India Preschool Ranking 2014
Subject: Birthday Celebrations at Ardee
We all welcome a break from the school routine to recognize birthdays, special achievements and cultural events. Because of concern over student allergies and food safety, as well as overloading students with treats, Ardee now has specific guidelines about celebrations at school.
Given below are few guidelines to make birthday celebrations a success and also to help your child to respect rules at school.
We request you to adhere to the guidelines so that the children are able to build happy memories of their special day.
We hope to make the celebration a pleasant experience for you and your child.
Thanks a lot for your cooperation in advance.
|Subject: THE ARDEE SCHOOLS boycott Children’s Day celebrations|
|Notice: TASD\NOV 2016\8|
Ishan: Mom can I go out and play?
This is the voice of a child in NCR on the eve of Children’s Day 2016. We fooled the children once, promising them a healthy childhood. Are we now readying ourselves to fool them again by celebrating Children’s Day?
Our children are aware kids. They deserve honesty. They deserve better. They want clean air to breathe and no celebration.
In continuation with the environmental protest pioneered by the organisers of my right to breathe which included Ardee schools at Jantar Mantar on 6th November 2016, we further move to create awareness in finding solutions to combat this toxic environment.
As a mark of protest THE ARDEE SCHOOLS boycott Children’s Day celebrations. The present situation is for mourning not for celebrations. The children will only plant a sapling as a mark of silent protest. When there is a state of emergency, famine due to lack of clean air and unnatural conditions there is no call to celebrate. It's a call of protest, a call for awakening.
Marvelous THE ARDEE SCHOOL, Delhi & Noida touch another milestone
The schools were recognized as the best among eminent pre schools in Delhi and NCR. It was a moment of pride and honour for Captain (retired) Archana Singh, Principal of the Ardee World School, Sector 100, Noida, and Ms Pooja Bhatia, H.O.D at the Ardee School, Sujan Singh Park, New Delhi, to receive this award from Brahmam KV, Chief Editor of BrainFeed, a monthly educational magazine. They received the award on behalf of President (Education] & Trustee, Ardee World School, Ms Chanda Raisinghani and chairperson Ms. Shefali Varma. We take this opportunity to pay our gratitude and heartfelt thanks to all the parents of Delhi, Noida, Gurugram and Goa for their warm support and continuous cooperation with the faculty and management to keep up the good work and to raise the ardee banner high in the field of education and training.
THE ARDEE SCHOOL, Delhi, awarded No.1 Pre-primary Montessori school in Delhi and ranked No 10 in India for the same category by a survey conducted by Education Today.
Award function was organised at Bangalore and Ms Kripa Desai, Principal of Ardee school, Goa attended received the awards on behalf of Ms Chanda Raisinghani.
Greetings for the day!
This is Aditi Shorey, Saanvi Shorey's Mother. I feel delighted and more than Happy to congratulate you on the Success of THE ARDEE SCHOOL. It is your effort and presence in the Institution creating wonders which is getting Acknowledged so well. I was always Overwhelmed for having Saanvi be a part of your school.. Your Success adds to my Happiness.
Wishing you all the Success and a wonderful year ahead.
Love and Regards
Sharing : Montessori’s definition of discipline
I was preparing for my philosophy class at our teacher training center and I have edited some notes which I feel may appeal to some parents. "Discipline" is a problem all face and I share with you, why most of our children behave like mini adults, and so disciplined at school. You have seen that we do not exercise any scolding or strict discipline, instead give a lot of freedom. It is this more of freedom and no " talking to" that results in positive behavior. read more
A Parenting mail on Redirecting Unwanted Behaviour Versus Distracting a child in the Montessori Environment.
In our day to day dealing with our young ones, sometimes we wonder what’s the right approach to guide and motivate them.
Many of us just distract our children when we see them doing something wrong. Here is a Montessori way of dealing with your children to guide them properly by redirecting them towards the correct way, rather than just distracting them from what they are doing wrong.
The biggest difference is in the approach. Redirection involves guidance; distraction merely diverts attention.
Let’s look at a few examples and see if we can tell the difference:
1. Ria gets upset and cries when Mommy leaves for work. As Mom closes the front door, Ria’s caregiver gives Ria a toy and says, “Look at this pretty toy.” Redirection or distraction?
This is distraction. There is no acknowledgment of Ria’s feelings and the toy is unrelated to the event.
2. Ishan likes working with the small hammer that he uses with his peg board. He starts to use the hammer on his puppy. Mom says, “Ishan, you may only pound your peg board with the hammer. You may not use it on the puppy.” She guides him back to the peg board. Redirection or distraction?
This is redirection. Mom takes the time to guide inappropriate behavior back to appropriate conduct.
3. Maleeka is toddling over to touch the big screen TV. Grandma picks up her keys and starts jangling them loudly to get Maleeka’s attention. Redirection or distraction?
This is distraction. Grandma is hoping the noisy keys change Maleeka’s behaviour without having to talk about not touching the TV.
4. Kavir is on the verge of a tantrum in the middle of the shopping mall. He has missed his nap, he is hungry, and he wants to go home. Mom grabs a lollipop out of her purse too soothe him. Redirection or distraction?
This is distraction. The lollipop has nothing to do with Kavir’s desire to go home. It merely stops the behaviour until the lollipop is gone.
5. Amee and Tara are running around the house chasing each other. They are having a good time, but they are in danger of knocking something over and getting hurt. Dad tells them that we run outside and walk inside. He suggests either playing a board game together or going outside and playing chase. Redirection or distraction?
This is redirection. Dad clearly states what the rules and limitations are and offers two alternative choices.
The purpose of redirecting behaviour is not to distract the child from their original intent with something unrelated; it is meant to direct the intent toward a more appropriate outlet or application. Redirection always offers alternative choices that correspond to the original behaviour.
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A Love of Learning
Three year old children are now able to have more control with their fine motor skills and have more understanding and heightened curiosity about the world. Parents as the educators can pass on values with small activities and help the child increase their self confidence in their daily lives.
The following are a few general examples to be implemented in the home.
(Not) Watching TV
- Read a bedtime story every night even if it is only a short one. Make it a routine as it will also help children settle down at night.
- Tell true stories at bed time instead of reading for variety of bedtime routine.
- Avoid using the TV as a babysitter. Limit the amount of time spent watching TV and videos etc. Set limited times when your child is allowed to watch TV.
- Teach your child how to turn off the TV. Allow them to self-regulate as to when it is enough to be sitting in front of the TV.
- Turn TV off when family is having meals. This is setting a good example of when to watch TV and allows for dinner conversation.
- Take time to walk at your child’s pace when outdoors/in public.
- When outdoors, spend time talking and looking at things along the way. Name things along the way to help your child’s vocabulary.
- Use this time to share news regarding things that are related to family/friends, people and things that are important to you and your child.
- Practice traffic drill when walking.
- Help your child to know the meaning of traffic light colours.
- Encourage the child to put each activity or toys away when completed or finished playing with them. They do this at school.
- Encourage the child to be physically active as it leads to a feeling of well-being and helps promote good muscle tone and strong heart and helps deals with stress. It also helps them sleep better.
- Encourage the family to exercise together dancing to favourite music, swimming at the closest aquatic centre or in your pool, kicking a ball at the.
- Encourage respect for the environment.
- Involve the child in caring for the garden. Allow them to plant a small herb garden. Use the herbs to add taste to foods. This can also encourage them to eat the foods since they were involved in the preparation of the food.
- Children can do small tasks that help develop respect for the environment by carrying the household compost to the compost bin or carry out the papers to the recycling bin.
- Discourage waste for example, remind children to use one piece of paper for drawing and to use the other side as well. A chalkboard is less wasteful.
Forming good eating habits
- Encourage the child to eat using child size cutlery. This can help them eat independently and gain confidence.
- Encourage healthy eating habits to lessen the chance of diet related diseases by offering some children prefer raw vegetable. Offer sticks of carrot or celery. Offering a variety is good.
- Plenty of wholegrain cereals such as breads, rice, pasta and noodles.
- Lean meat, poultry and fish.
- Offer milk, yoghurt and cheese.
- Encourage children to drink water instead of juice or cordials or soft drinks contain sugar, preservatives intake.
- Choose foods low in salt.
- Expect the child to try new food but don’t insist that they eat it if they don’t like it.
- Introduce foods repeatedly and they might one day change their mind and give it a try or even like it.
- When at the dinner table ask questions and show interest in your child’s day.
How to encourage self esteem
- Tell them that you love them.
- Take time to listen to them and talk to them.
- Spend time with them.
- Help them to find the solutions to problems.
- Encourage them to follow their interests.
- Display their work in the home.
- Celebrate their achievements and milestones even small ones.
- Allow your child to choose between two appropriate sets of clothing.
- Allow ample time for the child to dress themselves in the morning.
- Help them to learn their surname address and phone number.
- Observe the child and become aware of their interests, so that you can provide challenge.
- Be friendly with error and remember that learning happens when a child is able to attempt a new activity with encouragement from adults.
- When dealing with errors in grammar, no need to correct but one may repeat the sentence correctly to avoid humiliation for the child. It will keep the experience positive rather than having the feeling of being corrected / rebuked.
- Give the child positive feedback and resist saying you did that the wrong way. Correct by setting the good example.
- Remember it is the process of learning that is important not the product.
- Encourage a love of music as music is wonderful to help with stress as a way of relaxation.
- You could give the child access to a saucepan and wooden spoon or other kitchen paraphernalia that are safe.
- Implements that are kept in a special place in the kitchen to be used for percussion, (tapping sticks, tubes etc.)
- Pick your child up and dance with them in the kitchen (if it’s big enough).
- If your lifestyle permits take a child to group music lessons which are fun (Yamaha do them using keyboard) children pick up music skills very quickly if you start at about 4-5 years.
- If the child has a 2nd language spoken in the home, take them to Saturday language school.
- Use everyday activities such as driving to school/day care to play games such as “I Spy” to help children learn their sounds.
- Encourage children to play board games such as Junior Scrabble and Junior Monopoly. They will need a lot of help initially but this will help them to learn to take turns. Board games teach children a range of skills such as counting and word building and are good alternative to watching TV.
- A chalkboard and chalk is an ideal way for children to practice drawing and writing as errors are so easy for them to erase.
- Provide children with a variety of simple toys not an overwhelming number of elaborate expensive ones. Pack things away and rotate them so children can manage to tidy their toys away with very little help.
- Children this age would enjoy puzzles, simple construction toys, simple musical instruments, play dough, plasticine, crayons, country pencils, puppets and books.
- They love to create cubbies using old cardboard boxes, etc. Save old cardboard boxes for creative activities and such.
Inspire curiosity, creative thinking, and joy along your child's path to greater knowledge
As adults, we can inspire and encourage a love of learning in our children, but we can't really teach it. We can do far more good by creating an environment of support — both at home and at school — in which children can develop their own ideas, express feelings, take chances, make choices, share their opinions, and most of all, grow to be strong individuals.
· A Lifelong Process
Very early in life children begin exploring the world with their bodies, senses, and developing skills. They intuitively know how to take the smallest observation, object, or surprise and turn it into a meaningful experience. Best of all, they are curious! Children want to find out the "who, what, where, when, how, and why" of everything around them. As parents, we serve our children well by encouraging their inquisitive natures, because curiosity is the primary motivating factor for seeking knowledge.The montessori method respects the child's sensor- motor stage. We offer in school learning designed to enhance his/her senses. This area of learning is called " Sensorial" which is listed in the curriculum we give you in hard
· It All Begins at Home
Creating a home climate that invites investigation, creative thinking, and collaboration lays the foundation for quality learning experiences. When you provide plenty of time and space for open-ended play every day, you create opportunities for your child to really feel the joy of learning. But it's important to remember that fostering a love of learning is not just about the materials or activities you provide, but rather your own responsive, inquisitive attitude toward learning.For home schooling just remember you don't have to teach your child alphabet or numbers. Instead give them
Manipulative - where hand & mind work together- this helps gross motor movement which is necessary for pencil holding, balance of body etc.
Allow them to take long walks and carry things in their hands. Read stories to
them. Sing rhymes in good clear language. Point out things animate &
inanimate which are around them.
One of the easiest ways to deepen your child's thinking is to have meaningful
conversations about his activities. When you ask great questions and invite
discussion, you help him construct his own learning. In other words, it's not just
what your child plays; it's what you and he say, think, and feel about the play.
What Teachers Want You to Know
All teachers have their own unique approach to teaching, but all of them want the children they teach to come to school happy, healthy, and ready to learn. Children need to have their basic needs met before they can even begin to think about learning. That means good nutrition (particularly a healthy breakfast and snack), plenty of exercise (some time at the park after school), and lots of love (make time for hugs and conversations)!
· How to Support What Your Child Learns in School
One of the first things you can do to support your child's learning at home is to communicate with your child's teacher to find out what's going on in the classroom.
We have a open house each month . Do attend it so you can have fruitful discussions with the teachers.
What is being studied? What stories are being shared? What are your child's favorite activities in class? Then give him the space and time to explore and play. If you strictly control how your child spends his time, you limit his chances to make decisions and experiment with new materials and ideas.
By knowing what interests your child and how he learns best, you will be able to help him build skills in the context of his strengths. For example, rather than ask your child to "work on his letters" when he would rather be playing with his cars, invite him to draw pictures, make signs for his car and roads, license plates, car names, or anything that involves letters, words, and cars!