31 Jul GOTS nursery, pre-primary – your child’s home away from home
The cries were loud and unwavering.
Some children clung to their parents, refusing to let go despite the coaxing by the coaches at Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS).
For many, this was the first time they were being separated from their families.
That is the usual scene on the first day a child joins GOTS’ nursery and pre-primary at its City of Elmina Campus, Shah Alam.
While it may break some parents’ hearts to let their child go on the first day, rest assured your children will be in safe hands.
And the scenes a week later will prove it so. The noise may still be incessant but instead of tears, there is laughter and much joy.
This is down to GOTS’ teaching methods which emphasise on play- or project-based learning activities as well as the patience of its coaches Pushpa Devi Subramaniam and Marissa Juanita Hendroff and several teaching assistants.
“We try to make GOTS a home away from home for the tiny scholars,” said Pushpa who is also a registered trainer with the Social Welfare Department.
“We understand the children may have separation anxiety as this is the first time they are away from their family.
“They may cry or be unresponsive but that is normal.
“Once they realise we are here to be their friends as well as teachers, they begin to warm up to us.
“Coupled with our methods of using play to learn, very soon, they don’t want to go home!”
Play- or project-based learning is an instructional methodology that encourages children to learn and apply knowledge and skills through an engaging experience.
It allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.
“At GOTS, we focus on developing their fine and large motor skills and their cognitive thinking in fun ways,” said Hendroff.
“That is why our timetable is structured so they can have a lot of fun while learning.
“Our Funky Tots programme which incorporates music and dancing gives them a good physical workout too while we also teach them speech and drama.”
The timetable also includes many outdoor activities as the coaches expose scholars to nature and science by letting them explore the greenery around the Elmina Campus.
Some of the projects include the Earth Day campaign earlier this year where the scholars were taught about the environment and what they needed to do to make the planet greener.
For the pre-primary scholars, English, Bahasa Melayu, Mandarin and Mathematics are included, as well as the just-introduced Islamic Studies.
One of the most important lessons in the curriculum is living skills which teaches the scholars to be independent.
The scholars are also given space to read and watch educational videos and cartoons while the arts and crafts lessons are among the most popular.
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