A Kitten named Curiosity

July 27, 2013

Curiosity, the kittenThis is a kitten. His name is Curiosity. He is only 50 days old.

He is always alert. What is this? What is that? He has a lot of curiosity !

Something moves there! What is it? Curiosity runs there.

A leaf falls. What is that? Curiosity runs there.

There is a bubble in the water. What is that? Curiosity runs there.

An ant moves. What is this?  Curiosity runs here.

There is a string on the fence. What is that?  Curiosity runs there.

There is down blowing in the air. What is that?  Curiosity runs there.

Bho! Curiosity! Come here! Drink some milk !  What is this?  Curiosity runs here.


How many can get here?

June 1, 2013

This is a problem my young friend Abhi and I worked on :

Question:  Distance between city gates and a stadium  is 30 miles.   How many people can arrive at the stadium by 10:00 AM, if the city gates opened at 9:00 AM?  How many arrive at 10:00 AM?  When is earliest arrival?  When is latest departure?

Assumptions:  The vehicles travel at a speed of 60 miles per hour.  There are four lanes on the highway.  There should be a minimum of 1 minute gap between vehicles.  Each vehicle can carry up to 4 persons.

Would you like to submit an answer?

I am a Boat

August 16, 2012

I am a boat. I am a miniature. I am carved out of a single piece of wood. A skillful young carpenter made me. I call her Penta.

Penta’s father owns a big ship-yard. She made me as a gift for him for his 50th birthday. He is very proud of me. And, he is very proud of Penta. I live on a glass pedestal in the center of the display hall.  

Words used in this book include:

boat    miniature     carpenter      ship-yard      craftsmen      pedestal      kayak    canoe      rowboat       sailboat     steam boat      cruise-ship       submarine      hull     bow        keel         stern

Book V of series – Age appropriate – 8 to 10 years

I am a Kite

August 13, 2012

I am a Kite

I am a kite. A very smart cool scientist made me. He is my boss. I just call him ‘Bos’.

I am orange in color. And, I am rectangular. I have four colorful tails – two each at the bottom two corners. I am very proud of my tails. I always make my point with a flourish of my tails. There – just like the ribbons of a gymnast.  

Words used in the book include:

meteorologist, westerlies trade winds, easterlies, polar winds, sea breeze, land breeze, Hadley cells, Coriolis effect, Santa Ana winds, mistral,ocean effect, monsoon, jet stream

Book IV of series – Age appropriate – 9 to 11 years

Mossy The Monster

August 7, 2012

This is a simple story.  It is the result of a nephew’s desire to be featured in a story involving monsters.  And an aunt’s desire to not be scared!

“Mossy the Monster” has made nephew, mom and aunt  happy.

If you would like to be a part of this, please leave a comment.

Book III of Series – Age appropriate – 5 to 6 years

Buzzy In The Flower Garden

August 16, 2011

Buzzy in the Flower Garden” tells the story of a day in the life of Buzzy, the bee, in a very interesting way. The child is introduced to various common flowers in an Indian garden. The story uses Samskrita names and English names for the flowers. While the words may be familiar to children exposed to the Indian day-to-day life, it makes an interesting reading for any child interested in nature, especially flowers or bees.

Who is Buzzy? Who are her friends? What flowers bloom in this garden? – These are some of the tantalizing questions answered. They also form some of the key words at the end of the book.

This is Book 2 of the series. 

The Lion And The Submarine

August 9, 2011

This is a charming story that describes how a rabbit outsmarts a lion. If you think you can guess the storyline, you will be in for a surprise. The key words used in the book to make up the story are listed at the end of the book. The illustrations are done in a refreshingly casual manner, as charming as the story itself.

The story introduces a couple of lessons on nature. The imagination of the child is kindled in a non-destructive and healthy manner.

Interested parents may email the author at notebookandfun@gmail.com for details on how to procure the book for their child.

The book optionally comes with accessories that will aid in the retention of the story by the child. An audio file of the story, told by the author, will be available to parents upon request.

Key words used in the story

Lion              Rabbit              Porcupine              Submarine           Den            Jungle            Animals            Dream     Scream           Growl            Horn          Adventures               Curious            Sleepover           Bedtime Losing Balance           Apples            Paw

How do you tell the time?

July 20, 2009
Telling Time Is Fun

Telling Time Is Fun

The time is Minute count followed by Hour Count.  See the following poem to learn easily how to tell time.

At midnight when the whole world is asleep
hour and minute step out hand in hand
To work as a team to help the world
do their tasks on time

Minute hand on one is 5 past the hour
Minute hand on 2 is 10 past
Minute hand on 3 is a quarter past
Minute hand on 4 is 20 past

When on 5 it is 25 past
and when on 6, it is half past
This is how I tell time
for the first 30 minutes

Thus far, the hour was midnight
where the hour hand was last
after half past, the hour is one,
where the hour hand will next be

Minute hand on 7 marks 25 to the next
Minute hand on 8 marks 20 to
Minute hand on 9 marks a quarter to
Minute hand on 10 marks 10 to.

When on 11 it is 5 to the next
And when on 12, the hour moves up
This is how I tell time
In a very easy way

The hour moves up like this
All the way to 12
When it becomes midday
Just as the Sun gets overhead

The journey is thus conducted
Midnight to midday
Then back to midnight hand in hand
only to start all over again

Some say a.m., and then p.m.
some say forenoon, noon and afternoon
tell me how you tell the time
I am sure it is as cool as mine!

Designed and composed by Vidya R.

Days Of The Week

July 15, 2009

DayOfWeekDisplayDoes your child know how to read?

Does your child know the days of the week?

Does your child know ‘today’ ‘tomorrow’ and so on …

Here is a fun way to learn it / teach it / practice it!!!

1.   Take 2 cylinders (2 cans / 2 circular pieces of wood …) at least 3″ radius and 1″ height.

2.   Cut out 2 strips of paper (height and length equal to the height and circumference of the cylinder).

3.  On one,  print / write out the days of the week (equally spaced).

(Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday)

4.  On another, print / write out ‘Day Before’, ‘Yesterday’, ‘Today’, ‘Tomorrow’, ‘Day After’

5.  Affix each strip of paper along the sides of the 2 cylinders.

6.  Align the the actual day of the week (Wednesday) against ‘today’.

7.  If properly done, ‘Thursday’ will line up against ‘Tomorrow’,  ‘Tuesday’ against ‘Yesterday’ and so on.

8.  Teach your child to register what day of the week lines up against for ‘Today’.

9.  Repeat the exercise on other days to make sure your child understands the concept.

Note:  The first prototype was made on Tuesday, 14th of July, at 3:00 pm, in Everett, MA and given as a gift to a 4 and half year old girl named Sharada who knows to read, and knows the concept of relative-day.  The prototype was made using a tee-light holder, and the words written out vertically on the 2 pieces of the tee-light holder.

Note 2:  You may substitute the English with any other language and script.  It will help the child learn his / her  ‘mother tongue’ better.

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July 15, 2009


NotebookAndFun is here to share with you creative ways to have fun and learn at the same time.  This is to encourage children and parents to be the means to their own fun.  More details in a different post.  Let us get right down to the fun of the the matter!

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