i Discover Approach

i Discover is not only for those Montessori inclined parents but also for those who want to give the benefits of Montessori to their little ones but are unable to give them 'cause of their transferable jobs. We have a pre-school division called block-1 where principles of Madame Montessori are followed and the children do get the advantage of working with the initial presentations with the materials. However for their pre-school level 2 & 3 (equivalent to L.K.G & U.K.G) they have traditional classrooms to help them adjust to the schools they plan to enroll for their next stage of learning (Primary). i Discover provides Montessori and Kindergarten methods of teaching and learning.

Difference between Montessori and Kindergarten @ i Discover

MONTESSORI

• It is mandatory that a Montessori enrolled child should be in our environment for a period of 3 years.

• At i Discover Montessori the child has to be enrolled in the Montessori methodology for 2-6 years (depending on age) so as to help the child get all the benefits.


• All Montessori adults are trained and certified by IMTC or IMA.


• All the rules of the Montessori are followed and we are certified by The Indian Montessori Centre.


• Language is taught the way it should be that is the sounds of the vowels are introduced first and then the consonants are introduced. The numbers too are introduced using the decimal system and the child will be introduced to all the four Mathematical operations by the time he/she finishes his/her third year Montessori. By giving the benefits of Montessori you will be helping to lay a solid foundation for your child


KINDERGARTEN

• A kindergarten enrolled child has options to be with us for 1,2 or 3 years.


• If interested to continue, the child can take admission in i Discover Academy



• All kindergarten adults are NTT trained.



• We are recognised by the dept of education (South Bangalore) for preschool.


• Language is introduced the montessori way with the vowel and consonant sounds and Arithmetic is introduced in the traditional way. (L.K.G & U.K.G)

A day at Montessori

During the first days of your child's schooling at I discover Montessori, we permit or encourage either of the parents to stay with the child (probably 3 to 4 days). It would be best if your child could be with us without parents, but we know that sometimes this is difficult, especially with young ones. We understand that your child may feel insecure with us in the initial days and it would help the child to settle better if he gets to see us interact. Hence parents are requested to be with us during these initial days to help the child feel secure and comfortable. We start the school a few days earlier for the newly enrolled but when our senior children come back the new parents are not allowed into the environment.


Once Settled Children are welcomed at the gate by our center head and also by the adults of their environment. Class hour starts at 09.30am, but children can come as early as 09.00am. Adults arrive by that time and prepare the environments for their respective children. The children enter the environment by greeting the adults with a 'Namaste' and removing their footwear before entering the environment. Children are received at 09.15 am, with the traditional Indian 'Namaste'


Once the children walk into the environment, they are greeted by their adult and then go about taking their mat, unrolling it and choosing the material they want to work with, be it Exercises of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language or Arithmetic.
The adults are there to help and guide the children only when necessary. Work starts from the minute the children walk into the environment and they know that if they feel hungry at any point of time, they have all the freedom to take their snack bag and have their yummies at the snack corner.
Once they finish they can either go back to working with the material or join in the group presentations be it Language, Geography or Biology.


Around 11.00am the children generally have break for rhymes, story telling or are invited into the interactive zone audio-visual room or work with anything they want be it is going back to material/clay/coloring/completing any writing work - Language or number work.
Theater workshops' are conducted for our outgoing level every Thursday. We work Monday through Friday from 09.30 am to 12.30 pm and have three environments.


On Fridays, it is usually fun time at I discover for all children. While Pre-monts & first years have Craft & Art Activities. Second & Third year children have Science experiments, Fireless cooking, Art & Craft as their extracurricular activities. Third years also have Theater workshop on Thursdays. Culture is a strong binding force in societies and every child is rooted in a culture that influence their life style and attitude towards life. All major festivals are celebrated in I Discover which develops tolerance, understanding and respect for a harmonious social living.

At I discover Preschool


At I discover Preschool children enjoy all the benefits of the principles of Montessori for e.g. Independent space for each child, focus on eye-hand co-ordination, aim to help the child to explore their environment without curbing their spirit and most importantly treat and respect the child as an individual.

I Discover Preschool takes children only after they turn 1.5 years, as we are of the firm belief that a child less than this age does need the security of their immediate family and it is after 2 years that they will be more open to take on the third environment i.e., the Preschool. Preschool maintains a ratio of children to adult as 15:1 with an additional support staff to help the adult. Culture and group activities are also the areas where in the child is introduced to in the Preschool. Children who enroll for Montessori at the age of 2 years will be kept in the Pre-mont environment and then moved to Montessori environment after they turn 2 years as this is the right age for the child to start to take in the Montessori materials.

I discover Preschool also has a facility where children who are visiting for a short period from other parts of the world can enroll for a short term provided the openings are available. Here they will also receive help to cover the required curriculum to be completed by their own school with traditional school setting of tables and chairs set inside a classroom.

i Discover Preschool adults are NTT certified and we also have one additional Montessori certified adult in the environment to help those children who have been enrolled at the age of 2 years for transition to Montessori when they turn 3 years.

During the first few days of your child's schooling, we permit or encourage either of the parents to stay with the child (probably 2 to 3 days). It would be best if your child could be with us without parents, but we know that sometimes this is difficult, especially with young ones. We understand that your child may feel insecure with us in the initial days and it would help the child to settle better if he gets to see us interact. Hence parents are requested to be with us during these initial days to help the child feel secure and comfortable. We start the school a few days earlier for the newly enrolled but when our senior children come back the new parents are not allowed into the environment.

Settled:

Starts at 09.30am, but children start coming as early as 09.00am, adults arrive by that time and prepare the environments for their respective children..

As the child enters the brightly lit environments, they take their sitting mats and spread them on the floor. 09.30 am to 10.30 am is work time for our children. Children are given full freedom to work with the materials of their choice. They choose an activity which has been presented to them earlier or something they wish to work with. It may involve working with a puzzle of fruits, vegetables, shapes etc.

They are also given a lot of pairing activities to help build their vocabulary. All the materials are available for children to work and the environment too has been designed so as to allow the child to explore and learn. We are able to provide effective personalized presentation to children due to our 1:15 ratio (adult: children).

It also is a pre-mont centre for children whose parents have opted for Montessori but have just turned 2 and are less than 3 years. Here these children work under a Montessori trained adult and will receive the required presentations based on their age. They will then be taken to the Montessori environment once they turn 3 years.

Circle time and snack:

10.30 am to 10.45 am is our usual Circle time where children recite Shlokas and Prayers along with the Rhymes.

After this, snack break starts from 10.45 am to 11.30 am, where children are made aware of basic hygiene such as washing their hands, wiping them with clean towels and spreading their napkins before they open their boxes to enjoy what mama has sent. Parents are advised to pack healthy snacks rather than junk food. The adult supervises them during snack time, which is, to make sure that each and every child has had his/her snack completely. As and when the children finish with their snacks, they join their friends for playing in the play area.

The second half or the last hour:

The second half or the last hour that is from 11.30 am to 12.20 pm, is usually meant for group activities for children, like the coloring and craft activity. Activities are also planned on a daily basis to help the children learn more through stories and creative work. As a preparation for writing, children trace Sandpaper Letters while repeating the sounds of each alphabet and number. But on Fridays, children have the Audio Visual session where they get to see Educational CD's and sometimes their favorite cartoons.

i Discover Preschool 0 & 1 children leave by 12.00 pm and the van children are next to leave safely in their respective vans. At 12.1p pm, parents pick up their children.

The yearly curriculum also includes a day out, sports day, fancy dress, and annual day.