Tiny tots take first steps to academic life


Tiny tots take first steps to academic life
Students of Abu Dhabi Indian School back to school today after a two-week break for the third and final semester of the academic year 2016-17 in Abu Dhabi, April 9,2017. Photo By Ryan Lim

Dubai - Schools took the extra effort to make the first day of children as comfortable as possible


Ashwani Kumar

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Published: Sun 9 Apr 2017, 8:54 PM

Last updated: Mon 10 Apr 2017, 11:20 AM

Hundreds of tiny tots in the UAE took baby steps to academic life yesterday as schools reopened on April 9. For Indian curriculum schools, it is the beginning of a new academic year in April, and hence the first day at school for kindergartners. For students following other curriculums, the schools resumed after spring break.
And it seemed many took the plunge rather gleefully as it was difficult to find wailing kids being dragged by their parents. In fact, children were seen happily walking in tow with their parents.
Lincy S walked her son Ijo to the KG 1 classroom without any fuss.
"He was eager to start schooling. It was days of preparations with new books, uniform, bag and finally all has gone well. He is a bit naughty but won't create problems in class. I have given him enough training. I eagerly await all the new names of friends and things he will come back home to narrate. This is a start of a new innings for both him and us," Lincy, a working mother, said.
And schools took the extra effort to make the first day of children as comfortable as possible.
Abu Dhabi Indian School kindergarten session supervisor Rachna Vohra said teachers were at the gates to receive new children. "We had rhyme sessions, fine motor skill activities, puzzles to solve, colouring worksheets and other events to make children comfortable during the first few hours of being away from the parents," Rachna said.

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Cleanliness and personal hygiene is of great importance and children were also told that right practices need to be followed. "We told them the basics of walking in line to the washroom and walking with hands up to dry them. We also have helpers for assistance," Rachna said.
And as a safety measure, each parent is part of WhatsApp group where details are being shared.
Outside the school, a desolate father-son duo had come. Joel couldn't get admission to KG 1 but wanted to see his peers go to school. So, his father Joy brought him there. Thousands of parents like Joy await their chances and pin hope their time will come through cancellations of admissions in the coming months.

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