In the changing world, where education is evolving every moment and so is learning, it is time to re-examine the teaching-learning process. We need to place the “Child is the Curriculum” in a fresh perspective. Every child is unique and has his/her own way of acquiring knowledge, attitudes, values and skills. The charm and challenge lies in how effectively an educator can address every child's diversified learning need and sense of enquiry, to enable a child to discover, derive and further explore.
NatureNurture's integrated curriculum is a thematic learning programme that builds on the child's existing knowledge through establishing a correlation with different domains of learning. It transports them to a higher level of thinking & provides them with a plethora of opportunities to be meaningfully engaged in tandem with their interests and intelligences. This gives the children multiple ways of expressing themselves.
Experiential learning with real life associations and scope to generalize learning, to be able to solve problems, make decisions, forge constructive and meaningful relationships, communicate effectively, etc. are some of the skills that children need to acquire, to be successful in life. In this journey and quest to build up their competence, the home -school connection is of paramount importance for the child. So, keeping yourself abreast and aligned with the educational methodologies and approaches will take your children one step ahead in this endeavour.
Education is not about making them literate, restricting them to writing and reading; it's about expanding their mental horizons, broadening their thinking, enriching their experiences, empowering them with knowledge and skills, inculcating values, developing their personal and social skills, making them self reliant and regulated, imparting awareness about health and safety, building a sense of physical wellness, igniting their enquiry skills and creating a need for citizenship. It is necessary for them to be technologically savvy and strengthen their mathematical acumen, in order to make them the prospective leaders of tomorrow.
We need to nurture within them, a rational approach, a progressive attitude and the ability to say YES to life always! We need to fill them with vigour and enthusiasm to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
The Department of Education and experts in the fields of education, psychology, child development, behavioral science link elements of curriculum framework, instruction, materials & resources, fair assessment, interventions and learning standards to children’s engagement in learning and their school success.
The curriculum at the NICE school is based on the National Curriculum Framework that reminds us as to what information should be given within each of the Key Learning Areas. It assures the continuum of learning that begins at birth and continues through graduation. The curriculum framework includes big ideas, essential questions, vocabulary, concepts and competencies that further define the learning standards.
Learning standards provide the framework for learning. They provide the foundational information for what children should know and be able to do. A NICE school’s standards are based on the National Curriculum Framework and built on information learnt previously creating a continuum of learning and linked learning that begins in infancy, gradually getting more challenging as it extends through high school.
Every learning classroom, whether it is in a home environment or centre based setting must be a comfortable, safe and nurturing environment where children can interact with manipulatives and materials to enhance skill development. In a NICE, school children discover and understand science, social studies and math information when they actively explore materials and ideas that are guided by teachers who intentionally design activities that engage children in critical thinking and processing. Children also learn about their own abilities and learning styles and how to get along with others through a diverse set of materials and experiences. Offering an engaging approach to learning processes can help in adding values to the complete home school curriculum as it encourages children to experiment with their thinking capabilities and innovate ideas that can help them in learning things quickly.
In a NICE school, learning occurs within the context of play and active learning strategies where children are engaged in concrete and hands – on discovery, experimentation and interaction with materials, their peers and nurturing adults.
A NICE educator helps construct knowledge during these active learning times by designing activities that build on children’s prior knowledge to create understanding and information. Educators ask open ended questions that encourage children to think about what comes next or to know more and they support children’s creativity, problem solving, intuition and inventiveness by challenging and encouraging them. The schools usually follow the CBSE curriculum in India, which focuses on imparting theoretical knowledge to children. The NICE school always emphasizes on encouraging innovative thinking, better understanding of complex processes, and creating a community that works together for finding solutions for common problems.
In a NICE school the children are assessed formally as well as informally. Formative assessments provide information about how children are progressing in the classroom and allow the educators to make adaptations or adjustments. The assessments are fair and aim at assessing the teaching – learning process and are documented to be used as information to formulate individualized learning plans. The assessments are prepared from extracts of curriculum for junior schools, curriculum for primary schools, and curriculum for middle schools to ensure that each child gets evaluated on his /her learning capabilities. NICE educators design specific plans and road maps for development of a child in a particular area to help him/her in coping with the upcoming learning sessions and others in class.
A NICE educator observes and assesses children’s abilities, interests and achievement using standards as a guide. The interventions are part of everyday’s practice. The educator revises activities, adjusts lesson plans and accommodates children’s individual differences which allows children to master skills at their own pace.
Customizing content and learning materials as per student’s capabilities can help in making learning fun. Shifting the focus from just serving the basic purpose of being textbook centric, the complete customized content solutions helps your child to be better groomed and prepares him/her for upcoming challenges.
Ethics and manners play a great role in building the personality of an individual; hence, both of them are the two strong pillars of the modern grooming process. Learning various aspects of societal behaviors, overcoming day-to-day challenges, and staying motivated throughout unfavorable conditions is something that is taught in these classes.