Kindergarten School in Coimbatore
Children are born with a disposition to play, to observe, to investigate, to learn and make sense of their experiences. The Kindergarten at Chettinad Vidya Mandir is a safe, caring, enriching environment that nurtures children and paves the way for a sensorial, experiential joyful learning journey. The kindergarten programme helps the child develop physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually.
We follow an eclectic curriculum that is progressive, child-centric and is inspired by educational philosophies of Waldorf and Montessori. The learning spaces at Chettinad Vidya Mandir is nurturing and harmonious. The kindergarten and primary blocks are surrounded by open spaces giving children ample scope to learn through exploration and making sense of the world.
Methodology: The foundation stage focuses on the four core areas, social-emotional development, Motor skill development, Language and Numeracy. Each day begins with a circle time which encourages social interaction, listening, conversing, understanding and sharing thoughts and feelings. Classrooms are well-resourced with age-appropriate materials for the children to experience, explore and learn.
Exercises of Practical Life (EPL): The aim of the EPL activities is to help the child in taking care of the self, taking care of the environment, taking care of social relations. Activities like sweeping, sewing, gardening helps children learn to focus, sequence and coordinate movements. It also supports with the seamless transition from home to school. Through a simple activity like cutting a carrot, children learn sequence, concentration, hand-eye coordination leading to development of fine motor and gross motor skills. Rolling and unrolling of the mat, pouring of grains from one container to another, opening and closing of containers are some of the other activities under EPL. These experiences provide a strong foundation for Math, reading and writing skills as they move to grade 1.
Language: The theme-based learning, with hands-on activities provides a rich context for oral language development and writing skills. Enrichment of vocabulary and phonemic awareness happen through storytelling, rhymes, role play, picture cards, read aloud and sandpaper tracing. The reading corner in the classroom provides an opportunity to enter the world of imagination and fantasy. Children begin to speak and express themselves. Tamil is a compulsory language and taught from early years.
Arithmetic: Pre math skills like order, precision, sense of sequence fostered through Exercise of Practical Life (EPL) and sensorial activities lay the foundation for mathematics. The basic numeracy skills are important for children in pre-primary. It provides vital life skills. Matching, sorting, pairing, comparing and ordering skills are introduced to the children in the early years. The quantification of numbers, basic addition and subtraction are taught through age-appropriate activities, concrete materials and manipulatives.
Sensorial: Sensorial material are presented through a series of sequenced activities which help refine and sharpen the senses and create a sensory foundation for further intellectual development. Material appealing to visual (seeing), tactile (touch), auditory (listening), gustatory (tasting), olfactory (smelling) senses are presented, one at time. Each of them proceeds from simple to complex, supporting the transition from concrete to abstract required in later years of learning.