Monday, February 17, 2014

Montessori Environment 1-2 Years

This article describes the Montessori environment that can be provided to children from 1-2 years of age. It includes topics like Montessori toys and materials appropriate for that age group, Language development and the 3 period lesson.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Stories for kids

I am constantly looking for inspiring stories to share with my little son.

I found a website containing a comprehensive list of virtues. Each virtue is accompanied by relevant folktales and real life stories. 

Here is the link for the website

Sharing inspiring stories with kids is one of the most effective ways to impart values. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Child development guide

A detailed child development guide from birth to 19 years is available at this site:

The child development guide includes the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and moral characteristics that are normal for a given age. 

I found this resource extremely helpful to get a bigger picture of child development stages and what to expect at each stage. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Best classical music for babies and kids has a collection of the best classical music for babies and kids.

Samples of the songs are available on the site. The songs can be purchased as MP3.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Developmental tasks from birth to 19 years

The common concern of most parents is whether their child is reaching development milestones or not. 

This site ( provides a summary of all the developmental tasks from birth to 19 years 
listed by age

My son is in the 7-9 month range now. These are the developmental tasks listed for that age. 

7 – 9 Months

• Sits without support
• Crawls
• Emotional attachment to parents
• Separation anxiety
• Distinguishes between living and non-living objects
• Aware that objects exist even when out of sight (object permanence)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Five aspects of education

What makes Education complete

Education to be complete must have five principal aspects corresponding to the five principal activities of the human being: 

  1. the physical
  2. the vital
  3. the mental
  4. the psychic 
  5. the spiritual

Usually, these phases of education follow chronologically the growth of the individual; this, however, does not mean that one of them should replace another, but that all must continue, completing one another until the end of his life.

[Extracted from Mother's writings on Education]

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Survey from DNLE course

The DNLE course offered by Stanford University on the Venture Lab conducted a demographic survey of its students. Here are the results that were published today.

First, DNLE student demographics:
57% female, 43% male;
46% between the ages of 34-54, 26% between 26-34; 14% under 26, and 14% over 54;
53% working full-time, 16% self-employed, 8% working part-time, 12% (under)graduate student.

Second, DNLE-ers' motivations for enrolling:
75% want to learn about uses of technology in education,
66% want to design educational programs or applications,
51% because of university/faculty reputation,
48% want to try a MOOC.

I personally thought the demographics are very interesting. They give a gist of who the target audience is.

Women dominate the scene :) It was surprising that only 12% of (under)graduate students were taking the course and more than 50% who take this course work full-time. The bulk of the audience is from ages 34-54.

#DNLE offered by Prof. Paul Kim.