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She is only 3, and we wanted a school that would allow her to learn through doing, discovering, getting messy.

Distance

Disney OD: Orlando in Delhi

Reputation

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.

Values

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.

No commercialism

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.

Parental communication

We did want to know what our child was doing in school and wanted to always feel welcome to drop by and observe.

Space

We wanted playgrounds, music rooms, lots of trees, sandboxes, a clean but open environment.

Indian culture

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.

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