Sunday, April 25, 2010

Parents Expectation

This particular posting is especially for those parents who are in stress at this particular moment for getting their child prepared for the entrance examination of any particular school. I can very well relate to all of them. As a mother of a 5 year old, I also went through the same tensions. The starting point is when you decide to send your children to clear the entrance of any top notch school of the city. As a parent there is no harm in wanting the best for your child however one should always keep in mind the child’s caliber.

They don’t even know what you have planned for them but slowly and gradually they start feeling the pressure. Your sending them to tuitions at such an early age or increasing their study times when they learn more from their environment definitely affects their psyche. Your over expectations soon start showing signs through your child’s behavior. If suddenly your child goes hyper, or suddenly he/she has started misbehaving or started to take every work as a burden then please be cautious as your child wants to say something to you. He/She hasn’t learned these things since birth then why now? This is just one of the ways of him/her telling you that something somewhere is not correct.

As a parent there is nothing wrong to expect the best from your child. However it must always be remembered that THEY ARE CHILDREN and this precious time of their life will never return. Give them only that amount of pressure which they can undergo. Imagine how tough it would be for a 5 year old to prove himself in front of you by getting through any exam or any school. And what if he/she is not able to do so?

The simple solution to all your worries are: Allow them to do their daily tasks and along with it you carry on regular studies. Take real life examples, more of practical studies and give lots of MOTIVATION, henceforth the result will follow. And a last word of advice that if in any case your child is not able to get through, please don’t blame him/her. All of them have brilliant potentials. The only need is to become aware of it and allowing it to grow.

-Blog Author

Dr. Pooja Singh
St Edmund's School,
Sector-5, Jawahar Nagar,
Jaipur (Rajasthan), INDIA.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Preparation for a pre-school

Now that your toddlers are on the onset of joining their first school, you are a bit worried about the type of pre-school that should be chosen. You talk to your family members; your friends who have kids probably of the same age and you even go and check out each and every school by yourself on your list. Here are few common tips to check out the best school for your li’l one.

The foremost question that pops up in our mind is why do we need a pre-school? The answer to the question is SOCIALISATION. At home, a child do gets the opportunity to mix up with friends and cousins which might not be of his age and added to it he’s always under the guidance of his parents. A pre-school allows the child to grow emotionally and intellectually on his own, viewing the world from his mindset, spending time everyday with kids of his age.

When you choose a preschool, it is important to give consideration to a child’s characteristics, the program, the preschool staff and also the physical environment of the school. All these factors together may provide your ward the best of educational experience

A pre school can provide an edge for your child to succeed. Apart from the bookish and the factual knowledge a good preschool allows the development of various skills and techniques that prepare them to face the future challenges of life like cognitive, language development, gross and fine motor skills, self-dependency and also value educational skills.

Before getting entrance to any preschool you can ask the following questions about the school:
- Do they have a clear cut syllabus?
- Does this syllabus lead to overall development of the child?
- Does the staff takes interest in a child’s natural interests like reading, counting, writing or story telling and tries to enhance it?
- Do they strike a balance between indoor and outdoor activities?
- What is the size of the classroom?
- Which approach they follow while teaching?
- Do discuss the disciplinary methods also?
- Do they keep a track of a child’s performance in every sphere?

Also make it a point to enquire about the staff and the physical environment of the school. The answers to the following questions should be positive and satisfactory.

- Are the teachers nursery trained?
- Are they patient enough to deal with the children?
- Has the staff been stable for years?
- Are the teachers experienced?
- How do they communicate with the parents?
- Is the school having spacious outdoor area for play?
- Are there enough supplies of playthings?
- Are there enough people supervising them when outside?

So the keywords for your selection are Research, Research and more Research. After you are completely satisfied with the school’s atmosphere, its curriculum, teacher’s qualifications, class size, health and safety standards, then you can register your little darlings to their perfect neighborhood school.

-Blog Author

Dr. Pooja Singh
St Edmund's School,
Sector-5, Jawahar Nagar,
Jaipur (Rajasthan), INDIA.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Role of schools in overall development of a child

The great Indian philosopher Patanjali said” When you are inspired by some great purpose all your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitations and dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover your true self”.

Right! This is the motto behind every school or institution that works for the physical, mental and emotional development of a child.

Our ancient system of education was based on imparting moral and ethical values which in turn acted as powerful tools in transforming the personality of individuals in accordance with patterns approved by the society. The same holds true, even today with the help of value education. The learner is helped to assimilate those qualities which lead to the highest development – mentally, spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. Such education also brings out the latest capacities of the learners and leads them to their rightful goals and every school assist their students to reach to their goals in all spheres of life.

Education is based on the inculcation of human values instills in the minds of students a patriotic feeling and a deep sense of world citizenship. It helps in the fight against the forces of communalism and violence which are proving to be a great burden in these troubled times. Educationalists believe that value education which has a profoundly positive content based on heritage, national goals and universal perceptions can successfully shape future citizens who are a credit to their families, society and country. Every institution helps children in their overall development by providing platforms for their hidden talents.

As the globalization is increasing rapidly including all the aspects of life so every institution is trying to make the students globally perfect so that they can outstrip others of their age and caliber. Tiny kids are taught the use of computers at an early stage i.e pre-primary level.

Besides academics and sports, students are showing their talents in various other categories, so to exhibit their output all the institutions organize annual functions, fete, educational trips and various other intra and inter school competitions.

In short – “A home away from home” is an apt synonym used for any institution that creates an overall developed child through vigorous exercises and efforts.

-Blog Author

Dr. Pooja Singh
St Edmund's School,
Sector-5, Jawahar Nagar,
Jaipur (Rajasthan), INDIA.