The school where my kids study, In Jr. Kg they teach to write only Capital Alphabets and in Sr. Kg. small alphabets. Is it the same case with other schools or is this school very slow
Please be happy that the school is slow ...infact they re not ! Written work needs to begin not less than when the child is six ...am grappling with a school which expects my daughters to write english cap and small letters ...numbers 1-10 and hindi as well !!Shes not more than 3.6 years of age and is in Lower KG or nursery !
Later the better .....children need to enjoy writing and its best when its done slowly !
Scandinavian countries usually top the global 'best schools' chart. One reason is that children begin formal schooling only by the age of 7 but by the time they are 16, they are world toppers and go on to create giants like Nokia, Ikea, Ericson, etc.
Any day, later the better. In fact, try and get the words first and then move to letters over a period of time. Learning alphabet earlier doesnt make a child better in grasping the nuances of the language later.
Thanks for your replies. Really felt relieved. I was worried thinking the school is very slow.
Hi Srihamsa n others,
I share a similar note on what Srihamsa says here. This a small note that I had used for my Kid's School. Hope you guys find it useful!!
The teachers are respected; high talent is attracted into teaching; it is considered to be one of the most important professions.”
-Finnish Prime Minister
That’s the question posed by yet another great BBC radio documentary, entitled Top of the Class. There’s a ton of fascinating insights, some of them pretty counter-intuitive, into the devising an educational system that maps to a country’s social structure and policy. A few unexpected facts from the program:
Finland, according a major international survey, has the best educational system in the world. This study, in turn, comes on the heels of several others showing that Finland has the highest rate of teen literacy in the world, the highest percent of "regular readers," and the most "creatively competitive" economy. The BBC has devoted a whole series of features to looking at why this might be true.
The Finnish education minister says that heavy investments in education are a matter of economic survival for a small, affluent high-tech-based nation. Finland spends more per elementary, middle- and high- school student than any other nation on Earth, and comes in second on spending for higher education. School lunches, health care, most class materials and university tuition are all free.
Maybe it's the schools themselves. Students stay in the same school from about age 7 to 16. Schools are local, community-based affairs, with extremely low turnover in their teaching staffs and strong expectations on parents. Students are all expected to study languages, math and science (and in Finland, girls now outperform boys on science tests). Two thirds of them go to university.
On the other hand, maybe the secret is what they don't do: Finnish students spend less time in class than students in any other industrialized nation.
in 2003 Finnish came first in reading literacy, mathematics, and science, while placing second in problem solving. In tertiary education, the World Economic Forum ranks Finland #1 in the world in enrollment and quality and #2 in maths and science education.
Hi Srihamsa n everyone,
I came across this beautiful book "We, The Children Of India" by Leila Seth. (Publisher- Puffin. Price INR.150). Civics is not all that boring! Indian Constitution simplified with nice illustrations. Parents will love reading this book to their kids. Kids who are able to read will enjoy it as well. Do give a try!
Thanks for this info. Will try it out.
When I took a guest lecture for Class 7 in a school, on Civics, I was really stumped when I looked at the book. It talked of a lot of things which the children were barely familiar with. When they have never been inside of a govt office, or met any official - what is the point of talking about the executive and legislature. City children, in particular, live in a government-less world. It could be different in rural areas, where govt jobs are still prized.
We abandoned the book happily, talked about the need for law to maintain some order in human relationships, how laws have been changing through the centuries, then over a couple of classes arrived at the need for constitution, the mother of all laws. This was done essentially by taking them through the though process and making them come up with the need for a constitution. Then on a light score, we discussed the peculiarities of constitutions across the world - like that of the US saying that the President should be born in US territory. Had Obama been born in Kenya or Indonesia, outside US embassies, he would have never become the President! etc.
Having said that, I am still groping in the dark on how to deal with the issue for my 9-yr old daughter. This book might help.
I wish you were my History teacher!! History, Geography and Civics were my fav subjects besides languages. I would read my textbooks as if they were very interesting fiction!!:-)
I am looking at titles in Tamil, Kannada, Hindi for kids(5+). Please suggest if you come across any.....
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