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‘I am surprised at my daughter’s incredible progress at Apeejay school in just a few months’

Dr Khushbu Katariya, mother of Amoha Thakur, a nursery student at Apeejay School, Panchsheel Park, says that the school has encouraged and enhanced her child’s skills

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Dr Khushbu Katariya, Consultant, transfusion medicine, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi, enrolled her daughter Amoha Thakur in nursery this year at Apeejay School, Panchsheel Park. Initially skeptical of online classes, the mother says she did not expect her daughter to adapt and progress so much in these few months of formal schooling. In an interview, Dr Katariya talks about how Apeejay turned out to be the perfect choice for her daughter. Edited excerpts:

In what ways did Apeejay School, Panchsheel Park, meet your requirements while picking a school for your daughter?

My basic requirements were a good teaching staff, well-planned infrastructure, and a comfortable environment for my daughter. While Amoha got calls for admission from multiple schools, it was Apeejay School, Panchsheel Park, which topped our list. When I visited the school, I was impressed with the way the staff welcomed us and took us around the school premises. The teachers were very friendly and cooperative.

According to you, what qualities of Apeejay Schools make them stand out?

In this school, the focus is not just on academics. The curriculum is such that it nurtures a child in many ways, allowing them to explore their many facets. Thematic learning, which is followed in my daughter’s class, is a great way to impart education.

Does Amoha look forward to the classes?

Amoha’s class teacher understands her very well. Initially, I was very worried about how my daughter would adjust to online classes, with no prior experience of formal schooling. During the first few days, I had a difficult time getting her to sit for the class. Thanks to thematic learning, my daughter gradually developed an interest in learning. She is always excited to learn something new every day. Amoha’s teacher gives personal attention and interacts with her individually, which further boosts her confidence. She also had the opportunity to visit the school physically once and she was elated!

How has your daughter progressed since she joined the school?

Amoha has overcome all hesitation and nervousness about attending classes. She can freely communicate with her teachers. Even after her class ends, she keeps busy trying to innovate or create something new. Earlier, she was unable to hold a pencil properly but now she can also draw. At four-and-a-half years of age, I am surprised to see how fast she is grasping things.

Does she also participate in extra-curricular activities?

Amoha is an extrovert and loves to participate in all kinds of activities in class. Every month, their class organises a show-and-tell activity which she thoroughly enjoys. She also participates in several other cultural events. I am quite surprised at her incredible progress in just these few months of school.

As working parents, is there more pressure when your child is too young and is completely dependent on you for studying?  

Amoha has evolved over time. Within six months of school, she has learned to write and colour objects the right way. She has learned the mechanism of an online class and can do her assignments independently. As a working parent, this development has been a boon for me. From tying shoes to eating on her own, she has picked up a lot of skills. Sometimes, she even makes sandwiches all by herself! I am thankful to the school for encouraging and enhancing her creative skills

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Senior Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.

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