The Importance of Colors and Shapes in Pre School Education
Have you ever wondered why most of the Early Childhood Teaching Programs focus on teaching colors and shapes to the child? Why not letters and numbers? Why not cats and dogs? It's because color is a very noticeable attribute of the world around us. When you look out of your window, you may not be saying it, but your mind is noticing and identifying the green trees, brown rectangle buildings, square windows, and blue sky. Color is a way children observe and categorize what they see. These very recognizable characteristics encourage children to define and organize the diverse world around them.
This first learning for a child in preschool and kindergarten are basics that your child needs to know before she learns the "other basics" of reading, writing, and Mathematics. Understanding color and shape is a prerequisite tool to understand and learn many skills in all areas encompassing the broad curriculum, from Maths and Science to language and reading. For example, when your child learns to discern the similarities and differences between various colors and shapes, he is using the same skills he needs to recognize the differences between letters and numerals.
Green Week Celebration at Khaitan Public School
Taking inspiration from beautiful and colorful nature, KPS celebrated “Green Week” for the students of Nursery with the aim of inculcating the beauty of colors in kids. Each day of the week was marked with extravaganza of activities keeping in mind that little tennies should learn to recognise the Green color with full enjoyment and enthusiasm.
Day 1-Teenies came in Green Dresses and did Sensory ball printing activity, which helped them to be fully engaged with their senses.
Day 2-They bought Green colored balloons from their houses and did Bubble Wrap Painting with rolling pins which gave them opportunity to not only develop their senses but also develop holistically in all spheres.
Day 3-They did sponge painting with Green color, and their teachers tied green colored ribbons on their wrists which helped kids to identify Green color.
Day 4-Kids bought Green colored fruits and vegetables in their lunch boxes, and their respective teachers explained the importance of eating green vegetables and fruits to them.
Day 5-Kids participated in ice cream making activity with a great zeal and they also came dressed up in Green color dresses same as day 1.
The entire week was full of activities, and teenies seemed to enjoy them to their full capacity. As a teacher, it was a wonderful week spent with the little ones. Their zeal to be involved in all activities, their full participation, and their smiles always win our hearts.
Oh, and don’t forget to play with colors and shapes when talking to your 2-4 year old kids. This is the first step for them to recognise things around them, and parents, since you spend most time with them, can be their best teachers at it.
The International Primary Curriculum is the result of years of development, trialing and improvement underpinned by the desire for rigorous learning, high levels of engagement, international-mindedness and personal development.
It all began in the 1980's with the introduction of the UK National Curriculum to Shell's English-speaking schools located around the world. By the middle of the 1990's Shell was adopting a much more international workforce and that inspired a need for a more internationally-focused primary curriculum. So Fieldwork Education took on the enviable job of travelling the globe to find the best learning-focused, internationally-minded, engaging and skills-based curriculum available. There was nothing in existence that achieved it all.
Necessity led to the creation of IPC which is now running in 80 countries across the globe.
No one can properly predict the nature of work that will be available for today's primary age children by the time they are adults. Many of the jobs they will have simply don't yet exist, especially in the fields of ICT, technology and science. So the principle of the IPC is to focus on personal, academic and international learning that will prepare children, wherever they may live, for the world of tomorrow.
Fundamental to the IPC approach to learning is a clear progression in skill development. This even applies to the personal learning goals which emphasizes adaptability, resilience, cooperation and respect and which, as a result of progressive skill development, help children to become able and inspired learners. As for the international context, it's not just an add-on. International-mindedness is embedded into all IPC learning to ensure that children grow up with a very clear global understanding.
The International Primary Curriculum empowers children to be creative and to initiate and direct their own learning and that of others, encouraging personal and interdependent working to resolve tasks and problems.
We have introduced IPC in Classes I to III.
Junior Achievement programme (JAP) helps students choose the profession of their interest. Teachers help students select the right career. Discussions, activities, visits to factories and industrial plants make the programme interesting.
Khaitan Public School, Sahibabad has set another milestone in the field of Innovation by organizing International Convention on Inventions in the Classroom- 2015 on 24th March, 2015. Number of participants amounted to 60 from India and abroad. ICIC- 2015 was a concord wherein the teachers from all over India and abroad were invited to present innovations adopted and adapted by them in their classrooms (K-12), in different subjects, related to teaching-learning as well as assessments. Teachers of renowned schools from varied cities and states like Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Kolkata, Haryana, Bengaluru, Ghaziabad, Noida, Hapur, Gurgaon etc. participated with great fervor and enthusiasm. While participants from international countries hailed from Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore etc.
Mr. Mike Thiruman, President, Singapore Teacher's Union and CEO, Educare Co- operative Limited graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Subject Experts on the Panel of judges were from National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) and Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) - Dr. M.V.S.V. Prasad (Social Science), Dr. Naresh Kohli, Dr. Meenakshi Kher (Languages), Dr. Alka Mehrotra, Mr. Koireng, Dr. C. V. Shimray and Mr. Bikramjit Sen (Science), Dr. T.P. Sharma and Ms. Anuradha Sharma (Mathematics). Innovations covered Use of Open Sources to make lessons interesting, Bicycle for ploughing, Three Dimensional Geometry, DNA Isolation for Plants Material, How to Develop Argumentative writing skills etc.
The Chief Guest addressed the audience and stressed on Seven Survival Skills i.e. Critical thinking & Problem Solving, Collaboration, Agility and Adaptability, Initiative and Entrepreneurialism, Effective Communication, Accessing and Analyzing Information, Curiosity and Imagination. Further, he added that teachers are required for non- routine analytical work and maximum participation of children should be there for effective teaching learning.
Top innovators in each category were awarded with Tablets while Participation Certificates along with trophies were distributed to all the participants. Top Innovators of Science were - Ms. Ritu Sharma, Ms. Mansi Sharma, Ms. Sonal Srivastav while consolation prizes were bagged by Ms. Jyoti Arora and Ms. Pragya Nopany.
Top Innovators of Languages were - Ms. Kiran Yadav, Ms. Amita Sinha, Mr. Mani Ram Sharma while Mr. Prakasham Thangaveloo, Ms. Parvinder Kaur and Ms. Naveeda Butt bagged the consolation prizes. In Social Science Ms. Nandini, Mr. Jitendra Kumar Saini, Ms. Shikha Ghosh and Ms. Sushmita Saraff were the top Innovators while Consolation Prizes were bagged by Ms. Richa Mohan and Dr. Krishna Kant Sahu. Top Innovators of Maths were Mr. Lalit Verma, Ms. Rachna Jain, Ms Anjali Bagga while consolation Prizes were bagged by Ms. Tanistha Bhattasali and Ms. Rashi Devendra. The event culminated with Vote of Thanks proposed by the Education Director Ms. Geeta Varshneya.
Parent Engagement in the Guest Speaker Programmes in Junior, Middle and Senior wings has increased manifold. It is one of the strong pillars of the Khaitan edifice. The number of Parents Teachers Meetings with the Khaitan faculty adds up to six annually. Parents Feedback is also a part of the Khaitan initiative.
To understand the students' aptitude, personality and interests and thereby guiding them in choosing an appropriate stream/career. Students in IX and standard are really confused, although it is the most crucial time for them to decide for their career. To help students and parents with their choices, we do complete IAP (Interest, Ability, and Personality) testing.
Experience as the source of learning and growth
Learning is a process where knowledge and understanding are derived from and continuously modified by the experiences that a learner goes through.
To learn is not a special province of a single specialized realm of human functioning such as cognition or perception. It involves the integrated functioning of the total being i.e. thinking, feeling, perceiving and acting. For effective learning to happen one needs four different kinds of abilities / capacities – concrete experience abilities (CE), reflective observation abilities (RO), abstract conceptualization abilities (AC) and active experimentation abilities (AE). This means, one must be able to involve oneself fully, openly and without bias in the new experiences (CE). He/she should be able to reflect upon and observe his/her experiences from many perspectives (RO). He/she must be able to construct conceptual understanding that integrates his/her observations into logically sound theories (AC) and he/she must be able to use these theories to make decisions and solve real life problems (AE). [Kolb's Theory of Experiential Learning]
Children are individuals with different learning styles and dispositions, and, varying learning paces. They have their own preferred way of figuring things out and have different ways of entering into any complex problem and solving it. It is important that we acknowledge and respect the diversity of their learning styles, the differential pace of learning and the diversity of expression in children and thereby, provide them the space to remain and learn differently. This is our effort at Khaitan Public School, Sahibabad to cater to different learning styles and paces with differential teaching strategies.
Students of Classes IV, V IX,X, & XI participated in the Leadership Camp with great gusto on 10th and 11th July,2015.
It was a two day camp in which the students learnt a great deal of things like Public Speaking, Team Bonding and Leadership Qualities and Organisational Skills. Mr. Sujeet Thotha and Mr. Kuldeep were the guest speakers on the first day. While on the second day, the students were made aware about Values, System Thinking and The Greater the struggle the more Glorious the Triumph by the guest speakers Ms. Shilpa Sachdeva, Mr. Rakesh Seth and Mr. Bhavesh Suryakant.
Education Director, Ms. Geeta Varshneya also enhanced students' knowledge by giving a session on Personal Effectiveness and Empathy Solution to problem. The two day camp culminated with the distribution of certificates among the participants.
They are a regular feature at KPS. Children from Classes III – VIII are taken out to various destinations which have both fun and educational importance.
Chail (Shimla), Wagah Border, Camping in Mussorie hills, Manali, Jim Corbett, Dalhousie, Nainital, Chandigarh, Bhopal etc. are some of the memorable trips of Khaitanians.
International trip was organized to NASA, U.S.A. for the Khaitanians.