The Play-Way Method
In this children’s garden (Kindergarten) the children play and learn. Put in another way, they learn to play in a definite way which is both fun and education at the same time and helps to join the school later. This is called the PLAY-WAY METHOD, fun at learning.
They learn to speak by story-telling and play the same by acting it out. They develop their vocal chords and speech by learning nursery rhymes and they play by singing it. They learn to develop their visual skills at reading by recognizing the letter of the Alphabet and they play by juggling them with letter cards.The same goes to recognizing numbers by playing the number games.
Then they have adventures of learning about people, things and animals by images, pictures and even cartoons.They learn to be with others, play together and make friends. What is most important at this stage is learning to speak. It is only by speech and repetition that the child really learns. Speaking less means learning less. If the child speaks less, it means it knows less.
K.G. is a world of its own, full of colour, fun and activities. In order to do these activities, the first psychological requisite is to make the child feel SECURE, that is, make him/her feel at home with the class, the Teacher and other children. A warm atmosphere is created so that they will love learning and long to come to the kindergarten. Therefore, everything is planned very carefully and is child-centred. They are in the kindergarten for five hours. They are occupied with various activities which help their emotional, social, intellectual and physical development.
The KG Teacher is a especially trained person who assists in the intellectual, emotional and psychological development of the child with great care and understanding. Teaching in the KG Section requires a great deal of hard work and preparation. Special care is taken to choose these Teachers because their responsibility in dealing with the little children is great. They have to communicate with the children at a much deeper level than merely on the level of teaching. Expectations From The Parents Since the children in kindergarten belong to a special age that is most sensitive and important in their formation for life, it becomes imperative for the Parents to closely associate and co-operate with the Teachers:
- Keep in constant touch with the class Teacher; do not hesitate to talk about the child’s problems; do not miss parent-teacher meetings; note carefully what the Teacher has to say about the child.
- Both the parents should attend all the Parent Teacher meetings.
- Spend some time daily with your child talking about (not teaching) the day in the School. Pay attention to what the child is trying to tell you.
- Check your child’s bag and the Diary every day.
- The child should be neat and clean and smartly dressed. The ID card must be worn every day including on the school picnic days. The child’s dress and appearance reflect its home and Parents.
- Give the child a simple water-bottle, tiffin-box, a clean napkin, a hand kerchief and a school bag that he/she can operate on his/her own.
- Teach the child eating habits and toilet habits.
- Give your child proper food in the tiffin; do not give junk food, e.g., chips, crunchies, chocolates, etc.
- No money should be given to the child.
- Make sure that the child is picked up promptly after the School.
- On picnic days the child should bring only the water-bottle and the tiffin box.