Curriculum of Pre-primary
Our preschool has a mixed age group of children from 2.5yrs to 6yrs. Given this situation the curriculum is designed with warmth, clarity and rhythm that caters to the learning needs during their formative years. A block system is followed in everyday learning where each block is dedicated to an ongoing season or festival (e.g blocks on summer, mango, monsoon, festivals etc) Activities are planned around the block that engages them in domestic, artistic and practical activities to develop their imagination and understanding.
In pre-school, the day begins by greeting the children with a warm hug. This is followed by circle time consisting of verses, finger rhymes, songs, conversation related to the ongoing block. Expressive qualities develop as children hear and imitate everyday conversations with the help of their teachers. Fruit time that follows the morning circle is an approach to develop their social skills and eating habits, an understanding of seasonal fruits, their texture and colour. It also introduces children to different tastes and forms the basis of developing healthy eating habits.
Every week has its own rhythm that deepens the child’s understanding of their learning environment. Each of the five days of the week is dedicated to a particular activity (e.g. wet on wet painting, clay, drawing, beading etc.) along with activities pertaining to an ongoing season or festival. Reverent celebration of festivals develops both a sense of belongingness to the community and a rich inner sense of traditional values. Free play and storytelling forms a very important part of the preprimary curriculum. During free play, under the close watch of their teacher, children explore objects, dig, run, jump, and exercise to develop their socio emotional skills. All toys are made of natural materials, with simple forms that stimulate the child’s imagination and brings them closer to nature. Story telling forms the basis of developing their vocabulary and conversational skills as the teacher leads them to narrate instances from the story through words or self-guided puppetry.
These activities prepare and strengthen our students for their elementary school years. Songs and nursery rhymes cultivate intimacy with language and the world of words. Listening to stories, watching puppet shows, and participating in dramatic play strengthens the power of memory and imagination. Counting games and rhythmic activities included in the curriculum build a solid foundation for arithmetic and number skills.
In a natural, loving, and creative environment of the Early Childhood classroom, children are given both freedom and security to prepare for the next phase of school life.