Introduction to Pre-primary Section
We warmly welcome kids to our Pre-Primary section where education is imparted with fun and joy in a loving and caring environment. Our teachers are experienced, well-qualified and trained in pre-primary methods to take care of the kids in each class. Our teachers have created a motherly and lovable atmosphere in school. So for our pupils the school is a second home, i.e., a home away from home.
We accept the play-way method, which is enjoyed by the kids. "What I see, I forget; What I do, I remember" Each child participates in all the activities conducted in the class. We use worksheet method to track every student's progress. As per the need of the hour, we teach the little ones through smart class, exposing them to advanced technology.
Activities of Pre-primary Section
a) Language and Phonics
At our School, Shree Swaminarayan International Pre Primary school, special emphasis is laid on teaching English as most of the children come from homes where the language spoken regularly is not English. Year-wise objectives are laid out whereby in early years emphasis is on listening, speaking, reading & writing skills. Comprehension is a skill which is focused on, throughout the pre-primary schooling years. It is an integral part of language development. Language should aid communication and children are encouraged to express their views and themselves in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences using the skills acquired. On a daily basis stories, rhymes and non-fiction text (small passages with topics which interest the children of this age group)are read, discussed and interpreted in the classrooms. Children participate every day in the classroom discussions, retelling and sequencing the stories, reciting rhymes, picture reading and variety of activities designed for vocabulary building.
b) Cognitive Development
In Pre-Primary section of our school, Pre-Math emphasizes teaching the quality and essence of numbers using practical activities. Application of this knowledge to everyday life is what makes the learning interesting for children. For instance to teach number 2: all things that exist in nature in twos are used to explain its qualitative aspect for example: 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 legs, etc. Our curriculum at the pre-primary school level has been designed to introduce mathematical concepts in a simple and tangible manner concentrating on one attribute at a time and progressing gradually. Our lesson plans are built to develop thinking and problem solving abilities through activities, observation, analysis and discussion.
c) Knowing and Understanding 'The World'
The Pre-Primary school curriculum has been developed to make the child understand and explore his immediate environment and the physical world. Also to learn the basic technique of exploring, questioning and drawing conclusions from their learning. Basic concepts pertaining to science is also covered in this pre-primary stage. They will also be taught to develop care and concern for animals, plants and the environment. Concepts like human body, foods, animals, plants, sea-life, environment, weather, culture and festivals, neighbourhood etc. are introduced.
d) Physical and Personal Development
In our pre-primary school, physical and personal development is given paramount importance as it is a very important aspect of overall development. Physical education takes care of developing the fine and gross motor skills and a lot of time is dedicated to this. Objectives are set for each age group in terms of what they are expected to do physically and necessary developmental aids are used to achieve those. Stamina, balance, rhythm, strength, agility, and concentration are developed using a variety of enjoyable games and activities. This also helps to develop good habits, self-care ability and a healthy lifestyle and enables the child to understand the limit of physical capabilities and develop awareness of self-protection.
e) Social and Moral Development
At Shree Swaminarayan International Pre-Primary School we recognize that the child will grow into a confident adult only if he/she has a strong sense of self-image. This domain is worked upon every single day in our school through stories, role-play, group activities, and show & tell activities. Children are encouraged and taught to listen to and respect other's views and opinions. They are taught to differentiate between good and bad, to be aware of rules and positive discipline. At our School we work tirelessly to bring out the best out of children so that they can be the beautiful citizens that you want them to be.
f) Co-curricular Activities
Colour Day: To know and understand the various colour concepts, we celebrate various Colour days like Red day, Blue day, Green day, Pink day, and Yellow day.
Competitions: To develop confidence in public speaking, we have various competitions like rhyme, story telling, poem recitation competition in various languages like English, Gujarati, and Hindi.
To know and understand the importance of various festivals, we celebrate the festivals, so that children will understand the significance of festivals in our life by making them understand: how to celebrate the festivals, and activities related to the festival are also conducted. Various festival celebrations like Guru Purnima, Raksha Bandhan Dahi Handi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri, Diwali, Christmas etc. And of course Uttarayan celebration also takes place by kite flying. To understand and inculcate healthy food habits we had common tiffin day celebration like Fruit salad day, Pavbhaji day etc.
National Festivals like Independence Day and Republic Day are celebrated with great fervour. On that day the tiny tots dress up as freedom fighters.
Annual Sports Meet:
We have annual sports day celebration with great enthusiasm and various events related to sports and games take place which are age appropriate for kids.
G) Aesthetics and Fine Arts Appreciation
The Annual Prize Distribution ceremony is an occasion to acclaim the achievements of students who have attained excellence in academic and co-curricular spheres through their dedicated efforts and perseverance. Felicitating the achievers not only motivates them to set new benchmarks for themselves, but also spurs their peers on to aim for similar heights. It's absolutely true that success is a consequence of sustained hard work and determined efforts and the winners of the various special awards prove that they are focused a lot.
Finally, I can hardly tell you how blessed our school is to have such a wonderful, talented and cooperative staff. Without each one of my staff members, it would be impossible for me to guide this ship of our school to its destination. Thank you so much, dear staff members (teaching, non-teaching and maintenance personnels). Truly Lord Shree Swaminarayan has been so kind and gracious to us!