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Exploring Minds is  an organization for  education. Its primary focus is on play based curriculum. It’s aim is to create awareness about process oriented learning. On Explorimind.com website you will find information about kindergarten readiness, creative writing and bilingual learning. Though the site focuses on Hindi English bilingual resources, the tips here are useful for any second language learning. We are also adding some French learning resources.

Madhavi Sudarsana is the founder of Exploring Minds. She is a lecturer who specializes in multi-cultural and bilingual education.
She has created her own multi-sensory program for teaching Hindi as a second language to children and adults.
She currently teaches early childhood education at an undergraduate level in California Community colleges.
She also works as Parent Educator, and PITC (Program for Infants and Toddler Caregivers) trainer.
She has masters in psychology and a certificate in Educational Therapy.

She along with Shruti Piduri also teaches creative writing to upper elementary school children. Shruti is a highschool senior who has also written a few sight word books. She is the contributor for French part of this website.

Visit her other site , Exploring Minds Organization for early childhood education related resources.

रसोई घरकी अलमारी, Rasoighar ki almaari, Kitchen Cabinet

The video has pictures.

रसोई  घर  के  अलमारी  में  खाने  की  चीजे  होती  हैं . इस  अलमारी  में  गेहूं  का  आटा , चावल , तूवर  और  मूंग  दाल  है . इस  डब्बे  में  मसाले , मिर्ची  पावडर , हलदी , जीरा , और  राई  हैं . यहाँ  तेल  की  बोतल  है .

Rasoi ghar ke almaari me khaane ki cheeje hoti hain. Is alamaari me gehun ka aataa, chaawal, toovar aur moong daal hai. Is dabbe me masaale, mirchi powder, haladee, jeeraa, aur raai hain. Yahan tel ki botal hai.

Food goes in the kitchen cabinets. We keep wheat flour, rice, and lentils in this cupboard. This container has curry powder, chilli powder, turmeric, cumin and mustard seeds. Here we also have an oil bottle.

नीचे  वाले  शेल्फ  पे  अलग  अलग  आकार  के   बर्तन  है . कुछ  बर्तन  छोटे  और कुछ  बर्तन  बड़े  हैं . इस  ड्रावर  में बड़े  और  छोटे  चम्मच  हैं .

Neeche vaale shelf pe alag alag aakaar ke baratn hai. Kuchh bartan chhote to kuchh bartan bade hain. Is drawer me bade aur chhote chammach hain.

On lower shelf, we have different size vessels. Some pots are big and some small. There are big and small spoons in this drawer.

कुछ  खाने  की  चीजे  अलमारी  में  नहीं  राखी  जाती . उन्हें  फ्रिज  में  रखना  जरूरी  होता  है , जैसे  की  फल , सब्जियां , दूध  और  दही .

Kuchh khaane ki cheeje alamaari me nahin rakhee jaatee. Unhe frij me rakhanaa jaroori hotaa hai, jaise ki fal, sabjiyan, doodh aur dahi.

Some food items like fruits, vegetables, milk and yogurt cannot go in the cupboard. They need to go in the refrigerator

 

Felt Story: 3

Read this story to the child. You may also make felt pieces characters. A child can read the story too. Ask questions like, what, why and how when you are reading this story.

“Sparkly” by Romi Gupta

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Once upon a time in the ocean, there lived a beautiful fish named Sparkly. Her scales were very colorful and sparkly. She was so proud of her beautiful scales.

One day while she was swimming in the ocean, an octopus came and asked, “Hello Sparkly! Do you want to play with me?” Sparkly answered, “Look at your wiggly legs! I don’t want to play with you.”  Octopus felt sad and swam away.

After sometime a starfish came and asked, “Hi Sparkly! Do you want to play with me?” “No, no! I don’t want to play with you. You’re so prickly.” replied Sparkly. The starfish swam away.

Then came a snail and asked, “Hello Sparkly! I’m going to play with my friends. Would you like to join us?” Sparkly said spitefully, “You’re so sluggish. I don’t want to play with you.” And Sparkly swam away.

After swimming for a while Sparkly started feeling lonely. But she couldn’t find anyone to play with her. She felt sad and went back to her home.

Her mom looked at her and asked, “What had happened Sparkly? You look so sad.” Sparkly told everything to her mom.

Then her mom told her, “Sparkly, you had friends who wanted to play with you but you were not nice to them. That is why they left you.”

Sparkly realized her mistake and asked her mom, “What should I do now mommy?” “You should go and apologize to your friends.” said her mom.

Sparkly swam back to find her friends. Soon she saw them playing together. She said, “I’m really sorry for what I said to all of you. I was not being very nice to you. Will you please forgive me?” Her friends replied, “That’s okay Sparkly! Let’s play together.” Sparkly was very happy to find her friends back. Since then she was always nice to everyone.

बेडरूम  की अलमारी , Bedroom almaari, Bedroom closet

Video has pictures.

बेडरूम  के  अलमारी  में  हम  अपने  कपडे  रखते  हैं . कभी  कभी  उसी  अलमारी  में  जेवर  भी  रखते  हैं . दूसरी  बड़ेवाली  अलमारी  में  हम  चद्दरे  और  कम्बल  रखते  हैं .

Bedroom ke alamaari me hum apane kapade rakhate hain. Kabhi kabhi usi alamaari me jevar bhee rakhate hain. Doosari bade waali alamaari me hum chaddare aur kambal rakhate hain.

 We keep clothes in bedroom cupboard. Sometimes we keep jewelry in that cupboard. We keep bed sheets and blankets in another cupboard.

बाथरूम  के  अलमारी  में  हम  साबुन , तेल , शाम्पू  और  तौलिये  रखते  हैं .Bathroom ke almaari me hum saabun, tel, shampoo aur touliye rakhate hain.

We keep sopa, oil, shampoo and towels in bathroom cupboards.

Felt Story 2

Read this story to the child. You may also make felt pieces characters. A child can read the story too. Ask questions like, what, why and how when you are reading this story.

“Logus, the odd robot” by Ha Pham

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On a far, far, far away planet name Neptone, there lived four robots.  The fourth was name Logus.  Logus was different then the other robots; he had hair as green as grass. He had teeth as big as a house, and he had feet that flopped like flippers.

Logus tried to play ball with the other children, but every time he caught the ball, his teeth popped the ball.  Logus tried drawing a picture instead, but the crayons disappeared and was all stuck in his hair.  Logus tried to play tag with the other robots, but he couldn’t run fast enough and the other robots would laugh at him. The other children don’t like playing with Logus

Logus was very sad, he wished he looked like the other robots and could run and play like them, so Logus wished very hard one night upon a full moon.  He said, “I wish I had small teeth so I can play ball. I wish I didn’t have so much hair so I can play with crayons.  I wish I have legs so I can play tag.”And when he woke up, Logus had no teeth and no hair and had no flipper. Logus played with the other children and he ran around until he dropped.

One day, it stopped raining for six months and all the Togo plants where dying and all the robots were hungry.  All the robots tried to get the water from the stream to the plants.  The first robot tried to carry the water in his hands, but when he reached the Togo plants, all the water dripped out between his figures. The second robot tried to kick the water to the plants, but the water couldn’t reach far enough. Moving the water wasn’t working. The third robot tried to move the plants closer to the water, but he couldn’t dig the plants out of the ground.

Logus watched in despair and didn’t know what else to do. Suddenly he saw a big yellow fish jump out of the water and splash a great big wave of water with his tail. Logus asked the fish, “Do you know how to move water from one area to another?” The fish said, “When I jump out of the water, my fin splashes water very far. If you had a special tail like me, it would be a piece of cake.”

Logus thought, maybe being different isn’t such a bad thing.  He wanted with all his heart to be himself again, so he wished on a falling star to be back to normal.  The next morning when he woke up, he looked in the mirror and he had his big teeth, his grass hair, and his flippers.  He now knew that he was made that way for a reason and he went to the stream and splashed the water onto the Togo plants. The plants drank up all the water and grew big and strong. The day was saved and everyone was full and happy again.

 

अलमारी, Almaari, Cupboard

Watch video to see the pictures

देखिये, अलमारी  में  क्या  हैं ?

Dekhiye, almaari me kyaa hain?

What’s in the cupboard?

 अलमारियाँ  चीजे  रखने  के  लिए  होती  हैं .

कभी  कभी  अलमारी  को  कपाट  भी  कहते  है .

Alamariyaan cheeje rakhane ke liye hoti hain.

Kabhi kabhi almaari ko kapaat bhi kahate hai.

Cupboards are for keeping things. Sometimes we also call them cabinets.

अलमारी  जिस  कमरे  में  है , उस  तरह  की  चीजे  उस  अलमारी  में  जाती  है.

Alamaari jis kamare me hai, us tarah ki cheeje us almaari me jaatee hai

Things that belong to a room, go in those cupboards.

लिविंग  रूम  के  अलमारी  में  हम  अलग  अलग  विषयोंकी  किताबे  रखते  हैं.

Living room ke alamaari me hum alag alag vishayonki kitaabe rakhate hain.

We keep books on different subjects in the cupboard in living room

वहाँ  एक  अलमारी  शीशे  की  है , उसमे  हम  सारी  सजावट  की  चीजे  रखते  हैं.

Vahan ek alamaari sheeshe ki hai, usame hum saari sajaavat ki cheeje rakhate hain.

There is one glass cabinet in the living room, where we keep all our decorative items.

Felt Board Story: 1

Read this story to the child. You may also make felt pieces characters. A child can read the story too. Ask questions like, what, why and how when you are reading this story.

Franklin, the fish by Lindsay Anderson

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One upon a time there was a fish named Franklin who lived in the ocean. He was a good, friendly fish. All of his friends looked up to him. He would listen to all their fish stories and he was always there to help his friends out. However, there was one problem, he did not like Larry the Lobster. Franklin did not like Larry because he was red, looked different than Franklin and his friends, and he had sharp pincers which Franklin was sort of afraid of. He was not mean to Larry but he would not let Larry play games with him or his friends. He also would not let Larry listen to the fish tales they were telling.

One day Franklin was swimming alone, thinking about how beautiful the ocean was, how lucky he was to live in it, and how lucky he was to have so many great friends. All of a sudden, he felt a sharp pain and he could not swim. “Oh no!” he thought, “I have been hooked by a fisherman.” He told himself not to panic and to relax to see what he was stuck on. Franklin saw he was not hooked by a fisherman’s hook at all! It was a set of plastic rings that a human had carelessly discarded in the ocean.

What could Franklin do now? He was all alone and he could not see any other fish around him. The more he struggled to get free, the more he got tangled in the ring. All of a sudden, Franklin heard a voice from behind him. He recognized the voice, it belonged to Larry.

Franklin called out to Larry. “Larry, please help me! I’m stuck in this ring!” For just a moment, Larry thought to himself, “Why should I help Franklin? He isn’t very nice to me and he never includes me with his friends.” But, Larry was a kind lobster so he went over to Franklin and used his pincers to cut the plastic and free Franklin.

By this time, a crowd of Franklin’s friends were starting to arrive. They saw what was going on and started cheering when they saw Larry free Franklin. Franklin said “Thank you for freeing me Larry.” Larry could barely hear Franklin over the cheers of the friends. After things settled down, Franklin told Larry “I’m sorry I have been so mean to you. I hope you will forgive me.” Larry said “I forgive you.” From that day on, Franklin and Larry were best friends.

मौसम, Mausam, weather

  • आज का मौसम कैसा है?
  • Aaj kaa mousam kaisaa hai?
  • How is weather today?
  • आज बहुत ठंडी है।
  • Aaj bahut thandi hai.
  • It is very cold today.
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  • पसीना छूट रहा है, बहुत गर्मी है।
  • Pasinaa chhoot rahaa hai, bahut garmi hai.
  • It is sweaty; it is very hot.
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  • मौसम सुहाना है। बारिश हो रही है।
  • Mousam suhaanaa hai. Baarish ho rahi hai.
  • The weather is lovely, it is raining.
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Word Families: “op”

You will find several short entries that you can ask children to read. Each entry focuses on one word family at a time. When you introduce these word families to children, make sure to focus only one at a time.

Read the entry first and then ask child to read it. Point out how they can make different words just by replacing the first letter. Encourage children to make nonsense words too, as they help them to understand phonics.

Cop, flop, hop, lop , mop, pop, top, drop

 The house is on the hill

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Pop wants to hop

He hops to the top

The house is dirty

Pop wants a mop

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He takes the mop

And does flip flop.

पांच छोटे कद्दू ,paanch chhote kaddoo, Five little pumpkins

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  • पांच  छोटे  कद्दू  बैठे  गेट  पर
  • “ये तो हालोवीन की  रात  है .” पहले  ने  कहा.
  • Paanch chhote kaddoo baithe gate par
  • “ye to Haloween ki raat hai.” pahalene kahaa.
  • Five little pumpkins sitting on the gate
  • “This is Halloween night.” said the first one.
  • “हवा में चुड़ैल है.” दुसरे  ने  कहा
  • “कोई परवा नहीं.” तीसरे  ने  कहा
  • “hawaa me chudail hai.” Dusare ne kaha
  • “koi paravaa nahi.” Tisare ne kaha
  •  The second one said, “There are witches in the air.”
  • The third one said, “But I don’t care.”
  • “भागो, भागो.” चौथे ने  कहा
  • “ये  तो  हालोवीन  का  मजा  है ” पांच  वे  ने  कहा
  • “Bhaago, bhaago.” Chouthe ne kaha
  • “ye to Halloween ka majaa hai” paanch ve ne kaha
  •  The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run.”
  • The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun.”
  • हवा  आयी  जोर  से , बुझ  गए  दिए
  • और  पांच  छोटे  कद्दू  जोर  से  भाग  गए
  • Hawaa aayee jor se, bujh gaye diye
  • Aur paanch chhote kaddu jor se bhaag gaye
  •  Ooooo! Went the wind, and out went the light. And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

Word Families: “ot”

You will find several short entries that you can ask children to read. Each entry focuses on one word family at a time. When you introduce these word families to children, make sure to focus only one at a time.

Read the entry first and then ask child to read it. Point out how they can make different words just by replacing the first letter. Encourage children to make nonsense words too, as they help them to understand phonics.

Word family “ot”

Cot, dot, got, hot, lot, not, pot, rot, tot

 Tot is sitting on a cot.

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Mom is using a pot.

“Tot, the pot is hot

Do not touch the pot”

Tot does not listen

Tot touches the pot

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Ouch!