Newsletter June


It’s that time — time for our kids to load up their backpacks, don their new threads, and head back to school.
It can be a hard transition going from the freedom of summer to the structure of being a full-time student.


But you know what? It’s worth it. There is nothing like getting a good education.
It gives our children a foundation for the rest of their lives.

This month we take the opportunity to present our Student of the Month and Teacher of the month.
Also, we have a column on Stimulating Learning through educational games by our Special Educator.

Happy Reading !
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world - Nelson mandela

Fame Student of the Month

“Ajay is very friendly and good natured student who prefers things in order and in right place”
Ajay is one of the first student of FAME India, he is 28 years old.
Ajay presents with cerebral palsy which manifests in the form of hydrocephalus and quadriplegia.

He is a wheel chair bound student and
requires assistance in managing day to day activities of life.
He requires minimum assistance in feeding himself and communicates for his wants and needs.

He speaks mainly in single words and phrases.
Ajay loves to solve puzzles and solving simple math problems using calculator.

He is very attached to his family and has a very good support system around him.
With all the limitations in his life, he still has the dignity to do things on his own,
which he is capable of, with always a smile on his face.

Fame Teacher of the Month

Ms. Shashi - Special Educator
I joined FAME 14 years ago as a Special Educator.

My Love and Affection towards children with Special needs is what drives me to work in Fame.

An unforgettable moment at FAME



I remember a day when one of the parents came back and thanked me for everything I have been doing.
It meant a lot to me and it was a big achievement for me.
One of my happiest moments will always be when a student of mine, goes for a cultural program and dance on stage.

Paper Presentation

By Ms. Anusha S Dutt (Special Educator)

Educational games are games that are designed to help people to learn about certain subjects,
expand concepts, reinformce development, understand a historical event,
or assist them in learning a skill as they play.

In our great eagerness to teach our children we studiously look for "educationa toys,
games with built-in lessons, books with a message". Often these "tools" are less interesting and stimulating
than the child's natural curiosity and playfulness.
Play is by its very nature educational. And it should be pleasurable.
When the fun goes out of the play, most often so does the learning - Joanne E. Oppenheim (Kids and Play, ch.1, 1984)

GAMES ENGAGE PEOPLE



Making learning fun motivates students and helps them pay attention and stay focussed on the subject.
One reason to promote educational games is to encourage students to learn outside of class.
Young adults will go out of their way to play games , even a single game for hours on.
There is also evidence that games allow students to focus well enough to learn better.
Learning from mistakes

One reason that games (Outside of gambling) are such a great escape from the real world is that
bad consequences are rarely serious or lasting.


"It's only a game"
"If you loose, start the game over and try again"
"Often its possible to recover in a game, and to use what you have learnt to succesfully complete the task"
"Characters and pieces may die, but this is rarely permament"
"There are no consequences for the player personally"
During pre-school, kids experience structured time together that is both fun and educational.
They learn how to bond with their peers, follow directions and stick to a schedule; all skills that prepare them to school.
For children with special needs, there are certain pre-school activities
that work particularly well to keep them engaged, focus and actively learn.
Here are 5 suggestions that help children with special needs,
both in the classroom and at home, to get the most out of their learning experiences.

Sensory Tables

They offer a wealth of benefits for children with special needs.
Engaging in sensory experience like running fingers through dried rice or pouring water can distract and calm a child who is feeling over-stimulated or anxious.
It promotes self-discover and encourages a child to explore new texture which in turn supports socila and emotional development.
Offering textures like dried beans, sand and cotton balls promotes hand-eye co-ordination and gives an opportunity for a child to pinch, grasp and enhance fine motor skills.
As children discover new textures and objects, they tend to have a verbal response.
Engaging them in a sensory table is a great way to work on language development.

Outdoor Play Time

Outdoor play is stimulating for children of all abilities, specially those
who need a little extra help developing gross motor skills.
When engaging children in outdoor play time, organize specific games like hopscotch,
"simon says", tag and "Red light green light". Games like these promote whole body movement
and balance while teaching children to follow directions and focus their attention.
Offering plenty of options for free play is important too.
When given sidewalk chalk and outdoor equipment like balls and hula loops,
children will engage their fine and gross motor skills without even realizing it.

Yoga for Kids

Yoga is a practice that balances mind and body.
Though yoga is generally thought to be a practice for adults,
children can benefit significantly from from it as well. With practice,
children who have a hard time sitting still can learn to self-regulate and
self-soothe using movement and breath to calm themselves.
Many yoga names are named after animals. So it is easy to incorporate story books with the poses
and make the practice fun. Here is an example:
Frog pose: Squat on the floor, balancing on your toes with knees spread wide apart.
Place hands on the floor between your legs. Look up and inhale.
As you exhale, straighten your legs and lower your head towards your knees
Return to sqautting position and repeat

Light Boxes

A light box is fun and mesmerizing for all children, but it specifically helps
to increase the attention spans of children with special needs.
Children can spend hours with a light box, excersing their fine motor skills by
creating illuminated patterns and pictures with brigthly colored transparent shapes.
Even better, this easy homemade version works great in home or classroom.

Materials:
1 large opaque storage tub
2 strings of holiday lights
Large sheets of tracing paper
Tape

To Assemble:
Line the inside of the tub lid with tracing paper and secure the tape.
This will help create an even distribution of light.
Drill a small hole in the corner of the tub and feed the string lights through.
Arrange evenly on the bottom of the tub.
Place the lid on the top of the tube and plug in the lights.

Music and Circle Time

Music activates every subsytem in the brain, including ares that regulate emotion and motivation.
Setting aside specific time to sit together and make music in a circle
allows children to bond with each other and gives them a sense of belonging to a group.
Music time can be especially beneficial to children who are non-verbal.
For them, music can be a way of expressing themselves and interacting with their peers.

During circle time, provide children with instruments,
like egg shakers, bells or toy drums.
Encourage them to make noises with their instruments and move their bodies to the music.
Sing songs that incorporate the name of each child so that
everyone feels like they have an individual role in the activity.
Additionally, incorporate music in other activities of the day.
Sing songs while cleaning up and transitioning into new activities like nap or snack time.
Know more about the Paper Presentation here

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