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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Field trip to Bangladesh National Museum

November 15, 2014 was the day to go for a field trip to 'Bangladesh National Museum'. We all were very excited to visit our national museum.  Our goal or purpose of this field trip was pr-planned and before leaving our school we reviewed it again. A '1st floor gallery index' of the museum was handed over to teachers.

What is a museum and why we need to visit it?

A museum conserves and exhibit the tradition, customs and heritage of a country. From a field trip to a museum, we can learn important concepts that derived from history, tradition, customs, persons, art and cultures.

Few facts about Bangladesh National Museum:

Location: It is located on the South side of Bangabondhu Sheikh Muzib Medical University at Shahbag area in the Capital city Dhaka. It was founded in 1913 by the British Governor of Bengal. It is a four storey building with 46 galleries; have an extensive collection of artifacts.
Ready to leave school premises

The museum premises is surrounded by different types of trees. On both sides of the entrance of the building there are two historical canons. Just after entering into the 4 storied building, you can see the aesthetic Novera sculpture.

It was Saturday, so we noticed that few more schools were there to visit 'National Museum'.

Learning goals for museum visit:

For early years: Bangladesh map in an interactive way by watching a really big map. As we have started learn 'mapping' in our Geography and Bangladesh Studies classes starting from early years, this field trip was very important to all of us. Learning about our plants, animals, birds, fruits, flowers and creepers was another part of not only Bangladesh studies but helpful in related science or Geography studies. Another aspect of learning was to increase the volume of our vocabulary by knowing the names of all these things in Banglas and English.

For other elder class students 'this field trip was meant to learn about Bangladesh by knowing about rocks/ minerals, tribal/ village life, and potteries.' Student felt it bad as we were not allowed to take pictures inside the museum. Only way was to take notes.

We had to wait at outside of the Museum building as the opening time of museum was 9.30am and we reached there earlier than that time.

On the right side wall of the ground floor we saw few clocks showing different times of different cities of the world.
 On the ground floor, there are museum office, hall room and other necessary establishments. On the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor, all historical objects are preserved and open for display.

It is the only picture which I took from museum site.
1st floor: The 1st floor is divided into 22 rooms. The first room displays a large map showing the map of Bangladesh and its 64 districts. 

In next few rooms we could see the trees, animals, tribal life, rocks, minerals, the Sunder bans and various coins and architectures of ancient ages.
There were rooms showcasing rocks and minerals found in Bangladesh. Plants, flowers, fruits, creepers, animals, birds were in various rooms.
There are some historic relics of Bengal up to 1900. There is a room which shows the different boats used by the rural people.
Tribes of Bangladesh was also the focus of learning.

Arabic and Persian inscriptions, the pieces of calligraphy were the most major objects to watch as I have an interest for calligraphy. We also can learn the history and chronology of medieval eastern India when we observe the coin cabinet.

We didn't visit the 2nd and 3rd floor as our learning goals were fulfilled by visiting one floor only. Another reason was that only one floor is so big that our young students felt exhausted after one hour of walking around large 22 rooms.

When coming back and before taking a riksha, I decide to walk along the road. The first view which grabbed my attention was the poster of 'Humayun Ahmed's book exhibition' in front of 'Public Library' gate. I walked along the pavement for few more minutes, as I wanted to observe the culture and social environment around Shahbagh. I think you need to walk around the adjacent roads and streets to discover and learn more about our society, culture and art.

Shahbag is the location of the nation's leading educational and public institutions, including the University of Dhaka, the oldest and largest public university in Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, the largest public university for technological studies in the country.

Shahbag hosts many street markets and bazaars. Shahbag area has also become a venue for celebrating major festivals, such as the Bengali New Year and Basanta Utsab.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A field trip to dentist

Monday, 10th of November, our field trip to dentist started at around 9.30 am in the morning showing a Sesame Street video to children about oral/ dental health at school. They also watched the rhyme 'Every day I brush my teeth'.

Before starting our field trip to dentist, we learned about oral health or role of a dentist.

We knew what 'dentist' do. "Dentists are doctors who specialize in oral health/hygiene."
Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth and teeth clean to prevent dental problems, most commonly, dental cavities, gingivitis, and bad breath.
The responsibilities of a dentist include:
  • Diagnosing oral diseases. 
  • Promoting oral health and disease prevention. 
  • Creating treatment plans to maintain or restore the oral health of their patients. 
  • Monitoring growth and development of the teeth and jaws. 
  • Performing surgical procedures on the teeth, bone and soft tissues of the oral cavity.
Our field trip to dental clinic was related to these learning objects:
* Science- Our body, oral/dental health
* Geography- Our society and professions (dentist)
* The importance of visiting the dentist
* Adopting good brushing habits to maintain oral health
Now watch the pictures of our field trip:

Watching video related to 'dental health' before leaving for our field trip
Happy faces of teachers and students
Najib Sir is explaining a work sheet about 'teeths' at CFC while waiting for our snacks
Before going upstairs at 'Dental Clinic', we stopped at CFC to have some snacks 

Our children were very enthusiastic to offer volunteering patience services
Children are happy to learn about 'how a dentist perform his duties using variety of tools.
A view of dental clinic inside the office

Different dental tools
Now its time to learn and discuss more why we need to keep our teeth healthy by adopting good brushing habits after each meal.
Dental surgeon showing a tooth model
Correct brushing technique

We saw a doctor attending his patients while another one attended us to demonstrate the job of a dentist. Our learning session with dentists became very interactive as our students played the role of patient and duty doctor gave the regular oral check up. Doctors were very friendly and they tried their best to make this session informative for our students. Doctors were kind enough to give small gifts to children which were 'tooth brushes, dental floss and their clinic sticker of a tooth shape.

Importance of regular visit to dentist:

"Too many people mistakenly believe that they need to see a dentist only if they are in pain or think something is wrong. A dental visit means being examined by a doctor of oral health capable of diagnosing and treating conditions that can range from routine to extremely complex.'

The American Dental Association recommends that dental visits begin no later than a child's first birthday to establish a "dental home."

Dentists can provide guidance to children and parents, deliver preventive oral health services, and diagnose and treat dental disease in its earliest stages. This ongoing dental care will help both children and adults maintain optimal oral health throughout their lifetimes.

It's important to take care of your mouth and teeth starting in childhood. If you don't, you could have problems with your teeth and gums - like cavities or even tooth loss.

 Here's how to keep your mouth and teeth healthy:
  •  Brush your teeth every day with a fluoride toothpaste 
  • Clean between your teeth every day with floss or another type of between-the-teeth cleaner 
  • Snack smart - limit sugary snacks 
  • See your dentist or oral health professional regularly

Friday, October 3, 2014

Teaching methods and tips in islam

Having a few years of experience in the teaching field I feel that 'learning and refreshing our knowledge' while teaching is very important. It is the gift of our tech age, providing us opportunity to learn a lot from online resources available at the web. We have access to loads of information by attending seminars, workshops and training programs. We learn from research, experience of other teachers and use those methods in our classrooms for teaching BUT---------- as a muslim,
We should not forget that our Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) was the best teacher, and we can learn the techniques or tips from the methods he adopted to teach mankind. Islam itself is a school and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the best teacher and tutor whose teachings and sayings still guide, inspire and instruct the whole humanity. Prophet (PBUH) explains the nature of his duty as follows in a hadith: "Allah sent me as a teacher."
We can see the education principles and methods put forward by modern education scholars in the practices of the Prophet.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A field trip to Dhanmondi Lake

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” — Albert Einstein

Every walk is an opportunity for children to learn about the natural world. Our field trip to (adjacent to back side of 'Earch House Alternative School') was held on 25th September, Thursday. As it was the second day of my school, I was excited to have all school staff and children with us. Before going to details about our field trip, I would like to share some information about the area we visited.

Few words about Dhanmondi Lake:

Dhanmondi Lake is a lake located in the Dhanmondi residential area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The lake was originally a dead channel of the Karwan Bazar River, and was connected to the Turag River.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ramadan and iftaar menu in Bangladesh

My friend from Pakistan asked about Bangladeshi iftaar menu. I took some pictures of iftaar dishes to post at 'FaceBook' and at the same time I thought of posting something about our cultural or traditional iftaar food at my blog. Iftaar food varies in different countries around the world. There is a cultural or traditional iftaar menu at each region and so does the Bangladesh has.

Bangladeshi towns and villages come alive with lights and decorations on the street, in shops and in the market places as Ramadan is the one of the most celebrated Bangladesh festival of the year which masses of people participate.
Islam is the largest religion of Bangladesh, the Muslim population is approximately 148.6 million, which is the fourth largest Muslim population in the world (after Indonesia, Pakistan and India), constituting 90.4% of the total population as of 2010.
In Bangladesh, a wide variety of foods is prepared to break the fast at Maghrib time. Special dishes are prepared during the Fasting of Ramadan.

Some of the common iftar items from Bangladeshi iftaar menu include Piyaju (made of lentils paste, chopped onions, green chilies, like falafel), Beguni (made of thin slices of eggplant dipped in a thin batter of gram flour), Jilapi, Muri ( puffed rice similar to Rice krispies ), yellow lentil grains, usually soaked in water and spiced with onion, garlic, chilli and other iftar items), Halim, dates, samosas, Dal Puri (a type of lentil based savoury pastry), Chola (cooked chickpeas), fish kabab, mughlai paratha (stuffed porota with minced meat and spices), pitha, traditional Bengali sweets and different types of fruits such as watermelon.

 Drinks such as Rooh Afza and lemon shorbot are common on iftar tables across the country. People like to have iftar at home with all family members and iftar parties are arranged by mosques sometimes. People also arrange iftaar parties at conventions centers, restaurants or hotels.

Muri Bharta

Summer fruits festival and early years

The summer (May, June and July) is specially treated as fruit festival season in Bangladesh when almost all the major and minor fruits are matured and available. Mangoes,Jackfruit, pineapple, guavas, lichi, berries, palms are the main fruits of summer. Of them the mango is the most popular.
9th June, 2014 Monday at 'Lakehead Grammar School' premises was held 'Summer Fruit Festival'. It was a usual hot day but early year children were excited to see and recognize a wide variety of summer fruits at 'Summer Festival 2014'.
There was arrangement of fruits display along with posters and pictures of these fruits. There was an easel board to practice 'fruit printing' for students. Another place was used to show the drawings of students relating to summer fruits.

Fruits display at a corner

Children were enthusiastic to learn about summer fruits. They also recited rhymes relating to fruits.

Fruit printing with poster colors

Summer fruit pictures drawn by students of KG
Nursery class children saying rhymes

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Green Deen Day celebration at Lakehead Grammar School

The Green Deen events about 'Earth'  were started a month ago by relating all the activities or subjects to
support environmental protection. There were art projects, display boards, posters based on 'Earth or soil saving' topic.
Many role plays, rhymes and crafts were prepared for 'Green Deen Day Show'
Few glimpses of preparation can be seen in following pictures:

The main event was celebrated warmly on 1st of March, 2014 at front ground of Lakehead Grammar School. Program started at 8.30 am to 10.45 for boys and second part of event started from 12.00 noon upto 2.15 pm.

Logo of this event was 'Become the agents of saving the soil.'
Other motto's were 'Save the soil', Live Green, Be Green' etc.

First part of the event organised by and for male section:

Girls section:

Early Years event held at roof top of School:

Few sites of interests related to Earth day:

** 'Save the earth for kids'

** 'Kids for saving earth'
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