Mother toddler is a blend of various concepts which helps to bring out the hidden potential and see the uniqueness of the child at an early age i.e. from 8 months to 2 years. Mother Toddler program caters to the 8 intelligence and 5 areas like physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual. Mother toddler program is a place where mother and the child come together for a period of 1 year.
WHAT IS MOTHER TODDLER?
Mother toddler is a unique concept which develops the incredible capacity of the brain and the incredible potential of the child. The word ‘Mother Toddler’ itself says it all, the child comes to school with his mother or father for the duration of 1 hour and 15 mins. The program is about learning through lots of fun, play and dance. What does mother toddler cater to? Mother Toddler program caters to the eye hand coordination, development of 5 senses, development of child in physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual areas and helps the child in developing his fine motor skills.
The focus of the curriculum in this section is to use remedial tools to equip the student receive and retain the learnt concepts as well as become aware of the relevance of what they are learning in their daily lives and environment. This is done by theme based learning that is linked through all subject domains. The method we apply aims at skill development that is age appropriate, be it language based, math or concept related.
Information and computer technology is the backbone of our program keeping in mind the demands of the current trend. A balance between research based learning, experiential learning and traditional learning is of prime importance to us.
Leadership and self awareness cannot be learnt in lectures and classrooms, because leadership is more a matter of the heart than the head. Leadership is experiential; transformational. However, experiences are quite meaningless unless one reflects upon them and draws positive, teachable points of view. Reflection is an art and a science.
EXCERCISES/ACTIVITIES OF PRACTICAL LIFE
The Exercises of practical Life are familiar activities the child has seen at home like pouring, sweeping, polishing, spooning and buttoning. These tasks help to develop concentration and coordination, social awareness and a sense of order in the environment. The child learns about the limits and possibilities of the material world –how to adapt to the environment and how to be creative in it.
We build a knowledge and understanding of the world through our senses, not just through listening, watching or reading. The quality of learning is directly related to the quality and quantity of the experience the child receives. Sensorial materials develop the senses of the young child by isolating a defining quality such as colour, weight, size, shape texture, sound or smell. Each sensorial discovery or experience gets internalized and remains with the child throughout his/her life.
In a Montessori environment children evolve from the study of concrete mathematical concepts to abstract ones. With the help of the Montessori materials, the child begins to recognize the shapes and names of numbers 0 to 9. Quantity is introduced and child relates the written number with its specific physical quantity. The child gradually becomes familiar with the Decimal System and gains a deeper understanding of how numbers function. Quantities of units, tens, hundreds and thousands are introduced. Having learned concrete math concepts through the use of materials, the child is prepared to work with more abstract concepts such as fractions, key elements of geometry and problem solving on paper.
According to Dr Maria Montessori, the evolution of language begins with the infant’s innate capacity to absorb fragments of speech that form the basis for further language development. The child first discovers that sounds have meaning and then isolates parts of speech. The child’s acquisition of oral skills occurs naturally, but opportunities for equivalent patterns of written language development must be provided by parents and teachers.
Experiences gained from the Practical Life and Sensorial activities serve as a preparation for reading and writing. Children are given a phonetic basis for reading. The child hears the sound, sees the shape and by tracing, develops the muscles needed for writing, He or she is then ready to pursue an interest in words while cultivating writing skills at an individual pace. Through storytelling, conversation and many other exercises, the child’s vocabulary grows.