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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.

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!

Hindi Consonants Group 7

You will learn to read Hindi vowels and consonants in the next several posts. Each post will focus on one group of consonants. Listen to the sounds in the video and also practice writing those letters. Video also has pictures.

स  ष ह  क्ष श्र  ,
S sh h ksh shr
Consonants

  • स S
  • सांप saanp
  • Snake
  • सांप  धीरे  धीरे  जा  रहा  है .
  • Saanp dheere dheere jaa rahaa hai.
  • Snake is moving slowly.
  • ष Sh 
  • षटकोन  shatakon
  • Hexagon
  • षट्कोणमें  छे  बाजुए  होती  है .
  • Shatakon me chhe baajuye hoti hai.
  • Hexagon has six sides.
  • ह H
  • हाथी haathee elephant
  • हाथी  बहुत  मोटा  है .
  • Haathee bahut motaa hai.
  • The elephant is very fat.
  • क्ष Ksh 
  • नक्षा  naksha
  • Map  
  • नक़्शेमें  मेरा  घर  दिखता  है .
  • Naksheme meraa ghar dikhataa hai.
  • My house can be seen in the map.
  • श्र Shr 
  • श्रोता shrota
  • Audience
  • श्रोता  वह  गाना  सुनकर  बहूत  खुश  हुए .
  • Shrotaa vah gaanaa sunkar bahoot khush hue.
  • Audience were happy to listen to that song.

Word Families: “it”

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: “it”

Bit, fit, hit, kit, pit, sit, wit

Tim got an exercise kit.

He is getting fit

By exercising bit by bit

He does not like to sit

He wants to be fit    

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Hindi Consonants Group 6

You will learn to read Hindi vowels and consonants in the next several posts. Each post will focus on one group of consonants. Listen to the sounds in the video and also practice writing those letters. Video also has pictures.

य  र  ल  व  श
Y R L V Sh group
Consonants 5

  • य   Y
  • यन्त्रमानव Yantra manav
  • Robot
  • यंत्रमानव  घर  के  सभी  काम  करता  है .
  • Yantramanav ghara ke sabhi kaam karataa hai.
  • Robot does all household jobs.
  • र   R
  • रास्ता Raastaa
  • Road
  • यह  रास्ता  कहाँ  जाता  है ?
  • Yah raastaa kahan jaataa hai?
  • Where does this road go?
  • ल L
  • लड़की ladakee
  • Girl
  • इस लड़की का नाम क्या है ?
  • Is ladaki kaa naam kyaa hai?
  • What is that girl’s name?
  • व V
  • वर्षा  varshaa
  • Rain
  • यह वर्षा कब रुकेगी?
  • Yah varshaa kab rukegee?
  • When will this rain stop?
  • श Sh
  • शेर  sher
  • Tiger
  • शेर  के  दहाड़  से  मुझे  डर लगता  है .
  • Sher ke dahaad se mujhe dar lagataa hai.
  • I am afraid of tiger’s roar.

Word families: “an”

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: an

Man, pan, ran, van, Dan, tan, can, fan,

Dan is a big man.image006

a red van. image007

He comes home.

He wants a drink.

He opens a juice can. image008

Juice is too cold.

He mixes it with hot water in a pan. image009

Now juice is too hot.

What will Dan do?

Aha! He sees the fan. image010

Hindi Consonants Group 5

You will learn to read Hindi vowels and consonants in the next several posts. Each post will focus on one group of consonants. Listen to the sounds in the video and also practice writing those letters. Video also has pictures.

प फ ब भ म
P ph b bh m
Consonants 5

  • प p
  • पत्ता pattaa
  • Leaf
  • पत्ते  गिर  रहे  हैं।
  • Patte gir rahe hai.
  • Leaves are falling
  • फ ph
  • फूल phool
  • Flower
  • वह  फूल  लाल  रंग  का  है .
  • Vah Phool laal rang kaa hai.
  • That flower is red.
  • ब b
  • बकरा bakaraa Goat
  • बकरा  ब्याँ ब्याँ  करता  है .
  • Bakaraa byan byan karataa hai.
  • Goat is doing Byan byan
  • भ bh
  • भालू bhaaloo
  • Bear
  • उसके  खिलौनों  में  भालू  था .
  • Usake khilouno me Bhaaloo thaa.
  • She has bear in her toys.
  • म m
  • माचिस maachis
  • Matchstick  
  • माचिस  को  हाथ  मत  लगाना .
  • Maachis ko haath mat lagaana.
  • Don’t touch the match box.

Word Families: “at”

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 “at”

Words: hat, mat, cat, rat, that, fat, sat, bat

 The rat was hiding under the mat.

 The cat sat on the mat.

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The rat got mad and out he ran.

The rat found a bat. He put it on his head as hat.

The cat saw the rat wearing a bat.

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He laughed so much rolling on the mat.

The Rat got mad again and out he ran.

The Cat found a hat and gave it to rat.

The Rat and the cat now played with the bat.

Connect the word with the picture

Rat            image004

Hat            image001

Mat              image003

Cat             image005

Bat             image002

Hindi Consonant group 4

You will learn to read Hindi vowels and consonants in the next several posts. Each post will focus on one group of consonants. Listen to the sounds in the video and also practice writing those letters. Video also has pictures.

तथदधन
T th d dh n group
Consonant group 4

  • T त Taalaa
  • ताला
  • Lock
  • ताले  के  लिए  चाबी  चाहिए .
  • Taale ke liye chaabee chaahiye.
  • The lock needs a key.
  • Th थ 
  • thaalee थाली
  • Plate
  • थाली  में  खाना  खाते  है .
  • Thaalee me khaanaa khaate hai.
  • We eat in the plate
  • D द
  • doodh दूध
  • Milk
  • दूध  पीने  से  ताकद  आती  है .
  • Doodh peene se taakad aatee hai.
  • Drinking milk makes you strong.
  • Dh ध
  • dhaagaa  धागा
  • String
  • धागा  सुई  में  जाता  है .
  • Dhaagaa sui me jaataa hai.
  • A thread goes in the needle.
  • N न
  • nal  नल
  • Tap
  • नल  खुला  मत  रखना .
  • Nal khulaa mat rakhanaa.
  • Don’t leave the tap open.