Field trips offer children first-hand learning experiences. Giving equal weightage to both indoor as well as outdoor activities makes the children well-prepared for the outside world. Field trips not only expose the student to practical learning through sight, taste and smell but are undoubtedly one of the best ways to promote team spirit over several fun-filled knowledgeable activities. This term, the Coast Academy took different groups of students on different field trips applicable to their curriculum. Some of the most memorable moments in a person’s life are the field trips taken during school years. Below are 6 benefits of a field trip in a child’s education.
1. Academic growth
Students who go on field trips tend to perform better than students that are only limited to classroom learning. A child is most likely to remember something they saw rather than just sitting in class. These trips reinforce what the students learn in class which in turn makes it easier to understand better and remember.
2. Interactive Learning
In a classroom setting, engagement is usually lost through the memorization of materials. Field trips give more room for interacting with the subject of study thus making them more relevant and relatable. i.e. learning about rocks in a Geography class is not as relatable as seeing and feeling each type of rock which makes it easier for them to remember.
3. Feel of Real-world experience
This is especially when students visit historical sites that show the history of a people. Museums and Forts make the students gain historical empathy as they are taken around and get to see the way of life of the people of the past, rooms where freedom fighters were locked and the equipment used in historical wars. This in turn brings the history lessons to life. Students also get to see how class lessons are applied in real life.
4. Breaks Classroom monotony
Taking the students out on a field trip is an excellent way of breaking the daily classroom monotony. Lessons become more lively towards a trip as the students look forward to the “break”. They often serve as a powerful motivator for students.
5. Access to Different Environments
Going out on a field trip is an excellent exposure to a new environment different from the one at home. Taking children who have been born and raised in the city to the farm exposes them to an entirely different setup from what they have been accustomed to. Sometimes state exams include questions that do not bridge the gap between rural and urban students and fieldwork is a great way to build the bridge.
6. Social Interactions
Field trips create an opportunity for students to interact with fellow learners from different classes. They get to exchange ideas, learn from each other and make new friends. A timid child is also more likely to be more cheerful in such a setting than in the contained classroom setting.
We all have at least 2 teachers that we remember from our school years. A teacher that made you look forward to their lesson because of how approachable kind and friendly they were, and a teacher who was always harsh and insulting. Students dreaded classes of the latter teacher because of her hostile approach. This plays a big factor in students’ performance. Below are 7 qualities of a good teacher.
1. Patient And Approachable
Patience is an essential virtue in a teacher. It is easier for a student to approach an empathetic teacher for assistance than a hostile one. A student would rather suffer in silence than be humiliated by a teacher in class. A good teacher reassures their students which in turn boosts their self-esteem.
2. Passionate About Their Job
A good teacher is one that is excited and enthusiastic about their job. This will make them give their best and the students will in turn have more willpower to study and perform well. Class performance is also likely to be affected by this because the teacher will strive to ensure that no child is left behind.
3. Excellent Communication And Interpersonal Skills.
A class consists of children with different capabilities. It takes a teacher with excellent verbal and non-verbal communication to make sure that the message has been received and understood by each and every one in the class. This also helps in choosing the right language to correct the students without being harsh. Nonverbal cues can also help spot a child needing extra attention/help.
4. Qualified And From A Renowned Institution
There is nothing as good as knowing your content. A good teacher is one that prepares for class and has her content at her fingertips. This prevents being caught off-guard by a question from the student which will make you lose your credibility. It also makes you gain respect from the students and parents.
5. Creative And Innovative
Routine creates boredom. A good teacher is one that comes up with different, innovative, and fun ways to engage the students. This can be done in a variety of ways, i.e group discussions, inquiries, field excursions, and conducting experiments. This in turn breaks the monotony.
6. Sets High Expectations
A good teacher challenges her students to do their best, surpass their expectations and explore their full potential. Set daily goals, and weekly goals termly goals and review them accordingly.
Acknowledgment has always been like a sweet pat on the back. A good teacher praises her students for a job well done, improvement and good progress. This in turn pushes the students to do even better next time. A great sense of humor also creates a relaxed learning environment.
Half of the girls in Kenya are getting little to no education. One in 2 girls in Kenya is married at the tender age of 19.It is a fundamental right of the girl child to receive quality education. All learning centers should ensure that they provide a friendly, safe and conducive environment for the safety of the girl child. Educating the girl child is like educating the entire community. Below are 5 reasons for educating the girl child.
1. Increase in literacy level
When girls are educated, they Acquire knowledge and skills necessary to compete in the labor market. This gives them the will and confidence needed to join the employment task force.
2. Ability to Make Smart Decisions
Educated women make better decisions when it comes down to healthcare, marriage and less likely to endure domestic abuse. Social skills, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills are also impacted and in turn can help in settling disputes in the community.
3. Reduction of Child Marriages.
If all girls went to school and proceeded to finishing secondary, it would have greatly impact in the number of early marriages in school going girls.
4. Reduction in Child Mortality Rates
According to the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative, children of educated mothers are twice as likely to survive past the age of five. This is because they are more aware about the importance of good health care and would ensure that their children get all necessary vaccines required.
5. Continuation of Cycle
Education equips one with socio-emotional and life skills necessary to adapt in the changing world. A girl that is educated will definitely want the same for her daughter’s education. They will beat all odds to ensure that her daughter gets quality education.
6. Economic Growth
Women invest their salaries into their families and their community at large. This in turn helps in poverty eradication. Educating the girl child will mean having more women in the work force thus increasing the labour force needed for the country’s economic growth.
An educated woman is able to be self-sufficient. She is capable of taking care of her own needs without being dependent on either her husband or any other relative for survival.
1. Talk to them about school
Make it a habit to discuss the day-to-day activities later in the evening. Do not be quick to condemn and don’t take matters lightly. Let them know that they can trust in you which makes you their go-to person for anything.
2. Attend school functions
Be sure to attend all school events such as Parent-teacher-student conferences, sports day and cultural day. Take any opportunity to go to the school and see how your child interacts with other children. That will give you a feel of how he is in school.
3. Engage the Teacher
Make regular follow-ups with the class teacher. This will give you an insight into how your child is fairing in school and will also alert you if it so happens that your child starts exhibiting peculiar behavior at school.
4. Ask open-ended questions
Do not ask your child questions that require a one-word answer only i.e. how was school today? Instead, ask questions that require them to go in-depth in the answering so that you get a clear picture of things that could be; what happened in class today? What do you do during break?
5. Talks a lot about school
A child that enjoys school will gladly talk about school without being prompted. They will tell you about the activities they did in school, who did what and even show you what they did in school. They will also be very eager to go back to school. (more…)Read More
Starting a new school year is exciting and can also be filled with anxiety for others, especially those joining a new school. Below are tips to curb the anxiety and prepare your child mentally, emotionally and physically for the new school year.
1. Get Back to Normal School Routine
Resume the normal school schedule a few days before school starts. This will help switch off the holiday mode and activate school mode. It involves going to bed early and getting up early to shower and have breakfast in time for school.
2. Purchase Required School Supply
Take a trip to the stationery supply stores and purchase the required tools such as crayons, story books, geometry sets, etc. Allowing your child to tag along, can make the back to school feel exciting as they get to pick their favorite pens, backpack, or supplementary book. This prepares them mentally.
3. Set Everything Ready
Organize books and stationeries, make sure the uniforms are pressed and school shoes polished. Make the necessary physical preparations i.e. visit the salon or barber to avoid last minute rush. Make the necessary arrangements for transport to and from school.
4. Acquire a Positive Attitude and Mindset.
The right attitude will greatly impact your child’s performance at school. Encourage them to Set a SMART target that will keep them focused even on those subjects that seem to be a challenge. Start the term on a high note and keep going.
5. Do a Pre-Visit to the School
If you are starting a new school, take the child for a pre-visit of the school to familiarize with the premises and if possible, get to meet the new teacher. This will ease the anxiety and help with the transition.Read More
1. Encourages healthy eating habits
All junk food such as sodas, sweets, and pizza, are strictly forbidden on the school campus in order to ensure the good health of our students. This in turn curbs lifestyle diseases such as obesity thus promoting participation in physical activities and concentration in class.
2. Promotes creativity and character development
Students at Coast Academy are encouraged to embrace their individuality. Partaking in co-curricular and extracurricular activities such as music, art, sports and athletics requires creative thinking, boosts self-confidence and nurtures talent.
3. Guaranteed Safety and Security
At Coast Academy, students’ safety is our top priority. No child is allowed to leave the school premises under any circumstance without being accompanied by a parent or guardian. All activities are supervised and safety precautions are taught to the students. We also carry out regular fire drills.
4. Excellent Academic Performance
Our Students have continued to deliver exemplary results over the years. This is made possible by the low teacher-to-student ratio which enables the teachers to offer individual attention to each and every child and assist them in their weak areas so that no child is left behind. All students get an equal opportunity because we understand that every child’s milestone is unique.
5. Impeccable Staff and students relationship
Advanced levels also known as A Levels is a 2 year program taken after completion of the GCSEs.
It offers a variety of subjects from which the students can choose 3-4, and the grades they achieve in the different subject add up to the total UCAS points needed for university placement. Below are reasons to pursue A levels.
1. A gateway to International Universities
Pursuing A levels is the increases your chances of being admitted in universities in the UK, America, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. A levels are recognized worldwide and hold the key to studying in Universities in the UK.
2. Allows Subject Preference Selection
Students taking A levels are allowed to choose 3-4 subjects that they are passionate in. This allows students to channel their passion in what they are interested in and to study subjects related to the course they aim to pursue at the University and in their future careers.
3. Excellent Option for those yet to settle on a Career
A levels gives one the opportunity to maintain a scope of subjects from different fields such as a science and a humanity or math and a language. This gives one more time for specialization while gaining skills in different fields and keeping your options open.
4. Availability of Free Study Time
Students pursuing A levels are privileged to get free study time which they can use to catch up on their studies or do some revision work and carry out research tasks assigned to them. This give them ample time to self-reflect, come up with ideas and prepare for self-directed learning that takes place in Universities.
5. Increases Employment Opportunities.
Employees have a great ranking for A-level candidates. Studying A-levels equips one with critical thinking skills and information analysis that are necessary in the work environment.
There is nothing as exciting and scary at the same time as starting school.
Enrolling your child in Kindergarten for the first time is one of the biggest milestones in parenting. Parents want to ensure that they pick the best school for their little ones. Somewhere safe and with the best foundation for their children. Below are tips to consider when choosing your child’s first school.
1. The preferred Education system for your child
This should always come first. You need to first look at the Education system that you want your child to go through. With Education systems ranging from the British International system to the CBC system. This will guide you to the right pool of schools to pick from for your preferred curriculum for your child.
2. Prepare a list of schools and plan a Pre-visit to each of them
Write down all kindergartens from your preferred system of Education that offer all your needs. The internet is a great place to search for kindergartens near you. You can also get recommendations from other parents. Plan a pre-visit to each one of them and take your child with you during the visit to see how he interacts with the environment. Observe the atmosphere. Are the teachers and the other staff friendly? Is the school environment clean, safe, and conducive? Are the toilets clean and child friendly?
3. Teacher-to-student ratio
This is a significant factor in your child’s education. The lower the teacher-to-student ratio the easier it is for the teacher to attend to the needs of each child. At these tender ages, children need a lot of individualized attention for their different milestones. This is because children tend to have different strengths and abilities and you don’t want your child to be left behind.
4. Teacher Children interaction
Observe the class in session. How is the interaction between the teacher and the children? Do the children seem happy? Are they enjoying the lesson? Is it hands-on? Are the teachers creative, fun and patient?
5. Understand the school’s Policy and culture
How is the daily school program? The school’s values should be in line with your own. Is the school’s culture what you would like your child to practice? The school’s policy should not be uptight, all work and no playtime, as this will limit the child’s creativity.
6. Extra-curricular activities
Lots of extracurricular activities are good for the development of a child as it allows them to explore different activities discover their talents and nurture them. It also teaches the child social skills and boosts their self-confidence. Activities such as swimming, athletics and tae-kwondo are great for children.
This is a critical factor when choosing a school for your child. Be sure to pick a school where you can be able to pay the fees to avoid circumstances whereby your child misses out on school due to fee arrears. This should help you narrow down the list of schools to those that fit within your budget.
The school’s location should be somewhere conducive for learning to take place. Avoid schools that are next to a market center and look into schools in a quiet and serene environment. Give preference for schools that are near your home to reduce commute time. However, if none of the neighboring schools fit your child’s needs, ask for school transport to ease the burden of drop and pick up.
1. Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir
The governor-elect for Mombasa County, Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir sat for his KCPE exams in 1988 at the Coast Academy. He was a student who would not quit on a task until he made sure he had successfully completed it. We wish him all the best as the second governor of Mombasa.
2. Maisam Fazel
Dr. Maisam is a University of Cambridge–qualified consultant and specialist registered surgeon, in both cosmetic and breast cancer surgery with more than 21 years of experience. Dr. Maisam, the founder of Refresh Cosmetic Surgery, in the UK is also a pioneer in male breast surgery (gynecomastia surgery) and is highly recommended in his mummy makeovers.
3. Fareen Samji
Fareen, who is also known as “Far”, is the 5 time Canadian Women’s long drive champion and former golf touring professional. She moved to Canada to further her education at McMaster University and graduated with degrees in Psychology and Kinesiology. In 2017, Fareen published her book, Smashing the Grass Ceiling which aims to empower, motivate and inspire professional women.
4. Aanand Acharya
Dr. Aanand Acharya is a Master’s degree graduate in Medicine from the University Of Cambridge (UK), a Consultant ENT Surgeon in Perth, and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia. He is accredited in Otolaryngology with both the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Aanand also provides Outreach ENT services to rural and remote parts of West Australia and is the lead clinician and coordinator of the Telethon Speech & Hearing Pilbara Ear Bus Program.
5. Thomas N O Achia
Professor Thomas Achia is a professor of Mathematics at the University of Nairobi. And also a biostatistician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Professor Achia graduated from the University of the Western Cape. He has previously worked at the University of the Witwatersrand as a senior lecturer in Epidemiology and Biostatics, specializing in Spatial and spatiotemporal modeling of diseases and public health issues He has written a number of research publications such as Identification of determinants of infant mortality in Rwanda using a shared frailty model, which was published by the European Journal of Scientific Research.
Choosing a good playgroup for your child is very important because it shapes your child’s entire educational journey.
The Coast Academy playgroup is by no doubt the best place for your toddler. We offer the best to help nurture the little minds as they start their educational journey. The warm, loving and safe environment helps your little one grow up to be a self-dependent, confident and outgoing child ready to learn and grow. Below are 5 reasons why you should entrust us with your child.
1. Low teacher-to-student ratio
At Coast Academy, we believe in the power of giving every child their own personalized attention. This allows the teacher to attend to every child’s unique needs and identify their strong points. The result of this is that no child is left behind. This is evident from all the learner’s work displayed in the class.
2. A well Rounded Curriculum
Our teachers work hard to ensure that the learners grasp their motor skills through colouring, artwork and building blocks. Listening to stories from the teacher promotes good listening skills while the audio songs and stories grow their auditory perception. P.E class helps with the development of their gross-motor skills through jumping, balancing and running among others.
3. Availability of Extra-Curricular activities
At Coast Academy playgroup, children engage in a lot of extracurricular activities which include, swimming and athletics. These activities build their creativity, boost their confidence and strengthen their growing muscles. It also creates an opportunity to identify and grow a child’s talent.
4. Conducive learning environment
Our school is located in the serene environment of Kizingo. Our classes are spacious and airy with different sections such as a reading corner, play area, napping zone, and an assigned diaper change corner complete a nanny. We have excellent facilities ranging from the beautiful classroom to the well-maintained playground, we boast of a clean swimming pool and an excellent music room.
5. A multi-ethnic community
Our playgroup consists of children from different cultures, races and religions. This teaches the art of cultural relativism which is very essential in our multi-cultural society.
“We not only teach the children to recognize sounds and numbers but also in cooperating problem-solving, sharing, learning polite language and many more. They also get to learn more skills through play such as eye-hand coordination and independence.” Miss Firdaus, Coast Academy’s playgroup teacher.Read More