ICSE Computer Science Class 3 | How Computers Work | Input Data

Computers are wonderful tools that are being used in the information age.  How do computers work?  In ICSE Class 2, children were introduced to the topic “humans and computers.”  Can a computer think?  No, human beings can think unlike computers which follow set instructions.  In ICSE Class 3, children discuss how computers work.  Earlier, many children memorized and followed instructions and material given by teachers and textbooks without properly understanding and discussing the content.  Children were not encouraged to come up with their own original ideas, problem-solve or discuss innovative solutions.  They were pushed to follow sinister status quo policies.  Slowly, rote memorization is becoming a thing of the imperial past.  Children need healthy nourishment, clean air and water as well as meaningful and quality inputs from family, friends, dedicated teachers and media.  Otherwise, vulnerable children can easily be brainwashed … Continue reading

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ICSE Science Class 3 | Birds and Their Nests

The amazing chirping of birds makes the natural environment lively.  It has inspired poets, musicians and writers to compose lovely pieces.  Another amazing aspect in the world of birds is their nesting habits.  Nests act as shelters for birds.  Baby birds are born in nests.  Nests keep young birds warm and protect them from enemies and various challenging weather conditions.  Nests are made from twigs, stones, leaves, threads, fibers, etc, by the parent birds.  Different species of birds have adapted to various conditions on earth and have been able to survive by building nests with varying features. In ICSE Science Class 3, children learn about birds and their nests.  This will make them more aware and sensitive about natural environments.  With the increase in concrete spaces and the diminished number of gardens and parks, children may not be able to … Continue reading

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ICSE Maths Class 3 | Fun with Shapes and Designs | Halves and Quarters

Children begin to learn about shapes and designs from the primary level itself.  Our amazing world contains all sorts of shapes and designs.  Children can best learn about shapes and designs with the help of practical and real life-like examples.  Interactive multimedia animations with nice activities help children learn about basic geometry.  Do all shapes have corners?  Children can learn to wonder and think about shapes and designs in an inquiry-based manner.  Children can then be introduced to shapes like squares, rectangles and circles.  This is best done in a fun-based manner with the help of nice interactive animations.  Tangram is also an interesting shape game/puzzle which was first played in China.  In this fun and simple game, seven shapes (triangular and four-sided shapes) are brought together without overlapping to form various shapes and designs as a whole.  Nowadays, children … Continue reading

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ICSE Computer Science Class 3 | Data and Memory Storage Devices

In the information age, computers have become a boon to human beings.  Do you remember all the sweet memories of your life?  Well, computers help in looking back at the wonderful and sweet moments of our lives.  Moreover, computers are wonderful tools which can store vast amounts of information.  Computers can help us navigate through our daily lives and face each day in an easier manner.  How are computers able to store so much information (data)?  Is it not amazing that information technology has come a long way?  Computers help human beings store wonderful memories.   Right from the 1970s, researchers brought out external storage devices like floppy disks as computers earlier were huge box-like contraptions that could not be easily carried around.  Floppy disks were used up to the early 2000s, and earlier computers had floppy drives.  The data and … Continue reading

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ICSE Social Science Class 2 | Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi is well respected and admired all over the world.  He showed that the fight for independence, freedom, justice and human rights could occur through non-violence.  Most people ended up in armed struggles to fight injustice all throughout history.  This has led to large-scale human suffering, bloodshed and loss of innocent lives in the past.  This still sadly continues to be the case in many situations.  Mahatma Gandhi had great love for the masses.  Gandhiji was disturbed by the suffering caused by imperialistic and sinister forces.  The word Mahatma in fact means “great soul.” Gandhiji was indeed a human being with a great mind, heart and soul.   Mahatma Gandhi had great regard and love for children.  He was also very simple and had great regard for even the tiniest gift given by children.  An endearing life incident related to … Continue reading

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ICSE Social Science Class 2 | Schools

Education is a means to ensure that all citizens of a country lead a healthy and dignified life.  With education geared towards humane, sustainable and eco-friendly future, a nation can truly progress for the better.  At the primary level, it is very important for parents and educators to ensure that education moves in this direction.  Parents can take part in parent-teacher meetings and also give their valuable inputs on the learning process, etc.  They can also check on the facilities in the school.  Does the learning process help children become free and thoughtful thinkers?  Educators and teachers nowadays need to make learning sessions more joyful for children.  They need to help them become good thinkers and questioners and also help them become good communicators.  Earlier, children were told to be strictly obedient to elders, parents, teachers and rulers and follow … Continue reading

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