Menu

How to Solve a Problem Like Himani – School Journal from the Himalayas

school journal from the himalayasHow to Solve a Problem Like Himani, is a school journal from the Himalayas. Himani writes in her journal about life at school and at home in a village in the Northern Indian region of Uttarakhand, on the Southern slopes of the Himalaya range. The story takes you through her diary entries as she learns the steps to solve problems, big and small.

In a tiny school in the Uttarakhand hills, Himani and her classmates learn how to solve real-life problems, like finding clean water for the students, cleaning up the area, and irrigating crops.

The book includes an example of a homemade water filter that can be made by readers as a science experiment.

Author: Mala Kumar, Illustrators: Ruchi Shah, Students of Himalayan Public School

 

Sample Text from How to Solve a Problem Like Himani – school journal from the Himalayas

March 28
It’s so hot here!
Golu was very naughty today. She climbed up a slant and would not come down. Silly goat!
Seema and Gullu had
to help me get her down.

March 30
I can see the snow-capped Himalayan peaks–Nandakot, Maiktoli, Panchachuli, Chaukhamba. But Kumaon is dry. Gullu and I help Ija and Baujyu* get water from the pump down the road, or from the stream further down. Ooof! Wish the water could reach us directly from the snowy mountains. Drinking water is difficult to get even in January, when it snows.
*Ija and Baujyu: Kumaoni words for ‘mother’ and ‘father’.

April 2
Our ten-day summer workshop with Reena didi started today. She has come from Mumbai. She asked us thousands of questions! What do you like about school? What do you not like about school? How do you commute to school? Suddenly she turned to me and asked the meaning of my name.
“Himani means snow,” I said.

Why does she ask so many questions?

***

April 6
Worked with Ija and Baujyu in the cauliflower patch. Then ran to school for problem-solving day! We went out in pairs to the library, and to talk to our teachers and to each other.
Then we came back to class.
1. Identify: The problem is unfiltered drinking water at school. Students keep falling sick because of this.
2. Find out: Why is getting clean water a problem here? Many streams around Kumaon are supposed to have pure water. There are no streams near our school.
3. Discuss: We found out that some people use cloth.
This only filters bigger sediments, not harmful bacteria. Manorama said they have a small water filter at home. Moringa seeds in water pots help purify water, said a teacher.

school journal from the himalayas

<End sample from How to Solve Problems like Himani>

Read the full book bu selecting read online or download below the post.

If you enjoyed this school journal from the Himalayas, you might also enjoy other books from Pratham’s Storyweaver Platform.

4 Key Story Writing Tips for Children – How to Write a Story from Scratch - When my daughter was in the 4th grade, she wrote and illustrated an original book, titled, The New World. It was a school assignment, and the teacher had hardbound copies made of each book. It is one of the treasures that she has kept until this day, as she completes her Masters in Communications. The ...
Eye Can See – From magnifying glases to telescopes - Eye Can See details a group of children’s visit to their parent’s laboratory and all the magnifying equipment they find. From magnifying glass to microscope, binoculars to a telescope, this book teaches children about all things magnifying. Sample Text From Eye Can See School is closed for summer. Every day Chanda, Tinku and Motu have ...
10 Activities, Teaching Strategies, and Resources for Teaching Children with Autism - According to research at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD in the United States alone. Children with ASD usually experience learning setbacks and attention deficit disorder or ADD, on top of dyslexia and potential mental issues related to the diagnosis (not always ...
A Street, or a Zoo? - Three children are playing in the street, where they happen upon several different animals. Is it a street, or a zoo? Find out what they do with the animals they find in this cute story for young children. Sample Text from A Street, or a Zoo? Sonu, Monu and Rina set out to play. They ...
The Secrets of Chocolate - The history of chocolate, how chocolate is farmed, and how chocolate is made, along with fun facts, this is all what you’ll learn about chocolate in this exciting book on The Secrets of Chocolate.    Spread the love
Megan and the Princess of Death - In this second Megan mysteries book, we find Megan after following Frits down a cable car line, trapped in another strange world, The Hopah Place, with an annoying princess. Megan and Frits must journey through a series of scary-creepy caves to find their way back home, but first, she must solve three riddles. Will Megan ...
7 Powerful Books That Teach Children About Death And Grief - Death and grief are things that children will experience sometime in their lives – it’s unfortunate, but we’ve all been there. However, losing a loved one can be a traumatic experience for children. So, how can parents and family members be able to talk to their children about death and grief? While we try our ...
Best Free Learn to Read Apps for Children - Technology plays a critical in our children’s lives. As a parent, it’s up to you to choose the role that technology will play in your child’s life. Most parents allow the use of technology at home but, with limits. With technology, there is nothing your child cannot learn today from the comfort of their home. ...
10 Free Virtual Summer Camps your Kids will Love - Summer camps, which are a common feature of summer holidays, are also closed for the season. As summer approaches, many parents are wondering how they will keep their kids busy while in quarantine. As the world is in the midst of the second Corona wave, most countries have chosen to keep summer recreation activities closed. ...
Happy Maths 3 – Measurements - This is the number 3 book in the Happy Maths series, where children can learn about maths from a series of stories that convert maths problems into fun adventures. Book 3 in the series deals with measurements. Sample Text from Happy Maths 3 Sankhya and Ganith have been learning a lot of things in their ...

See our most recent books

4 Key Story Writing Tips for Children – How to Write a Story from Scratch - When my daughter was in the 4th grade, she wrote and illustrated an original book, titled, The New World. It was a school assignment, and the teacher had hardbound copies made of each book. It is one of the treasures that she has kept until this day, as she completes her Masters in Communications. The ...
Eye Can See – From magnifying glases to telescopes - Eye Can See details a group of children’s visit to their parent’s laboratory and all the magnifying equipment they find. From magnifying glass to microscope, binoculars to a telescope, this book teaches children about all things magnifying. Sample Text From Eye Can See School is closed for summer. Every day Chanda, Tinku and Motu have ...
10 Activities, Teaching Strategies, and Resources for Teaching Children with Autism - According to research at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD in the United States alone. Children with ASD usually experience learning setbacks and attention deficit disorder or ADD, on top of dyslexia and potential mental issues related to the diagnosis (not always ...
A Street, or a Zoo? - Three children are playing in the street, where they happen upon several different animals. Is it a street, or a zoo? Find out what they do with the animals they find in this cute story for young children. Sample Text from A Street, or a Zoo? Sonu, Monu and Rina set out to play. They ...
The Secrets of Chocolate - The history of chocolate, how chocolate is farmed, and how chocolate is made, along with fun facts, this is all what you’ll learn about chocolate in this exciting book on The Secrets of Chocolate.    Spread the love
Megan and the Princess of Death - In this second Megan mysteries book, we find Megan after following Frits down a cable car line, trapped in another strange world, The Hopah Place, with an annoying princess. Megan and Frits must journey through a series of scary-creepy caves to find their way back home, but first, she must solve three riddles. Will Megan ...
7 Powerful Books That Teach Children About Death And Grief - Death and grief are things that children will experience sometime in their lives – it’s unfortunate, but we’ve all been there. However, losing a loved one can be a traumatic experience for children. So, how can parents and family members be able to talk to their children about death and grief? While we try our ...
Best Free Learn to Read Apps for Children - Technology plays a critical in our children’s lives. As a parent, it’s up to you to choose the role that technology will play in your child’s life. Most parents allow the use of technology at home but, with limits. With technology, there is nothing your child cannot learn today from the comfort of their home. ...
10 Free Virtual Summer Camps your Kids will Love - Summer camps, which are a common feature of summer holidays, are also closed for the season. As summer approaches, many parents are wondering how they will keep their kids busy while in quarantine. As the world is in the midst of the second Corona wave, most countries have chosen to keep summer recreation activities closed. ...
Happy Maths 3 – Measurements - This is the number 3 book in the Happy Maths series, where children can learn about maths from a series of stories that convert maths problems into fun adventures. Book 3 in the series deals with measurements. Sample Text from Happy Maths 3 Sankhya and Ganith have been learning a lot of things in their ...


Sponsored Links:

Note – if you sign up through these links, it doesn’t cost you any extra, but FKB receives a small donation, which helps us move towards our aim of
FREE Hardcopies!  

All our posts are checked by Grammarly, the FREE online grammar checker (We still receive a donation even if you only sign up for the free account :-):

This site is hosted by Bluehost:

Leave a comment (it won’t be public) if you want help getting your own website cost-effectively.  

 
Spread the love

Comments 2

....