Pre Primary Education or Early Childhood Education is the foundation for the lifelong learning experience and starting point for formal education.
A child’s development is a gradual process. At Manthan we understand and respect that each child is unique and has different abilities and interests.
Our curriculum objectives have been laid out as per the developmental characteristics of each age group. The preprimary curriculum has been designed to nurture the below-mentioned developmental objectives
a) Language development
A lot of emphasis is laid on teaching English as most of the children come from homes where the language spoken regularly is not English. Year-wise objectives are laid out whereby in early years emphasis is on speaking, listening, pre-reading & writing skills. Comprehension is a skill which is focused on, throughout the pre –primary years. It is an integral part of language development.
In later years children are encouraged to read picture books with simple 3 or 4 word sentences. Phonics is used to teach English in a structured manner. Language should aid communication and children are encouraged to express them selves in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences using the skills acquired.
A large pool of resources is made available to the teachers to teach and learn language. Most of the books are available in the classroom library .
b) Physical and personal development
is given paramount importance as it is a very important aspect of overall development. Physical education takes care of developing the fine and gross motor skills and a lot of time is dedicated to this. Objectives are set for each age group in terms of what they are expected to do physically and necessary developmental aids are used to achieve those. Stamina, balance, rhythm, strength, agility, and concentration are developed using a variety of enjoyable games and activities.
This also helps to develop good habits, self-care ability and a healthy lifestyle and enables the children to understand the limit of physical capabilities and develop awareness of self-protection
c) Cognitive Development
In pre-math emphasis is on teaching the quality and essence of numbers using practical activities. Application of this knowledge to every day life is what makes the learning interesting for children. For instance to teach number 2 all things that exist in nature in twos are used to explain its qualitative and quantative aspect for example, 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 legs, etc.
Our curriculum has been designed to introduce mathematical concepts in a simple and tangible manner concentrating on one attribute at a time and progressing gradually.
Our lesson plans are built to develop thinking and problem solving abilities through activities, observation, analysis and discussions.
d) Science & Soci al Studies
The curriculum has been developed to make the child understand and explore his immediate environment and the physical world. Also to learn the basic technique of exploring, questioning and drawing conclusions from their learning.
Basic concepts pertaining to science and social studies are also covered in this stage.
They will also be taught to develop care and concern for animals, plants and environmental protection.
Concepts like human body, foods, animals, environment, weather, culture and festivals, neighborhood, plants, sea-life etc are introduced.
e) Social and moral development
We recognize that the child will grow into a confident adult only if (s)he has a strong sense of self –image. This domain is worked upon every single day through stories, role-play, group activities, show & tell activities.
Children are encouraged and taught to listen to and respect others’ views and opinions. They are taught to differentiate between good and bad, to be aware of rules and positive discipline.
f) ICT (Information and Communication Technology)
Children are introduced to computers and by the end of this phase they are comfortable with using computers as a learning medium. Computer rooms run by well-trained teachers, provide the ideal environment for children to pick up the basic concepts. Also the interactive board and computers present in each classroom make it a continuous learning process.
g) Aesthetics and Fine Arts Appreciation
Art is introduced to children so that they use it to play, to express, to explore and to enjoy. The Art-room is well-stocked with quality resources like paper, crayons, colors, brushes, easles, etc. A specialist art teacher with a well-defined art curriculum introduces children to various art forms.
Music is introduced to children at this stage so that they develop a love for it. In early years children are made aware of the rhythm and melody through group singing of songs and rhymes. A well-equipped music room with key boards, drums, guitars, harmonica, computer and music system run by a well trained music teacher provides the perfect environment for children to learn and appreciate music.