At Podar Prep Preschool, we believe that stories have the power to spark imagination, curiosity, and a lifelong love for learning. Inspired by the pedagogy of ‘Gijubhai Badheka,’ we have woven the magic of storytelling into our curriculum, and the results have been nothing short of remarkable.
Story-Led Curriculum: A Journey of Exploration
Our story-based curriculum doesn’t just start with a story; it begins with a world waiting to be explored. By immersing children in the enchanting realms of stories, we foster Higher Order Thinking Skills (H.O.T.S). We embark on a journey that moves from the known to the unknown, from simple to complex, and from the concrete to the abstract.
Focus and Self-Control: A Lesson Within a Tale
Can changing certain key facts in a story captivate a child’s attention? Can they maintain self-control while listening to these changes? These questions form the essence of focus and self-control, skills that are subtly honed through story retellings. As children clap their hands when they hear specific words or phrases, they engage their focus and discipline, fundamental skills for lifelong learning.
Perspective Taking: Nurturing Empathy Through Characters
Stories introduce children to a rich tapestry of characters, each with emotions and journeys. Children naturally develop empathy by identifying with these characters’ happiness, sadness, and anger. They learn to see the world through different lenses, enhancing their understanding of others.
Communication: Stories as the Bridge to Language Skills
Language is the key to communication, and stories are the gateway to language. Through stories, children are encouraged to express their thoughts and share their likes and dislikes about the narrative or its characters. This open dialogue not only builds language skills but also fosters confident communicators.
Cognitive Flexibility: Navigating Twists and Turns
The ability to adapt, switch between situations and emotions, expect one outcome, and accept another is cognitive flexibility. Stories are rich with unexpected twists and turns, offering a safe space for children to navigate these mental gymnastics, preparing them for life’s unpredictabilities.
Estimation of Time: Bridging Routine and Responsibility
Storytime is delightful, but it’s also finite. When we signal the end of a story and seamlessly transition into another activity, children learn about routines, the interplay of tasks and time, and the importance of managing both effectively.
Ability to Defer Gratification: Patience Rewarded
Research shows that those who can defer gratification are more likely to succeed. Our storytelling sessions provide the perfect opportunity for this. Children patiently pause a story and await its continuation after completing a task – a small yet significant exercise in delayed gratification.
Working Memory and Inhibition: Strengthening Mental Muscles
As children wait attentively to hear the rest of a story, their working memory and inhibition skills are exercised. They remember where the story paused and demonstrated the restraint to wait for the teacher to pick up where they left off.
At Podar Prep preschool, we nurture young minds, preparing them to embark on a lifelong journey of exploration, empathy, and limitless possibilities.
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