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माता सरस्वती शारदा आप सभी को बसंत पंचमी की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं … हे माता सरस्वती शारदा माता सरस्वती शारदा विद्यादानी दयानी दुःख हरिणी जगत जननी ज्वालामुखी माता सरस्वती शारदा हे माता सरस्वती शारदा विद्यादानी दयानी दुःख हरिणी जगत जननी ज्वालामुखी माता सरस्वती शारदा हे माता सरस्वती शारदा कीजे सुदृष्टि सेवक जान अपना इतना वरदान दीजे […]
In February, what child doesn’t enjoy receiving and sending colorful Valentine’s Day cards?
And whether children make the cards themselves or simply sign their name to a card they buy, the act of sending and receiving Valentine’s Day cards is one that promotes literacy among young children.
Because it encourages reading, writing, and even talking about the Valentine’s cards with friends and/or family.
Most children love creating a Valentines Mailbox.
They can make a mailbox for school and one for home, too.
In fact, at home encourage everyone in the family to build a mailbox and exchange Valentines and other cards, notes, and letters all month long.
The mail doesn’t need to stop when March rolls around either.
Children will be used to the practice of sending and receiving mail by that time and they probably won’t want to give it up.
In March, encourage them to create cards and notes for St. Patrick’s Day.
Of course, there are all sorts of reasons to send mail every single day.
And by making it fun for kids to send and receive mail, they start to value the written word more and more.
And they are doing so in a way that is “authentic” because they really want to be able to read what that card from their father says, or they want to know how to spell a word correctly in a message they are putting in their sister’s mailbox.
Using Mailboxes in the Classroom
Teachers can also use the mail as a way for children to write about books they read or topics they study in the classroom.
Letters or cards can be sent from one child to another answering specific questions about a specific book.
The teacher might ask the class to writer a letter to a friend in class telling who their favorite character was in the book, what they liked best about the book, what they would do differently if they were the writing a book like this, etc.
When the children finish writing the letters they can put them in the mailboxes.
Later, everyone can read the letters and share them with the class as a class activity.
Write Notes Throughout the Day
As a parent or teacher, jot little notes and put them in your children’s or students’ mailboxes throughout the day.
If you’re a busy teacher, you don’t have to send a note to every child in your class every day. Just one note a day to one student will do.
It’s also fun if kids can create a mailbox that has a flag that can be raised or lowered when someone puts mail in the box.
The raised flag lets the child know “You’ve got mail!”
In the classroom, children can make reading, writing, and distributing the mail a daily practice at a specific time.
That way, kids won’t be running around to all the mailboxes at all times of day.
They’ll really look forward to the “mail call” part of the day!
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Well, the bags are packed, the portfolio is printed, and soon I’ll be on my way to the Big Apple to schmooze with a bunch of introverted, book-loving nerds. At this time tomorrow I’ll probably be hurtling through the streets on an ill-advised taxi ride or something. I’ll let you know how it all goes (if I survive.)
एक प्रार्थना हनमानथप्पा के लिए सियाचिन में 5 दिन बर्फ में दबे होने के बावजूद जिंदा मिला लांस नायक हनमन थप्पा मेरी सहेली मणि को मंदिर जाना था और मुझे किसी से मिलने अस्तपाल …वापिस लौटते वक्त हम दोनों यही बात कर रहे थे बेशक, मंदिर में हम अपनों की सलामती और दुआ के […]
The truth is, I’m kind of a fake introvert. On those ubiquitous personality tests I hover right on the line between the two extremes. Nonetheless, a big social event like a SCBWI national conference can be overwhelming, and all the networking can push a pseudo-introvert like me to the point of social burnout. I’ve collected some tips below that have helped me have the best possible experience at one of these events. (If you want to learn more about what a SCBWI conference is, click here.)
Promo postcards and portfolio page, ready to go.
The seeds of a great experience are sown long before you get to the conference.
Try to read at least one book by every speaker. It makes their keynote more illuminating.
To be a real overachiever, come up with a question or two you’d want to ask each faculty member. If you ever end up sharing a table with them or in a Q&A session, you’ll be ready to participate.
If you’ve been to prior conferences, go through the contacts you made back then and refresh your memory. For extra credit, check out their websites to see what new stuff they’ve been up to. There’s nothing worse than introducing yourself to someone only to hear “um, we met last year.” (Sorry about that, Rodolfo.)
If you’re attending sessions with assignments, make sure to do your homework ahead of time.
2. Stuff you should probably bring with you
In addition to your underwear and toothbrush and so forth, don’t forget the following:
Your portfolio/dummy books/whatever.
Postcards and/or business cards.
A sketchbook/notebook and something to write with.
A copy of any of your recently published books that you want to show to your friends.
Copies of other people’s books that you want to get signed.
Warm things (it’s ALWAYS cold in the hotel. Plus it’s New York in February.)
Earplugs for sleeping if you’re sharing a room with friends.
Sleep mask (ditto to above.)
3. Networking tips for introverts, or something
I probably shouldn’t be giving advice at all in this area.
Try to avoid looking at your feet while talking to people.
Resist the urge to apologize for your work.
Be genuinely interested in other people.
Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself.
Don’t be one of those annoying, pushy people who stalk the faculty members.
Sit in the front. You can see so much better. Actually, never mind. DON’T sit in the front, because I want to sit there.
4. Chilling Out
For an introvert, a big conference in New York City is remarkably taxing. While the whole point of the conference is to network and go to keynotes blah blah blah, it’s okay to take some time to get away from it all in order to survive.
Use the gym or pool if there is one to get away from people for a little while.
Have your own room if you can afford it. This helps a ton, but it’s like $400 a night so I get it.
Skip a keynote if you have to. Or two.
Leave the hotel and go somewhere else. Cafes are good.
Have you been a national conference or book fair? What tips would you suggest? Feel free to share in the comments!
पानी कितना गूगल सर्च पर मुझे देखते हुए इतनी हैरानी हुई कि सबसे ज्यादा सर्च किया गया कि पानी कितना पीना चाहिए. हाल ही में सर्दी का मौसम गया है और सर्दी में पानी पीना तो दूर हम तो पानी देखते ही सर्दी लगनी शुरु हो जाती. सर्दी में जहां पौधे सूखे सूखे हो गएं […]
चर्चा का विषय है बदलता समाज हमारा सामाजिक परिवेश मुझे याद है कुछ समय पहले मैं एक पहेली अपने दोस्तों से बहुत पूछा करती थी कि बताओ ऐसी क्या चीज है जो है तो आपकी पर आपके दोस्त ज्यादा इस्तेमाल करते हैं… यकीन मानिए सभी कंफ्यूज हो जाते और अजूबों गरीब उत्तर देने लगते . […]
The publication party for The Queen of the Night, the magnificent second novel by my dear friend Alexander Chee, is tomorrow night at McNally Jackson. I was stunned and so happy when he asked me to discuss the book with him there.
Alex and I became friends before I read his first book. An instant easy understanding was possible between us that might have been impossible if I’d encountered Edinburgh — which is wonderful and true and utterly its own thing — before I knew him. Over the years he has become a kind of muse for me, as well as an advisor, though I don’t think I ever put it to myself quite that until I just typed the words just now.
बापू और उनका हे राम गाँधी बापू को सादर नमन आज सुबह किसी ने सोशल नेट वर्किंग साईट फेसबुक पर “हे राम” लिखा हुआ था. कुछ देर बाद देखा तो उसमे दो लाईक थे. काफी देर बाद जब न्यूज फीड मे दुबारा देखा तो उसके किसी मित्र मे पूछा कि क्या हुआ!!! आज हे राम […]
Housewife Dilemma आमतौर पर Housewife अक्सर दुविधा, कशमकश या असमंजस मे रहती हैं. वो Dilemma क्या, क्यों और किस तरह का होता है आईए जाने .. आज क्या बनेगा … आज काम वाली बाई आएगी या नहीं, बच्चों की शाम को एक्स्ट्रा क्लास है उन्हें छोड कर आना है …. रात को शादी में जाना है … […]
Happy New Year! As usual, I started the year off with (waaay too many) goals and resolutions. One of those goals was to revisit my portfolio with a critical, unbiased (ha) eye. The 2016 SCBWI New York Conference is rapidly approaching, and since I’ve sunk over a grand into it, I might as well prepare to make the most of the experience. So anyway, here’s a little post on reviewing and refreshing the all-important portfolio.
Like the unicorn, the perfect portfolio is elusive. Supposedly my portfolio should be a showcase for the kind of work I want to do in the future, rather than a place for my old projects to gather dust. This is much easier said than done. With my skills constantly evolving and improving, my portfolio pieces seem to go obsolete faster than Apple products. Without resorting to time travel, is it possible to show a whole portfolio of consistent, strong work?
In general, our new work will (hopefully) be better than the older stuff. But having a few great new pieces is not good enough. It seems that the editors and agents can’t see my impressive new (imaginary) oeuvre. Silly industry professionals! Instead they are judging me on what they actually see in the portfolio. The weakest work in my portfolio, specifically, rather than the pieces that hint toward my future genius. I once heard Cecilia Yung, AD and VP at Penguin, blithely say that she only looks at the absolute worst image in the portfolio and ignores the rest. “If I can live with your worst,” she said, “I can work with you.” If that’s not intimidating enough, the better the great new breakthrough pieces are, the shabbier the old not-so-great ones look by comparison, and the less cohesive the portfolio becomes. What’s a poor artist to do?
Happily, I’ve come up with a handy two-step plan to tackle this problem:
Step 1: Make more art.
Step 2: Show them less of it.
Putting together a portfolio is an exercise in curation. I like to start by doing some super-honest portfolio analysis to get a clearer picture of where I am and what path I should follow. First and foremost, what should be in my portfolio? There’s no right answer to this, but if I were an editor I’d probably want to see evidence of things like this:
A mastery of technique with a consistent and unique style
The ability to tell a compelling story
The ability to draw a consistent character in a variety of poses
The ability to draw diverse characters, both human and animal
The ability to show action, emotion and personality
Sounds good, right? Now comes the “harsh reality” part. Go print some color copies of all of your pieces, spread them out on the floor or a large table, and take a look.
You can start with what I call the “cringe test.” You can do this alone or (even more illuminating) with friend or colleague. If you have a friend who is notoriously hard to please they’re perfect for the job. Regard each of your images, one by one. You will probably start by admiring the best ones. Keep going. Eventually you will run out of shiny new ones and come to one where you feel that internal “cringe.” You might pause and make an excuse or apology, or attempt to “explain” the piece in some way. Hallelujah, this is the sign you’ve been waiting for! It needs to go. Get rid of as many as you need. You might even get rid of the majority of your portfolio. That’s okay. It just means that your skills–and your critical eye–have improved. Pat yourself on the back, and go have some chocolate.
Now that the cringe-worthy pieces are gone, look at what’s left. If you like, you can analyze these images through the lens of the Five Important Qualities that I invented listed above. Are you telling compelling stories that make you want to turn the page? Do you have a variety of characters in different poses? What’s missing? If you’re having trouble being honest with yourself, pretend that you’re the editor looking at the work of someone you might want to hire. What gives you confidence in this illustrator? What concerns you?
Once you’ve identified the holes in your portfolio, you can focus on making new work, keeping those things in mind. It’s always better to have a few strong pieces than to pad your portfolio with filler, so don’t go crazy here. Think of this as practice. When I audited my portfolio I found that there isn’t as much action and emotion as I’d like, so that’s something I’m working on in my new portfolio pieces. That doesn’t mean these new pieces will necessarily make the cut for the portfolio. It just gives me a direction to head in.
At the end of the day, I hope you can create your magical unicorn portfolio where you adore each and every image and it reflects what you love to do and what you’re capable of. It’s no easy task, so don’t get discouraged. Every new image you make is a tiny step forward, and every weak piece cut from your portfolio raises you a notch in the illustration world. Only you know how to take it from here.
I haven’t been blogging this year. It’s been a crazy time, with my new JOB (did I mention I have a job now?) and a book to write, and so on and so on. Also, this winter I’m embarking on a big adventure– a group of friends and I are hosting a refugee family from Somalia. So there’s a lot to do, always.
But it happens to be THAT weekend. The BIG weekend for kidlit folks. ALA Midwinter. So I dashed over here to get my own choices for the big awards on the record.
For Newbery… there’s no question in my mind but that Rebecca Stead deserves the medal again. I didn’t love Goodbye Stranger as much as When You Reach Me, but I thought it was the most unusual and well written middle grade book I read this year. I’m especially interested in seeing more upper middle grade books in the world, and I felt like this book managed the true voice of that “tween” age deftly.
For Caldecott, my money is on Waiting. I HATE that this is the case. I think I’ve made it pretty clear how I feel about the lack of female illustrators being awarded the medal. But I fell hard for Kevin Henkes’ newest book. It’s just a perfect quiet picture book. So, there we are. I’d be lying if I said otherwise.
ut of course there are any number of amazing women in the mix too, and I’d love to see some medal-love shining from Emily Hughes’ The Little Gardener.
Or Pamela Zagarenski’s The Whisper.
Or Sophie Blackall’s Finding Winnie.
And for Printz? I don’t read a ton of YA, so I’m limited in my ability to evaluate, but the YA book I loved most this year was X, by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon. There was a special sort of magic to this book– it walked a line, including “edgy” material in a way that I almost felt my third and fourth grade boys could handle. The tone is amazing, a sort of headlong dash. I loved it.
So there we are. I won’t make predictions, because the ALA evaluation process is so mysterious and bewildering, and I’m ALWAYS WRONG. But these are the books I’d be arguing for, if I sat on those committees.
And hats off to the people who do!
Now, what about YOU? What are your favorites of 2015?? Tell me why I’m wrong.
सर्दी की धूप और ठंड के फायदे सर्दी में जहां गुड, गज्जक और मूंगफली बहुत भाती है वही गुनगुनी धूप में इसका आनंद लेना सुखद होता है. ठंड की एक सुबह मणि ने बाते करते हुए बताया कि उसकी दिल से इच्छा है कि पडोसियों की नई कार आ जाए. मुझे बहुत खुशी हुई कि लोग […]
Hello- New Year Greetings Call Your Friends … आज सुबह से कभी phone तो कभी मैसेज !!!! एक फोन रखा ही था कि मेरी सहेली मणि आ गई. ऐसा लग रहा था कि उसे किसी बात पर गुस्सा आ रहा है . मेरे पूछ्ने पर उसने बताया कि एक दो दोस्तो के नए साल के […]
I have dusted off this blog and am restarting it. Sorry for the lack of posting. If you are connected with me on social media, then you know that I have been very busy with moving to beautiful Massachusetts and a new job. To start things off, I am posting this fun little illustration I’ve been...
आतंकवाद – आतंकी- पाक के ना पाक इरादे टेलिविजन पर, न्यूज चैनल पर चिल्ला चिल्ला कर बोलने से आतंकवाद की समस्या का कभी हल नही निकल सकता ..ये काम सिर्फ सरकार ही करे तो बेहतर होगा ..क्योकि जिस तरह से आतंकवाद अपने पैर पसार रहा है … बहुत संजीदा और गम्भीरता से सोचने की आवश्यकता […]
आतंकवाद -शहीद जवान और नेताओं की राजनीति आतंकवाद -शहीद जवान और नेताओं की राजनीति जिस तरह से आतंकी हमलों में हमारे जवान शहीद हो रहे हैं और नेता अपनी बयानबाजी से थम नही रहे हैं चाहे भाजपा हो या कांग्रेस और न्यूज चैनल आरोप प्रत्यारोप की राजनीति गरमाई हुई है … ऐसे में बहुत लोग […]
Audio-Odd even formula- Monica Gupta अरविंद केजरीवाल जी का ऑडियों वीडियों ऑड ईवन कार के बारे में सुन रही थी तो अचानक मुझे एक बात याद आई वो मैं आपसे ऑडियो और लिख कर भी शेयर कर रही हूं … बहुत समय पहले मैने एक कहानी लिखी थी प्यारा चोर … वो कहानी कुछ ऐसे […]
This engaging new series will enable teachers to create a structured literacy learning route, which children will both benefit from, and enjoy.
The series has been grouped into 11 Book Bands to ensure that reading challenge across the series supports teacher decision making and progress in literacy.
The 90 titles cover a wide range of subjects at each child’s unique reading level, including fictional tales, traditional settings, animal adventures and historically based and factual stories, as well as plots featuring real and imagined worlds that children can explore.
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Written and edited by carefully selected authors who have been chosen for their expertise in children’s education and teaching, and who bring English language to life for learners, Cambridge Reading Adventures features notable names such as Lauri Kubuitsile, Jonathan and Angela Scott and Ian Whybrow, best known for the million-selling series Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs.
The series is edited by Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin who are national leaders at the IOE’s International Literacy Centre. Both Sue and Glen are experienced teachers and adult educators, and are published authors in their own right. They are the editors of the highly influential ‘Which Book and Why: using Book Bands and book levels for guided reading in Key Stage 1’.
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Audio-Odd even cars formula- Monica Gupta अरविंद केजरीवाल जी का ऑडियों वीडियों ऑड ईवन कार के बारे में सुन रही थी तो अचानक मुझे एक बात याद आई वो मैं आपसे ऑडियो और लिख कर भी शेयर कर रही हूं … बहुत समय पहले मैने एक कहानी लिखी थी प्यारा चोर … वो कहानी कुछ […]