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The Confidence Series- Part 1

We use different strategies to shape our children into confident young adults. 

It starts with an assembly roster; every child from Grade 1 onwards has to by design, speak in the assembly- a poem, a story, a doha or anything relevant to the occasion. As per a research, the most common fear in the world is that of public speaking. It is our commitment to each child that we will create situations where they have to speak in front of an audience. Each child. And every child. The results are all too evident. We also have a Theatre programme. Children from the Theatre group perform in front of the school on a regular basis and of course on the Annual Day. Children not from the theatre group also get a chance to show their skills. Again, by roster, children of Class1 onwards prepare small plays, which are then shown during lunch breaks. 

Then we have the annual exhibition- Kalpana- a flight of imagination. This year the theme for Classes 1 and 2 is states of India. For Class 3 it is sports and Olympics. For Classes 4 to 8 the theme as always is science and robotics. Children from all classes form groups of 2-3 and exhibit material relevant to their topic. They research, they learn and they educate the visitors to come for the exhibition. One appreciation from last year’s exhibition was that ‘the work is entirely of the children and look how they speak so confidently.’ What more proof could we ask for?

Finally, we have our much-awaited Thrill programme. There are fun adventure activities like Trampoline bungee, Bull ride, Archery and more-scary-than-fun activities like rappelling. We are proud that almost all our children have engaged in rappelling. It is not for the faint hearted, as anyone who has performed it would testify to. 

 

The Confidence Series- Part 1

We use different strategies to shape our children into confident young adults. 

It starts with an assembly roster; every child from Grade 1 onwards has to by design, speak in the assembly- a poem, a story, a doha or anything relevant to the occasion. As per a research, the most common fear in the world is that of public speaking. It is our commitment to each child that we will create situations where they have to speak in front of an audience. Each child. And every child. The results are all too evident. We also have a Theatre programme. Children from the Theatre group perform in front of the school on a regular basis and of course on the Annual Day. Children not from the theatre group also get a chance to show their skills. Again, by roster, children of Class1 onwards prepare small plays, which are then shown during lunch breaks. 

Then we have the annual exhibition- Kalpana- a flight of imagination. This year the theme for Classes 1 and 2 is states of India. For Class 3 it is sports and Olympics. For Classes 4 to 8 the theme as always is science and robotics. Children from all classes form groups of 2-3 and exhibit material relevant to their topic. They research, they learn and they educate the visitors to come for the exhibition. One appreciation from last year’s exhibition was that ‘the work is entirely of the children and look how they speak so confidently.’ What more proof could we ask for?

Finally, we have our much-awaited Thrill programme. There are fun adventure activities like Trampoline bungee, Bull ride, Archery and more-scary-than-fun activities like rappelling. We are proud that almost all our children have engaged in rappelling. It is not for the faint hearted, as anyone who has performed it would testify to. 


The Confidence Series- Part 2

We have factored into the school time-table certain time slots which provide opportunities to children to learn equally important skills though they may be far removed from academics. 

In Group A, children take an annual course in one of these- Theatre, Art, Music or Robotics. That covers the entire gamut of left and right brain development. Also for a year, every child has to take part in one sport, chosen out of Group B- Tennis, Skating, Golf, Martial Arts or Cricket. A healthy mind needs a healthy body. These activities kick-off the day so that children are alert when their academics start.

And then we have the fun Group C- Cooking, Stitching, Chess, Gardening and Paper recycling. These are not optional. Every child from Class 3 onwards participates in each activity for 2 months. The entire group then shifts to a new activity. Our children have learned how to stitch buttons, do minor hemming work- basically, learning something they may never use but is always good to know. Gardening has brought a softness to the children as they learn to plant and nurture beings that cannot speak for themselves. Cooking is a big hit with all children. They learn basic table manners and etiquette, baking and creating easy-to-make dishes. Basic knowledge of chess is always good to have. And through the activity rotation, we have found some budding grandmasters. Lastly, what we must all undertake- recycling. The school has a paper recycling plant that generates all paper waste in the school into recycled handcrafted paper. 

By the end of the year, the children have learnt many skills, some that develop into lifelong habits, some that give them insights into themselves.

 

 


The Confidence Series- Part 3

Our Leapfrog Programme is at present for Classes 1 to 3. In these classes, there are 2 teachers for about 30 students. Starting from Class 1, these two teachers continue with the same students till they reach Class 3.The teachers of these classes have to perforce take on the onus, and the responsibility, of sound transfer of knowledge. And for the most part, these teachers teach most of the subjects other than some language and computers. So, there is a sense of comfort as well as responsible and effective education. There is also the FGA-Fortnightly General Assessment. Teachers grade their children once a fortnight on parameters such as hygiene, peer relations, lunch- box and eating habits and self-confidence. And each child is compared to himself or herself; not with the rest of the class. That also is an important life skill- to compete with yourself and not with others. 

Another important factor is the size and hardware in the rooms themselves. These Leapfrog rooms are a school unto themselves. The usual furniture apart- desks, chairs, whiteboard, shelves- these rooms are equipped with their own learning areas. There are laptops available for the children and teachers in the computer corner. There is a reading area with a mini-library from where children borrow books. In the Jodogyan and puzzle area, there is left-brain development. Puzzles are a great way of learning lateral thinking and instilling picturisation skills. And of course, how could the school be complete without an art area. Paint and other equipment is available right there to unleash right-brain creativity. Music is available so that teachers may use it as a teaching tool for musical/rhythmic learners. 

And thus, each learning style is addressed to a large extent creating a holistic learning experience. And so, for us, how they learn comes much before the actual learning occurs. And that is how much we love our children and how much we love teaching them.

 

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