Early Years Programme Pre K and KG

Aim

  • Inculcate the joy of learning and support students in their journey of discovery.
  • Help students develop a strong sense of identity, become independent and responsible, have a positive attitude and self - image and display resilience when faced with challenges.
  • Encourage students to become socially adept, capable of establishing relationships with others, being aware of fairness and justice and ready to collaborate with peers and adults from different backgrounds and embrace diversity.
  • Enable students to become effective communicators, capable of using different media for communication.
  • Promoting familiarity with symbols, patterns and their uses, versatility with use of numbers, data handling, shapes and measurement.
  • Awareness about the natural and manmade world and their role and responsibilities towards sustainable development.
  • Helping build Aesthetics appreciation and creative expression.

Our Curriculum Approach

We have a learner centered approach that supports the development of thinking and life skills at all levels through standards based units of instruction, Project based learning, Simulated learning, Outdoor education and community service learning opportunities. Our students engage actively in Inquiry, exploration, collaboration and having fun while learning. Ethics and values, learning to do what is right-respect, Morality, Citizenship, Personal Emotional wellbeing and Mindfulness are all an integral part of our curriculum.

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Kindergarten

Four year olds are wonderful bundles of curiosity and creativity, energy and enterprise, imagination and ingenuity. We believe that children learn best when they have positive and nurturing relationships with adults and other children. Therefore, our skilled teachers develop an enriching curriculum, provide intentional guidance and support, and foster an environment in which our young learners can safely explore, discover, inquire, and learn.

We welcome the youngest members of our community with a commitment to inquiry and exploration as the means for learning. Our curriculum is tailored to the children’s interests, strengths, and learning styles. Led by nurturing teachers in a small classroom setting, kindergartners start to understand numbers and begin to read. They discover, plant gardens, wonder, paint self-portraits, laugh, play, create, make friends, sing and dance, write stories, explore books, run, share ideas, climb, use computers, conduct experiments, imagine, take risks, count, treasure the environment, and develop character.

Through an Inquiry based Curriculum, there are certain key focus areas that emphasize our principles of holistic development and love for learning

  • Personal and Emotional Growth: We believe that each child is unique and has a different learning style. Even though they may learn differently but they all can learn is the guiding philosophy that informs our instructional pedagogy. Through various activities, we encourage autonomy and taking ownership, which also builds self-esteem.
  • Social Development: The ability to relate to what is happening around us helps children gain an understanding of the social situations they find themselves in. They interact with peers and friends in a social context, learn values and gain knowledge; this helps them become part of their family, friends and community. Children also learn to accept diversity, negotiate, problem solve and collaborate.
  • Language development: Being conscious of the window of opportunity, a lot of stress is laid on the learning languages and building a rich vocabulary. Letter-sound correspondence, phonic awareness, sight words, rhyming, words families. Students learn how to identify letters in the alphabet and their sounds, and about letters and sounds that go together to form words. They also learn to read print letters and work on developing fine motor skills as they learn to write the alphabet in both capital and lowercase letter. They also attempt to write stories, journal entries or poems.
  • Numeracy: Numeracy in kindergarten is all about the embracing numeracy. They learn how to count, recognize numbers up to 10 and sort objects. Using manipulative props, they learn the concepts of more and less and creating patterns. Students learn data handling and explore shapes and spaces thus realizing that math is a way of life.
  • EVS: It is all about starting to make sense of the world around them. Our young learners learn about plants, animals, good health habits, the weather and keeping track of the weather, and about the five senses and basics about their bodies. Teachers conduct simple science experiments in class and outdoors. Children also learn about their role as custodians of the planet and being responsible and respectful members of the society.
  • Self expression and the Arts: The children are involved in drama, dance, creative movement, painting , pottery and a variety of other activities that help discover the artist and creator in themselves.
  • Emotional Development: We focus on helping children with recognizing their emotions and to help self-regulation. Children learn to connect with what is going on around them through their emotions. The better they get to understand their emotions the better equipped they are to be open to learn. At Ambience educators are trained to observe emotional cues and respond to them. Through circle time and reflection activities we learn to connect with our own feelings and articulate them.
  • Physical Development: Children participate in indoor and outdoor activity. Developing both Gross Motor and Fine Motor skills in embedded into the daily programs of our school. Being physically active is very important for children’s development. Physical activity in early childhood helps improve motor co-ordination and can enhance the development of various motor skills. In addition to that, understanding their own body structure, being conscious of a healthy way of living, hygiene are all given due importance.
  • Spiritual Development : This quote from Henry Ford puts it well: “When I use the word spirituality, I don’t necessarily mean religion; I mean whatever it is that helps you feel connected to something that is larger than yourself.” At Ambience , we develop our approaches to support spiritual development through teaching children how to meditate , yoga techniques ,prayer, guided visualization, responding to ‘big questions’ raised by the teachers/ young children and use of a reflection/spiritual focus in the classrooms. We give children the opportunities to explore spirituality across many areas through mindful sessions, circle time and reflection classes.
  • Digital Literacy: “Digital literacy should be the fourth pillar of a child’s education alongside reading, writing and mathematics and be resourced and taught accordingly.” -House of Lords Report, 2017. When digital literacy is integrated in schools. , Students develops a broader range of digital skills and better understanding of the risks involved in using technology. We believe that developing digital competence at kindergarten level can help to raise awareness on safety issues and build critical thinking among children regarding content and devices that they use. All the classrooms have Finger Touch LED screens and easy access to tabs, which the students can use under supervision. Embracing digital literacy is key to encourage learning from kindergarten through adulthood. It is essential to a school’s success and a student’s lifelong improvement.