An Italian physician, Dr Maria Montessori, founded and ideated this well-known system. At Ekya, inspired by this system, we initiate learning at 2.5 years of age. Under the guidance of special Montessori-trained teachers and enveloped in the warmth of their individual attention, Ekya students work with stimulating materials to develop concentration and a love for learning.
Some salient features of an Ekya Early Years Montessori environment are:
Kindergarten, when literally translated from German is “children’s garden”. The term originates from Friedrich Froebel’s belief that children should be taken care of and nourished with the teacher’s care like plants in a garden.
Some salient features of an Ekya Early Years Kindergarten classes are:
The methodology of teaching instruction consists of modeling, where the teacher models the concepts that she is teaching for that day. Specific directions are provided to the children to scaffold them through the learning process. Routines are maintained to create a sense of security and self-discipline. Our curriculum covers basic number concepts, geometric shapes, letters of the alphabet, color identification, oral topics, clay activities and various literacy-based activities.
The Kindergarten teacher builds on a student’s skills of language, listening, social interaction, fine motor skills, and an enthusiasm towards learning.
Activity time: Kindergarten students are given time to explore and work with educational materials during the day. This time allows for hands on activities and teaches essential social skills of sharing, peer interactions and communications.
Reading program: The reading program addresses essential pre-literacy and reading skills that are required at the Grade 1 level. Teachers use unique activities and reading worksheets in our progressive reading program. Sight words are taught using active learning methods designed for long-term retention.
Learning Styles of students: Every student is unique and learns through specific learning methods and styles. Teachers understand each child’s unique strengths and needs through Howard Gardner’s framework of multiple intelligences.