NO SCHOOL BAG
Students of Walnut School do not carry a bag. Over the years, we have found out what the students usually have to carry, and eliminated the need to carry those things through careful planning.
Students carry an empty folder to school and carry home worksheets from school every day. The sheets have information and exercises that they work on. The filed sheets gradually form the textbook and notebook at home.
Every period in Walnut School is in a different classroom. That means each room has interiors customized to teach that particular subject. So, the classroom becomes a learning aid too! It has the ambience of the subject. Students change classes as the period changes.
Children learn science in the Science Lab, Math in the Math lab and Social studies in the Social studies room! All this results in better learning and a very interesting school day. It also gives them a five minute break after each period, gets them moving and keeps them alert.
Hands on activities help the children develop real life skills. In addition to the core academics, children also pick up financial planning, current affairs, logic, strategy and foreign languages.
Clarity of thought, communication skills, conclusive ability and confidence greatly increases due to the exposure they get in the school. All these give students an edge above others when they become part of a larger group as they pass out from school.
Sometimes, children don’t quite pick up a concept in the classroom. Some need more attention, some need additional instructions in their mother tongue, some just need more time. However, if a weakness remains it affects future learning, especially in subjects like English and Mathematics. At Walnut, this extra time and attention is given to the students. That helps them understand the concepts and retains their interest. Even parents are coached in these sessions and are asked to sit with their child for one on one attention.
In a Walnut School Pune, we focus a lot on reading skills in the early years. If children can learn to read well then the transition in the later years to read to learn is not difficult. All the concepts that are to be taught are laid out by our planners and almost every classroom minute is mapped. So there is planning for every concept, every period, every activity – what to teach, how to teach, what to ask, how to evaluate, how to move ahead, how to revise and so on. This allows for a great variety of activities like role playing and analysis in history, fact finding and linking in geography, experiments in science or reviews in English.
All this is planned in advance, for each and every classroom period, even before the academic year begins. The teachers are carefully selected and briefed about every learning goal. With this level of planning, learning is always effective and on track.
We have an extensive library of eLearning material that we have created ourselves. The modules are short, intense and to the point. Each lesson is broken up into concepts and there are hosts of tests with multiple choice questions that the children can take on demand. That helps them learn at their own pace, revise and feel confident to handle all kinds of testing formats later. All these are available online and can be accessed from home too.
Arts education makes children more aware of their senses and emotions. It helps them express their ideas, feelings and experiences. Fine arts such as drawing, craft and sculpture help children develop aesthetic sense and perspective. Performing arts help the children get more control over their movements and bearing. Music encourages focused listening, concentration and attention. Dramatics and dance let the children experiment with movements and expression to communicate a range of emotions. Again, meticulously planned, the Walnut School way.
Physical fitness is very important for quality of life. The habit has to be developed at an early age. That is why in our school in the early years, physical fitness is part of the daily routine. A playground is where children understand the dynamics of teamwork, leadership and strategy. The urge to win and the grace to accept defeat and learn from mistakes go a long way in creating an individual geared for success.
Children do get some homework sheets as additional practice is needed to reach a certain skill level. However, as everything is already planned, the homework is precise, meaningful and concise. It doesn’t take the form where parents have to run around or sit up and finish projects for the children. The quantity of homework is also planned properly so that children have a regular, age appropriate dose.
Keeping parents in the loop is very important for the students’ success. Parents can log in to the school network and get regular updates about what and how the children are learning in class. They can also get updates on their mobile. There are regular parent teacher meetings every fortnight where parents can speak to teachers one on one. These meetings are usually on Saturday mornings so it is convenient for parents to attend. Detailed circulars give clear and precise information about the going-ons. That keeps parents informed and involved at all times and we can all work together for the benefit of our children.
A school exists for the benefit and well-being of the students. Parents, teachers and management all must work to achieve this goal. Parents have a healthy communication channel in the school but it may so happen that they wish to address their concerns to a higher authority or they want a better solution. For this, we have a team at our central headquarters that can be approached to address escalated grievances.
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