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Why is formal reading and writing introduced at Bhoomi only in first grade?

Why is formal reading and writing introduced at Bhoomi only in first grade?

We at bhoomi want to support our children’s learning in all forms.We believe that for a young child the best way of learning happens through free play, interacting with other children, and from observing adults do their work.

We introduce art and craft very early on at Bhoomi so that children can start understanding and experience the richness and possibilities with colors and natural materials.

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We have story telling, songs, music, and movements everyday at Bhoomi to help children develop good language, listening skills, and the beauty of music.We also help them develop life skills through their early attempts at cooking, preparing food, and sharing food everyday.

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We want to draw attention to statement from Kerala Curriculum Framework on Pre-School education

An atmosphere that is replete with love, care and inspiration and abounding in opportunities that enhance the quest for knowledge and experimentation will make the children capable of doing things. Preschool is not a centre that promotes reading and writing. It should not create any effort that insists on teaching foreign languages such as English either. Mother tongue forms the medium of learning in these schools. In short, pre-schools should not function as training centers to gain entry to primary schools.

Reading and writing is very structured learning, and introducing and enforcing it early can impact the creativity, free thinking, and learning interest of the child.Reading and writing are the activities of the head (brain) and children at a young age are still focusing mostly on their bodies (movements), and sitting down and being still are at odds with their current developmental stage.We want our children to be very interested in learning everything and so we introduce reading and writing in a very beautiful way in first grade.

At Bhoomi during Kindergarten years, we help the child settle down and be at ease by following a consistent rhythm everyday so that the world at Bhoomi is predictable for the child, and they feel safe and secure to grow into who they want to be.

We want all Bhoomi well wishers to know that, the reason we don’t introduce reading and writing at Bhoomi Kindergarten is not because we don’t love language and education, it is to make sure that our children will love learning and education when introduced at the right time (when they’re developmentally ready), and in the right way (by invoking their imagination and in a beautiful way).

Waldorf – Steiner Students Visit Bhoomi – Fee & Zara

Fee & Zara who went to Waldorf Steiner schools in Europe visited Bhoomi children for 2 weeks in January 2017. We are grateful to Fee chechi and Zara chechi for spending time with us at Bhoomi and joining us for the farm visits. Special thanks to Zara chechi for showing us some of her acrobatic skills.

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Beautiful card Zara chechi handmade for Bhoomi
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Fee and Zara knitting chicken with Thumbi
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Get together with Bhoomi Parents and children
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Paddy field visit during harvest

Setup continues

We’ve finished quite a few things this last few weeks!

The climbing structure in the backyard, planting some kappa, spinach and kovekya, made the balancing beam from coconut trees.

For inside the school we got the curtains done, the eating/painting/drawing tables done, the round tea party tables for kids, and the play kitchen that came out beautifully (!).

This week we plan to set up the interior completely to have it ready for school, and to tie the swing sets and hammocks for backyard. 🙂