Maria Montessori’s educational vision comes alive every day at our preschool with young and enthusiastic learners.
Nisarga Batika Preschool’s curriculum is based on the Montessori philosophy and applies the unique principles of the Montessori environment in the classroom and beyond. A child enrolled in our preschool will be in the same classroom for three academic years until it is time for her to move to an elementary level. A mixed age of the children is crucial; they learn from and care for each other. We believe that a class of mixed ages is advantageous to both younger and older children as the younger children learn by observing the older children and the older children reinforce what they have already mastered when helping the younger ones. The classroom is a thriving community where children of different ages learn to cooperate, respect and celebrate each other’s efforts and to take care of themselves, others and the environment.
We offer a prepared classroom environment–which includes Montessori apparatus and materials that respond to the developmental stages of children between 2½ to 5½ years of age–where children are free to respond to their natural tendency to work. In a mixed-age group, children are allowed to work at their own pace and rhythm under the guidance of trained teachers.
Exercises of practical life: Exercises help the child learn to function in his or her own environment. Motor education helps develop good muscular coordination, concentration and physical independence. Exercises include washing, pouring, folding, rolling, sharing material and greeting people.
Sensorial exercise: Activities are designed to isolate and sharpen each of the five senses to develop the power of observation which enhances their readiness to higher intellectual work.
Language arts: The children are introduced to letter sounds first and they continue to learn letter names and shapes. They then progress naturally to reading skills.
Foreign language: Teaching a foreign language at a very young age means exposing children to a new way of thinking which boosts brainpower, vocabulary and self esteem. It gives them the opportunity to gain unique insights into a different culture.
Mathematics: Concepts are presented through extensive use of concrete materials allowing them to have a hands-on experience before they can truly think abstractly.
Knowledge and understanding of the world: Geography, history, botany, biology, music and grammar are introduced through the use of concrete materials.
The Playgroup at Nisarga Batika provides an informal setting with a safe, friendly and stimulating environment in which young children between 18 to 30 months of age play and learn in the presence of supportive and involved teachers and caregivers.
The main objective of the Playgroup is to provide early childhood care and opportunities for children to learn and develop new skills through hands on experiences and informal play. Children in our Playgroup are able to develop creatively, mentally and physically at their own pace.
Nisarga Batika’s Playgroup is a place for playing, growing, making friends and having fun for very young children. Children learn to live and learn with cooperation, tolerance, creativity, friendship and enjoyment.
Our Preschool curriculum is based on the Montessori philosophy and applies the unique principles of the Montessori environment in the classroom and beyond. A child enrolled in our preschool will be in the same classroom for three academic years until it is time for the child to move to an elementary level. The classroom is a thriving community where children of different ages learn to cooperate, respect and celebrate each other’s efforts and to take care of themselves, others and the environment.
A lot of thought has gone into preparing an environment which is welcoming, clean, orderly, child-centred and stimulating. Our classrooms contain Montessori apparatus and materials that respond to the developmental stages of each child. Each child is encouraged to touch, move and manipulate the materials. Children freely choose work in the classroom, responding to internal needs and working individually for the most part. They learn by making discoveries, a process that helps to cultivate concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love for learning.
Lessons/presentations are given only when the child is ready. Generally lessons are given individually. However, some lessons are given in a small group setting. The lessons are very purposeful, specifically catering to each stage of the child’s development. The Montessori environment contains self-correcting materials.
Our preschool curriculum is non-graded and non-competitive, thus allowing children to work and grow in an environment that permits their individual potential to reach its own level and at its own pace, without any negative or judgmental pressure. Our trained teachers prepare the environment, provide activities, function as resource persons or exemplars, offer stimulation and guidance, but it is the child who learns and who is motivated through the work to persist in her chosen task. Our Preschool curriculum also seeks to instil universal values. These values include self respect, compassion, kindness, responsibility, courage to speak our mind and acceptance of the uniqueness and dignity of every individual.
Children in the Preschool programme are also involved in varieties of co-curricular activities. Some of which include:
- Music and Movement: The music programme for the younger children is full of movement and imagination. We encourage the children to develop keen listening and concentration skills, as well as physical coordination and self control.
- Dance: Children also enjoy a special music and dance class once a week from a trained dance teacher. They are exposed to a variety of music, songs and basic principles of movement to begin their understanding of rhythm and melody.
- Arts and Crafts: Arts and crafts are vital elements in developing the whole person. In arts, a variety of materials and media are introduced at the earliest ages. Children are exposed to such media as paint, collage, clay and drawing. The emphasis is on creative self-expression and development of basic skills.
- Gymnastics: Gymnastics is one of the physical activity program available to children, incorporating strength, flexibility, speed, balance, coordination, power, and discipline. Gymnastics gives children an opportunity to learn about social skills like listening, following directions, taking turns, being quiet, and respecting others.
- Swimming: Teaching a child to swim can have significant benefits for both health and safety. Additionally, experiences in water allow young children to develop their psycho-motor skills because they can move more freely and begin to understand concepts of distance and movement. Swimming builds confidence and self-reliance.
- Yoga and Meditation: Regular practice of yoga and meditation will ensure self discipline, attentiveness, selfless love and compassion in children. Additionally, this helps them in their lessons and boosts their attention span.
- Nature Exploration: Nature offers endless opportunities for discovery and exploration. Exposure to elements of nature, like wildlife, birds, insects, seeds, plants, flowers, trees, leaves, clouds, rain and sun offer children new experiences and appreciation for their world. Gardening, digging, nature walks, and field trips are a regular feature of our nature curriculum.
- Foreign Language: Mandarin Chinese, which is the most widely-spoken language in the world, is taught to all our students by a Chinese teacher. Teaching a foreign language at a very young age means exposing children to a new way of thinking which boosts brainpower, vocabulary and self esteem. Chinese classes will include conversations, songs, craft, music and movement and cultural activities.
- Small class size with 24 students
- Multi-age classes
- Self-paced academic approach
- Prepared learning environment
- Trained teachers
- Bilingual hands-on curriculum
- Individualised education
- Whole child approach
- A child-teacher ratio of 12:1
- Full time involvement of care givers