Let's be Responsible -29th November

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A guest speaker session with Ms. Antara Naik, a volunteer for ‘Umeed – the rehabilitation center for all creatures great and small’, facilitated students to delve deeper into their responsibility towards taking care of animals. 

Field trips provide an opportunity of experiential learning, making it fun and long lasting and  students enjoyed the visit to Pitara International theatre to view the play, “Mr. Jee Jee Bhoy and the birds” presented by Gillo repertory theatre towards the end of the month.

Students revisited all the concepts covered during the unit on animal. A summative assessment marked a reflection of their understanding.

Students were then acquainted with the new unit on ‘Landforms’.

Trans disciplinary theme: Where we are in place and time

Central Idea: Impact of human settlements on earth’s physical geography

Key concepts that will drive this unit have been identified as connection, causation and responsibility and related concepts of landscape, settlement and conservation

Students have begun to inquire into:

  • The relationship between location and settlement
  •  Impact of human settlement on landforms
  •  Responsibilities towards our planet.

Students tuned into the unit with an activity – silent jigsaw, where they arranged the puzzle pieces to form the pictures of different landforms.

‘I see, I think and I wonder’ – visible thinking routine encouraged the students to make careful observations and thoughtful interpretations from the landform pictures; thus setting the stage for inquiry.


English

Students enhanced their communication skills by playing a game of ‘Simon says’, which also helped them strengthen the concept of verbs.

A formative assessment marked their reflection on the understanding of verbs. 

Working in groups, students developed their communication and social skills by attempting a visible thinking routine – ‘Step Inside’, a routine for getting inside viewpoints. They chose their favourite animal to brainstorm various characteristics about it.

Students read the story titled, ‘Rani’s first day at school’. They made connections to the learner profiles of being courageous and open minded as displayed by the protagonist.  

Unit integration was done with a picture interpretation – ‘stop killing animals for our selfish needs’. This activity helped students enhance their thinking skills.

Math 

Students were introduced to addition word problems. They enhanced their critical thinking skills by building addition vocabulary and understanding the strategy of R U S C (read, underline, solve and create).

They continued to practice word problems in their journals to strengthen their conceptual understanding.

Hindi 

Students identified ‘badi i’ ki maatra. They read aloud and wrote words using badi i ki maatraa, enhancing their reading and writing skills. Further, they wrote names of animals using different maatras.

Students viewed and recited the poem ‘mere pyare jaanvar’. This encouraged them to enhance their viewing and speaking skills.

A spell bee helped the students enrich their vocabulary. 

Art 

Students were introduced to the concept of origami. They then chose the topic on which they wanted to create their own art through folding paper.

ICT 

Students explored all the tools of pic collage by creating beautiful posters on saving animals.

Music

Students learned about the elements of music namely, rhythm and melody. They explored different rhythmic and melody instruments to find the difference between the two elements.

Dance

Students were involved in stretching their body to the challenging limits for better flexibility. Warm ups and exercises were carried out to improve flexibility. Jumping, spotting, kicks to improve posture were undertaken to their movement skills based on simple rhythmic combination.

PE

Students developed their basic motor skills with the help of different lead-up activities and recreational games, which included jumping, running, hopping. Students started learning new skills for mini cricket and mini football.

Skating lessons focused on practicing walking, balancing, and maintaining speed on the skates.


Library 

Students were made aware of academic honesty considering that the IB program encourages students to inquire and think critically and creatively, it also provides independence to students to use various sources such as the internet, books, newspapers, magazines, and people around them for their research work.

Academic honesty guides them in understanding that they must not take credit for the work  done by others. It is also important that students do not gain an unfair advantage by being academically dishonest and demonstrate their understanding of the learner profile attributes of being principled, balanced and inquirers.

SEL

The students were introduced to a new dimension of social emotional learning with focus on ‘kindness’. The activity started with a visual presentation and the students later displayed their understanding by sharing their personal experiences with their peers. 

To conclude the activity, students penned their experiences on an activity sheet – the kindness quilt.

Our Responsibility – 15th November 2019

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Students developed their understanding about a food chain. They discussed terms like producers, consumers and decomposers by organizing pictures of grass, grasshopper, animals and birds in their respective order as occurring in the food chain.

To understand the concept further, students listened to the story – ‘Food Chain’ to set them thinking. During a classroom discussion, students understood the importance of every animal in maintaining a balance in the ecosystem.

Case studies explaining the reasons for whaling and decline in the number of sparrows supported the above discussion on an imbalance in the eco system.

The book, ‘protecting endangered animals’ helped students delve deeper into the reasons behind animals becoming endangered and the different ways of protecting them. They also gained knowledge about various organizations that work to save animals worldwide, like PAWS, PETA, WWF, and the IUCN list.

Students were encouraged to brainstorm ways to protect endangered species. They came up with a variety of solutions like planting trees, using less plastic, recycling etc. and understood their responsibility towards these animals.

English

Students continued to revisit blends while tuning in to the new concept of verbs. They enhanced their social skills by playing a game of ‘dumb charades’ in groups and reflected on their understanding. Students practiced verbs with tasks like picture writing and story reading .

Math

Students were tuned in to the concept of doubling with a visual presentation that was followed by ‘think pair and share’ visible thinking routine. They continued their practice on doubling by participating in a drawing activity along with their partners to representthe addition sentences. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnRT0HSzvAg

They were also introduced to the concept of adding three single digit numbers using floor games and number cards.

Hindi

Students enhanced their reading and writing skills by identifying the formation of इ maatraa and associated words. They played bingo to find i maatraa words. They displayed their understanding of animal habitats using a visual presentation and Venn diagram. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJn8dwqBIek Spell bee helped them to enhance their vocabulary.

ICT

Students were introduced to poster making using the app: ‘pic collage’, enabling them to learn poster making using different types of templates. They learned to add pictures, borders, shapes, and text. Students explored options in animation and created posters on saving animals. Using Math Operation app on their iPad, they explored the concept of odd & even numbers.

Music

Students integrated their learning with their unit of inquiry on animal survival. They created different songs showcasing ways of spreading awareness on animal survival.

Dance

Lessons were focused on improving flexibility and body balance. Warmups and exercises were carried out to improve flexibility.Jumping, spotting and kicks to improve posture were undertaken .

PE

Students developed their basic motor skills using different lead-up activities and recreational games which included jumping, running, hopping. Students started learning new skills for mini cricket and mini football. Skating lessons focused on practicing walking, balancing and maintaining speed on the skates .

Assembly

Students of Grade IA presented an assembly to put forth their views about the great global importance of world heritage sites. The assembly began with a reminder of the rich cultural bygone era and our responsibility to preserve the same, not only for ourselves but for the generations to come. It aimed to inculcate a feeling of pride towards the national cultural wealth and students understood in many ways how we can help preserve cultural possessions and raise awareness amongst people on a global platform. First graders Krish and Hridhimmaa shared information on the Taj Mahal based on their recent visit to the UNESCO site in Agra.

Library : During library sessions, we discussed about the difference between fiction and non- fiction books.

Students briefly understood that fiction referred to plot, settings, and characters created from imagination, while non-fiction referred to factual stories and data focused on actual events and people. A nonfiction book talked about the facts and information about the world around us and it could cover almost any topic, from wild animals to Vikings, from Human body to Biographies.

Making Connections – Animals and Humans 19-10-19

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Students developed their thinking skills and created a visual representation of their ideas by sorting pictures of carnivores, omnivores and herbivores on a Venn diagram.

A formative assessment marked the reflection of the first line of inquiry, which was carried out with the help of a take and talk activity.

During a classroom discussion, students organised their understanding of needs and wants.Students tuned into the second line of inquiry namely, the reasons threatening animal survival.  Activities depicting the increase in human population over the years helped them conclude that rapid increase in population is the primary threat to animal survival worldwide. Students delved deeper into how reasons like testing on animals and their use for recreational purposes affect their survival. 

English 

Students  listened to the story titled ‘Eric the elephant’ and reflected on the same using visible thinking routine -word, idea, sentence. Blends , phonogram words, common nouns and proper nouns were revisited too. 

Math

Students used a KWL chart to depict what they knew, wondered about and learned in the operation for addition. They also made a poster denoting addition specific vocabulary. They were introduced to the concept of number line. To understand number bonds, students used counters and made various combinations with the same.

Hindi

To enhance reading and writing skills, students watched a video on ‘इ ‘ ki maatraa and extended their comprehension by reading words and making meaningful sentences using those words. A word puzzle activity was conducted too The difference between the usage of the following akshars ड -ड़, घ -ध , ढ-ढ़ was discussed in class. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJE23GJRs-

   ICT

Students were introduced to Augmented Reality, also known as AR. AR is a simple combination of real and virtual worlds. Some students shared their experiences with AR application which they have used previously, like Pokemon Go. Later they experienced it through applications like Dino AR and Solar System AR. The students were very excited while working on these applications.

Library

Diwali – the much-awaited festival of lights is around the corner. Various stories related to this festival were shared with students during the week. Students listened to a Hindi story ‘amma kahe kahani – Diwali’. It was a charming and informative book that introduced Diwali with a beautiful rhyme- “Diyas twinkle like stars – what a sight! This is Diwali, in all its glory, As told to little Klaka – a magical story” The story perfectly sequenced the reason for Prince Ram to leave his kingdom and move to the forest, his victory over the evil king Ravana, the celebration of prince Rama’s homecoming, and story of Goddess Lakshmi who rewarded her true devotees with fortune and health on Diwali. Written in rhyme with vivid and captivating illustrations, the book brought Hindu festival celebration story to children in a fun and non-preachy way.

Art

Students were demonstrated how to use lines and shapes to draw animals easily. This activity helped the students develop their observational skills as most of them could draw the animals independently.

P.E.

Students worked on development of motor skills in the skating class.

SEL

This week students were encouraged to write their feelings and thoughts for different situations. This activity helped them to understand how thoughts are different from feelings. They also watched the story of Valmiki and reflected on the character of Valmiki.

Assembly

Students made connections between animals and mythology during an assembly on October 14,2019. Each God and Goddess is associated with an animal because of the unique feature that particular animals possesses and attention was drawn towards the animals that were part of the epic Ramayan. Connections between animals and Diwali were drawn. Students inquired how human actions impact animal survival when animals are used for entertainment and during festivals. A video on how reindeers are exploited in the name of Christmas made poignant viewing. Students further delved into how some rehabilitation centers work to rescue and rehabilitate wild sloth bears at an SOS Wildlife facility near Mathura .

Understanding the Relationship between Humans and Animals 05-10-19

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Students collaborated to discuss the central idea ‘Human behaviour has an impact on animal survival’ and displayed their understanding by writing synonyms for key words from the central idea. Taking their learning further, students brainstormed essential requirements for survival of animals with a think, pair and share visible thinking routine. They also watched a video which supported their understanding on habitats.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzykg5HF1FI

Later they created an anchor chart by listing down different animals and their habitats. Young inquirers were engaged in classroom discussions for learning different adaptations seen in animals. Students tuned into the first line of inquiry namely the relationship between humans and animals by watching the story of ‘a tailor and an elephant’.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Gf5lVjNtGY

They extended their knowledge by making a mind map on ways by which animals and humans help each other.

English

Students watched the story of ‘the brown bear’ and extended their comprehension by writing the sequence of various characters appearing in the story.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WST-B8zQleM

Students were engaged in an activity wherein they picked up models of animals from a mystery box and spoke a few lines about their habitat, eating pattern, body colour, unique features and human dependency. They were engaged in activities which helped them revisiting the concepts of common and proper noun.

Math

Learners continued practicing various kinds of patterns with objects, numbers and those seen in daily life. Students were also assessed on their understanding of patterns through a formative assessment.

Addition was introduced with a hypothetical situation wherein the form tutor invited two sets of students and asked the class questions based on it ‘putting together’. Later they explored various manipulatives in pairs to build upon their understanding of addition. They further explored addition by playing games on the number line .

Hindi

To enhance reading and writing skills, students were introduced to इ ki मात्रा, they were able to identify related words by practicing the same in their journals. In order to strengthen grammatical skills, students identified nouns (संज्ञा) and made a noun tree. Students watched a Hindi story of ‘चींटी और टिड्डा’. This helped in building their listening and speaking skills. They further showcased their understanding with the help of a visual thinking routine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tiri8VJsq8

Dance

Dance lessons focused on the development of rhythm patterns and flexibility. Movements were based on simple rhythmic combinations with large isolated steps. Solitary performance was also introduced.

Music

Students integrated music with their unit of inquiry on health. They learned about music therapy, how it can impact our health and how we can receive health benefits from music. They learned a new song “we will rock you”.

Library

Students listened to the story of ‘Owl Moon’ by Jane Yolen. The story about a little boy and his father who one winter night went for owling made interesting reading. The trees stood still as statues and the world around seemed silent as a dream. When they both reached into the deep dark forest, father called whoo-whoo-whoo to invite mysterious night birds, but there was no answer. The duo of father and son walked silently for the father had said to the son “when you go owling you don’t need words, you don’t need anything but hope for sometimes there is an owl, but sometimes is none”. Eventually their patience paid off and they caught sight of an owl. The book proved to be a verbal and visual treasure, it displayed the learner profile attribute of being courageous as the little child went with his father for owling and he knew he had to be brave at this time of the night.

Art

Students observed various objects to identify 3D shapes in them. Later they drew some of the 3D shapes like cube, cuboid and cone using rulers to colour them neatly.

P.E

Students developed their basic motor skills with the help of different lead-up and recreational games, which included jumping, running, hopping. They have started practicing ball handling with the help of basketball and football. During skating session, they practiced walking and balancing on the skates.

ICT

Students gave final touch to their food pyramid that they illustrated using MS paint. They were also assessed on their skills through a checklist.

Students were shown various posters as a provocation of new tool. They discussed the commonality in each poster like background colour, less images, different types of font usage according to the theme of the poster .Later they were introduced to Pic collage which is an application for poster and card making. They were shown basic tools of the application which they happily tried while making cards on Dussehra.

   Assembly

Students of Grade 1 participated in an assembly on ‘Gandhian philosophy – The future depends on what you do today’ on September 23, 2019 were they decoded the statement word by word. They saw a power-point presentation that showcased the mahatma’s philosophies of being truthful, taking care of the environment and the need to pursue non-violence. Students made connections between sustainable practices followed at school.Students of Grade 1 attended the assembly on Gandhi Jayanti and shared their knowledge among themselves.

SEL

This week students were encouraged to segregate thoughts from feelings with a recognition activity wherein, they filled 2 buckets (heart bucket & thought bucket) with different thoughts and feelings. This activity helped them to understand the difference between thoughts and feelings.

Responsible Eaters 21-09-19

Unit of inquiry

A formative assessment marked the reflection of learning based on the third line of inquiry, ‘importance of taking care of their body’ as a summation of the unit. What better way than to encourage students to actively appreciate and explore nature around them with a nature walk. Students keenly observed different kinds of plants grown in the green areas at school. They identified medicinal plants like aloe vera and tulsi (basil) and further inquired into the health benefits of these plants. Later, they completed the thinking routine by writing their understanding in their journals .

Math :

Students revisited the concept of ordinal numbers class activities.Formative assessment on ordinal numbers was taken with a game called ‘where is the orange cat?’

The concept of patterns was introduced with the story ofpattern fish; this helped students to enhance their thinking skills. A nature walk whereby students closely observed patterns on leaves, flowers and fish further strengthened the concept. Later they were shown pictures of animals like zebra, tigers, butterflies etc. Patterns in day, night and seasonal cycles were also discussed.

Students created and illustrated their own patterns in their journals. Taking the concept further, they were introduced to color and  object patterns.

 

English :

Students enhanced their understanding of proper and common nouns by engaging in an interactive games. Concept of capitalisation was reinforced too. Students were assessed on their spellings with a spell bee. A formative assessment on nouns was conducted using the scavenger hunt activity. Students enhanced their vocabulary by thinking of meaningful words using ‘dr’, ‘br’, ‘fr’ and ‘cr’ blends and showcased their writing skills by framing short and relevant sentences using these words.

Hindi:

To enhance reading and writing skills, students identified, read and wrote words with त, ह,च,द, व, ख (व्यंजन) letters. They saw a story ‘किसने खाए मालपुए’ and performed a role play allowing their creativity to soar, whilst developing an array of valuable skills; inquiry, thinking, social, emotional, communication and language amongst others. The students attempted a formative assessment. They were assessed on spellings with spell bee. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iu_uQPpeNI

ICT :

Using their research skills, students designed a food pyramid. Students used proper proportion and colour code to depict different food categories and the most and least consumed foods using MS-Paint. They also learned to save their files in specific folders.

Art:

Students integrated Math with their Visual Arts classes as they solved addition sums and used the solutions to find the keys to the colours, they needed to use for colouring each section in the given picture. This activity helped them in improving their observation as well as colouring skills.

Music :

The students were assessed on their understanding of note values. They attempted playing different note values on the Conga. Individually, the students sang their favourite songs ‘Maa tujhe salam’ and ‘A gift to you’.

Dance:

 Through movements we convey our emotions; this week’s dance lessons were focused on the discussion of dance therapy. Students were engaged in several group activities related to the same. An activity was performed where they were instructed to stay still while a calm music was played and were asked to focus on what was happening inside their body. During another task, with their eyes closed, students imagined an empty auditorium having only one source of light and were asked to dance visualizing nobody was watching them.

PE & Skating :

Students developed basketball skills with the help of different lead-up activities and recreational games, which included dribbling, passing and shooting. Students practiced walking and balancing on the skates during their skating lessons.

Library :

To celebrate the birthday of much-loved children’s author Julia Donaldson, students were read one of her popular books ‘Tiddler- A story telling fish’.

Tiddler was always late for school and would make up tall and exciting stories for his classmates as to why he got late. One day as Tiddler was moving slowly- thinking about a new story, he unknowingly got caught in a net, which resulted in a real adventure! All children identified with Tiddler as a fish with big imaginative powers !

Diving Deep into Basics 07-09-19

Unit of Inquiry :

Students inquired into factors affecting our health and developed an understanding of consuming a balanced diet for staying healthy.

They were familiarised with terms like ingredients, nutritional value, red and green dots on food packets, manufacturing and expiry date of products with the use of empty wrappers.

As a part of making real life connections, students were taken on a field trip to a departmental grocery store, where they saw all the food products options available on shelves. They understood the significance of making the right choices, the importance of locally grown food and its health benefits. They also learnt to identify fresh and processed food.

Math :

Integration to the unit of inquiry was done with the aid of empty food wrappers where students viewed the nutritional content. They noted down the sugar content present in different drinks and recorded the names of drinks which had maximum and least sugar in them.

Students were introduced to the concept of ordinal numbers through a class activity.

English

The form tutor read a poem to the students to hone their listening and visualisation skills. They listened carefully and drew images in their journals. They also extended their vocabulary by learning new words, like smooth and braids.

Listening skills were further enhanced with the story ‘Peppa Pig-the dentist’. They summarized their understanding by answering simple questions. Students were assessed on their spellings with a spell bee.

Hindi

To enhance reading and writing skills, students read and wrote three- and four-letter words. They also revised आ ki maatraa by reading small sentences. They saw a video related to good food habits and discussed about it to enhance their viewing and speaking skills.

Students marked Janamashtami at school by identifying learner profile attributes for Lord Krishna. His caring and balanced approach to life was evident in the heart warming welcome accorded to his childhood friend Sudama. The lifting of Govardhan parvat marked his principled behaviour towards his village folks. Killling of Kaalia nag was an act of courage that sent out a cultural message about the good deeds of the Lord.

ICT

Students understood the meaning of research and how different search engines work. While searching for images of healthy and unhealthy food using Google Chrome, they practiced effective citing and referencing in their documents which is an essential skill in the digital age. Students discussed the ‘Essential Agreements’ and reviewed what they had drafted during their first ICT class of this session. They made a few changes and agreed to act accordingly.

Art

Students were encouraged to express themselves freely on a topic of their choice using colour pencils. Later they wrote their reflections based on the guiding questions given to them.

Music

The students learned a new song ‘A gift to you’ and they also did some vocal warmup exercises to improve their vocal performance.

Dance

Students clapped and stomped their feet to rhythmic music. This helped them to understand the rhythm better. They worked on body isolations and explored different types of body movements. Releve was introduced in class. It describes the action when a dancer rises up and seemingly is standing on his/her toes.

PE & Skating

Students developed their basic motor skills with the help of different lead-up and recreational games, which included jumping, running and hopping. They practiced walking and balancing on the skates during their skating lessons

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Social Emotional learning (SEL)

This week, students were encouraged to segregate thoughts from feelings with the help of an activity that used an emotion tree that asked students to express and write their own feelings. This activity also helped them to understand how every individual reacts differently in different situations.

Library

This year Grade 1 summer assignment challenge aimed at developing the students’ analytical and thinking skills. They undertook an extensive and meaningful assignment and presented insightful reflections based on The DE Bono’s hats for the stories they read during their summer break. Winners of the summer challenge celebrated their victory on September 3, 2019 by dressing up as favourite characters from their respective stories and went on a character parade. Students enjoyed their celebratory ice cream and attention. The school takes pride in awarding winners with an interdisciplinary certificate of appreciation that applauds their effort.

Exploring further 01-09-19

UOI

Continuing with the ongoing unit, students interviewed the facilitators of different grades and identified various healthy and unhealthy practices on a worksheet.

They further inquired about food as an important contributor to health with a thumbs up-thumbs down activity. Students further illustrated the healthy and unhealthy food items under two categories. They participated in a class discussion on different food groups and followed it up by reading a story about the importance of healthy food. https://www.storyjumper.com/book/index/21234228/Learning-About-Food-Groups#page/4

Students carried out a sorting activity where they segregated different food items on the food pyramid.

Math

Students revisited the concept of place value using an abacus. Taking their learning further, they explored the use of graph paper to represent a set of numbers on it.

Students were shown an audio visual named ‘Even Steven’ to brush up their concept of even and odd numbers. They attempted a practice worksheet on the same. Students also practiced creating two-digit even and odd numbers using three single-digit numbers. Further, they represented the same, using bars of tens and blocks of ones, with class manipulatives.

Reading and writing of number names from 1 to 10 was practiced by the students that were shown to them using flash cards.

English

Students read a poem and engaged in visual imagery. They were assessed on their spellings with a spell bee. They were shown an online story ‘Food Fit’ that talked about the importance of healthy food. The students then reflected on their understanding of the story. A ‘Take and Talk’ activity helped students reinstate the five factors that promote good health. Students revisited the blends ‘sh’ and ‘st’ by writing words in their journals.

Hindi

To enhance reading and writing skills, students were introduced to ‘आ’ ki maatraa. For practice, they read and wrote two and three letter words. They also saw a story, बढ्ने का रहस्य (badhne ka rahsya) and presented their understanding through visual imagery. To enhance viewing and presenting skills, students learned about good habits through a PPT. They drew images and presented their work in class. They attempted a spellbee to improve their vocabulary.

ICT

Using MS-Paint, students designed their plate with various types of food that promote healthy food habits. Students searched for images of healthy and unhealthy food using Google Chrome. They learned to copy and paste images from Chrome to MS-Paint. Students were briefed about the importance of academic honesty and giving credit for the copied images. They enhanced their research skills while doing various tasks.

Dance

Dance Lessons focused on the development of rhythm patterns and flexibility. Movements were created based on simple rhythmic combinations with large isolated steps. Solitary performance was also introduced.

Art

Students learned how to express themselves visually using rulers, keeping the proportions of their artwork in mind. This activity helped them to hone their fine motor and thinking skills.

Music

Students learned about notes and note values and inquired how they are used in music. They were able to count and play different note values. Students have progressed to playing these notes on the Congo.

Social Emotional learning (SEL)

As a part of their social emotional learning, students gained more knowledge about self – awareness. They were helped to understand the difference between thoughts and feelings through various interactive and self-reflective sessions wherein, they were encouraged to segregate the thought from feeling.

PE & Skating

Students developed their basic motor skills with the help of different lead-up and recreational games, which included jumping, running and hopping. They practiced walking and balancing on skates during their skating lessons.

Library

Students listened to the story of ‘The Little Princess’ by Tony Ross, that narrated the tale about a little princess who did not want to go to bed. This story will resonate with every parent and children will love the fact that they are not the only ones who can come up with some clever ways to put off sleep for just “one more minute.”