Sunday, September 23, 2018

Rice planting

by Suprit

In school, we were planning to visit a farm and plant new rice plants.

Since it was the season of planting, we went to Thimi at my grandparents’ farm. My grandparents has a farm land where planting happens in every monsoon season.

We reached at my grandparent’s house. We changed into old clothes for the planting activity. Then we went to the field.

We first took off our shoes and stepped into the mud.

They told us to step and walk all over the grass so that the grass would bury inside the mud. So, we ran and splashed on the grasses.

Then we went to another field and planted the new rice plants.

We then took a break and had lassi.

Then we had a mud fight. There we ran, played, laughed and splashed mud to each other. Anita, Shila and Utu fell in the mud.

It was so fun. It was our first time of such planting.Then we took a shower and went home.

How to make Popsicle
by Snigdha

Ingredients for making popsicles are: Tang, water, sugar, popsicle sticks, popsicle molds.

First, we pour water and tang powder into a bowl. Next we add sugar according to our taste. Then we mix it all finely. After that, take a popsicle mold; and pour the prepared juice into the mold. Next we put the popsicle sticks in all the gaps.

Finally we put it in the fridge for it to freeze and take shape. After leaving it for a day, it is ready to eat. Now we can eat the popsicle. Mango popsicle is my favourite.

The sound of music

The movie review
By Anita Bhattarai

Directed by Robert Wise; Produced by Robert wise; Written by Maria Von Trapp; Runtime 175 minutes; Based on "The Sound of Music" book.

We watched a very interesting movie called “The Sound of Music”. It is about a girl, who lived in an abbey, who was sent to be a governess of seven children of the Von Trapp family, for the lack of discipline, by the Mother Abbesses. Once she gets there, she finds that the children’s father treated them with the most harshly enforced discipline. After teaching the kids how to sing, Captain Georg Von Trapp wanted to send her back but after listening to their singing he changes his mind. Hearing their singing, Max who was accompanying the Baroness said that they should enter a singing festival, but was denied by Captain saying his family’s singing is not for the public show. But he still threw a party with his family singing. While the party happened Maria and Captain had a waltz dance in which both of them started getting feelings for each other. The baroness being jealous told Maria that she should marry him. Hearing this she ran away back to the abbey but quickly returned when Mother Abbesses told her to never hide her feelings. After coming back she married Captain and went on a honeymoon. While they were at their honeymoon, Max signed the Von Trapp family for public singing. Trapp denied Max again saying they had to run away from Austria because he was summoned  to serve in the navy. However, they sang in public and then got away from Austria to the mountains of Switzerland. My favorite part of the movie was when Maria came back to the Von Trapp family. Overall I loved this movie and hope we watch it again.

Friday, September 14, 2018

About the school

by Snigdha

I love my school very much. It is called Evolution school.

In this school, we are taught to do different activities.

Here, we get to go for swimming, go on hikes and field trips like Siddha Pokhari and Bhaktapur.

We are trained for boxing and running. We also do exercises to be fit always.

We practice mathematics and other subjects. We also do science experiments. It is very fun to try new things that I had never done before.

We also make artwork of moths and other insects.

There is movie time as well. We watch many movies; we saw little prince and the little mermaid and many more.

Vegetable seller

11 September 2018, Tuesday
By Anita Bhattarai

I am the school’s finance & economy person. I go and buy all the vegetables. I also calculate the children funds.

This morning, Bhagwati ma’am saw a lady selling fresh pumpkin shoots on a woven bamboo basket. Utu dada and I was sent to buy them. She was selling the pumpkin shoots for 15 rupees each stack. This is a very cheap price for very good quality pumpkin shoots. We went down to her and bought 2 stacks of pumpkin shoots which costed us Rs. 30 in total. We also took a short interview of the lady. She said her name was Maya Shrestha. She was selling freshly grown pumpkin shoots from her own fields in Balkot. She carries her basket and sells her freshly grown vegetables when they are perfect to sell.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Greeting Program

6th September, 2018

Today, We had two very special guests at our school. They are a part of our core members supporting us, Spiny Babbler family, and helping to develop our children's lives. Mrs. Akanchya Sharma, who has helped us in different ways since 2015, had her parents visit us. 

Everyone were pretty excited after knowing we were having them for the afternoon. Utkrista, Anita and Pallav sir had scheduled some performances and interacting sessions for the day. Kids were busy in making their specially created welcome cards for our guests.

After their arrival, everyone greeted them with warm smiles and their cheerful introduction. Our guests were really amazed to find the different aged children in one school, learning and growing all together. 

The program was started without any delay. It was the Music session at first , which was playing the flute by most of our children. 

First of all, Our National Anthem was played on flute by our lovely Snigdha, to mark the beginning . Next was our talented Utu playing "mangal dhoon", followed by our little Suprit playing twinkle twinkle little star, then came Bishesh playing "mero sano kharayo" and "phool ko ankha ma", after which our amazing Shila showed her skills with "resham firiri" and "eh kancha". 

Our two handsome, Arambha and Amulya played their flute lessons from 1-5, followed by our wonderful Anita playing the "chyangba oi chyangba". The kids were even humming the songs and helping other kids to play on rhythm. Then three of our amazing kids, Utu, Anita and Shila, teamed up to play "malshree dhoon" and "bhupali raag" for the last play.

After the beautiful musical session, next was the Interaction session where the kids were delighted to share their learning and progressions learned in the school. 

They have been learning about Finance and Economy, and working on a project of banking and finances. Kids saves Rs. 50 on every Friday, having a goal of opening a bank account and depositing the sum in their respective accounts. Children will visit the bank and learn how to do these processes by firsthand experience. They have even learned how to make a ledger for their accounts.  

Anita showed them the bundle of collected money and the ledger and explained their learning. Mr. and Mrs. Sharma were very kind to share their experiences and knowledge about banking as they have worked greatly in banking sector before. 

Next, our playful Utu showed them how they learned different courses on easy-to-learn app "Khan Academy"; in this app, kids can work through their own level and practice different exercises and learn each subject.

Our kids handed their adorable handmade welcome cards to the guests. The guests were pretty impressed with the kids' efforts. They loved their cards and felt more welcomed. After the cheerful moment, some kids volunteered to chant the multiplication table on backwards to amaze the guests more. 

With these, there was a wrap to the program; though there were still other activities on the schedule, time ran quite fast that day. It was then the snacks time. Our guests were offered with some puris, kheer, achar and curd as snacks. Pallav sir, Bhagwati ma'am and the guests had quite a good time having a great talk on the table. They seemed to enjoy every bit of it.

We, Spiny Babbler family, are very glad that Mr. and Mrs. Sharma were able to visit us and spend some time with everyone here. We are very thankful for all the support they have provided to us since 2015.

Here we are sharing the blog wrtitten by one of our kids of the visit day.

Utkrishta writes:
Yesterday, we were told that we were having visitors tomorrow. The people visiting were Akanchya’s parents, Mr. Kamal Prasad Sharma Pyakurel and Mrs. Anju Sharma. Akanchya is a very important member of Spiny Babbler and helped a lot with the post earthquake recovery and still helps us to get our education.

For the greeting program, we had prepared a whole schedule of different activities that we were going to present for them. Pallav sir went to pick them up and we were all getting the things ready for our program.

 First of all, we welcomed them with some flute performance. Almost everyone had their chance to show their flute skills. Then, We shared about our educational activities that we were learning in our everyday classes.

We had prepared hand crafted welcome cards for them, and handed them. They loved all of our cards. After that, we showed them our blogs, that we write almost every day on various topics.

Also, we showed how we learned maths and physics courses in apps like Khan Academy. They were impressed to see how we use the new techniques to study and learn. They were kind enough to share some of their stories and teach us with their experiences. We all are very thankful for that.

We had prepared small boxes of peanut butter and mayonnaise for them as a token of love from all of us. They were amazed to find out that they were made by us, just the day before. Then, we had our snacks time at the last.

Our schedule did not go the way we planned, because we had snacks in between, and could not deliver the poems and some of the activities on the schedule. The whole program went well and our visitors were happy to see us learning so much. Pallav sir and the visitors had some good time talking about different things in the snacks time.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

History of Mathematics

By Utkrista Mulmi

We have been taking notes on various concepts such as The human being, The human systems and The history of Mathematics.

Mathematics is a very old subject and we could not have survived without it. It is used a lot in our everyday life.

On this subject, we have taken notes about uses of numbers, about mathematics, history of mathematics and number prefixes. They can be explained as below:

Uses of numbers: We use numbers in everyday life to count, measure, make codes, compare, figure location. People use these methods of mathematics constantly.

About mathematics: Mathematics has six main subjects, them being: Arithmetic, Geometry, Trigonometry, Algebra, Calculus, Data Probability and statistics.

Arithmetic consists of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and other simpler forms of mathematics. This form of mathematics is used most often.

Geometry is the study of shapes, position, space, and star mapping. Trigonometry deals with measuring angles, sides, and their relationships. This also applies to waves, sounds light waves and angles.

Algebra is the use of variables representing numbers that can be used to solve complex problems, equations, structures, groups, constructions and concepts.

Calculus is the most difficult form of math. It uses limits, functions, derivatives, infinite series and study of change.

Number prefixes: These are shortened words relating to numbers. They are:
Uni 1
Bi 2
Tri 3
Quad 4
Penta 5
Hexa 6
Septa 7
Octa 8
Nona 9
Deca 10

People use prefixes in words like unicycle or octopus.

Some interesting historical facts of mathematics
1. 30000 years ago, Seasons were counted                                                                   
2. 6000 years ago, Sumerians used shapes to count 1, 10 and 100
3. 5300 years ago, Babylonians used other shapes like triangles and circles.

4. Romans used I II III IV V and so on for 12345.
5. Zulus used fingers and toes as did others.
6. Nigerians used shells based on 205.
7. Persians used knots
8. Incas used Kibu, Strong.
9. Arabic numbers were invented 5000 ago
10. Egyptians used fractions
11. Sumerians and Babylonians used number 60 system.
12. Chinese used 10s and decimals and started using Abacus.
13. Egyptians used multiplication.
14. Abacus was the calculator.

15. Arabic Mathematician AI Quaresuna introduced 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.