The daily schedule would be child-led but with an overall structure of:
BUDS & BLOSSOMS
HISTORY OF BUDS & BLOSSOMS
Buds and Blossoms, the KINDERGARTEN UNIT of Akshara Vidyaashram was started 20 years ago with an intention of making schooling both fun and learning for children. “HAPPY SCHOOLING” has been its vision and “Tapping the innate potential of every child” its mission.
The Kindergarten also derives its inspiration from STEINER WALDORF EDUCATION. The philosophies of Akshara Vidyaashram and Steiner are very similar and go hand in hand. The priority of the Steiner philosophy is to provide an UNHURRIED and CREATIVE learning environment where children can find the joy in learning and experience the richness of childhood rather than early specialisation of academics.
KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM (WALDORF INSPIRED)
The kindergarten program at Buds & Blossoms has always been to meet the learning needs of a young child. Children learn primarily through imitation and imagination. The goal of the kindergarten is to develop a sense of wonder in the young child and reverence for all living things. This later creates eagerness for the academics that follow in the primary school. The curriculum includes Morning circle songs, Freeplay, Artistic activities and Stories based on seasons or festivals related to our surroundings and deeply connected to our Indian traditions. Festivals, seasons and birthdays are celebrated with great meaning in our environment
In the evolution of humanity, spoken language developed first. Then came written language, originally through symbols. Finally, once there was a written language, people learned to read. This is exactly the sequence in which children master language, and so is the sequence in which reading must be introduced. From birth to age 7, the focus is on the spoken word. Thus the LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT is enhanced by singing Sanskrit prayers, English & Regional language songs. They also listen to nature stories, folktales and fairy tales. It may look like play, but language skills are being developed daily.
PLAY = LEARNING
Playing is a tool of learning, socialising and discovering. Extensive time is given for guided indoor free-play in a classroom environment that is homelike; which includes playing with natural materials like seeds, sea shells, twigs, pebbles, wooden blocks, handmade dolls & so on. This allows children strengthen their IMAGINATION and CREATIVITY. Outdoor play time is also an essential part of the day. Children experience nature and its elements. Importance is given to PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT by encouraging movements like running, climbing, skipping and so on, which facilitates GROSS MOTOR development which further helps in the physical readiness of children to read and write.
CHILD READINESS According to our ancient GURUKULA SYSTEM, children are ready for formal learning after the falling of first milk tooth. Research shows that engaging young children in abstract, intellectual activity too early, would adversely affect the child’s growth and development, which would also manifest itself later in life in the form of disease. Hence writing, reading and other abstract concepts will be introduced age appropriately, when the child is ready for academics between class 1 to 3. OUR FACILITATORS, Teachers at Buds & Blossoms are dedicated to generate an inner enthusiasm for learning within every child. Teachers are trained to observe ALL-ROUND DEVELOPMENT of a child and this eliminates the need for competitive tests, scores and behavioural remarks to motivate learning.
MORE FACTS ABOUT WALDORF:
Waldorf Education is truly global-not only in its scope, but also in its approach. Wherever it is found, the WALDORF CURRICULUM cultivates within its students a deep appreciation for cultural traditions from around the world and at the same time being deeply rooted in its local culture and context. People in INDIA are becoming increasingly interested in Steiner Waldorf Education as it finds its roots with our ancient Gurukula system.
Akshara Vidyaashram, will be organising workshops towards best practices in Kindergarten for parents. This would be an ideal space to get all your queries addressed regarding the growth of the child below age of seven. If you are interested, please write to us. We will intimate you about the next upcoming workshop.