Over the years, the work rooms or the junior labs as they are termed have evolved into strongholds of ‘active learning’ for the Primary School students which is in recognition of the Montessori Method that advocates learning by doing.These junior labs that are different from the confines of a classroom provide the perfect stimuli for the child to discover, analyse and assimilate. The amalgamation of discovery, analysis and assimilation makes learning a ‘joyful process’ for the students. The joy is compounded by the fact that the child works at his own pace and he has the prerogative of working with materials of his choice.
A child between the age group of 6-10years has an inquisitive mind. The junior lab (work Room) activities are developed to satisfy this need. Subjects like Geography, History and Science are introduced in the form of stories e.g. how the Earth was formed, strange kinds of animals and plants found, the bacteria, galaxies and stars etc. The abstract concept of Maths is presented with the help of specially made materials e.g. positive and negative numbers, area, weight, volume etc. Children show a lot of enthusiasm in the interactive sessions by asking question like what will happen to Earth when the sun turns into a red giant or Does life exist on other planets? It is a very happening and interesting journey of discovery for the students of Sishu Griha in the Junior Lab.
THOTS (Games Based Learning) program pioneered by Mind Edutainment Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi - nurtures Learning Ability of Grade UKG-VIII students. THOTS focuses on development of thinking skills through games without using any academic content. THOTS games create an equal opportunity for all the children to develop various Higher Order Thinking Skills, irrespective of their socio-economic-cultural-academic background.
THOTS Classes are conducted at Sishu Griha for Grades 3 and 4. Children play various THOTS games as per 5 stages methodology with ‘THOTS Facilitators’ called as ‘THOTS Friends’. Every quarter, children themselves conduct workshops for their parents & school faculty to share their learning.
THOTS has received various recognitions like 'Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Award for Innovation 2017'; 'CII Design Excellence Award 2015'; 'Asia’s Best Educational Innovation 2013'; 'India’s Best Innovation in Education 2010'. For more details, please visit www.thotslab.com
As Sishu Griha has always maintained its stance on helping the students to supplement theoretical lessons with practicals, the school prides itself on having well-equipped labs for science and computer science. These laboratories allow the students to corroborate the knowledge gained through theoretical lessons.
Cookery as part of the curriculum is considered as a step in the right direction as it equips our students with life skills. A well-ventilated room with a centrally –placed working table and essential items like cutlery, a refrigerator, cooking and baking appliances give the cookery enthusiasts among the students a thrill beyond description as they learn the nuances and the art and style of cooking. The icing on the cake is the fact that under the guidance of the teacher-in –charge, the students whip up different dishes and delicacies .
Yoga is part of the curriculum at Sishu Griha and the students from Grades II to X attend the session once a week. Apart from providing flexibility and strength, the various asanas that are taught in these classes instill in them a sense of calmness and have a rejuvenating effect on the body and the mind. The names of each of the asanas that are taught and the benefits accrued through them are explained in the Yoga sessions. The International Day of Yoga is celebrated with gusto. At Sishu Griha, Yoga has become a way of life.
Sports and Physical Education have always had a major bearing in contributing towards a child’s holistic development. Keeping this in mind, we, at Sishu Griha, believe in adapting to the needs of the children, thereby encouraging and providing them with various opportunities to excel in sports. The school caters to both indoor games as well as outdoor games.
Team Matchless, a sports initiative launched by a parent, has been rendering yeoman’s service at the school by training the students in various fields of sports. A bunch of talented young sportspersons form the backbone of Team Matchless. It has become part of the Physical Education classes and is expected to give a new dimension to these classes.
The Math Lab serves to demystify math as it is stocked with materials exclusively designed to make various concepts clearer and easier to understand. Certain abstract math concepts are dealt with in a manner that makes assimilation quicker. The learning that happens here borders on tangential learning. Working with the materials ensures clarity and the reinforcement of various concepts covered under algebra, arithmetic and geometry. This, in turn, helps the students in developing a liking for the subject.
The teachers at Sishu Griha have access to state of the art computers with internet facilities that facilitate research work and power point presentations. The implementation of ClassWalk, a software, has revolutionized the preparation of the progress report. It has entailed swift entry of marks and attendance and helps teachers maintain a digital record of the non–academic performance of the students. Information can be accessed digitally.
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.
The primary workrooms in the school, which replicate the Montessori in more ways than one, have evolved into strongholds of learning over the years. These rooms are equipped with self-explanatory materials that make learning easier and more interesting. Even the most difficult concepts in subjects like science, math and social sciences are dealt with in the most creative and imaginative manner, making the whole process of learning experiential.
The fully -functional library at Sishu Griha, with its treasure trove of books ranging from encyclopedias, reference books, fiction, biographies and novels to books, leading journals, magazines and newsletters makes it a most-frequented place. Research for project work and special assignments and reading for pleasure, which are the mainstays of the library, reiterate the supremacy of the written word. A complete refurbishment of the library that has been aided by computerization provides easy accessibility to books.
The current global scenario demands that a scientific temper be inculcated in students at a young age and Sishu Griha has risen to it by charting out a course of action that imparts this in a unique manner. A well-laid out programme, spearheaded by a small team of teachers and supported by parents and the students themselves has found its niche in our school. This programme enhances the thinking process of the students, facilitates a scientific bent of mind in them, develops their soft skills, builds team leaders, and, most importantly encourages the students to sustain the drive, irrespective of failures.
Its strengths include integration of all subjects, hard work and a multi-disciplinary approach that blurs boundaries, melding one with the other. The success of this programme has enabled our students in research that is of international standards and provided opportunities to represent the school in science competitions and fairs at the regional, national and international levels. Accolades and awards at every level have spurred the growth of this initiative to include more and more students within its fold.
We remain true to our conviction that tradition and technology are two sides of the same coin because at Sishu Griha, belief in traditions and culture, the pride of our country , have not diminished with the advent of the modern age. Age-old practices like greeting the elders with a Namaste find resonance in the way the students greet their teachers in school. The lighting of the ceremonial lamp accompanied by the rendition of an invocation song before the commencement of every programme cast a halo on the main event that follows. Celebrating major festivals in the traditional way and instilling in our students the importance of every festival go a long way in keeping our traditions alive.
Technology too, is made use of to further our teaching –learning methods. The installation of Smart Boards in every class, the use of technology for the betterment of our functioning in school and to improve our programmes and other co-curricular activities have given a fillip to the rise and growth of our school.
Art and craft activities receive an upward thrust in our school as it believes in allowing the creative urges of its students to find their vent. A slew of activities across the school make the experience of attending every art and craft session an exhilarating one. Activities like drawing, colouring, sketching, shading, strokes and the like under art and origami, kirigami, spray- painting and many more under craft keep the students engaged. All art and craft items made by our students occupy pride of place at art and craft exhibitions held in the school.
The SaPa in Schools program, started by Bindu and Ambi Subramaniam and led by the vision of violin icon Dr. L. Subramaniam provides high quality music education to students from the Montessori to Grade 8, as part of the school curriculum.
There are a number of documented and researched benefits to learning music, especially for children. It helps with the left-brain development, improves early cognitive development and pre-literacy skills. It helps improve memory, increases attention span, and, most importantly helps relieve stress and develops emotional maturity. Being exposed to different musical forms helps children understand global culture and works towards making them better global citizens.
With a specially developed methodology, age-appropriate learning materials, trained teachers and student certification, the SaPa in Schools program is designed to help students learn to appreciate Indian music and culture. The program also has a global music component which exposes students to different musical traditions from around the world. For more details, please visit www.sapaindia.com
The auditorium serves as a venue for all literary activities, science fests and other exhibitions, quizzes, in-house workshops and large meetings. Tarang, which is a programme showcasing different dance forms and vocal and instrumental music, is held here once a month for the Montessori students. It is also used for the rehearsals of Annual Day programmes. Certain class activities too are conducted here. The room is equipped with up to date technology for such programs.
Every classroom in Sishu Griha has an interactive board and the traditional blackboard. This is in keeping with Sishu Griha’s policy of maintaining a balance between the old and the new. Retaining the blackboard and making judicious use of it is a reminder of the primacy of traditional practices. Certain features of the interactive board make the dispensation of lessons very interesting. Also, these interactive boards serve the cause of catering to the auditory and the visual learners as it is a good repository of audios and videos.
Sishu Griha has capitalized on the advancements made in the field of technology by enabling the teachers to have access to state- of -the art computers with internet facilities. Desk-top computers in every staff room help them prepare lesson plans and facilitate research work. The implementation of an ERP software, easy to use Teacher based Mobile Apps, have revolutionized the preparation of the progress reports and communicating to parents. Swift entry of marks and attendance and the maintenance of a digital record of the non–academic performance of the students, along with the online transmission of these progress report cards at the end of every unit test and term-end examinations saves time and paper as parents can have easy access to them. Mobile apps are used by the teachers to send homework every day and parents receive these messages on their mobile phones, which is a real boon, especially when the child is absent.
In an era where advancements in technology and a change in lifestyles have brought in its wake triumphs and tribulations for everyone, especially students, it is of utmost importance that they be guided and counselled whenever the need arises, so that they remain grounded. The personnel of external organizations engaged by our school, offer solutions in myriad ways to alleviate the problems that our students face.
Behavioural issues, lack of interest in academics and the woes associated with adolescence are dealt with in a very effective manner through a series of one-to-one sessions, in which wise counsel is offered. The subtlety of the course of action proffered makes it an enriching experience for the affected students. Presentations and talks that clearly distinguish between what is right and what is wrong and the consequences of every wrong action form the crux of these sessions. These sessions have a therapeutic effect on the students as they are not in the form of sermons.