Reggio Emilia - Montessori - Khel Katha ™
Gaia exercises several Pedagogies perfectly suited to the needs of the 21st Century child.
Reggio today, is widely regarded as one of the finest systems in the world. At Gaia, the outside and inside ‘combine seamlessly’ and aesthetically in true Reggio style, where the environment is considered the third teacher. All activities at Gaia are carefully planned and designed to learn, teach, provoke thinking, and encourage conversation, curiosity, reflection and wonder. Set mostly at ground level, classrooms are interconnected and the school has an open-air covered courtyard that allows for encounters and exchanges at different times. In following with the Reggio philosophy the school favours a research and documentation approach for both children and facilitators and involves parents as partners and teachers. Collaboration, dialogue and relationship are the foundation for this system of learning.
Montessori educational practice helps children - “develop creativity, problem solving, social and time-management skills, to contribute to society and the environment, and to become fulfilled persons in their particular time and place on earth. The basis of Montessori practice in the classroom is respected individual choice of research and work, and uninterrupted concentration rather than group lessons led by an adult”.
Gaia has revived the ancient and vibrant Indian legacy of storytelling and games. Using a 21st Century approach, stories from the Panchatantra and around the world are adapted from the verbal to role-play, dance, art projects and multimedia lessons. Gaia’s stories are transformed into learning units that incorporate math, social science and the language arts. Introduction to stories and storytelling encourage children to make instant connections – allowing for natural retention of complex concepts and skills.
The Gaia curriculum allows children to explore a wide variety of games. Playing with and against adults and peers, they move from simple to more complex card and board games that invoke strategic thinking and logical forecast. Children participate in physical and team sport that encourages healthy competition and an understanding of strengths and potential. Exercises on the romp &roll gym, trampoline, obstacle race and outdoor games help develop gross motor skills involving coordination, agility, balance and speed.
The curriculum also enables the children to strengthen individual talents and to connect classroom experience to the outside world. Since children reflect on what they have learnt and take an ownership of the same they develop a love and joy of learning that comes from meaningful experiences.