Individual / Child - centric curriculum against Rigid Day - wise / Teacher-centric curriculum
We believe that every child is special and unique.
So, a curriculum that is being implemented must take into consideration the fact that children come with different abilities, skills and backgrounds. Also, parents admit their children into preschool at different ages. Children get admitted throughout the year and the age that they come into the preschool also determines the stage of development that they are at. There is a huge difference between a child of age 2 years and a child of age 2 years 4 months.
Even a month makes a huge difference in the child during these early years. Hence, the curriculum must take into consideration all these factors and ensure that, an individual education plan (IEP) be tailored for every child.
This is the reason we focus heavily on individual activities with the materials where each child is doing his/her activities based on the curriculum plan for him/her. This is also the reason we do not believe in an education system that bunches all children in a playgroup between the ages of 2 to 3 years and a nursery class between the ages of 3 to 4 years and so on knowing very well that within a playgroup/nursery each child is at a different level based on their inherent abilities, when they joined the playschool and their age. This is also why a daily rigid curriculum plan that is followed in many preschools is not in the interest of the children who are all at different levels and the topic of the day may be relevant for a few but irrelevant for most of the others in the group. That is the reason we say our curriculum is child-centric as it is focussed on the needs of the child whereas the daily fixed plan curriculum that most preschools follow is a teacher-centric curriculum made with the needs of the teacher in mind.
Mixed age classroom against single aged classroom
Consequently, we follow a mixed age classroom where children are not segregated based on their ages as playgroup, nursery, Junior KG etc. Instead, children work in an environment pursuing their activities of interest, exploring and learning to the best of their abilities. Each child during their individual time is focused on different activities. This mixed age environment also helps significantly in improving the social bonding between children and encourages the elder children to be caring and supportive. The younger children learn faster looking at the elder ones. This forms the more important and larger part of their learning.
We do segregate children based on their age groups when they are involved for activities in art & craft corner, theme corner, language corner and circle time where the difficulty level of the activities is varied as per the group they belong to.
Experiential learning against theoretical learning
Unlike in regular schools where children are introduced to lessons by a teacher using a black board and books, children in our campus gain hands-on experiences through working with the materials and understand the various concepts lying beneath afterwhich they apply the concepts on the workbooks. Thus, in KNG Kids' Delight preschool, the child learns to be independent, self disciplined and learns through exploration and discovery.