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Pre-school education is different from the conventional pre-childhood development education. This is the stage where a child’s brain lays down the foundation to build a psychosocially strengthened personality.

A compelling body of evidence exists relating that trees and natural areas are essential elements of healthy communities for children. Nature provides countless opportunities for discovery, creativity, problem-solving, and STEM education. Interacting with natural environments allows children to learn by experimenting with ideas. In nature, children think, question, and make hypotheses — thereby developing inquisitive minds.

Polymath College, Navinna, strongly believes in and practices this psychological concept. The school opened its doors to its new batch of Grade One students recently. On their second day, the tiny tots were taken to the school’s luscious garden which was filled with flowering trees and shrubs. The venue also has vegetable and fruit garden plots. The new comers had a lot of fun with their class teachers, being introduced to new plants and exploring the garden. They mingled with their new friends and played together using the school’s playground equipment.

The expressions on the students’ faces reflect their emotions. They felt safe and quite at home at the school among their teachers. These memories will be with them throughout the school year as they enjoy reflecting on what they have seen and experienced. Returning home, the busy bodies chatter about the new things they have learnt, the discoveries they have made and the new territories they have explored in their school ventures. Excited about these new aspects which they have absorbed into their minds, the children look forward to yet another day they can spend amid their peers and teachers.

“Happy”, “settled”, “pleased with their progress”, “proper class management”, “gradually became independent and friendly”, “has developed discipline and confidence” are some of the comments from the parents which has reached this amazing educational institute. Founded and headed by Upali Gunasekara, the former Royal College and Isipathana College principal, Polymath College comes with the vision of encouraging students to become an international personality with a Sri Lankan identity.

RJ