At Shanti Juniors pre-primary school, the Curriculum comprises of a balanced blend of the renowned Montessori Method, Waldorf Approach, High Scope Approach, Bank Street Approach, and Reggio Emilia Approach. Our international curriculum integrated with Indian ethnicity has been designed exclusively for an all-round development of the child, taking in to account their cognitive, physical, social, emotional and sensorial abilities. These are the best ways of utilizing the utmost curiosity of children during their age. This is to bring your children in a vibrant atmosphere where they make friends, learn, enjoy and explore their new daily tasks with fun along with their friends.
Montessori education is an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori based on her extensive research with "phrenasthenic" or "special needs" children and characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development. (Source: Google)
We have extracted 4 things from the above. Our this approach focuses on 4 things such as Sensorial/ Training the senses (vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell), Repetition of exercises/Recapitulation of activities, Subjects such as Routines, personal care, good manners, cultural studies and arithmetic, order in environment i.e. classification and arrangement of toys in activity room.
High- Scope Approach:
The HighScope early childhood education approach, used in preschool, kindergarten, childcare, or elementary school settings, was developed in Ypsilanti, Michigan in the 1960s. The philosophy behind HighScope is based on child development theory and research. The HighScope Curriculum has evolved to include the findings of ongoing cognitive-developmental and brain research. In its teaching practices, the HighScope Curriculum draws upon the work of developmental psychologist and educator Lev Vygotsky, especially the strategy of adult scaffolding — supporting children at their current developmental level and helping them build upon it — in a social setting where children have opportunities to choose materials, ideas, and people to interact within the projects they initiate. The adults working with the children see themselves more as facilitators or partners than as managers or supervisors.
From the above, we have extracted few concepts such as we make child believe that the power to learn resides in the child, children’s independence is promoted, Children learn from experiences i.e. Beyond the classroom learning and lastly, Language & Literacy of the child through Act and Express Spot, Picture and Object talks etc.
Bank Street Approach:
The Developmental-Interaction approach is the basis for much of Bank Street’s work with children and for the education of our graduate students who are preparing to teach children. The emphasis comes from developmental psychology and educational practice, with roots in early twentieth century progressive education ideals.(Source: Google)
We at Shanti Juniors Playschool, under the research team, have extracted important concepts of development and interaction from the Bank street Approach which consists of making our toddler an explorer, here the teacher encourages the process of discovering and understanding through the Discovery Spot. Through this approach, the development of subjects such as History, Economics and Political science are taught by letting them celebrate National Holidays and making them understand their importance and significance.We assume that development unfolds at different times/ages for different children. We know, for example, that children learn to read at different ages. Or that one child will have better eye-hand coordination than another at the same age. Lastly, two children of the same age can differ in their interactions with others, one perhaps being more social and outgoing.
Reggio Emilia Approach:
The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy focused on preschool and primary education. It was developed after World War II by a teacher, Loris Malaguzzi, and parents in the villages around Reggio Emilia in Italy. Following the war, people believed that children were in need of a new way of learning. The assumption of Malaguzzi and the parents was that people form their own personality during early years of development and that children are endowed with "a hundred languages" through which they can express their ideas. The aim of this approach is teaching how to use these symbolic languages (eg., painting, sculpting, drama) in everyday life. The program is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum.(Source: Google)
Here, we initiate parental involvement through our program “Parents as Partners” where we orient our parents through Orientation Program (POP) and Parent Partnership Meet (PPM). Also, we involve parents in school activities and contests. We also document all their learning and development through Assessment Register, Teacher’s Diary and My Learning Ladder.
Waldorf education, also known as Steiner education, is based on the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy. Its pedagogy emphasizes the role of imagination in learning, striving to integrate holistically the intellectual, practical, and artistic development of pupils. This focuses on practical, hands-on activities and creative play; to elementary education, which focuses on developing artistic expression and social capacities; and to secondary education, which focuses on developing critical reasoning and empathic understanding. The overarching goal is to develop free, morally responsible, and integrated individuals equipped with a high degree of social competence.(Source: Google)
Here there is overall development i.e. development of Body, Soul and Spirit which are inculcated through Clay Modeling, Cooking activities, Physical activities, Role Plays, Drama, Drawing, Story Telling, etc.