Motivation, Poetry

The Key to Happiness

Hey friends! Here's a short poem I wrote for a new start! Have started a new account on Instagram to share my poems and some general thoughts about everything. Here's the link. https://www.instagram.com/p/BykkUcphJgr/?igshid=qsk720dp3wqd Wanted to start with something very positive. Just taking the first step in the direction of where we want to go fills… Continue reading The Key to Happiness

Poetry

Pride Hath a Fall- Micro- Poem

Here's presenting another micro- poem. Let me know what you think about this. Leave your responses in the comments section. Have a great day! Much love. Follow me on Instagram by clicking here. Follow me on Mirakee for poetry updates by clicking here.

Poetry

How We Age- Micro Poem

With my exams over, I have decided to get back on track with whatever I left in middle blogging- wise, and in terms of whatever I wanted to do and achieve other than academically. Somehow, it was during my exam days that I wrote the most, especially during the travel back home. I don't think… Continue reading How We Age- Micro Poem

English Grammar

Subject-Verb Agreement: Best Friends with a Twist- Video

I still remember the day I introduced my grade 4 students to The Grammar Family. I told them about how each member of the family has its own place without which everything would be topsy-turvy in the Grammar family's household. But, there are some words that are naughty and keep breaking the rules. And how… Continue reading Subject-Verb Agreement: Best Friends with a Twist- Video

Poetry

The Rain and Her Sorcery (A Poem)

Sitting alone I stared out of my window. Her presence was felt Even in her absence. I traced my finger as she did, Chasing the raindrops Slinding down my window- Racing down, mingling and sometimes Diverging onto separate paths. Life! I smirked. I saw her smile. Pain melted into my chest, spread And rested there.… Continue reading The Rain and Her Sorcery (A Poem)

Motivation

Tenderquill: A Blog by a Nine Year Old Plus India’s Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day, everyone! Before we get into this blog post, here's the inspiration I was talking about in my last blog post. Click here to read the last blog. I teach grade 4 and 5 students. Today India is celebrating its Independence Day. We generally discuss about what freedom truly means to them. They… Continue reading Tenderquill: A Blog by a Nine Year Old Plus India’s Independence Day!

List Posts

100 Followers!

This seemed surreal when it happened! It sure took its time. But to be quite honest, I did leave blogging for a couple of months after initially starting. Thank you to everyone who has been part of this amazing journey! I can't thank you enough for the support. I firstly want to thank my school… Continue reading 100 Followers!

English Grammar

5 Phrasal Verbs with the Verb “Take”

Here's something interesting I found which will help you speak and write better English. Click here to view it. Do let me know what you think about this. Use them in sentences so that they stay with you. You can leave your sentences in the comments section for your friends to see. Happy learning!

English Grammar

Present, Past and Future Continuous Tenses

The continuous tense shows an action that is, was, or will be in progress at a certain time. The continuous tense is formed with the verb ‘be’ + -ing form of the verb. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYuwpd0YShU Questions to guide your thinking: What are continuous tenses?Give two examples of each of the following by writing complete sentences:Present Continuous… Continue reading Present, Past and Future Continuous Tenses

Empowering Parents, Motivation, Poetry

Change with Time (Short Poem)

It's not always a lack of money and resources that can bring a place down. Time wrecks havoc on a place in many ways. Don't you think it's important to adapt to changing times? Yes, we need to preserve cultural heritage, but that does not mean we can't move ahead with the new and positive… Continue reading Change with Time (Short Poem)

English Grammar

Exercises on Direct and Indirect Speech (Declarative Sentences)

Practice makes perfect. Here are some exercises on Direct- Indirect Speech (Declarative Sentences) for you to practice for your test. The exercises are of different levels of difficulty. In case you want to revise the concepts before you attempt the exercises, watch the videos n Direct and Indirect Speech by clicking here. Exercise -1 Exercise-… Continue reading Exercises on Direct and Indirect Speech (Declarative Sentences)

English Grammar

Direct and Indirect Speech (Declarative Sentences) – Videos

Direct Speech is when the exact words of the speaker are used in a conversation. The exact words of the speaker are enclosed in quotation marks. Indirect Speech is when we convey the words/ message of the speaker in our own words. Therefore, it is also called Reported Speech. Here the quotation marks are not… Continue reading Direct and Indirect Speech (Declarative Sentences) – Videos

Reading Workshop

How to Find the Main Idea of a Text

Finding the "Main Idea"is one the most important skills a reader must have. Without this skill, a reader cannot understand what the text is mainly about. There are various places in the text which tell us about its main idea. Watch these two videos to find out WHAT a main idea is and HOW to… Continue reading How to Find the Main Idea of a Text

My Stories

This is How I Feel When I Write

My relationship to GOD has always been of importance to me. I keep going forward and backward in how close I feel to him. I am working on maintaining a steadiness in that sphere. There is something I have been recently noticing. I love to write. No, that's not what I noticed. Read on. I… Continue reading This is How I Feel When I Write

Motivation, Writers' Workshop

A Special Comment on the Word of the Day- July 3, 2019

The blog on July 3rd featured the word "exotic". I received a lot of brilliant sentences on the word. (Click here in case you want to read that post again.) However, there was one comment that stood out for me. Here are the reasons why: 1. Due to the effort put in by the person.… Continue reading A Special Comment on the Word of the Day- July 3, 2019

Motivation, Word of the Day

Winner of the Word Hunt

Wow! What amazing sentences I got on the last Vocabulary post! Indeed all of you are becoming better at framing sentences. In case you don't know what I am talking about, click here. The rules of the Word Hunt were: You had to find the synonym of "devour". The child who would find the word… Continue reading Winner of the Word Hunt

English Grammar

Prepositions- Explanation and Examples (FBLD)

Ever wondered what prepositions are? Here's your answer. Prepositions are words that link nouns, pronouns and other words in a sentence. Here are some videos that will help you to understand Prepositions step-by-step. Video on- What are Prepositions? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VK-kXkXTBc Video on- Position of Prepositions in a Sentence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF6LE4P_bEU A video song on various examples of… Continue reading Prepositions- Explanation and Examples (FBLD)

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- July 4, 2019, Special Mention and Word Hunt

This word reminds me of the mouth watering food that I too am guilty of devouring sometimes! Does it remind you of anything? Leave your connections below. For contributing a word which brings back such delectable memories, let's thank the person who contributed it. It's none other than Saanvi Nautiyal of IV- E! Congratulations! Keep… Continue reading Word of the Day- July 4, 2019, Special Mention and Word Hunt

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- July 3, 2019 and the Special Mention

The word today is quite relatable, as some of you might have travelled to some exotic location sometime in life or seen someone tell you about such a place. There are many things that can be exotic- plants, animals, languages etc. List some exotic places, plants, animals or any other examples in the comments section… Continue reading Word of the Day- July 3, 2019 and the Special Mention

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- June 29, 2019 and the Special Mention

Today's word has been contributed by Poorvi Sarda of V- C. Well done Poorvi! To listen to the pronunciation of the word, click here. "Phenomenal" can be used to talk about many things. Find out what you can use it for and leave your sentences or connections in the comments section. Happy day to you!… Continue reading Word of the Day- June 29, 2019 and the Special Mention

Motivation, Poetry

Habits and the Law of Nature

Here's another micro poem as some food for thought. Don't you think this is so important to move forward in life? If you want to become who you want to be, you have to change your toxic habits. How can you start a new, positive habit, without leaving the old one? If you can't, then… Continue reading Habits and the Law of Nature

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- May 7, 2019 : Special Mention

The Word of the Day has been contributed by Devansh Trehan of class IV-E. He came across this word while reading "Alice in Wonderland". Click the link below to check out the pronunciation of "perplexed" in British English: Pronunciation of "perplexed". Let's put our thinking caps on: Why do you think the visual of the… Continue reading Word of the Day- May 7, 2019 : Special Mention

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- May 5, 2019

The Word of the Day has been contributed by two children this time. Both of them gave the same word. The names of these two children are- Pragun of V-B and Nikunj Narang of V-C. Congratulations to the winners! Are you able to make any connections with this word? Think about it, we too practice… Continue reading Word of the Day- May 5, 2019

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- May 1, 2019

Yet another word to foster your understanding of vocabulary. The "Present: A Word Activity" seems to be working very well in my classes. So many children are coming up with new words each day that it is getting difficult to keep up with the pinning of new words to the Word Wall. The class I… Continue reading Word of the Day- May 1, 2019

Word of the Day

Special Mention- Winner of the Word Hunt

The first person to find the synonym of "delicious" uploaded on the blog is Sreenath Sreekrishna of 5B. The synonym of the word is "delectable". Kudos to the winner! You have won the word hunt!

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- April 30, 2019

Have you ever frolicked anywhere? I sure have seen most of my students frolicking in the school itself. Leave your connections in the comment section. Don't forget to use the word as you describe your incident. Also, referring to our conversation from yesterday, I still haven't received the synonym of "delicious" uploaded on the blog… Continue reading Word of the Day- April 30, 2019

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- April 29, 2019

Here's another word to enrich your vocabulary. This word was contributed by Nikunj Narang of class 5C. Off late, the children of C have started contributing new words for the Word Wall of our class. Some children who have done this are Aanya Dhawan, Atharv Nag, Poorvi Sarda, Trinabh Mehra among others. The class gives… Continue reading Word of the Day- April 29, 2019

Reading Workshop

Reading Strategies

A good reader is consciously or unconsciously always using these strategies while reading. Well, to be more precise, while learning, these strategies are consciously used, but once a person keeps reading using these strategies, it becomes an automated process. These strategies have proved beneficial in more than one way in the classes I teach. My… Continue reading Reading Strategies

English Grammar

How to Spell Well?

Here's what I have to tell anyone who has trouble with spellings- please use the following: These are easy yet effective tools. When I am spelling, I am unconsciously using a combination of these or at least one of them. Another thing that helps me with spellings is that most words or similar words have… Continue reading How to Spell Well?

Word of the Day, Writers' Workshop

10 Ways to Say “Beautiful” in English

Everytime my students describe something with the words " beautiful/ nice" like- "The dress looked "beautiful/nice", "The place was "beautiful/nice", I tell them to use more descriptive words to show what they saw. It is one of the first ways to make the reader of your story, visualize details. (Remember, the reading strategy that makes… Continue reading 10 Ways to Say “Beautiful” in English

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- April 4, 2019

Here's another word that quite usable. I can think of so many situations this can be used in. One example is: During the Annual Day, I was completely enthralled by the glorious performance and colourful costumes of the dancers. Think of some situations where you can use this word. And if you can use them… Continue reading Word of the Day- April 4, 2019

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- March 28, 2019

Here's another word. This word can be used in many different ways. It can be used well to define the place, the weather, an event among other things.Find out some other meanings and ways to use this word.Can you come up with a sentence using this word. (Hint: You can refer to the background of… Continue reading Word of the Day- March 28, 2019

English Grammar

Exercises on Commas

So here a video to help you learn about some of the uses of commas: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/grammar/punctuation-the-comma-and-the-apostrophe/introduction-to-commas/v/meet-the-comma-the-comma-punctuation-khan-academy Exercise on use of commas to punctuate lists. Exercise on use of commas while directly addressing someone. Here's a quiz on commas. Mixed bag quiz on commas. Another mixed bag exercise. You can check your answers at the end.… Continue reading Exercises on Commas

English Grammar

FANBOYS Conjunctions

Conjunctions are also known as "joining words". They can be used to join words like: Jasmine and Jyoti are best friends. Here the conjunction "and" is joining the two names- Jasmine and Jenny. Or, they can be used to join two sentences. Like: James went to the market. He bought a packet of chips. We… Continue reading FANBOYS Conjunctions

English Grammar

Direct and Indirect Speech

Direct and Indirect Speech is one of those topics that ESL learners find especially challenging. However, if you only understand the use of both types of speeches, it becomes fairly easy. I always tell my students to just think about reporting everything that is said in the direct speech to a friend of theirs in… Continue reading Direct and Indirect Speech

English Grammar

Still Think Punctuation Isn’t Important?

Funny right? or Funny, right? Did you get the difference between my first two sentences? The first sentence "Funny right?" means that the right side is funny, whereas the second sentence "Funny, right?" simply means that I am asking for an affirmation from you that these pictures are funny. By the way, even the meaning… Continue reading Still Think Punctuation Isn’t Important?

Reading Workshop

Making Inferences

Confused? A lot of people are when they have to draw inferences. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acZzllpIYz4 Now let's watch another video explaining how you already are drawing inferences. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to30AJm2epQ Give these exercises a shot once you are done with the videos: Exercise 1- What Causes a Solar Eclipse? Exercise 2 Exercise 3 Exercise 1 and 2 are grade… Continue reading Making Inferences

Reading Workshop

Finding the Main Idea

Finding the main idea of a story can sometimes be challenging for young students and even adults sometimes. But to know how to find it, we must first know what it is. So here's a video explaining this topic in the simplest way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHEQ04EOykE Another video to help you with this topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjjYRI3QCTsNow try out… Continue reading Finding the Main Idea

Reading Workshop

How to Arrange Things in a Sequence

We engage in sequencing things everyday. But how is it relevant to learning a language? And how can we sequence things? Let's find out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTXQMjRx28M Sequencing is generally done to put things in a logical order for them to make more sense. Transitions are great indicators to know the sequence of a story. Here's a… Continue reading How to Arrange Things in a Sequence

Reading Workshop

What are Context Clues?

Don't we sometimes get stuck on words while reading a book? Well, we don't know the meaning of words and wonder how our teachers and other adults know the meaning of so many words. Well, I always tell my students that nobody can memorize the entire dictionary, unless they have an eidetic memory.  Most people… Continue reading What are Context Clues?

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- February 8, 2018

A good word while describing a character in your story, don't you agree? By the way, did you notice the use of the Question Tag? And yes, as the visual suggests, our optimism makes even people we encounter joyful. So keep smiling! Put in your efforts to improve at the right time and not at… Continue reading Word of the Day- February 8, 2018

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- February 7, 2018

I know, I know! I am posting the 'Word of the Day' after a long time! Due to multiple reasons this good practice got stalled for a bit! But every set back or shortcoming teaches us something new. Don't you think? Now THAT is OPTIMISM! It can also be referred to as 'positive attitude'. There… Continue reading Word of the Day- February 7, 2018

English Grammar

All About “Question Tags”

I asked my students what does a tag on clothes looks like? Most of them said that it hangs separately to the piece of clothing. They all agreed it sort of sticks out at the end. Similarly a Question Tag is a small question that sticks out at the end of a statement. It is… Continue reading All About “Question Tags”

English Grammar

Types of Sentences

There are four types of sentences. Knowing the different types of sentences helps to write the correct sentence structure and also in proper punctuation. Here is a video that will help you to identify them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf9LWnnADzw Just to add on, Imperative Sentences also express requests, advice or suggestions. Now, let's test how much you have… Continue reading Types of Sentences

English Grammar

Comparison of Adverbs

We earlier learnt about the various kinds of adverbs. If you want to revisit the post, click here. Now let's learn about the adverbs that compare. Here's a video on this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shLLaRxIgnw Do notice the adverbs that are compared in an irregular way. Now, test how much you understood by clicking on the links to… Continue reading Comparison of Adverbs

English Grammar

Active and Passive Voice

Active Voice: The verb is in active voice when the subject performs the action. The focus is on the subject. Eg. The lion killed the deer. Passive voice: The verb is in passive voice when the subject receives the action. The focus is on the action. Eg. The deer was killed by the lion. HOW… Continue reading Active and Passive Voice

Writers' Workshop

Idioms and Phrases of the Week

So here's the thing! I have been getting a good response related to idioms and phrases that are uploaded. A lot of you seem to be using them quite well. So every now and then, I plan to upload more idioms and phrases so that your fluency and expression is enhanced further. And, keep up… Continue reading Idioms and Phrases of the Week

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- December 30, 2018

Here is another word you can use to describe a place. It goes hand in hand with yesterday's word. Isn't the place picturesque? To find out the meaning of 'picturesque' click here. So what did you understand from today's word? Can you tell what the ambience of the place in the picture seemed like to… Continue reading Word of the Day- December 30, 2018

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- December 29, 2018

This word seems really easy to use. Instead of using the word 'beautiful' all the time to describe a place, this word can be used. Can you think of some other synonyms of the word? A little research only helps us improve. So go look up some synonyms and think of how you can use… Continue reading Word of the Day- December 29, 2018

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- December 23, 2018

So what are you able to visualize while reading this? Any connections anybody could make? Do list some synonyms in the comments sections. Like, share, follow and comment if you like the blogposts. Follow the blog also to get an instant update about all blogpost. To visit all the previous blogposts click on the title… Continue reading Word of the Day- December 23, 2018

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- December 18, 2018

Any connections, anyone? Can you frame a good sentence using the word? Do like, share, follow and comment if you like the blogposts. Follow the blog also to get an instant update about all blogpost. To visit all the previous blogposts click on the title of the blog.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- December 17, 2018

Can you come up with a good sentence with this word? Any connections? Comment below. Do like, share, follow and comment if you like the blogposts. Follow the blog also to get an instant update about all blogpost. To visit all the previous blogposts click on the title of the blog.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- December 11, 2018

I noticed dense thicket all throughout our trip in Ranthambore. I took the picture with 'the word of the day' during our trips in the canter. Did anyone else notice it?

Word of the Day

Word of the Day- November 24, 2018

Questions- Could anybody make any connections? Were you able to visualize anything? Can anybody come up with any synonyms Do like, share, follow and comment if you like the blogposts. Follow the blog also to get an instant update as soon as any blogpost is uploaded. To visit all the previous blogposts click on the… Continue reading Word of the Day- November 24, 2018