SOORYA INTERNATIONAL HIGHER SECONDARY SCHOOL operates DAFFODILS KINDERGARTEN which aims to enable its students to explore their surroundings and learn through fun and play.
Combining the traditional Montessori Method with the more interactive participatory approach, the curriculum and methodology is designed to ensure that the child adds value to his growth – each moment, each day.
Learning is made fun at daffodils where the child, through music, dramatic play, story telling, group activity, and communication, creative and visual imagery develops confidence, self-esteem and a desire for learning.
The emphasis is on all-round development, which encompasses emotional and social development, gross and fine motor skills, language development and academic skills.
Teachers move with their students as friends and reduce communication gap. They come closer to each child by confidante, guide and counselor and strengthen their students-teacher relation. Since class composition is small, interactive communication and personal attention are available to each child. With assistants as back up support and special teachers for music, games and sports, school time is well planned. The sprawling green lawns, a child friendly play area, a splash pool and a library for children make the child’s three and a half hours a veritable treat.
There is no stress on rote learning. Readiness for literacy and numerical skills is gradually created. At all times the individual child’s rate of development is respected.
Pre-school, being a child’s first experience in the formal educational system, can be an anxious time for both children and parents. Which is why we have taken special care to create a warm, welcoming and cheerful atmosphere, in which children feel secure and happy. An environment that makes them want to come to school each morning.
Classrooms are bright and spacious, opening into enclosed garden spaces that allow children to explore the world of grass and sand and flowers. A special children’s playground provides ample space for supervised play. The three-acre private park abutting the school, part of the residential campus in which the school is located, is perfect for nature walks.
Teachers become one of the most important persons in a pre-schoolers life. Our teachers live up to a trusting child’s expectations —caring, friendly and fair; yet firm and discipline-conscious when needed.
A carefully selected range of toys, learning aids, craft materials and books complete the picture.
And with the confidence that our Pre-school children gain in this nurturing environment, their transition to primary school becomes a smooth and happy progression.
Ideally, learning at the pre-school stage should be an experiential, enjoyable experience…one that leaves a child with a lifelong love of learning.
Leading educational specialists and child psychologists believe that the best learning takes place through playing, listening and asking questions. Not to mention observation, reflection and exploration.
Experiential learning is encouraged and facilitated through enlightened, child-friendly teachers; individual attention to children; group discussions and interactions and carefully selected books and learning aids. Our methods of learning are to first listen, then speak, then read and finally write. Children are encouraged to learn about themselves and the people and things around them, including abstract concepts. The emphasis is on anxiety-free learning rather than reading and writing by rote. Nature, singing and painting are a much-loved part of everyday school life.
Children learn other important lessons too: to share, abide by simple rules, get on well with other children and accept the authority of kindly adults.