As per the 5+3+3+4 pedagogical and curricular restructuring stated in the National Education Policy of 2020 (NEP 2020), the age group of 3 – 6 years, that is, three years of preschool, in addition to classes I and II, will now fall under the Foundational Stage.
The age range of 3 – 8 years is widely accepted as the stage of early childhood care and education (ECCE).
As per NEP 2020, early childhood education must consist of ‘flexible, multi-faceted, multi-level, play-based, activity-based and inquiry-based learning… to attain optimal outcomes in the domains of physical and motor development, cognitive development,
socio-emotional-ethical development, cultural/artistic development and the development of communication and early language, literacy and numeracy.’ (NEP 2020, Para 1.2, p.7).
A widely-used instructional material in preschools is the worksheet. For teachers, the worksheet is an important assessment tool, as well.
Here, Nimrat Kaur discusses a timely article written by Pranalee Sharma and Rima Kaur with the authors.
The discussion takes you through the kind of worksheets that is appropriate for children in preschool. It also highlights the importance of creating worksheets that are not only educational but also pleasurable for children.
Read the article Fun Worksheets for Preschool Learning by Pranalee Sharma and Rima Kaur here.
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Pranalee Sharma is a part of the School of Continuing Education and University Resource Centre (SCE-URC), Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.
She has a PhD in Human Development and Childhood Studies from the University of Delhi.
Her research work is on children in Vaishnavite monasteries. She is involved in large-scale assessments; in developing courses on childhood studies, socio-emotional learning and also in the capacity-building programmes for teachers on Early Childhood Education.
She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rima Kaur is a part of the School of Continuing Education and University Resource Centre (SCE-URC), Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.
She has a BEd from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, and an MEd from Bharat Ratna Dr B R Ambedkar University, Delhi.
Her areas of interest are Early Language and Literacy and Early Childhood Education.
She may be reached at email@example.com
Nimrat Kaur is a part of the School of Continuing Education and University Resource Centre (SCE-URC), Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.
Nimrat has contributed to the development and validation of individual and institutional quality frameworks based on secondary research and field engagement. These frameworks have been used in various academic and field engagements across states.
She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org