Fredrick Douglass said “It is easier to build stronger children than to repair broken men”. This quote has a deep meaning in relation to primary education. In India, we save money for higher education for our kids but ignore to invest in primary learning. Generally, primary schools are often chosen according to the distance from our home. Parents want to keep small children in their vicinity area to pick and drop them easily. At times without checking the background and vision of the school, activities, and curriculum. Though it is good to keep small kids close to the parent but it is equally important to choose a good primary school.
Primary education is the foremost and basic right of every child. It is the first step in making of the character of child. The role of primary education is to ensure broad based learning of the child. This includes development of social, cognitive, cultural, emotional and physical skills. This education should be delivered keeping information and entertainment hand in hand. Attention span of this age is not more than 5-6 minutes, which is extremely less in comparison to adults. Activities and lessons should also be planned in such way that it should keep them engaged and hold them for as long as possible.
Primary school should aim at providing rich, stimulating and caring environment in which the child feels happy, safe, secure and confident. Learning at this young age should give birth to creative and enquiring minds.
Being a mother of 1.5 year old child, I have to begin with this hunt of pre-school for her within few months. We are excited and have decided to look for following things to give good kick to her academic life:-
- Research– Before filtering out the schools you may be interested, have a brief idea of what works best for the child. What kind of environment does your child enjoy learning in – conventional or unconventional? Does my child need extra care? School websites and prospectus give plenty of information. Also, talk to like -minded parents and ask them for suggestions.
- Core values of the school– Try to find out the philosophy of school towards education. Talk to school’s principal to get understand their approach for schooling. Do they believe in academic excellence or take care of other areas like arts and sports as well?
- Meet child’s need– Take school’s particular approach to teaching and learning into consideration. It should meet the child’s special needs, if required or cater to emotional requirements too. If my child is a bit of prodigy, can the school offer challenging programs?
With good research based on tips, you can confidently decide on the best school for your child.