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Refer A Friend

12/24/15 7:55 AM

Little Spark is lucky to have such a great gang of members and we want more to join the reading wagon.
And who better to help us raise a generation of readers than our members! So here is your chance to spread the word on early reading.

Refer a friend or anyone for that matter and have them sign up with Little Spark for a membership. They can choose from our different subscription options - 3, 6 or 12 months.

If your friend signs up for 6 or 12 months

>>> You (referring member) will receive one free month of books from us

>>> Your friend will not have to pay the deposit amount of Rs.1000

 

Seasons Greetings! And wish you all a Happy and wonderful year 2016.

Comments | Posted in Reading By Anusha M

Superhero - Up Up and Away

11/25/15 10:00 AM

How about a superhero who can rescue the chennaites from the rain?
Kids unanimously love superheroes so you could help them develop their character. For instance what will they be called -- may be a Super M for Mridula or Goutham the Great?
What will be thier superpower/abilities? Can they fly or have the power to freeze things? Drinking milk could replenish their lost powers may be :)

1. Download and print this picture. Trace it onto a thick card stock or chart.
2. Cut along the outline. For a girl superhero cut the hair along the dotted line.
3. Have the kids come up with a costume complete with initials, gadgets.
4. Cut the shape of the cape on a red piece of cloth/paper. Stick the ends at the back of the superhero figure such that the edges fold under the neck.
5. Stick it onto an ice cream stick and zoom away!

Now these will inspire hours of pretend play.

Comments | Posted in Crafts By Anusha Ashok

Craft for a rainy day

11/24/15 10:42 AM

More rain. Schools still closed.
So here is something that you can do with your kids.
This is a great time to talk about the weather. What people do, wear in different kinds of weather. From making snow angels to jumping in muddy puddles, weather can be fun.

And its even more fun to make a weather wheel.
1. Download and print this picture. (You could also draw these instead)
2. Have the kids color and name them
3. Stick it onto a chart or paper plate and hang/stick it in their room
4. Have the kids check the weather everyday (or at differnt points during the day).

You can also add a movable dial using a split pin (available in stationery shops).


Comments | Posted in Crafts By Anusha Ashok

Raise A Reader

6/12/14 10:25 PM


“One more please amma.”

“I said just two...its late already.”

“last one amma...nejamma last.”

I know we have such "reaching a compromise (or not)" exchanges several times a day. But just this once I am all for indulging my 3.5 year old daughter. Cause its bedtime and we are reading books. A ritual that has been on for a couple of years now. Its the most fulfilling part of my day. My husband calls it the stress buster.

The other day she was having a meltdown and wanting to pacify things I said, “Lets read. Pick a book”. She thought for a minute and said let’s read the “moods” book. (Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day - Jamie Lee Curtis). After reading it I asked what her current mood was. Quick came the reply – “I feel two things – angry and sad”. The pout was still there. But we had discussed the whole episode without invoking the details. And the book has other moods too. Soon we were pretending to be silly lying on the bed with our heads hanging down and giggling. Now where did that pout go? Magic is in the air…the magic of books!

Below are some ideas and tips from my reading “experiments” with my daughters.

Let kids experience books

When my girl was less than 2 she would spread books all around the living room and go around reading each at its place. After which they would all get stacked neatly. Minutes later they would be back on the floor again.

My younger one is now about 7 months old and she is in the “everything goes into the mouth” phase. So our reading time gets disrupted many a time for lack of “edible books”! She loves holding and playing with them rather than listening.

Books should not be thrust on them. Books should be an experience. And each child will put its own spin on it.

Never judge a book by its cover

You must have heard that before. And its quite true when it comes to picking books for kids. Sometimes I would dismiss a book as being too small or quite passive. But then my little bookworm would pick just that one from a pile and even like it to bits.

Every book is worth reading for you never know what might spark the little minds.

Make reading a ritual

Set aside a time for reading. It should be something that you both enjoy and look forward to. You could read after returning from work, sort of unwind from your chaotic day.

We typically read at bedtime. 2-3 books before going to bed. Sometimes after I am done with the reading my girl “reads” to me.

Bonding

Now reading is about more than just books. It’s a perfect time to bond and converse with your kids. You can get them to open up about a lot of things taking a cue from the story you are reading.

And if nothing else its great family time – with no TV, no ipads, no phones.

When you look back years later, these will be some your most cherished “together” moments.

Indulge the little ones

For some time my girl would bring books to start her day along with her morning milk. She would drink from her sippy cup as I read book after book.

And there were occasions where I would end up reading the same book 10 times a day.

Anytime they ask to read a book, indulge them.

Make books accessible

Have books lying around the house where children can see them.  You can put their books in a basket and leave them in a corner of the living room or near their beds. And you will be surprised how much the tiny tots love to hold a book and pretend to read on their own.

Be caught reading yourself

When children see others in the family reading they would want to pick a book too. My daughter would get excited when her mom and dad are reading a book. She would bring hers and sit next to us.

 And many times I would catch her reading my book. She would ask me how I can read a book without pictures!

Apply age appropriate techniques

There are several resources available on the web on reading to kids in each age group. Have listed some of them in the FAQ section. It’s a learn as you go process for us parents so don’t expect to know it all.

Every book might not fit the age bracket accurately. Snip away portions or replace them with suitable alternatives as you read. Hansel and Gretel do not have an evil stepmother…they got lost cause their dad could not find them in the dark forest!

Enjoy reading the book yourself

After reading children’s books for over 2 years I like them better than adult books (the one without pictures…yuck!). Be it the concepts, the stories, the illustrations or the rhyming verses its an uplifting experience. When you enjoy the book it shows and the kids would join in the fun too.

Sometimes I think there are no rules to reading with your kids. What matters is the time you invest in their lives - a time filled with books, laughter and love.

Comments | Posted in Reading By Anusha Ashok

Mother's Day Picks

5/9/14 12:20 PM

Mothers are about details. Little and big.

They can tell how many times their little one burped last Thursday. They can plan entire parties while waiting outside an Abacus class. Now only if they can find a purple pony with pink hair to go with the theme.

Daddy might get you the chocolate donut instead of the white one with sprinkles, but not Mommy…nah ah. And if your lucky cap is all washed and ready for the weekend game you know who to thank!

Mothers know you better than you know yourselves.

And because their lives are so entwined with those of their kids may be mothers have greater power over their children - to inspire and  stimulate them.

My mother inspired me to read. She was a voracious reader back in the days. And for a very long time I thought she has read every book there is. Even to this day we love talking to each other about what we read.

Thank you Amma!

Whether you’re lying on the sofa on a lazy afternoon reading with your kids tumbling over or cozying together at bedtime with a story book  – here’s a list that could make it special on Mother’s Day.

                   

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

This is a timeless story of a mother who sings to her child no matter how old he gets.  And I can assure you when you finish the book you will have a lump in your throat.  I have tears. A MUST read!!

                   

Mommy’s Little Girl by Ronne Randall

Girls are special and the book nicely captures these mother-daughter moments. From shopping together to dressing up in mommy’s clothes, it’s all there. But will she always be mommy’s little girl?

 

                   

Mommy Mine by Tim Warnes

Mothers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are big, some are tiny. Some are funny. Some are scary (ahem….may be all of them?). No matter what, Mommy Mine is the best!

                   

31 Uses For A Mom by Harriet Ziefert

Clock. Hair stylist. Chauffer.

The list goes on. The illustrations are amusing by themselves. Makes a nice lively read and the kids can use their imagination to come up with a few more.

                   

 If Mom Had Three Arms by Karen Kaufman Orloff

What if mommy had 3 or 4 or 5 arms instead of 2. An imaginative counting  book with colourful illustrations that will keep the kids busy and entertained. Hmm I always wished I had more arms while I untangled the clothes from the washing machine!

You can view the rest of our Mother’s Day picks here.

Cuddle up with your little one. Read together. Share a laugh. Experience books!

Comments | Posted in Reading By Anusha Ashok

Spread the spark

4/3/14 6:26 PM

spread the spark

Welcome to Little Spark!

We all want our kids to be smarter and perform well in school. And as parents we leave no stone unturned in making sure our kids get the best of everything.

But the single most important thing we can do is to read to them from a very young age. It is backed by research that reading to a child 20 minutes a day can work wonders. And by introducing books to them as babies we are setting them up for a lifelong love of reading.

At Little Spark we believe in spreading the reading bug to all the kids in town. And you can play a part too.

One - share this vision with other parents you know. We have a library full of exciting books waiting to be read. And they can be at your doorstep when you need them. Subscribe to our monthly plans today!

Two – How many of us gift books to kids? None. Baby showers, new born baby ceremonies, First birthdays…we run to shops the day before and grab the first toy in sight or buy clothes that are 6 months too big (that way they will be used at some point in the life of the baby!).

Books are the most wholesome gift you can give a child and her parent.

We have book bundles and personalized baskets. The books are picked meticulously based on the age and developmental stage of the child. Books last a long time and your gift of reading will last forever!

 Our ideas and collective learning is more powerful than an individual thought. Join us in this endeavor.

 

Comments | Posted in Reading By Anusha Ashok

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