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Development of Writing Skills in Toddlers - The Parent's Guide

In a fast-paced world, everything has moved ahead. We are in a constant rush to go places and to achieve goals. This is also reflecting in developmental landmarks among children, writing skills included. At Morning Glorie, playschool in South City 1, Gurgaon, we have had parents of children as young as 2.5 years of age asking us why their child is not showing an interest in writing, and what they can do to encourage the development of this skill.  This is more apparent in our online, homeschooling program, where parents are witnessing growth day in and day out, and are active participants in the early learning journey, for possibly the first time since the concept of preschools popped up. Some important aspects - There is No One Right Age to Learn to Write The ability to write depends upon the development of fine finger motor skills. This depends in part upon the strength in the little fingers. While children around 3 to 3.5 years of age typically develop these skills, a few months eit

Active vs Passive Screen Time for Children

Morning Glorie established as a preschool and daycare in South City 1, Gurgaon almost 10 years back. Like any other institute, we had a core set of philosophies we started out with. One of the most important ones was - Gizmo Free! We have the below given poster on our premises, actively talk about it during admissions counselling, because parents do ask us whether we have smart screens, or whether we show videos or movies to kids in both preschool and daycare. I stand by us being gizmo free for kids when they are coming to us on the physical premises. These children are stepping away from home, and we are being entrusted with their social and emotional development as much as learning, if not more so. We do not need to delegate that task to screens to make our lives easier. An almost 10-year experience also tells us that children do not need screens in preschool or daycare to be engaged in any manner. The toddler age group and older children alike are able to bond over a set of games an

Childcare in the Covid Era - Sending Your Child Back to Daycare

I will choose to define Covid era as anything after 20 March 2020. Morning Glorie, daycare in South City 1, Gurgaon, had its doors open to children till about noon on the 20th, after which our doors were shut as a lockdown was announced. At that point, it was a blow to many parents, I concede. We had parents asking us when daycare was going to open, as they were struggling with childcare along with work - some parents did not have the luxury of being in industries with a work from home option.  Yet, there was nothing we could do at that time - government guidelines and advisories were to keep daycares closed. I should know, I would tweet to the authorities over and and over till they reverted.  Over time, different scenarios panned out. 1. Some parents lost their jobs. 2. Some managed at home with both partners taking turns between childcare and work from home, in addition to managing households. 3. Some families called grandparents over. 4. Some families moved back to their hometowns.

Choosing the Right School for Your Child - Aligning Your Philosophy

A few months ago, we had done a blogpost about  Conventional vs Experiential Learning for Toddlers . We had talked about the difference between conventional learning and experiential learning, and how there could be a more balanced approach which blended the two modes of learning. Today, we take that discussion one step ahead, and share our experiences when it comes to parents choosing a school for their child. This could be at any level - a parent choosing their child's first preschool, or transitioning from preschool to formal schooling. 10 years of being has taught us a lot, as the parent body at Morning Glorie's preschool in Gurgaon applied to formal schools during the admissions season, well for that matter when they came to Morning Glorie too. Some common trends could be observed, and now that we offer homeschooling through our online preschool in India, we find that they are commonly observed everywhere. Rushing to Apply for the Big Names Whichever city you may come acr