Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,
Ashraya’s Community / Site Crèches have been running in an efficient manner.
This quarter, our skilled and caring crèche teachers carefully planned and executed many activities. Like traditional pre-schools, we do focus on development. Learning through play is our valued concept. In a city like ours, where open spaces are a constraint, we are also happy to be able to provide a garden brimming with play equipment and play ground for outdoor activities.
In an environment that is clean, vibrant and positive, amongst caregivers that are affectionate, we provide creative and warm care for children from underprivileged backgrounds.
Our day is a structured one and we follow the same basic schedule each day. Specific activities are planned and encouraged to develop fine motor skills, gross motor skills, perceptual discrimination, cognitive development and social and emotional development. A typical day includes:
Language and Vocabulary Development:
When playing with other children or adults (Teachers, Volunteers, Interns, Crèche helper etc) vocabulary and language skills are fostered.
· Circle Time - also called group time, refers to any time that a group of children are sitting together for an activity involving everyone. It is a special time to share finger plays, rhymes, songs, read a story, and participate in movement games and relaxation activities. Circle time provides a time for listening, developing attention span, promoting oral communication, and learning new concepts and skills. It is a time for auditory memory, sensory experiences, socialization, and a time for fun.
· Vehicles and Animals- Playing with cars, trucks and trains as well as animals provides for many new vocabulary words as children learn the names of each, what they do, what they eat or where you can find them.
· Soft toys and Dolls- Playing with a soft toy or dolls allows children to reenact what happens in their everyday life, using the words and phrases they hear.
Imagination and Creativity:
Children who are not given frequent opportunities to play may have a difficult time entertaining themselves as they simply do not know what to do without instruction.
· Arts and Crafts: Arts and crafts activities stimulate children’s imagination and creativity, helping with physical and mental development.
· Storytelling, Music and Movement: Reading, songs and rhymes are a very important for the development of young children. They not only help with using and understanding words but arouse an interest in these areas. Children love songs and rhymes with actions. This encourages them to be involved in group activities. In participating they not only learn the song but the actions too; both of which need skill and lots of concentration to put the two together at the same time.
We believe that physical activity and movement enhances fitness, fosters growth and development, and helps teach children about their world. In addition to the health benefits of physical activity, movement is an integral part of a young child's life and education.
Playground Time - Children's play unlocks their creativity and imagination, and develops reading, thinking, and problem solving skills as well as further develops motor skills. It provides the base foundation for learning.
Events: Teachers' training workshop
Teachers play a vital role in the overall development of the students. Teachers are responsible for imparting academic knowledge, and are also responsible for inculcating the right values and principles to students. It is very important to have professionally qualified trained teachers to ensure the right development of students.
An Effective Training Techniques - training workshop was conducted by Ms. Indira Ganapathy on 17th of September 2013 for 10 Crèche Teachers. It was a way of celebrating Teachers’ day productively.
To make the classes interesting and fun for the children
To help manage issues relating to children’s behavioral problems
To make simple craft works that can make learning fun.
The workshop introduced teachers to creative ways and methods of teaching, addressed common problems faced by teachers such as dealing with limited attention span of children. It also involved group activities and games for the teachers which helped team building.
Overall, the workshop was a fun experience coupled with lot of learning and boosted their confidence to continue as effective teachers.
The month of November is a special month for all the children. As this month we celebrate Children’s Day on 14th November in memory of the First President of India Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru or lovingly called as “Chacha Nehru”s Birthday.
All the crèche had great fun. They celebrated Children’s day by playing games, colouring and drawing.
Regular monitoring and feedback
The Social worker made regular visits in this quarter to monitor and evaluate the functioning and maintenance of the crèches. The doctor also paid monthly visits to the crèches to monitor the general health of the children.
PTA’s are conducted periodically to discuss the performance of the children and to sensitize the families on the various measures of precautions.
The month of October India was hit by a cyclone named Lehar. This affected the weather in Bangalore city as well. This quarter has been extremely cold and chill; hence the teacher had to educate the parents to ensure the children wore warm clothes to protect their children from falling ill.
Teachers and volunteers have been regular to their classes. Volunteers have been an immense help in areas like teaching and conducting the extracurricular activities.
It is reiterated to all crèche teachers to achieve the goal of stimulating children’s overall development, to promote their academic success, to ensure to increase their intellectual abilities, support their linguistic development by providing high-quality learning experiences.
On behalf of the entire Ashraya staff and Board Members I would like to thank you for your support. Your support and positive comments are the fuel that keeps us moving forward.
Appreciate all your support!
Thanks and Regards,