In pursuing holistic education, embracing a multifaceted approach that nurtures every aspect of a child’s development is essential. The ancient wisdom of the Taittiriya Upanishad introduces us to the concept of Panchakosha, outlining five fundamental domains of development. At Podar Prep Preschool, we wholeheartedly adopt this philosophy to provide our young learners with a well-rounded and enriching educational experience.
1. Annamaya Kosha and Pranamaya Kosha: Physical Development
The foundation of comprehensive growth starts with the physical self. Annamaya Kosha and Pranamaya Kosha encompass bodily awareness and embodied learning. We believe that learning should be an active engagement of all sensory perceptions. To achieve this, we implement various activities, including yoga and breathing exercises, music and movement sessions, a jumbo snack menu to promote healthy eating habits, immersive sensory experiences, and activities focusing on the concept of ‘Being, Becoming, and Belonging.’
2. Manomaya Kosha: Emotional and Spiritual Development
Emotional intelligence and spiritual growth are crucial in a child’s development. Manomaya Kosha emphasises becoming aware of and skillfully regulating emotions. We promote socio-emotional and ethical development through mindfulness activities, songs and rhymes that teach children how to respond to different emotions, stories that help them develop perspective-taking skills and a culture of kindness and empathy.
3. Vijnanamaya Kosha: Intellectual Development
The development of the intellect is a cornerstone of education. Vijnanamaya Kosha encourages meaningful engagement with cognitive and conscious aspects of human experience. Cognitive Development, as we call it, includes literacy, numeracy, S.T.R.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activities, hands-on science experiments, and activities that empower children to learn by doing.
4. Anandamaya Kosha: Aesthetic and Cultural Development
To experience transcendence and appreciate the beauty of life, we turn to Anandamaya Kosha. We believe that the arts and culture are the gateways to this realm. Aesthetic and Cultural Development is woven into our curriculum through creative art activities, exposure to Indian art forms, seamless integration of technology and art, and engaging activities like coding and Mandalas.
5. Beyond Boundaries: Integration of Panchoksha
At Podar Prep Preschool, we understand that these domains are not isolated but interconnected. Our curriculum seamlessly weaves these elements together to create a tapestry of learning that respects the individuality of each child while nurturing their comprehensive growth. We foster an environment where children can explore, discover, and flourish in all aspects of their development.
At Podar Prep Preschool, Panchoksha serves as our guiding light, ensuring that we provide education that transcends the boundaries of academics. By embracing these five domains, we empower our students to become well-rounded individuals with a deep sense of self-awareness, empathy, intellectual curiosity, and a profound appreciation for the beauty of life.
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