Ready? One …Two… Three…

18 Jul

In most families parents think up names of kids even before they are born. The name of the school they want their wards to enter are also in their minds.Most often kids are trained  to tell the name of their future school as soon as they are able to speak !In houses where  there are  already school going children the   little ones claim to know who is going to be their teacher too!

The reason for this post is to begin a process of physically and mentally training the kid in preparation for the ‘sambhrama’ of ‘actual going’ to school. I don’t mean ‘teaching’ the letters of the alphabet, colours in the rainbow ,names of the President /PM/ministers,os rhymes etc. I mean training the child to be ready for the process of going out of the house at fixed times ,following a routine for eating,playing and learn basic things in personal hygiene.

In our school,like in all Kendriya Vidyalayas we have very simple prerequisites for admission to Class I.The child should have completed five years as on September 30 of that year in which she is seeking admission.We don’t ask for any prior knowledge /kindergarten education. We conduct school readiness programme for six weeks.
Under this programme, we teach children reading readiness, writing readiness,basic hygiene .This is very useful for first generation learners and to those where parent is semiliterate.
To be continued…


13 Responses to “Ready? One …Two… Three…”

  1. mouna July 18, 2007 at 12:31 pm #

    that’s wonderful. kuds to all the kendriya vidyalaya!
    it’s disappointing to see parents fret about children who cannot get the hang of rhymes, colours, fruits, vegetables… etc. burdening the tiny tot is sad… but the situation demands, and not everybody can access the exceptional schools.

  2. some body July 18, 2007 at 3:04 pm #


    are you sayin that kendriya vidyalayas are not exceptional?

    – s.b.

  3. December Stud July 18, 2007 at 7:08 pm #


    I thought Mouna was sahying the exact opposite. She was praising KV’s wasn’t she?

    On that note, I guess it is the charm of the CBSE schools (or the way they have the whole setup). My school was certainly ranked as one of the top schools in the country. What was different was that we were never given home work, extra curricular activites were given more importance (more than studoes, seriously) and obviously nobody had the pressure to get a “rank” in 10th standard. From how much I know, most of my classmates are doing wonderfully well in life.

    It’s really not how fast yoru kid can solve math problems or construct English sentences. parents should realize that there is so much more than that as far as growth and development is concerned. Oh well, it’s still a long way for me to become a parent, but I guess I should be prepared anyway 😉

  4. Lakshmi July 19, 2007 at 1:58 am #

    Well I am not a KV student, but was a good info to know. I am planning to send my boy to school from next year in India. I think I must look into KV. I had heard that the intake policies in KV’s are stringent. Being in Singapore the schools here teach children in a totally different way. I mean they have more fun, activities and they learn thro them. There is no homework, no exams. I was just wondering whether or not my kiddo will do well in India (though he is only 5yrsold!)

  5. some body July 19, 2007 at 3:31 am #


    here is what i think mauna meant: “kvs are great because they are trying to accommodate the lowest denominator of students by prepping them for school readiness. that way, even students who cannot be accepted by ‘exceptional schools’ – after all, not everyone will get admitted to those schools – can get educated.”


    is this what you meant, or did d.s. interpret your comment better?

    – s.b.

  6. mouna July 19, 2007 at 12:21 pm #

    @ sb, my, my you twist your words :p
    what i meant is this: kvs’ and a bunch of other schools are exceptional with emphasis on extra curricular activities and the likes, and not many kids can join such schools.

    @ ds, thanks!
    i think the trend is not restricted to cbse schools. icse schools also belong to this category. all schools which follow ‘central syllabus’ so as to say. i’ve heard a few schools which do follow the state syllabus, and follow this practise.

  7. neel3 July 19, 2007 at 5:41 pm #

    @s.b ,mouna,D S : KVs are the superbrands in education!!
    Your ‘debate’ has proved it. . 😉

    @Lakshmi:In KVs an activity -based learning is followed throughout. Classe I and II don’t have exams/tests.
    There is a grading system followed till the VIII.No ranks ( sanity of parents guaranteed!!) 🙂

  8. rk July 20, 2007 at 3:12 am #

    thanks for this post neel. proud to be a KV product (KV Malleswaram, to be precise).

    by the way, just want to change this old proverb “where there is a will there is a way” into:
    Where there is Some Body, there’s everybody! 😉

  9. neela July 20, 2007 at 11:24 am #

    I always consider KVMB-3 (KV Malleshwaram,Bangalore 3 !! )as MY school though I have studied in four more!

  10. neela July 20, 2007 at 1:53 pm #

    please see this

  11. bachodi July 28, 2007 at 5:37 pm #

    “The child should have completed five years as on September 30 ” is a stupid rule isnt it ? parents change kids date of birth .. simple solution

  12. Sanjay M August 26, 2007 at 2:43 pm #

    as a new parent, found this post quite useful, look forward to sequels 🙂

  13. Sanjay M August 26, 2007 at 2:44 pm #

    ROFL @ RK’s new proverb :mrgreen:

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