“The finest present one can give to a child is
to know himself and to master himself.”
How We Teach
Project Work Approach
L’avenir follows a project-work approach, i.e. every week or fortnight (as per need) a topic is identified based on the children’s interest and needs (such as, Animals, Colours, My Body, etc.). The teachers set aims not only for the children but also for themselves (based on their own growth needs). Several activities are planned and resources used to actualize the aims. Based on the evaluation through and at the end of the project, the teachers decide upon the next topic.
Besides the project work, regular physical, outdoor activities, painting, rhymes, and quiet time form a core part of the day.
The children are encouraged to observe, ask questions, to focus and concentrate upon whatever they are engaged with. They are also encouraged to observe themselves, their emotions and thoughts, their responses and interactions. The teachers create an atmosphere of calm, love, trust and freedom so that the children can blossom naturally and happily.
Emphasis is laid on refinement of senses and character through exposure to beauty in the physical, beauty of senses, beauty of feelings and emotions, beauty of thoughts. The children are encouraged to come in touch with their innate sense of goodness and inner discipline rather than become dependent on and circumscribed by outer discipline.
The children engage in a many activities to strengthen and develop their bodies and physical capacities – balance, stamina, strength, agility, aiming, gross and fine motor control, grace, rhythm, coordination, etc.
The children are encouraged to complete whatever they take up, and to do it with neatness and beauty.
Importance is given to inculcating an ecological sensitivity and waste management. Children are also encouraged to enjoy silence and activities that help them retain and nurture their inherent contact with inner worlds and subtler realities.
Utmost emphasis is laid on the teacher’s own inner growth and regular meditations, workshops, training sessions are held to facilitate the same.
How We Evaluate
Assessment of Progress
The deep contact between the children and the teacher forms the basis of regular assessment. The teachers record daily observations and evaluate their own actions as well as the needs of the children. The planning for each day is fine-tuned based on this reflection.
The teachers also interact with the parents (and vice-versa) to share and exchange notes, and to make their understanding of the child’s world and needs more comprehensive. At the end of the term, a detailed report is sent to the parents, followed by a parent-teacher meeting to further the child’s progress in conjunction.
“Some things are better said on paper. I wish to “thank you” for successfully running this institution – ‘L’avenir’… … as my little boy’s eagerness to go to school and not wanting to leave/vacate the premises is a direct indicator of that!! As my little soon graduates from ‘Smile’ to ‘Joy’ group, it gives me immense satisfaction and pleasure to see him becoming “the man he is : )”. Thank you for your accessibility and giving me “an ear” when I needed it the most, and making my concern yours!! Thank you again for initialising the quick turn around of my boy from outside the class… to finally inside… it was so so imperative!!
So, thank you once again, for all the effort, care and sincerity you and your team continue to put into our little ones which mould them into the people they finally become. Thank you for teaching them the smallest of things that add up to the bigger things in life.