My Long Search ended at Pragnya Montessori
I started searching for my son (3 years old) education 2 months backâ€¦ For conventional corporate like education there are many good schools like Kennedy, Chirec, Meridian etcâ€¦.. I donâ€™t know in what attributes they are goodâ€¦. We took decision to look out for alternate education system (Montessori, Waldorf, Gurukul) for him wherein he wonâ€™t be a part of RAT RACE and will be developed Holisticallyâ€¦..
We have visited below schools which claims to be based on Montessori Methodologyâ€¦..
1) Sloka Kindergarten(Jublee Hills)
2) Sri ram Montessori (Jublee Hills)
3) Pebble creek (AS Rao Nagar Secunderabad & Thumkunta)
4) Taraporevalla Montessori House (Kavuri Hills)
5) Cremon Montessori(Ayappa Society)
6) Global India International (MadinaGuda)
7) Pragyan Montessori (Pragati Nagar)
8) Voxpop International(Kukatpally)
9) Little Scholars Montessori(Kukatpally)
10) Blue Blocks(Gachiboli)
First I would like to put my crisp thought on comparison of Waldorf and Montessori.
In Waldrof teaching is purely is fairy tale basedâ€¦ child will be taught everything by using diverse fairy tale rhythmsâ€¦ It will put child into an imagination world and will try to uncover the potential of imagination power of kidâ€¦. Like they will teach one number as â€œthere is only one sunâ€â€¦ Two are parentsâ€¦. The imagination power in child develops at age of 6 so it looks inappropriate to teach him in an imaginative wayâ€¦ in this method teaching is governed by teacher and kids followsâ€¦.It is more like an Artistic way of teachingâ€¦ group activity in Waldorf are at maximumâ€¦. Kid will learn sharing in easy waysâ€¦.
Montessori is purely based on the real practical lifeâ€¦ no or very minimum concept of imaginative fairy tale up to age 6â€¦ child will be introduced to classical practices to learn everything in a practical mannerâ€¦. In this method child chooses his own activity as per his likes or dislikesâ€¦ than teacher need to followâ€¦ it will develop tremendous leadership qualitiesâ€¦ group activity in Montessori is at minimumâ€¦.
Now coming to Brief Reviews of schools which we have visitedâ€¦..
Sloka Kindergartenâ€¦. School management is very goodâ€¦. All certified teachersâ€¦ good environment for kidsâ€¦ parents who are convinced by Waldorf methodology may opt for this school with closed eyes alsoâ€¦. Their aziz nagar campus is awesomeâ€¦ (I was not convinced by the fact that Sloka uses a lot of stories from Bibleâ€¦ when I asked are they using ramayan stories also.. they clearly said NOâ€¦.).. Sorry for being rough hereâ€¦.
Sri ram Montessoriâ€¦.. Very very good setup of Montessori materialsâ€¦ Head Mistress is very good in discussions.. she will explain you everythingâ€¦ I felt positive energy in their campusâ€¦.. Parents who are staying nearby to sriram may opt for this school if they like montessoriâ€¦. I rejected this school because of only one reasonâ€¦ â€œThere was a big noise of construction going in adjacent vacant plotâ€
Pebble Creek Montessoriâ€¦.. a Big Yes to this schoolâ€¦ Specially thumkunta Campusâ€¦. Everything is positiveâ€¦ staff.. Montessori materialâ€¦teachers attitudeâ€¦ the silent campusâ€¦. They have playground.. basket ball courtâ€¦ It is very far from kukatpally and we am working in Banjara Hillsâ€¦ so decided not to go for itâ€¦.
Taraporevallaâ€¦ Kavuri Hillsâ€¦. Setup is averageâ€¦. I find deficiency of light and proper air at the play/study areaâ€¦ I personally didnâ€™t liked itâ€¦ no grudges to school managementâ€¦ they are cooperativeâ€¦
Cremon Montessoriâ€¦. This school doesnâ€™t look even like a schoolâ€¦. No board outside school.. it is hiddn behind big bushâ€¦.very old kind of buildingâ€¦ I didnâ€™t go insideâ€¦ sorryâ€¦.
Global India Internationalâ€¦ Madinagudaâ€¦ They claim to be a Montessori based school but when you dig out more while discussing with principle you will come to know that it is a pure conventional school which follows same practices as other schoolsâ€¦. I decided to give a visit to classroomsâ€¦ deficiency of light and airâ€¦. Not good setupâ€¦. They showed me a Montessori based lab which I checked and found that most of the materials were not as per Montessoriâ€¦. This school is trying to mix Montessori and conventional education which is not possible at allâ€¦. Principle looks very inclined towards typical conventional education methodâ€¦.. Decided not to go for itâ€¦.
VoxPop Internationalâ€¦ Kukatpallyâ€¦. Self Proclaimed Montessori school but using conventional teaching methodologiesâ€¦. Primary classed runs from a flat with hazy environmentâ€¦. Classes were completely dark without lightâ€¦. I just stepped out immediatelyâ€¦.
Little Scholars Kukatpallyâ€¦. They have good setup but seems lacking in extracurricular activitiesâ€¦.. Reason for not choosing it â€œbathrooms were not clean.. They were dirtyâ€¦ and drinking water bottle was placed just outside the bathroomsâ€â€¦.
Blue Blocks Gachiboliâ€¦.. Most hyped Montessori School in Hyderabadâ€¦.. They conduct orientation sessionâ€¦ parents need to attend two orientation sessions.. is it okâ€¦. I thought of taking the feedback from parents whose kids are studying in this schoolâ€¦ I went in morning and took feedback from many parentsâ€¦. 80% of them saidâ€¦ it runs like a corporate houseâ€¦.. once you give the fees they will not listen youâ€¦..
Pragyan Montessoriâ€¦.pragathi nagarâ€¦. Reviews about principle of this school is very negativeâ€¦.. I found that all negative reviews about principle is from a single parents who posted them everywhere on internetâ€¦. So I decided to give it a chance thinking that there might be some personal clashed between those parents and principleâ€¦.. I called Principle.. his name is Siva Kumarâ€¦ he told me to come at Sharp 10AMâ€¦ I said OKâ€¦ we went there Sharp at 10AMâ€¦. It really looks like a schoolâ€¦ a small playground in frontâ€¦ organized building structureâ€¦. Non polluted environmentâ€¦ it was airy and full of bright natural light which was inducing positive energy into environmentâ€¦.
There were 4 more parentsâ€¦ he started asking what do you know about your child? What you want from school? How do you behave with him? I answered allâ€¦. For meâ€¦ these are natural questionsâ€¦. We actually liked the way principle talked to usâ€¦.. he was focusing more on behavior area of a child which is good to knowâ€¦..We visited activity area and found that Montessori Material were very good and staff response was also very goodâ€¦. There are two environments of Primary Montessoriâ€¦ This is the only Montessori school in India who is taking up children up to class XIIâ€¦
Thanks for a detailed information on montessori schools. My son is 5years and we will be moving from US. Currently he is a montessori school here. Do u think instead of going for intl school, montessori would be a good choice in India, at least for initial 1/2 years?
Aditya, You can go for Little Scholars Montessori House of children, Miyapur. It is awesome, they follow the real Montessori method.
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