Parents are an invaluable and integral part of our community. They are our partners in teaching-learning, not only as resource persons for special occasions but also in ensuring the success of our online classes during the pandemic. We take family collaboration in the school a step further, by involving grandparents and other family members in our celebrations.
Keeping in mind the social and emotional needs of toddlers, the true essence at Bloomingdales Playschool lies in the transparency that we maintain with parents. We follow a unique practice of video recording the progress of each child at every stage and sending it to the parents.
Kids want to go to school
- Our kids wake up wanting to go to school..be on campus, in the play area, eat snacks, meet their teachers, and meet their friends in person…all of this was snatched away from them for 2 years due to Covid.
- Our kids are now trying to do things on their own… online we had to hold their hand, and prompt them for answers…now we understand this will be taken care of by the teachers who will assess the level of their learning and give them additional revisions as required.
- The weekly material list was a very innovative idea but very stressful for parents, more since the shops were usually shut or worked only limited hours. So getting all the items for class online was a task. Thankfully those are taken care of in offline school. Our kids can relate better to items in the school, the various dens focus on their development.
- Overall we feel our kids have expanded their social skills by meeting their other friends and teachers in person… something online school denied them. They appear more confident in their choices, likes and dislikes as well as stubborn at times,:)
- Healthy snacks and the teachers coaxing them to try new items they have not heard of..they do mention some they liked and some they refused! Another benefit of going to offline school and trying new things especially since both of them are fussy eaters.
Amazingly designed curriculum
I, parent of Preesha Avinash Rajpal, Jr. Kg. A would like to highlight the efforts put in by the teachers of Gujarat Research Society’s Bloomingdales Pre-Primary to shape every child’s mind, not allowing this virtual learning to be a barrier or an excuse. Every child is given equal attention and the teachers have gauged knowledge of each one’s Caliber. Very patiently they have handled each situation keeping up with this new way of teaching.
With an amazingly designed curriculum to suit virtual learning, with different fun activities to support teachings, they have helped our children learn and grow trying to match up to the usual schooling methods.
Reshma teacher and Farah teacher have been very understanding and cooperative even in situations where parents have been unreasonable. Kudos to every one part of this reputed institution who has put in efforts for shaping little minds for a bright future.
“My daughter Ms. Maanya Navalkar was in Sr.KG- B this last academic year. The past year has been tough for all, especially children. It was a task to make them adjust to the new normal and more so to ONLINE SCHOOLING. And I am glad to share that the teachers’ of Bloomingdale’s Pre-Primary have done a fabulous job to make children feel comfortable in all aspects. I, like many other parents was apprehensive initially with the whole ‘Online” approach, since my child was just 5 yrs of age. The concern of their span of attention and screen time was bothering. But the way these online classes were conducted were exceptional. The patience and diligence of the teachers is truly commendable. The differnet teaching methods used by teachers not only kept the kids happy and attentive but the screen time was also well-managed giving enough breaks in between the class. Special mention to Mrs. Shilpa Mehta teacher, as she was very patient with each and every child. Hats off ! to her. The way every concept was taught was so well. These years are stepping stones for our kid’s future & I am glad that Maanya had such a wonderful teacher during her formative years. Thank you again to the entire Bloomingdale’s Pre-Primary team.”
I would like to take this opportunity to share below feedback on this new normal way of learning/online learning:
Teachers have really done a splendid job in creating a bond with the children inspite of not being physically around them.
The patience and compassion that the teachers demonstrate while dealing with the parents as well as the kids is truly commendable.
The way each learning session has been designed by the teachers like introduction of a new concept and then making the children learn it in every possible way including music, dance, storytelling, art activities etc. keeps the children engaged in the session.
Every small feedback shared by the parents during the year like reducing the material requirements for the week, giving more detailed instructions about the activities planned for the week, specify the counts of material required, have been cordially welcomed and incorporated by the teachers.
To conclude I would like to thank each one of you for your efforts and support to foster the growth of our children and help them not miss school in this pandemic situation. Wishing you all the best for the coming years. Stay safe everyone.
Message of appreciation
We’ve been attending the Playschool online classes, and this is just a message of appreciation for the work being put in by the teachers. I’m sure it’s not easy to put out meaningful content day after day! Today’s activity was to introduce the children to the colour yellow, and we were asked to keep some stationery handy. The class was especially smooth owing to the fact that we were given detailed instructions yesterday itself by Ms Jharna. That helped me to set up a ‘workstation’ for Ranbir in readiness for today. I’ve especially noticed the sheer enthusiasm with which all the teachers not just make and share videos, but also engage the children with music and dance in class. It’s not easy; especially knowing that you have parents watching! Would make anyone nervous! Please do convey my gratitude to the teachers.
I would like to thank all the teachers for the efforts they are putting together to teach our children. Preparing lessons, making children learn through fun, all this through distance learning. Even the assignments are easy to understand for the children. It is very difficult to teach such small kids online. It is really a commendable effort by all of them. I personally feel very satisfied and happy with the online sessions.
Day one of school my daughter was just sitting and staring at who she’s watching come on screen and call her name. But the last day before vacations was an entirely different scene! She was dancing, interacting and playing along with the teachers. The fact that she’s able to follow commands and comprehend what she’s being asked about in a completely different language than her mother tongue is awe inspiring for me! I’ve seen a whole new side of her I hadn’t known before and how her cognitive ability has improved manifold! Teachers have been so patient and clearly working so hard in bringing the school to our kids. Looking to more fun times after the summer break!
Gratitude to the teachers
This is a small note just to show gratitude to all you teachers for adding so much fun and joy in our babies day through zoom classes in these crazy times. No matter how much we mommies try, bringing this kind of structured learning is difficult for us. We have seen a drastic change in our boy’s way of learning and registering information because of all the effort you all as teachers are putting in. Just in a month the boy’s are talking right from colour (red) to hygiene, and have imbibed the joy of dancing to prayers!!
A BIG THANK YOU!!
Looking forward to actual school!!
Fun while learning
As always, Bloomingdales Playschool ensures that its students have fun while learning. Through the dance activity which was obviously well planned and subsequently executed, the teachers infused the session with enthusiasm and vibrancy, whilst teaching the children about the festival of Navratri.
Yet again, we are humbled by the effort taken by the School to make online learning both engaging and fun, especially for children this young.
Enjoying online sessions
Hi, Ma’am we have put it in the form too ma’am but just wanted to personally mention we were totally against screen time and have brought up both our kids with very little, as good as zero screen time, but the way Aisha is enjoying her online sessions it actually makes me ignore the negative side of it.She talks about you both all the time and sings the songs through the day as though she physically goes to school is unbelievable.