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Nursery schools adopting child-friendly methods

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COIMBATORE, MARCH 20. Most nursery schools in Coimbatore have opted for teaching methods that making it easier for young children to socialise with other children.

The effort to be child-friendly begins right from the admission interview, during which the school authorities speak to the child and his or her parents in a stress-free atmosphere.

In some of the nursery schools, the admission process began as early as November last year, so that all the applicants could be screened and interviewed well in advance of the start of the academic year. The more-sought-after schools received two to three applications per seat. Most of the schools that had faced no difficulty in attracting students were quite willing to talk about the teaching methodology they followed in the classroom.

"There are certain skills that a child is expected to exhibit by the time he or she is three years old, all of which show that the child is ready for school," Hema Ravikrishnan, president of the Coimbatore branch of the Indian Association for Pre-school Education, told The Hindu.

She was not in favour of the way in which some play-schools "drilled" the children to learn numerals and alphabets, at an age when they could not grasp the concept of numbers or letters. Young children should not be asked to recite nursery rhymes that they had memorised, but should be encouraged to talk naturally about whatever they wanted.".

Ms. Ravikrishnan, who is also the principal of Kikani Matriculation School, said that during the admission interviews, the accent had been on speaking to the child and listening to him or her, and ensuring that the parents were aware of how they could help the child at home.

"Nowadays even lower middle class parents seek private nursery schools. Even if the parents are not well educated, we ask them to sit with the child every day and ask about what happened in school. When the child repeats what he or she learnt, it acts as a form of revision," said C. Natarajan, Principal, Shri Nehru Vidyalaya.

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