She is only 3, and we wanted a school that would allow her to learn through doing, discovering, getting messy.
We wanted a school that would take her 30 minutes or less from our home in south Delhi, door to door. No matter how early she goes to sleep, the mornings are terrible. And, because her mother often works late and dinner guests are plentiful, our child seems to want to extend the evening hours as much as possible.
Disney OD: Orlando in Delhi
We didn’t want a brand name necessarily but we did want a school with at least a track record of churning out decent, well-behaved, inquisitive kids who care about the world they live in.
Along the same line, we felt that schools which encourage children to pick up after themselves would be a better fit. We value adults being honest with children, so we didn’t want teachers who threaten bad behaviour with monsters, police or such nonsense.
That’s really hard, almost impossible, to find in private schools. If we saw Disney and other cartoons on the walls, we were turned off.
No rote learning
We did not want memorization imposed at an early age, or even alphabets that rely on the standard A-is-for-apple logic.
We did want to know what our child was doing in school and wanted to always feel welcome to drop by and observe.
We wanted playgrounds, music rooms, lots of trees, sandboxes, a clean but open environment.
This one might be unique to us since we were born in the US, but we moved to India to expose our child to a place we feel connected to through language, song, culture, values.