The Little Elly Preschool Program is unique because it makes use of a multi-age curriculum to guide the child throughout the preschool years. It amalgamates the best of principles of Maria Montessori and Rudolph Steiner, both leading educationists of their times. This blended curriculum of Little Elly makes it potent and relevant to the Indian education system.
The Montessori approach is a kinesthetic educational model. The child learns by carrying out a physical activity himself/herself, rather than listening to a lecture or watching a demonstration. Here, all of the child’s senses are employed and allowing the child to pursue his/her interests without interruption is a basic tenet. It is acquiring a skill through discovery rather than memorization. Learning is highly individualized on a per student basis.
In the Rudolf Steiner (or Waldorf) approach, the early years’ activities are most often taught, led by the teacher and carried out in groups. Academic subjects are taught in a traditional classroom environment. Activity groups are based on age.
The Little Elly school is not just a learning space; it’s a living space for the staff and students. Hence, student safety and health is top priority. The classrooms are well ventilated, brightly lit and large enough to accommodate students. The physical arrangement is flexible so as to allow for different learning activities. Children work in pairs or small groups.
The experts at Little Elly continuously evolve and participate in the development of new curriculum designs based on pedagogical and infrastructural principles. School-based innovation is encouraged over externally imposed approaches. The curriculum and assessment framework facilitates many impressionable avenues, designs and spaces within the classroom.
Stress-free, natural opportunities are continually provided to the child to bloom. If the child is not enjoying an activity, it is stopped immediately.
Little Elly is just the beginning. It is the first step towards getting a child ready for the challenges of the wider world. The goal of the Little Elly program is to help every child become a balanced and all rounded individual. The child will be able to read, write and do basic mathematics before starting formal school. But most importantly, the child will have developed a striking sense of self-esteem, confidence concentration, creativity, clear thinking, basic values, persistence, musical and artistic capability, responsibility and money wisdom.
A successful, happy, versatile child is the most essential element of a healthy and happy society.