But with so many options to choose from, finding the right preschool can be a challenging, though exciting, proposition for parents. This has taken on added importance as society continues to grapple with the novel coronavirus and the challenges that it brings especially in Preschool education.
To help make choosing the right preschool a little easier for you and your family, we at SBIS wanted to outline some of the most important qualities that all great preschools have. All great preschools should have: a warm and comforting environment, passionate teachers and staff, active learning, child-friendly and safety facilities and a solid reputation in the community.
A preschool is often a child’s first experience away from both the home and parents’ loving care. It’s natural that you feel anxious and would like to have a first-hand experience of what it would be like, to work shoulder to shoulder with the classroom teachers to ensure a strong foundation for your child.
SBIS offers campus visits, school tour, interaction with Principal and staff, awareness of curriculum taught, a free classroom session, etc., which will sure put your fears to rest.
In present day circumstances, you can register for a virtual class which will help experience an actual class in progress. The school also gives an opportunity to interact with the faculty members. This will help evaluate your decision about where to enroll your child.
The key differentiator between a good and a great preschool is the passionate, caring, and qualified teachers and staff. Trained faculty is top priority at SBIS. It’s the Teachers who actually execute the curriculum and groom the little ones.
SBIS preschools keep an eye out for educators who speak kindly and respectfully with the children. These are the teachers who want your child to succeed and who will do everything in their power to keep them happy and healthy in the process.
Do look out for some of the most important qualities that a great preschool teacher will exhibit:
You may choose to consider asking the faculty and staff questions about:
The joy of learning and love of school in children start early and can flourish only in the right environment.
Young children learn best by doing or experiencing any activity through discovery and play. We call this play-way method of learning or active hands-on learning and this the important characteristic of our high quality SBIS preschool program.
Lots of reading time, arts and crafts, music, dance, exploring the natural world, outdoor play time, are all inclusive which are critically important to young children. In addition to this, laying the foundations of a solid education by exposing children to reading and writing, building curiosity through play, teaching empathy and problem-solving skills, helping children to learn important pre-academic skills and concepts like counting, recognizing colors and shapes, and building coordination and fine motor skills form our complete grooming program.
Safe and engaging facilities are very likely to rank high on your list before finalising on a preschool.
The health and safety of our Learners is of paramount importance at SBIS. We always make sure that the facilities are constantly evolving and being updated, and that the faculty and staff are well trained in safety measures.
Our smart and modern classrooms are full of screens, gadgets, and tools designed to teach children more effectively. Also, outdoor education is appealing with gardens and educational parks with age appropriate play equipment and infinite opportunities for your little one to wonder about the natural world.
The school facilitates well-kept health and hygiene centres as well. Seating areas are split up in the classroom with enough space between students. Classrooms are well ventilated and all of its contents (toys, desks, tables, books, etc.) are disinfected regularly. SBIS holds the health of its students as highly as you do.
Good word-of-mouth is the way many families narrow down their search for an excellent preschool program. Hearing from trusted friends about their good experiences is a great way to start the process. Do consider checking social media for regular updates about our school.
Some questions you may consider asking are:
At the same time, you may ask your acquaintances about what the school’s reaction to COVID-19 was, if their child was enrolled at the time. Questions like the ones below can help you gauge whether you are choosing the right preschool for your child.
SBIS adds colour, creativity and innovation in a child friendly environment, which is both stimulating and challenging where children can actively participate, grow mentally and physically, learning in a natural way. Differentiation in the styles of learning and giving ample opportunities to explore, experience and discover along with a sensitive environment which understands the unexpressed thought of the child and cares for his/her uniqueness and independence. We believe in collaboration with our parents involving them proactively in their child’s continuous learning process and also to be the core part of our school.
A Theme Based Approach is a way of teaching and learning, whereby many areas of the curriculum are integrated together within a theme. This helps a child understand that in the real world concepts are not compartmentalized but are instead inter-related.
Letter land was created to teach phonics using a story-based approach. The story logic engages students leading to long term retention of concepts. What's more, Letterland is wonderfully multi-sensory program which activates every learning channel through music, actions, alliteration, music and movement, art, games and role-play.
In our effort to ensure that a truly global citizen is in the making, we at SBIS offer various languages like Hindi, Marathi, French and Spanish.
At SBI we believe experiential learning provide learners with new opportunities for learning through actual experiences. Information is presented to learners in a way that meets different learning modalities. Excursions are a way of enhancing classroom learning by making real world connections.
The main objective of conducting a field trip for students is to reinforce experiential and contextual learning.
Show and Tell has numerous benefits for young learners. These experiences help to build effective communication and listening skills that are essential for a young child's learning. It also helps a child overcome his/her inhibition for public speaking and helps him/her to acquire strong oral skills.
They became known as the “Four Cs”:
fun sheets, circle time, pretend play, themes
2.Culminations & Events, Parents & teachers workshop, Guest lectures, Counselling sessions, News reading and Show N Tell sessions, Attendance time, Circle time
3.Sports & Performing art, skill based activities, group art n craft activities, buddy teaching, group based learning
Excursions, Do it yourself, Science exploration, Art & craft activities.
The SAP program is designed to provide our students with an opportunity to have enriching experiences beyond the regular school day. The primary goal of SAP is for students to have fun while learning important life skills and developing mastery of certain skills. The program is not competitively driven, but instead, is focused on exposing students to new experiences and enriching their lives. SAP will allow learners to try new experiences or participate in areas they are already passionate about. Each SAP activity aims to be learner centered.