|Tips#1: Read Together Every Day|
|Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.|
|Tips#2: Give Everything A Name|
|You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, "Where's your nose?" and then, "Where's Mommy's nose?" Or touch your child's nose and say, "What's this?"|
NTSE or National talent search exam is by far the oldest, most reputed and well recognized of 20+ talent search competition for school students in India. National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national-level scholarship program in India to identify and recognize students with extremely high intellect and academic talent. The scheme is open to students of Indian nationality. Only students studying in Class VIII are eligible to appear for the selection process. As it is organized by an official body (NCERT), it is widely regarded as the toughest and most prestigious examination at high school level in the country. It helps students to proliferate their mental level and also helps them to sharpen their minds.
Before 2006, all students studying in Class X in any type of recognized school were eligible to appear at the state level examination from the state in which the school is located. The state could impose any other eligibility condition for appearing in the screening examination like any qualifying percentage of marks in the previous annual examination, etc. But from 2006 onwards, a separate examination for Class VIII was started. More than 1, 50, 000 students appear for the screening examination of the NTSE every year.
1000 NTSE scholars are selected every year based on the exam. Each NTSE scholar receives INR 500 per month from NTSE for the period he/she chooses to continue studying. Usually it is defined as the period till one finishes PhD or earlier. This could be any of fields specified above including Science, Medicine, Social Science, Maths, Management and Law.
|Tips#3: Say How Much You Enjoy Reading Together|
|Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.|
|Tips#4: Be Interactive|
|Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what's happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child's questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child's responses.|
Identification of talent comprises a two-stage selection process. While the individual state or union territory conducts the first stage selection (usually 2nd/3rd Sunday of November)- the second stage selection at the national level is carried out by the NCERT, usually on the second Sunday of May .Earlier an interview also used to be there but now it has been abolished.
NTSE revamping on cards now
There are few changes which are proposed for complete revamping of most sought after NTSE
Proposed changes could be as follows
1. Exam to be conducted for class X students till now it has been conducted for class 8 students only
2. Scholarship amount to be increased to 4000 per month from 500 per month
3. No of Scholarships to be increased to 3000 from existing 1000
There is no prescribed syllabus for this. However, the standard of items conforms to the level of CBSE Class 8 Public Examinations. Also, parts of classes IX and X are also included especially in Sciences and mathematics, wherein one is expected to have a sound knowledge of the things already learnt at lower classes. Since many of the things learnt at class VIII level is also included in class IX/X syllabus, therefore such concepts may be evaluated. Several guides are also published by various publishers to aid National Talent Search Exam aspirants. It National Talent Search Examination has also been noticed that questions come from NCERT 6th-8th too. Some states put higher class questions like Orissa.
|Tips#5: Read It Again And Again And Again|
|Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills.|
|Tips#6: Talk About Writing, Too|
|Draw your child's attention to the way writing works. When looking at a book together, point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.|