Preschool program (montessori)
Our preschool program believes in the Montessori philosophy and follows Montessori teaching methods at its core, while keeping abreast with the best teaching practices from all over the world. Therefore while children work in a prepared environment with minimal assistance from the adult, they are also exposed to various experiences, which align itself with our holistic approach to education. At Bright Beginnings we follow a thematic approach that knits various areas of the curriculum together. A creative art and craft program, a lively music and movement program and a nurturing gardening program are fully in place to support our holistic approach to education. The school has adopted UNESCO's Living Values Education Program (LVEP) in order to impart to our children timeless universal values such as peace, love, respect, responsibility, happiness, cooperation, honesty, humility, tolerance, simplicity and unity. This unique approach prepares the child emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically for a smooth transition into first grade, be it a primary Montessori environment or a traditional school any where in the world
Children are admitted from 2 and half years to three years of age. The academic year runs from June to March and the school timings are from 9:00 am to 1.30 pm. The new admissions stay in school till 12.30pm till they are ready to transition to a longer day in school. The language of instruction is English.
We do not provide transportation. Arrangements for pickup and drop need to be made by the parents. Also we do not provide food. Snack needs to be sent from home.
Our school has adopted UNESCO's Living Values Education Program (LVEP) since its inception in 2004. These child-centred, experiential and participatory activities that the children engage in, help them explore and develop timeless universal values for a better world. Through relaxation and focusing exercises, imagination exercises, story telling, discussions and reflections, drawing and singing, the children learn about and internalize these values. The goal is to equip the young child of today with emotional and social skills and allow them to explore core values. Some of the values that we have explored over the years are Love, Peace, Respect, Happiness, Co-operation, Honesty, Generosity, Kindness, Courage, Humility, Responsibility, Determination, Tolerance, Simplicity and Unity. We hope to inspire them to put into practice these values thereby making a positive difference in today's world.
Gardening is introduced from an early age to make children aware of their natural surroundings and to help them experience its significance in their everyday life. Children are encouraged to nurture plants, thereby learning new skills while having fun connecting with nature.
Each of our children owns a patch of garden where they ensure that the soil is loosened and ready to be worked on. Once the beds are ready to be worked on, they sow seeds, which they water regularly and watch with delight as the seeds germinate, grow into flowers and vegetables that they then harvest. Along the way they are introduced to the different parts of the plant and discover how composting could transform food and plant waste into nourishment for their garden.
Apart to from their individual garden patches, the children also get to work on a community organic vegetable garden.
Over the years, the children have grown and harvested beans, okra, brinjals, potatoes, drumsticks, bananas, papayas, gooseberries, lemons, fenugreek leaves, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, kohlrabi, shallots, ginger, chillies, celery, lettuce and kale. They have also grown, sunflowers, marigolds and jasmine flowers and enjoyed the different aromas of the herbs they grow in school.
Art is all about observation and expression. In our art room we strive to help children both observe and express themselves without inhibition, all the while encouraging them to realize their full potential. Observation is enhanced through the games we play together and expression is built through drawing, painting, cutting, pasting, moulding and other art activities done each week. Though the activities are usually predefined, a lot of space is given to the children to use their imagination and to express themselves. Art is a reflection of ones feelings and emotions and not about creating a perfect picture. Therefore even while sketching the same picture, each child seems to imbue their drawing with their own personality and feelings. Young children find it easy and natural to express themselves through their drawings; they draw what they see, as they see it. We believe that if we help enhance their drawing skills before the age of 7, they most likely will continue to draw and stay connected with that creative aspect of themselves.