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A Nutrition education initiative by Ekadaksha and IINS, ChennaiNutrition is an aspect which is very important for the growth and development of a child. It is necessary to know the adequate amount and the right food to give a child. Every child is different and unique even when it comes to eating food. Some children eat well while others are fussy eaters. This series of 4 episodes will give all parents and educators a lot of information about Nutrition in general as well as tips for a Nutritious meal for a child. 

This Series is and initiative by Ekadaksha and Indian Institute of Nutritional Sciences. Our guest, Dr. Varsha is conducting all the sessions and will also answer any queries which will be put up in the course of the series. Dr. Varsha is a consultant, Clinical Nutritionist and the Founder Chair of 'Indian Institute of Nutritional Sciences'. She is also a certified injury specialist. She has been guiding the parents at Ekadaksha about the right nutrition for their children too. 

A nutrition education initiative series, episode1 - Importance of nutrition, Ekadaksha, IINS, ChennaiThe first Episode of the series is about THE IMPORTANCE OF NUTRITION. You can click the following link to watch and listen to the presentation which covers various aspects like the milestones in eating, energy balance, assessing readiness to eat, major nutritional problems in the world, nutritional challenges in children and various parent concerns. Our facebook live link on 'The importance of Nutrition'. 

The next episode will be about RESPONSIVE PARENTING. Stay tuned. 

Happy kutty story, a story by the teachers of ELC, ChennaiThe New year 2021 has bloomed in to spread positivity and smiles. At Ekadaksha too, this year began enthusiastically with a wonderful opportunity given to the teachers to conduct a virtual story time. The teachers were given full responsibility and freedom to plan and host the show. This kindled the creativity of the team of teachers and volunteers who set out to brainstorm. They got busy writing the story, editing, screenplay, making props, doing rehearsals... What not!!. The team was bubbling with energy. 

The story was titled 'Happy Kutty Story'. It was about the sadness of being unable to meet our friends due to the COVID19 lockdown and how we can make ourselves and others happy virtually too. It involved various animals and actions in order to engage the participants. 

On 8th January 2021, the Teachers, Children and Parents got together at 11.00am through a virtual platform for this Happy Kutty story. 

The story began with a remix of the popular song " Let me sing a kutty story, pay attention, listen to me". The song was modified to create awareness among the children to stay safe, use mask, wash hands with sanitizer and maintain social distancing. The wong was fun and the children enjoyed it.  

The story began with sadness in the air, wherein we could hear the sad tones and crying sounds of animals. The animals - cow, donkey, duck, goat and dog were feeling sad and lonely since they were unable to meet their friends. And we had a wonderful idea!!! To do actions and reach out to these animals. This should make them happy, right??? So while Ms. Nithya narrated and made excellent sounds and actions of the animals, the rest of us followed suit. 

"Shake your head, shake your head"... And the cow smiled and did a happy 'Moooo'.

"Tap, tap, tap"... And the donkey got very happy and gave a broad smile. 

"Clap, clap, clap"... And the duck came out of the water and jumped happily. 

"Roll, roll, roll"... And the goat bleated so happily. See these lovely engrossed faces here. 

"Shaky, shaky, shaky"... And the small puppy ran around wagging his tail. . 

Thus, Team Ekadaksha - Teachers, children and parents made all the animals happy. In this way all of us were happy too. Read the entire story here. Watch the entire story here. 

This event ended with a message " Let happiness be with us throughout the year". A lovely message, isn't it?Watch the entire event here. 

There were smiles on everyone's faces and a satisfaction of participating in the programme too. Everyone was so engrossed and enjoyed every bit of it. See these joyful engrossed faces here. 

We wish happiness, cheers and smiles to everyone always. 

virtual Christmas celebrations 2020 at Ekadaksha, ChennaiA virtual Christmas which had everything Christmas about it - Decorating the tree, Christmas songs, Santa claus, gifts and joy. 

How was the tree decorated? You must wonder:-). Well, all the children made decorations at home and virtually sent it to us through videos and this led to the decorating of the most lovely tree. 

How did we enjoy our Christmas songs? Well, we chose our favourite songs, recorded it and played it for the children, with actions and all.

How did Santa come? Well, Santa was invited over the zoom call, he flew in with his sleigh and wished all of us "HO, HO, HO. Merry Christmas".

What about gifts? Well, Santa wrapped all his love and cheer into one big gift. He told all the children how proud he was of them to stay at home and be so good. Indeed, they have done a wonderful job. 

With all of this, there was of course joy.

Click this link to watch the video of the virtual celebration. 

Click this link to see the children decorating the tree, their artwork and their participation in the event. 


Diwali 2020 at Ekadaksha Learning Center, ChennaiDiwali is one of the most important festivals in India. The stories that revolve around Diwali show the victory of good over evil. On the day of Diwali people wear new clothes, do puja, eat loads of sweets and snacks, light pretty lamps(Diyas) and burst crackers to celebrate. It is an occasion for friends and family to meet, greet and have a good time. This year the parents and teachers of Ekadaksha shared their celebrations with us by clicking photos of the various activities of the day. The child was involved in all activities and every photo radiated positivity and happiness. Here is a short video of how everyone celebrated Diwali at their homes. 

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