacher is the one who moulds his or her students. The word teacher should keep on evoking a sense of respect instead of disrespect. Efforts from every side should be made to make the current day teacher-students relationship as good as the guru-shishya relationship of ancient India.
In a traditional Indian setting, there was a very pious guru-shishya culture where the guru or teacher used to transmit spiritual, vedic, moral as well as academic teachings to his students. The word ‘guru’ itself means a person who can enlighten the individual stuck in darkness (gu means darkness and ru means light). The objective of the entire education at that time was to transform a blank mind into a knowledgeable mind, balanced personality with high moral values. Students in return used to help gurus in their household work and the one who could afford it used to pay money as guru dakshina. This mutual relationship was based on the intellect of the teacher and obedience of the student. In such a guru-shishya relationship, everything was left on the shoulders of an able guru who, by acting as a creator, used to shape his disciples or students.

Rajbeer Kaur // Facilitator // Samsara School

2020 : A Learning Experience for Life

The year 2020 challenged our physical, emotional, and spiritual capabilities. The year made us realize that our family is the most important part of our life. During lock down, we got the opportunity to spend time with them and learn to spread love, taking care of their health. Spiritually awakening with firm belief that we can be good at planning, but actual it’s the God who forced us to rethink that we cannot control everything. We forgot to live in our present knowing the fact that future is not in our control.My learning and takes from the year 2020 are crystal clear now as below highlights:

•   Life is a blessing. Live it, Love it. Just don’t take it for granted.

•   Self-care must be a priority, not a privilege.

•   Be intentional with everything you do. Your future depends on it.

•   We only have the present moment. The past is just a memory, and the future is simply a wish.

•   The only thing you have is your energy. Think wisely before giving it to any thought, work, or person.

•   Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Save the judgments, establish empathy, and be kind.

•   Spiritual awakening is must as God is controlling us and we need to be good followers.

•   Financial health is important. Financial literacy is vital.

•   Don’t take anything for granted; be grateful for what you have.

•   You are in control of your mind, time, and destiny. Life is really what you make of it.

•   Learn to discover yourself.

Let’s welcome 2021 with being more responsible more realistic with some more patience.

Shelly Bhatia // Facilitator // Samsara School

Ethical Values

Human society cannot exist if its members are not amenable to ethical values. Ethics give direction and firmness to life. Ethics are like the rails that keep the train on the track and help it to move smoothly, quickly and in right direction.
Today, people – especially the younger people, are confused about their values and value system. When we look at the socio-cultural and political dimensions of our country, we are faced with dark realities. The goals of secularism, socialism, democracy and professional ethics are coming under increasing strain. Ethics are the standards that guide our decisions, actions and behaviour. The ethics provide a moral map which guides us through the difficult times of our life and makes it easy and acceptable. Thus ethics and values can give us dignified and peaceful life.

Ramita Sharma // Facilitator // Samsara School

Importance of Art Integration in the Elementary Classroom

The term integration means combining one thing with another to create a new whole. Art integration is an approach to education in which lessons are taught and assessed through naturally-aligned art concepts. Students are given the opportunity to construct and demonstrate understanding through various art forms that readily align themselves to the given objectives.The integration of art does not replace valuable lessons but edifies them by offering an alternate perspective from which to view and grasp key concepts. Not only has art integration been shown to have a positive effect on standardized test scores but has made a dramatic difference in student attendance where it has been implemented.

The creative work gives students an additional connection to the material in their minds, helping them to remember and apply the information to understand complex concepts.

Shalini Agnihotri // Facilitator // Samsara School