Musheer Fatima Playway School of Jamia Millia Islamia
The concept of teaching tiny tods through the play-way method and without burdening the tender shoulders of little children with books and bags was a dream of Mrs. Gerda Philipsborn of Germany and also of the great educationist Dr. Zakir Husain.
This concept very successfully took the shape of Jamia Nursery School in 1955. It was the result of the hard work and dedication of Ms. Mushir Fatma (Aapa Jaan) who had great support and helping hand of Ms. Jamal Fatima (Mimmi Baji). Ms. Yasmin Sait, Director (1982-1994) also contributed her share by taking this school to great heights.
Here at the Mushir Fatma Nursery School, the children are given a congenial and happy environment for the healthy and all-round development of their personality, so that in the long run they emerge as confident social beings; ready to come out in the competitive world. The effort is towards bringing out the best in each child’s personality.
To achieve this, a few objectives are kept in mind while dealing with the tiny tots. Thus the key result areas of our Nursery School are:
* To bring out well-defined coordination between hand and mind.
* To enable them to express themselves in their mother tongue and to improve their vocabulary and their pronunciation.
* To make them understand the importance of time and discipline.
* To bring out the hidden talents in children by giving them freedom of expression.
* To develop in them the habits of cleanliness and tidiness.
* To develop in them aesthetic sense, sense of color, and proportion.
* To make them work in a methodical and systematic manner.
* To teach them the importance of correct posture, good eating habits, and personal hygiene.
* To make them confident and independent.
Today the strength of the school is approx. 321. Children in the age groups of 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 years are admitted to the Dareecha Group’- (KG-I). Next, they go to the Chaman Group’ (KG-II) which has children in the age group of 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 years. As the teacher-pupil ratio for the younger age group of children is very important, a well-thought ratio is kept in each age group. (ideal ratio-1:25)
While admitting, preference is given to the children of Jamia employees, especially of the lower-income group, as we are well aware of their weak cultural and financial background which certainly needs to be strengthened and nurtured in order to uplift the society and for the progress of the country.
The children entering the nursery school are totally new to the school environment as compared to their cozy and protected home environment. To begin with, our teachers do their best to win the confidence of these children and instill in them a feeling of trust in order to help them adjust and get familiarized with the new environment. The teachers and other staff members are there in the school an hour earlier than the children and they leave the school after planning, preparing and arranging, the classrooms for the next day.
The children in the nursery age group are tremendously active; always running, jumping, and holding/carrying things. Our school has enough space, both indoors and outdoors, to give freedom of movement to these young children so that they can move about freely and use the equipment for play in creative and purposeful ways.
The nursery school carries out the following activities for all-round enrichment and overall personality development of their children:
Dareecha KG-1: There are 7 sections in Dareecha in the age group of 3.6 to 4.6 years.
Chaman KG-2: There are 6 sections in Chaman in the age group of 4.6 to 5.6 years.
The school’s curriculum is based on Montessori’s Philosophy i.e. play way method and project method. The activities done in the classes are age-appropriate and focus on the all-round development of the children, i.e. physical, cognitive, language & socio-emotional development.
Activities for each development area are as follows:-
Gross Motor Development: The activities undertaken are Jungle gym, Swings, Slides, Running, Jumping, Throwing, Catching, Rolling, etc.
Fine-Motor Development: The activities are undertaken are threading the beads, tearing and pasting, cutting, printing, etc.
Cognitive Development: Activities are undertaken for the development of 5 senses i.e. touch, smell, sight, hearing, and taste. Story-sequencing, memory games, fun with shapes & colors, blocks, pre-mathematical and mathematical games, seriation, classification, identification, matching, sequencing, concept formation, etc.
Language Development: Activities are undertaken for the development of listening skills such as identification of sounds made by the teachers like clapping, snapping, etc & sounds made by nature like falling of water, wind, rain. Identification of sounds of animals and birds, sound boxes. Recognition of sound of alphabets A-Z.
Activities are undertaken for the development of speaking skills such as free conversation, conversation on a particular topic, puppetry, question & answer, rhymes, story-telling, dramatization & role play, etc.
Activities are undertaken for the development of writing skills such as pattern drawing, joining the dots, crayon rubbing, coloring, writing with chalk on the floor and on the blackboard, worksheets, writing letters A-Z & a-z, Numbers 1-20, etc.
Socio-emotional Development: Clay and sand play, water play, dollhouse play, puppetry, festival celebration, dramatics, and role play.
Creative expression and Aesthetic appreciation through art and craft activities such as palm impression, foot impression, fingertip painting, vegetable printing, thread painting, painting with natural flowers and leaves, coloring, tearing & pasting, the paper folding celebration of festivals, etc.
Various other programs that are conducted regularly in the school throughout the year are teaching practice (held every year) for the students of B.Ed (Nursery) of IASE, B.Ed (Distance Mode) JMI, and IGNOU. Teachers go out to various organizations & workshops as resource persons.
Workshops on Nursery Education and Art & Craft are held in the School every academic year. Placement training/visitors, orientation meeting, monthly P.T.M, the celebration of national and cultural festivals, picnic twice in a year, mid-day meal, sports day, annual function, school visit, and summer camp.
Ms. Parveen Khan (Director)
Mushir Fatma Jamia Nursery School,
Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamia Nagar,
New Delhi – 110025
Area of Specialization: Storytelling, Indoor Games, Dramatization