Saturday, December 17, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thank you!!

We had a fabulous Christams party at the Montessori yesterday! Thank you parents for the cookies and sandwiches and yummy treats you sent in! And Dipale Parmar, you made a fabulous santa! The kids loved you! May we say, you have found you're calling!! :) Cheers to all the mommies who helped make the celebration a success!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Winter Holiday Workshops in December 2011

Dear Parents,
We are glad to announce the following workshops for children in the month of December. Please do go through the details below. Max no. of enrollments in a workshop is 12 kids. Kindly do call/email or drop by to register. Registrations on a first cum basis.

Workshop: FABRIC ART
Age group: 8 to 12 years
Description: An intense and enjoyable workshop that will focus on weaving, tie and dye, fabric painting, block printing techniques.
Mentor: Divya Easwar
Dates: 19th dec to 23rd dec
Time: 10.30am to 12.00 pm

Workshop: Paper Quilling
Age group: 8 to 12 years
Description: A fun workshop that will focus on different paper quilling techniques to make simple jewellery, decorative gift tags, cards and the like.
Mentor: Divya Easwar
Dates: 26th dec to 30th dec
Time: 10.30am to 11.30 am

Workshop: Crafty Hands!
Age group: 4 to 6 years
Description: Our little creative geniuses will learn to cut, glue, decorate, draw, paint and much more at this fun hands-on craft workshop. Craft attempted will revolve around texture painting, sand art, creating winter landscapes etc
Mentor: Sarah Kurien
Dates: 19th Dec to 26th Dec
Time: 11.00am to 12.30 pm

Workshop: Math-a-magic!
Age group: Kids in LKG/UKG, Montessori year 2 and year 3
Description: A workshop that teaches simple fundamental math concepts using montessori techniques. Exercises revolve around counting, number recognition, odd and even numbers, intro to decimal system and first steps to addition and subtraction.
Mentor: Devika Gugle Kanstya
Dates: 19th december to 30th december
Time: 10.00 am to 11.00 am

Workshop: Tell me a Story!
Age Group: Kids 3.5 to 5 years
Description: This one is for all those who were most upset when we shut down one of our most successful and longest running activities: Our Story Club! The much loved story sessions make a comeback these holidays. One hour of pure storytelling and imagination as kids build on vocabulary and communication skills.
Mentor: Nandini Nair
dates: 19th dec to 23rd dec
Time: 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm
We look forward to hearing from you at the earliest. do email us on for any further information. I take this opportunity to wish you and the family health, happiness and contentment in the New Year! Have a joyous holiday season!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The 7 Steps to Becoming a Montessori Parent

If there is one thing we as parents are good at -  its "Worrying"! We worry ourselves night and day over anything and everything our child does.
" My child is not toilet trained! what am i doing wrong?"
" My 3 year old isn't learning as much as she should be? Is she a slow learner?" "
"My child isnt eating or sleeping she hyperactive?"
" My child never tells me anything that happens in school...why does he not share with me, or are they doing things he does not understand/"
" My son hates to write, what am I going to do when he turns 6 and goes to a big school?"
" My child's teacher rarely has a complaint about him ...are they paying enough attention?"
" My child has no friends...and shes almost 3!"

The list could go on. So often we are consumed with self doubt, so often we look for someone to blame ( my child has picked up bad behavior from the nanny, from a classmate, its because of too much TV). It is at moments like this we must take a step back and view ourselves and our children objectively. Be an observer for a change. Perhaps the next most difficult thing to being a Montessori teacher, is being a Montessori parent. 

Here's a good read that reminds us of the real things that matter. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

7 Steps to Becoming a Montessori Parent

by Edward Fidellow, reprinted with permission
There are seven simple steps to becoming a Montessori parent. When we say simple we don’t mean that they are not challenging. It is a lot like the definition of bull riding.  “The object is to keep the bull between you and the ground.” Simple – but challenging.

The first step to becoming a Montessori parent took place when you enrolled your child in a Montessori program. That in itself is a challenge. Most of us weren’t raised in a Montessori school. The whole concept is foreign and takes a bit of courage to step out of the norm and our comfort zone. We may have chosen the program because it wasn ’t like our school experience (which is why we chose it.) Or we chose it because we saw something unique in a Montessori child we knew. Or we were just plain lucky and stumbled on to a Montessori school and were fascinated by what we saw. Even then we had to deal with the question,  “If this is so great, how come the whole world isn’t lined up outside the door to enroll? ” (Which is the same question Montessorians keep wondering about too!) But you made a complex and challenging decision to become a Montessori parent. And here you are. So how do you get the best out of your decision? You go to step two.

You begin to understand the core philosophy of what Montessori is all about. Fortunately, you don’t have to become a Montessori teacher to be a good Montessori parent. (You don’t have to know how to manipulate all of those materials and you do ’t have to keep fifteen children from climbing the walls.) The most significant Montessori concept is to respect the child. I can almost hear the wheels turning , “Of course I respect my child, I love them very much that, ’s why I have them in Montessori, I want the best for them., ” Of course you love them , – but respect is different. Respecting the child is first, to respect the nature of children. Children are not mini adults waiting to be molded. They are like tadpoles and caterpillars that have their own form and function of life waiting to become what they are intended to be. We are often impatient for them to become because we don’t realize that childhood , – with its curiosity, playfulness, messiness and all , – is part of the process of them transforming themselves into the adults they will become. We have to respect that process  – which doesn ’t mean they always get to do what they want. One of the operative words in Dr. Montessori ’s writing is the word  “train ”. We do need to train our children but we need to train ourselves  “not to destroy that which is good ” in the nature of our children.  The second part of respect is to respect the personality of your child. Your child is not a blank slate. They are already imbued with the unique characteristics of who they are. The artistic bent is already there. The math bent is already formed. The leader, the follower, the giver the taker, the extrovert, the introvert are already dn A’d into your child. Right or left handed, right or left brained are already formed.

So how do you cooperate with nature? You become an observer. That is the next step in becoming a Montessori parent  – you train yourself to observe. What does your child gravitate to? What gives them great joy? What occupies them endlessly? These are all clues to who you child is becoming. You are fortunate that you have a trained helper in your child ’s Montessori teacher. Your next parent conference should ask more than what has she done but who do you see her becoming. It is hard to cooperate with nature if you are not aware of the nature of your child.

Our third step is to become their champion. I know. I hear you say,  “Of course, I ’m their champion. I love them. ” And so you do. But are their goals your goals? Translation: Do you have goals for them that do not take into account who they are. (There are many jock fathers who do not have jock sons.) Yes, you have many wonderful goals for them to be caring and loving, honest and faithful, upright, truthful, etc  – and these are worthy, significant and meaningful goals which they should attain to. But the expression of their lives  – career, vocation, work  – is best met and fulfilled according to their gifts. When your five year old says,  “I want to be a fireman. ” He may be reflecting the latest book or television program he ’s seen. However, if you continue to ask the why questions,  “Why do you think that would be a good job? Why do you think that you would enjoy that? ” you may discover that you child is not drawn just to the excitement but to the fact of wanting to help people or he likes the aspect of being part of a team. All are important clues to his personality. Your child needs you to champion and encourage his personality (especially, if it is different than yours.)

The fourth step is to practice what they learn at school  – grace and courtesy. Please and thank you, may I, excuse me, please forgive me and a host of other considerations practiced (and modeled) at home will go a long way to giving your child every advantage in life. People respond favorably to a child with great manners.

Fifth, practice independence. Independence is the ability to be self-governing and that comes from making choices, living with the consequences and having responsibilities. As often as possible give your children choices.  “What do you want for breakfast, cereal or eggs? ”  “Do you want two spoonfuls of carrots or one?, ” (don’t offer choices where there are no choices.  “Do you want carrots? They say no and you serve them anyway.) Give your children chores they can accomplish  – making their beds, putting dirty clothes in the laundry, dishes in the dishwasher, etc. Chores build responsibility; responsibility builds independence; independence builds confidence.

Sixth, give them the gift of time. Give them time to accomplish their chores. Give them time to be children. Give them time to breath. Give them your time.

Seventh, practice humility. They have a lot to learn from you. What is easy for you as an adult is mystifying and beyond challenge for them. Let your words be seasoned with grace. Look for the good in what they do. Their motives are often pure; their actions imperfect. Yet, we have a lot to learn from them also. And when you are wrong (when, not if) practice the humility of saying,  “Please forgive me.” It will not destroy your authority or their respect for you. It will teach them one of the great lessons of life  – when you fail, whether it’s in a relationship, school, career or life – own the failure and start over again – to succeed another day.

Becoming a Montessori parent is to become the best parent you can be.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Monday: Holiday for Id

The school and day care will remain closed on Monday, the 7th of November 2011 on account of Id. The Activity Clubs however will meet in the evening. Children who have enrolled in the GK club and Trinity Speech and Communication prog. are requested to come in for class at the usual time.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Diwali @ Gulmohar Days!

Dear Parents,

Hope you all have had a great week of fun and festivities with your family. Gulmohar Days reopens tomorrow with the Montessori, Day Care and Activity Clubs swinging back into action. A big thank you to all the parents from our montessori and day care who joined us for our Diwali celebrations!Thank you for bringing in all that delicious food and making the evening more special. Many Thanks to Michal for taking some wonderful photographs for us!!  There were too many to upload one by one, we have put up a photo collage on our Facebook page! Do take a look!

Looking forward to meting the kids this week!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Gulmohar Days Montessori: Admissions Open for New Term

Dear Friends,

Admissions are now open into the Gulmohar Days Montessori programme.

Montessori Toddler Programme: Children must be 2 yrs or above to be eligible for this programme

Montessori Year One: (equivalent to Nursery )

Montessori Year two: ( equivalent to Lower KG)

Montessori year 3: ( equivalent to Upper KG)

Please note that admissions are currently open for term 2 of this academic year, i.e. December 2011 to April 2012


For further information on school fee structure, timings, day care facilities and teaching methodology kindly email your queries to or call Nandini Nair on 0-9890530248. Kindly call on the number and fix an appointment before dropping by to collect admission forms or discuss admission procedure.


Friday, September 30, 2011

Dandiya Celebrations at the Montessori

We had a wonderful dandiya celebration for the kids at our Montessori this morning. The children looked wonderful in their traditional dresses and enjoyed themselves thoroughly dancing to music! We have sent the dandiya sticks home so that they could teach mom and dad a step or two !! ;) Enjoy the pictures!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gulmohar Days turns Four today!!

Hello everyone,

Its another Birthday! Gulmohar Days completes four wonderful years and I always take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you parents for having stood by us. As teachers, we have touched the lives of so many children and I feel truly humbled and blessed that you would put your children in our care.

Some children we have known over short holiday workshops, some have been with us for years and have celebrated birthdays and shared so many milestones with us. But each one of them has been special. Thank you parents for never making us feel as if we were just doing a "business", you all have so generously shared your children's successes, fears and achievements that we too felt so much a part of their journey.

The past year has been one of challenges! New programmes, new faculty, new benchmarks. With our Montessori Pre-school programme underway, I am happy to say that we have risen to the challenge and now offer the community a pre-school programme unlike any other in the city. We are deeply grateful to our ever helpful and appreciative parent community.  Your warmth and good wishes is our biggest motivation.

A big thank you to all the wonderful mentors and teachers who have been with us and contributed to some wonderful memories at Gulmohar Days. Thank you Dipalle Parmar, Philip Lazarus, Shreya Shah, Naina Pawar for some great holiday workshops.

I am so happy and proud that some of the teachers presently with us have once been parents who came in to enroll their child in an activity at our Center. I feel so much joy that they chose to be part of Gulmohar Days and wish to help and see it grow. Thank you Ashwini Muthukrishnan, Ranji Pillai, Devika Gugle Kanstiya, Arti Bhatnagar, Renu, Juee Deogaokar, Anubha Doshi, Sarah Kurien, Rinku Samtani and Komal Khilnani for being team Gulmohar!

But how can I not thank the people who are the very reason we exist......the wonderful children, our little busybodies who do craft,  dance, yoga,  reading and painting and all with such ease, our day-care kids who come in with new stories from school everyday, our little precious ones in the Montessori with their bright smiles, our budding poets and writers and artists who mesmerise us every week with their energy and ideas. We love you all and think about all of you even more than you can imagine! God bless each and everyone of you in all that you do!!

Looking forward to all the myriad experiences the coming year will bring!!

Nandini Nair

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Health & Hygiene for our little kids at the Montessori!!

Its been a busy week for the Montessori at Gulmohar Days.

Health and Hygiene has been the theme this month. We had a dentist visit the school to teach the kids the benefits of brushing and a good diet to keep the teeth healthy! The kids loved getting their little tooth brush as a gift from the dentist.

There is no better way to keep healthy than having a good bath!! And just so that our little ones would remember this, we got them to bring in their favourite dolls from home and give the dolls a good cleaning. That was a wonderful morning...loads of splashing in the water, dolls all clean and smelling of Johnson's baby soap and the children with their bright and happy laughter!

Enjoy the pictures!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Eid Mubarak and Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

Dear Parents,

Let me take this opportunity to extend the very best wishes to you on the occasion of Eid and Ganesh Chaturthi: the two festivals that the whole country will be celebrating this week. These are great occasions for the entire family and community to get-together and we hope you have the most enjoyable time. As mentioned on our school calendar, both the 31st ( wednesday) and the 1st ( Thursday) are holidays.

The kids have learnt to wish each other "Eid Mubarak" today and we also had a great time making little coconut and condensed milk milk 'laddoos" or "modaks", Ganesha's favourite sweet!!  Some of the children even carried one or two home for their mommies!

Wishing you a great week ahead!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hand-made Ganeshas (made by the children in our Craft Club) drying in the sun! Getting ready for Ganesh Chaturthi !!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Independence Day celebrations!!

Hello Everyone!

We celebrate Independence Day at our school this Friday. Please do read the event details listed below. For any further information, please feel free to contact us:

Event:- “Celebrating India”

Date:- Friday, 12th of August 2011

Time:- 10.30 am to 11.30 am

Dress code: Indian

A few things to remember:

  1. Children must come completely dressed from home.
  2. There will be only one hour of school on the 12th of August. After the event, kids may leave with their parents.
  3. We would like to start the event on time. Parents kindly ensure the kids are dropped off by 10.20 am
  4. Parents are most welcome to come and cheer the kids. Kindly ensure that you are all seated by 10.30 am
  5. Children need to bring in only a bottle of water from home.

Parking:  Humble request to all parents to be sensitive to the fact that we are in a residential neighbourhood. Kindly park on the same side of the road as our school to avoid traffic congestion. Kindly instruct your drivers to co-operate on this issue.  

Thanking you all for your cooperation and support! Looking forward to seeing you all cheer your little one on Friday!

To ensure you are on our email list, kindly send us a mail on Our notices and announcements are also available on our blog Thanks to so many of you for ‘liking’ Gulmohar Days on Facebook and showing your support! 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Germinating seeds in egg cartons as part of our Montessori class room activity. One of the kids, so excited to see the little baby plants, shouted to his friends that his seed has finally become a "mommy"!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tabla Classes for Children

Hi everyone!

We have had a great start to the new activity club session this June.

Our endeavor to introduce Classical art forms has met with great success. Our Bharatnatyam classes are on in full swing and we are happy to announce the start of TABLA CLASSES  for children at Gulmohar Days.

Classes will be held every Monday

Time: 3.30 to 4.30 pm for ages 5 to 6 and a half

         4.30 to 5.30 pm for ages 7 & above
Children must bring in their own instrument. There will be a maximum of 7 children per session.

Please email for more information. Thanks!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Art Experience: art class for kids ages 8 to 15 yrs

Hi everyone,

ART EXPERIENCE is a unique enquiry based learning programme designed to nurture the child's creativity through carefully guided modules to arrive at a fine balance between technique, skill and self expression.

The course is designed for children ages 8 to 15 years and will impart skills in the following techniques:
  1. Drawing & Painting
  2. Pencil Shading
  3. Charcoal drawing
  4. Conte Chalk
  5. Oil pastels and dry pastels
  6. colour pencil shading
  7. acrylic painting on paper and canvas
  8. oil painting on canvas
Sessions held every Friday 4.30 to 6.30 pm. New Session starts this Friday, the 10th of June 2011.

The course will cover the following modules:
  1. Contour drawing
  2. Life drawing
  3. Still life or object drawing
  4. nature drawing(art of Botanicals)
  5. composition & Colour
  6. Abstract painting
  7. Landscape painting
  8. Art Of Impressionism and Cubism
Participants will also be exposed to the works of Great masters of art such as Vangogh, Monet, Picasso, Cezanne, Paul Klee, Renoir, O'Kefee, and many others with glimpses into their life, work and inspiration. Through the course participants will create a number of works on paper and canvas.

No prior art experience is required, just an open mind and the willingness to explore and learn.
For any further info on this course, please email

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bharatanatyam Classes for Children

Explore, Experience and Engage with Bharatanatyam at Gulmohar Days..!!!

We bring you a structured and well-designed course in the classical dance form of Bharatanatyam. Dance is an all encompassing art form, linked with music, literature, drawing-painting, sculpting and theatre.  The focus of this course is to teach Bharatanatyam dance technique along with an introduction to other fine arts. This course is designed in three phases. The course will be executed through practical and theory classes, combined with other art activities, demonstrations, watching dance films and watching live performances. Throughout this course students will have many opportunities to perform for their fellow students and parents. 

Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday. 
Batch 1: Ages 5 to 6.5  Time 4.00 pm to
Batch 2: Ages 6.5 and above  Time 5.00 to 6.00 pm

A max no. of 12 children may be accommodated for each batch. 

We are proud to associate with excellent mentors who will take this programme forward at Gulmohar Days. We welcome Juee Deogaokar and Anubha Doshi on board our team. 

Juee has an all-rounded experience in the field of performing arts as a dancer, teacher and arts manager.  Her experience in other fine arts has groomed her into a proficient dancer and art connoisseur. Belonging to the rich tradition of Tanjavur School of Bharatanatyam, Juee has been able to capture the true spirit and essence of this distinct school of thought.   She has performed extensively all over India in many dance productions, festivals and corporate shows.

As a teacher, Juee has a long teaching experience of nine years and has taught at Kalavardhini Charitable Trust in Alibaug. In 2006 she started teaching Bharatanatyam at Krishnamurti Foundation’s Sahyadri School and continues to work for them

Along with her creative aptitude, Juee has developed strong managerial skills and works as an arts management consultant. She has handled management activities such as programming, fundraising, marketing and production for Parikrama Dance Festival, Pune in 2009. She has also worked in UK with dance and theatre companies as a fundraising consultant and outreach assistant.
Her academic credentials include B.A. and M.A. in Dance from Centre for Performing Arts, University of Pune and M.A. in Cultural Policy and Management from City University, London
Anubha Doshi is a Clinical Psychologist and Arts Based Therapist. A graduate in English Literature, LSR, Delhi, she subsequently earned her Master’s in Communication Management from Symbiosis.
With a strong base in Indian classical dances and performances in folk, she has been teaching dance since last 8 years. She has conducted dance therapy workshops for corporates’ and students in colleges like Fergusson, St. Miras, and many other schools in Delhi and Pune. As a child she authored a book and continues writing regularly for all the leading newspapers and magazines to promote art therapy.

 For more information on the course and to register please visit us or send us an email on