20/21 S, N. R. Avenue, Kolkata 700053

Our Response to COVID-19

Dear Parents,

We want to ensure that all our children are safe and healthy. Following government advisories our premises have remained closed however we have continued working online.

There is a lot of misinformation being circulated through WhatsApp groups which do not help us understand this disease any better. Please look only at information from websites like WHO (World Health Organization) and the CDC (Centre for Disease Control) and other verified national and international health bodies.

 What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

Once it is deemed safe to open our school again, we will be taking some safety initiatives to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak from affecting our community. 

An Outline of Learning Tree’s Safety Protocols

  • We will be monitoring the temperature of the students, teachers, and staff using forehead thermometers.
  • Our premises will be sanitized every day, at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day, as has always been our protocol.
  • We would require our parents to immediately inform us if they or any family members are coughing and have a temperature.
  • Our teachers and staff will ensure that their hands are washed before any activities of the day begin, lunch, bathroom times etc.
  • We will be providing gloves and masks to all staff and teachers.
  • Hand sanitizers will be provided in every room.
  • If your child is unable to attend school talk with our teachers about assessments and assignments for the year. We will assess the child on a yearly basis, and we will send them assignments so they can keep up with their schoolwork.

Our Progress so Far

As Montessori guides, we are tasked with adaptation and innovation every day. While none of us expected virtual classrooms, the unprecedented situation with Covid-19 is an opportunity to come together and grow as a community. With the support of our large Learning Tree family, community, parents, and students we have continued to work online, through video lessons, worksheets, and detailed vocabulary lessons. We have tried to recreate what your children experience in school. This has given our parents the opportunity to observe their child working, as well as to know how we use Montessori equipment and how it helps their children. We have tried to introduce activities and lessons in a simpler form so that the parents can easily create a Montessori environment for them at home. Till we can see you all again we will continue to help develop the children physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively.

Montessori is apparatus-based and to convert that practical apparatus-based training to virtual online training in the form of worksheets, assignments, and demonstration both video and audio require lots of innovation and effort on the part of the teachers.

We have tried to make a routine for our children, the same way they would be working in the school.

Take a look at what we have covered through videos, written lessons etc.

Prayer

One of the first things our children do when they come to school in the morning is saying a prayer. We provided our parents with the school prayers so our children can start their days just the way they would in school.

We have sent daily activities with complete demonstrations and writeups to ensure a complete understanding of the exercise/activity and to help parents perform the tasks at home.

Epl

The practical life or EPL area is the first to be introduced to the children when they enter the Montessori. These are developmental activities makes them gain confidence, patience, orderliness, develops attention and concentration and helps the child to become an independent worker

  • We have made videos on EPL activities so that the children can perform a real task they may have seen during a regular day in their life.
  • We have let them explore with fun hands-on activities like pouring, opening bottle caps, sorting of different size objects etc. These tasks help children learn important motor skills.

Sensorial

The child learns through his senses. We use a wide range of sensorial apparatus designed to help the child develop his ability to make judgments, to compare and discriminate on the basis of size, weight, texture, colour, shape, different dimensions, smell, taste, etc.

Some of the videos we made cover:

  • Concepts of size (big and small with household objects)
  • How to make colour tablets at home by the parents (this will help children develop their visual sense).

Art and Craft

  • We have sent various videos on craftwork at different levels of difficulties keeping our varied age group in mind.
  • We have sent a video on how to grow a plant (we wanted the children to understand that seeds contain baby plants and the plants have different parts).

Language corner

  • We have created and sent project works on Summer Season to develop their vocabulary and language. We have also asked children to create an album for the same.
  • We introduced the concept of the colour red by observing Red Day like we would in school. We provided a picture demonstration of red objects along with the video, so that child develops their vocabulary related to this colour.
  • We have and sent vocabulary lessons on animals, fruits, and vegetables along with picture demonstration
  • We have created and sent videos on storytelling (different levels) to help the child to know sounds, words, and language, and spark the child’s imagination and stimulate curiosity in them.
  • We have sent created rhymes and songs with videos
  • We have created and sent written work based on language and number work supported by videos in relation to the subject.
  • We have created and sent videos covering all the phonetics a-z.
  • We have created and sent videos and written lessons introducing capital letters along with small letters Aa-Zz
  • We have created and sent videos and written lessons demonstrating how to make and use drawing insets. This helps the child to begin holding the pencil.