early-years Blog

  • EMOTIONS IN SHAPE

    date posted:Fri 11 Jan 2019

    Metal insets are a brilliant way for children to prepare for writing. At Manchester International School (MIS), we ensure that we use these metal insets to do just that. Various shapes such as triangle, square, circle, oval, curvilinear triangle, ellipse were drawn by the little children of LKG. Their little fingers held the pencil to carefully trace these shapes. This exercise helps children to develop fine motor control needed to write small letters. This activity productively kept the children captivated and held their interest for an extended period of time. Not only did they draw the various shapes and learn the names of them, but they also drew various emotions within the shapes thus creating smiling circles, angry squares, sad triangles, nervous ovals, cool ellipses and the like. Indeed, at MIS, we always make room for innovative ways of learning!!! Another important aspect that a child learns out of this activity is that when the child draws ‘outside of the line,’ they know that they are making a mistake which they independently understand. Once they master filling the shape ‘inside the lines,’ they know that the task is accomplished. The children at MIS felt extremely satisfied with their progress and thoroughly enjoyed this activity.


  • COMMUNICATING OUR FEELINGS THROUGH LANGUAGES AND ARTS

    date posted:Sat 05 Jan 2019

    Social-emotional learning is a key component in teaching young children at Manchester International School. We find that a good part of our day is spent educating our early learners about how to recognize, manage and express feelings. This article encapsulates one such example from LKG classroom.

    What the PYP believes about PSPE

    Personal, Social and Physical Education (PSPE) in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is concerned with the individual’s well-being through the promotion and development of concepts, knowledge, attitudes and skills that contribute to this well-being. Well-being is intrinsically linked to all aspects of a student’s experience at school and beyond. It encompasses physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and social health and development, and contributes to an understanding of self, to developing and maintaining relationships with others, and to participation in an active, healthy lifestyle.

    LKG inquired into the theme “How we express ourselves”, the language teachers help the students express the feelings and emotions through emojis. The activity was well liked and enjoyed by the little kids. The teachers worked and explained to the children about the types of emotions and experience that are related to them in their daily lives.  


  • Defining Our Vision of Excellence

    date posted:Wed 02 Jan 2019

    The leadership awards for excellence in Co-Curricular Education is the first ever award programme in India, promoted to celebrate the enormous contribution of schools and school leaders in nurturing talent beyond academics in schools!!

    The short listing for the awards has been carried out b the research team at Koshient Ventures (www.scoolstars.com), after a one year long intense study of over 8400 independent schools in India, based on historic data, community and parental perceptions and reviews publicly available about the schools.

    Scoolstars Leadership Awards for excellence in Co-curricular education is an unprecedented initiative to celebrate the enormous contribution of school leaders and co-curricular educators for their invaluable contributions in promoting talent beyond academics in schools

    Our new generations today are making life choices that are so divergent. They are no longer, unlike their predecessors, chasing a few socially fashionable career options like medicine and engineering.  A wide spectrum of choices has opened up for them today to build their careers on a solid foundation of what they like to do and what makes them happy.                                                                                                                                

    Our new generations are choosing to be musicians, dancers, actors, painters, news anchors, radio Jockeys and so on. Our school leaders and co-curricular educators are helping children to become happier by recognizing their passion and their innate talents and providing them with opportunities, guidance and support to nurture their talent.

    Just imagine that all this is happening in the middle of the ever growing pressure of academic assessments

    The awards commit to felicitate, encourage, motivate and recognize the contribution of such school leaders and exceptional co-curricular educators from across the country every year and shine the spotlights on them for their formidable efforts.

    School Leaders Award

    Criteria and Procedures for Award for School Leaders

    The award will be bestowed upon school leaders who:

    1. Champion new and innovative programs that consistently support identification, mentoring and recognition of innate talent of their students

    2. Encourage and support professional development of co-curricular educators through structured internal and external programs

    3. Foster the right culture and environment for students to show their innate talents beyond academics.

    Schools

    Criteria and Procedures for Award for Schools

    The award is bestowed upon schools that:

    1.  Have demonstrated history of consistently encouraging and supporting intensive co-curricular education

    2.  Are known for providing every child with an opportunity to discover, recognize and nurture their innate talent promoting holistic education

    3.  Invest in high quality teaching resources and tools to promote Co-curricular education

    4.  Encourage and support professional development of co-curricular educators through structured internal and external programs.

    5.  The students of the school excel in competitions across a wide spectrum of talent domains.


  • SPORTS DAY EXTRAVAGANZA!! (Pre-KG to Grade 2)

    date posted:Sat 29 Dec 2018

    The 7th Annual Sports Day celebrations for Grades starting Pre-KG up till Grade 2 at the Manchester International School turned out to be no less than an epic event at the Sports Arena, inside the school premises.

    It remained an exquisitely eventful occurrence for our Young Manchesterians, to lay bare their innate talents in sports and games, on a momentous platform. Mr. Sujit Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Coimbatore (Traffic) did grace the occasion as the Chief Guest of Honour during this enthralling event!!

    Our Beloved Parents flocked in with huge numbers and made an indelible presence by constantly cheering our young champions for sublime performances during the sports meet!! A plethora of events facilitated each and every student to take part actively in many events of their choice.

    Prizes were duly distributed to the winners by our parents themselves!! The entire event marked its name as one among the most remarkable event down the history of Manchester International School!!


  • Yet Another Milestone

    date posted:Thu 13 Dec 2018

    Manchester International School has been Ranked No.14 in India, No.1 in Tamilnadu & Ranked No.1 in Coimbatore, under the Category “India`s Top 20 International Schools" in a survey conducted by EducationToday.co!!

    EducationToday.co is one of the leading education magazines in the country, which is very popular among the K-12 Community for its market intelligence and its ability to introduce new products, services and technologies to the K-12 segment.

    In addition, Education Today.co has also showcased some of the respected & upcoming schools in its bi-monthly editions. The magazine focuses on excellence in education and comes up with six premium issues yearly.

    EducationToday.co recently hosted the much-awaited National Conference & India School Merit Awards 2018 on December 8th, 2018 at The Chancery Pavilion, Bangalore.

    The conference had in attendance over 450+ delegates, 150+Individual School Decision makers, Chairman/Director's and Principals from all over India. This was followed by India School Merit Awards 2018-19 ‘Rewarding Excellence in Education’ in the K-12 sector only from all over India.

    Manchester International School would wish to grab this distinct opportunity to express its heartfelt thankfulness for the continued support and collaboration from the Students and Parents over the years, which had paved the way for sustained success!!


  • TASTY MOON PHASES

    date posted:Sat 08 Dec 2018

    At Manchester International School(MIS), teachers use a range of teaching aids. LKG used Oreo cookies to understand the phases of moon. MIS LKG students are inquiring on “Light and its sources”. The teacher also took the path of transdisciplinary learning, where students learned the concept of “Patterns” in math.

    During the rotations of the moon and earth relative to one another, different parts of the moon’s surface are lit up with sunlight depicting the different phases of the moon. These different phases are represented by Oreo cookies.  This activity makes it easy to explain why and how they occur. The white icing of the cookie represents the reflected sunlight. The chocolate biscuit represents the dark or unlit portions of the moon. The children will comprehend how the phases of the moon occur and their changing pattern. 


  • MATH OPERATION BOX

    date posted:Sat 08 Dec 2018

    Manchester International School teachers find ways to make learning authentic and fun at the same time. Providing the visual representation of how addition works with addends and making the sum bigger. UKG kids were so excited to get started with this and loved whooshing the balls down the tubes and catching them at the other end. This was a fabulously fun activity all by itself and great for motor skills, hand eye co-ordination and cause and effect! We repeated this with lots of combinations of numbers up to 10. The next step would be to write teen numbers and see if they could rise to the challenge of such large amounts of counting using 1:1 correspondence.


  • MIS Supports GRP Help App in Coimbatore!!

    date posted:Sat 08 Dec 2018

    Manchester International School has always stood behind solidly in aid of reforming the societal and social service activities of our nation. Your school had collaborated with Renowned Police Authority, Dr. Sylendra Babu, ADGP, Government Railway Police, who was in Coimbatore to launch the GRP Help Mobile Application for the utilization of the general public.

    GRP Help App is a Collaborative Effort of GRP Chiefs of all States of India. It is the official Government Railway Police App to help and empower Passengers of Indian Railways.

    With this App, Passengers can ask for Help from Government Railway Police and report complaints. They will get a confirmation SMS from GRP that help will be reaching them at next railway station. They can easily Report a Crime while traveling in trains.

    Students from Manchester International School indulged in active participation during this inauguration occurrence and had endeavoured towards making the general public furthermore aware of this fantastic mobile application and its utilities.

    Dr. Sylendra Babu did lay bare his earnest appreciation towards the partaking of the young champs of your school!!


  • Nimble Nicety!!

    date posted:Thu 06 Dec 2018

    Manchester International School wishes to lay bare its heart-full appreciation for our beloved student, Master Rehan Sulaiman, who has been, of late taking the world of Yoga in Coimbatore, by storm. This Super boy is studying in this school in Grade I, yet he remains overtly admired for his nimbleness in performing Yoga like no one of his age could dream of!!

    His achievements are being stated below for everybody to see:

    Name of the Student : Rehan Sulaiman 
    Grade: PYP – Grade 1

    1. Hari Yogalayam – State level Yogasana Championship – 2018
    Won 1st place in Category – “common and championship state level yogasana championship - 2018” held on 28th October 2018 in Coimbatore.
    (Certificate – 2nos and Trophy – 2nos)

    2. State level Yoga competition 2018-2019 conducted by SSVM world school and Ozone Yoga Center
    Ranked 1st in common category. (Certificate – 1 and Trophy – 1)


  • EYE AND DENTAL CARE FOR OUR YOUNG CHAMPS!!

    date posted:Tue 04 Dec 2018

    This exclusive camp was primarily aimed at enhancing the health and safety aspects of our students. Manchester International School had endeavoured and successfully conducted two health camps pertaining to Eye care and Dental care today. Diligent doctors from The EYE FOUNDATION AND MARUTHI DENTAL CLINIC Coimbatore, engaged meticulously in screening our students for their Eye and Dental ailments. The Eye and dental check up for grades 1 to 12 was organized in a seamless manner.

    Ophthalmologist had the eye screening done for all students and the students with minor defects were provided with a defect form and were advised to visit the hospital clinic for enhanced diagnosis, followed by appropriate treatment.

    The Dentists screened the students for ailments, whilst advising them towards regular checkup and in addition, counseled about adhering to proper oral hygiene. The students were also issued pamphlets with an advise towards periodic check - ups once in six months for trouble-free Vision care and Dental health. The camp concluded successfully!


  • A PYP LEARNING COMMUNITY

    date posted:Mon 03 Dec 2018

    Manchester International School looks for ways to improve our programme and the opportunities we offer students. The International Baccalaureate (IB) connects a worldwide community of learners who celebrate a common humanity and share a belief that education can help to build a better and more peaceful world. Schools offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP) bring a shared commitment to the IB’s mission through the learning community. Education is a social or collective endeavour and a benefit to the community as a whole, as well as to the individuals within it.

    Partnerships with parents benefit the students and value the perspectives they bring to the learning community. They add richness to the community by being actively involved in the life of the school to share decisions, exchange ideas, build on experiences and provide support.

    The following are some ways that parents and schools can interact in Manchester International School.

    • Parent volunteers

    • Parent evenings and parent-led events

    • Student-led conferences and reports

    • Learning celebrations

    • School-based presentations and displays

    • Student learning diaries and portfolios

    • Home–school communication journals (Newsletters, Circulars)

    • Mentoring for the Grade 5 PYP exhibition

    • Informal discussions

    At Manchester International School, our students are inquiring into (DEC and JAN):

    Pre-KG – Community Helpers

    LKG – Communicating our feelings through languages and arts.

    UKG- Celebrations and traditions are expressions of shared beliefs and values.

    Grade 1- Stories can engage their audience and communicate meaning.

    Grade 2- Writing allows us to express our thoughts and feelings.

    Grade 3- We communicate and express our thinking and ideas in different ways for different purposes.

    Grade 4- The human understanding of Earth and Space has evolved over a period of time through technological advancements.

    Grade 5- Government systems influence the lives of citizens.

     

    If you are interested in volunteering, please email us [email protected] and mention your area of expertise.

    0  Story telling

    0  Guest speaker

    0  Field-trips

    0  Grade 5 PYP Exhibition

    0  Community service (Student-initiated action)

    0  Facilitate an inquiry session (topic)

    0  Something else ? Please let us know


  • Guinness World Record & Asian Book of Records

    date posted:Fri 30 Nov 2018

    Believe in the unbelievable!!

    Yeah!! You heard it right!! Manchester International School has created a New Guinness World Record!!
    And if this isn’t the talk of the town, hear this…..

    Manchester International School has also created a New Asian Book of Records!! Well, if both these aren’t going to sweep you off the floor, hear this too…..

    Manchester International School is the first in the world to have created such a unique record by way of creating both the Guinness World Record and the Asian Book of Records!!

    Our gutsy students did lay bare some mind – boggling efforts today at the CODISSIA Grounds today that eventually led to history in the making!!

    Manchester International School has created a New Guinness World Record and a New Asian Book of Records in the following category:

    Most People Waving Traffic Flags Simultaneously

    The school administration extends its heartfelt gratitude to the unmatchable endeavor put in by its Students, Staff Members and Beloved Parents towards accomplishing this rare feat!!


  • ANNUAL DAY CELEBRATIONS 2018-19

    date posted:Thu 22 Nov 2018

    The Annual Day celebrations at Manchester International School turned out be an extended occurrence to rejoice the culmination of the school administration and the parents, aimed towards enhancing the unyielding trust and companionship that bonds us together!!

    Furthermore, this festivity did move on the next best level when parents had taken an active role by voluntarily taking several initiatives to indulge themselves in the entertainment agenda, meant for this elite day!

    This Annual Day remained as a matchless mega episode, since the programmes were divided on the basis of two chief categories as mentioned below:

    Carnival # 1 FUNTASTIC - For Grades Pre kg up till Grade II

    Carnival # 2 TECHNOFEST – For Grades III up till Grade XII

    Carnival # 1 celebrated the evolution of Tamil Cinema starting from 1950 up till 2018 whilst.

    Carnival # 2 did commemorate the technical advancement and revolution in the Tamil Film Industry.

    Our most distinguished guest of honor for Carnival # 1 was Mr. C. Sathya, renowned Film Music Director, who had composed music for super-duper films namely, Engayum Eppothum, Theeyaa Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru, Kanchana 2 and many other blockbuster numbers for the tamil movie lover. His expertise in the field of composing music remains sublime and his sustained growth in the Film Industry has had an overtly positive influence amongst our Students and staff of our school.

    Our Distinguished Chief Guest for our Carnival # 2, Mr. V. Ponraj, has worked as the Scientific Advisor to the former President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalaam. His life term association with Dr. Abdul Kalaam is perceived to be a formidable asset whilst his scientific knowledge and social engineering expertise remains unparallelled. Mr. Ponraj did possess within himself the transformational outlook towards revolutionizing the Indian society in the field of science and technology will forever remain an ideal inspiration for our young Manchesterians and the citizens of this nation.

    It should be emphasized that there was no dearth of scintillating, sensational and a dazzling display of dance programmes put up by our young champs during this programme. This Annual Day celebrations remained as an ideal platform for demonstrating the immense talents of our students in a plethora of functionalities.

    Our beloved parents, as always, turned out to be the school’s best ambassadors, since they contributed enormously towards the success of this breathtaking display of splendor and grandeur at the main auditorium of this school!!

    The school administration extends its hearty congratulations and gratefulness to our tiny tots and young champions, the entire staff fraternity, our most beloved parents, our distinguished guests and to one and everyone who had contributed towards the stupendous success of the Annual Day celebrations 2018!!


  • Salads Rule!!

    date posted:Tue 30 Oct 2018

    Kids and vegetables rarely get along yet it becomes imperative that children get to eat an assortment of fruits and vegetables to remain hale and healthy.

    At MIS, an earnest initiative was undertaken to help our kids remain much healthier. Merging agreeably with the PYP theme “HEALTHY FOOD” in the Pre- Kg, the children enthusiastically did prepare, serve and tasted the plethora of combinations of fruits and vegetables with dried fruits toppings. Children were very super excited to share and eat the colorful salad with their friends.


  • TAKING ACTION- WORLD WILDLIFE WEEK

    date posted:Fri 26 Oct 2018

    TAKING ACTION- WORLD WILDLIFE WEEK

    Wildlife Week is celebrated all over the country in the month of October every year to protect animal life.  On this note, the Manchester International School organized different activities related to wildlife conservation to commemorate this week from October 3rd to 8th.

    IB PYP learners inquired into “rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution” through the Transdisciplinary theme “Sharing the planet”. Kids are the most important aspects of understanding the means and purposes of the celebrating the Wild Life Week. Following is the list of some activities:

    Early Years:

    Puppet show in Pre-KG. Story-telling workshop where children narrated animal stories, made animal crafts like masks, origami and used it during the workshop.

    Grade-1 Class Collage with pictures of endangered aquatic species.

    Grade-2 Discussion on “Animal Migration- an endangered phenomenon?”

    Grade-3 Drawing/Painting/sketching on “Human -wildlife conflicts”.

    Grade-4 Slogan Writing.

    Grade 5 Evolution of Extinct Animals

    Student Reflections:

    “We found that this deforestation is one of the main reasons for the loss of wildlife. In addition, population growth, expansion of agriculture and livestock, raising building of cities and roads, and pollution are the prime factors that put pressure on the natural habitat of wildlife” – Grade 4 student

    “We were eager to learn about migration of birds and animals and collected facts about different birds and animals that migrate. We also read a book ‘Magic of migration’ through which we analyzed the danger/threats faced by animals and birds during the migrating period” – Grade 2 student

    “We did a research on animals and the causes for their extinction. The evolution vs extinction is itself a science, we realized that there are few human factors that cause mass extinction” – Grade 5 student

     

     


  • Developing Tomorrow's Leaders Today!

    date posted:Fri 26 Oct 2018

    “Freedom cannot be bestowed, it must be achieved; and once achieved it must be cherished.”

    In relation to the current theme, “My country”- to commemorate the freedom struggle of our leaders and in the intention of imbibing their values and virtues, our Pre-KG children dressed up as Indian leaders and enacted through actions and words of the portrayed character.

    Children are naturally imitative creatures. They learn about the world by imitating the lives of the adults and others around them. Through dress-up and dramatic role-play, children explore the lives of other people by imitating their actions, feelings and words. Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education, believed that imaginative play in early childhood is the key to creative thinking during the adult years. When children engage in dress-up play, their imaginations are given free reign. There is no limit to who, where, or what they can be.


  • DEVELOPING NUMBER SENSE

    date posted:Wed 24 Oct 2018

    The most significant part of early math learning is learning numbers. Most of our kids can count. Being able to count to ten is seen as a milestone of toddler and preschool knowledge.

    However, do they actually develop conceptual understanding?

    Do they know what those numbers mean?

    Or are they just parroting them back at us?

    This is where number sense comes in. It is important for kids to know the value behind numbers and start to understand how they relate to each other. In Pre-KG, we use dice for a number of activities like number recognition, quantification, counting, number correspondence. Using dice gives the visual perception skills a workout and crossing mid-line as they scan the surface area where the outcome is shown and known. Student’s ability to work with numbers flexibly and fluidly can be strengthened through such activities.


  • Behold… It’s Raining Awards!!

    date posted:Fri 05 Oct 2018

    Education World India School Rankings 2018-19

    India’s Premier School Ranking Agency, Education World, in association with C fore, Delhi, has concluded its 12th annual Education World India School Rankings survey. A sample respondents database of 12,214 educationists, principals, teachers, parents and students in 27 cities and education hubs across India were interviewed to rate the country’s Top 1,000 schools on 14 parameters of education excellence.

    The country’s top-ranked schools in 14 categories were felicitated at the Leela Ambience Hotel, Gurgaon on September 28-29, 2018.

    We are earnestly elated to inform your good self that your school, Manchester International School, has been duly awarded the most prestigious and most coveted Number 2 International School award in Tamilnadu and Number 1 International School award in Coimbatore!!

    Your school has been adjudged as the Number 5 in STEAM Education Excellence School in India!!

    Your school administration is hugely indebted to its Students, Staff members, Parents, and the community as such, alongside all the well wishers of the school, and extends its heartfelt gratitude you for their unrelenting support.    

    This prestigious award would have been highly unimaginable without the steadfast support and encouragement from each and every individual, who had put in their mighty effort towards setting up a perfect platform, for the students to flourish and aim towards perfect progression!

    Here’s calling you all to join hands together towards developing a passion for learning and by doing so, our children will never cease to grow!!


  • Classic childhood games have therapeutic benefits!

    date posted:Fri 28 Sep 2018

    “Simon Says” is a game where the teacher/child plays the the role of "Simon" and gives instructions (physical actions such as "Touch your head," or " Touch your nose") to the other players. This enables children to develop body awareness and learn executive function skills (listen and follow instruction). A baby needs 1,000 repetitions to learn a word; by the time he’s a toddler, he might need 50 repetitions; and when he’s in kindergarten, he may need only a few repetitions to master it because the brain connections have been laid out, says Judith Wright, a literacy specialist.

    How do children learn to self-regulate?

    Consistency is the key.

    Children love repetition. You would have noticed your toddler asking you to repeat the same bedtime story every day, asking for the same food wearing his/her favorite dress almost several times a month. From around the age of two, you will notice your toddler repeating the same words and phrases constantly. It is comforting; they feel secured and learn the structure at the same time. Spend time with your children, plan with them, tell them about the upcoming activities well in advance as it gives them structure and confidence.

    At home:

    You can play this game with your child.

    You can also modify it- “Simon says…Go to bed”, “Simon says…keep the toys in place”, “Simon says…hug your mommy” etc,


  • SPELLING BEE SPLENDIDNESS!!

    date posted:Wed 19 Sep 2018

    Manchester International School has remained pioneer in leading the way towards striving to present unending opportunities to our young champs to expand their intellectual and scholastic skills in a plethora of interests!  Your school’s steadfast association with WIN Spell Bee has never failed to remain of utmost utility in uplifting the persona of numerous students, as such.

    Incidentally, Win National Spell Bee conducted the state level Contest for the academic year 2017-2018 at Manchester International School.  Our young champions had fervently taken part in the Intra-school competitions whilst those who qualified, successfully moved on to the Inter-school, District and State level competitions. The competitions were conducted in various categories for Grades I to Grades XII.

    Amazingly, 100 of our students from various categories got selected to take part in the state level competitions. The state level competitions were held on 8th and 9th of September in Venkatalakshmi School at Singanallur.  Over 200 students from various schools had taken part in the state level competition in various categories. The top fifty students from each category were selected to take part in National level competition.

    This day went down in the history of Manchester International School when our proud young champions bagged the Winner’s Trophy!!