Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mind map and blogging

      Prisha Has been working on her vocabulary and grammar last 3 weeks, since we are back.To recall her experiences of her recent trip to India, I decided to let her recall them by making a mind map.Normally we would try to sequence the events one by one and I needed to help . I felt somewhere  she was missing the spontaneity of it all ,and at times became a chore. Since she is now a little blogger herself, I thought I should tell her to make a mind map and asked her to put all the things she could remember. I was surprised at things she remembered and I had forgotten.
        I then asked her to sequence them and make it into a write up.Here and there I needed to remind  her of events ,but I think she did a great job.It suddenly was an easy job ! Asked her to type it all out and added some pictures for her to put the visual with the writing to have a lovely post.The pictures too were clicked by her .I gave her the camera for her to click about things she wanted to write.I am glad as we now have her eagerly wanting to click and talk about it.Asked my family and close friends to read and leave a bit of their comments which would encourage her.She is now actively checking her comments each morning and writing back.
      This blog for her came as an idea to excite her. Kids love to see their results and people appreciating too.On her 7th b'day I had gifted her a diary to write all her thoughts and special events.She already has the camera to click (thank God for digital ones !!!! Can click without worry!) I started to notice that some days she found it a chore to write in her diary.So to excite her and also to make a bigger connection ,thought of opening a blog for her. She loved the idea ! The visual with her experience all on internet,(welcome to the world of internet) something she can show anyone anywhere across the world. She is as of now a happy writer. This way I would have a good record of her journey in her words,with all her mistakes.We can see her progress. As of now I am keeping my fingers crossed that she would continue this journey,Wishing her every success.Her blog address:-

http://prishasmusings.blogspot.com/

7 comments:

  1. What a brilliant idea! The ability to post pictures and write about things is a really smart idea. I might steal that idea as Matthew starts school next year, as he will be learning to read and write. I agree - digital cameras are the best! No need to waste film developing costs!

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  2. Thanks Leah, I think it works very well for the kids.Am glad lil Matt would be a lil blogger too soon and lil am sure would not be far behind too. All the best ! :)

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  3. Graet job! Yashaana's been writing her Diary every single day since then. I 've been toying with idea of her own blog for a while now. now u hv inspired me even more! So maybe tonight, I create one for her and surprise her in the morning! She isnt very fond of FB. Great goings for Prisha. I'll ask Yashaana to leave comments for her.

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  4. You must then, its a great outlet and it would be her own where she can express her own feelings.Right now I guide Prisha, but thoughts, idea and plan his her very own.Do give me the link once she has one and I would love to know what she writes in her diary!Tell her I am very proud of her!

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  5. Ruchi--have always meant to tell u this but forgot :(
    Mind maps help solve many of the learning issues our kids have.a beautiful book mind maps for kids by tony buzan..its very good.
    in fact even i use mind maps when am thoroughly frazzled..(i used it when we shifted from bombay to pune)..its fun and interesting way to sort out all info and then all falls in to place.
    i beleive mind maps have helped diti overcome many of her learning issues or atleast handle them in a way that is easier for her to recollect
    lovely post..i love her blog

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