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Friday
May182018

Saanvi M, 2018 March graduate 

As parents, we feel proud that our daughters first schooling is done at Dishaa. Dishaa school is definitely one of a kind institution which nurtures the child to be confident, bold and responsible. So many observations about Saanvi and more than we know, Dishaa teachers knew about Saanvi. The teachers are easy to approach. Dishaa gave lot of space for Saanvi to grow and express herself. The school not only teaches its kids how to read and write but also to be sensitive to their environment.

Dishaa is full of committed and wonderful team. We are really proud to be part of Dishaa and when we look back last 3 years it’s definitely were the best years of our life with Dishaa and our second daughter is also going to Dishaa and we are loving this school. 

Manju and Sashikala

Friday
May182018

Anya Selvaraj, 2018 March graduate

Any philosophy is only as good as the people who implement it. Dishaa is a living example of that with the way the team has handled our children, the way they have guided us and kept us grounded as Parents. The adults at Dishaa love what they do and it shows in their everyday interactions, in the way they observe our children's traits and behaviour and in their appropriate and timely feedback. Many a times, we have found them making observations which we as parents can easily oversee.

At Dishaa , the team always puts the child first in everything , teachers next and then parents - this order I think is what makes them what they are. Every initiative taken by the school is done with a purpose and executed with the right intent - and goes to show that as a school they are always willing to go that extra mile to do the best for our children.  Facilitating Parent-run Saturday workshops, community library, shared snack initiative - are all just examples of the effort of the school in ensuring all-round development of the child and in encouraging parents to do so too.

As Winnie the Pooh says, "How lucky am I to have something that makes saying Good-bye so hard" - Dishaa has indeed made Good-bye hard for us after having enjoyed our  journey with them in the pre-primary years. We wish them all the very best.

Rajeswari and Selvarajan.

 

Thank you for everything.

Friday
May182018

Shirley John, 2018 March graduate

We enrolled our  daughter at Dishaa when she was 2.5 years old. Shirley graduates this year and as parents, we can say that we have had a  very pleasant experience at Dishaa. We are very happy with the teaching methodology and the manner in which children are embraced and nurtured. The teachers and staff are parent friendly and involve the parents in every stage. We have seen our daughter evolve both personally and academically. Having experienced Dishaa, we can say that it is a no-frills school and we have seen them make the most of the available resources without passing on the burden to the parents. We wish Dishaa catered to primary students as well.

 

Marina and Joy

Friday
May182018

Arjun Praveen, 2018 March graduate

Dishaa , as the name suggests has provided the right direction towards the formative years of education of our son. It has been a very enriching experience for him as well as us. The school has nurtured his curiosity, willingness to learn while imparting academics . It is a place he loves to go . He has grown up to be a confident young boy who does not hesitate or fear to speak his mind. We have also become better parents, thanks to the constant interactions and guidance we have found at Disha. It gave us reassurance that our child was in the right place. We would recommend Disha to any child starting school for two reasons : one , the Montessori style of education followed here and the second is the team that is responsible to make Disha such a wonderful place. Thank you Dharini and everyone else at Disha for providing the best to Arjun.

Regards,

Nandini & Praveen

 

Friday
May182018

Niharika Lopez, 2018 March graduate

Dishaa Montessori is a wonderful school with very affable, dedicated and caring teachers. Our daughter has learnt so much and developed as a confident individual since attending this school.

It’s the extra quality care the school provides that makes it a special place; such as when you have the PTM meetings the teachers make time to tell you the little details about your child’s day – who they may have played with, new skills learnt and simply just the kind of day they have had. This is then complemented by the detailed end of year report that is handed over to the parent. 

Through the staff’s guidance and structured activities we have watched the confidence grow and important social skills develop in our daughter that she will need, in particular, as she progresses through schooling life.

Thank you so much for your responsiveness, attention to detail and support. We cannot imagine how we could have coped without knowing that our daughter is in a safe, fun place every day. What she has learned at Dishaa, as well as the warmth and respect that she was shown, has enabled her to be sociable, independent and respectful of others. 

 We are so proud of her and thankful to Dharini, Geetha and the Dishaa team for their continual help and guidance over the years.

Friday
May182018

Gitanjali Krishnan, 2018 March graduate

Three years back when I moved to Bangalore, I scouted quite a few schools for my daughter before landing up at Dishaa. The moment I stepped in, I knew this was the place for her. From the reception area made more cheerful by Deepa's welcoming smile, to the thoughtfully built infrastructure (eg with low steps for children) to the attitude, knowledge and patience of Ms. Dharini and the other staff, everything seemed right. 
Over the last three years, seeing my daughter learn and grow, this belief has only been further reinforced; and last year when my son was starting school, choice of Dishaa was a no-brainer.
Now, as my daughter graduates to junior school, I only wish Dishaa went all the way till Class X; and I only hope her next school is half as nice!

 

Friday
May182018

Aarav Oberoi, 2018 March graduate

Our son Aarav has been with Dishaa since he was 2.5 years old. We feel very good about ourselves of not having given in to the temptation (and pressure) of moving him to a bigger school at an earlier stage. The true benefits of the Montessori philosophy are only realized through all the foundational years. What we found working for us was the pace with which he picked up on skills – not the traditional reading/writing skills but more of life skills and the level of independence and curiosity they brought with it. These were far more important for us along with the fact that development and progress in a true Montessori system is milestone based- milestones that each child reaches at different points in time in their early years. And this is where the Montessori environment and approach to learning works wonders. It does not put pressure on the child and allows development at the pace it should be; and not at the pace we or other grown-ups would like to see.

 

And Dishaa is a true Montessori in every sense. It follows the philosophy entirely and does not let it dilute in any way. We are extremely happy that Aarav spent his foundational years with Dishaa and with the Adults, who are so accomplished and so passionate about children.

Wednesday
Jun142017

Abirami . 2017 March graduate

We, Abirami's parents, wanted to share a summary of our 4 years of experience at Dishaa in this writing. This is our view of the school, as we experienced through our child.

We sincerely feel that a short writeup on Dishaa environment like this is no way complete, but must be experienced in person – as a child, and as a parent.

We are extremely happy that Dishaa is run truly as a house of children.The school is definitely not run for commercial purpose. The teachers at Dishaa are really handpicked for their belief, value and practise in Montessori system. Dishaa closely follows and adheres to the principles recommended and envisioned by Maria Montessori herself - thanks Dharini and Geeta!

We would like to share the impact of Dishaa not only in Abi's life but also the effect on us. For example, Abirami would not allow us, or her friends to use any “harsh” words in her presence. If used, we had to go and goggle the mouth for using the bad words as told by her aunty at school. While driving in our car, we have goggled several times, as we were scolding the other vehicle drivers for rash driving.

Everyone around Abirami – young or adults, were taught to frame sentences with magic words (“please”, “thank you” and “sorry”). The absence of these words in a sentence were incomplete and rude, according to her.

She keenly observed mannerisms around her - coughing or yawning without covering one’s mouth was not allowed by her. Abirami became a Montessori facilitator at home. Our learning as adults, through our child. is too many to list here.

Dishaa gave our child not just academics, but has nurtured her with good habits, discipline, moral values, ethics, kindness and the mindfulness techniques. She has very well learnt to take care of younger children and accept differently-abled kids. We are moved by her love and touching care towards younger ones at this young age. Thanks to the entire Dishaa team, for encouraging these qualities in her – no school can inculcate this sense of empathy and feeling in a child.

When my child was 3 and ½ years, she was not happy with us, parents dropping her in a day care. The aunties at Dishaa were the ones she could trust and solve her problem – they were angels in her eyes. She outpoured her emotions to the elders at Dishaa, who patiently listened to her, heard her in full, and came to her rescue. We then got a call from Geeta herself. They were not happy to see the child so sad. Geeta narrated what the child was undergoing, stood by our child and gave us suggestions to get her out of the day-care. Thanks for stepping in the child's problem, though it is not related to school. As we think back, Geeta and Dharini took great care of the child – in and outside the Dishaa environment, to the extent possible.

For Abi, the aunties at Dishaa are the best and stars for her. They are her role models, and so she wants me (her mother) also to become an aunty in her school. The pressure is huge on me to become one.

☺ On the academics aspect, while graduating Abi was easily able to read story books by herself. As assured by the Dishaa team, our concerns about her writing abilities were misplaced. We greatly credit the Montessori method for her effortless ability to master pencil-holding and then flow with writing, over time. She became interested in arithmetic, maps, drawing, colouring, craft and many other activities, at the right age. To our surprise, she developed a great interest in cooking, in her senior year. She learnt about plants (including photosynthesis) and other practical knowledge with such an ease.

Mindfulness technique is a great subject taught to the seniors of her batch. She could clearly understand and relate the essence of the subject. Thanks very much to Sripriya aunty, for creating this awareness at an early age.

The progress report from Dishaa shared with us every year, was an eager thing we look. It was almost like her having her gene-sequencing done ☺. The report made by her aunties at school, was a stunning observation of her activities at Dishaa, recording her growth to the perfect detail. Every year we were surprised by the keen observations about our child listed exactly – no time in the 4 years we disagreed to the observations. At times, the report was way better than our own inference of her growth.

Thanks so much Dharini , Geetha and the Dishaa team, for opening Abi’s world with such a positive view, developing trust, love and kindness – in short, as a real child, the way Montessori would have wished.

Abirami and we will always fondly cherish the memories of Dishaa. We are proud to acknowledge our own growth, along with our child, who wholesomely imbibed Dishaa in her. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts! Regards, Anbu & Sasi

Thursday
Jun082017

Ishaan Agrawal, 2017 March graduate

Dishaa taught us too. Dishaa taught us that our child was unique, like every other child. It taught us to pay attention to his good qualities, always trivializing his problems. Everytime I came out of a meeting in Dishaa, I felt proud of my child. I think that's something really special about Dishaa. To treat every child as extra ordinary. To nurture a child, bring out his best abilities.
At every step we were amazed at how quickly Ishaan was able to grasp the fundamentals of different subjects. Every part of learning (reading, writing etc) was introduced exactly when the child was ready to take it up, which did not make it tedious for them.
I would thank all its teachers and akkas to have taken such good care of our child. For holding his hands and being the beginning of his journey. My child got the best at the start :).

 

Monday
Jun052017

Varun Rao. 2016 March graduate. 

Dishaa is like coming home …

 

It’s been a year since my first boy ‘graduated’ from this wonderful pre-school, and we still miss the place regularly. It was really a second home for Varun, and a source of inspiration and energy to us as parents.

 

There are so many things that are special about Dishaa. It is run by a close knit team in a family like set-up, with an atmosphere that is nurturing and engaging for both children and parents. The leadership of Dharani and Geetha guarantees high quality yet practical schooling, keeping humility at its core. Each of the teachers and staff are a reflection of this through their passion and personality suited so well for the first leg of a child’s formal learning. Children walk in being embraced for their individuality and walk out being enabled for their future years. And the support given to parents is amazing – from helping to understand one’s child better to talking through parenting worries. Most of all, is that every aspect and detail of this pre-school has been so well thought through, to create an environment has the child’s best interests at heart.

 

Put simply, one cannot go wrong with Dishaa as a choice for your child’s early years. We feel very fortunate and grateful to have come across this preschool and been a part of their journey. The only reason Varun is still not here is because they don’t extend to primary school! But for now, my second one is hopefully going to be enrolling soon :).

 

Wishing Dishaa the very best, always!