The hand is the chief teacher of the child.
- Dr. Maria Montessori
Experiential, Hands-On Learning
The curriculum at Aarambh, is broadly classified into five major work areas – Practical life skills, sensorial activities, language, arithmetic, geography and science. Culture is also an integral part of our curriculum.
Practical Life skills
One of the first goals of Aarambh is to instill in your child a strong sense of independence and self-reliance. Along with love and a stable environment, this is the child's greatest need. This area of the curriculum focusses on developing skills that will allow your child to effectively control and deal with the social and physical environment in which he lives. There is a growing pride in being able to "do it for myself." Practical life begins as soon as the child enters the House of children and continues throughout the curriculum to more advanced tasks as appropriate to the child's development. These include activities where the child can care for himself as well as his environment and take an active part in his household, neighbourhood and school. The child's motor skills develop as he works on these daily functions.
At a very young age, child's senses are highly active and they are the most important means of learning. The child is constantly absorbing everything around him. The sensorial activities allow the child to explore his five senses, which are responsible for building his intelligence. The tools used to perform these activities are prepared scientifically and isolate the physical property of matter under study, like colour, size, shape, texture, weight and so on. These activities also help your child gain pre-math skills.
Your child will be helped to develop a rich vocabulary and gain command over the English language through various materials and language cards. The alphabet is introduced as phonetic sounds and the children are helped to listen to sounds in words and also form words. Writing and reading come naturally to a child in a Montessori house of children, because of the various activities, that prepare a child for the same. Various grammatical concepts are introduced to the child. We introduce our children to the function of the parts of speech one at a time through many games and exercises. Creative writing is also included in the language curriculum.
Hindi is offered as a second language, wherein children will be introduced to the alphabet, writing and reading.
Arithmetic is introduced as concrete concepts to a child's hands and senses. He can feel small and large quantities. Numbers as large as millions are handled by children. Arithmetical operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are introduced first, as concepts using games and later as individualised activities. Children develop a natural liking for numbers. As the child understands these mathematical concepts he is slowly moved from concrete knowledge towards abstraction.
Children are given hands-on experience on various scientific concepts as individualised activities. They are introduced to plant and animal life, human anatomy
Children gain knowledge of the world through puzzle maps and the globe. They are also introduced to land and water forms, continents and countries of the world.
Other items of culture which include interaction with nature, art, music, societal organizations and customs are offered.