Unbelievable but true, at MRV even our pre-primary children come in as early as 8.40 am and leave as late as 4.00 pm Truly a rare occurrence in any school's pre-primary section.
There are two sessions – Morning Session where academics are taught through Play Way method and Afternoon Session that is activities oriented, but again academics are integrated to make it interesting.
The curriculum is carefully prepared to include activities that enable the children to learn even as they play and to cultivate the love of learning in a co-operative atmosphere. It is important that they feel safe and comfortable and gain self-esteem and independence.
In the afternoon the children undergo our pioneering concept of Overall Growth Centre where the children are taught rhythm, dance, karate, skating, Sanskrit, Chess etc. in a unique manner.
Thus, the morning session is broadly Left Brain oriented, but Right Brain is included through Play Way method. And the afternoon session is broadly Right Brain oriented, but Left Brain is included through academics.
Concrete to Abstract
When academics are taught, the basic principle followed is to go from concrete to abstract. The children are normally first taken for a field trip where they get day to day experiences. Then for 2 weeks they are taught same topic through rhymes, music, art, stories etc. which makes them understand each topic in depth as well as remember it for life.The children are taught 16 topics in a year where 8 are on nature and 8 are on real life encounters. Over a period of four years the child comes to know 64 topics.
Mind Map technique
• Organising thinking and representing it on one page.
• Whole topic is created as pictures and presented on a single page.
• Then these pictures are interconnected.
• This becomes a permanent memory for the child.
• This also helps the parents to easily get acquainted with what is taught to the child.
English is used as the main language. It is taught in the sequence of hearing, speaking, reading and then writing. Thus writing is introduced only in 1st Std.
• Speaking: The children hear the teacher speaking in English thereby the children learn English very easily. They are also given lots of time to speak among themselves.
• Lots of Interaction happens
• Picture talk is very important
• Field trip talk, House talk, General talk is given a lot of importance.
English - Reading
• Reading: children are first introduced to a topic.
• They are then introduced to the words related to the topic through games like "fire in the mountain" etc.
• Words are shown in the P.T. class, music class etc.
• Then by the end of the 1 st week a book is made with photographs of the children at the field trip and this becomes a reading programme for them
• Therefore the children don't learn through the traditional methods like A,B,C,D. Phonetics is introduced after children have learnt hundreds of words.
This is the basic difference between MRV and conventional schools.
Maths is also taught through topics. Example – Post office. The children learn to count how many letters are posted, how many stamps are collected etc. Even addition, subtraction etc. can also be taught easily through such methods.It is also taught through the Montessori method in the Pre- Primary & the Montero method in the Primary.
This is also developed on similar lines through topics. First the Experience, then the Explanation. Keeping the maxims in mind : Concrete to Abstract, Known to Unknown, Near to Far, Whole to Part.
• Total Freedom to Express themselves
;• Total Freedom to Mix Colors
• No stereotyping child by coloring drawing within boundaries
• Just remember and draw
• In Music, one raga is taught for a month. A CD is given to the parents so that they can play the same at home. 6 Ragas in 1 year and 24 Ragas are covered in 4 years. There are 3 different levels of the same raga as the child grows (Pre-Primary, Primary, Secondary).
• Thus by the end of 10 th Standard, the child would have mastered 24 ragas which is a Masters Degree in Music. He would also be exposed to many more ragas for knowledge.