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Mar, 03 2017

Early Learning in India

It is crucial to nurture children’s minds in early learning through play, imagination, and exploration to ensure success

Steps that can be followed in early learning classrooms, which will enable children’s long-term success with rigorous learning standards:

1. Practicing of PBL and STEM: Project-based learning (PBL) supports teachers in developing learning experiences with a focus on enquiry-based instruction. Flexible project guides can be outlined and vetted through learning standards with the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Align the project guides to relevant community partners and provide one with real problems to solve. Align each project by allowing young students to be change agents within their local communities.

2. Engagement in Purposeful Play: Purposeful play should be the central learning experience in early learning classrooms. It is a natural way of learning to support creativity and imagination. Learning centers should include library, manipulative, science, dramatic play, engineering/blocks and art/maker space areas. The learning centers should provide support project work and learning objectives. Open-ended literacy and mathematics games, science experiments, and fine motor skills can incorporate intentional teaching opportunities.

3. Providing opportunities for student-centered constructionism: Turn the learning art center into a mini-maker space, as it abounds with DIY materials. Students can be engaged in the design process with a visual poster about design steps like think it, dream it, plan it, share it, make it. Add age-appropriate DIY materials, including felt and plastic needles, wood for sanding, wood glue, and simple electronics to spark innovation.

4. Bloom’s learning center books: Bloom’s Taxonomy refers to a classification of the different objectives that educators set for students (learning objectives). It divides educational objectives into three domains -- cognitive, affective, and psychomotor (loosely described as knowing/head, feeling/ heart, and doing/hands, respectively). As Bloom’s Taxonomy is complex, learning centers should vet out age-appropriate question prompts and use them to guide their read-aloud conversations. Planning ahead and intentionality are important.

5. Engagement in picture-book philosophy: Picture holds deep philosophical curiosities. Learning centers should create a community of enquiry as a social-emotional tool to build a respectful discussion community. Teach children to listen and respect the ideas of others, which will give the children the freedom to change their minds when new information arises. With time and ongoing discussion, the learning centers will witness their students’ thinking evolve.

Franchise opportunity for preschools in India

Demographics make education one of the most sought after sectors by franchisors. KPMG estimates suggest that revenues from preschools franchisee are expected to reach $94 million in 2017 with expected 21,000 franchise centers required to meet the growing demand for pre-schools.

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