The development of academic, language, physical development (motor) and social/emotional skills are closely related says Ms. Uma Pratap, Pre-Primary Co-ordinator, Samsidh MLZS- Vidyaranyapura
What is Physical development?
Motor skills are movements and actions of the muscles. Typically, they are categorized into two groups:
Gross motor skills and Fine motor skills.
Gross motor skills are involved in movement and coordination of the arms, legs, and other large body parts and movements. They participate in actions such as running, crawling, swimming, etc.
Fine motor skills are involved in smaller movements that occur in the wrists, hands, fingers, and the feet and toes. They participate in smaller actions such as picking up objects between the thumb and finger used for holding the pencil and writing.
These two motor skills work together to provide coordination.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development :
What is PSED and why is it important?
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) are three building blocks of future success in life. They are closely linked to each other and often bracketed together as one area of learning and development.
• Personal development (Being me) – how we come to understand who we are and what we can do, how we look after ourselves.
• Social development (Being social) – how we come to understand ourselves in relation to others, how we make friends, understand the rules of society and behave towards others.
• Emotional development (Having feelings) – how we come to understand our own and others’ feelings and develop our ability to ‘stand in someone else’s shoes’ and see things from their point of view, referred to as empathy.
Starting the process of successful PSED is essential for young children in all aspects of their lives.
It will help them to:
• relate well to other children and adults;
• make friends and get on with others;
• feel secure and valued;
• explore and learn confidently;
and ultimately to feel good about themselves. Early PSED has a huge impact on later well-being, learning, achievement and economic circumstances.
There was a time when 'academic' meant "pertaining to the development of the mind." Nowadays it seems to mean "anything that occurs in a school."
The goal of education used to be the development of mental powers, to the exclusion of everything else. The goal was seldom achieved. The teaching of values, ethics, and the general socialization of the individual was left to the home and community.
We at MLZS assume responsibility for the "development of the whole individual," We try to teach anything society wants or needs, or which is not being addressed elsewhere. In the process a lot of things are going on here that have nothing to do with academics.
Students are actively involved in learning academic skills like learning their letters, letter combinations (for Jr & Sr. KG) and some sight words (that is, recognizing certain words by sight, without necessarily being able to decode them). They are using very simple mathematical operations too. Other than these they are learning the basic topics of EVS and GK through activities.
MLZS, Kindergarten is not only "Developmental" or "child-centered", but also focussed to stimulate the love of learning in a more general sense. Children are given many cross curricular developmental activities (each activity caters to development of fine motor, Aesthetic & also Cognitive. We also plan cross curricular activities where each activity develops Language, math & motor skills at a time). They are provided with opportunities to work on different learning corners/centers, circle time activities and free play. Children learn while playing with peg boards, puzzles, flash cards, building blocks, colouring with crayons, creating art work with painting by using finger, brush, vegetables, sponge, cotton, etc. All these they learn by using their senses.