Teaching methods

Researchers studied kindergartners’ behavior and followed up 19 years later.

Here are the findings.

Every parent wants to see their kid get good grades in school. But now we know social success is just as important.

From an early age, we’re led to believe our grades and test scores are the key to everything — namely, going to college, getting a job, and finding that glittery path to lifelong happiness and prosperity.

It can be a little stressful.

But a new study shows that when children learn to interact effectively with their peers and control their emotions, it can have an enormous impact on how their adult lives take shape. And according to the study, kids should be spending more time on these skills in school.

Nope, it’s not hippie nonsense. It’s science. 

Researchers measured the social skills of 800 kindergartners in 1991. Two decades later, they looked them up to see how things turned out. 

Kindergarten teachers evaluated the kids with a portion of something called the Social Competence Scale by rating statements like “The child is good at understanding other’s feelings” on a handy “Not at all/A little/Moderately well/Well/Very well” scale.

The research team used these responses to give each kid a “social competency score,” which they then stored somewhere until each kid was 25. At that point, they gathered some basic information about the now-grown-ups and did some fancy statistical stuff to see whether their early social skills held any predictive value.

Here’s what they found.

  1. Those good test scores we covet, they still matter, but maybe not for the reasons we thought.

Traditional thinking says that if a kid gets good grades and test scores, he or she must be really smart, right? After all, there is a proven correlation between having a better GPA in high school and making more money later in life.

But what that test score doesn’t tell you is how many times a kid a) worked with a study partner to crack a tough problem, b) went to the teacher for extra help, or c) resisted the urge to watch TV instead of preparing for a test.

The researchers behind this project wrote, “Success in school involves both social-emotional and cognitive skills, because social interactions, attention, and self-control affect readiness for learning.”

That’s a fancy way of saying that while some kids may just be flat-out brilliant, most of them need more than just smarts to succeed. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt spending a little more time in school teaching kids about the social half of the equation.

  1. Skills like sharing and cooperating pay off later in life.

We know we need to look beyond GPA and state-mandated testing to figure out which kids are on the right path. That’s why the researchers zeroed in so heavily on that social competency score.

What they found probably isn’t too surprising: Kids who related well to their peers, handled their emotions better, and were good at resolving problems went on to have more successful lives.

What’s surprising is just how strong the correlation was.

An increase of a single point in social competency score showed a child would be 54% more likely to earn a high school diploma, twice as likely to graduate with a college degree, and 46% more likely to have a stable, full-time job at age 25.

  1. Social behaviors can be learned and unlearned — meaning it’s never too late to change.

The researchers called some of these pro-social behaviors like sharing and cooperating “malleable,” or changeable.

Let’s face it: Some kids are just never going to be rocket scientists. Turns out there are physical differences in our brains that make learning easier for some people than others. But settling disputes with peers? That’s something kids (and adults) can always continue to improve on.

And guess what? For a lot of kids, these behaviors come from their parents. The more you’re able to demonstrate positive social traits like warmth and empathy, the better off your kids will be.

So can we all agree to stop yelling at people when they take the parking spot we wanted?

But what does it all mean?

This study has definite limitations, which its researchers happily admit. While it did its best to control for as many environmental factors as possible, it ultimately leans pretty heavily on whether a teacher thought a kid was just “good” or “very good” at a given trait.

Still, the 19-year study paints a pretty clear picture: Pro-social behavior matters, even at a young age. And because it can be learned, it’s a great “target for prevention or intervention efforts.”

The bottom line? We need to do more than just teach kids information. We need to invest in teaching them how to relate to others and how to handle the things they’re feeling inside.

Ignoring social skills in our curricula could have huge ramifications for our kids down the road.

For full details on the study, you can read it in its entirety in the American Journal of Public Health.

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PICTURE MATCHING SKILLS IN TODDLERS

Parents are usually impressed to see the matching skills in their 2-year-old child. However, not many understand what all the brouhaha is about! Well, these skills are an extremely important milestone for your toddler.
You’ve been pointing out different objects to your toddler in pictures as well as real life. You’re also exhilarated when she follows suit and points out a few. But do you know the multiple benefits of these skills?
Advantages of Picture Matching Lesson Plans for Toddlers
• Improved Cognitive Skills:
What your toddler sees in a picture is just a one-dimensional image of that object. However, when she learns to match a real life object to it, she can actually make out the basic differences between the two. This, in itself, is a sure shot indicator of her cognitive skills. Sometimes, the picture of the object may be a bit different from the real deal. For instance, the cube in a photo may be red whereas the real cube may be multicoloured. But, when your toddler matches the object to the picture, she’s actually learning about categorising objects based on their various physical aspects.
• Enhanced Language Skills:
While your toddler is matching objects to pictures, you could challenge her to a matching game by showing photos that look different in colour and dimensions from the objects at hand. If he’s able to match them correctly, applaud her and then ask her why she felt that the two were a match. As she tries to explain the logic behind this, she will have to use different words to express herself. This aids in improving her vocabulary and thereby, her language skills.
• Pre-mathematical Skills:
As the matching skills in your 2-year-old child improve, she’ll start matching different looking objects of the same category to one picture. This is known as sorting, and is an important part of mathematics. The activity also helps her understand that the same category objects can have some variation. Though this might seem inconsequential to an adult, it forms the foundation for mathematical skills that will develop in her later years.
• Acts as Pre-cursor to Reading:
The game of matching pictures for toddlers helps them get acquainted to the fact that objects differ from each other in a number of ways. It also helps them identify alphabets and numbers in the later stage. Moreover, studying one-dimensional pictures works as a precursor to developing the ability to decipher printed words.

How to introduce Objects to Picture-matching Activities
Start off by choosing photos and objects that are identical. As your toddler gets used to the game, introduce a different set with slight variations in the picture from that of the real objects. During the later stage, you can introduce her to pictures and objects that belong to the same category but are otherwise completely different. The image could be of a big, red bowl with fruits whereas the object could be a plastic bowl with a few bits of cereal

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Gardening fruits

Dear parents and friends

We want to thank our teachers and students for their faithfulness in watering, weeding and keeping the urban garden we had started a year ago. You may have been the recipient of some of the fruit like spinach, methi etc. Recently we harvested even cauliflower and eggplants. Enjoy some pics of the harvest!

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Drama in Sunbird!

Drama in Sunbird! What do you mean?

Indeed, “Drama Bugs” is the newest thing in Sunbird. Introducing to you our creative art teacher, Joseph.
Joseph is not new to Sunbird. He has been there for a while, entertaining the children with puppet shows and lending a supportive hand with many improvements in the school.
Joseph is involved in various activities with an NGO, where he spends many hours with underprivileged children.
Also known as Jockel the Clown, he changes into a role of art, drama and humor. He comes around for birthday parties and has a lot of tricks up his sleeve.
(You can contact him at 8105117653 and see his blog on http://www.jockeltheclown.blogspot.in)

Now Sunbird is privileged to have him once a week for drama class. It is a part of the after care curriculum and enhances children’s interpersonal skills. Enjoy the fun moments captured with him.

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Sunbird’s First Field Trip of the Year: Kalyan Rathore (http://www.saatchiart.com/jksrathore)

A very big thank you to Kalyan, Bhavna and his family for welcoming us in his studio on the ORR. On Friday morning, Sunbird caravan set off on a long ride, and thanks to our accompanying smart parents using the GPS, we found the place just in time. Though it was quite a long and winding road through terrific traffic, your brave students got a special treat from Kaylan: how to make their own cube and giraffe from a piece of paper. On top of it, all were treated to a lovely warm chocolate with delicious cake. Indeed, we shall have an eye feast on the following photos. Happy viewing.

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For Parents: Happy Holiday tips

The following tips are for all the parents , who face some obstacles with their little ones’ eating habits. These tips will enhance peaceful and happy holidays together.

MEALTIME MADNESS

Mealtime! It can be the most pleasant time of day for a family. Unfortunately, for many families, mealtimes turn into unhappy times filled with squabbles & chaos that leave everybody upset. Kids fight with each other, fuss over their food, whine & complain. Parents yell, threaten & occasionally send misbehaving youngsters away from the table crying.

Let’s find out how parents can cope with mealtime misbehaviours & enjoy peaceful meals.

On Cleaning the Plate

Q: Do you believe in insisting that children eat everything that is on their plates at the table?

A: No. I believe the less fuss you make about what your children eat, the fewer problems you will have at mealtime.

(Editor: You could have each child decide on three foods which they like the least, & have an agreement that if one of these is served they could simply not take a helping of it & just eat the rest of the meal, but all other foods they would eat cheerfully.)

The role of parents is to make nutritious food available to their children for meals & snacks. Notice the difference between making food available & insisting that the kids eat all the food served in the amounts the parents feel are appropriate. It is not the role of the parent to force a child to eat everything that is served at every meal. In fact, such attempts to force a child to eat usually result in balky, picky eaters who hassle their parents at every meal.

Rotate your menus so that each person’s favourites appear eventually & that particular dislikes don’t appear continuously.

Eliminate snacks if you feel your kids don’t eat well at mealtime. There’s nothing like an empty stomach to convince a child to eat what’s served.

If your children consistently leave food on their plates, have you considered that perhaps you are giving them too much food?

Better yet, why not put the food on the table in large bowls & let the kids help themselves? Provide small serving utensils & small plates if the kids tend to take too much food.

 

Endless Eater Needs Limits

Q: My daughter, age seven, takes a full hour to eat dinner every night. Should I ignore her because some children are just naturally slow, or is there a way to make her eat faster?

A: I don’t think there is a trait called “naturally slow” that is passed along through genetic inheritance. Children often learn to eat slowly & to dawdle, however, as a way to gain special attention from parents or to engage parents in a power struggle.

Make a decision regarding how long dinner will remain on the table in your house. Thirty minutes should be enough time for any child to eat. Before the next meal, sit down with your children & explain that mealtimes are taking too long. Explain that from now on the table will be cleared at the end of thirty minutes, & no more food will be served until the next morning. In a calm, friendly voice explain that it is their decision how quickly or slowly to eat, & that you no longer will remind or nag them to finish.

At dinner that night, clear the table without a word at the end of thirty minutes. If there is still food on your daughter’s plate, give no postmortem lecture on why she should have eaten faster, & make no prediction about how hungry she’ll be later. Remember, silence is golden when a parent is taking appropriate action.

If your daughter comes to you later complaining of hunger, be friendly, acknowledge her feelings & let her know you’re looking forward to seeing her at breakfast. Do not engage in a long discussion about eating. Do not feel sorry for her; she will not starve by going to bed hungry. You need not feel like a terrible mother because your child is hungry; it was her choice to eat very slowly.

As soon as your daughter is allowed to experience the consequences of slow eating, she will learn to eat her dinner in the allotted time.

Make Peace with Picky Eater

Q: How can I get my child to stop being a picky eater?

A: You will lose, as long as mealtime is approached as a battle. Whether we like it or not, a child is in control of what goes into his mouth & what is swallowed! Yet there are ways to entice a child into wholesome eating habits.

One way is to give a child some choice of what is to be served. The scope of the choice depends upon the child’s age. A two-year-old can be given a choice between two or three different kinds of cereal in the morning. A nine-year-old can sit with a parent & help plan the weekly menus. Planning menus is the best time, by the way, for teaching a child about nutrition.

Another way to change a picky eater’s habits is for the parents to serve only healthful, nutritious foods for both meals & snacks, to let the child eat what he wishes, & not to be concerned if the child refuses to eat a certain food.

Set the examples by eating all foods served yourself. A child who constantly hears Mom & Dad refusing various foods will assume that he has the same prerogative.

Spillers Sponge the Spills

Q: My kids are very clumsy at the table. They spill food as they take it from the serving bowls. They frequently knock over juice or milk glasses. I’m tired of cleaning up their messes!

A: Good. I’m glad you’re tired of cleaning up their messes. You can stop doing that today. The people who should be cleaning up the messes are the people who make them.

Kids can clean up spills from serving bowls with sponges or paper towels. You can avoid some of their messes by paying careful attention to the type of serving utensils you use. Ladles & plastic measuring cups with long handles used in place of spoons make it easier to scoop food without spilling.

Raw Vegetables. Some youngsters complain of being hungry an hour before dinner is served & beg for snacks. For anyone who just can’t wait, accommodate this by having a bowl of raw veggies ready. Include any combination of carrot & celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower & broccoli heads, cucumber slices & so forth. The snack itself is so light & healthful that it won’t matter if the kids eat their fill.

Clearing the Table. Everybody eats, so everybody should help clear the table. Any child old enough to sit on a regular chair at the table with the family is old enough to carry his or her own dishes from the table, scrape them & stack them appropriately. Adults are old enough too. If you clear your own dishes after eating, the kids will follow your example.

Kids Cooking. Teach each child in the family to prepare certain “specialties” for the family to enjoy. It cuts down on the parents’ work & it increases the child’s self-esteem. Give each child his own small metal box in which to file recipes. Children feel good as they watch their files expand.

Points to Remember:

* Recognise the power struggles that occur when a parent says, “Eat this,” & the child, by his stalling or picky behaviour, says, “You can’t make me.”

* The more attention a parent gives in coaxing or forcing a child to eat something, the more payoff the child gets by refusing.

* Serve only healthful, nutritious foods, for both meals & snacks. Then if your kids choose not to eat a particular food, they can have a nutritious meal by eating everything else.

* Involve the kids in planning, cooking & serving meals.

Excerpts from the article :  LINDA ALBERT’S ADVICE FOR COPING WITH KIDS–By Linda Albert

 

 

 

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Christmas with Sunbird 2013

As a little tradition, the theme of  ‘giving ‘ in December at Sunbird is very popular with both students, parents, teachers and audience alike. Even the most reticent ones enjoyed dancing to  the catchy Christmas tunes and the applauding audience. Stage performance enhances the pupil’s self-confidence in a facile and enjoyable way. Please allow us a moment of taking you  through  the highlights of this year’s  performances at Sandhya Kiran, Shanti Nagar  (old people’s care) and Blue Bell school Bommenahalli (slum school)….

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The art of hidden communication Pt.2

When we take time to listen responsively—and avoid the error of answering with authoritative pronouncements—the messages given back to us by our children are far less likely to be obnoxiously defensive. This, in turn, reduces the tension and may well help us avoid angry exchanges.—Dr. Bob Pedrick

How would you feel if someone who was [in a position of authority over you] got angry and screamed at you? You’d probably feel like shriveling up and blowing away. Add an audience, and you’d feel verbally tarred and feathered. Now, you might quickly do what that authority figure wanted you to do, but you’d despise that person for embarrassing you.

Children aren’t that much different from grown-ups in this respect. They don’t like being belittled or demeaned, especially in front of an audience.

It would be best if you could catch yourself before you got so upset that you felt like screaming. Here are some ideas:

If your child isn’t paying attention the first or second time you speak, try lowering your voice instead of raising it. Go over to your child, look him in the eyes and whisper your message.

Or you might want to go one step further and try the silent method. Just go and stand next to your child and don’t say anything until he or she turns and looks at you. When you have her full attention, make your request. Sometimes just placing your hand softly against the child’s back and waiting will get her attention.

Once you have your child’s attention, make your request clearly and firmly. Then make sure you follow up so you are certain she is doing what you want. When you do this, you’ll find a significant increase in your child’s compliance without any harmful side effects. And, you’ll feel a whole lot better by having tempered your temper!—Dr. Kay Kuzma6

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Do you ever sit down with your child and talk for a few minutes only about his or her concerns? Finding a few minutes each day to do this will pay handsome dividends in building a relationship of loving trust with your child.

What will you talk about? What is your child concerned about most? People who are good conversationalists will tell you that you can talk for hours with anyone of any age, at any intellectual level, adult or child, and hold them captivated. All you have to do is show a genuine interest in that person and ask questions that help you explore that interest. What does this person do? How does he do it? What does she like? Why?

If you want people to show loving concern for your interests, think how much more your child wants you, as a parent, the most important person in the world to him, to show that loving concern for his interests.

But exactly what should you say when you take those few precious moments to talk with your child? That depends on what your child has done. Did he just come home from school? Is it time to read her a bedtime story? Did he just break a favorite dish? Is she having a temper tantrum? Is he sassing you back about something? Did she just come through the door crying because some friends weren’t being kind to her?

Start with the circumstance. That’s always a good starting point, because that is uppermost in the child’s mind at that time. Then go from there.—V. Gilbert Beers

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Art Classes 2013

art classes are fun!
art classes are fun!

Fresco Class: The students learned how to mix colours and paint flowers onto a damp surface

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Tips and Tricks for Busy Parents

This reading with helpful tips is dedicated to all the busy parents out there, working hard to bring up a family.

WORKING PARENTS & THEIR PROBLEMS

The Problem of Not Enough Time
One parent expressed the problem in these words: “There is never enough time to get everything done at home that needs to be done. It is the same on the weekends. Just about the time I feel I have everything done in the home, and want to settle down with the kids or do something for myself, it’s Monday morning again.”
There’s always something to do, whether you’re a full-time working parent, a part-time working parent, or a non-working parent. The important thing is to realise that your children are the first priority. The rest of the time must be planned accordingly. Once a mother chooses to work, it is impossible for her to continue to do everything she did when she was a non-working parent. You have to make choices & decide what is really important for you, & eliminate the rest or find other ways to accomplish the same things.
Here are some solutions that may help you find more time to be with your children.
1. Take turns. In order to stretch time to meet all your commitments, it is vital to share responsibilities. Such sharing must be flexible, based on the individual’s needs & the particular situation. If one parent tries to shoulder all the responsibilities in one particular area all the time, he or she is likely to feel overwhelmed, resentful, & exhausted.
Some families utilize this concept creatively by allowing each parent “free” evenings. Prime time with one parent is better than half-hearted time with two. Monday & Wednesday are Mom’s evenings to go shopping, write letters, visit friends, or whatever. Dad knows that Tuesday & Thursday is his time off. Just an hour to do your own thing can give you a new lease on life & you will return to your children with renewed energy & enthusiasm for parenting.
2. Establish a routine. It can save precious time, since everyone knows what to do next & what his or her responsibilities are. It is also true that when children know what to expect, they can be more helpful.
Children, especially young children, need the consistency that routines assure. As a nursery school teacher I often observed the difficulties that a child had when a mother worked irregular hours. The child would be brought to the center at various times–in the middle of a story, during art time, or even halfway through nap time. These children usually had severe adjustment problems–unless they were highly adaptable children. Farewell time was especially difficult since they never knew when Mom would show up again. If the parent brought the child to nursery school on a regular schedule, the child could adapt more easily to the idea of separation.
All children need a regular time each day at home with their parents. Both children & parents are growing & changing daily, & if you habitually miss daily time together, you soon realise that you don’t know each other very well. In addition, there is a warm sense of security that pervades children when they know their parents are consistently there when they need them.
3. First things first. Limit newspaper reading & watch 30 minutes of daily news on TV instead or listen to the radio while you are involved in another activity. Limit TV viewing. Let the nonessentials wait. As you plan your day or evening, list everything you’d like to do, then rank these items in terms of their importance & level of interest for you. Start the day–or evening–with the most essential, highest-interest activity & proceed from there. Prime time is too short to get bogged down with nonessentials.
4. Think convenience. When you decorate your home think about convenience. Semigloss paint is easier to wash than flat. Waxing floors is a hassle; choose nonwax vinyls. Cleaning up spills is much easier on a tiled or vinyl floor surface than a carpeted surface. Never buy a knickknack unless you really want to invest time in dusting it.
Fresh flowers may boost your spirits. If so, fine. If not, decorate your home with dry flower arrangements.
When organising the kitchen, place everyday tableware at a level easily accessible to the children. They can more readily set the table & unload the dishwasher this way.
5. Limit non-family outside social activities. Instead, plan social activities that include the family. Don’t be afraid to ask, “Mind if we bring the kids along?” When entertaining business associates, why not invite them home for a simple meal & an evening with your family, rather than subjecting them to another restaurant? They probably will never forget the occasion.
6. Wait until the kids are in bed. The evening hours–from the moment you walk through the door after work until the children’s bedtime–should be prime time for the children. For most kids, these hours are the best part of their day. And if you aren’t careful, this prime time will be eaten up by various projects that, with a little planning, could be scheduled after the kids’ bedtime.
7. Get organised. Work efficiency is diminished in the midst of chaos. Searching for lost objects can waste valuable minutes. Effective organisation does take time, but it takes less time to handle things consistently than to wait until a situation has grown out of proportion.
If the children are encouraged to keep their rooms neat, cleaning is relatively simple. But when clothes, books, & toys are left scattered all over the floor, both children & parents panic at the sight. How much better to stay on top of clutter!
8. Don’t go it alone. The most successful prime-time parent does not do all of the housework, cooking, laundering, and yard care alone. We all need help & support, even if it’s just emotional support.
9. Plan special ways to spend time together. Every family has to find its own special ways & times to get together. Carefully consider your favourite group activities & plan specific ways your family can participate in these activities more often.
10. Pretend Mommy’s in Africa. Every prime-time parent occasionally must spend extra time on a project in order to meet a deadline. When children’s emotional needs are adequately filled on a regular basis, they can usually cope with short periods of less parental attention. When this happens in our family we play the “Pretend Mommy’s in Africa” game. I’m always pleasantly surprised by the self-sufficiency my children exhibit during these times. They even pride themselves on helping me with my normal housework & meal preparation activities.
During an “African trip” to finish this book, a note was pushed under my study door. “Dear Mom, Do you have time to fly home & give us a back rub before bed? Yes?___ No?___ Love, Kim, Kari, & Kevin.” I marked “yes,” & delivered the answer in person. After all, I’m a prime-time parent!
Excerpt from : PRIME-TIME PARENTING!–By Kay Kuzma

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Early Learning Achievers

McKayla Maroney is the perfect example of just how far children can go with early education; particularly mobility and communication. Sunbird continues to strive for excellence in children through early learning.

McKayla Maroney was born on December 9, 1995 to Mike and Erin Maroney. She has two siblings, Tarynn and Kav, and is home schooled in order to train as an elite gymnast.”When I was younger,” Maroney said. “I would be watching Tarzan and be running around on all fours. My mom said ‘I need to put this child in gymnastics. She’s crazy.'” Thus, Kayla started at the gym at 18 months!!

McKayla Maroney is a member of the American Olympic Gymnastic team  2012 and has the following achievements to her credit:
World Championship
Gold 2011 Tokyo  Team
Gold 2011 Tokyo  Vault
Pan American Championships
Gold 2010 Guadalajara  Team
Gold 2010 Guadalajara  Vault
Gold 2010 Guadalajara  Floor
Visa Championships
Gold 2011 Saint Paul    Vault
Silver 2011 Saint Paul  All-Around

Imagine what your child could do with early learning!

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Sunbird Quote of the Day

On watching our words:

Dr. James Dobson, a child development specialist, says that children are sometimes permanently harmed by people’s attitudes towards their looks. Even at age 3 or 4, children can tell if they are beautiful or ugly. One of his patients was a 36-year-old man who told him: “I was 5 years old when I realized I was ugly, and I’ve never been the same since.”

Unhappily, most people treat children as they were beauty contest contestants, giving warmth and praise to the good-looking and ridiculing or neglecting the fat, skinny, or whatever child. The result for the latter is lifelong self-doubt & feelings of worthlessness. Nicknames like “Bucky Beaver”, “Pee Wee” or “Birdlegs” can cause harm for life.

Instead of exalting beauty, brains or accomplishment, the specialist urges adults to teach children to emphasize virtues such as diligence, patience & honesty. “It’s tough to buck the values of society as it is now.” Dr. Dobson admitted, “but teaching a child spiritual values is at least a good place to start.”

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Age-appropriate learning.

At Sunbird, we know that early learning is better learning. But we also believe in children learning via methods according to their age.
While we have several education programs tailored to each age, every day at Sunbird balances individual and group learning, structure, choice as well as exploration. Apart from a routine that emphasizes language, math, social and academic skills, Sunbird also organizes monthly field trips, fun learning and craft activities.

Here is a broad overview of each age group’s goals at Sunbird:

For Toddlers (up to 2 years)
The age of discovery. Learning about themselves and those around them. Encouraging them to listen and talk. Hugs and cuddles are a vital part of this age group’s goals.

Prep 1 (2 to 3 years)
Along with an academic curriculum, the Early Learners also enjoy activities like singing, storytelling, creative art and character building. Our excellent teacher/pupil ratio allows a response to individual interests, needs and developmental levels.

Prep 2 (3 to 4 years)
Students at this age will have already learned quite a bit through our multiple intelligence methods. Our enhanced curriculum will further advance skills in the eight intelligences. Children graduating from this group can easily move on to “big” schools with confidence.

LKG (4 to 5 years) (Coming soon)
After learning the three “Rs” in a fun and casual way, the student has to now associate what he has learned with what is presented. His learning is extended through careful teacher supervision.

UKG (5 to 6 years)  (Coming soon)
The final year offered at Sunbird, the UKG student will be thoroughly prepared in all aspects for his integration into the first class – with emphasis on life skills and thinking for himself. Thus he can successfully integrate at the best of higher schools.

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Inside Sunbird: The teaching methodologies

Having a natural flair for teaching is great. But having scientific, time-tested methodologies is even better.

At Sunbird, we combine three respected methodologies to ensure that your child gets the best learning through the method that most suits him. Our dedicated team of teachers ensures that we find the method that works for your child and thereby make his early learning more fun and better.

Here’s a short introduction to each of the methods we use.

Montessori  Education
This system of education is both a philosophy of child development and a rationale for guiding such growth. It is based on two important developmental needs of children:
1. The need for freedom within limits
2. A carefully prepared environment which guarantees exposure to materials and experiences.

We have integrated many Montessori methods into Sunbird’s curriculum and it has yielded amazing results in the children’s co-ordination and decision-making skills.

The Glenn Doman Education
This is an innovative and provocative way of learning. Through extensive studies, Glenn Doman suggests that sight-reading, encyclopedic knowledge and math values can be learned from the tender age of 10 months. In order to achieve early learning, kinesthetic ability is vital. With the use Sunbird’s unique “Brachiation Tool”, our little ones have achieved better coordination and stamina.  Applying this method has achieved that young minds learned to recognize parts of the above mentioned academic lessons by the age of 3-4.

The Multi Intelligence Theory
The theory of Multiple Intelligence was proposed by Dr. Howard Gardner . There exists a multitude of intelligences, quite independent of each other; that each intelligence has its own strengths and constraints:
• Logical-mathematical intelligence (number/reasoning smart)
• Spatial intelligence (picture smart)
• Bodily-kinaesthetic intelligence (body smart)
• Musical intelligence (music smart)
• Interpersonal intelligence (people smart)
• Intrapersonal intelligence (self smart)
• Naturalist intelligence (nature smart)
• Linguistic (language smart)

Since it is Sunbird’s aim to provide well-rounded education, we have woven the above mentioned methods into our curricula for the children from two to four years old, with impressive all-round progress.

More than teaching, it’s learning
Along with the above mentioned features, Sunbird also promotes character building values that are stressed at every opportunity. Audio-Visual Aids are used to be supportive ‘role models’ for the little ones.

For most children starting school is difficult, moving from familiar surroundings to an activity hub with unknown folks. Many little ones are also used to morning naps. However we have found that by combining the above mentioned curricula, even the most shy and reticent tots are soon intrigued by the environment full of activities. Within a week or two, they develop a keen interest to join in on all the activities and learning – and the fun begins!

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Gentling the tiger – the importance of discipline for children.

Benjamin Franklin once said: Teach your child obedience and you will have taught him everything.

In life, we’ve all experienced how the “discipline” factor can make or break a person and his success.We aim to instill this quality in our students through gentle yet effective teaching methods.

Through personalized attention and care-giving, we at Sunbird support parents and encourage them in their journey towards discipline with close interaction and counseling.

Discipline in a child’s life is very important – and very hard to instill. At Sunbird, we believe that each child is different, and responds to different methods of learning.

Developing a good understanding with the parents and child involved, we have successfully brought children up to par with their discipline and etiquette standards through positive and creative problem solving.

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