Tech for Tiny Tots

Technology education for preschooler! Now that's not seen often, Why do we need such a complex thing for such small people? The fact is that it's the way our world is changing and will continue to do so even more while our lids grow up. It's happening around the world. We in India are not doing enough.

This is a developing article. We will add more information over the next few weeks to explain the topic in detail. We will also talk about how Tinkerdale is a pioneer in the country to bring this thought to India.

Why Technology Education for Preschoolers?

Makey Makey Banana Piano

In most modern preschools in the country we have adopted the approach of providing opportunities to children to learn about the things around us. This includes nature and people and common objects. We have theme-based books and activities on these topics. Have you ever questioned the selection of these topics? Who decided that we should include plants and animals and modes of transport and not our customs in the curriculum? Most schools still celebrate vatious festivals, but it isn't usually in the curriculum. That's because in the west the importance of customs and the diversity in customs isn't as significant as in our country.

We adopted the western curriculum at a time when the speed of communication was not as fast as it is today. And then we stopped looking at them enough to see how the world has moved on. In these times we can adopt changes in education at the same time the west adopts it, rather than waiting for something to become a standard there. We should eventually stop being followers and plan our curriculum according to the needs of our country.

Our country, just as any other progressive country, needs our kids to be technology savvy. They need to be prepared for the time when they are choosing a profession, about 15 years from today. When they are contributing to the progress of the nation and the world. Let's be aware that the gap between the rich and poor countries is increasing. The most important contributor in this is the difference in technologocal innovations. Developed countries own most of the intellectual property of new technology and we are paying heavily for it. We need to nurture innovators in our country and the earlier we start the better.

Read on to know about the Banana Piano.

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State Costumes and Masti by Tinkerers

Tinkerers celebrated Independence Day by showing off the diversity we have in Tinkerdale International Preschool. Kids dressed up in their state's traditional costumes. At the end it was time to shake a leg on songs of national pride and togetherness.

Child Health Day, 30th May 2015, Free health checkup

Child Health Day 2015

 

Schools will be starting shortly and it's time to be all fit and fine. It is also an opportunity to check how our little ones are doing for their health.

Is the growth healthy?

Is the oral health good?

Are the eyes fine?

We don't even know about the ears, nose and throat. Are they fine?

Do we need to take some action?

What better way to do that than visiting Tinkerdale on a weekend (Saturday) and getting a quick health check for free. This camp is being sponsored by DHFL Pramerica. DHFL doctors will do the check and provide a report in a couple of days.

Send us an email for registration. Registration before 3PM on 28th May is mandatory. Also send the photograph for the Best Photo Awards (see below) with the registration mail.

Include: Childs name, age, date of birth, address, contact number, school

Remember, we can accommodate limited numbers, so HURRY!

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HealthyChild Awards

The healthiest kids and their parents will be recognised for their care and effort. A healthy child is not only healthy by nature but because of the care taken by the parents and the effort they put in understanding the needs of their child.

Rules

There really are no rules. The doctors will give points to each child. The highest points qualify for the awards.

If you don't win it doesn't mean you haven't been a good parent. Every parent does the best for their children. It's just that some may do a tiny bit more.

Best Photo Award

We also kow that for you your child is the most photogenic and that's even better with your photography skills! Send us the best picture of your child for the best photo award.

Rules

1. The award will be in two age groups, 1-4 years & 4-8 years.

2. The photo should not be a studio photo but from your personal camera.

3. The photo should not be more than three months old. Please specify when and where the photo was taken. Approximate dates are acceptible.

4. Pictures will be posted on our Facebook page and votes will be invited.

5. Fifty percent weightage will be of the Facebook Likes and 50% of the judges points.

6. The final decision will be of the judges and no discussion on it will be accepted.

* By submitting the photo you are permitting Tinkerdale International Preschool Magarpatta City​ to use the photo in any way.

"Why isn't my child a genius?"

We often start expecting our preschoolers to show signs of genius. We are quite demonstrative if our child start displaying a skill early. On the other hand, we start panicking if our child is 'late' with some skills, often leading to more pressure on the child and even teachers.

Early education can only promise to help make the third and fourth and fifth years of life good ones. It cannot insure without fail that any tomorrow will be successful. Nothing "fixes" a child for life, no matter what happens next. But exciting, pleasing early experiences are seldom sloughed off. They go with the child, on into first grade, on into the child's long life ahead.
- James L. Hymes, Jr., Author And Specialist on Child-Rearing

The best we can do for our children, as parents and teachers, is to keep them happy and curious.

"Inaam Bahut Hain, Roti Nahin."

Visit to an Orphanage

Sindhutai Sapkal, 'Mai' to Allt's Independence Day, 2014. The contributions from the donation drive of Tinkerdale International Preschool were taken by the teachers to the Sanmati Bal Niketan of Sindhutai Sapkal. This Orphanage is In Manjari Budruk, not very far from Magarpatta City.

Thank You all for your contributions to donation - Tinkerdale Team

We spent over an hour at Sanmati, which was enough to understnd the real struggle of the forty children and twenty homeless women who stay at Sanmati. When we reached Sanmati, Mai (as Sindhutai is called by all) was about to leave for addressing some diffence personnel on the occasion of Independence Day. Barely able to walk, she limped down the stairs three storeys with support on both sides, somewhat reminding of Gandhiji. But that is only part of the struggle.

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