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How MBCN is enriching the lives of specially-abled kids?

How MBCN is enriching the lives of specially-abled kids?

Life is full of hardships, but it is these hardships that help us grow. However, the opportunity to grow is only feasible for those who have the resources to sustain tough times. Mental and physical health become the bare minimum of such resources that enable us to improve. But the life of those who are unfortunately deprived of even the bare minimum is an uphill battle.

Believing in the idea of an equal society, Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan aims to help the specially abled children by providing them with education, therapy and vocational training, which helps them become financially independent.

The sheltered workshop is one such initiative that enriches the lives of these children. The range of products that are available include office items, gift items and day to day necessities such as paper bags and envelopes. All these products are made using eco friendly methods, which go a long way in creating a sustainable-environment.B

The rehabilitation professionals provide special training to the kids, which equips them with the necessary skill set to create these products. Besides making them self-sufficient, such activities also instill a sense of self worth in them. Kids with special needs are very sensitive and the unfortunate worsening of their condition has been accredited to the unjust behaviour of people around them. What one must understand is that the key to helping these delicate children is love and patience.
How MBCN is enriching the lives of specially-abled kids?

At the sheltered workshop, specially abled kids enjoy making the products, and the profit from the sale is distributed amongst these kids. The impact of the workshop is multifold, as the specially abled kids learn a new skill while enjoying the process at the same time.
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The world is full of problems, and as human beings, the least we can do is help each other build a society, which is based on equality and unity. We at MBCN, work ceaselessly to enrich the lives of these children and hope for a better future for them.

Don”t forget to do your part by purchasing some wonderful items from the website.

https://www.mbcnschool.org/shop-online/

Simple ways to cultivate happiness at school

Simple ways to cultivate happiness at school

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ”˜happy”. They told me I didn”t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn”t understand life.” ”“ John Lennon

Each one of us want our children to be happy, and while this is traditionally thought of as a homebound concern, everyone sends their kids to school with the hope that they will have an emotionally enriched and balanced life.

Unfortunately, the competitive atmosphere in schools has created a different definition of positive classrooms for many educators. For most, positive classrooms have come to mean places where students arrive at school ready to learn, work hard, go home, complete the homework, and return to school the next day to learn some more. Often, teachers are so focused on ensuring that students pass achievement tests, that they have little or no time to address the social and emotional needs of these young and curious souls. On the brighter side though, some educators are beginning to realize that overlooking the overall well-being of the students is a huge mistake. It definitely does not take rocket science to understand that happy children are likely to be less distracted and are more willing to learn . Here are a few simple ways to cultivate happiness in classrooms and schools:

1. Slow Down
When we slow down, we notice more, we appreciate relationships, learning, and goals. Everyone can benefit from slowing down, and that includes students and teachers too. In the classroom, this would translate into spending more time during the morning meet-up session, or taking those extra 10 minutes to engage kids with a fun activity or game prior to starting a ”˜serious” lesson in the class.

2. Going Out
Being outside, even for just a few minutes a day can heighten our state of well-being. We breathe fresh air, feel the natural elements — the warmth of the sun, the wind, the moisture of rain, all of which helps us introspect. Even if it”s cold outside, we can take our students for a quick walk, or indulge in silent reading sessions amidst natural surroundings, for example-parks, or sprawling gardens.

3. Move Your Body
Moving bodies=happy minds! Even if you can’t take your kids outside, you can incorporate activities into play sessions. For example, you could use popular, age appropriate music to break the monotony. Through this, happy endorphins are bound to rise, which ultimately leads to attentive minds, ears, and hearts.

4. Sing
Singing requires us to breathe deeply, and this in turn makes us happy.If you teach elementary school, then it’s easy to get your kids singing everyday. In fact, you could start the day with a simple and fun song! Find songs that connect with what you are teaching, as this will help kids have better recall with their academic lessons.

5. Smile
Try smiling more often, but aim for authentic, genuine smiles. However, if you are more of a ”˜serious” type, then go ahead and fake it. Fake smiles too can help you move along, and can have a positive impact on those who interact with you.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a happy, jovial environment for the kids at school, but to start with some simple and actionable ideas is the best way. Try them, share them and let us know if you have different methods, which work for you.

If you are seeking instant inspiration and happiness, you can also read our blog on How to Create a Happier World Together.

How to get your kids to open up about school

How to get your kids to open up about school

Parenting is easier said than done. Ask parents of an infant, and they might tell you about the sleepless nights they have to endure. Ask parents of toddlers and they will tell you about being on their toes 24×7. Ask parents of teens, and they will tell you a hundred more things they have to worry about regarding their child”s future. No matter what age, sometimes it”s impossible for parents to get their children to talk. This situation is the most distressing part of parenting, where you sense something is wrong, but can”t put your finger on it. Children have a way of shutting themselves out and just zone out. Therefore, it”s important for parents to be open and talk to their kids in a non-judgemental manner. This approach helps the kids open up, feel safe and share their deepest of thoughts.

Here are a few parenting tips on how you can get your kids to open up about school

1. Don”t become an interrogator the moment your child comes back from school

No matter how strong the urge to know about your kid”s day at school may be, refrain from throwing a volley of questions at them. Instead, just say ‘Hi! Welcome home! I’d love to hear about your day whenever you feel like talking”. This shows the child that you are there for them whenever they need you. Also, it puts the pressure off the kid to give a detailed account of what happened at school.

2. If the child looks bothered, ask more open-ended questions.

Rather than simply asking “How was school today?” and getting a close-ended answer like “Fine” or “I don”t know”, try this!

– “What did you work on in your art class today?”
– “What do the kids actually do during recess?”
– “Did anyone get in trouble or do anything funny today?”
– “What was the worst thing about today and what was the best?”

But remember, don”t push too hard. Be patient and give your child some time to ponder and get back to you.

3. Resist the need to become a problem-solver.

When your child finally decides to talk, don”t overreact and jump to offer solutions. Instead just listen reassuringly without being judgemental. Make them feel understood, and show them you know how it feels being in their shoes.

Follow these simple techniques and you”ll be making some success in getting your kid to open up and communicate with you constructively.

Know about MBCN’s Continuing Rehabilitation Education (CRE) Program

Know about MBCN’s Continuing Rehabilitation Education (CRE) Program

“If a child can”t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”

Bringing in new ways to simplify learning for special children, MBCN recently conducted a Teachers” Training Workshop on CRE (Continuing Rehabilitation Education) in collaboration with Amity Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences. Approved by the Rehabilitation Council of India, the workshop was organised on the theme of ”˜Functional Curriculum”.

What is Functional Curriculum

Functional curriculum focuses on independent living and vocational skills, emphasizing communication and social behaviour in children with special needs. MBCN always makes constructive efforts to train its special educators in the latest learning techniques that fall under the purview of special education. The whole objective of this learning method is to impart skills that are essential for children to live independently in the society.
CRE Training at MBCN
Experts held some really insightful and informative sessions on different aspects of functional learning. Here are a few highlights of the CRE training program at MBCN.
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Dr. Alok Kumar Bhuwan, Director of Manovikas Charitable Trust, New Delhi, addressed the audiences on Independent Living: Advocacy and self esteem and independent living with disability.

Ms. Nitika Mendirata, Director of SASR, Faridabad, talked about ”˜Functional Numeracy”, what it means and where it is required.
CRE Program

Ms. Diana Lil Phillip, Assistant Professor at Amity Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences (AIRS), introduced MBCN educators to ”˜Functional Academic Writing”.

Dr. Amitav Mishra, Professor, School of Education, IGNOU, New Delhi, talked about ”˜Functional Curriculum & Inclusion: How to make IEPs (Individualized Education Programs), personalize IEPs and how to select goals”.

Mr. Saurabh Kumar Mishra, Assistant Professor at Amity Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences (AIRS), threw light on ”˜Functional Communication” and explained how meaningful it is in terms of building vocabulary for special children in a naturalistic way.
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Learning is a continuous process

As teachers and special educators, it is imperative to be able to identify the functional skills of special learners and intervene to bring improvements in them for a better life ahead. The underlying aim of such exercises at MBCN is to discover ways of using latest techniques to make learning simpler and fun for the children with special needs, while also offering inclusive education by accepting children with disabilities and focusing on their individual abilities.