Our Philosophy

Our programs are based on an in-depth research on the different pre-school learning methods and best practices in India and abroad. While our programs draw judiciously from different philosophies of early childhood learning such as The Montessori Method and The Play Way Method and The Reggio Emilia Approach, they are suitably modified keeping in mind what works best in the Indian context.

The Montessori Method

According to the Montessori Method of learning, a child before the age of five learns through all five senses. Led by her passion, interest and innate drive to learn, a child chooses her own work within the broader framework and structure set by the teacher. Specially designed manipulative equipments are carefully chosen to encourage a child to develop fine sensory discrimination. A child first observes how the play equipments are used and then is free to use them. As per the Montessori Method, a child learns at her own individual pace, making choices from among hundreds of Montessori learning aides, and hence is not bored or stressed. Learning is an exciting process of discovery and self exploration, leading to expanded concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. The benefit of the Montessori Method is that a child learns independently of the teacher.

The Play-Way Method

“Play is work to the child and a means through which she externalizes her inner nature”. This philosophy is based on the idea that play is the young child's natural mode of learning and self-expression. Here, the teacher plays the role of the facilitator and the child learns through a free play with the teacher. For example, a ball helps the child to understand the concepts of shape, dimension, size, and their relationships. Blocks in different shapes and sizes help a child to observe, compare and contrast, measure, and count. Activities such as drawing, coloring, modeling, and sewing help develop motor coordination and encourage self-expression.

The Reggio Emilia Approach

As per this approach, Children must have some control over the direction of their learning. They must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing, and hearing. Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that children must be allowed to explore and children must have many ways and opportunities to express themselves.

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