LEVEL I , Welcome aboard. The journey has begun.

At the break of dawn on 2nd April, 2012, many parents especially mothers must have woken up with mixed feelings of elation, apprehension, excitement and gratitude; for this was the morning when their munchkins were to go to their first formal school, as Level I students.

We, at The Palace School shared the same kind of feelings for that day in a much different flavour !! Teachers geared up to spread their warmth and love by way of a traditional welcome and warm smiles. The innocent expressions on the little ones’ faces spoke volumes about the dilemma of their hearts…. “Why is my mummy sending me away from her?” “Why is it that I have to go amongst strangers?”  “Why can’t I enjoy the rides with my mummy and papa in tow?” “Why do I have to go to this horrible sounding place –SCHOOL?”

The cry babies’ sounds echoed throughout the playing arena, with a couple of otherwise smiling kids deciding to join in the ‘symphony’, secretly hoping that their mothers would run to them. :)

And even before the clock struck 11 that day, our school corridors were packed with parents eager to pick their children and reassure them.

That was then. Today, the same parents are eager to drop their children to school and likewise with the children who are now more enthusiastic to be in school and enjoy their learning days.

The Montessori learning aids, which are so much fun to play and learn with, the colourful and welcoming classes, the tender caring teachers, the lovely rhymes, garden playtime etc, all make the children want to come to school, with a never seen before excitement.

It won’t be long before these kids will grow up into beautiful and happy human beings and we will be proud to have been the most important factor in shaping their lives!!!

So, dear parents cherish your kids; cherish these early years of your child. Time will not let them be the same.

Happy Learning !!

Awareness Program on Learning Disabilities and It’s Management

‘Learning Disabilities’- the two words which are probably the most misunderstood, misinterpreted and ignored in the purview of a student’s life.

What is it? What causes it? Is it for lifelong? What is the remedy? And many more doubts, queries as well as myths and facts pertaining this issue were addressed and discussed in an awareness workshop on Learning Disabilities and It’s Management, on 14th April, conducted by Ms. Geet Oberoi, Founder President, Orkids and a special educator par excellence.

The program was an eye opener of sorts for everyone present; teachers, parents, school management and principals, special educators, and speech therapists.

Each child is unique, born with diverse talents and skills and the need of the hour is to recognize and acknowledge the same, so as to nurture and hone the child’s overall personality. The ultimate aim of teachers and parents alike should be to raise and educate a child to grow up to be a ‘happy and content’ human being.

The Palace School under the aegis of Princess Diya Kumariji, has taken this initiative towards inclusive education. The school has collaborated with Orkids Multidisciplinary Clinic, Delhi which is doing pioneering work in the area of Learning Disability.

The school is aiming at addressing the special needs of a child through special educators, speech therapists, occupational therapists to bridge the gap between the expected and actual performance of a student.

We look forward to continued support and co-operation from all the well wishers, to make this endeavour successful.

Every child is proof that God hasn’t lost faith in mankind. Let us work towards making these miracles of God even more precious.

The Palace School Initiative

Tori Amos

No two individuals can be exact replicas of each other. The differences, however subtle will always be there. Each individual, each child has strength in him/her but in some this strength is buried under layers and layers of self doubt and a deep sense of worthlessness. This degenerating sense of worthlessness is a direct consequence of the expectations not being met. These expectations more often than not ignore the individual differences and inevitably focus on the performance in school. These expectations stem from parents, teachers and peers. These expectations highlight the weaknesses of the child and often ignore the strength.
The need of the hour is to acknowledge the diversity and celebrate the differences within children. All children are capable of learning and it’s up to us to teach them the way they learn.

Let’s help ourselves to help children who need us to hold their hand till they are sure of walking the path on their own…
Let’s help ourselves to try not to fit all children in the “boxes” but ignite the fire in them to be proud of being out of the box.
It’s difficult but not impossible.

Geet Oberoi
A special educator but before that an advocate of childhood.