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HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY

The Montessori Method of education is based on the theories and teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, who was born in Italy on August 31, 1870. She believed that the goal of early education should be to cultivate children's natural desire to learn instead of filling them with facts from a pre-selected course of studies.

The very name of our school, “Sishu Griha”, House of children, is a place where the children are not under pressure, where love and understanding reign supreme, shaping his life of self construction following the laws of fundamental development.

The “Secrets of childhood” discovered by Dr. Maria Montessori has opened the doors- lay a flood gate in the world of childhood- the humanity at large. Her philosophy is beyond time and space. Montessori sessions foster a basic sense of order, co-ordination and focus and also help in laying a sound foundation for learning skills over the years – creating space for potential and intelligence to expand.

The Montessori Method offers the child all the opportunities tips on how to learn independently, how to use their minds to identify, understand and master the material placed in the environment. The Montessori environment is challenging and encouraging. It enhances their thinking skills, observation skills, analytical skills, communication skills and social skills, thus it helps them to gain self esteem, confidence and work in a multi aged group environment.

Teachers adopt various learning styles to cater to the needs of the students. Incorporation of technology in lessons helps students to retain things better. Mind mapping techniques, acronyms, creating models, are other methods to help in the retention of things taught. Teachers render additional support to slow learners by reinforcing and strengthening positive learning. Worksheets and peer coaching are group activities which bring out maximum benefit

ENVIRONMENT

Children spend three years in the same environment with the same adults. Individual attention is given to each child. The Montessori Methodology does not teach A-Z or 0-100 at the beginning. Reading and writing happens spontaneously at a later stage. Overall development is the aim, i.e. spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional development. Learning becomes a JOY, and not a painful task!

The activities at the Montessori level consist of:

  • Exercises of Practical Life
  • Sensorial Activities
  • Language
  • Arithmetic
  • Cultural Activities

The Montessori Section consist of 8 environments, 17 trained adults, 8 helpers, and each environment is equipped with a complete set of material.

ACTIVITIES

ORIENTATION PROGRAMMES

We have regular, compulsory orientation programmes for the parents at the beginning of each academic year. Usually this is conducted by an expert in the Montessori System. For teachers and akkas also, we have orientation programmes and workshops throughout the year. We also attend national and international seminars, congresses and Second-Saturday meetings conducted by the Indian Montessori Centre.

TARANG

Tarang is a classical dance and music programme, which we arrange for the children on the last Monday of every month. We started this programme a few years back, to educate the children about classical music and dance.

FIELD TRIPS

We take the senior children for a few field trips every year.

TEACHER'S PICNIC

We teachers also take a day off from our daily hectic schedule and enjoy ourselves by going out somewhere close by.

ART AND CRAFT

We do at least two craft activities every month. The craft work we do in the environment usually pertains to the celebrations during that particular month. For example, on Independence Day we colour the national flag and sing patriotic songs.

CELEBRATIONS

We celebrate all the major festivals like: Ganesha Chaturthy, Sree Krishna Janmashtamy, Raksha Bandan, Independence Day, Rajyotsava Day, Teachers Day, Children’s Day, Christmas, Deepavali, Eid, Dassara, Onam, Diwali etc. Every year, on August 31, we also celebrate Dr.Montessori’s birthday, on a grand scale.

JOY OF LEARNING': EXHIBITION

Tarang is a classical dance and music programme, which we arrange for the children on the last Monday of every month. We started this programme a few years back, to educate the children about classical music and dance.

CLASS PICNIC

We take all the children for a class picnic once a year to a near-by park or play ground, where they spend the day running and playing to their hearts’ content. They also eat snacks outside and are given a lesson in how to eat neatly without littering or messing up the surroundings. The children love this little adventure, and look forward to the ride in the school bus.

SPORTS

Our Montessori sports is different from the usual school sports because all the children participate in events and everybody get a prize.

WORKROOM

The Montessori Workroom simulates a classroom, with chairs, desks and a blackboard. The students are made to sit on chairs. Here, the teacher-in-charge prepares the students for Grade 1. Different subjects are dealt with every week, which helps to promote interest. All the activities conducted here see whole-hearted participation by the students, with everyone working at the same time.

PARENTS INVOLVEMENT

OBSERVATION

is a part of the Montessori Method. In Sishu Griha, it is compulsory that all the parents should come for observation regularly

GRADUATION

Graduation is the last and most important function in the Montessori; it is a celebration to mark the child’s passing out of the Montessori and enter into Grade One. Parents are invited to the ceremony, usually held just before we close, in April. The children perform cultural activities and parents speak about their impressions of the Montessori, then the children are given certificates and a traditional welcome into Grade One.

HOUSE VISITS

We have a programme called ‘house visits’ in the Montessori, in which we take the children to visit other children’s’ homes. It is a part of the ‘Social Behaviour’ activities, which helps to improve the bond between the child, teacher and the parent.

ROOM MOTHERS

We have a group of mothers, who come and help us in the environment with activities like craft work, music, dance, and celebrations .They are called ‘room mothers’. At the end of the year, we arrange for a get-together with our room mothers.

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