Program 2

Program for holistic development in children between 3 to 6 years of age

The Balwadi at the centre is a cheerful and bustling room where little toddlers in the age group of 3 to 5 years gather every morning after their mothers go to work on the site.

Their day starts with free-play with various learning centres with age-appropriate learning aids.

This is followed by Circle-time, where children are encouraged to share some “News” from their lives. Other children ask questions to the “news-teller” to gather more information about the news.

Pre-academic skills follow to prepare these children for formal school. Not just the 3 ‘Rs’, but small essential skills like sitting in a place, attending to a task, sharing, completing a task, keeping back the material in its place, etc. are embedded within all activities of the Balwadi Group. Music and dance are integrated into the activities and the play-way method is used to make learning an enjoyable experience for the children.

After spending the entire forenoon in learning through play, these pre-schoolers have their lunch and later, a good two-hours sleep in the afternoon.

Nature-walk, visits to the local market or garden are activities that are included in their curriculum to give them an exposure to the outside world.

After a day well-spent playing and exploring new worlds of learning the toddlers happily go home when their mothers come to fetch them at the end of the day.

Contact (nina.tmcp@gmail.com) to know more about this program