Programs and Curriculum

Infancy center course

 

URC MEDICAL SCIENCES - Sakthi foundation
0-6 years Montessori and early childhood education exams - 2013-2014
Report about the second term practical session from Erode center.
 
10 candidates appeared in Erode out of 11 for final practicals in Montessori -- early childhood education exam on March 22nd 2014.
 
Each one has been tested with EPL, sensorial, Maths, Language and Uni5 concepts with oral viva and tools for presentations.
 
There were also asked to submit their materials which they have prepared for the course.
 
I was very nice to see most of them giving presentations with uni5 linking. Most of them have brought good concepts for uni5 presentations.Their methodology was clear and addressing language style was very good. Mr.N.Arulbalaji asked few questions during a Uni5 presentation.
 
1. Formation of salt from sea.
2. Sugar cane and its uses
3. groundnut plant for under ground vegetables.
4. Mustard seeds and plants.
5. Green gram.
 
While presenting EPL and real objects they made good self-connection with the child. Those who have missed out the practical classes accepted that they could not handle the materials especially sensorial and mathematics. They were asked to learn soon before attend the theory exams.
 
Creativity can be seen in making maths materials. Bead bars for numerical teaching has been made very well. Each ones few hand made tools will be selected and exhibited on May 4th festival.
 
Dr.Madeswaran.M
23.3.2014

 

Skills are subjective patterns

All activities in our school are aimed to develop a variety of skills in children.

Life skills, role play or modeling, taking responsibilty are emphasized.

Social behavorial skills like sneezing, coughing manners, raising hands to answer, standing in line, using dust bin, standing up when elders (acknowleding their entry), saying namaste is to acknowledge the meeting.

Vinayagar super brain yoga, breathing exercise to be aware of our body, remaining calm for few minutes and be aware of the surroundings.

Enacting characters of stories.

Day to day activities like showing how to spread mat and sit down, taking tools from cabinets and putting them back in order etc.

 Show and experience with other children to connect and feel nature phenomenon

1. planteray motions, example, Earth rounding the sun  and moon rounding the Earth,

2. movement of water from ocean to clouds, rainfall and flowing to rivers.

 

Mathematics, the pattern of Numbers

For infants we start with number rods, a Montessori tool that was designed actually for primary children. When children leave for primary level, most of them can sensually count till 10.

For fast learners we have all Montessori math materials. Practically we make them to count and explore the numerical from their environment.

From the Uni5 system point of view, we again conenct that mathematical patterns in all streams of life. We connect to practical life by allowing them to measure rice and grains with both traditional measuring cups and the modern one's. They count and also connect to volume measurements also.

Girls wearing bangles and also do as a part of counting activity.

Nature walking and counting of objects, leaf arrangements  counting, flower petals, animals, cocounut fruits in trees etc.

We also incorporate local traditional games that is a part of the culture:

Snake and ladder, pallaam kuzhi, dice games etc,

Offering flowers, rotating beads are also used for counting.

For Higher levels in elementary - local and traditional games:

In advanced classes chess game pattens of moving objects.

Paandi-games (jumping in squares drawn in the ground).

Shapes are objective patterns

 Geometrical wooden soils, geometrical cabinet, geometrical insert tracing sets, and other  patterns with Geo.shapes.

Pentagaon, sqaure, traingle, topol, and circle.

 Real object communication - showing original conches , rare objects, dress styles,

Lands form, water forms, day night changes, solar system, moon and sun, parts of the plant body, classification of animals, plants.

Yantra geometry.

Music And Instruments connects to Rhymic patterns

 Alphabets connect children to the sound pattern, while music connects to the rhythmic patterns of sounds. In Uni5 model exposing children with this concept to various type of music again enchances their deep scientific  understanding of frequency of sound, amplitude, tone and pitch.

At a later stage we connect them  to the universal energy pattern and music and how various combinations of rhymic patterns can create music.  In this regard we expose children to both  Indian musical instruments and international musical instruments.

Musical connecting to rhymic patterns of day times and sesaons times, emotional states, energy patterns (Pancha bhootas) are also done.

This way they are exposed to all the patterns interconnecting to various aspects in our school.

Every day songs are sung in many languages that  convey a message.

Chanting shlokas, Christmas carols, songs, are also exposed to children.

Playing back ground music each day different in the children environment.