Pallikkoodam promotes and adheres to a child-centered individualized approach, so that learning and life exploration takes place at each childa��s individual level, with sensitivity and awareness about the childa��s needs, strengths and weaknesses.
Integrated with high-quality assessment, professional development, and family connection resources, Inspire has created a well-rounded program that addresses the needs of early childhood education professionals, children, and their families. Our belief is that all children are competent learners, and that each child is unique. Working in line with these beliefs, we base our customized program on two international approaches: The Creative Curriculum of the United States and Reggio Emilia of Italy.
The Creative CurriculumA� is a leading scientifically based, comprehensive curriculum for programs serving children from birth to age 5.
It combines the latest research and the freshest ideas into a forward-thinking approach to learninga��one that honours creativity and respects the role that teachers play in making learning exciting and relevant for every child in their classrooms.
The unique approach is designed to inspire teachers, to help them create a high-quality learning environment and, most of all, to support their important efforts as they open doors to successful learning and promote positive outcomes for all children, including English-language learners, children with special needs, and children who are gifted.
Activities promote active construction of meaning and conceptual understanding.
Activities focus on core concepts that enhance their knowledge about the physical universe in which they live.
Activities incorporate authentic, real-life questions and issues that encourage collaborative effort, dialogue, and generalization to broader ideas and application.
This approach to teaching and learning enables children to participate fully in a learning community where the teacher is not the only source of knowledge and information. It encourages full involvement in a community of learners that includes other children, parents, teachers, and outside experts therefore endorsing the Reggio Emilia approach.
The Reggio Emilia approach views all children as competent learners and allows the interests of the children to guide the daya��s activities. The approach focuses heavily on art as a method for learning, and stimulates creativity within the learning environment.
Our mornings begin with an energizing yoga and creative movement class. They will learn to stretch, breathe, laugh, and build strength and body awareness. We incorporate games to help children work as a team and learn to play safely and with kindness.
Environment is considered the a�?third teachera�? in the Reggio Emilia Approach. Research shows that your childa��s early experiences are crucial to his/her development. At Pallikkoodam, we understand the role of the environment in their learning experience, and thus ensure that ours is stimulating, nurturing, and fun. Making learning fun is at the core of our program. Each day, highly trained teachers guide the children as they select activities and materials to explore and use creatively. Children will often want to learn more after engaging in playful, hands-on activities because they had fun. They are exposed to the learning process in an environment that fosters deep integral knowledge, a creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication resulting in the ability to transfer knowledge and problem solve.
All programs are customized to your childa��s progress, needs and age. Pallikkoodam accepts children between the ages of 1.6yrs and 5.5 years. We divide children according to age and milestones into the following groups.
In this module, children are weaned off their parents and now begin to experience the first stirrings of independence. Children are encouraged to cultivate their individuality while playing and learning in the group. At this age, they are highly curious and imaginative, and they enjoy observing other people. Teachers nurture the childrena��s curiosity and encourage them to use their imagination through different activities. Teachers plan daily activities in a bright and cheery environment to encourage children to investigate the world. Toddlers enjoy a consistent daily structure with quiet activities, rhyme time, read aloud stories, spirited music, tummy time with a healthy snack, finger play and movement lessons and plenty of outdoor play and exploration with educational toys.
Learning centres with blocks, puzzles, art supplies and books encourage imaginary play, and circle time incorporates rhymes, stories and songs that foster the development of language and social skills. Teachers guide the children through activities that strengthen gross motor skills and fine motor skills.
The Pre-K program focuses on kindergarten preparedness, social finesse and mastery of gross motor and fine motor skills. The first step into a more formalized structure, this module imparts language, pre-writing, phonic skills, number play and exploration in the sciences. Yoga, free and creative movement form a part of the specialista��s activities. Teachers introduce Preschoolers to cognitive skills, such as sequencing and matching; social skills, such as recognizing similarities and embracing diversity; and language arts skills, such as circle time, storytelling, phonics with action, writing. Play- structured/unstructured play and outdoor play are used to initiate learning and teachers are co-learners introducing children to different concepts and encouraging peer interaction.
Each day, we provide a generous amount of outdoor playtime and opportunities for independent, observing nature, cultivate a garden and cooperative learning for your pre-kindergartener. Our program promotes co-operative play and collaborative problem-solving skills through age-appropriate lesson plans.
This stage is equivalent to a lower kindergarten. Here kids are introduced to reading skills, writing skills, number concepts, experiments in everyday technology and environmental studies, along with lessons in music, movement and Yoga. In addition to traditional literacy, children act out and retell stories, they acquire letter sound, recognition, phonological/phonemic awareness and writing skills. Teachers consistently encourage children in conversations during circle time and during centre based learning.
Children learn to recognize left-to-right and top-to-bottom patterns and they learn to associate spoken and written words by using their sight words in their daily conversations. They are allowed to get creative with their art forms in the art corner. Outdoor classrooms sets us apart from the normal regular play school culture. Puppet shows, story telling, quiet reading time, social activities, outdoor and imaginary play wraps up their daily activities along with a yummy nutritious tummy time and learning table manners.
Curriculum is project based and interdisciplinary. As an enquiry based learning environment, all lessons begin with a driving question.
Designed as an upper kindergarten, this program guides children through the skill of three letter & short sight words story reading. Creative writing, mental arithmetic and independent research; reading groups, quiz and math form an integral part of their routine. Literacy and logical reasoning books are in housed and children have access to wide range of worksheets which gives them the foundation to handle the grade school curricula. The main focus in this level is to make the transition from Kindergarten to Grade school enjoyable, independent and confident.
Yummy snack -to making their own snack and cleaning up winds up their snack time. The kids dabble with music, movement and yoga.
When enrolling your child for the first time at school, we understand how overwhelming it can be to entrust new caregivers with such a precious charge. At Pallikkoodam, we are committed to making the weaning process as smooth as possible, until both parents and children are comfortably settled. As qualified early childhood learning professionals, many of us mothers, the members of the Pallikkoodam team provide you and your child all the time you require to settle in. The needs of our children are paramount and our teachers are trained to listen, kept aware of your childa��s state and mindset on a day-to-day basis. We invite new parents to first visit with their children, and then spend an increasing amount of time every day familiarizing themselves in this new environment, until the child forms a secure and safe attachment with their new caregivers. When the time is right, parents can start to leave their child with their teachers for longer and longer periods, while he or she fully settles down and starts to enjoy all the new and wonderful experiences at Pallikkoodam.
The teaching and learning experience at our early learning centre is a�?inch wide and a mile deep.a�? Our unique nurturing approach will give your child the opportunity to develop into a joyful, confident learner who is prepared for success in school and in life.
Our approach is based on widely accepted research that indicates that children experience the deepest, most genuine learning when they are having fun. Our teachers foster the cognitive and social development of each child.
Our teachers are our pillars at Pallikkoodam. They use proven, play-based methods to nurture healthy development in children and encourage a lifelong love of learning. Educators create lesson plans across eight learning domains, addressing language, art, cognitive, creative art, science, motor skills, music/movement, computer and social science. These same domains are tracked in creating individual student portfolios. “21st Century Skills are marked alongside these skills, in areas of community, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking to assist our teachers when planning purposeful lessons.”
The Science of Play: a�?Play is essential for the development of your childa��s brain, triggering trillions of neural connections that form the basis of healthy cognitive function and mastery of your childa��s physical world.a�? Play fosters childrena��s emotional and cognitive growth. Teachers equally balance between structured/unstructured pay and outdoor/loose parts play in order to ignite the childs curiosity.
Learning through play works because, children are more likely to remember lessons if they enjoy them, and they are more likely to show enthusiasm for learning if they have fun at school. For example, if children learn about the planets by singing a fun song about them, they will likely remember that song and the information they learnt.A�Ongoing research also shows that playful teachers can increase their studentsa�� long-term academic performance.
Research confirms that young children who learn through play are more capable of making their own decisions, advocating for themselves and using creativity to solve problems as they grow. During play, children link old thoughts with new, build new experiences and access knowledge.