Keep your concepts warm this summer with Learnhive!

By Arindam Nag,

Summer vacation is that time of the year when extra-curricular activities are in full swing. We at Learnhive encourage all to use this time to focus on hobbies and sports that may have taken a back seat, especially over the last couple of months of academic rigour. Take that art class or music lesson or enrol in your favourite sport camp.

 

But summer is also the time when we tend to forget some of the important concepts we may have learnt in Math and Science. This is where Learnhive can help you with the basic nourishment you need to keep your Math and Science brains sharp and be ready for the new academic year.

Each week we will send you a topic each in Math and Science that you need to revise and/or get introduced to a new topic for your upcoming year. All you have to do is 3 simple steps:

Step 1: You log in to Learnhive with your account

Step 2: View the video related to the topic, and play some games that are listed

Step 3: Take some fun practice exercises on the topic you just read or watched video on.

All it will take is an hour of your time per week. And you can do it at any time, anywhere on your PC or phone or even if you’re on a vacation, as per your convenience. And best of all it costs nothing! Also, you will earn points each time you view a video or take an exercise. These points will add towards the Learnhive Summer Contest.

You will need a Learnhive account to access this program. If you do not have one, sign up here for your account. We will send you a calendar listing the various topics being covered this summer to your email address. This program is presently targeted for students moving to Grades 5 – 10 in the coming academic year.

About the Author:

Arindam Nag is a  Founder and Director at Learnhive; he has over 17 years experience in information technology. He worked for over 13 years at one of the world’s leading investment banks, Goldman Sachs in various engineering and technology leadership roles. He has a Masters in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a recipient of National Talent Search Scholarship. He is a staunch believer in using technology to bridge the gap in the educational divide that exists not just in India but the world over.

About Learnhive: 

Learnhive is a leading provider of technology based learning solutions for K-12 students, parents, and tutors. Our goal is to make curriculum based learning more effective and fun. We specialize in providing after school learning solutions for students and parents. Our flagship product, Personal Concept Tutor™ gives students the flexibility to learn concepts at their own pace using a wide variety of materials and resources suited for their individual needs. Our technology is compatible with multiple device formats such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones to make learning more fun, interactive and available to students anywhere and at any time. Signup for free to access the learning materials (lessons and exercises).

Secrets of Last Minute Revision before Exams

By Sampada Bidikar,

When exams knock on your door, you have to study more and more. When there’s hardly any time left, and you haven’t done your revision yet. Here’s a solution! Read over to find out the quickest way of revising before your exams.

That time of the year is upon us, the time of revisions, preparations and tensions. Exams are just around the corner and everyone is busy studying for them. Each one of us has our own way of studying. Some will make timetables, some might randomly read a chapter they find most difficult and then the read the easy ones, or vice versa. Few would like to study with a buddy. Whatever the method, we all have one goal, and that is to do well in the exams.

With all this preparation, there is always a last minute thing to be done. It’s always there. Just before entering the exam hall, you would want to take a final look at the formulae, revise an important concept, and discuss some queries with your friends.

And more often than not, this last minute revision helps. With a proper last minute revision you enter the exam hall with confidence.

When you look at the question paper, you are confident about some questions and answer them well, as you had just revised them. But there might also be a few, for which you are unable to recollect the formula or the answer and you curse yourself for not taking a look at it once more. Has this ever happened to you?  I am sure it has happened to most of us, and you are smiling to yourself thinking how true this is.

Most of us prepare for this last minute revision beforehand. We write down important formulae in a sheet of paper or we write down the page number of the concepts we want to take a look at one more time, we make mind maps, charts, tables, etc. All these things definitely help us to do well.

I would like to suggest another sure shot method to help you with your studies and make your life easier: The Smart Learning Cards from Learnhive. The perfect tool to help you revise better! These sets of card for each subject will cover all the chapters and concepts of your syllabus.  These concise, colourful handy cards have concepts arranged in different formats like mind maps, tables, flowcharts, graphs to help you understand and remember well. Each card is designed carefully by Subject matter experts, keeping in mind the best way to explain a concept, so that it helps the child understand better. You have everything you need in these cards, the definitions, formulae, diagrams, solved problems, procedures, steps and explanation of concepts.

                                    Math Concept Sample Smart Card

                                  English Grammar Sample Smart Card

 

                  Science Concept Sample Smart Card

These are powerful visualization tools that will definitely help you with your studies. So go ahead try them. They are freely available right now @ http://player.learnhive.net/#!/search/lessons/summary

Also pocket your own copy of these cards at http://www.learnhive.net/store/SmartLearningCards to help you with your last minute preparation, and to give you the confidence to crack the exams.

About the Author:

Sampada Bidikar (sampada.bidikar@learnhive.net) is the Team Lead – Content Development at Learnhive Education Pvt. Ltd. She has over 5 years of experience in Information technology and over a year experience in Training and development; has worked in the Health care and Power domain at Siemens Information systems Ltd. She has a Bachelors degree in Information Science. Having a passion for training and development, she did her Advanced Diploma in Training and Development and has worked as a trainer and content developer at Oscar Murphy International.

About Learnhive: 

Learnhive is a leading provider of technology based learning solutions for K-12 students, parents, and tutors. Our goal is to make curriculum based learning more effective and fun. We specialize in providing after school learning solutions for students and parents. Our flagship product, Personal Concept Tutor™ gives students the flexibility to learn concepts at their own pace using a wide variety of materials and resources suited for their individual needs. Our technology is compatible with multiple device formats such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones to make learning more fun, interactive and available to students anywhere and at any time. Signup for free to access the learning materials (lessons and exercises).

How to prepare well for your exams?

By Captain Unni Krishnan,

When exams are around the corner, most students slip into studies and start cramming before the day of the exam. Some find it uneasy to follow a time table, some cannot concentrate, some have difficulties in remembering and others feel less confident. To help you cope with all your anxieties. Here are few useful tips that will help you to prepare well for your exams and be confident.

  • Make a revision timetable - Prepare a revision timetable. Try not to be too accurate and plan every minute of the day. This can be stifling and become boring quickly. Instead, make a list of subjects to be revised for that day, and how much time they need.

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  • Do lots of past exam papers - You need to be familiar with what the structure of exam will be, and what sort of questions will be asked. Time your solving of papers.
  • Take breaks – But not too many. One fifteen minute break for every hour of revision is fine, though if you’re younger and using this guide for other exams you’ll probably want shorter breaks more often – ten minute breaks for every half hour.
  • Drink enough water – But put it away from your notes in case you spill it! Refill it at breaks, and don’t drink too much or you’ll need the loo too often.
  • Eat well (Healthy food) – There are foods that boost brainpower – like peanuts, strawberries, banana, milk, dry fruits and fish. Avoid fast food – like pizzas and burgers and pastries that contain trans fats – a big ‘no’ to the brain and memory function.
  • Make time for exercise – It could be swimming or playing basketball or even yoga – coupled with mediation- has been proved to improve concentration.
  • Prioritize your subjects and their various topics to know which ones need the most work.
  • Get proper sleep, because then everything you revised will stay in your mind. Try not to stay up too long.
  • Have a daily routine -   For the basics of every day (this is easier if you have school, but during your leave follow this example-  ’Get up at 7:30, breakfast 7:45, lunch at 1:00, dinner at 6:00, bed at 9:00.’ It will get your body into a good routine for revising and stop you getting tired.
  • Study in a well organized, brightly lit room. Try changing your place of study – like the terrace, balcony, and the like instead of getting locked up only in your room.
  • Own schedule and not group schedule - It’s OK to do collective/group work to help each other, but do not do what they do, if you have English as a priority, and they have Math, do your English.
  • Get help from elders or your seniors who have done the same board exams before.
  • Be positive and confident about your exams.
  • Always be cheerful and learn to enjoy your study time. You don’t have a choice – you have to write your exams – might as well learn to enjoy study time.
  • Don’t be over confident, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
  • Create your own flash cards/ reference notes and refer them everyday. Five minutes with flashcards every day over a long period will be better than six hours cramming of science without breaks or rewards. You could also sum up what you have studied on post it stickers and glue them on your notice boards. When you revise again you just go through only that.
  • Set achievable and small targets- helps motivate you. Never target huge portions – when you don’t finish it, it will make you feel miserable.
  • Record things on to a phone or MP3 and listen to it overnight. That way, you will remember better. Record things you aren’t sure about.
  • Remember to be modest - if you brag about doing a lot of work and end up failing, it will be quite embarrassing.
  • Study everyday!

After Exam tips – Very crucial

  • Don’t create a panic. The work is done now wait for the result.
  • Don’t compare answers with those of other students – this can create negative feelings
  • Don’t rush to your textbooks to check your answers – there is no point at this stage
  • Focus on the next exam and how you might improve your exam technique
  • Have a quick look at your revision plan. See if you need to adjust it?
  • Think positive!

About the Author:

Captain Unni Krishnan is a Founder and Director of LearnHive; he is also the Founder and Managing Trustee of Primus Public School, Bangalore. Prior to that he was the Founder and Trustee of Indus International School. At Primus, he has been instrumental in implementation of new teaching pedagogies. He has seamlessly integrated the International and Indian syllabi to help prepare students for higher studies both in India and Overseas. Capt. is a ‘Sword of Honor’ from the prestigious Officers Training Academy of the Indian Army.

About Learnhive: 

Learnhive is a leading provider of technology based learning solutions for K12 students, parents, and tutors. Our vision to become the #1 trusted learning source for you. Our goal is to make curriculum based learning more effective and fun. We specialize in providing after school learning solutions for students and parents. Our flagship product, Personal Concept Tutor™ gives students the flexibility to learn concepts at their own pace using a wide variety of materials and resources suited for their individual needs. Our technology is available in computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones to make learning more fun, interactive and available to students anywhere and at anytime. Click here to signup for free to access the learning materials (lessons and exercises) for your children. As a parent you will receive regular progress reports, useful information related learning and educational boards.

10 Ways to Enhance Memory for Children!

By Crystal Maria Andrade,

You may wonder how you manage to remember information for a test. Parents often worry how well their children are learning and whether schools are meeting educational standards. Parents and teachers have big dreams that their children and students should become successful in their life. But, whether you succeed or not, all depends on this one aspect: your mind.  Your mind matters and what matters more is your memory. Memory has three stages which include sensory information (replica of what you see and hear/ also called encoding), short-term memory (active/working memory also called storage) and long-term memory (permanent memory/retrieval). Learning is the outcome of memory and learning depends on how well you have processed the information. As ability to recall information is needed for students, the information they learn should be passed on from the short term memory to long term memory in order to retain information during exams, tests or whenever required.

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Here are some tips for learning that will enhance your ability to recall information and achieve excellent results:

How much is too much:  There’s a need to understand the span of attention of students and their capacity to store information in their working memory. It is not educationally sound to impose on the students huge amount of information for long period of time, this will leave them confused and clueless. Instead, giving them limited information for study and helping them to learn with vigour will aid in retaining the information for a longer period of time.

1. Adding Emotion: Anything taught with the element of emotion will be easily retained in our memory. This means students are likely to recall information that induces an emotional response. Teachers can use this tactic in English, History and Science classes. For example: if the lesson is on galaxy, the teacher can induce emotions in the students by showing them videos or pictures of the galaxy and stars.

2. Reading, writing and recollecting: Anything which is read out loudly will enhance your retention than just reading it. Writing down the important points or facts will help in retention and will be useful while studying for exams. Recollecting is the ability to retain the information after reading and writing. If you have encoded the information efficiently then you will be able to retrieve the information.

4. Rehearsal: It is said ‘Practice makes a man perfect’, therefore, rehearsing information till you master any concept is very important. Rehearsal improves your memory and gets etched onto your long-term memory. Also, rehearsing the right information is essential because unlearning the inaccurate information which is passed on to the long-term memory will be a challenging task. Hence, practice over time and ace your exams without cramming all information in one night.

5. Give meaning: If there is any subject which has many names, dates and figures; then it is always better to associate these facts with something. Giving meaning to meaningless concepts or information through ways such as poems, mnemonics, music and rhythm will improve retention of this information for future use. Nevertheless, you can use an aid such as chunking which plays a significant role in enhancing the short term memory transfer to long term memory. Chunking numbers, colours or aspects in groups helps in remembering and learning the concepts faster.

6. Make connections: It is vital to make connections or associations between the new information and the previously learnt information. The higher the number of associations made, the more chances of retaining that information easily and this in turn induces your memory power through which you can retrace the information easily.

7. Avoid distractions: While studying, choose a quiet and peaceful environment, comfortable seating and table, bright light, proper ventilation and avoid distracting things around you. Here, distracting elements include anything that diverts your attention, for instance: video games, T.V., music player, phones, and the like. While studying, if distraction persists then encoding the information suffers leading to forgetting. Hence, for encoding to be efficient you shouldn’t give ways to distraction instead concentrate and give maximum attention to avoid the inability to retrieve information.

8. Get some rest: Take a break between learnings. You have heard that ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’, so take breaks after few hours of studying and relax your mind. Not only breaks but physical exercise and sound sleep strengthens your ability to retain the information. Sleep is very crucial to boost your memory. Sleep helps us learn new information and pass the information to the long-term memory. However, for most of the problems including imbalance of mind and body, stress, preparing for exams- the best prescription commonly given is get some sleep! So, say goodbye to cramming all night.

9. Teach others to help you revise better: Whatever you have learnt will be useful when you share that knowledge to another person. So, one of the best ways to learn is to teach what you’ve learnt to another person. This is the reason why teachers have mastered the concepts they teach because they have to teach the same lessons and concepts to many batches in school. Adding to this, if the concepts are thought using real life stories and examples or experiments, then the students are likely to remember them for life because anything visual stimulates our attention and learning takes place faster.

10. Questioning enhances learning: Asking questions like why, how, what helps in learning concepts well because here the reasoning, thinking and analysis is involved. Anything which triggers our mental processors helps in learning the concepts faster and better. Finding answers to these questions makes memory work out as all the mental processors are involved making the memory charged and active. Besides, another way to ask question is by taking the quizzes or tests which will help in reasoning and in a way enhance your memory power. Here, the end process will be getting feedback from the tests which plays a vital role in knowing what is right and what is wrong. All this collectively heightens your memory power because your brain is at its maximum functionality.

These are the 10 ways which will help you learn efficiently and remember information so that they can be retrieved whenever in need. If these procedures are followed anyone can learn anything quickly and retrace the information efficiently. However, all these procedures have to be followed in a systematic way and one shouldn’t end up multi-tasking. The reason is because our brain processes and stores the information systematically. This is not practiced then certain glitches can occur in the process of learning which will lead to forgetting. Now, you know that the old myths of rote learning don’t work. These guidelines will help students as it will help them reason and learn using the above methods which will have a great impact on the way they can retrieve information whenever asked for. Therefore, retention depends on how well you make use of these sure-fire ways to become more effective learner by simply enhancing your memory power for excellent results. Ultimately, don’t forget that remembering is a skill that takes lot of practice and learning is a life-long process and has to go on for our existence on earth. So, happy learning as memory is like a computer, you need to press Ctrl + S (Save) for all important information, press Backspace for all irrelevant information and press Delete for unused/useless information. Now F5 (Refresh) your mind and practice these useful methods.

About the Author:

Crystal Maria Andrade is a Content Developer at Learnhive. Nature, travelling, music, movies and fun interests her. She has a profound passion for writing. She believes making the most out of every opportunity. Her hobbies include collecting quotes, learning new words and playing crosswords and puzzles. She’s a fun-lover and is surrounded by fun-loving people. Spreading happiness is her mantra.

About Learnhive: 

Learnhive is a leading provider of technology based learning solutions for K-12 students, parents, and tutors. Our goal is to make curriculum based learning more effective and fun. We specialize in providing after school learning solutions for students and parents. Our flagship product, Personal Concept Tutor™ gives students the flexibility to learn concepts at their own pace using a wide variety of materials and resources suited for their individual needs. Our technology is compatible with multiple device formats such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones to make learning more fun, interactive and available to students anywhere and at anytime. Signup for free to access the learning materials (lessons and exercises).

 

Are you giving enough blended learning for your child?

By Jenna Murdoch,

Most of the parents feel that in spite of sending their child to tuition and school, the classroom learning has not made much of an impact on the child. The reason could be that the child has not understood the concepts or that they maybe exceptionally talented that they are bored of learning the concepts. This is due to being exposed to only classroom learning and not practical knowledge. Find out what blending learning is all about and how it will have a positive impact on your child’s learning.

Within the modern school system, students are arranged primarily by age rather than by ability. This originated with the industrial model of schools, where students were all trained in the same way to prepare them to take the place of another on the assembly line and are moved through the school years in lock step. Of course, we are no longer in the industrial age – we live in a knowledge economy where not everyone is expected to be on the same path, yet still, students are put in classrooms without full regard to where they stand on the learning spectrum.

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Pitfalls in levelled classrooms

In order to adapt to the new economy, many schools have attempted to address students of differing abilities by creating leveled classes and introducing opportunities for more advanced students such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs. Further, teachers have attempted to design more “modern” curricula that deviate from the traditional industrial model by using new in-class methods that encourage collaboration and project-based learning. However, even within these leveled classrooms, there is considerable variance in students’ level of comfort with coursework – instructors still have to appeal to the most common denominator in order to address the largest audience possible. As a result, students who have trouble keeping up may give up on understanding the material while students who are exceptionally talented in a certain subject may become bored or even discouraged.

Online education aids practice and preparation

In many subjects, online education may be a way for students who don’t fit into the common denominator to complement in-class instruction. Online education is a particularly effective complement to work in mathematics, since mathematical reasoning involves practice and objective problem solving. Students who are having a hard time keeping up with their classmates can do online practice problems until they have a better handle on the material or watch tutorials that take them step-by-step through the process of solving certain types of problems. Learners who are ahead of most of their peers can use online education as a way to solve more challenging problems that can give them a leg up in preparing for future coursework and can even help get them prepared for the level of mathematical reasoning that is expected of students applying to top universities.

Optimizing online learning platform

Though online instruction can be an excellent complement for classroom materials, many parents and students have a hard time deciding what features to look for when attempting to choose an online learning platform. Many online education providers have extremely limited materials or demonstrate the same generalized approach that drives students to online resources in the first place. In order to maximize the benefits of complementary online education, parents and students should look for platforms that have broad content and have adaptive resources that track a learner’s progress and generate additional materials based on the user’s demonstrated performance.

Blending in-class and online instruction

Blending in-class instruction with adaptive online complementary resources can allow students to move at their own pace and can empower them in the classroom.

About the Author:

Jenna Murdoch is a student at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City. She is an instructional technologist who is interested in evolving learning models.

About Learnhive: 

Learnhive is a leading provider of technology based learning solutions for K-12 students, parents, and tutors. Our goal is to make curriculum based learning more effective and fun. We specialize in providing after school learning solutions for students and parents. Our flagship product, Personal Concept Tutor™ gives students the flexibility to learn concepts at their own pace using a wide variety of materials and resources suited for their individual needs. Our technology is compatible with multiple device formats such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones to make learning more fun, interactive and available to students anywhere and at anytime. Signup for free to access the learning materials (lessons and exercises).

My Dream

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest- Creative Writing Contest for kids aged 5 – 15. We have lots of new entries and we’ll be uploading your work here. This is one of the write-up which was uploaded for the Think n Ink Contest. 

Poem by Ashmita Dasgupta of Grade 7 for Think n Ink Contest

My dream is to be a girl, who is perfect,

In anything and everything and every aspect.

My dream is to become a fashion designer,

Partnership with beauty, dresses and eye liner.

My dream is to become an author too,

Writing away interesting stories, with princes and fairies and “I Love You!”

My dream is to have infinite friends,

Watching movies, having fun and shopping for trends.

My dream is to have popularity and fame,

Everyone would admire me and know my name.

My dream is to fly like a fairy,

I would fly past everyone, my head held airy.

My dream is to be someone who can be loved,

Rest is to the people to realize my worth.

My dream is to live long forever, till the end,

And ‘the end’ would come only when a message I send.

My dream is to have whatever I wish,

But it will always remain an unfulfilled wish.

All of this is just a big, an adorable dream,

Which will gradually flow away with life, like a stream…

 

About Think n Ink: 

Learnhive organized Think n Ink Contest for Kids aged 5 – 15. The above is a poem submitted by Ashmita Dasgupta of Grade 7 for Think n Ink Contest. Read and ‘Like’ it. Entries which get maximum ‘Likes’ could be the WINNER. The prizes will be given in 4 categories and the best original written piece will win cash prizes and certificates.

Think n Ink Contest- Learnhive Summer Contest 2013

The War of Chess

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest- Creative Writing Contest for kids aged 5 – 15. We have lots of new entries and we’ll be uploading your work here. This is one of the write-up which was uploaded for the Think n Ink Contest. 

Story by Aashna Patel of Grade 3 for Think n Ink Contest

In the 18th century BC there lived a very kind king, Jaivardhan and his queen Raghini. They had a son named Veer which suited his personality as he was very brave and courageous. He was 18 and was learning sword fighting and archery.

One day Jaivardhan was killed by Khasim and Ali of Pakistan. Very soon Veer became king and planned to kill Khasim and Ali and destroy the kingdom of Pakistan. Being an Indian queen, Raghini agreed and brought 8 soldiers-the Pawns, 2 white horses-the Knights, 2 priests-the Bishops and built 2 castles in the battlefield known as Rooks. Veer and Raghini wore white becoming the White Team. India attacked Pakistan at midnight.

A Pakistani soldier-the Pawn took 2 steps forward with the white soldier doing the same. Then both fought for a while till the White Knight moved and killed the Black Pawn. Soon Raghini moved and killed a Black Bishop and on and on it went. The battlefield was soon cleared leaving the kings and the queens to fight. The kings just couldn’t fight and the queens soon got tired of it. With all four laughing, the 2 kingdoms decided to join and the war was declared a draw!

This my friends, according to me was when the game of chess was invented imitating the Great War!

 

About Think n Ink: 

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest for Kids aged 5 – 15. Encourage your children to participate. You can register for Free! The prizes will be given in 4 categories and the best original written piece will win cash prizes and certificates. Closing date for this contest is May 22nd, 2013.

Sign up for free, participate, and win prizes by clicking here.

Think n Ink Contest- Learnhive Summer Contest 2013

The Face of a Bonded Laborer

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest- Creative Writing Contest for kids aged 5 – 15. We have lots of new entries and we’ll be uploading your work here. This is one of the write-up which was uploaded for the Think n Ink Contest. 

Story by Banu Rajanna of Grade 7 for Think n Ink Contest

I wake up from the wooden cot, but my wife’s not there. She must’ve started cooking for me. As usual, I move to the outhouse and pluck a neem branch, and start brushing. I’m just another bonded laborer, so I can’t afford toothbrushes. But we just happen to manage. As always, its gruel for breakfast, but my kids wake up then. After finishing my food, I grab my spade, and head off to work.

I walk and walk, but the journey seems endless. On the way, I see the landlord’s kid travelling in six-wheeled cars, something I can’t even dream of. School was something my kids can’t go to because the nearby school asks for a dashing sum of money. I received a job offer at the school, but I had to turn it down due to my father’s mistake. He borrowed a sum of money from the landlord thirty-five years ago to buy fertilizers which would last a year. To repay the loan, I have to work for him. The landlord’s mansion is a substantial distance from my house, that’s why it seems so endless. When I reach there, he comes forward with another laborer holding a pile of bricks. He says, “You’ve got bricks today, son. Now move on! The outhouse is where you’ll be going.” As always, I follow his orders, and move to the outhouse. The cement’s already there at the site. He passes a layout of the building and asks me to do it.

Brick by brick I stack, and already I’ve lost a great deal of sweat. When I run out of bricks, I pick another sack and the outhouse is done. He comes, and says, “Do you know how many bricks you’ve used?” I never went to school, so I can’t count. “Stack more bricks or you don’t get meals for a week!” he says. So I grab another sack and build it. When I’m done, he drags me to his farm in a bullock cart and dumps me with a bunch of fertilizers and, “My veggies are dying. Mix this with a cup of water and smear it evenly.” I timidly nod to him and I begin the mixing. It has the scent of a neem tree, so I suspect it comes from that. I suspect it’s already noon, but my stomach’s already grumbling. The other workers looked like they hadn’t eaten in a month, so I consider myself lucky – plain lucky. Once I’m done and dusted with the fertilizer, it’s already lunchtime. Today, he’s given us beaten rice with lentils and vegetables. I try imagining making this at home. We’d have to substitute the beaten rice with regular rice, and the lentils would have to be black bean. The only thing we can afford. I gobble it up as fast as I can and then the landlord says we have to move to the house, for he is expecting guests.

We start the sweeping and the cleaning so the guests will be impressed by its sheer decadence. The cooks start cooking, and I start filling the wine glasses. I can tell from the smell that it’s a different kind, not the regulars. The guests arrive and I start serving them. Some of them didn’t like the wine, so they actually dump it on my head! I mean, are we treated worse than slaves just because we’re bonded laborers?  We too have a body which is as human as theirs. I can prove it with blood! When the guests leave, oh what a mess they have made. Millions of shards of glass lay on the silk carpet. Food lies on the floor; I mean that could feed three people! Okay. Now I’m dragged to this large factory with huge chimneys, but when he says what it is, it’s exactly what I expected – a meat factory.  How disgusting. I’m a vegetarian, and I hate the smell and the feel of it. He drags us inside, and gives us a briefing on what to do. “The meat’s a new industry. I’m trying to make more money for an amusement park”. What a rich guy. He hands us buckets of meat to put through the processors. The textures are so different and squishy. Once we’re done with the meat, its night already. I got 20 for today, so I used 5 for a ride halfway to home because the factory is really far. When I light off the vehicle, the landlord’s kids have already planned an ambush on me. They made and threw smoke bombs on my face and thrashed me with a hammer. My elbow got a deep wound.

Perhaps this is what it’s meant to be. I see my kids running in the meadow not far from home. The purple wildflowers in their hands reminded how my life was when I was their age. I just hope my children would have a better fate than I did. Just when I was entering home, the landlord came in his long, black car, with his sons in tow. They give a full apology and get out of the house. I move to the cot, as always how my day would be tomorrow.

 

About Think n Ink: 

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest for Kids aged 5 – 15. Encourage your children to participate. You can register for Free! The prizes will be given in 4 categories and the best original written piece will win cash prizes and certificates. Closing date for this contest is May 22nd, 2013.

Sign up for free, participate, and win prizes by clicking here.

Think n Ink Contest- Learnhive Summer Contest 2013

Twilight Till Dusk

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest- Creative Writing Contest for kids aged 5 – 15. We have lots of new entries and we’ll be uploading your work here. This is one of the write-up which was uploaded for the Think n Ink Contest. 

Poem by Spoorthi T of Grade 8 for Think n Ink Contest

Portraying all shades of red,

Is what marks the end to my day.

I look in awe as the blue spread,

And ‘Beautiful’ is the only word I say.

I take a moment longer to absorb the beauty,

And take my last look at the ending Twilight.

  A god, as I know, has his own duty,

But just a moment is what I ask to highlight this Twilight.

Dark skies overtake the warmth in the sky,

As I gaze up to see the twinkling stars.

Oh, how I wish, I could be up that high,

And remain there like a permanent scar.

The Moonrise begins to take place,

Giving us the only available source of light.

I try hard to retrace,

All my memories of the moonrises that I had seen at night.

I had had the moment of life I most desired,

The one where I watch everything from Twilight till Dusk.

This is what I most admired,

That every moment of it made me bite my lips with my tusks.

I try to make out all the constellations,

The only one I find is The Plough.

I wonder about the star generations,

And how brightly they seemed to glow.

Strangers and Passersby stare at me,

Like I did to the Moon and the Stars.

 I ignore the stares and try to see,

The moving bikes and cars.

I would never get another chance like this again,

So I try to consume all I can.

That’s the time when I unknowingly began,

 To read out a poem I read before a long time span.

Everyone stares and everyone looks

I think quietly to myself and say, ‘Why?’

I transform into a closed book,

Avoiding to reply to that guy.

Twilight till Dusk, a funny but beautiful moment,

Is another thing to add to my treasure chest.

This moment I will surely acknowledge,

 Turned out just the way I had guessed!

About Think n Ink: 

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest for Kids aged 5 – 15. Encourage your children to participate. You can register for Free! The prizes will be given in 4 categories and the best original written piece will win cash prizes and certificates. Closing date for this contest is May 22nd, 2013.

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Think n Ink Contest- Learnhive Summer Contest 2013

Short Story by a First Grader

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest- Creative Writing Contest for kids aged 5 – 15. We have lots of new entries and we’ll be uploading your work here. This is one of the write-up which was uploaded for the Think n Ink Contest. 

Short Story by Aldon Almeida of Grade 1 for Think n Ink Contest

A dog named “Ben”, did not like to go out to the market tied in chains. He did not like to be kept tied.

One day, he was went to the market along with his master just to see the market.

In the market he saw lot of masters who had come along with their dogs who were also tied in chains. He could see the same feel as that of his in their eyes.

Ben had thought he was a lone dog to be tied, but was glad to see so many dogs there, so he barked in a peculiar tone “bow, bow, bow”.

Hearing him bark, all the other dogs began to bark in the same tone.

Now, the market was full of dog bark.

Seeing all this, Ben was happy and to have so many friends who also expressed their discomfort in chains. All the masters let go their dogs for a while. The dogs raced together to the nearby open area and had great fun.

After which they returned to their masters, with a promise to meet up again soon.

Ben also came back and was always happy to go to the market.

Moral: Do not wait for others to express your discomfort, take the first step and you will find many to support you.

About Think n Ink: 

Learnhive is running Think n Ink Contest for Kids aged 5 – 15. Encourage your children to participate. You can register for Free! The prizes will be given in 4 categories and the best original written piece will win cash prizes and certificates. Closing date for this contest is May 22nd, 2013.

Sign up for free, participate, and win prizes by clicking here.

Think n Ink Contest- Learnhive Summer Contest 2013