Building Reading Habits in Kids!!

Reading can take you to places!!

Reading! .. Do u like to read? I know the world has become digital (now more than ever) but have you missed the feel of books in your hands? When was the last time have you read anything?? (not talking about Instagram captions 😁😅) I’m talking about books or newspapers or magazines .. anything?! I LOVE LOVE Reading!! I can spend my whole day, whole night reading a book or even surfing around reading articles from all over the world (I like to keep myself updated 😄) .. may be thats why I feel passionate about reading .. my goal is to become a good Reading instructor. When you are a teacher & in a classroom specially with an early year group who don’t have any idea how to read & after some sessions when u hear them try to read some words .. that feeling is purely magical .. its out of the world experience ( getting emotional here 😅)
Anyways our today’s topic for #teacherstuesday is “Building Reading Habits in Kids” .. Reading is the essential part of a child’s learning experience. Its the foundation if a child’s educational journey. The reading journey begins with the phonemic awareness, blending of the sounds to make a word, segmenting of words into individual sounds but we’ll not get into how to teach reading (feel free to DM if you seek any help for ur kids.) We are going to discuss how can we take our kids away from technology (for a while) & put books in their hands! .. we want go build the love of reading in them 💖
Firstly we have to realise that kids do what they see .. lead by example, create a reading habit in your homes .. start when they are young. Establish a regular reading routine, may be before going to bed or any time in a day. If they are young & still don’t know how to read, start with read alouds! Have some picture books for the kiddos & let them explore it, let them make stories of their own from those pictures! (You’ll get surprised what they might be thinking) Try to make the books easily accessible to your kids, lookout what kind of book interests your child & build your home library according to it. Have reading sessions as a family .. it’ll encourage the child to read as well. We can totally make reading fun by incorporating some fun & play activities to it or may be incorporate an art work along it ( according to your child’s intetests). As teachers we always want the parents to be involved in their child’s learning, get involved in their reading routines as well & where ever to find it hard or feel stuck .. discuss it with your child’s teachers. Remember that the parents along with the teachers makes an excellent team for the betterment of a child.
We can only develop the reading habits of a child by supporting them with love & patience only. Expressing your frustration to a child who is already struggling, can often make them struggle more & in return they would start hating it which we definitely don’t want to do! We want to build a life long love of reading in our children ( & students), this is the ultimate goal! Remember everyone likes to read, may be they haven’t found the book which interests them yet! Let’s find the books which our kids love to read .. let’s build a reading community, let books be our window to the world & let them take us to places .. we’ve never been!! LET’S READ 😃📚

Sweet Cravings!

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Who doesn’t like a little something sweet after food?? And Cherry on top, its Eid around the corner also & we know that no festivity is complete without a sweet dish. Since I’m Pakistan so I thought to bring full on desi sweet dish for the first ever recipe post on my blog & also it’s been a while since I posted anything here so why not restart this journey with sweets. So here’s the royal sweet dish recipe for you all. Seriously presenting you “Shahi Tukray” which in English literally means “Royal Pieces” .. let’s check out this royal recipe & feel a bit of royalty 😉!!
Ingredients:
🍞 Bread slices – As required
(remove corners & cut into triangles)
Milk 🥛- 1 litre
Milk Powder – 3tbsp
Saffron strands – As required
Condensed Milk – 1 can
Yellow food colour – for colouring the milk
Pistachio & Almond slices – for garnishing

Method:
🥢 cut corners of the bread slices & sliced them into triangles
🥢 Deep fry the bread slice
🥢 In a pan add milk, bring it to boil & add milk powder, saffron & Condensed milk to it
🥢 Cook for 5 to 10 mins & add few drops if yellow food colour to get ur desired colour
🥢 Put off the flame & now siak the fried bread slices into this mixture .. turn around & let it soak completely
🥢 Take out the slices & dish it out on your serving platters .. garnish with Pistachio & Almond slices
🥢 Serve chilled 👌

I hope you are going to enjoy this recipe & may be try this for Eid!!

EID MUBARAK in advance!!

ADULTING CAN BE FUN!!

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Let’s be adults! .. Act like a grown up! Or, you are not a child anymore! These are some lines either you have said to somebody or have heard from someone. When we were kids, we wanted to be grownups. In our young adult life everyone wanted us to be responsible, telling us to act our age as we were not kids anymore. Everyone wanted us to be adulting at the best!! But what actually adulting or being an adult means?? Why every kid wants to be an adult? May be being an adult fancies them. I remember when I was in my teen being an adult meant freedom for me, freedom to make your own choice & your own decisions but this all comes with great responsibilities which I hadn’t realized at that time. Now, when I am an adult (been an adult for a very long time now) sometimes I really want to hide somewhere & tell the world I AM DONE BEING AN ADULT!! But it shouldn’t be this way. Why have we made adulthood so complicated??? .. let’s dive into it & try to figure out some difficulties of adulthood & how can we ease this phase of our lives.
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What does adulting actually means? Firstly it seems like it’s not a regular word in English language, (it’s a fairly new gerund that stems from the use of word “adult”). I dig it up on net & some of the few definitions I found were that “it’s the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult”. In one other place it was described as “An informal term to describe behaviour that it seems as responsible & grown up. This behaviour often involves meeting the mundane demands of independent & professional living, such as paying bills & running errands.” We as a society has setup some strictly defined rules for being an adult. However it can be subject & may differ from person to person but loosely its mainly focus to achieve following goals in life like getting through school, having a professional degree, getting that dream job which pays you well, fall in love .. getting married, have kids & then what?! You focus all your young adult life & then adult life pursuing & chasing these set goals to become that perfect responsible adult that you forget to enjoy the process & by the end after achieving all those things, the fatigue of it all makes you tired as hell & then you don’t want to be an adult anymore, suddenly you want an out from all the responsibilities. This should not be the case.

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We have to realise that being an adult is a part of growing up & u can’t simply avoid it but you can surely make it fun!! Adulthood means more than paying bills & cooking at home. It means to make decisions which are good for your wellbeing & not the ones which someone expect you to make, it means to accept all your flaws & accept that life is not always rose coloured. It can be tough & you will manage to deal with it .It specially does not mean that you give up all the things which u once loved doing & follow some routine which is making you stressed & bored. Being an adult should not be boring. Let’s change that narrative & be that responsible fun adult which everyone else looks up to & wanted to be like.

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In a society that glorifies the carefree culture of youth, we often disregard the search of happiness in our adult life & immerse ourselves in portraying the role of a perfect adult. By doing so, you often forget to enjoy this phase of your life. You start spending your life rather than living it. There cannot be any definition of being a perfect adult & especially there’s a no “how to” guide for it. You can only be a responsible one if you start enjoying this phase of life. It’s not necessary to make drastic changes to your habits, routine or spending a lot of money to enjoy adulthood. Often, we already have everything to enjoy life. It’s just a matter of priorities. So my dear friends do make your job, responsibilities, & duties your priority but don’t forget to add an element of enjoyment to it otherwise you will be, at some time compelled to say “ADULTING SUCKS!!”
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HAPPINESS CAN BE EASY!!!

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Hello again my dear readers.. I know, I know I’m being late again although I’ve told in my last post that I will be posting regularly here but as the saying goes better late than never 😉 so here I am! but on a serious note, I thought that I would have ample of time to write during my summer break (yes guys! I’m on a break.. Perks of working as a teacher) as I’m not travelling this summer but but life don’t follow any plans or should I say, I suck at planning. I would rather like to take one day at a time. It basically is what makes me Happy!! .. So, although I had planned to be consistent on this space but things happen & I got busy in other things which were exciting & brought me happiness. Yes!! I think you are going to read the word “Happiness” a lot of time during this blog post as I have decided to write about it today. Haan jii tou come tell me what gives you Happiness?? .. It’s such a vast topic but today we will talk about what is happiness? & how to enjoy the little things in your life which can give you true joy! (Ahh! choti choti khushiyan!)
Happiness is a word which seems short & sweet but it holds a lot of meaning in everybody’s life. Everybody wants to be happy. This is the one thing which everyone wants in abundance in their lives. But how can you measure happiness? Which things bring you happiness? & how can you boost your happiness?! Sadly, we spend a bigger chunk of our time thinking or I would rather say over thinking about happiness that we actually play part in decreasing our quality of happiness. Yes! dear readers we humans have made “being happy” difficult & laborious. I believe that happiness should be simple & easily achievable!! How can you really make it simpler & satisfying, let’s talk about it ..

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We have always read that try finding joy in the simpler things, like blooming flowers, looking at clear skies, in rain, a peaceful evening, a good night sleep & the list can go on & on & on .. but here’s the moment of truth .. are we really doing it? Are we really enjoying these little things in our lives? We the people are always chasing some dreams in our life, every single time & in doing that we are neglecting the small moments which are truly pleasing to us! It’s ok to set up goals in fact you should always have a goal in life to chase but in doing so don’t forget to appreciate those little moments of your life which will be good memories for a life time! Now what actually is happiness?? You can google it if you want but I think that Happiness is a state of mind!! & it can be different for person to person. The things which brings joy to me, might not be important to you .. so my friends go out & try to find YOUR own happiness. Try to observe & look around things, events or people that bring you happiness. Build your own happy tribe!! If u can’t than you can always take help of our good old friend Mr.Google. There’s a whole list of things / activities online which are scientifically proven to bring happiness to you. But again being happy is no rocket science, try to find it in a simple cup of tea, a talk to your best friend, help out a colleague, go on that long overdue road trip you might be planning & postponing it for some odd reasons, see your family spend time with them, indulge in some social work or the easiest of them all, arrange that wardrobe of yours (the end result of it will surely bring you a lot of happiness 🙂 )
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There are so many simpler things that can actually benefit us mentally & physically! So, girls & boys let’s uncomplicated our lives, let’s stop making “being happy” a difficult & complex procedure. Try to smile often, don’t stress on little things (stress is part of life, it’ll be there in some way or other .. let’s try to deal with it head on!), take pride in what you have & what you do. Most importantly try to bring happiness in others life, in return you WILL find your own happiness! Always remember YOU are in control of the choices you make in your life. Choose wisely!! There are many blogs & articles online .. go & read them all, take info from them as a guide to live a happier & more fulfilling life. I had read it somewhere that “Nobody has seen tomorrow, today is what we have .. let’s make our today happy. Let’s be happy NOW!!”

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“Balance For Better”- International Women’s Day 2019

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Balance in the matters of life & in world is the key to stability, or should I say balance the better; better the world! Every system works better as long as it maintains the state of equilibrium. In order to maintain & establish this equilibrium, the issues of the society must be resolved within the norms and accord levied. These social issues are the driving force which is responsible to shape up the socioeconomic situation of any country or a society. Women are the integral part of any society. We make up approximately 49% of the world population. Women should not be ignored or treated un equally, if we want to make an impact as a society. In many parts of the world, women still don’t have the equal rights or opportunities as of their male counterparts thus causing an unbalance or instability in the society. This gender discrimination or gender inequality has drastically augmented in the past, ultimately disturbing the social balance of our societies & ultimately of the world.

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A lot of efforts has been put in to curb or minimize this worsening situation of gender discrimination / gender inequality but believe me, we still have a very long way to go!! The theme for “International Women’s Day” this year is “Balance For Better” which once again gives hope & inspiration to all the women across the globe. This hope binds us together to look up to some of the brilliant Women in the world who had excelled in their fields & are continuing to do so. These Women inspires us & gives us strength to go that extra mile & try hard to achieve our goals in getting the equal rights & creating the balance in the world for ourselves.

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The prosperity of our society is directly related to the gender balanced world with equal number of opportunities offered to all genders. The negation or any sort of decrement in this can have profound impact on all of us. As this is the era of technology, we can utilize the technology such as social media for our benefits, by using it to generate awareness about the gender equality via blogging or by creating the platforms for women only where they feel secure & confident to share their fears, challenges or ideas among other women so that they can motivate each other in achieving their goals. Women must now need to build the balance in the society for themselves. Gender equality is not only beneficial for the women but it can cause a positive impact on our society which will only bring betterment to the world.

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On the other hand Women who are given the opportunity, are making a great impact on the society. They are truly responsible & are capable of maintaining the balance in the society. They are maintaining this balance between their professional & private lives. Women when provided the chance, can blissfully pursue their careers along with taking care of their families giving them the quality time they deserve.
We as women are responsible for making this world a better place for our children so that they don’t have to strive to seek that balance which we are trying to create in this world today! On this International Women’s Day we must collectively portray the strong message of gender equality in economical, industrial, social & political sectors. We must try to get the equal opportunity to grow in all sectors & show cast our abilities in effective manner to prove that this balance is surely for better! .. So let’s all come together whether be a male or female & pledge on this International Women’s Day, that we all together will support gender equality & try to bring balance to the World.IWD5