Aligning the body, breath and the mind through Yoga

Yoga is a vast collection of techniques and practices aimed at integrating mind, body and spirit to achieve a state of well being. One of Yoga’s forms is in the practice of physical postures and breath related exercises for specific benefits.

Kaleidoscope announces Yoga classes from October. The classes are conducted by Suresh Kandukuri, a yoga trainer with many years of experience in India and abroad.

Hatha Yoga for general wellness and body toning.

  • Monday to Friday: 10 am to 11 am
  • Fee: Rs 1800 per month

Power Yoga for weight management

  • Monday to Friday: 11 am to 12 noon
  • Fee Rs 2500 per month

Special workshop to build immunity and resistance. This focuses specifically on lungs and immune system to prevent SWINE FLU infection.

  • Monday to Friday: 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm
  • Fee: Rs 2000

1-1 consultations and coaching is also available. Please call 98491 88020 for appointments.

Nutritionist Advice. The Yoga sessions are supported by a nutritionist’s consultation.

  • The nutritionist’s services are also available independent of the Yoga sessions.
  • Please call 98491 88020 for appointments.

Suresh Kandukuri also offers classes in pranayama, meditation, or interventions for specific kinds of issues such as gynecological disorders, stress, back pain, diabetes, thyroid problems, cervical spondylitis, arthritis, migraine, sinusitis.

If you are interested in other programs or time slots please contact him on 98491 88020 or S_kandukuri@yahoo.com

Write Right

Normal everyday writing at school – whether it is an essay, a “long answer”, a book review or a project report – can turn out to be a chore without the right tools. And very stressful.
Basic everyday writing, requires among other things, strong foundations in grammar, voabulary, sentence construction and precis writing. With these tools, children are equipped to begin writing independently, correctly, quickly and effectively. This in turn makes them more confident in dealing with their school work.
Kaleidoscope launches a 12-week Foundation Program in Writing and Grammar for children in classes 4 and 5. This is not a creative writing class – it focuses on the foundations of good writing required for general school work.

Program dates: June 16 – Sep 30.

Tuesdays and Tursdays 4.30 to 5.30 pm

Programs for June 2009

The summer programs are done and we’ve had great fun over the last few months, learning and enabling others to learn! We look forward to another great year with more programs, and more fun. 

Get ready for the new academic year – new schedules, new friends, new books, new teachers and new challenges!

Highlights for June:

 

  • New batches of *unfold*  and *e x p a n d* and Enterprise! 
  • Phonics and stories
  • Graded reading programs
  • English Grammar and writing
  • Dance
  • Chess
  • Art (drawing and painting)
  • Hindi Stories
  • Creative Writing
  • Research skills

 

 Get details of all the programs for June 2009!

Interknit 2009

Interknit concluded last week. We had much fun and much learning. Participants and their parents were happy with what they did and saw – and we’d like to share it with you! 

What parents had to say:

“It was a very good experience… Even I have personally learnt a lot of things from this camp” - Ambika Burman

“Amazing, Superb! The whole idea was fun, seeing the little ones producing and then trading a good bargain was unbeleiveable” – Geeta and Gaurav Khurana

“Thank you for a wonderful program which helped my child with overall development of soft skills…” – Radhika Peri

“The program was very well structured. Interest level was high throughout the program” – Sudha Srinivas

What the participants had to say:

The main thing I liked… it’s not like a school, where we always need to be disciplined. This is the best summer camp I’ve attended ever” – Niharika Krishnan

“I got so many friends…it rocked” Ashley Preity

“I liked interknit because they had made a schedule for each day – what to do and how to do and made us play games and activities” – Krishna Modi

Interknit in pictures

What happened at the Puppetry workshop!

The summer puppetry workshop is over. It was amazing to watch the youngsters not only make fairly complex puppets, but also manipulate them and tell stories with sound effects, music and near-professional comic timing!

Some pictures:

 

A note from Ratnamala Nori, the well-known puppet maker, artist and facilitator of this course:

” Puppet have been used from time immemorialas tools to educate, entertain and inform. They fascinate and involve children in a way that few other art forms can… A great deal can be accomplished through puppets. They lead to creative thinking and imagination. The main reason puppets work well with children is because they are so multi sensory. It doesnt matter if the child is very small or very tall, you can reach them with puppets!…”

Ratnamala Nori can be contacted to conduct performances or workshops. Email. Website.

*e x p a n d* Valedictory

*e x p a n d* completed its first batch last week. (For those who came in late - *e x p a n d* is part of *EVOLVE*, Kaleidoscope’s growth program for youngsters. It aims to equip children with the concepts, skills and belief systems to deal with the world around them  - and which the education system does not provide! Read more>>)

On Sunday March 29, we had a valedictory session, where the participants, all aged between 10 and 14, presented their experiences of six months, with a whole lot of charts, slide decks, demos and very vocal, enthusiastic explanations.

Doting parents and other friends of Kaleidoscope came in expecting the usual open-house and were plesantly suprised at the enthusiastic lot and their articulate presentations on topics ranging from communication and balance to emotional literacy, career choices and visual language. Which, by the way, are all sessions that they had had in the *e x p a n d* classes. The range of topics and the confidence and clarity demonstrated by the presenters stood out in this event. 

The audience response ranged from “I never knew my kid knew all that” to “I’m overwhelmed” to “Wish I’d had a course like this when I was a kid”. In fact, most of the topics covered under the *EVOLVE* program are applicable at all stages of life in one form or other – which makes it relevant to participants and audience, irrespective of their age.

We are very happy and proud of our first  *e x p a n d* batch. We know they have learned a great deal. The process has been mind-blowingly enriching for us as well. And we know we are on the right track with this program.

Interknit

Kaleidoscope offers Interknit, a new 3 week program for 10-15 year olds in association with the Education Times.  The aim of the program is to provide activity-based learning in several areas including communication, planning and organization, the art of skillful discussion, art for school work, voice and theatre exercises, writing exercises and the like.  

Interknit (meaning to knit together or unify) brings together different kinds of activity under one theme. Participants get a little bit of everything, and also a sound learning experience on the whole. The program is designed from Kaleidoscope’s master curriculum and employs a range of learning resources.

  • Course duration: 60 hours
  • April 13- May 1; Monday to Friday; 2 pm to 6 pm
  • Call us for more details

Make the Cash Flow!

 

Are you overspending? Do you have an investment plan? How does your financial future look and feel?

Play the Cashflow 101 game to see the results of your financial mindset, and how it operates in the game of Cashflow. This game also teaches you financial literacy, investment basics, and the beginning of financial freedom. 

The game takes 2.5 hours (max 6 participants per game). The session includes an analysis of your financial mindset and the necessary changes needed in your mindset to meet your goals.  Read more about the benefits of playing this simulation.

Call us for registrations.

A review of the game:

I played. I thought. I learned. Personal reflections on plying Cash Flow.

Four of us played CashFlow 101 internally at Kaleidoscope last evening. I’m a bit jaded when it comes to e-versions of learning programs and suffer bouts of “been there, done that”. So, I turned up with few expectations and a dash of scepticism. 

I was happily surprised by the game.

  • The game / simulation is well designed. Even if you are not be a big fan of animated characters giving you financial gyaan, there’s still enough to learn.  Then, there are tons of decisions to make – and you experience the consequences of your decisions right there. That, trust me, really gets the point home.
  • Short, easy to understand videos (of Robert Kiyosaki with flip charts!) give you concepts and information – just before you need to make your decisions in the game. Again, very helpful for learning.
  • Each turn gives you an opportunity to practice a skill (such as investing, buying, making a financial transaction, balancing your assets and liabilities…). And it gives youemotional twists (such as getting fired, having babies or getting your car in an accident). In combination, the information, skills and emotions make it a nice rounded experience
  • And this was the big one… As I worked through the game, I began to see patterns in my thinking and belief systems about money. And it kept me thinking for several hours after the game. Now, if I were to act on those patterns in real life….
  • There’s also a professional observer and coach to help you identify the patterns, if you don’t recognize them on your own.

Five stars to the learning experience. Play it – it’s worth your time. You could always consider buying the game for about $ 200, but I think its more practical and fun to just turn up at Kaleidoscope, spend three hours and 500 rupees, have fun and go home with things to think about.

Manasvini

Program on EFT

 

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): is a healing & self improvement modality which is also called the needleless  version of acupuncture based on the connection between the body’s subtle energies, emotions, and health. Read more. Kaleidoscope offers a complete basic course based on the EFT manual as provided by the founder Gary Craig.

Feb 17, 2009. 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

Fee: Rs 1500

Call us for registrations.