Approach to Teaching
Teachers at Aarambh are dedicated to generate an inner enthusiasm for learning within the child.
The education emphasizes the integration of different subjects, such as math, science, and literature, to help children develop a more holistic understanding of the world.
Teachers often use project-based learning as a way to help children develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Projects may involve research, design, and implementation, and are usually interdisciplinary in nature.
Artistic Forms & Activities
An Aarambh teacher often uses artistic and imaginative approach to teach subjects such as math, science, and history. The teacher understands, internalizes, and then often presents the topic in an artistic form.
The teacher may use drawing, painting, or sculpture to help students understand mathematical concepts such as geometry or fractions. Similarly, the study of science may be accompanied by artistic activities such as painting or drawing the natural world or creating models of scientific phenomena.
Rhythm plays an important role in creating a supportive, nurturing, and predictable learning environment for students.
Predictable rhythms through the day, week and year provide security and a sense of the inter-connectedness and wholeness to life.
Seasonal and other festivals are celebrated according to the cultural and geographical surroundings. Emphasis is on bringing the essence of the festival in relation to the transitions taking place in nature.
Use of Repetition
Repetition is closely related to rhythm and is used in Waldorf education to help children learn and internalize new concepts and skills.
Teachers often use storytelling, movement, and other activities that are repeated over time to help children develop a deep understanding of a particular subject.
Repetition also helps children build confidence and mastery, as they become more comfortable with a particular skill or concept over time.
The direction of the learning process at Aarambh proceeds from feeling to thinking; a process of discovery that mirrors the development of human cognition - active at first in the limbs and only later in the head.
Experiential learning involves hands-on activities and direct experiences that allow students to actively participate in their own learning. Experiential learning engages the whole child, including their physical, emotional, and intellectual aspects.
Teachers use storytelling as a key way to engage children's imaginations. A strong emphasis is also on artistic activities, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, and handwork that help children develop their creativity and imagination.
Waldorf education values unstructured time, allowing children to engage in free play and explore their own interests. The focus is on real rather than virtual experiences to support the child in forming a healthy relationship with the world.
Self Initiated Play
Self-initiated play is seen as an important way for children to develop their creativity, independence, and problem-solving skills. By providing opportunities for free play, open-ended toys, nature-based play, imaginative play spaces, and mixed-age play, teachers aims to foster a love of learning and exploration in children. Pretend & imaginative play becomes a space for them to make meaning of the world & digest daily life experiences.
Aarambh places emphasis on the child's overall development and progress. Narrative assessments, portfolios, and teacher group meetings are used to evaluate the child's learning which is presented to families in a descriptive report format six monthly.
The student-teacher ratio at Aarambh enables the teachers to observe the child’s daily academic and health related progress closely. The observations are gathered and recorded on a regular basis, which are shared with the parents.
Guiding Principles for Teachers at Aarambh
Early Childhood Teachers
Early childhood teachers work with the practices appropriate to the way in which the child before the age of seven learns, out of imitation rather than direct instruction.
Teaching Across Grades