The approach of the curriculum is ‘child centered’. The identified concepts, skills, issues and concerns are age-appropriate so that the understanding of the child develops gradually from self to the immediate surrounding and further to the wider environment.Thus, the child moves from simple to complex, concrete to abstract, informal to formal concepts in a logical and phased manner.
Recognizing the fact that there are different learning styles and individual children learn indifferent ways, the curriculum suggests a range of transactional processes varying from classroom discussions, case studies, field visits, surveys, hands-on experiences, experimentation, model making, poster making, slogan writing, etc. The curriculum aims to ensure that learning is a joyful experience for all children and that children are able to understand not only what they learn, but also how this learning is relevant in their lives, both present and future.
This approach lays emphasis on learning by doing (I do, I understand much better). Also, children learn better while interacting/discussing with elders/others. Thus this approach provides opportunities for children to construct their knowledge rather than placing them as recipients of information in the transactional process. The knowledge gained by them is thus an outcome of the children’s own activity. Engaging/involving children in exploring, observing, inventing the world around them helps in the process of construction of knowledge. In this curriculum, ample scope has been created for children to construct their knowledge through the social interaction (social constructivism).
The curricular approach encourages development of skills as well as life skills by using age appropriate identified themes.
At Ashoka, we follow the Eclectic approach to learning, i.e. an amalgamation of the best practices and pedagogies of Early Childhood & Care. As 21st century educators, we believe this approach allows us to reach out to every child and nurture the learning process in a manner that is personal and therefore, effective.
The Eclectic approach, as defined by leading Early Learning Years experts, is very relevant and appropriate for the preschoolers as it presents an opportunity to develop all the essential life skills "by learning in a creative and stimulating environment and gaining the confidence to fulfill their potentials as learners."
Our curriculum, especially designed and planned by experts is an integration of the following:
Play Way Method
• Well known and time-tested as the most ideal teaching technique by leading national and international philosophers like Maria Montessori, Frobel, Steiner, Italian (Reggio), European (IBO) and Finnish educators, this method enables teachers to use tools, resources defined as “manipulatives” or “play material” to have children explore and question, building on their curiosity.
• Another popular approach to teaching, the ability of a teacher to identify a child’s innate learning pattern like visual, auditory, kinaesthetic etc so that the classroom can help EVERY child learn through a customisation of techniques and tasks which make it personal or DIFFERENTIATED. This has proven time and time again to be the backbone of any progressive learning outcomes that children have in their foundational years
21st Century Skills
• All top educational universities have attributed the importance of incorporating 4c’s in every day lesson plans for children, the curriculum will feature exposure to:
Reggio Emilia inspired approach
• The Italian Reggio Emilio inspired approach empowers teachers to focus on child-centric learning that is self-guided and directed and beautifully uses all elements including the physical indoor and outdoor spaces to create meaningful self-learning opportunities that work on all areas of development especially core 21st century skills
The Ashoka USP:
• Love, respect, and care for each child – by personalizing the content and making learning meaningful for each child. Special attention is given to the child’s learning style & interests such that learning is seamless weaved with play to make it holistic and relevant for each child
• Transparency/ Open communication with the parents – Considering parents as the key stakeholders, the Ashoka group believes in working closely with the family
• Focus on the 21st century skills (The 4C’s) – Focusing on making children socially adaptable, confident, curious, and well round. In short, getting them life ready!
• Well researched and specially designed global curriculum (eclectic approach)- Research based content that combines the best teaching-learning practices to make learning application based. It gives children a solid foundation to transition in any academic board at the high school level
• Research & Development team – A specially trained and appointed R and D to constantly research, innovate and incorporate global trends in preschool education