TIPS Kindergarten follows an integrated approach of early years learning for children between ages 2.5 to 5.5 years, carefully choosing from the best practices of various global methods. The world today poses numerous challenges for survival, and traditional teaching and learning methods may no longer be adequate to equip children with the know-how to face these. It is our endeavour to bring out in children their inherent natural curiosity and nurture a passion for learning so they grow up to be independent lifelong learners who can expeditiously adapt to any environment. TIPS PREKG, KG1 and KG2 programmes seamlessly harmonise various disciplines to bring about physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive development in a young child. Our curated classrooms perfectly complement a young learner’s journey of myriad exploration and expanding experiences. Our team of expert early years educators combined with superior teacher-student ratio adds to the exceptional TIPS KG learning experience.
Right from practical living exercises that encourage self-care and independence including a fireless cookery station to daily movement through dedicated dance studios, sandpits, swimming pools and more, to language and math corners, to the more creative realms of storytelling, art, music and role play with props, we have it all. Children at TIPS are also actively encouraged to explore the natural world around them under the guidance of their class facilitators. Nature walks, nature-themed art & craft form a regular part of the TIPS KG curriculum. The idea behind including all areas of life in the school environment is to help children explore, learn and create their own experiences that can maximise individual potential.
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OVERVIEW AND CURRICULUM
PreKG at TIPS starts with acclimatising and familiarising children with their new daily environment at school. After children settle in, which usually takes up to 3 weeks, they are introduced to EPL (Exercise of practical life) and sensorial materials. Apart from that children also spend time with open-ended materials which include materials from nature and also blocks. Nature walks on campus and collection of materials from nature is part of the regular curriculum. Rhyme time involves finger rhymes and also regular kindergarten themed songs. During circle time there is a lot of focus on children moving around in animal movements, etc.
KG 1 at TIPS is marked by aggregate reinforcement of all that was introduced in PreKG along with a formal introduction to alphabet sounds and numbers through tracing using Montessori materials and small movables. Tracing is important because children are still very sensitive to touch till about 3.5 to 4 years of age. Therefore, be it letters of the alphabet or numbers they can assimilate sensorial and muscular memory impressions. The rhymes and stories at circle time get a little more vocabulary-rich and impromptu role playing based on stories narrated are encouraged to bring about confidence and social interaction skills in children.
KG 2 at TIPS marks the phase when children can both read and write alphabet, numbers and short sentences. Social interaction skills and conversation are developed further as children get ready to leave kindergarten and enter grade 1 at TIPS main campus, at the end of the academic year. Small movables for alphabet and numbers, Montessori EPL and sensorial materials, outdoor play and gardening form a good part of the KG 2 curriculum. Circle time, rhymes, music, drama and role play develop the children’s confidence, speaking skills and posture. Storytelling becomes a little more nuanced as kids can now understand the differences in story narrations.
ON A TYPICAL KINDERGARTEN DAY AT TIPS
“Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.” ~William Arthur Ward
“For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are ‘educational.’ The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play.” ~ Penelope Leach
AT TIPS, we ensure to provide the right environment and learning opportunities for children to achieve age-appropriate milestones, and accordingly observe the children to asses their progress on the following developmental milestones at the end of ages 3, 4 & 5: