Preschool education is not just about art, music, dance, fun and fantasy. A good preschool program ensures setting comprehensive learning objectives and having a structured way to achieve these goals in the child considering that every child is special, different and an individual in his/her own right. A quality preschool program revolves around the child. The 4 major components that are instrumental in shaping the learning of the child in school are
2.the curriculum and methodology the learning tools 3.offered to the child the teachers who facilitate learning
We are tightly integrating these 4 components in a way that will have the most beneficial impact on the development of the child. The core philosophy inspired by the Montessori method drives the curriculum, the curriculum is the foundation for the tools / materials used in the preschool. Each material has been designed and manufactured keeping in mind the curriculum objectives and the philosophy. The teachers have been trained intensively on the philosophy, curriculum and the materials. So all the 4 components are interwoven and this results in an Early Learning program that will aid in building adults who are not only academically equipped, but also socially adopt & clear thinking individuals.
A child with a purpose knowing what he wants to do next and is able to do it is the happiest. Out of this joy comes self-confidence & willingness to work. If such a child is equipped with the right tools, there is no stopping his way to excellence.
Research proves that Early Education is critical because: ?
1.Brain development is most rapid in the early years??2.75% of neural connectivity is complete by the age of Seven
3.When the quality of stimulation is deficient, child development is seriously affected.
For a child below 6, curriculum comprises the environment which in turn means the tools that we offer the child to learn. It is essential that a young child gets daily experience with learning aids which have specific usage, derived from the curriculum.
All areas of work for the child, both internal and external have been planned with extreme care to facilitate self learning, and implement the objectives set in the curriculum.
Our staff is trained to ensure that the curriculum objectives for each child are met consistently without creating any disturbance in the child's work or thought process. They are trained to facilitate learning, observe, record and assess on a daily basis. We have an appropriate student teacher ratio to ensure that every child's needs are met without making him excessively dependent on an adult for learning.
COGNITIVE/ ACADEMIC LEARNING
In order to meet our curriculum objectives, we take the children through a structured learning program for 4 years, which involves a lot of structured and focused activities. No activity in the school is meaningless or done without a clear cut objective and outcome for the child.
In the 2 to 4 years category, we begin with fine motor and practical life skills. English is introduced with phonetics. Mathematics is introduced with materials that help the child comprehend this very abstract area. There are also a variety of activities that aid cognitive development and logical thinking.
In the 4 to 6 age group, children are taken through a program that covers fairly complex areas of language, mathematics, geography, history and science in a manner that will help them explore, discover and understand the fundamentals.
CRITICAL NON ACADEMIC LEARNING
The curriculum provides many opportunities for children to make choices and decisions about their work. Children have the choice to work in small groups/ individually depending on their needs at different times.
During the course of working through the day, we constantly create opportunities for children to develop their language skills as well as focus on their emotional development. We encourage them to receive help from and offer help to other children, thus inculcating a sense of social awareness.
We also lay emphasis on creating environmental awareness and help them develop practical skills like cutting, sieving and gardening. We also offer ample activities for development in the areas of art.
Physical development is not just about running around or cycling, it is taken very seriously and there are a series of activities that are designed keeping in mind the age and growth of the child.