Centre Head Name - Mrs.Vaidehi Arun
Jumbo Kids is part of the Podar Education Group , which is a dynamic, constantly evolving nucleus, imparting education at various levels, and was established in 1927, that is more than 80 yrs in the education field.
The first president of the Podar Group was Mahatma Gandhi and we are proud to follow his educational philosophy in nurturing children.
Mahatma Gandhi said that,’ Real education consists in drawing out the best out of yourself’, and that is what we aim to do at Podar Jumbo Kids. We don’t test or rank children or make them aware of their faults and weakness, instead we help them identify their potential and create happy learners by implementing the Head, Heart and Hand philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.
When children experience this kind of an environment then it is definitely not a school it is a nurturing play house- Podar Jumbo Kids.
At Jumbo Kids we use the best from Tagore (drama and nature), Montessori (learn independently, Vygotsky (let the child use mind tools like questioning, logic), Glenn Doman (sight reading that will enhance spelling and writing skills). When children are taught like this then reading, writing and number work happen naturally and do not have to be forced on the child leading to life long stress.
Anything that is stressful for children is not part of Jumbo Kids, the way we interact with them, the way we help them communicate, the way we let them explore are all based on scientific brain research and lead to the development of life long learners.
This kind of education at PJK that is patterned on the individual needs of each child has been termed ‘KIDUCATION’—an education which is flexible and which has tailored for each child.
And so we partner with parents with our parenting workshops, parenting articles and parenting books. As our Director Ms Swati Popat Vats says, “The two people who take care of children (parents and teachers) must be empowered about child development techniques and trained to understand the long term implications of incorrect teaching and parenting.”
The Trustee of the Podar Group Dr. Pavan Podar says, “India is diverse and while the structure behind our system of learning is the same, we believe that learning is an everyday process and should suit the needs of the child, and tune it to the environment he/she comes from. Over the years we’ve nurtured toppers all over the country only because of this attitude towards academics and life skills.”
Learning is fun. Find out the Jumbo Kids way
Our director is member of n.a.e.y.c –Washington and is a celebrated international educationist in the field of preschool education. She has written numerous books for parents, teachers and children.
At Jumbo Kids we believe that each child has a unique learning style and we respect this uniqueness. When a child does any activity at Jumbo Kids, you can be sure that it is contributing directly to the child's physical, emotional or intellectual development.
Overall at Jumbo Kids in everything the child, does, learns or experiences, there is behind it a lot of planning based on educational theories.
Our aim at Jumbo Kids? Not only to be the largest chain of preschools but to become the largest chain that gives back ‘childhood’ to children.
In short, what does JUMBO KIDS stand for? Here is the answer-
J- oyful experiences for children
U- understanding every child’s needs
M- Making learning fun
B- Brain based learning environments.
O- Organized activities
K- Knowledgeable about parenting
I- Intelligences developed- all nine
D- Developmentally Appropriate Practices
S- Specialists in life skills
Children don’t need ‘preschools’! They need ‘nurturing environments’ that help enhance their all round growth to give them a lifelong foundation of healthy development.
It is a sad ‘fad’ to make children as young as 2 and 3 years hold a pencil and write letters and numbers. It is sadder that at an age when children have not developed their social skills they are interviewed in the name of education. It is ever sadder when children are packed off to ‘preschools’ that focus only on formal teaching and not on learning life skills.
Jumbo Kids has evolved a unique system of education ‘Kiducation', which means, it follows the child's needs according to the growing developmental stage.
The teachers are taught to reason and question any new/old idea before applying it in the classroom; to think from the point of view of the child’s age and needs.
Old songs, ideas, concepts are removed if they confuse or disturb children. Age old nursery rhymes and fairy tales or folk tales are changed or incorporated to suit present day needs and to bring about positive teaching with them.
THE CURRICULUM AT JUMBO KIDS
At Jumbo Kids emphasis is on all 5 skills necessary to nurture children, namely –
Hence the curriculum at Jumbo Kids is developmentally appropriate - which means, it keeps in mind the developmental stage and need of every child and teaches him/her accordingly. Hence a child is motivated to race against himself/herself and improve past performance and not compete with his/her friends.
A unique method is followed in teaching writing: the use of 3 lines instead of the age old four line method for teaching children writing.
In our playschool the 2 year olds learn the Reggio Emilia way which is a time tested playway method used successfully in many countries over the world. The Reggio approach advocates the hundred ways a child can communicate and the need to learn through experiences.
In our nursery the 3 years olds learn arithmetic and sensorial activities and exercises of practical life through the Montessori method.
OUR JUNIOR KG
In our Junior KG, the four year olds follow the Steiner way using the 3 Rs - Rhythm, Reverence and Repetition, gardening and cooking activities that help them for maths and writing of small letters. We do phonics and elocution which enhances the child's speech and spelling.
OUR SENIOR KG
In our Senior KG, the five year olds follow the Reggio Emilia method and learn to link things together. They also do sight word reading and sentence reading through the Glenndoman way. They do 2-3 letter words and sentence writing. Addition and Subtraction is also done.
This is how we cultivate nine intelligences in our children: (maybe grouped with the intelligence chart?)
Dramatisation, Elocution, Role play.
Mathematical and Logical Intelligence
Science experiments, Science feely box, Puzzles, Shape sorter, cooking, gardening, Montessori equipment.
Visual and Spatial Intelligence
Cutting, Lacing and Scissoring
Bodily Kinaeshthetic Intelligence
Parachute play, music and movement, sand and waterplay, obstacle race.
Interactive charts, sound cylinders, musical instruments and songs.
Lego and Blocks for constructive group play, clean up time.
Drama time, Morning Message, Reverence.
Caring for Environment, Sharing.
Gardening, uses of water, no circus/zoo - safari's instead.
The Day At Podar Jumbo Kids
Starts with Prayers--
We start the day with the national anthem and before snack time children say a few lines about thanking god for the food. No one religion is given emphasis at Podar Jumbo Kids, all are given equal importance.
Freeplay - where a child is free to choose his activity this is important as providing choices is good for the pre frontal lobe in the brain and prefrontal lobe controls functions like decision making etc
Circle time - where children engage in musical play, rhymes, and finger play rhymes that help in impulse control, listening, eye hand control, reading and sequencing
Activity time - art activities, drawing, craft, colouring, engaging activities like activity sheets, phonic program, numeracy skills development and literacy skills development etc for holistic development of all senses and skills
Snack time - diet activates memory , here children imbibe table manners and healthy food habits
Show and tell - a child’s urge to explore his world, his environment and get his millions of questions answered is fulfilled in this part of the day
Outdoor play - water play, sand play, parachute play and a host of activities that will develop the child’s growing pro social skills
Wind up and reverence - talking and sharing about ones day and ending it on a note of relaxation and yoga.
Some unique activities at Podar Jumbo Kids -
Water play - essential for fine motor development and relaxed exploration needs
Sandplay - essential for eye hand co-ordination, tactile experiences and exploration
Parachute play - helps develop both the fine and gross motor skills, helps enhance the child’s listening skills and ability to follow instructions. Good also for developing pro social behaviour
Block play With assorted kids of blocks we help the child enhance his color, shape size and weight recognition; assisting them in hand-eye co-ordination, sequencing, sorting and more.
Readers make leaders A special reading corner - specific books that a child can spend his time productively looking at pictures and choosing from a number of international publications as well as Indian children’s literature.
Glenndoman reading - a time tested internationally acclaimed method to develop sight reading skills
Yoga - for relaxation, rejuvenation, fun and frolic
Drama/elocution - enhances the growing language development and expression skills
Art exploration - with activities like painting, collage, drawing, clay art, spray painting, tissue art, warli art, madhubani and much, much more. Kids will have a ball getting paint all over their hands and fingers.
Field trips - so essential to support the child’s growing exploration needs about his environment.
Puppet shows - exposes children to essential language skills, promotes thinking skills , engages them in listening to language and essential conflict resolution skills. Puppets engage all the 9 intelligences and are hence the apt ingredient of an early childhood program
Role play - will engage children to understand the world, their family, people who help them and aid them in understanding the roles that people play and will also develop a child’s growing symbolic play which will help him with literacy, numeracy and other essential skills.
#214, 100 ft ring road,
Nxt. To Yamaha Showroom,
BSK 3RD Stage,
Bangalore - 560 085.
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