Children

The little thief in the pantry

“MOTHER dear,” said a little mouse one day, “I think the people in our house must be very kind; don’t you? They leave such nice things for us in the larder.” There was a twinkle in the mother’s eye as she replied,— “Well, my child, no doubt they are...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 12:00am

Why I play games at school

Every time I go out to play with my colleagues at school I always feel happy and motivated to try new games, tactics and I learn from others. Playing with others makes me feel a part of a team and this makes me appreciate those around me and what we do. On the other hand, playing games has made me...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:00am

Why pupils should embrace class presentations

Teachers do their best to ensure that learners understand their everyday class lessons and through different teaching methods, some pupils manage to grasp the lesson, while others hardly understand. Because of this different levels of understanding of learners, some schools have encouraged class...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:00am

It's healthy to uplift your child's curiosity

Curiosity is a strong desire to learn something. Children are usually inquisitive to know what is happening around them, no wonder they keep asking questions to know why things are the way they seem to be. If children are not given chance to ask questions freely, they feel rejected. Parents should...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:00am

Talent: Mpeta wants to become a top gospel artiste

Hearing his high soft soprano from a distance, you do not want him to stop singing but rather feel compelled to pull closer to listen more to the rhythmic melodies seeping out of his young voice. It is 11-year-old Asher Sheja Mpeta we are talking about. We all need some encouragement to keep us...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:00am

The importance of a school uniform

A school uniform is an attire worn by students mostly while going for studies. Most common school uniforms are characterised by white button-downs and ties for boys, and pleated skirts for girls, with both wearing blazers. A uniform can even be as simple as requiring collared shirts, or restricting...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Talent grooming: 12-year-old Gisa on his love for soccer

Lucky Gisa’s mother says it became evident that he had a thing for football when he was nine months old. She says because he loved to play with a soccer ball, he was able to walk much earlier for his age. The P.6 pupil of Kigali Parents School also remembers that as a kid, each time he held...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Why children should learn painting

Primarily, painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment or colour to a solid surface. The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush, but other tools, such as knives, sponges and airbrushes can be used. Why is painting important for pupils? Some of the primary schools that have...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

How to make math fun for kids

Usually, when you ask children their favourite subject, they will most likely mention all the others but mathematics. This is because of the common belief that math is hard. Did you know you can make math an interesting subject? Here is how; l A child’s first teacher is the parent. They...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Try these tongue twisters

Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran I saw a saw that could out saw any other saw I ever saw. A big bug bit the little beetle but the little beetle bit the big bug back. A sailor went to sea To see, what he could see. And all he could see Was sea, sea, sea. Six slippery snails...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Make your own quick sand

Quick sand is a fascinating substance, make some of your own and experiment on a safe scale. Amaze your friends by demonstrating how it works.  What you’ll need: • 1 cup of maize cornflour • Half a cup of water • A large plastic container • A spoon  ...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Creative poems about the value of reading

I Opened a Book I opened a book and in I strode. Now nobody can find me. I’ve left my chair, my house, my road, My town and my world behind me.   I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring, I’ve swallowed the magic potion. I’ve fought with a dragon,...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

How creative are you?

Smart children always find answers to questions Read through the following questions and find creative answers How would life be different if there was no electricity? Write a story about the zoo without using the names of any animals. Pretend that you get to make one rule that everyone in the...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

The lives of chicken

Manzi is an 11-year-old boy who lives in Rwanda, he is curious about animals, how they reproduce; he wonders how chicken lay eggs. One day, he was asked by his mother to buy sugar at the shop near their house. On his way back home, he met his neighbour, Mwiza, an old lady, and quickly asked her a...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Make your own rock candy

You will need A wooden skewer (you can also use a clean wooden chopstick) A clothespin 1 cup of water 2-3 cups of sugar A tall narrow glass or jar What to do Clip the wooden skewer into the clothespin so that it hangs down inside the glass and is about 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the bottom of the...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

The value of listening

You remember that one thing that your elders always tell you not to do or ever try? However, with our stubbornness we often go against their warnings and get ourselves in trouble. This reminds me of a story I recently read about the puppy that let curiosity lead it to trouble. As children, I...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

8 confidence boosting tips to improve your self-esteem

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?- Marianne...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Riddles to boost creative thinking

Q. What goes up a chimney down, but doesn’t go down a chimney up? A. An umbrella. Q. What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs? A. A clock Q. What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it? A. Short Q. What word begins and ends with an E but only has one...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Hugh Masekela: Life and career of the jazz trumpeter

Hugh Ramopolo Masekela (4 April 1939 – 23 January 2018) was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer. He is considered the “father of South African jazz.” Masekela was known for his jazz compositions and for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Talent: 11-year-old Upadhyay on her passion for music

Divyanshi Upadhyay is a primary six pupil of Excella School in Kimironko, Gasabo District who has made a name for herself thanks to her passion for music. The 11-year-old started writing songs from the age of five. However, the turning point came in 2016 when she started watching a children’s TV...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:00am