Success Rate goes to 100% by dropping one year
Every year thousands of parents go through the vital task of getting their ward into nursery class. While getting admission to play school is easy, the next step to formal school proves to be a life-altering decision for every parent. So much research... and time is spent on internet or asking around as to which school is the best and how to secure admission in any particular school. I too faced this dilemma... and I am writing here to help other parents with this journey.
My kid is March born so I was happy dreaming his year won’t get wasted as most schools consider 3+ for their session. But little did I know how wrong I was. Most schools open admission in the months of Aug-sep for the next session so that meant my kid was even less than 2.5 when these so called interviews happened. Naturally he didn’t performed/uttered a word in front of the teacher from the only school we got a call from. Disappointed we applied to various other schools but he didn’t get a call from anywhere. Now the decision had to be made- go to those all year long admission schools... or continue in playschool while trying next year. After lot (and I mean lotssss) of contemplating we decided to let him continue in playschool... the reason we decided that was
i. He was too young to be sent off to far away formal school.
ii. He would learn better in a class of 20 and make a better base.
Schooling is an ongoing process. Once you put your kid in a system, he won’t get a chance to take a break or relax so considering that we waited. Out of 20 kids in his class only 9 stayed rest got admissions in formal schools. Next year came and we were fully prepared as we had gone thru the process last year. So never miss an opportunity to take your kid to a new environment even if he doesn’t speak u will experience it firsthand. Out of the 3 schools we applied for we got a call from 2 and the third school followed supreme court ruling so they selected by lottery. My son cleared his 2 interviews and we got results within a week. He got selected in all 3. As a parent it is easy to get anxious and we did too but getting anxious take you nowhere. Rather spend that time with your kid while explaining to him where u r taking him, What all will happen there, make a story out of it and practise basic questions with him on a daily basis. Every child is moody... but trust me when i say they have the capability to surprise us when the moment comes.