Interview Preparation Program (IPP)
Week 4
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Subject: EARLY READING
By the end of the week, students should be able to:
1. Master recognition A-Z; a-r
2. Learn lowercase t-z
3. Master word spellings by rote/oral/visual: a up to o
4. Learn more word spellings by rote/oral/visual: pot, queen, rose, sun, telephone
Subject: MATHS
1. Master rote counting up to 100
2. Master recognition of 1-80
3. Practice spelling of number names six to ten
4. Master identification of all basic shapes
Subject: GENERAL KNOWLEDGE
1. Learn by memory: Names of birds Crow cock eagle hen kingfisher myna owl parrot pigeon peacock swan
2. Study pictures of birds and describe their features
3. Learn: national flower, national animal, national bird
Subject: ENGLISH
1. Learn common action words: stop, go, walk, run, sit, stand, sleep, eat, climb, jump, lie down, write, read, listen, hear, watch, see, etc.
2. Practice answering interview-type questions: What is your name? How old are you? Where do you live? etc.
3. Master answers for current-events questions (see previous week’s lesson).
Subject: Writing
1. Practice writing numerals and alphabets depending on child’s skills.
2. Practice writing your name.
3. Copy and write these words on a four-line notebook: A for apple, B for ball, C for cat, D for duck, E for egg, F for Fish (see Early Reading spelling words)
4. Write number names (1=one, 2=two, 3=three, 4=four, 5=five so on and so forth)
Songs and Rhymes (Master previous rhymes and learn the following:)
1. Dicky Birds
2. Baa Baa Black Sheep
3. Beehive

Send an email to littlewonders_education@yahoo.com to avail of worksheets available for IPP.

Did you know that…

  • Although your child is expected to know capital and lowercase alphabets A-Z, numbers 1-100, and a great deal of so-called “general knowledge” during the admission interviews, the kindergarten syllabus in your school of choice will just repeat her previously mastered lessons and will, most likely, not teach her/him anything new
  • Some big schools reserve seats for students whose parents pay a “special” yet undisclosed (out-of-the-books) amount
  • It is common practice for schools to give sixty to eighty percent of school syllabus as “winter homework”
  • Many schools prescribe Phonics books but their teachers are not Phonics-trained. Hence, they teach the Phonics books using the whole-word method (which is in complete opposition to Phonics method).
  • Some well-known schools teach the Bible and the Christian religion through various ways. For example, a prayer that many Muslim students of Convent have been taught to recite is “Our Father” which goes against the Islamic principle/concept of God. In Mallinsons, they have a lesson called “Phone Call to Jesus” which students have to learn by heart
  • Many well-known schools have overcrowded classrooms –as much as fifty to seventy children jam-packed in one classroom
  • Many well-known schools do not provide clean toilet facilities to children

Interview Preparation Program(IPP)

Please be informed that students who are in the regular Little Wonders kindergarten programme are learning much more than the students enlisted in the IPP.

The learning approach used in the IPP is tangential to the more holistic and comprehensive curriculum of Little Wonders. Hence, students who are in this program will miss the regular Little Wonders subjects such as Conversation Sim, Drama, Sports, Concept Development and Exploration (CDE), Montessori Learning, and etc. Instead, IPP students will spend more time and focus on Writing, Alphabet Recognition, Rote Counting, and other traditional classes because the success rate in these interviews rely heavily on rote learning i.e. learning by repetition of lessons, often without real understanding of meaning or significance, as the common interview format below will show:

Common Interview Format

  1. The child is asked several questions regarding father’s name and profession, mother’s name and profession, child’s age, address, etc.
  2. The child is asked to enumerate or say names of things such as Names of Animals, Names of Fruits, Names of Vegetables, and etc.
  3. The child is asked to identify A-Z.
  4. The child is asked to count 1-100.
  5. The child is asked to sing some rhymes.
  6. The child is asked to complete a puzzle.
  7. The child is asked to write 1-50.
  8. The child is asked to write A-Z.

Furthermore, we would like to make it clear that we, the staff and management of Little Wonders, believe that these kinds of interviews do not measure the “intelligence” of children.

Nevertheless, we have launched the IPP only because it is necessitated by the traditional educational system of the primary schools in the Valley. Although the Right To Education (RTE) Bill passed by the Central Government has made it illegal for schools to conduct such “interviews” as an admission selection procedure, the government of Jammu and Kashmir has not complied with it.

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Interview Preparation Program (IPP)

Week 3

Subject: EARLY READING

By the end of the week, students should be able to:

  1. Revise recognition of uppercase A-Z and lowercase a-j
  2. Learn to recognize lowercase alphabets k -r
  3. Master word spellings by rote/oral: apple, ball, cat, duck, egg, fish, goat, hen/house, igloo
  4. Learn more word spellings by rote/oral: jug, jam, key, leaf, mango, nose, orange

Subject: MATHS

  1. Master rote counting up to 100
  2. Master recognition of 1-40
  3. Learn to recognize numerals 50-80
  4. Master spelling of number names one to five (orally)
  5. Learn spelling of number names six to ten
  6. Master identification of all basic shapes

Subject: GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

  1. Learn by memory: Names of wild land animals-bear   deer    elephant   fox   giraffe  gorilla   kangaroo   koala   lion    monkey   tiger
  2. Study pictures of wild animals. Learn about what they eat, the noises they make, and the names of their young ones
  3. Differentiate between domestic and wild animals
  4. Learn: national flower, national animal, national bird

Subject: ENGLISH

  1. Practice answering interview-type questions: What is your name? How old are you? Where do you live? etc.
  2. Master answers for current-events questions (see previous week’s lesson).
  3. Learn to tell a very short story in English such as “The Thirsty Crow”

Subject: Writing

  1. Practice writing numerals and alphabets depending on child’s skills.
  2. Practice writing your name.
  3. Copy and write these words on a four-line notebook: A for apple, B for ball, C for cat, D for duck, E for egg, F for Fish
  4. Write number names (1=one, 2=two, 3=three, 4=four, 5=five)

Songs and Rhymes (Master previous rhymes and learn the following:)

  1. Down by the Station
  2. Ding Dong Bell
  3. Cobbler, Cobbler
  4. Chubby Cheeks
  5. Early-to-Bed

Send an email to littlewonders_education@yahoo.com to avail of worksheets available for IPP.

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Week 2

Subject:EARLY READING

By the end of the week, students should be able to:

  1. Recognize and identify lowercase alphabets a up to j
  2. Master word spellings by rote/oral: apple, ball, cat, duck,
  3. Learn more word spellings by rote/oral: egg, fish, goat, hen/house, igloo

Subject: MATHS

  1. Master rote counting up to 50
  2. Practice rote counting up to 100
  3. Master recognition of 1-20
  4. Learn to recognize numerals 20-40
  5. Master spelling of number names one to five (orally)
  6. Master identification of all basic shapes

Subject: GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

  1. Learn by memory: Names of domestic animals- buffalo, camel, cat, cow, dog, duck, donkey, goat, hen, horse, sheep, rooster
  2. Study pictures of domestic animals. Learn about what they eat, the noises they make, and the names of their young ones
  3. Differentiate between domestic and wild animals

Subject: ENGLISH

  1. Practice answering interview-type questions: What is your name? How old are you? Where do you live?etc.
  2. Learn answers for current-events questions (see previous week’s lesson).
  3. Learn to tell a very short story in English such as “The Thirsty Crow”

Subject: Writing

  1. Practice writing numerals and alphabets depending on child’s skills.
  2. Practice writing your name.
  3. Copy and write these words on a four-line notebook: A for apple, B for ball, C for cat, D for duck, E for egg, F for Fish
  4. Write number names (1=one, 2=two, 3=three, 4=four, 5=five)

Songs and Rhymes (Master previous rhymes and learn the following:)

  1. Five Little Monkeys
  2. Five Little Ducks
  3. Humpty Dumpty
  4. Hickety, Pickety

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Week 1

Subject:EARLY READING

By the end of the week, students should be able to:

  1. Recognize and identify uppercase alphabets A-Z (use letter cards presented in random order).
  2. Say Alphabetical Word Samples (AWS) from A-Z (e.g. a for apple, b for ball, c for cat).
  3. Learn word spellings by rote/oral: apple= a-p-p-l-e; ball=b-a-l-l; cat-c-a-t; duck-d-u-c-k

Subject: MATHS

  1. Rote count up to 50 (without prompting)
  2. Recognize and identify numerals 1-20 (use number cards presented in random order)
  3. Count groups of objects up to 20
  4. Identify and name all basic shapes (circle, triangle, square, rectangle, oval, diamond, pentagon, hexagon)
  5. Learn to spell number names by rote (one, two, three, four,  five)

Subject: General Knowledge

  1. Learn by memory-at least 10 names of fruits: apple, banana, cherry, grapes, guava, mango, pear, pineapple, watermelon, strawberry
  2. Identify fruits (in pictures)
  3. Learn  by memory-at least 10 names of vegetables: cabbage, carrots, cucumber, green beans, onions, potatoes, peas, tomatoes, radish
  4. Identify vegetables (in pictures)

Subject: ENGLISH

A. Practice interview-type question and answer such as “What is your name? My name is…. “How old are you? I am …years old.” Note to parents: The phrasing of asking someone’s age in this way, “What is your age?” is non-standard and non-conversational.

B. Learn info:

  1. personal – home address, name of parents’ names, siblings’ names, parents’ occupation, name of school, school address, name of principal, names of teachers, names of friends, favorite color, favorite food
  2. social – name of city, name of state, name of country
  3. current events-name of Chief Minister of J&K, name of President, name of Prime Minister

Subject: Writing

  1. Practice writing numerals and alphabets depending on child’s skills.
  2. Practice writing your name.

Subject: Songs and Rhymes

Go to video links to listen and watch.

  1. Jack and Jill
  2. Johnny Johnny
  3. Itsy Bitsy Spider
  4. If You’re Happy