We encourage our little ones to explore their emotions - from joy to frustration. Teachers guide them to express their emotions in a healthy and safe manner. They spend time singing, playing with puppets, and dancing and as they feel happy and secure, they begin to gain the skills needed, such as patience, cooperation, and sharing to deal with all of their burgeoning emotions in a calm, supportive manner. As the kids grow older, their day is full of activities designed to increase independence, allow them to become more confident in their abilities, and prompt them to play a responsible role in their classroom community.
We strive to instil social skills and people skills in our youngest community members. We start by helping your child become aware of other people, and move on to imitating hand and facial gestures. Toddlers become aware of their classmates and we move on to encouraging simple sharing and group play. Children are encouraged to take turns stacking blocks, engage in drama, pretend play or acting out stories. These simple activities set the stage for the kindergarten years when social and people skills are necessary.
Communication and Language Skills:
Our multi-lingual teachers have a deep understanding of how infants and toddlers communicate. Children are spoken to constantly by their teachers. Since most children come from different mother tongue environments, teachers use simple words from the child's mother tongue along with English until the child slowly picks up on the relevant English equivalent. Teachers help children to put their wants and needs into words. Toddlers are encouraged to sing simple songs, recite nursery rhymes, and expand their vocabularies. Between the ages of two and three, children's vocabulary can grow to nearly 300 words. Children are encouraged to identify common objects and speak in three-to-five-word sentences. Communication entails more than just speaking words; it's expressing thoughts, wants and needs. Communication also involves listening and understanding what others are saying. Our environment offers children umpteen opportunities to express their thoughts and opinions through words along with gestures, paints, doodles and art. Children are immersed in a print-rich environment, boosting their pre-literacy skills along with pre-writing, pre-math and pre-scienceskills to prepare them for big school.
Fine Motor Skills:
A child's fine motor skills, which include finger and hand movements, need to be stimulated in many different ways in order for them to progress. We offer a wide variety of fine motor skill activities for your child, from simply shaking a rattle, to scooping up finger foods, finger painting, using a pincer grip to pick finger foods, to making a manipulating clay, to raking his hands through a container of semolina. As they progress to Kindergarten, children start writing and by the end of KG are able to write the alphabet in two languages, numbers and learn quite an impressive array of art techniques.
Gross Motor Skills:
We address all of your child's gross motor skills, which include reaching for objects, kicking, sitting, and walking. Infants are encouraged to lie on their stomachs and look at and reach for books and toys to increase their core muscle strength. They are motivated to crawl or walk. Toddlers and are encouraged to bat at balls, or climb, jump, hop or run to strengthen their leg muscles. Playschoolers engage in throwing and catching a ball, bowling or balancing on a beam. Kindergarteners are advanced in these skills and take part in complicated games, drama, dance and an impressive array of gross motor activities.
Cognitive skills are the foundation of learning and knowledge. We focus on each child's exploration of their environment. Your infant will be encouraged to make associations based on prior knowledge and explore the concept of cause and effect by dumping out toys, building and knocking down towers, and manipulating stacking rings. Toddler activities include investigation, thinking, learning, and the accumulation of knowledge. Your toddler will begin to sort toys by shape and color and will be encouraged to identify facial features by reciting fun finger plays. At age two, children's cognitive skills are expanding quickly. We challenge playschoolers to become even more aware of their environment by asking questions and inviting them to solve problems. Teachers provide the children with many activities designed to encourage them to distinguish between textures, to identify shapes and colors, and to begin rote counting. We then move on to include problem solving and logical thinking. Children are encouraged to use their creativity and curiosity when they encounter new tasks, such as building a city out of blocks. To develop logical-thinking skills, teachers read carefully selected children's books throughout the year, encouraging children to answer questions and express opinions about stories.
Math and Science Skills Development:
Our Sparkles curriculum also focuses on math and science tasks, which are vital school readiness skills. Children are introduced to counting, sorting, patterning, classifying, and identifying shapes. The teachers provide many hands-on opportunities for children to explore colors, animals, plants, and other important science topics. Kindergarteners learn addition, subtraction, time reading, life cycles and many other advanced preparatory themes for big school.
Self-Help Skills:Our day is full of activities designed to empower children. Children's independence increases as they are introduced to fundamentals of hygiene and they accomplish basic self-help tasks, such as washing their hands before and after snack time or taking off their shoes and putting them in place. Teachers provide children with many opportunities to master these tasks, because repetition is vital when it comes to learning a new skill.
Character Education: At Vidyãrambh, we believe it is important to introduce a wide variety of character traits at an early age. At each opportunity, values, such as humor, trust, accountability, honesty, self-control or kindness, are presented to the children through program activities. Teachers promote humor in the classroom as it helps children deal with their emotions and interact successfully with their friends. Your child might sing a song about saving water, as well as be encouraged to clean up after snack. These simple activities enable him to better understand the society we live in and how to interact successfully in a community.