We believe that each child’s cognitive, social, emotional, physical and creative development can be fostered through play, exploration and interaction with their environment including positive relationships with peers and adults. The IWPS adheres to a child-centered approach where the strength and uniqueness of individuals are valued and a and constructing their own knowledge. Within a play-based hands-on enabling environment, learning will take place in a social context as children explore materials, ask questions, make predictions and experiments and assess outcomes.
Learning through Gaming
Ivy World Play School is the first and only preschool in Punjab to use an International learning-through-gaming module to enhance the learning abilities of the children.
This module is specially designed to improve their creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
The module focuses on enhancing the math abilities of kids by working with number blocks in the real world.
Your child can choose from 5 games with over 250 engaging levels that feature jungle mysteries, space adventures and other exciting dimensions for your child to dive into.
This interactive module is designed to increase awareness in children about the world and its culture. There are six categories for children to choose from – cultures, cuisines, monuments, inventions, animals and maps. There are over 400+ highlights and 1000+ cool facts about anything and everything under the sun that will keep your little ones engaged and curious about the world around them.
This module is designed to enable your child to master spelling and pronunciation in English.
It features 9 story-based games, with 300+ levels that engage children by merging video games with learning in a fun and interactive way.
TACTO Doctor is an interactive doctor game, unlike any other doctor set you’ve seen before! It turns your child’s tablet into a realistic and interactive clinic where they get to treat patients in story-based games.
They can choose from 12 consciously created play pieces and learn the most intricate details about human anatomy.
We incorporated the international best practices and the NEP framework, integrated with Vasal Education’s core values and the bespoke IVY World Play School program
Our early-year curriculum comprises the following area of learning –
Learning is a unique and continuous journey for each child, with progress unfolding in diverse and equally meaningful ways. Understanding that learning isn’t always predictable or linear, our educators plan with the individual child and their specific outcomes in mind.
In our early years’ program, we adopt a thematic teaching approach, seamlessly integrating concept formation and skill development for children. By using themes as a foundation, we break away from the notion of isolated and fragmented subjects. Thematic interaction allows us to infuse these themes into various curricular activities, connecting a child’s learning and knowledge to their understanding of the world and real-life experiences.
At Ivy World Play School, educators utilize thematic units to engage learners across various subjects, such as art, music, science, and math. By focusing on a common theme, students explore a broad concept while gaining specific knowledge and skills throughout.
Our curriculum’s thematic approach seamlessly integrates content areas, making learning meaningful for children as they make connections and apply their knowledge. This child-centered approach allows for the identification of individual learning needs and emphasizes hands-on, play-based activities, turning learning into an exciting adventure for the students.
Music is all around us – in the chirping of birds, in the mewing of a kitten, etc. Music and movement are intertwined. Appropriate exposure provides the right stimulus for listening skills, which later improves children’s facility with the written word, voice training as well as gross physical motor skills. Music and dance create harmony, recharge and refine the mind. It also supports the development of coordination and large muscles.
Language development happens naturally through exposure to rhymes and many a time
exposes children to the world of numbers and counting. The rhythm that is inbuilt in rhymes is a natural avenue for kids to have fun with music. Vowels and consonants are practiced along with pitch, volume and voice inflection. The mouth and tongue muscles develop and as children use their whole bodies to act out the rhymes they learn movement and body coordination and develop their body muscles. Funny rhymes also build a sense of humor in children.
Storytime is very important to help children foster a love of listening and language. It is a fun-filled hour where children can apply their minds in the most engaging and fun way. They can let their imagination run wild as the story unfurls into exciting twists and turns, making them hold their breath for the final scene.
Storytelling opens up channels of communication and stimulates emotional, imaginative and linguistic development. It also encourages participation and develops confidence and a sense of self-esteem. Drama time provides for children to express themselves by enacting the stories they have heard. Puppet play is another platform in which stick, finger and glove puppets are made and used by students as props for role play, story narration and self-expression. Children are also given a wide range of books in our book corner either to browse through in a group or individually to give them exposure to the world of print and language in print.
Art and craft are important media for playful learning. The bright colors, interesting shapes and actual hands-on learning are enough to attract children and get them deeply interested in every class. Our art activities are open-ended that enable children to explore the world of colors through different media such as watercolors and brushes and crayons, using their imagination to express their creativity. The craft activities on the other hand are structured to culminate discipline on a task and enhance thinking skills.
Both activities promote fine motor skills and social skills. In addition to these, activities such as threading beads, sorting out different grains, working on lacing boards, etc. help in the development of the finer muscles and activities such as shelling peas, making juice, grating vegetables and paper cutting aid in finger dexterity which helps the child think more nimbly.
Physical activities promote children’s physical development and help them to become aware of the effects of activity on their bodies. Children are filled with energy and physical activity acts as a great tool for them to harness that energy and also release happy hormones in their bodies.
Additionally, it enhances understanding that good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene can contribute to good health. Children are encouraged to interact within an exercise to music activity taught by fully qualified instructors and they will also participate in outdoor play activities such as ring games, obstacle races, and mini sports and use equipment such as balls and hoops, cars and bikes, climbing frame, small trampoline and so on.
Sand and water are natural materials that invite play and exploration in many different ways. It gives tactile stimulus to their young minds and invites them. Children love to sift, sieve, build or pour the sand. On the other hand, water is soothing. The sound of splashing and slapping produces an interesting reaction and water toys stimulate play. Both media invite participation, permit children to stretch their imagination, provide a soothing sensory experience as well as learn physical, cognitive and social skills.
Look, Listen, Touch, Taste and Feel – From birth, babies learn about their world using their 5 senses: seeing, smelling, hearing, feeling & tasting and it is the most familiar and basic way to explore and process new information. Sensory play enhances learning through hands-on activities that stimulate the child’s senses. This is a great way for children to explore the world they live in!
Sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks, supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem-solving skills, and social interaction and aids in developing and enhancing memory. It helps children learn sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry). Starting with feeling different textures and discovering the differences, we allow children to enjoy the feel of materials like clay, dough, finger paint, the smell of crayons and the texture of paper.
Manipulative toys are often my favorite toys. Empty cartons, tents, etc. provide material for a wide range of exploration. Things to count, sorting out shells and beads, the concept of more or less and ownership of toys and materials are important. Problem-solving is encouraged through the use of blocks, puzzles, empty plastic jars with tops to undo, etc. Putting things together, taking things apart, and building them again are construction activities that provide powerful opportunities for children to experience control over what they do and facilitate their emerging self-control.
Arranging tea parties, playing with a play kitchen and play food, preparing simple salads and other simple foods, cookie cutting, mashing bananas or potatoes, cutting with a butter knife, taking turns to do chores, sharing with others helps children to explore the world of food and health. By engaging in simple activities, they also learn about health and nutrition, the importance of cleanliness, hygiene and teamwork. In addition, it adds value to sensory play and it’s a great platform for vocabulary building, matching, sorting and counting.
The amount of peer learning that takes place is amazing as it enhances understanding of self within a group hence providing a way to deal with and cooperate with others.
Besides the Curricular Play Pathways, the Extra Curricular Play Pathway allows for broadening of the horizon through; field trips, educational trips, special event days, etc that provide a robust platform for exploration and self-expression. Specialist staff will provide training to ensure that expertise in grooming and nurturing talent.