Parental Concerns


  • At Seeds Learning is fun.....Every day is a celebration as we emphasize and strongly believe in learning by doing. Every day is thus a learning experience.
  • Personal attention, stress on good habits, etiquettes and extra help for children with learning difficulties are the special hallmarks of SEEDS.
  • Parents appreciate having the peace of mind, as it comes from knowing that children are being supervised and taught by caring and capable facilitators and support staff in a safe and happy environment.
  • SEEDS leave no stone unturned in providing colourful, attractive and well designed surroundings that every little one would look forward to.
  • Our Pre primary provides specially designed rich learning material and scope for creative activities such as Reading, Painting, Story Telling, Dressing Up, Make Believe Games, Scribbling Boards, Jumbles, Jigsaws, Building Blocks, Finger Painting, Clay Modelling, Paper Tearing, Folding and Pasting etc., Role playing Games in the Doll house Corner.....
  • These activities help the child in understanding people in different phases of life. He/she also expresses his imagination and aspirations for the future. The use of modern audio-visual aids such as T.V., V.C.R., Projectors build up interest and make learning easy.
  • Parents are oriented to pack healthy nutritious diet. Children who do not normally eat at home start eating with their friends. Thus, eating in peer group not only improves child's nutrition but also teaches good food habits and table manners.
  • There would be constant BUZZ going on in the pre primary. Momentum is high and each day is full and exciting, children follow a daily routine of activities designed to build specific skills but one day is never the same as the next.
  • A wide range of activities included in their schedule are - singing, listening stories, dramatics/ plays, group projects, nature walks and outdoor games etc. These activities provide opportunities for creativity, physical co-ordination, emotional maturity, practical and social skills.
  • Childhood is a time for fun and learning. Their minds are sharpened, energy channelized and potential fully developed through a variety of purposeful activities.
  • At SEEDS the total programme is Play Oriented. Through these play activities - children grow up making their own decisions and discoveries. Besides this, a climate of creativity is maintained throughout the year. Activities like painting, rhyming, singing, clay modelling, block building, fancy dress etc. are being organized in the school from time to time.
  • School celebrates various Events like-Republic Day, Children's Day, Teachers Day, Independence Day and Festivals like-Diwali, Ramzan, Christmas, Holi, Rakhi, Janam Ashtami, Dussehra etc. to give the right concept and appreciation of our diverse culture. Thus, though American style yet our roots are embedded in the rich Indian Heritage. Birthdays of the children are celebrated but distribution of gifts is not permitted.
  • The school organizes various functions and events in which parents & guests are always enthusiastic to participate & co-operate. Various competitions are also conducted for children of different age groups. The great success of our school events is the result of their encouragement, participation and positive spirit.


INNOVATIVE TEACHING

SEEDS provide the best possible environment for healthy development of young children with an integrated curriculum. This system neither imposes upon the child nor does it abandon him in total free play. It provides a carefully planned and structured environment in which the child grows and learns in a natural way. Following child-centered approach, the programme of the preschool is planned in such a way that it not only clarifies concepts, but also meets the various needs of the child as : -

Refinement of senses
- Gross motor development
- Fine motor development
- Language development
- Development of concepts
- Cognitive skill development
- Social development
- Personality / Psychological development
- Creative arts and music
- Practical life (Care of self and environment)

OUR FACILITATORS

  • Our teachers are a highly dedicated & professional team. All have the special qualities that distinguish a good teacher- patience and understanding. They are dynamic, relaxed and enthusiastic with the ability to create a friendly atmosphere in which the child can express himself and learn. They encourage the development of each child, by providing security and warmth, emphasizing self discipline more than authority and encouragement rather than punishment.
  • Teachers at SEEDS are carefully chosen having aptitude and experience to teach the young children. Never satisfied with the tried and tested, they delight in creating more effective ways to explore and share knowledge thus breathing life into their teaching, thereby, enabling our children to go beyond rote learning.
  • Our teachers are here because they love teaching, they love kids and they love SEEDS resulting in a dynamic, challenging, interesting and excitement filled atmosphere. All this is possible because of our continuous and comprehensive in-house orientation, education and training programme for teachers through self motivated school based activities.

 

Parenting is the most toughest of all the professions in the world as it involves a great amount of discretion. There is no one standard rule for all children. Different children may need different levels of attention, expression of love, and toughness. A true parenting is infact a personalized art. It demands a lot of customization. However, here are a few broad guidelines that help oneself to be a great parent.

1. Recognize The Gift:

Being a parent is the greatest gift of God. It is invaluable & incomparable to any other. Every experience is a treasure for life. It throws out abundant joys & perennial happiness. One has to be ever grateful for being gifted. Such an attitude of gratitude molds oneself to uphold the responsibility of being a parent very successfully. Yours shall be an inspiration for millions of others.

2. Give Them 'True' Love:

People misunderstand that loving their children is to cater to whatever they ask for. If you get them everything they ask for, it is stupidity. Isn't it? When you are loving, you can do just whatever is needed. When you truly love someone, you are willing to be unpopular and still do what is best for them.

3. Be a Role Model:

What parents want their children to be & what parents stand for should be intertwined & not the opposite ever. Parents should practice what they direct. Walking the talk is the key. Children who find the role model in their parent are very lucky.

4. Let Them Be Free:

Allowing children full independence facilitates them to explore what best they can be. They should be encouraged to KNOW MORE by questioning. The best gift that parents can give their children is - The Art Of Questioning. By learning to raise the right questions at the right time in the right manner & with the right person, children develop a great degree of awareness. Just by dumping them with info is of little value.

5. Nourish Their Natural Spirits:

Parents become great by spending quality time with kids which is to build their self confidence & encouraging them to share their mind without any fear or hesitation. By doing so, children will be inspired to be creative & innovative.

6. Expand Their Boundaries:

Let children know what they don't know but in the way they love to know. Story telling does magic. It connects children & parents very much emotionally. It makes an impact much more than a gift & it is the best gift which expands the boundaries of the thinking patterns of the children.

7. Make Them Taste Life:

What is life? This is the toughest question. Neither parents can answer in total. Children are more curious to know about- what life is & what is in store for them. Sharing about your childhood memories will help them taste what life is. It should always be a point that falling is normal but getting up is most important.

8. Make Them Future Ready:

Parents should not force children to do what they missed or dreamt doing in their lives but should facilitate children to be future ready. Parents should keep themselves updated about the futuristic trends & create facilities accordingly. One important thing to be kept in mind is that children are for the future and not for the past.

9. Positivity Prevails:

There shall be a gap between dreams & reality. Yet, parents have to be always positive about the bright future of their children. Children who are fed with positive parenting grow beyond the dreams of their parents. If one particular way doesn't work well for them, they will be able to create a much better way. So, be positive always.

Establishing Strong Family-School Communication

At SEEDS we look for creating a comfortable environment for our students and their parents by developing a healthy and strong School Family bond.

This article throws light on all the possible areas where we can work together to make our child's primary years a strong base for a flourishing future ahead.

We appreciate if you can spend some time to comprehend this article which is an eye opener to many issues unseen.

Children grow and develop at different rates. While their pathways through childhood differ, most pass a set of predictable milestones along the way. Stable, quality relationships between a child's family and other caregivers are essential.

As a parent you must…

  • Make sure the lines of communication with your child's teacher are wide open.
  • Look for opportunities to find out what's happening when your child is in group or at school.
  • Do not miss Group meetings and social events that are very helpful in creating a climate of families and teachers working together.
  • Attend regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences as a time to listen to what's really going on at school.
  • Parents have to intimate the front office and take the permission slip if they want to take their child during school hours.
  • Parent/ guardian have to be present near the drop point or else the student will be brought back to the school.
  • Parents can call the helpline number in case of emergency.
  • Need to take prior appointment in order to meet the class mentor/ Counsellor/ Center Head.
  • Return gifts on birthdays are not allowed. Students are allowed to come in civil dress and distribute candies (only). If interested they can donate a story book on their name to the school library.
  • Parents must send their children in complete school uniform. Dress code must be followed strictly.
  • It is mandatory for the parents to attend the PTM's in order to maintain a track of their child's progress. If missed- due to any emergency they are at liberty to fix an appointment with the respective class mentor on another working day.

 

 

 

 

 

Active Listening
Listening skills are the basis of communication. When you assume the role of active listener, you're communicating to whoever is speaking that you've heard him/her correctly, understood what he/she said, and that you care. During a parent-teacher conference, for example, always maintain good eye contact. Make sure you're not distracted or restless; instead concentrate on what the teacher is saying.

It's also important to let the other person know you understand what they're saying. Try to listen and rephrase what the teacher says to you. By restating her words with words of your own, you verify that you're listening and make sure you understand what he/she is saying. Be sure to ask questions to ensure that you completely understand the teacher's point of view.

Dealing with Anger
It's vital to establish rapport with your child's teacher. But how do you handle situations that result in angry feelings? The key is keeping the lines of communication open. There are ways to cope with angry feelings that can help you keep control of yourself and the situation. First of all, recognize that you're angry. Take a breath to regain control. Try to understand what you and the teacher are feeling and put these feelings into words. Control your reaction and give yourself time before you reply. One of the ways to maintain control is by recognizing your flashpoints, the kinds of issues or situations that especially bother you.

Families and Children in Crisis
During upsetting and difficult times, you can help your children cope by letting them know you support and care about them. First of all, tell the truth. Don't ignore the situation or pretend there's nothing wrong. Avoid unrealistic assurances. Listen to what your child is saying, and help him/her express his/her feelings and worries.

Keep in constant contact with your child's teachers so you can connect what's going on at school with what's going on at home. Play and creative activities are excellent outlets for a child to express her innermost thoughts and fears. Imaginative play, water play, and finger paint help children express feelings and relieve stress. Try not to overreact to tears or other upset behavior. Crying brings relief and it's helpful to your child.

It's the Little Things: Daily Routines
Daily routines provide wonderful opportunities for your child to learn more about himself/herself, the world, and other people. Daily routines offer children a sense of stability and a feeling of caring from their parents. Be sure that these routines are responsive to the individual needs of each of your children.

Separation Anxiety (especially while leaving your child at school)
There comes a point in almost every baby's life when she feels very strongly about being left by her parent. Often referred to as "separation anxiety," your child might sob frantically and seem inconsolable when separating from you. Your handling of separation anxiety is very important for your child's emotional well-being. Be sure to assure her with calm words and affection that you will return. Establish appropriate routines and responses that help your child overcome her fears. Security objects such as toys or stuffed animals can help her feel comfortable.

Attachment
The way you handle daily routines is especially important for younger ones. Be sensitive to your child's cues and talk to him, even though he may not be speaking yet. Establish routines that are based on your child's needs and try not to rush through daily tasks.

Meal time and Snack time
Children prefer plain, familiar food they can eat with their fingers. It's important that snacks vary from day to day and that snacks, drinks, and desserts are nutritious. Children eat at their own pace. Some children eat more than others do. Eating should be a shared and cooperative experience with foods served family style. Mealtimes are opportunities for your children to be independent by making choices about foods.

Toileting
Toilet-training, and self-toileting, your child will learn about her body, social customs, gender differences, and personal hygiene. It's important to convey a positive attitude to your child, being careful not to shame or humiliate her. Be sure to emphasize handwashing as a consistent part of the toilet routine.

Nap time and Bedtime
Nap time and bedtime can either convey warmth and security, or stress and turmoil to your child. Your child decides whether or not he/she sleeps, but you can create a relaxed environment. Sometimes it's hard for children to relax. You can help your child by setting a daily routine that is quiet, calm, and consistent. Try to create a restful mood by reading quietly, playing soothing music, and rubbing your child's back.

Every parent hopes that their children are developing a positive sense of self-worth. How your children feel about themselves is one of your greatest responsibilities and biggest challenges.

Hope you all stand for it!

 

  • School Timings: 8.30am- 3.40pm
  • Students' books and stationary to be labeled and wrapped neatly.Students should report to school by 8.30am sharp. (Exception for Nursery students in the initial stages -for a month)
  • Label the lunch bag, school bag, shoes, socks, tiffin boxes, napkins using a permanent marker especially for pre primary students.
  • For pre primary- Morning break-9.00am- 9.30am ( in case done with breakfast at home, can pack light snack)
  • Lunch- 12pm-1.00pm-Pack limited quantity as per your child's interest
  • Nap time for tiny tots:- 1pm - 2pm
  • Evening Break- 2.00-2.20- light snacks.

 

 

 

FOR PRIMARY

- I and II graders must have breakfast at home.
- Short break- 10.10am to 10.20am- light snacks./ Fruits
- Lunch Break- 12.20pm- 12.50pm
- Evening Break- 2.10pm-2.20pm
- First and third Saturdays are working for I & II graders (Full day)

  • Students' must carry their school diary every day and follow the class time table in order to maintain the backpack. (Easy to carry)
  • It's mandatory for the parents to fill in all the particulars mentioned in the students' diary. Diary communication to be acknowledged by the parents' every day.
  • Browse through your child's diary pages for a clear update about the school procedures.
  • Parents can communicate their concerns/suggestions/messages through the student's diary. The concerned mentors will call them in person or reply back through diary.
  • Parents have to intimate the front office and take the permission slip if they want to take their child during school hours.
  • Parent/ guardian have to be present near the drop point or else the student will be brought back to the school.
  • Parents can call the helpline number in case of emergency.
  • Need to take prior appointment in order to meet the class mentor/ Counsellor/ Center Head.
  • Return gifts on birthdays are not allowed. Students are allowed to come in civil dress and distribute candies (only). If interested they can donate a story book on their name to the school library.
  • Parents must send their children in complete school uniform. Dress code must be followed strictly.
  • It is mandatory for the parents to attend the PTM's in order to maintain a track of their child's progress. If missed- due to any emergency they are at liberty to fix an appointment with the respective class mentor on another working day.

 

 

 

 

Parent teacher bonding

A strong bond with a teacher is very beneficial.

Considering the amount of time children spend in school, forging a positive bond with the people responsible for him/her, the teacher has attained added importance. Also, these days, one's responsibility as a parent doesn't end at the school gates. An increasing number of schools today insist on parents being hands-on and as much a part of the schooling process as teachers are. Among the biggest benefits of a good parent-teacher bond is that the teacher will be more comfortable opening up to you and telling you about the issues your child may be facing and how you, as a parent, can help.

Here are some tips:

Make an appointment and visit, don't just show up:

Yes, teachers are more than open to meeting up with parents but remember, they have a job to do and a schedule to follow and can't be expected to be available at your disposal. Hence, instead of just dropping in unannounced, it's better to enquire about when the particular teacher you want to meet is free and inform him or her that you would like to visit and have a chat. This way not only will they be able to dedicate enough of time to you without the worry of rushing for a class, they will also be aptly prepared to discuss your child's progress or what's hampering with you precisely and clearly. And remember, be punctual.

Take a day out

Once in a while, it's a good option to dedicate a day to visiting your child's school. Have a chat with the Principal or the school counsellor. They are a good source of information on how your child is faring in school with regards to his/her behaviour, participation in extra-curricular activities, any positive or negative changes they may have noticed in your child lately, etc.

Don't always rush to your child's defence:

Just as you feel protective of your child, as teachers, they feel equally responsible for those under their care. Hence, don't rush to conclusions or accuse the teacher if he/she tells you something negative about your child. Instead, give them a patient hearing and let them explain their stand. Remember, constructive criticism is good for healthy growth. Consider this, too, as a kind of constructive criticism coming from someone who spends a lot of time with the child and hence, understands him/her just as well as you. Also, work with the teacher to find out the best way to help your child overcome his/her shortcomings.

Be a hands on parent:

Read the school letters/circulars/Diary communication. It will keep you updated on all the happenings and what to watch out for. Though most of it will be routine school work, there could just be some important details which your child may have missed out on telling you about. Also, as far as possible, attend Parent Teachers Meetings regularly. If you want to keep abreast of how your child is faring in school, this could be one of the best opportunities to do so. If you are really pressed for time and can't attend these meetings, writing to your child's teacher once in a while, enquiring about his/her overall progress, is a good option. This is another good way to help you stay updated on issues relating to your child.