A child-focused learning environment is structured with a commitment to understanding how children learn and develop. Particular care is taken in planning learning environments to support young children’s construction of knowledge and understanding. Teachers work to create a concept rich classroom providing the tools, opportunities and guidance while encouraging children to make choices and to interact with the environment and other children. Children learn through meaningful experiences building interest, motivation, and the love of learning. As the primary mode of learning, play creates a valuable opportunity for the children to create, take risks, be autonomous, and actively engage their minds and bodies. This environment is risk-friendly inviting children to explore, experiment, and solve problems.
A child-focused classroom allows the child to develop according to his/her potentials and allows the child to develop his/her own interests. Teachers work to plan goals, experiences, and projects for individual and group learners that match their learning styles and developmental possibilities. These goals include competencies in literacy, numeracy, arts, and sciences. A child-focused environment challenges learners to discover and apply basic skills through active exploration, projects and research. All the fundamentals of literacy, numeracy, and science are incorporated into the daily curriculum.
The ability to utilize reading and writing skills to communicate is a lifelong process that begins at birth. Like other developmental milestones, each child has his or her own timeline in learning to read and write. Teachers work to create an environment that supports literacy development in a relaxed manner. Children who are naturally inclined readers and writers will inspire and act as natural mentors to their classmates.
Our curriculum recognizes the benefits of providing a learning environment that promotes continuous positive development of social, cognitive, emotional, physical, and creative strengths. The learning environment provides ample opportunity to explore values, broaden communication skills, collaborate, make personal choices, group problem solve, develop ideas and explore information through artistic or imaginative means.
Valuable learning experiences also take place outside of the school setting. The benefit of time spent with family and friends, extracurricular interests, discoveries made through play is a critically important element for the child’s well being. We do recommend taking time each and every day to read to or with your child.
Emerging readers should be encouraged to spend 15 minutes daily with reading material that is limited in vocabulary and phonetically controlled. Parent participation is strongly encouraged.
Independent readers should be encouraged to read for 30 minutes each day.
As the parents you are strong influence on your child’s learning, by taking the time to talk, plan, experiment, play, laugh, and create with your child. This is perhaps the most important homework assignment of all.
Yes, this is a new direction in Early Childhood Education for India, founded on the socio-cultural principles that children learn from quality interactions and relationships with people, places, and things through exploring and discovering in an affirmative and supportive environment. The child-focused curriculum centres around a curriculum based on each individual child’s strength and ability. This would include a strong focus on the acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills.