A new approach has been successfully initiated at the pre-primary and primary levels.
- Alphabets and numbers are taught using phonetics and songs in a competitive environment, using interactive multimedia techniques. Children are taken on outings, which help them to understand concepts and to express themselves better.
Teaching is tailored to the needs of the students by involving them in the learning process to maintain their interest. Some of these methods are as follows
Students are dressed up to enact various roles as per the demand of the lesson or chapter. The class that performs well is permitted to enact on stage while the other sections learn by watching them.
- Role Play
Students dress up to depict various characters according to the subject matter. For example, a student journalist interviews his colleagues dressed up as Maharashtrian farmers to explore their way of life and food habits.
Experience is the best form of learning. A very practical approach is undertaken by conducting simple experiments which go a long way in imprinting never-to-be-forgotten concepts on young minds.
Children are involved in the learning processs in a group or individual basis. They bring in various materials as needed and assemble them in class under the teacher’s guidance, with the aim to help them understand a concept.
Children begin their day with 10-15 minutes of yoga. Laughter therapy has also been used with positive results.
- Home activity
These are simple independent activities for children, which can be accomplished without any intervention by parents.
The results are encouraging, with children taking greater interest in their studies and therefore lower absenteeism. The children are more confident and their hidden talents are revealed. The burden of homework and exams is reduced to a large extent.