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In Progress: 

• N.T.T. (Nursery Teacher Training) One year / Two year Diploma in Child Education and Applied Psychology, Correspondence and Full Time. (English and Hindi Medium options available)

• Govt. of Goa. (H.R.D.F) courses in Montessori Teaching

• Happy Hearts Montessori Pre-Primary School


October 2015 to January 2016- Happenings at Happy Hearts, Rose.

The Rose class have progressed considerably and enjoyed indulging in celebrations and learning about our multicultural and secular nation. 

The students have shown exponential growth in their English language skills. They have completed the use of Sandpaper Letters and several worksheets from ‘A’ to ‘Z’, i.e., alphabets from A to Z in capital form. This will help lay a strong foundation in language learning as they go to higher classes later on. They have also several phonic rhymes related to the alphabet sounds. They have also solved their alphabet workbook up to alphabet ‘Z’, and independently written alphabets upto ‘R’ in their notebooks. 

Several stories were done with the students of the Rose Class, like The Fake Sage, Pinnochio, the Bridge, The Monkey and the Crocodile, Diwali Story, Christmas stories, The Lazy Donkey, and phonetic Alphabet Stories for alphabets from I to T.

Some of the Poems done with the students were: I am a little Flower pot, Fruits & Vegetables, Banana Apple Orange Cherry, Carrots for Lunch, Vegetable Rainbow, Fruits, Love, Love, Love your pets, The cow in the barn- Farm sounds, The animal song, Cobbler, Tailor, Doctor, Police Officer and The Plumber and many others.

The Rose Class has shown tremendous progress in Arithmetic as well. The students learnt to write numbers up to ‘17’ in their Maths note book. They have also solved several pages of Maths activities in their Maths workbook. 

They used the Number Rods and Cards activity to understand the relation between the abstract concepts of numbers and the concrete concept of value. They learn the different numbers up to 10 through the varying lengths of each rod in the apparatus. The Spindle Box Presentation helps introduce the concept of zero to the children. The Rose class also interacted with the Montessori Apparatus in order to learn about the traditional names of numbers and to get an introduction to the decimal system. They learnt this concept through the use of the Golden Beads Material. This was supplemented by the Ten and Teen Boards activity. This activity helps the students understand the concept of the decimal system, which forms the base of all future mathematical learning. Using this apparatus, the students understand the importance of placing the numerals in the correct position according to the decimal value. The concept of Odd and Even numbers was taught them through the use of the numbers and counters presentation. This will be repeated with them in their next academic year too.

The EPL activities done with the students were interesting and helped the students develop a high level of independence. They learnt how to transfer items from one bowl to another using spoons and later using tongs.  The students also learnt to string beans. 

Some of the other activities done include Wiping a Table, Sweeping, Brushing Clothes, Hanging Clothes, Cleaning Shoes, and cutting strips of paper. The Rose class have also begun to use the dressing frames. These activities help students learn more about different types of clothes. They have started with the zipper dressing frame and the Velcro Frame. Apart from improving the independence of the child, these activities help develop the child’s eye-hand co-ordination and a sense of care of the environment and care of others. 

In Sensorial, the Red Rod presentation helped the children understand the concept of length in a concrete manner. They covered concepts of Colours with the Colour box, where the students have to match colours from a pair. The children also leant the names of the various colours present in that box. The geometry cabinet was also introduced to the students of the Rose class. This presentation helps the students learn the names of various 2 dimensional geometric figures, which are present in the cabinet, like triangle, Square, Circle, etc. They also learnt about to identify rough and smooth through the use of Montessori Tactile Apparatus. They used touch boards, and touched fabrics in order to learn how to identify rough and smooth and also how to grade objects based on the roughness or smoothness. A presentation called Stereognostic solids was done with the students. This helped the students recognize objects by their three dimensional shape as well as learn how to associate two dimensional and three dimensional shapes. As part of this presentation, the students participated in a mystery bag activity, wherein they have to recognize objects inside a bag without looking. 

Several interesting concepts were done with the Rose students during this period in the field of GK. One of the first concepts done by the students in this period was ‘Seasons’. The students learnt about the various Seasons. They also learnt about the clothes that we wear and type of food and fruits that we eat in various seasons. The teachers showed the students real clothes and seasonal fruit. 

The students had great time learning about various aspects of animal life as part of their GK topic: Wild and Domestic Animals. The first concept that they learnt was the classification of animals into the two broad categories, i.e., Domestic and Wild animals. They learnt the names of various animals that live in the wild and several domestic animals.

They also learnt about the various sounds that animals make, for example: Dogs bark, Cats meow, etc. They learnt about the homes of various animals, for example: Horses live in a stable, birds live in a nest. They also learnt the names of the young ones of various animals. The teachers showed the students several books about animals and also showed them several animal toys. 

Another topic done with the rose class as part of GK was ‘Plants’. The students learnt about types of plants, vegetables, fruits and flowers. They also studied about the uses of plants. The Rose class was shown real flowers, fruits, and vegetables. They were taken on a nature walk, and they also participated in a germination activity where they were given plants to water and take care of at home. 

Another GK topic done with the students was ‘Professions’. The students learnt the names of different professions and about tools used by different professionals.

Each GK Concept was reinforced using PowerPoint Presentations, worksheets, and various types of hands on activities. 

Some of the concepts done with the Rose Class were ‘Wet and Dry’, ‘Hot and Cold’, ‘In and Out’, ‘Fat and Thin’, ‘Hard and Soft’, and ‘Far and Near’. These concepts were taught in an interesting manner with practical activities 

The students’ aesthetic sensibilities were given a great boost through several interesting and artistic topics which were done with them. Some of the art topics that were done with the Rose Class are: Purple colour Octopus and a Sleeping Rectangle with grey dots. 

They also made a Kangaroo, a Dusshera Card, Pear Printing, a Rocket, a Christmas Bell, a Nurse Cap, and a Tricolour Bookmark as part of their art and craft classes. 

The students celebrated several festivals during this period. At Happy Hearts, we believe in imbibing our students with secular values, hence we give importance to all festivals. Apart from the festivals, we also organized special ‘days’ for the children. 

Several ‘Colour Days’ like Purple Day, Brown Day, Green Day,  etc. were organized for the Rose Class. This helped the students to reinforce the names of each colour. On this day, the students wear clothes pertaining to a particular colour and come to school. Several national festivals like Gandhi Jayanti, Children’s day, Republic Day, etc. induced nationalistic fervor within the students of the Rose Class. Some of the cultural festivals celebrated were Dusshera, Diwali, Feast of St. Francis Xavier, and the Kite Flying Festival (Makar Sankranti). Some of the other miscellaneous days organized were the Animal Day, Dental Check Up, Road Safety and Traffic Rules, Environment Day and Class Photograph Day. Children’s Day was really  enjoyed by everyone. It was special.

The Happy Hearts Sports Day was organized on 18th December 2015. The sports day helped imbibe a spirit of sportsmanship in the children. The students tremendously enjoyed participating in the various drills and races organized by the teachers. 

Several field trips were organized for the students of the Rose Class. They visited a Supermarket to learn about the way we buy items from a shop. It was related to the GK concept ‘Our Neighbouhood.’

They also went to a plant nursery, where they keenly observed different kinds of plants. They enjoyed looking at the various flowering plants and they also learnt how to water a garden. 

They also visited Karmali railway station, since they were learning about the various means of transport. The children were excited to see the trains at the station, and they learnt about various people present at the railway station, like the station master, ticket sellers, etc. 

Several Cooking Activities like Shev Puri, Christmas Cake, Date Ladoos and Tri Coloured Sandwiches, helped the students develop a keen interest in cooking. 

The last few months have been very eventful. The students are looking forward to the excitement and practices that is about to begin in order to prepare them for their annual day.


October 2015 to January 2016- Happenings at Happy Hearts, Violet.

The Violet class have progressed considerably and enjoyed indulging in celebrations and learning about our multicultural and secular nation. 

The students have shown exponential growth in their English language skills. They have completed the use of Sandpaper Letters and several worksheets from ‘A’ to ‘Z’, i.e., alphabets from A to Z in capital form. This will help lay a strong foundation in language learning as they go to higher classes later on. They have also several phonic rhymes related to the alphabet sounds. They have also solved their alphabet workbook up to alphabet ‘Z’, and independently written alphabets upto ‘R’ in their notebooks. 

Several stories were done with the students of the Violet Class, like The Fake Sage, Pinnochio, the Bridge, The Monkey and the Crocodile, Diwali Story, Christmas stories, The Lazy Donkey, and phonetic Alphabet Stories for alphabets from I to T.

Some of the Poems done with the students were: I am a little Flower pot, Fruits & Vegetables, Banana Apple Orange Cherry, Carrots for Lunch, Vegetable Rainbow, Fruits, Love, Love, Love your pets, The cow in the barn- Farm sounds, The animal song, Cobbler, Tailor, Doctor, Police Officer and The Plumber and others.

The Violet Class has shown tremendous progress in Arithmetic as well. The students learnt to write numbers up to ‘22’ in their Maths note book. They have also solved several pages of Maths activities in their Maths workbook. They also learnt to Fill in the missing numbers and write in sequence from 1 to 20.

They used the Number Rods and Cards activity to understand the relation between the abstract concepts of numbers and the concrete concept of value. They learn the different numbers up to 10 through the varying lengths of each rod in the apparatus. The Spindle Box Presentation helps introduce the concept of zero to the children. The Violet class also interacted with the Montessori Apparatus in order to learn about the traditional names of numbers and to get an introduction to the decimal system. They learnt this concept through the use of the Golden Beads Material. This was supplemented by the Ten and Teen Boards activity. This activity helps the students understand the concept of the decimal system, which forms the base of all future mathematical learning. Using this apparatus, the students understand the importance of placing the numerals in the correct position according to the decimal value. The concept of Odd and Even numbers was taught them through the use of the numbers and counters presentation. This activity is repeated in the next academic year too.

The EPL activities done with the students were interesting and helped the students develop a high level of independence. They learnt how to transfer items from one bowl to another using spoons and later using tongs.  The students also learnt to string beans. 

Some of the other activities done include Wiping a Table, Sweeping, Brushing Clothes, Hanging Clothes, Cleaning Shoes, and cutting strips of paper. The Violet class has also begun to use the dressing frames. These activities help students learn more about different types of clothes. They have started with the zipper dressing frame and the Velcro Frame. Apart from improving the independence of the child, these activities help develop the child’s eye-hand co-ordination and a sense of care of the environment and care of others. 

In Sensorial, the Red Rod presentation helped the children understand the concept of length in a concrete manner. They covered concepts of Colours with the Colour box, where the students have to match colours from a pair. The children also leant the names of the various colours present in that box. The Geometry cabinet was also introduced to the students of the Violet class. This presentation helps the students learn the names of various 2 dimensional geometric figures, which are present in the cabinet, like triangle, Square, Circle, etc. They also learnt about to identify rough and smooth through the use of Montessori Tactile Apparatus. They used touch boards, and touched fabrics in order to learn how to identify rough and smooth and also how to grade objects based on the roughness or smoothness. A presentation called Stereognostic solids was done with the students. This helped the students recognize objects by their three dimensional shape as well as learn how to associate two dimensional and three dimensional shapes. As part of this presentation, the students participated in a mystery bag activity, wherein they have to recognize objects inside a bag without looking. 

Several interesting concepts were done with the Violet students during this period in the field of GK. One of the first concepts done by the students in this period was ‘Seasons’. The students learnt about the various Seasons. They also learnt about the clothes that we wear and type of food and fruits that we eat in various seasons. The teachers showed the students real clothes and seasonal fruit. 

The students had great time learning about various aspects of animal life as part of their GK topic: Wild and Domestic Animals. The first concept that they learnt was the classification of animals into the two broad categories, i.e., Domestic and Wild animals. They learnt the names of various animals that live in the wild and several domestic animals.

They also learnt about the various sounds that animals make, for example: Dogs bark, Cats meow, etc. They learnt about the homes of various animals, for example: Horses live in a stable, birds live in a nest. They also learnt the names of the young ones of various animals. The teachers showed the students several books about animals and also showed them several animal toys. 

Another topic done with the Violet class as part of GK was ‘Plants’. The students learnt about types of plants, vegetables, fruits and flowers. They also studied about the uses of plants. The Violet class was shown real flowers, fruits, and vegetables. They were taken on a nature walk, and they also participated in a germination activity where they were given plants to water and take care of at home. 

The next GK topic done with the students was ‘Professions’. The students learnt the names of different professions and about tools used by different professionals.

Each GK Concept was reinforced using PowerPoint Presentations, worksheets, and various types of activities. 

Some of the concepts done with the Violet Class were ‘Wet and Dry’, ‘Hot and Cold’, ‘In and Out’, ‘Fat and Thin’, ‘Hard and Soft’, and ‘Far and Near’. These concepts were taught in an interesting manner with practical activities 

The students’ aesthetic sensibilities were given a great boost through several interesting and artistic topics which were done with them. Some of the art topics that were done with the Violet Class are: Purple colour Octopus and a Sleeping Rectangle with grey dots. 

They also made a Kangaroo, a Dusshera Card, Pear Printing, a Rocket, a Christmas Bell, a Nurse Cap, and a Tricolour Bookmark as part of their art and craft classes. 

The students celebrated several festivals during this period. At Happy Hearts, we believe in imbibing our students with secular values, hence we give importance to all festivals. Apart from the festivals, we also organized special ‘days’ for the children. 

Several ‘Colour Days’ like Purple Day, Brown Day, Green Day,  etc. were organized for the Violet Class. This helped the students to reinforce the names of each colour. On this day, the students wear clothes pertaining to a particular colour and come to school. Several national festivals like Gandhi Jayanti, Children’s day, Republic Day, etc. induced nationalistic fervor within the students of the Violet Class. Some of the cultural festivals celebrated were Dusshera, Diwali, Feast of St. Francis Xavier, Christmas and the Kite Flying Festival (Makar Sankranti). Some of the other miscellaneous days organized were the Animal Day, Dental Check Up, Road Safety and Traffic Rules, Environment Day and Class Photograph Day. Children’s Day was a special and enjoyable day for all.

The Happy Hearts Sports Day was organized on 18th December 2015. The sports day helped imbibe a spirit of sportsmanship in the children. The students tremendously enjoyed participating in the various drills and races organized by the teachers. 

Several field trips were organized for the students of the Violet Class. They visited a Supermarket to learn about the way we buy items from a shop. It was related to the GK concept ‘Our Neighbourhood.’

They also went to a plant nursery, where they keenly observed different kinds of plants. They enjoyed looking at the various flowering plants and they also learnt how to water a garden. 

They also visited Karmali railway station, since they were learning about the various means of transport. The children were excited to see the trains at the station, and they learnt about various people present at the railway station, like the station master, ticket sellers, etc. 

Several Cooking Activities like Shev Puri, Christmas Cake, Date Ladoos and Tri Coloured Sandwiches, helped the students develop a keen interest in cooking. 

The last few months have been very eventful. The students are looking forward to the excitement and practices that is about to begin in order to prepare them for their annual day.


October 2015 to January 2016- Happenings at Happy Hearts, Sunflower.

The Sunflower class have progressed considerably and enjoyed indulging in celebrations and learning about our multicultural and secular nation. 

The students have shown exponential growth in their English language skills. They have completed the use of Sandpaper Letters from ‘Aa’ to ‘Zz’ , i.e., alphabets from A to Z in both capital as well as small form. This will help lay a strong foundation in language learning as they go to higher classes later on. They have also begun to write three letter words.

Several stories were done with the students of the Sunflower Class, like The Thirsty Crow, The Blue Jackal, The useful long tail, Are you my Mom?, The Helpful Tree, The Story of Diwali, Bert The Elephant, The Story of St. Francis Xavier, the story of Christmas, an Elephant and a Tailor, The Ignorant Monkey, and The Boy who Cried Wolf

Some of the Poems done with the students were: The Animal Song, Love, Love, Love your pets, Starfish, Bird, Traffic Lights, Stop Look Listen,  How can we Travel?, Bend and Move, Sense Organs, Bharat, Wave ,wave, wave the flag, we are Indians, and Me.

The Sunflower Class has shown tremendous progress in Arithmetic as well. The students learnt to write numbers up to ‘90’ 

The Sunflower class interacted with the Montessori Apparatus in order to learn about the traditional names of numbers and to get an introduction to the decimal system. They learnt this concept through the use of the Ten and Teen Boards, sometimes called the Seguin Board. 

This activity helps the students understand the concept of the decimal system, which forms the base of all future mathematical learning. Using this apparatus, the students understand the importance of placing the numerals in the correct position according to the decimal value. 

The EPL activities done with the students were interesting and helped the students develop a high level of independence. They learnt how to lock and unlock padlocks using keys and how to fasten and unfasten nuts and bolts. 

They also covered some activities where the students poured rice from one container to another, they poured water from one container to another, folding napkins, sweeping, and dusting. These activities help develop the child’s eye-hand co-ordination and a sense of care of the environment and care of others. 

In Sensorial, they covered concepts of Colours with the Colour box 3, where the students have to grade colours from lightest to darkest. The children also leant the names of the various colours present in that box. 

The Geometry cabinet was also introduced to the students of the Sunflower class. This presentation helps the students learn the names of various 2 dimensional geometric figures, which are present in the cabinet, like types of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, etc. 

They also learnt about to identify rough and smooth through the use of Montessori Tactile Apparatus. They used touch boards, and touched fabrics in order to learn how to identify rough and smooth and also how to grade objects based on the roughness or smoothness. 

Several interesting concepts were done with the Sunflower students during this period in the field of GK. The students had great time learning about various aspects of animal life. 

The first concept that they learnt was the classification of animals into the two broad categories, i.e., Domestic and Wild animals. They learnt the names of various animals that live in the wild and several domestic animals.

They also learnt about the various sounds that animals make, for example: Dogs bark, Cats meow, etc. They learnt about the homes of various animals, for example: Horses live in a stable, birds live in a nest. They also learnt the names of the young ones of various animals, the names of various birds, and the name of some marine creatures.

The next interesting concept done with the students was ‘Transport’. The students learnt to differentiate between land, water and air transport. They also learnt about the various 


means of transport in each category, for example: Cycle rickshaw, car, bus, etc. are a part of land transport; motor boat, ferry boat etc. are a part of water transport, and so on.

In December, the students learnt about the Human Body. They learnt about the various body parts, the 5 senses, and they watched a video on the Digestive system.

The most interesting topic done with the students was ‘My Country’. The students leant about India, the national symbols, the states of India.

 They also learnt about important people from India’s history, for example: Mahatma Gandhi, Jawarharlal Nehru, Rabindranaath Tagore, and Indira Gandhi. 

They also leant about various important places  India like the gateway of India, Howrah bridge, Victoria Memorial, Marina Beach, Qutub Minar, Rashtrapti Bhavan, Red Fort, India Gate, Parliament House and Taj Mahal.

The final GK topic done with the Sunflower Class was landforms, where they learnt about various landforms like Lake, River, Mountains, Hills, etc. Each GK Concept was reinforced using PowerPoint Presentations, worksheets, and various types of hands on activities. Each topic also involves a lot of interactive discussion.

Some of the concepts done with the Sunflower Class were ‘Hot and Cold’, ‘Heavy and Light’, ‘Stop and Go’, ‘Right and Left’, ‘Tall and Short’, ‘Hard and Soft’, ‘New and Old’ etc. These concepts were taught in an interesting manner with practical activities 

The students’ aesthetic sensibilities were given a great boost through several interesting and 

artistic topics which were done with them. Some of the art topics that were done with the Sunflower Class are: Dog, Fox and Fish, coconut tree, Sting ray, and a clown

They also made a Diwali Lantern, Traffic Signals, a craft on 5 senses, Christmas stock, a Helmet, a Lotus, a Kite, a Mango, a Giraffe, a Bird, a Dussehra  Card, and a Jelly fish as part of their Craft class. 

The students celebrated several festivals during this period. At Happy Hearts, we believe in imbibing our students with secular values, hence we give importance to all festivals. Apart from the festivals, we also organized special ‘days’ for the children. 

Several ‘Colour Days’ like Purple Day, Brown Day, Green Day,  etc. were organized for the Sunflower Class. This helped the students to reinforce the names of each colour. On this day, the students wear clothes pertaining to a particular colour and come to school. 

Several national festivals like Gandhi Jayanti, Children’s day, Republic Day, etc. induced nationalistic fervor within the students of the Sunflower Class. 

Some of the cultural festivals celebrated were Dusshera, Diwali, Feast of St. Francis Xavier, Christmas and the Kite Flying Festival (Makar Sankranti).

 Some of the other miscellaneous days organized were the Animal Day, Dental Check Up, Road Safety and Traffic Rules, Environment Day and Class Photograph Day. 

Children’s Day was elaborate celebration. Children enjoyed every moment of it and went overboard with the magic show.

The Happy Hearts Sports Day was organized on 18th December 2015. The sports day helped imbibe a spirit of sportsmanship in the children. The students tremendously enjoyed participating in the various drills and races organized by the teachers. 

Several field trips were organized for the students of the Sunflower Class. They visited a Pottery workshop and learnt how a potter works on the wheel. 

The potter made several objects on the wheel to show the children the process through which clay turns into intricate items. 

They also went to a carpentry workshop in order to see how a carpenter works with his tools and makes different kind of furniture. The children watched keenly as the carpenters showed them how the heavy machinery worked.

They also visited Karmali railway station, since they were learning about the various means of transport. 

The children were excited to see the trains at the station, and they learnt about various people present at the railway station, and they learnt about various people present at the railway station and the work they do. They saw the station master, the ticket counter staff,vendors etc.

Several Cooking Activities like Chocolate Sandwich, Christmas Cake, Date Ladoos and Tri Coloured Sandwiches, helped the students develop a keen interest in cooking. 

The last few months have been very eventful. The students are looking forward to the excitement and practices that is about to begin in order to prepare them for their annual day.


October 2015 to January 2016- Happenings at Happy Hearts, Daisy.

The Daisy class have progressed considerably and enjoyed indulging in celebrations and learning about our multicultural and secular nation. 
The students have shown exponential growth in their English language skills. They have completed the use of Sandpaper Letters from ‘Aa’ to ‘Zz’ , i.e., alphabets from A to Z in both capital as well as small form. This will help lay a strong foundation in language learning as they go to higher classes later on. They have also begun to write three letter words.
Several stories were done with the students of the Daisy Class, like The Thirsty Crow, The Blue Jackal, The useful long tail, Are you my Mom?, The Helpful Tree, The Story of Diwali, Bert The Elephant, The Story of St. Francis Xavier, the story of Christmas, an Elephant and a Tailor, The Ignorant Monkey, and The Boy who Cried Wolf
Some of the Poems done with the students were: The Animal Song, Love, Love, Love your pets, Starfish, Bird, Traffic Lights, Stop Look Listen,  How can we Travel?, Bend and Move, Sense Organs, Bharat, Wave ,wave ,wave the flag, We are Indians, and Me.
The Daisy Class has shown tremendous progress in Arithmetic as well. The students learnt to write numbers up to ‘40’ and some have written numbers up to ‘50’.
The Daisy class interacted with the Montessori Apparatus in order to learn about the traditional names of numbers and to get an introduction to the decimal system. They learnt this concept through the use of the Ten and Teen Boards, sometimes called the Seguin Board. This activity helps the students understand the concept of the decimal system, which forms the base of all future mathematical learning. Using this apparatus, the students understand the importance of placing the numerals in the correct position according to the decimal value. 
The EPL activities done with the students were interesting and helped the students develop a high level of independence. They learnt how to lock and unlock padlocks using keys and how to fasten and unfasten nuts and bolts. 
They also covered some activities where the students poured rice from one container to another, they poured water from one container to another, folding napkins, sweeping, and dusting. These activities help develop the child’s eye-hand co-ordination and a sense of care of the environment and care of others. 
In Sensorial, they covered concepts of Colours with the Colour box 3, where the students have to grade colours from lightest to darkest. The children also leant the names of the various colours present in that box. 
The geometry cabinet was also introduced to the students of the Daisy class. This presentation helps the students learn the names of various 2 dimensional geometric figures, which are present in the cabinet, like types of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, etc. 
They also learnt about to identify rough and smooth through the use of Montessori Tactile Apparatus. They used touch boards, and touched fabrics in order to learn how to identify rough and smooth and also how to grade objects based on the roughness or smoothness. 
Several interesting concepts were done with the Daisy students during this period in the field of GK. One of the first concepts done by the students in this period was Wild and Domestic animals.
The students had great time learning about various aspects of animal life. The first concept that they learnt was the classification of animals into the two broad categories, i.e., Domestic and Wild animals. They learnt the names of various animals that live in the wild and several domestic animals.
They also learnt about the various sounds that animals make, for example: Dogs bark, Cats meow, etc. They learnt about the homes of various animals, for example: Horses live in a stable, birds live in a nest. They also learnt the names of the young ones of various animals, the 
names of various birds, and the name of some marine creatures.
The next interesting concept done with the students was ‘Transport’. The students learnt to differentiate between land, water and air transport. 
They also learnt about the various means of transport in each category, for example: Cycle rickshaw, car, bus, etc. are a part of land transport; motor boat, ferry boat etc. are a part of water transport, and so on.
In December, the students learnt about the Human Body. They learnt about the various body parts, the 5 senses, and they watched a video on the Digestive system.
The most interesting topic done with the students was ‘My Country’. The students leant about India, the national symbols, the states of India. 
They also learnt about important people from India’s history, for example: Mahatma Gandhi, Jawarharlal Nehru, Rabindranaath Tagore, and Indira Gandhi. 
They also leant about various important places  India like the gateway of India, Howrah bridge, Victoria Memorial, Marina Beach, Qutub Minar, Rashtrapti Bhavan, Red Fort, India Gate, Parliament House and Taj Mahal.
The next  GK topic done with the Daisy Class was landforms, where they learnt about various landforms like Lake, River, Mountains, Hills, etc. 
Each GK Concept was reinforced using PowerPoint Presentations, worksheets, and various types of activities and a lot of interactive discussion. 
Some of the concepts done with the Daisy Class were ‘Hot and Cold’, ‘Heavy and Light’, ‘Stop and Go’, ‘Right and Left’, ‘Tall and Short’, ‘Hard and Soft’, ‘New and Old’ etc. These concepts were taught in an interesting manner with practical and hands on activities 
The students’ aesthetic sensibilities were given a great boost through several interesting and artistic topics which were done with them. Some of the art topics that were done with the Daisy Class are: Dog, Fox and Fish, Coconut tree, Sting ray, and a clown
They also made a Diwali Lantern, Traffic Signals, a craft on 5 senses, Christmas stock, a Helmet, a Lotus, a Kite, a Mango, a Giraffe, a Bird, a Dussehra  Card, and a Jelly fish as part of their Craft class. 
The students celebrated several festivals during this period. At Happy Hearts, we believe in imbibing our students with secular values, hence we give importance to all festivals. Apart from the festivals, we also organized special ‘days’ for the children. 
Several ‘Colour Days’ like Purple Day, Brown Day, Green Day,  etc. were organized for the Daisy Class. This helped the students to reinforce the names of each colour. On this day, the students wear clothes pertaining to a particular colour and come to school. 
Several national festivals like Gandhi Jayanti, Children’s day, Republic Day, etc. induced nationalistic fervor within the students of the Daisy Class. 
Some of the cultural festivals celebrated were Dusshera, Diwali, Christmas, Feast of St. Francis Xavier, and the Kite Flying Festival (Makar Sankranti). 
Some of the other miscellaneous days organized were the Animal Day, Dental Check Up, Road 
Safety and Traffic Rules, and Class Photograph Day. 
Children’s Day was elaborate celebration. Children enjoyed every moment of it and went overboard with the magic show.
The Happy Hearts Sports Day was organized on 18th December 2015. The sports day helped imbibe a spirit of sportsmanship in the children. The students tremendously enjoyed participating in the various drills and races organized by the teachers. 
Several field trips were organized for the students of the Daisy Class. They visited a Pottery workshop and learnt how a potter works on the wheel. The potter made several objects on the wheel to show the children the process through which clay turns into intricate items. 
They also went to a carpentry workshop in order to see how a carpenter works with his tools and makes different kind of furniture. The children watched keenly as the carpenters showed them how the heavy machinery worked.
They also visited Karmali railway station, since they were learning about the various means of transport. The children were excited to see the trains at the station, and they learnt about various people present at the railway station and the work they do. They saw the station master, the ticket counter staff,vendors etc. 
Several Cooking Activities like Chocolate Sandwich, Christmas Cake, Date Ladoos and Tri Coloured Sandwiches, helped the students develop a keen interest in cooking. 
The last few months have been very eventful. The students are looking forward to the excitement and practices that is about to begin in order to prepare them for their annual day.

October 2015 to January 2016- Happenings at Happy Hearts, Daffodils.

The Daffodils class have progressed considerably and enjoyed indulging in celebrations and learning about our multicultural and secular nation. 

The students have shown exponential growth in their English language skills. They have begun to learn about words containing blended, short and long vowel sounds. This helps them learn how to read new words faster, even if they’re not familiar with the words. The students were taught that even though the English Alphabet contains only 5 vowels, the sound pertaining to each vowel differs according to the word where it is being used. They performed well in several dictation tests related to vowel sounds. They also learn how to write simple sentences by themselves, thus slowly cementing the foundation for language learning in higher classes. 

The Students have shown good progress in Hindi Alphabets as well. They successfully cleared a test on alphabets from अ to  and they also have begun to learn the alphabets क,ख,ग,घ,ड.

Several stories were done with the students of the Daffodils Class, like The Lost Monkey, Are you my Mom?, Beauty and the Beast, Rudolf the red nosed reindeer, The legend of three trees, and The Magic rope. 

Some of the Poems done with the students were: The Five little Tadpoles, Festivals are Fun, Love for trees, why must we plant trees? 

The Hindi Poems were done with the students of The Daffodils Class has shown tremendous progress in Arithmetic as well. The students learnt to solve numeric puzzles with missing numbers, dodging numbers, what comes after, and circle the larger / smaller number. They also learnt to spell number names up to ‘Twenty’.

The Daffodil class interacted with the Montessori Apparatus in order to learn about the formation of complex numbers. They learnt this concept through the use of the Golden Bead Material. This activity helps the students understand the concept of the decimal system, which forms the base of all future mathematical learning.

The EPL activities done with the students were interesting and helped the students develop a high level of independence. They learnt how to fasten and unfasten various kinds of dressing frames, like Zipper Frame, Hook and Eye Frame, Press Button Frame, Large Button Frame and Velcro Frame, Buckle Frame and Shoe lace Frame. They also learnt to take care of plants.  In Sensorial, they covered concepts of Geometric Solids and Thermic Tablet, which target the stereognostic and thermic senses in human beings. 

Several interesting concepts were done with the Daffodil students during this period in the field of GK. One of the first concepts done by the students in this period was Old and New Communication. In this concept, the students learnt how the process of communication has changed from the olden days to today. They were amazed to learn that without modern technology, in the olden days, it would take months and sometimes years for messages to be passed on from person to person. They were delighted to learn that with the advent of modern technology, communication has become instant. 

The students had great time learning about various aspects of animal life. The first concept that they learnt was the classification of animals into the three broad categories, i.e., Domestic, Pet and Wild animals. They then learnt about the various habitats in which these animals reside, like Land, Deserts and Aerial Animals. They also learnt about the food habits of animals, i.e. which animals are carnivorous, which are herbivorous and which are omnivorous. 

They also learnt about various unique animals which we don’t commonly find in India, like armadillos, aardvarks, beavers, platypus, Tapirs, Ostriches, Sloth Bears, Pandas Porcupines, and many more such animals.

The basic facts about the circle of life were taught to the children through the introduction of the concepts of lifecycles. The students studied about the lifecycles of frogs and butterflies. 

The next interesting concept done with the students was sports, where the students learnt about various sports like rugby, football, golf, cricket, badminton, tennis, and many more. They also studied the various similarities and differences between sports, like badminton and tennis, football and rugby, etc. 

Since the students of the Daffodil class are quite familiar with the various festivals celebrated in India, they spent time learning about the various festivals celebrated around the world. Some of the festivals discussed with them were: Chinese New Year, The Spanish Tomato Festival, St. Patrick’s Day, Kite Festival, Thanksgiving Festival, Halloween, The Cherry Blossom Festival, the Lantern Festival, and many more.

The final GK topic done with the students in this period was on plants. The students took great interest in learning different types of plants and their habitat. The germination activity helped the students gain practical knowledge 

Each GK Concept was reinforced using PowerPoint Presentations, worksheets, and various types of activities. 

Some of the concepts done with the Daffodil Class were ‘Inside and Outside’, ‘Few and Many’, ‘Use of a magnifying glass’, ‘Same and Different’, ‘Small and Tiny’, ‘More and Less’, ‘Heavy and Light’ etc. These concepts were taught in an interesting manner with practical activities 

The students’ aesthetic sensibilities were given a great boost through several interesting and artistic topics which were done with them. Some of the art topics that were done with the Daffodil Class are: Colouring a Clown, Tracing and Colouring Shapes, A Fish, An Ice Cream, A Christmas Wreath, A Diwali Lamp, A House, A Scenery, A Fish, A strawberry plant and A butterfly. 

They also made a Whale through using Origami techniques. They enjoyed making a greeting card for Dusshera, a Wreath for Christmas, A Diwali Lantern, Traffic Signals, A kite bookmark, and Republic Day Craft. 

The students celebrated several festivals during this period. At Happy Hearts, we believe in imbibing our students with secular values, hence we give importance to all festivals. Apart from the festivals, we also organized special ‘days’ for the children. 

Several ‘Colour Days’ like Purple Day, Brown Day, Green Day,  etc. were organized for the Daffodil Class. This helped the students to reinforce the names of each colour. On this day, the students wear clothes pertaining to a particular colour and come to school. Several national festivals like Gandhi Jayanti, Children’s day, Republic Day, etc. induced nationalistic fervor within the students of the Daffodil Class. Some of the cultural festivals celebrated were Dusshera, Diwali, Feast of St. Francis Xavier, Christmas and the Kite Flying Festival (Makar Sankranti). Some of the other miscellaneous days organized were the  Animal Day, Dental Check Up, Road Safety and Traffic Rules, Environment Day and Class Photograph Day.

The Happy Hearts Sports Day was organized on 18th December 2016. The sports day helped imbibe a spirit of sportsmanship in the children. The students tremendously enjoyed participating in the various drills and races organized by the teachers. 

Several field trips were organized for the students of the Daffodil Class. They visited the post office as part of their lesson about communication, and posted an envelope to the school address, so that they could meet the post man.

They also visited a plant nursery, where they saw different kinds of plants. They particularly enjoyed looking at the unique carnivorous plants like the Pitcher Plant. They also learnt about various tools used in order to maintain a garden.

The Students Aesthetic Development was given a great boost through various art and craft activities during this period.  part of their art syllabus, they drew a house, scenery, a strawberry plant, a butterfly, etc. 

Several Cooking Activities like Cornflakes Chaat, Christmas Cake, Date Ladoos and Tri Coloured Sandwiches, helped the students develop a keen interest in cooking. 

The last few months have been very eventful. The students are looking forward to the excitement and practices that is about to begin in order to prepare them for their annual day.


October 2015 to January 2016- Happenings at Happy Hearts, Tuips.

The Tulip class have progressed considerably and enjoyed indulging in celebrations and learning about our multicultural and secular nation. 

The students have shown exponential growth in their English language skills. They have completed the use of Sandpaper Letters, worksheets, and Sand Tray from ‘A’ to ‘U’, i.e., alphabets from A to U in capital form. This will help lay a strong foundation in language learning as they go to higher classes later on. They have also learnt several phonic rhymes related to the alphabet sounds. Having completed scribbling activities, they have now begun to use their Handwriting Readiness Workbook in order to prepare for writing alphabets.  

Several stories were done with the students of the Tulip Class, like Pinocchio, Goldilocks and the Three bears, The Gingerbread Man, The Monkey and the Crocodile (PowerPoint), The Woodcutters Axe, The Four Oxen and the Lion, Rover and Fuddy, How the Crow turned black, The Elephant and the Tailor, The Three Little Pigs, Smarty and Shabby, The Lazy Donkey, The Frog Prince. 

Some of the Poems done with the students were: It is Raining-Seasons Rhyme, Five Little Ducks, Incy Wincy, Jack and Jill, Fruits and Vegetables, Months in a Year, Animal Rhyme and Sounds of Animals.

The Tulip Class has shown tremendous progress in Arithmetic as well.They used the Number Rods activity to understand the relation between the abstract concepts of numbers and the concrete concept of value. They learn the different numbers up to 10 through the varying lengths of each rod in the apparatus. They have also begun to use the Sandpaper Number Apparatus, which will help them learn how to write numerals in the future.

The EPL activities done with the students were interesting and helped the students develop a high level of independence. They Poured rice from one container to another, they also learnt how to transfer items from one bowl to another using spoons and later using tongs.  The students learnt to string beans, and to fasten and unfasten nuts and bolts. 

Some of the other activities done include Wiping a Table, Sweeping, Brushing Clothes, Hanging Clothes, Cleaning Shoes, and cutting strips of paper. The Tulip class have also begun to use the dressing frames. These activities help students learn more about different types of clothes. They have started with the zipper dressing frame and the Velcro Frame. Apart from improving the independence of the child, these activities help develop the child’s eye-hand co-ordination and a sense of care of the environment and care of others. 

In Sensorial, they covered concept of Colours with the Colour box, where the students have to match colours to from a pair. The children also leant the names of the various colours present in that box. The geometry cabinet was also introduced to the students of the Tulip class. This presentation helps the students learn the names of various 2 dimensional geometric figures, which are present in the cabinet, like triangle, Square, Circle, etc. They also learnt about to identify rough and smooth through the use of Montessori Tactile Apparatus. They used touch boards, and touched fabrics in order to learn how to identify rough and smooth objects. A presentation called Stereognostic solids was done with the students. This helped the students recognize objects by their three dimensional shape as well as learn how to associate two dimensional and three dimensional shapes. As part of this presentation, the students participated in a mystery bag activity, wherein they have to recognize objects inside a bag without looking. 

Several interesting concepts were done with the Tulip students during this period in the field of GK. One of the first concepts done by the students in this period was ‘Seasons’. The students learnt about the various Seasons. They also learnt about the clothes that we wear in various seasons. The teachers showed the students real items of clothing like sweaters, caps, etc.

The students had great time learning about various aspects of animal life as part of their GK topic: Farm and Wild Animals. The first concept that they learnt was the classification of animals into the two broad categories, i.e., Farm and Wild animals. They learnt about the differences in the animals sizes, the sounds that each animal makes, and the foods that each type of animal consumes. 

Another topic done with the Tulip class as part of GK was ‘Fruits and Vegetables’. The students learnt about types of fruits and vegetables.  

The final GK topic done with the students was ‘Birds, Insects and Aquatic Animals, where they learnt about various interesting living creatures. 

Each GK Concept was reinforced using PowerPoint Presentations, worksheets, and various types of activities. 

Some of the concepts done with the Tulip Class were ‘Happy/Sad’, ‘Laugh/Cry’, ‘Up/Down’, ‘Good/Bad’, ‘Fast/Slow’, ‘Loud/Soft’, ‘High/Low’ and ‘Over/Under’ These concepts were taught in an interesting manner with practical activities. The Children also learnt the names of several colours like: Brown,   Orange, Black, White, and Purple. 

The students’ aesthetic sensibilities were given a great boost through several interesting and artistic topics which were done with them. Some of the art topics that were done with the Tulip Class are: Purple colour Octopus and a Sleeping Rectangle with grey dots. 

They also made a Kangaroo, a Dusshera Card, Pear Printing, a Diwali Craft, a Christmas Bell, a Nurse Cap, and a Tricolour Bookmark as part of their art and craft classes. 

The students celebrated several festivals during this period. At Happy Hearts, we believe in imbibing our students with secular values, hence we give importance to all festivals. Apart from the festivals, we also organized special ‘days’ for the children. 

Several ‘Colour Days’ like Purple Day, Brown Day, Green Day,  etc. were organized for the Tulip Class. This helped the students to reinforce the names of each colour. On this day, the students wear clothes pertaining to a particular colour and come to school. Several national festivals like Gandhi Jayanti, Children’s day, Republic Day, etc. induced nationalistic fervor within the students of the Tulip Class. Some of the cultural festivals celebrated were Dusshera, Diwali, Feast of St. Francis Xavier, Christmas and the Kite Flying Festival (Makar Sankranti). Some of the other miscellaneous days organized were the Animal Day, Dental Check Up, Road Safety and Traffic Rules, Environment Day and Class Photograph Day.

The Happy Hearts Sports Day was organized on 18th December 2015. The sports day helped imbibe a spirit of sportsmanship in the children. The students tremendously enjoyed participating in the various drills and races organized by the teachers. 

Several field trips were organized for the students of the Tulip Class. They visited a Supermarket to learn about the way we buy items from a shop. It was related to the GK concept ‘Our Neighbourhood.’

They also went to a plant nursery, where they keenly observed different kinds of plants. They enjoyed looking at the various flowering plants and they also learnt how to water a garden. 

They also visited a local farmhouse since they were learning about Farm and Wild Animals. The children were excited to see the animals and birds like Rabbits, Turkeys, Hens Geese, Turtles, etc.

Several Cooking Activities like Shev Puri, Christmas Cake, Date Ladoos and Tri Coloured Sandwiches, helped the students develop a keen interest in cooking. 

The last few months have been very eventful. The students are looking forward to the excitement and practices that is about to begin in order to prepare them for their annual day.


October 2015 to January 2016- Happenings at Happy Hearts, Orchids.

The Orchids class have progressed considerably and enjoyed indulging in celebrations and learning about our multicultural and secular nation. 

The students have shown exponential growth in their English language skills. They have begun to learn about words containing blended, short and long vowel sounds. This helps them learn how to read new words faster, even if they’re not familiar with the words. The students were taught that even though the English Alphabet contains only 5 vowels, the sound pertaining to each vowel differs according to the word where it is being used. They performed well in several dictation tests related to vowel sounds. They also learn how to write simple sentences by themselves, thus slowly cementing the foundation for language learning in higher classes. 

The Students have shown good progress in Hindi Alphabets as well. They successfully cleared a test on alphabets from अ to and they also have begun to learn the alphabets क,ख,ग,घ,ड.

Several stories were done with the students of the Orchids Class, like The Lost Monkey, Are you my Mom? Beauty and the Beast, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, The legend of three trees, The Magic Rope etc. Various methods of story telling are used to narrate stories.

Some of the Poems done with the students were: The Five little Tadpoles, Festivals are Fun, Love for trees, why must we plant trees? 

The Hindi Poems were done with the students included 

The Orchids Class has shown tremendous progress in Arithmetic as well. The students learnt to solve numeric puzzles with missing numbers, dodging numbers, what comes after, and circle the larger / smaller number. They also learnt to spell number names up to ‘Twenty’.

The Orchid class interacted with the Montessori Apparatus in order to learn about the formation of complex numbers. They learnt this concept through the use of the Golden Bead Material. This activity helps the students understand the concept of the decimal system, which forms the base of all future mathematical learning.

The EPL activities done with the students were interesting and helped the students develop a high level of independence. They learnt how to fasten and unfasten various kinds of dressing frames, like Zipper Frame, Hook and Eye Frame, Press Button Frame, Large Button Frame and Velcro Frame, Buckle Frame and Shoe lace Frame. They also learnt to take care of plants.  In Sensorial, they covered concepts of Geometric Solids and Thermic Tablet, which target the stereognostic and thermic senses in human beings. 

Several interesting concepts were done with the Orchid students during this period in the field of GK. One of the first concepts done by the students in this period was Old and New Communication. In this concept, the students learnt how the process of communication has changed from the olden days to today. They were amazed to learn that without modern technology, in the olden days, it would take months and sometimes years for messages to be passed on from person to person. They were delighted to learn that with the advent of modern technology, communication has become instant. 

The students had great time learning about various aspects of animal life. The first concept that they learnt was the classification of animals into the three broad categories, i.e., Domestic, Pet and Wild animals. They then learnt about the various habitats in which these animals reside, like Land, Deserts and Aerial Animals. They also learnt about the food habits of animals, i.e. which animals are carnivorous, which are herbivorous and which are omnivorous. 

They also learnt about various unique animals which we don’t commonly find in India, like armadillos, aardvarks, beavers, platypus, Tapirs, Ostriches, Sloth Bears, Pandas Porcupines, and many more such animals.

The basic facts about the circle of life were taught to the children through the introduction of the concepts of lifecycles. The students studied about the lifecycles of frogs and butterflies. 

The next interesting concept done with the students was sports, where the students learnt about various sports like rugby, football, golf, cricket, badminton, tennis, and many more. They also studied the various similarities and differences between sports, like badminton and tennis, football and rugby, etc. 

Since the students of the Orchid class are quite familiar with the various festivals celebrated in India, they spent time learning about the various festivals celebrated around the world. Some of the festivals discussed with them were: Chinese New Year, The Spanish Tomato Festival, St. Patrick’s Day, Kite Festival, Thanksgiving Festival, Halloween, The Cherry Blossom Festival, the Lantern Festival, and many more.

The final GK topic done with the students in this period was on plants. The students took great interest in learning different types of plants and their habitat. The germination activity helped the students gain practical knowledge 

Each GK Concept was reinforced using PowerPoint Presentations, worksheets, and various types of activities. 

Some of the concepts done with the Orchid Class were ‘Inside and Outside’, ‘Few and Many’, ‘Use of a magnifying glass’, ‘Same and Different’, ‘Small and Tiny’, ‘More and Less’, ‘Heavy and Light’ etc. These concepts were taught in an interesting manner with practical activities 

The students’ aesthetic sensibilities were given a great boost through several interesting and artistic topics which were done with them. Some of the art topics that were done with the Orchid Class are: Colouring a Clown, Tracing and Colouring Shapes, A Fish, An Ice Cream, A Christmas Wreath, A Diwali Lamp, A House, A Scenery, A Fish, A strawberry plant and A butterfly. 

They also made a Whale through using Origami techniques. They enjoyed making a greeting card for Dusshera, a Wreath for Christmas, A Diwali Lantern, Traffic Signals, A kite bookmark, and Republic Day Craft. 

The students celebrated several festivals during this period. At Happy Hearts, we believe in imbibing our students with secular values, hence we give importance to all festivals. Apart from the festivals, we also organized special ‘days’ for the children. 

Several ‘Colour Days’ like Purple Day, Brown Day, Green Day,  etc. were organized for the Orchid Class. This helped the students to reinforce the names of each colour. On this day, the students wear clothes pertaining to a particular colour and come to school. Several national festivals like Gandhi Jayanti, Children’s day, Republic Day, etc. induced nationalistic fervor within the students of the Orchid Class. Some of the cultural festivals celebrated were Dusshera, Diwali, Feast of St. Francis Xavier, Christmas and the Kite Flying Festival (Makar Sankranti). Some of the other miscellaneous days organized were the Animal Day, Dental Check Up, Road Safety, Environment Day and Traffic Rules, and Class Photograph Day.

The Happy Hearts Sports Day was organized on 18th December 2016. The sports day helped imbibe a spirit of sportsmanship in the children. The students tremendously enjoyed participating in the various drills and races organized by the teachers. 

Several field trips were organized for the students of the Orchid Class. They visited the post office as part of their lesson about communication, and posted an envelope to the school address, so that they could meet the post man.

They also visited a plant nursery, where they saw different kinds of plants. They particularly enjoyed looking at the unique carnivorous plants like the Pitcher Plant. They also learnt about various tools used in order to maintain a garden.

The Students Aesthetic Development was given a great boost through various art and craft activities during this period.  As part of their art syllabus, they drew a house, scenery, a strawberry plant, a butterfly, etc. 

Several Cooking Activities like Cornflakes Chaat, Christmas Cake, Date Ladoos and Tri Coloured Sandwiches, helped the students develop a keen interest in cooking. 

The last few months have been very eventful. The students are looking forward to the excitement and practices that is about to begin in order to prepare them for their annual day.


October 2015 to January 2016- Happenings at Happy Hearts, Cherry Blossom.

Cherry Blossom class have progressed considerably and enjoyed indulging in celebrations and learning about our multicultural and secular nation. 
In October, the whole unit was about the study of animals. The students were excited and fascinated to learn about the animal kingdom around them. They were amazed to study about their lives and their habitat. 
The students’ Public Speaking skills were strengthened through an activity wherein they had to look for information pertaining to any one of their favourite animals, and then communicate this information to their friends during the school assembly. Each student from the Cherry Blossom class came forward and spoke about their favourite animal in front of the whole school during assembly. This gave a tremendous boost to their self confidence. 
In November the students learnt about Inventions and Discoveries. They familiarized themselves with the role of technology and inventions throughout history. They learnt about how inventions and discoveries have impacted human lives. They also discussed about the accidental nature of discoveries. Several inventions and discoveries like Fire, The Wheel, The Telephone, Electricity, etc. were discussed in class. They concluded General awareness in November by learning about the different Organs and Parts of the Human Body. In December, They learnt about internal, external and sense organs and the senses associated with each. The various systems in our body, like the digestive system, nervous system, respiratory system, Skeletal System, and Muscular system was discussed at length with the students. 
One of the most interesting concepts that the Cherry Blossom did was ‘Personal Safety’,  They discussed several things, like precautions to take at home to stay safe, how to distinguish between emergency and non emergency situations, and were even made to memorise the phone numbers of their parents.
They learnt the concept of ‘Good Touch’ and ‘Bad Touch’ and ‘Confusing Touch’ which is very important information for children to have in today’s environment. They also studied about Road Safety, and they learnt important information about crossing the roads on Zebra crossings, and which colour of traffic signal means stop and which means go. They also learnt poems like Traffic Signal and Safety First. They also learnt the concept of ‘First Aid’ and were shown a first-aid box and learnt about the items present in it. The Teachers also demonstrated first aid practices for minor accidents to the students. The final topic covered under Safety was ‘Fire Safety’ the students discussed reasons for fire accidents, and precautions that we can take to avoid them.
They were shown several videos and PowerPoint Presentations and also solved worksheets on each General Awareness topic done in class.
In English, the students covered several interesting concepts like picture compositions on Republic Day, Grow more trees, Pets, At a Farm, Christmas and Picnic. They also solved worksheets on Opposites, Gender, and Unscrambling Words and sentences. They also solved worksheets on Articles, singular and plural concepts, crosswords, homonyms, action words; They learnt to pronounce the Phonetic sounds of various blends of both vowels and consonants while reading words. Several Comprehension worksheets helped them gain a strong foundation in English language reading. 
They were transfixed while listening to stories like The Magic Porridge Pot, The Little Res Hen, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Babloo Helps Bikki Fly, the Ugly Duckling, Thumbelina and The Enormous Turnip. They even read the story of Rapunzel to their classmates.
They solved exciting puzzles in their perception books, like ‘What’s Next?’, ‘Matching the Shape,’ ‘Sort The Objects,’ ‘Reuse Things,’ ‘Sense Organs,’ ‘Opposite Fun,’ Find the odd one out, Spot the Difference, Join the Dots, Hot and Cold Things, 
The Students’ aesthetic development was given a boost through various art activities like Drawing a Diwali Lantern, Colouring, Carnival Mask craft, the Christmas Painting and Republic Day Craft.
Their Mathematics skills have improved by leaps and bounds. They are now able to skillfully subtract using a subtraction strip board, which makes it simple for the students to understand the concept of subtraction. The board presents subtractions in a tabular form which helps in memorization of subtractions up to 20. They are able to write numbers in words from up to 190 and numerals up to 500. They have also solved several worksheets and word problems on addition and subtraction. The concept of Multiplication has been introduced to the students and they have covered Multiplication Tables up to the table of six. 
The students have also progressed by leaps and bounds in Hindi Language. They have completed their Hindi Workbooks in Class and have begun to write two letter words.
The students celebrated several festivals during this period. At Happy Hearts, we believe in imbibing our students with secular values, hence we give importance to all festivals. Apart from the festivals, we also organized special ‘days’ for the children. 
Several ‘Colour Days’ like Purple Day, Brown Day, Green Day,  etc. were organized for the Cherry Blossom Class. This helped the students to reinforce the names of each colour. On this day, the students wear clothes pertaining to a particular colour and come to school. 
Several national festivals like Gandhi Jayanti, Children’s day, Republic Day, etc. induced nationalistic fervor within the students of the Cherry Blossom Class. Some of the cultural festivals celebrated were Dusshera, Diwali, Feast of St. Francis Xavier, Christmas and the Kite Flying Festival (Makar Sankranti). Some of the other miscellaneous days organized were the Animal Day, Dental Check Up, Road Safety and Traffic Rules, Environment Day and Class Photograph Day.
The Happy Hearts Sports Day was organized on 18th December 2016. The sports day helped imbibe a spirit of sportsmanship in the children. The students tremendously enjoyed participating in the various drills and races organized by the teachers. 
Several field trips were organized for the students of the Cherry Blossom Class. They visited the post office as part of their lesson about communication, and posted an envelope to the school address, so that they could meet the post man.
They also visited a plant nursery, where they saw different kinds of plants. They particularly enjoyed looking at the unique carnivorous plants like the Pitcher Plant. They also learnt about various tools used in order to maintain a garden. 
They also went to the Goa Science center for an Educational Picnic. They visited the planetarium and also watched 3d videos about animals. The students of Cherry Blossom exercised their culinary skills through the preparation of exciting dishes like Aloo Parathas, Diwali Ladoos, and Christmas Cake and tri colour sandwiches.
The last few months have been very eventful. The students are looking forward to the excitement and practices that is about to begin in order to prepare them for their annual day.

June and July- Happenings at Happy Hearts- Orchid

It's school time again!  We are very happy to have the children  back in school. We believe that by all of us working together we can make this a very successful year too. 

The  children were happy to meet their old and new friends and the enthusiasm is definitely a great motivator for any educator. 

The initial weeks started off with a lot of oral and written revision of the work and concepts done before the summer vacations. 

This helped them get into the groove once again. The focus these two months was on Professions, Water Cycle and the most important was Pollution.

They were introduced to the new age professions like engineers in different fields, journalists, different people working with computers and doing different jobs etc. 

There were also discussion about politicians, lawyers, judges and many more. Awareness was created about the various professions that we have in our society. New vocabulary learnt during the learning of different professions has increased their repertoire! They learnt new words like justice, crime, potter’s wheel, invention and many new names of tools used in different professions like stethoscope, wrench, hammer, plier etc 

Water cycle was exciting and interesting with various experiments and activities. They had firsthand experience about the different forms of water and how the water cycle is a continuous process. They added a lot of new vocabulary to their already existing list! They learnt words like gaseous, liquid, solid, evaporation, condensation, precipitation, vapour etc.  

The topic ‘Pollution’ also involved a lot of discussion and visual aids to help learn how we pollute the environment in different ways. They were made aware that as citizens of this beautiful earth, how we should take care of it and not litter and pollute. Sub topics done were land pollution, sound pollution, water pollution and air pollution. All the EVS topics are taught through the audio visuals aids, 

In English, the children did a lot of revision, learning the upper case and lower case alphabets. We also reinforced the phonic sounds of the alphabet through various written exercises and oral work in class. They are also working with the Montessori Moveable Alphabet box which is a precursor to forming words and writing. A lot of care is taken with their writing exercises to make sure their formation and neatness go hand in hand. 

To improve language, expression, voice modulation and confidence, the story sessions help a lot.  Stories are narrated through various mediums like puppets, enactment, PowerPoint, pictures etc. The stories they enjoyed these two months were ‘ Two Friends’, ‘ Big Bear’s Cake’, ‘The Shy Red Rooster Learns to Sing’, ‘ A New Coat of Leaves’ and ‘Chandu the Helpful Elephant’. After listening to the stories, the students came forward and narrate the stories in their own words.

Lot of Rhyme is also done to enhance their vocabulary and expression. They learnt new poems related to the topics learnt. Some of the poems learnt were Water Cycle, Little Raindrops, Time to clean up, This Old Earth, Fire Fighter, This Land was made for me and you, Plant a seed, poems on Professions, months of the year and days of the week.    

In Mathematics, the children have been working with the Seguin board, and have completed numbers till 49 orally and in written form. They have also been working with missing numbers and finding the numbers before and after in their workboks.. We reinforced the concept of the decimal system through the arrangement of the apparatus called the large number cards. 

It has become very important in life to be equipped with self help skill. These Practical life skills in Montessori are learnt through EPL. They learnt how to use a teapot, cup and saucer. Emphasis was laid on pouring from a teapot to a cup and pouring from a jug to various levels of glasses. 

Another interesting activity done was polishing of wooden surfaces. 

In Sensorial, the children worked with the Colour Box 2. They learnt about secondary colours and tertiary colours. This activity helps develop their aesthetic sense.

In Sensorial they also worked with the Knobless cylinders which helps their visual sense. These cylinders help learn different dimensions and their interplay.

Since the children are now familiar with the basic concepts, we did some synonyms with them. They learnt to differentiate between ‘small and tiny’ and ‘large and huge’.  Hands on activities and worksheets helped make the concepts clear. Common objects from the environment were shown to understand the difference.

The art has moved on from colouring to drawing and colouring.  They learnt to draw a mouse and a chick. They creatively expressed their concept of a rainy day by drawing and colouring it. It was apt with the weather we were experiencing!

Keeping in mind the G.K. topics, the craft was integrated. They made a Pollution Smiley and a Water Cycle Chart. Apart from this, they also made a pencil holder, an origami flower and decorated a pot.  

They started off this year by making sandwiches for their cooking activity and also enjoyed making Bhel. They watched a vedio about how the puffed rice which we use in Bhel is made. 

The children are enjoying their music and dance sessions. They are learning to sing new songs in the New Year. In dance, they are learning to adapt their rhythm to new forms of music. 


June and July- Happenings at Happy Hearts- Daisy and Sunflower

It's school time again!  We are very happy to have the children  back in school. We believe that by all of us working together we can make this a very successful year too. 

The  children were happy to meet their old and new friends and the enthusiasm is definitely a great motivator for any educator. 

The initial weeks started off with a lot of oral and written revision of the work and concepts done before the summer vacations. 

This helped them get into the groove once again. The focus these two months was on Professions and the most important one ‘Environment’.

The topic about Professions moved many steps ahead than last year. The children revised the old professions learnt and were introduced to some new ones like the ‘Barber’, ‘Goldsmith’, ‘Chef’, ‘Postman’, ‘Cobbler’ etc. They learnt more in detail about the tools they use. They saw the different types of measuring tapes used by a carpenter and a tailor, a tool box with different tools used by a carpenter and a plumber etc. New vocabulary learnt during the learning of different professions has increased their repertoire! They learnt new words like Sewing Machine, Envelopes, Baton , Etc. They were  also introduced to many new names of tools used in different professions like stethoscope, , hammer, plier, spanner, shoe polish, shoe brush, etc. 

The topic ‘Our Environment’ also involved a lot of discussion and visual aids to help learn how we pollute the environment in different ways. They were made aware that as citizens of this beautiful earth, how we should take care of it and not litter and pollute. Sub topics done were land pollution, sound pollution, water pollution and air pollution. All the EVS topics are taught through the audio visuals aids, 

In English, the  children are learning the upper case and lower case alphabets. The phonic sounds of the alphabet  being learnt is reinforced daily. work in class. They are also working with Sandpaper alphabets and slates which is a precursor to writing. A lot of care is taken with their writing exercises to make sure their formation and neatness go hand in hand. 

To improve language, expression, voice modulation and confidence, the story sessions help a lot.  Stories are narrated through various mediums like puppets, enactment, PowerPoint, pictures etc. The stories they enjoyed these two months were ‘Two Friends’, ‘The Stork and the Crab’, ‘The Ignorant Monkey’, ‘The Donkey who Sang’, and ‘Goldilocks and the three  Bears’. After listening to the stories, the students came forward and narrate the stories in their own words or discuss also discuss about it. If they like the story, they request the teachers for an            ‘Encore’!  These stories help develop imagination and vocabulary also.

Lot of Rhyme is also done to enhance their vocabulary and expression. They learnt new poems related to the topics learnt. Some of the poems learnt were ‘This Old Earth’, ‘Our Big Wide World’, and ‘Mother Earth’. Many poems about different professions were also done. The months of the year and days of the week are being reinforced daily at assembly.     

In Mathematics, the children have been working with the Number Rods, and the Sandpaper Numerals and slates. Once they are thorough with the Number Rods, they are moving on to the ‘Spindle Box’. 

It has become very important in life to be equipped with self help skill. These Practical life skills in Montessori are learnt through EPL. They learnt Walking on the line,  sitting and getting up from the floor and the chair. They also  had Grace and Courtesy lessons which included the Golden Words ‘Please, Thank You, Sorry, Excuse me.’ They also learnt how to shake hands, how to cough and how to sneeze. 

They also learnt how to carry a small table and a chair and how to wash hands at the tap.

In Sensorial, the children worked with the Colour Box 2. They learnt about secondary colours and tertiary colours. This activity helps develop their aesthetic sense.

In Sensorial they worked with the  Cylinder Blocks. 

Every month we work with different concepts, this month they learnt to differentiate between ‘Near and Far’ and ‘Under and On’, ‘Clean and Dirty’, ‘Huge and Large’ and ‘Small and Tiny’.  Hands on activities and worksheets helped make the concepts clear. Common objects from the environment were shown to understand the difference.

In art they are learning drawing and colouring. Most of the topics they do for drawing are related to the G.K. they are doing that month. They learnt to scribble, did some magic painting with wax, Leaf printing was enjoyed by all. They drew a field in which the farmer works, a sailor’s ship and a Saw used by the carpenter. They also creatively expressed their concept of a rainy day by drawing and colouring it. It was apt with the weather we were experiencing!

Keeping in mind the G.K. topics, the craft was integrated. They made a Nurse’s Cap and a Sickle. Apart from this, they also made a pencil holder.

They started off this year by making sandwiches for their cooking activity and also enjoyed making Bhel. The cooking activity is very exciting and the children have firsthand experience  with different ingredients and also learn  new vocabulary.

The children are enjoying their music and dance sessions. They are learning to sing new songs in the New Year. In dance, they are learning to adapt their rhythm to new forms of music. 


June and July- Happenings at Happy Hearts- Daffodils

It's school time again!  We are very happy to have the children  back in school. We believe that by all of us working together we can make this a very successful year too. 

The  children were happy to meet their old and new friends and the enthusiasm is definitely a great motivator for any educator. 

The initial weeks started off with a lot of oral and written revision of the work and concepts done before the summer vacations. 

This helped them get into the groove once again. The focus these two months was on Professions, Water Cycle and the most important one was Pollution.

They were introduced to the new age professions like engineers in different fields, journalists, different people working with computers and doing different jobs etc. 

There were also discussions about politicians, lawyers, judges and many more. Awareness was created about the various professions that we have in our society. New vocabulary learnt during the learning of different professions has increased their repertoire! They learnt new words like programmer, justice, crime, potter’s wheel, invention and many new names of tools used in different professions like stethoscope, wrench, hammer, plier etc. 

Water cycle was exciting and interesting with various experiments and activities. They had firsthand experience about the different forms of water and how the water cycle is a continuous process. They added a lot of new vocabulary to their already existing list! They learnt words like gaseous, liquid, solid, evaporation, condensation, precipitation, vapour, collection etc.   

The topic ‘Pollution’ also involved a lot of discussion and visual aids to help learn how we pollute the environment in different ways. They were made aware that as citizens of this beautiful earth, how we should take care of it and not litter and pollute. Sub topics done were land pollution, sound pollution, water pollution and air pollution. All the EVS topics are taught through the audio visuals aids, 

In English, the children did a lot of revision, writing the upper case and lower case alphabets. We also reinforced the phonic sounds of the alphabet through various written exercises and oral work in class. They are also working with the Montessori Moveable Alphabet box which is a precursor to forming words and writing. A lot of care is taken with their writing exercises to make sure their formation and neatness go hand in hand. Two letter words and three letter CVC words are being done with and without pictures, spell board spelling games, spelling team games etc. They are also learning sight words which do not follow the rules of phonic pronunciation. Now they have started with simple short sentences.

To improve language, expression, voice modulation and confidence, the story sessions help a lot.  Stories are narrated through various mediums like puppets, enactment, PowerPoint, pictures etc. The stories they enjoyed these two months were ‘ Two Friends and The Bear’, ‘Red Riding Hood’, ‘Saving  an old Apple Tree’, ‘The Lark and The Farmer’, ‘The Deceitful Doctor’, and ‘Chandu the Helpful Elephant’. After listening to the stories, the students came forward and narrate the stories in their own words.

Lot of Rhyme is also done to enhance their vocabulary and expression. They learnt new poems related to the topics learnt. Some of the poems learnt were Water Cycle, Little Raindrops, Time to clean up, This Old Earth, Fire Fighter, What is my job?, If I were a baker, This Land was made for me and you, Plant a seed, poems on months of the year and days of the week.    

In Mathematics, the children have, completed numbers till 100 orally and in written form. We have been working with them individually. Some have progressed to the concept of 1000 with the Montessori Large Number cards. They have also been working with missing numbers and finding the numbers before and after in their workbooks. 

They are also learning the place value of double and triple digit numbers. These place values were first reinforced and revised through the Montessori Golden Bead material.

From numerals, the students have progressed to number names. These are being reinforced orally and with written work. 

It has become very important in life to be equipped with self help skills. These Practical life skills in Montessori are learnt through EPL. They learnt how to polish shoes in a methodical manner. Another interesting activity done was polishing of wooden surfaces. 

In Sensorial they also worked with the Knobless cylinders which helps their visual sense. These cylinders help learn different dimensions and their interplay.

Since the children are now familiar with the basic concepts, we did some synonyms with them. They learnt to differentiate between ‘small and tiny’ and ‘large and huge’.  Hands on activities and worksheets helped make the concepts clear. Common objects from the environment were shown to understand the difference.

The art has moved on from colouring to drawing and colouring.  They learnt to draw some fruits, flower, butterfly and a tortoise. They creatively expressed their concept of a rainy day by drawing and colouring it. It was apt with the weather we were experiencing!

Keeping in mind the G.K. topics, the craft was integrated. They made a Pollution Smiley and a Water Cycle Chart. Apart from this, they also made a pencil holder, an origami flower and decorated a pot. They also tried their hand at magic painting! ( Using wax)

They started off this year by making sandwiches for their cooking activity and also enjoyed making the famous Bhel. Children  really enjoy these activities and look forward to it.

The children are enjoying their music and dance sessions. They are learning to sing new songs in the New Year. In dance, they are learning to adapt their rhythm to new forms of music. 


June and July- Happenings at Happy Hearts- Rose and Tulip

The first two months have just flown. It has been a very busy routine for all i.e. students, parents and teachers!

The first few weeks were a challenge as it was transition time for parents and the children. It is amazing at the speed the children have made progress and learnt the classroom routines. 

July started with ‘Myself and My Friends’.  Various activities were conducted for the children to get familiar with each other. They introduced themselves and some spoke about their likes and dislikes. A group activity was done and all their photographs were stuck on it. 

It is really heartening to see them helping and caring for each other. ‘Good Manners’ went on simultaneously to help them learn normal classroom etiquettes. Manners are taught through action poems and real life situations. These are enforced daily during different activities. They also learnt about personal hygiene and how to keep themselves clean.

The theme then progressed on to ‘My Family’. Each member of the family was introduced. They were introduced to small and large families. Many of the students spoke about their families, their grandparents, their siblings etc.

The next topic done was about ‘My Neighborhood’. They were introduced to various essential and important locations in the neighbourhood. There was discussion about supermarkets, shops, religious places, hospitals, parks etc. This was reinforced through PowerPoint and various visual charts. 

The children took a lot of interest when the topic ‘Parts Of My Body’ was being done. They learnt new vocabulary like the ‘forehead’, ‘chest’, ‘palm’, ‘wrist’, ‘elbow’ etc. These concepts too were made interesting through activities, rhymes, PowerPoint, books etc.

The next topic done was about ‘Fruits.’ Everyday new fruits were brought to the class. Their observation skills were enhanced through discussions, comparisons, observation of the outer and inner parts of the fruit, different types of seeds, the taste, colour, different dry fruits that we eat etc. They were introduced to the common fruits and also some uncommon ones like the Kiwi Fruit, Cherry, Peach, Pomegranate, melon, pineapple, custard apple etc.

 All the theme related activities help the children improve their vocabulary too. 

A lot of rhymes with and without actions were done. They learnt rhymes about sharing, using the magic words, super manners, parts of the body , phonic alphabet rhyme, number rhymes, days of the week etc. They also learnt rhymes related to fruits. Apart from this they also learnt rhymes like ‘I hear thunder’, ‘Miss Molly’, ‘Rolley, Polley’, ‘If you want to be a friend’, ‘I am special’ etc. The poems and rhymes too help to enhance vocabulary.

Another activity which enthralls them is the ‘Story Telling Activity’. They enjoy these sessions and display a lot of interest and curiosity.  They heard stories about the ‘The Ant & the Tiger’, ‘Fruits are the best,’ ‘The  Lion & The Mouse,’ ‘The Thirsty Crow’, ‘The Cap seller and the Monkeys’ etc. These story sessions are made interesting and meaningful through puppets, large pictures, role play etc. 

The story telling sessions help them to express themselves better and the voice modulation in stories helps them express their emotions vocally. 

The concepts dealt with these two months were ‘Big and Small’, ‘In and Out’ and the colour ‘Red.’ These concepts were made clear through hands on activities. Continuous reinforcement is done to make sure the concepts have been understood through audio visual aids.

Keeping in mind the development of their motor skills, they do a lot of art and craft activities. To start with they tried their hands at magic painting! This is done using wax. They also coloured an apple while learning the phonic words with alphabet ‘A’. They also do various scribbling activities.

For craft they made a pencil holder and an apple with chord.

Lot of excitement is perceived during the cooking activities. They started off with the vegetable sandwich and then progressed on to fruit salad when they were learning about fruits. The  cooking activities helped them learn new vocabulary like chopping board, peeling, sweet, sour, applying, knife, peeler, slicing, cutting  and names of the ingredients used. 

Montessori activities started from the first week itself. The children were introduced to the E.P.L.         (Exercises of Practical Life) and Sensorial activities.

The E.P.L. activities started with the Rolling and Unrolling of mat, 

placing a sitting mat, placing and lifting a chowky. They learnt how to sit and how to get up from the floor and from a chair. 

They are made aware of personal hygiene through the hand washing activity. They also learnt how to cough and sneeze, how to shake hands.

They also worked with the pouring activity from one jug to another.

Walking on the line activity was done in various ways.  They walked straight, fast, zig zag, on their toes and with an object balancing on the head. They do the ‘Doh’ activity regularly for gross motor skills. 

In Sensorial they have started with the Knobbed Cylinder Blocks.  This apparatus helps in Visual discrimination of dimensions.

It also helps in preparation for writing and coordination of the fingers, used to hold the pencil.

It also helps in refinement of voluntary movement. The child learns to fit the cylinders with one precise movement. They also work with the matching cards. Matching activities help children develop their motor skills, visual discrimination, language, and memory. 

In Montessori Language, they have started with the Sandpaper Alphabets and the Sand Tray. They have learnt to recognize the capital and small alphabet ‘A’ and ‘B’. They have learnt the phonic sounds of words beginning with these alphabets. 

In Montessori Maths, they have started working with the Number Rods

. They are also tracing the numbers on the Sand Paper Numbers. 

Apart from this we do a lot of online phonic activities for reinforcement.

The children are also enjoying their indoor P.E. exercises, singing and dancing activities! They display a lot of discipline at assembly and enjoy singing the National Anthem.


Fantastic February- Tulips and Rose


February was a time when the students progressed on to new topics and their journey moved on to the different   types of ‘Vegetables’.

 They were quite excited to see new vegetables brought to class each day. Many of them were quite vocal about their likes and dislikes! Through a lot of discussion, the importance of vegetables was put across to them and why they should eat them.

There were happy to learn about the common vegetables which they see every day as they could identify them easily. They were very attentive when the teachers cut and showed them how the vegetables look after they are cut.  

 They observed the exterior, interior, colour, texture, seeds etc. They also learnt about their uses. The children were further enlightened about the vegetable trees, their leaves, flowers etc through the PowerPoint presentations, picture books, rhymes etc.

 A field trip was arranged to the    Panjim vegetable market. Here they got to see a variety of vegetables and fruits. They were very excited to identify the names of the vegetables which motivated the vegetable vendors too! They too started asking them questions which most of them answered. Transformation of vegetable vendors to teachers! What a joy. They were the bright ‘Happy Hearts’ stars and attracted a lot of attention from other people shopping there. 

They also attempted matching     worksheets on the topic of vegetables. They had a cooking activity wherein they participated in making healthy pizzas using vegetables. Here too they were asked to identify which vegetables were used and learnt new words like chopping, grating etc.

They learnt about the different parts of the plant. They were shown roots, different types of leaves and the different kinds of stems of different plants. They attempted a worksheet on matching the parts.

This month they also moved on to  a new topic ‘Seasons’.  The three seasons prevalent in India were highlighted upon in detail. Starting from the climate to clothes and food of each season were touched upon. Different types of Clothes were brought to class. It ranged from the raincoat to gloves in winter! They were shown pictures and PowerPoint presentations. They also attempted worksheets based on seasons. 

   Recognition of alphabets moved ahead till the alphabet ‘V’. They were acquainted with the various phonic vocabulary associated with it. They also attempted worksheets associated with the alphabets and objects learnt. Apart from this, they also heard stories emphasizing on the phonic sounds of the alphabets. The reinforcement of the alphabets has  also been done through Power Point presentations.

This month their story time sessions had stories about ‘The Fisherman and The Genie’, ‘The Monkey and the Crocodile’, ‘The  Horse and the Donkey’, ‘ The Bear and the Friends’ etc.

The rhyme time too was in line with the theme of the month, with poems about fruits, vegetables and seasons. They enjoy the poem about Miss Molly and her Dolly! It is recited on special request daily!

In Language, they have been further practicing to develop their fine motor skills with the sand paper tracing of   alphabets, sand tray and the Montessori metal insets. They are still working with wide serpentine lines. Some students have started forming the alphabets in their workbook and some are still practicing on the slates.

In Mathematics, the children moved on to the Montessori Apparatus called the Spindle Box which helps them understand the concept of ‘Zero’. They are also working with the ‘Cards and Counters’ which provide further practice in counting and associating the correct number of objects with the numerals. It also helps to see if the child can place the numeral in the correct order.

All students have started   tracing the numbers on sand paper numbers, sand tray and the slate. Each one progresses at his or her pace. Many are writing in their workbook too.

They have progressed in recognition of numbers 15 to 20. The students have also started counting backwards 10 to 1. 

This month the Montessori EPL    activities involved the use of the dressing frame. They worked with the Velcro frame and the Zipper dressing frame. This activity helps them to learn to be independent and to take care of themselves and for fine motor development.

The Montessori sensorial activities this month involved using the Geometric solids.  They matched the solids to the matching cards too.  This      activity helped them refine their stereognostic sense.

It also helps to make the children aware of the solid shapes that surround them. They learnt the names of 3D objects like cube, sphere, cylinder, cone etc

The concepts done this month through live experiences and worksheets were ‘Fat & Thin’, ‘Long & Short’, ‘More, Less & Equal’.


The colours introduced were Orange and Brown.  They did a spray painting activity and a wool sticking activity using these colours.  We reinforce colours daily during other activities too.

The Art and Craft too was based on the themes. They made a carrot and a rainbow. They also painted a tree on the easel. 

Valentine’s Day was celebrated by spreading the message of Love and Peace.  They went home wearing headbands which highlighted the message for the day. 

Children are totally involved in all the activities and taken to the routines like fish to water.


Fantastic February- Sunflower

February was a time when the students progressed on to new topics and their journey moved on to an important topic ‘WATER.’

The topic was done in detail right from its sources to uses. They participated in different experiments to learn about the different forms of water .They also learnt about its importance and why it is necessary to keep water clean at different sources. With reference to Goa, there was an interactive discussion about keeping the beaches clean and why we should not liter it when we visit it. PowerPoint presentations were shown to them to help them understand well.  

They also had a discussion about ‘Water Cycle.’ They learnt about how it is an ongoing process and the different processes it goes through and what happens during each process.

 They enjoyed reciting poems about Saving water, Water Cycle, We need water, I am a little fishy etc.

Later they went on a field trip to the Goa State Museum especially to see the Environment and Development section. It shows the various problems faced by our environment today as a result of pollution and the different measures to be taken to reduce pollution and its effects are shown in the form of Dioramas. These galleries are developed under the conservation education centre set up by WWF, India.

This trip was an eye opener for them as they observed many things which added to their knowledge. They learnt about the flora and fauna in Goa, occupations of Goans, historical costumes, currency and much more. What fascinated them the most was the ancient coin collection. It was an extremely educative trip. The students learnt that the State of Goa has got a long historical and cultural tradition.

The art and craft too was done with the theme in mind. The students made an origami boat and a fish for craft. They also tried their hand at   drawing a lake as one of the water body they learnt about.

 In Montessori Language, the students are still working with the Montessori Moveable Alphabets to make three letter CVC words with matching pictures and objects.    They are also practicing their alphabets in the Upper and Lower case and three letter words in writing. They have also started with sight words.

The stories enjoyed this month were ‘The Stork & the Crab,’ ‘The Jackal’ and ‘The Monkey and the Water Giant.’  

The picture conversation was related to the theme on water ‘At the Beach.’ This activity contributed a great deal to their vocabulary.   

In Mathematics, the children are working with the Ten Boards.  They have completed numerals from 30 to 50. They have been attempting various exercises in their Periwinkle workbooks, exercise books and worksheets. 

For EPL activities this month the children practiced cleaning shoes and the Snap dressing frame. This activity helps them to learn to be independent and to take care of themselves and it also helps for fine motor development.

In Sensorial, the children still continued with the Colour Box 3. Along with grading, they also learnt the language associated with it while naming the grading of colours.

After the Colour Box they have moved on to the Geometric solids.  They matched the solids to the matching cards .  This      activity helped them refine their stereognostic sense, one of the senses in Montessori Education.

It also helps to make the children aware of the solid shapes that surround them. They learnt the names of 3D objects like cube, sphere, cylinder, cone, prism etc.

The concepts done this month through live experiences and worksheets were ‘Fat & Thin’, ‘Long & Short’, ‘More, Less & Equal’.


The cooking activity this month

were the  ‘Strawberry Cornflakes Cookies’. 

It was a hands on learning activity. They were introduced to the kneading activity. They followed it step by step and were shown how to bake in an oven. They also observed the different weighing scales and were made to read the numbers on it. They learnt the concept of weight and how to measure ingredients using a weighing scale in the kitchen. They also learnt an alternative way of having cornflakes!

Valentine’s Day was celebrated by spreading the message of Love and Peace.  They went home wearing headbands which highlighted the message for the day. 

Children are totally involved in all the activities and taken to the routines like fish to water.


Fantastic February- Daisy

February was a time when the students progressed on to new topics and their journey moved on to an important topic ‘WATER.’

The topic was done in detail right from its sources to uses. They participated in different experiments to learn about the different forms of water .They also learnt about its importance and why it is necessary to keep water clean at different sources. With reference to Goa, there was an interactive discussion about keeping the beaches clean and why we should not liter it when we visit it. PowerPoint presentations were shown to them to help them understand well.  

They also had a discussion about ‘Water Cycle.’ They learnt about how it is an ongoing process and the different processes it goes through and what happens during each process.

 They enjoyed reciting poems about Saving water, Water Cycle, We need water, I am a little fishy etc.

Later they went on a field trip to the Goa State Museum especially to see the Environment and Development section. It shows the various problems faced by our environment today as a result of pollution and the different measures to be taken to reduce pollution and its effects are shown in the form of Dioramas. These galleries are developed under the conservation education centre set up by WWF, India.

This trip was an eye opener for them as they observed many things which added to their knowledge. They learnt about the flora and fauna in Goa, occupations of Goans, historical costumes, currency and much more. What fascinated them the most was the ancient coin collection. It was an extremely educative trip. The students learnt that the State of Goa has got a long historical and cultural tradition.

The art and craft too was done with the theme in mind. The students made an origami boat and a fish for craft. They also tried their hand at   drawing a lake as one of the water body they learnt about.

 In Montessori Language, the students are still working with the Phonic sounds. They are also practicing their alphabets in the Upper case and have started with the lower case alphabets.

The stories enjoyed this month were ‘The Stork & the Crab,’ ‘The Jackal’ and ‘The Monkey and the Water Giant.’  

The picture conversation was related to the theme on water ‘At the Beach.’ This activity contributed a great deal to their vocabulary.   

In Mathematics, the children are working with the Ten Boards.  They have completed numerals from 20 to 40. They have been attempting various exercises in their Periwinkle workbooks, exercise books and worksheets. 

For EPL activities this month the children practiced cutting lined paper, cleaning shoes and the Zipper dressing frame. These activities help them to learn to be independent and to take care of themselves and it also helps for fine motor development.

In Sensorial, the children still continued with the Colour Box 2. They also learnt the language associated with it while naming the colours.

After the Colour Box 2 they have moved on to the Geometric solids.  They matched the solids to the matching cards.  This      activity helped them refine their stereognostic sense, one of the senses in Montessori Education.

It also helps to make the children aware of the solid shapes that surround them. They learnt the names of 3D objects like cube, sphere, cylinder, cone, prism etc.

The concepts done this month through live experiences and worksheets were ‘Fat & Thin’, ‘Long & Short’, ‘More, Less & Equal’.


The cooking activity this month

were the  ‘Strawberry Cornflakes Cookies’. 

It was a hands on learning activity. They were introduced to the kneading activity. They followed it step by step and were shown how to bake in an oven. They also observed the different weighing scales and were made to read the numbers on it. They learnt the concept of weight and how to measure ingredients using a weighing scale in the kitchen. They also learnt an alternative way of having cornflakes!

Valentine’s Day was celebrated by spreading the message of Love and Peace.  They went home wearing headbands which highlighted the message for the day. 

Children are totally involved in all the activities and taken to the routines like fish to water.


Fantastic February-Daffodils

February was a time when the students progressed on to new topics and their journey moved on to learning about our state, Goa and country, India. 

They learnt about the capital of India, its states and union territories, the President and Prime Minister and how the hierarchy works. Their main interest was to know more about the freedom fighters. They were introduced to them through pictures and PowerPoint presentations. 

They learnt about the National    days and about the different festivals celebrated in India. 

They were also introduced to the National Symbols and the National Flag and the significance of its colours.

They moved on to learn the location of the state of Goa on the map of India. They were introduced to the capital and the Chief Minister of Goa. They also did some salient features of the land forms of Goa. 

This was concluded with a field trip to the Goa State Museum. This was an eye opener for them as they observed many things which added to their knowledge. They learnt about the flora and fauna in Goa, garbage and pollution problems, occupations of Goans, historical costumes, currency and much more. What fascinated them the most was the ancient coin collection. It was an extremely educative trip. The students learnt that the State of Goa has got a long historical and cultural tradition.

They also saw the Environment and Development section. It shows the various problems faced by our environment today as a result of pollution and the different measures to be taken to reduce pollution and its effects are shown in the form of Dioramas. These galleries are developed under the conservation education centre set up by WWF, India.

They are now aware of the location of Goa on the map of India and its capital. 

They learnt poems related to the flag in English and Hindi and also learnt the pledge.  

They were also introduced to the flags of different countries.

The children are continuing   working with the three letter words with the phonic sound and 

reading and writing short sentences. They are also revising the sight words learnt. 

They learnt the spellings of the days of the week during the month. They work with the Spell Board Game which helps in word building. They have also completed a lot of written exercises in their workbooks and worksheets. 

This month they enjoyed the story about ‘Charlie and The Cookies’, ‘Helpful Clive’, ‘The Best Den Ever’ and ‘The Story of Paan’. 

They are motivated to retell the story in their own words and appreciated for it. This month they added words like‘interfere, guess, and disappointed’ to their vocabulary list. They like to use the new vocabulary words learnt in their sentences.   .                                             In Mathematics, the children continued to revise writing numerals up to 100. 

They have started learning the Ordinal numbers and use them in their daily activities.

They have progressed with the number names to ‘Fourteen.’  Simultaneously they are also working with the Tens. They have learnt to spell till seventy. They are also attempting exercises in their workbooks and notebooks. 

They are progressing with simple pictorial addition and Greater, Lesser, Equal. They are still working with the Montessori Bank Game where they learn the relationship between numbers at different decimal places. This activity is being repeated for better understanding of changing from tens to hundreds and hundreds to thousands. 

They have also started working with the Montessori Addition Strip Board. This is taught to lead the child through all the possible combinations in addition.

Practical life skills in the children through EPL are very important. It helps them become independent and refine their fine motor skills.

They are continuing with the ‘Dressing Frames’. They have learnt how to use a Buckle frame and the Ribbon dressing frame. 

The Montessori sensorial activities this month involved using the Geometric solids.  They matched the solids to the matching cards too.  This      activity helped them refine their stereognostic sense.

It also helps to make the children aware of the solid shapes that surround them. They learnt the names of 3D objects like cube, sphere, cylinder, cone, prism etc.

The children learnt the concepts of ‘far’, ‘near’, ‘sink’ and ‘float.’ This was demonstrated through an experiment of objects that sink and the ones that float. 

This month the art and craft revolved around the themes of India. They coloured the national flag and made a lotus for craft. They also used the origami technique to make a tiger.  

The cooking activity this month were the ‘Strawberry Cornflakes Cookies’. 

It was a hands on learning activity. They were introduced to the kneading activity. They followed it step by step and were shown how to bake in an oven. They also observed the different weighing scales and were made to read the numbers on it. They learnt the concept of weight and how to measure ingredients using a weighing scale in the kitchen. They also learnt an alternative way of having cornflakes!

Valentine’s Day was celebrated by spreading the message of Love and Peace.  They went home wearing headbands which highlighted the message for the day.


Joyful Moments in January- Rose and Tulips

January is always a time for new beginnings and 2013 witnessed the     students back with charged energy and ready to refocus on our daily routines and other interactive   learning. 

The focus in this month was on the different ‘Fruits & Flowers’.

The students enjoyed their journey with the fruits. They were curious to see which fruit would be brought to class each day. Fruits brought into the classroom catered to everyone’s       favourites! 

There was excitement to learn about Strawberries, Pineapples, Watermelons, Mango, Banana,   Pomegranate etc. 

 Some uncommon ones were the Fig and the Kiwi. Grapes were accompanied with raisins to show them the difference.  The learning did not stop at only looking at the fruit but they learnt about the exterior, interior, colour, texture, smell, taste, seeds etc. They also learnt about their uses. Each fruit day was a cooking day with the students enjoying the flavours. The children were further enlightened about the fruit trees, their leaves, flowers etc through the PowerPoint presentations, picture books, rhymes etc.

From fruits we moved on to flowers. They had firsthand experience with Roses, Daisies, Shoe Flowers, Marigold, Lily, Bougainvillea, Sunflower, Aster, Lotus, Tulip etc. This helped them distinguish      between different flowers and also enhanced their aesthetic sense.  Some more knowledge about these flowers was given through PowerPoint presentations, rhymes, picture books and encyclopedias.  They observed the petals, stems, leaves etc of the flowers brought to class.  They also went for a nature walk around the school garden to observe the flowers growing on the plants.

 A field trip was arranged to the    nursery ‘Mr. Farmer’. Here they got to see a variety of plants and took        keen interest as the teachers explained about the plants. They were very excited to see the lotus.

They also attempted matching worksheets on the topic of fruits.

Recognition of alphabets moved ahead till the alphabet ‘R’. They were acquainted with the various phonic vocabulary associated with it. They also attempted worksheets associated with the alphabets and objects learnt. Apart from this, they also heard stories emphasizing on the phonic sounds of the alphabets. The reinforcement of the alphabets has also been done through Power Point presentations.

This month they had a lot of story time sessions. They heard stories about ‘Lake of the Moon’, ‘The Foolish Jackdaw’, ‘The Shepherd who lied’, and ‘The Clever Crow’ etc.

The rhyme time too was in line with the theme of the month, with poems about apples, limes, lemons, watermelons, grapes, plants and their growth etc. They even did a number rhyme on flowers.

They have also been further practicing to develop their fine motor skills with the sand paper, tracing of   alphabets, sand tray and the Montessori metal insets. They are still working with wide         serpentine lines. Many have also        progressed from straight lines to curved lines. Some students have started   forming the alphabets in their workbook and some are still practicing on the slates.

In Mathematics, the children are still working with the Number Rods. Many recognize number rods till 10.  All students have started   tracing the numbers on sand paper numbers, sand tray and the slate. Each one progresses at his or her pace. This is the Montessori philosophy to allow each child to progress at their pace and rhythm according to their individual capabilities. 

They have progressed in recognition of numbers 11 and 12. The students have also started counting backwards 10 to 1. This month the Montessori EPL activities involved wiping table activity, brushing of clothes, hanging clothes on the hanger and cutting strips of newspaper. These    activities indirectly help develop the hand muscles.

The Montessori sensorial activities this month involved using the Geometric cabinet and the       Presentation tray.  They matched the cabinet cards to simple shapes like circle, square and triangle. They also worked with the Touch Boards and Touch Fabric. This  activity helped them understand the difference between rough and 

smooth.They learnt many concepts this month through actual experiences. They learnt to differentiate between hot and cold, heavy and light, big and small, tall and short, right and left.  They also worked with some worksheets to make the concept clear.

The colours introduced this month were Pink and Purple.  They did a bubble paper printing activity and a paper tearing activity using these colours. We reinforce colours daily during other activities too.

The Art and Craft too was based on the theme. They made a crown with pictures of fruits .They also made flowers with paper dollies and cup cake liners. 

The Republic Day was celebrated with a lot of patriotic fervor. The flag hoisting ceremony was followed by the National Anthem.  The children sang patriotic songs in their respective groups. Sweets were distributed to the students. 

The month flew by and it is a joy to see the students totally involved in what they are doing.


Joyful Moments in January- Sunflower

January is always a time for new beginnings and 2013 witnessed the students back with charged energy and ready to refocus on our daily routines and other interactive   learning. 

The children weaved through the topic ‘Seasons’.  They learnt how to express and verbalize thoughts on this topic through discussions. Stress was laid on the seasons in India. Right from the weather and climate, to food, clothes and activities in the different seasons were touched upon. Division of the year in the three seasons was also discussed. Actual clothes pertaining to each season were brought to class. They were curious to see a muffler scarf and the gloves. Many of them showed their monkey caps they wear in winter! They saw the difference between woolen and cotton materials. They were shown pictures of different types of rainy shoes and snow shoes.  

Food was discussed in detail. They gave their likes and dislikes about food during the different seasons. They discussed what fruits, crops, vegetables, flowers grow in different seasons. There was excitement to discuss the different activities we do during different seasons. Visit to the beaches was the most popular activity for most of them. They also referred to the farming activity in Goa during the rainy season.   PowerPoint presentations were shown to them to help them understand comprehensively. They enjoyed reciting poems in Hindi and English about seasons. They also attempted worksheets pertaining to the seasons when the topic concluded.  New vocabulary added   to their list was lightning, fog, thundering, snow, floods, gloves and muffler. 

From seasons the focus shifted to landforms. Starting from the simple plains, they discussed about plateaus and valleys too. The different water bodies were also a part of the learning. They learnt the difference between islands and lakes to deserts and oceans. They learnt a lot of new vocabulary. They also learnt a lot of new vocabulary while learning about landforms. They learnt about the highest mountain peak in India. Power point presentations with real photographs of the landforms were shown to the children. They also went through pictures in the books in the library. 

Keeping in mind the theme about landforms, they were taken on a field trip to see a lake. 

The art and craft too was done with the theme in mind. The students tried their hand at origami and made a frog and not to forget the sun, which was related to the summer season. They also tried their hand at painting a mountain with crushed newspaper which they thoroughly enjoyed doing. In Montessori Language, the students are now using the Montessori Moveable Alphabets to make three letter CVC words.  This apparatus is used to prepare the child for reading and writing.  They are also practicing their alphabets in the Upper and Lower case with matching exercise worksheets and other exercises in their Periwinkle workbooks.  The stories enjoyed this month were ‘The White Elephant’ and ‘The Hidden Treasure’ and ‘The Boy who Cried Wolf.’ After listening to the stories many students like to come forward and tell the story in their own words. 

They have also been enjoying their rhyme sessions reciting poems related to their themes. Their picture talk this month was about ‘A Village.’ They also revised their phonic sounds with Sand Paper alphabets.

In Mathematics, the children are working with the Bead Material to learn the decimal system well. They have moved on to 30 using Bead material. They are also working with the Seguin Board I. With this, a child learns that our teen numbers are made up of a ten and a number of units. It helps children in writing these numbers and in understanding our base ten system. They have been attempting various exercises in their Periwinkle workbooks and worksheets. They have also been revising backward counting from 10 to 1. 

The EPL activities provide life skills. This month the children practiced to sweep and dust, brush clothes and to hang clothes on a hanger.

In Sensorial, the children worked with the colour box 2 and 3 to refine the child’s perception of colour and to develop visual discrimination, concentration and language. 

It also helps to develop fine motor co-ordination and improve the pincer grip. These apparatus also help to teach the different colour names. They also learn grading. Many games are there with these colour boxes to learn the concepts well.

They learnt many concepts this month through actual experiences. They learnt to differentiate between hot and cold, heavy and light, big and small, tall and short, right and left.  They also worked with some worksheets to make the concept clear.

The cooking activity this month

was  the ‘Gajjar Halwa’. 

It was a hands on learning activity. They were introduced to the grating activity manually and to a food processor. 

All of them were thorough with the recipe by the end of it. They made it a point to carry some home in their tiffins!  

They were also introduced to other mediums of cooking namely microwave and induction cooker.

The Republic Day was celebrated with a lot of patriotic fervor. 

The flag hoisting ceremony was followed by the National Anthem.  The children sang patriotic songs in their respective groups. 

Sweets were distributed to the students. 

The month flew by and it is a joy to see the students taking interest in the work being done. 


Joyful Moments in January- Daisy

January is always a time for new beginnings and 2013 witnessed the students back with charged energy and ready to refocus on our daily routines and other interactive   learning. 

The children weaved through the topic ‘Seasons’.  They learnt how to express and verbalize thoughts on this topic through discussions. Stress was laid on the seasons in India. Right from the weather and climate, to food, clothes and activities in the different seasons were touched upon. Division of the year in the three seasons was also discussed. Actual clothes pertaining to each season were brought to class. They were curious to see a muffler scarf and the gloves. Many of them showed their monkey caps they wear in winter! They saw the difference between woolen and cotton materials. They were shown pictures of different types of rainy shoes and snow shoes.  

Food was discussed in detail. They gave their likes and dislikes about food during the different seasons. They discussed what fruits, crops, vegetables, flowers grow in different seasons. There was excitement to discuss the different activities we do during different seasons. Visit to the beaches was the most popular activity for most of them. They also referred to the farming activity in Goa during the rainy season.   PowerPoint presentations were shown to them to help them understand comprehensively. They enjoyed reciting poems in Hindi and English about seasons. They also attempted worksheets pertaining to the seasons when the topic concluded.  New vocabulary added   to their list was lightning, fog, thundering, snow, floods, gloves and muffler. 

From seasons the focus shifted to landforms. Starting from the simple plains, they discussed about plateaus and valleys too. The different water bodies were also a part of the learning. They learnt the difference between islands and lakes to deserts and oceans. They learnt a lot of new vocabulary. They also learnt a lot of new vocabulary while learning about landforms. They learnt about the highest mountain peak in India. Power point presentations with real photographs of the landforms were shown to the children. They also went through pictures in the books in the library. 

Keeping in mind the theme about landforms, they were taken on a field trip to see a lake. 

The art and craft too was done with the theme in mind. The students tried their hand at origami and made a frog and not to forget the sun, which was related to the summer season. They also tried their hand at painting a mountain with crushed newspaper which they thoroughly enjoyed doing. In Montessori Language, the students have completed the phonic sounds and flashcards till the alphabet ‘O’. They also revised their phonic sounds with Sand Paper alphabets.

 They are also practicing their alphabets in the Upper case with missing alphabets exercise worksheets and other exercises. 

The stories enjoyed this month were ‘The White Elephant’ and ‘The Hidden Treasure’ and ‘The Boy who Cried Wolf.’ After listening to the stories many students like to come forward and tell the story in their own words. 

They have also been enjoying their rhyme sessions reciting poems related to their themes. Their picture talk this month was about ‘A Village.’ 

In Mathematics, the children are working with the Bead Material to learn the decimal system well. They are learning to distinguish between units, tens, hundreds and thousands. They are also learning to make numbers with the bead material from 11 to 20. This helps the child to learn the traditional names of numbers. They are also working with the Seguin Board I. With this, a child learns that our teen numbers are made up of a ten and a number of units. It helps children in writing these numbers and in understanding our base ten system. They have been attempting various exercises in their Periwinkle workbooks and worksheets. They have also been revising backward counting from 10 to 1. 

The EPL activities provide life skills. This month the children practiced to sweep and dust, brush clothes and to hang clothes on a hanger. They also learnt how to cut lined paper.

In Sensorial, the children worked with the colour box 2 to refine their perception of colour and to develop visual discrimination, concentration and language. 

Many games are there with these colour boxes to learn the concepts well.

They learnt many concepts this month through actual experiences. They learnt to differentiate between hot and cold, heavy and light, big and small, tall and short, right and left.  They also worked with some worksheets to make the concept clear.

The cooking activity this month

was the ‘Gajjar Halwa’. 

It was a hands on learning activity. They were introduced to the grating activity manually and to a food processor. 

All of them were thorough with the recipe by the end of it. They made it a point to carry some home in their tiffins!  

They were also introduced to other mediums of cooking namely microwave and induction cooker.

The Republic Day was celebrated with a lot of patriotic fervor. 

The flag hoisting ceremony was followed by the National Anthem.  The children sang patriotic songs in their respective groups. 

Sweets were distributed to the students. 

The month flew by and it is a joy to see the students taking interest in the work being done. 


Joyful Moments in January- Daffodils

January is always a time for new beginnings and 2013 saw the students back with  charged  energy and ready to refocus on our daily routines and  other interactive learning. 

The focus in this month was on the different landforms. Starting from the simple plains, they discussed about plateaus and valleys too. The different water bodies were also a part of the learning. 

They learnt the difference between islands and peninsulas to system of lakes and group of islands. 

This was easy for them to understand as simultaneously they worked on crafts pertaining to the landforms learnt. 

They were introduced to the globe, maps and the atlas.  They also enjoyed reciting poems related to the theme.  

The children are continuing   working with the Montessori moveable alphabets in English, where they form three letter words with the phonic sound. 

They have also started reading and writing short sentences. They have been working on CVC words to read and write. They are also familiar with some sight words which are not pronounced phonetically. 

What really catches their interest is the ‘Dictation Time. ’ They like to handover flawless work! 

Their vocabulary is increasing by leaps and bounds through a lot of stories and oral interaction at the morning assembly and conversation in class. 

This month they enjoyed the story about ‘The Little Mice and the Big Elephants’, ‘The Princess’s New Clothes’, ‘When Yama Called ‘and about ‘Unity is Strength’. 

They enjoy the story time as a lot of discussion takes place and the new vocabulary learnt is actually practiced. 

This month they added words like ‘artificial, flaw, vanished, unique’ to their vocabulary list.                                             

In Mathematics, the children continued to revise writing numerals up to 100. 

They have progressed with the number names to ‘Thirteen.’ They are working with their workbooks and notebooks. 

They have also been introduced to simple single digit addition. They are working with the Montessori Large number cards to form complex numbers which helps them learn the place value of numbers and how large numbers are written. 

They are introduced to the Bank Game with the Montessori Arithmetic material where they learn the relationship between numbers at different decimal places. 

This activity was done and is being repeated for better understanding of changing from tens to hundreds and hundreds to thousands. 

Various activities are conducted to help develop practical life skills in the children through EPL. 

They are continuing with the ‘Dressing Frames’. They have learnt how to use a Press Button, Velcro and Hook and Eye dressing frame. 

In Sensorial, the children are still using their tactile and visual sense with the Geometry cabinet. They are working with the 5th and 6th Drawers. These help recognize quadrilaterals and curved figures and the children match it with their respective cards.

The children learnt the concepts of ‘Top’, ‘Bottom’, ‘Large’, ‘Tiny’ and ‘Left’, ‘Right’. 

These concepts were made clear through actual demonstration in various situations and worksheets. 

This month the art and craft revolved around the themes of Landforms and water bodies.  They used water colours for painting. They are working on a model of a volcano.

The field trip this month was to see a lake and learn about the surrounding landforms.

Introduction to the Hindi alphabet was exciting for them.  They are learning to pronounce and write them in their notebooks. 

They are learning the names of various objects also in Hindi. 

The cooking activity this month

was the ‘Gajjar Halwa’. 

It was a hands on learning activity. They were introduced to the grating activity manually and to a food processor. 

All of them were thorough with the recipe by the end of it. They made it a point to carry some home in their tiffins!  

They were also introduced to other mediums of cooking namely microwave and induction cooker.

The Republic Day was celebrated with a lot of patriotic fervor. 

The flag hoisting ceremony was followed by the National Anthem.  The children sang patriotic songs in their respective groups. 

Sweets were distributed to the students. 

The month flew by and it is a joy to see the students taking interest in the work being done. 


Dazzling fun in December- Daffodils

December had been a busy month with a lot of excitement and  lot of Christmas cheer ! The focus this month was on Plants. 

The students participated in the germination activity and took care of their plants for a fortnight before taking them home. Every day after observing and watering their plants, there was a discussion about the changes they saw daily. The stages of growth were crystal clear to them as they did it on their own which is our Montessori philosophy. Going further, learning about the green world, they learnt about the different parts of the plant and their functions, different types of plants, roots etc. They also studied how a plant makes its food and what it needs to prepare their food. To make learning easier, the concepts were taught through poems and songs.  The topic that interested the children the most was ‘Insectivorous Plants’. They also learnt about the interdependence of plants and animals /man. 

They were excited to plant a sapling in the school play area. Since we believe in hands on learning and maximum exposure, a field trip was organized to a nursery for the children to see different plants. 

Some topics pertaining to the plant kingdom were discussed through the use of audio-visual aids, Montessori puzzles, flashcards and encyclopedias. Leaf impressions were done as part of the art activity.  They learnt a lot of new vocabulary while learning about plants. They were   keen to use the word ‘absorb’ 

The children also did the topic ‘Seasons’.  They learnt how to express and verbalize thoughts on this topic through discussions. Stress was laid on the seasons in India. Right from the weather and climate, to food and clothes in different seasons were touched upon. Division of the year in the three seasons was also discussed. They enjoyed reciting poems. Learning the months of the year was all play through rhyme! As they were proceeding with each season, they participated in an art activity, drawing objects pertaining to the season.

The children have started working with the Montessori moveable alphabets in English where they form three letter words with the phonic sound. They have also started reading short sentences. Writing alphabets in the upper and lower case still continued alongside with three letter words.

They also learnt about keeping our environment green through stories like The Woodcutter and the Tree. Apart from this they also enjoyed some other moral stories.  They enjoyed the story about the Crow and the Snake.                                             In mathematics, the children have been working with the odd and even numbers, ordinals and writing till number ‘Six’ in words. They have also progressed to writing numerals up to 100. They also continued with the time activity and learnt to recognize the periods in time.

There are various activities conducted to help develop practical life skills in the children through EPL. They are now learning how to dress up independently using apparatus called ‘Dressing Frames’. They have learnt how to use a Press Button dressing frame. In Sensorial, the children are still using their tactile and visual sense with the Geometry cabinet. They are working with the 4th and 5th Drawers.

The children learnt the concepts of ‘Above’, ‘Below’ and ‘On’. They also familiarized themselves with the concept of ‘Before’ and ‘After’. These concepts were made clear through actual demonstration in various situations. Many a times they were caught unaware to answer questions pertaining to the concepts during other activities too. This was basically done to make them aware that position words can be used in any situation.

This month the art and craft revolved around the themes of Plants and Seasons. It ranged from the leaf impressions to imagining the cold snowy winters while drawing a snowman! Not to forget the ice cream lollies we enjoy in summer to the raindrops that make us bring out our umbrellas! So it was a journey through all the seasons.

Another interesting field trip they enjoyed this month was a visit to the ‘Aviation Museum’ at Vasco. It was an opportunity to get a firsthand experience of seeing different types of aircrafts and to explore a cockpit closely. They also saw an aircraft carrier used at sea. A lot of equipment used by the Indian Navy was also on display which the students found interesting and wanted to know more about it. It was a total enjoyable learning experience.

Goa Liberation day started with an assembly and the children were made aware of the struggle that went in, to get the freedom that Goa enjoys now. They also learnt about the location of Goa on the map of India and its capital.

The highlight for the month was the Christmas celebration. Festivity was ringing in the air right from the onset of December! Christmas themed crafts started the month off. They made the Christmas tree out of ice cream sticks and also made a unique Snowman with paper rolled one over the other. 

A lot of social skills were displayed when each group decorated their class Christmas tree with a variety of colourful buntings. Their eyes were glistening with excitement when finally the fairy lights came on, on the Christmas tree. The Christmas Party was held on 21st December’12. Everyone came colourfully dressed. The day started with the cake making activity. Each child got a chance to mix the batter. They were excited when the baked cakes were taken out of the oven. 

The students witnessed the Nativity play put up by the Montessori Teacher training students. The play was brought alive with electronically projected images of Jerusalem as the backdrops. Melodious Christmas carols were enjoyed by all.  The Children listened to the Christmas story with interest and enjoyed the carols. The excitement was paramount when the much awaited Santa Claus arrived! They were excited to receive their gifts from him. 

The Teacher Training students also put up the Christmas play for the residents of the Home for the Aged called ’Reach Out’ at Guiriz which was thoroughly enjoyed by the residents there.

We would also like to share with you that we received an Achievement Award from the All India Early Childhood Care and Education, New Delhi for being the Best Study Centre for the Teacher Training Course that we conduct i.e. ’Diploma in Child Education and Applied Psychology’

Another milestone we progressed upon was receiving the HRDF (Govt.Of Goa) registration and affiliation to our Montessori Apparatus teacher training courses for short and long term.

Thus December ended on a happy note and all the students and staff looked forward to the short break!


Dazzling fun in December- Tulips and Rose

December had been a busy month with a lot of excitement and lot of Christmas cheer! 

The focus this month was on   ‘Animals.’ They were familiarized with ‘Wild’ and ‘Domestic’ animals.  While there was a lot of discussion about the commonly known animals and they were shown pictures in every form, they were also introduced to some uncommon ones like the Yak, Reindeer, Polar Bear, white tiger, Panda etc.  They moved further learning about the young ones of the animals. 


They were very excited to learn new names of the babies! It added to their vocabulary. The topic shifted further to the sounds the animals make. With all the various sounds the class practically became a zoo!  It came alive with a moo, moo here and a cluck, cluck there…

Related to the theme of animals, they moved on to the homes of animals. They learnt about nests, burrows, etc. What interested them the most was learning about bee hives and the bees. They even tasted honey! The topic about Animals                                                                                                                                                     was brought alive through the use of audio-visual aids, pictures, encyclopedias, art & craft, stories, worksheet and rhymes. They also attempted matching worksheets.

Recognition of alphabets moved ahead till the alphabet ‘M’. They were acquainted with the various phonic vocabulary associated with it. They also attempted worksheets associated with the alphabet and objects learnt. Apart from this, they also heard stories emphasizing on the phonic sounds of the alphabets learnt.  Another story they liked was ‘Curiosity’ and The Foolish Crow’. After listening to the stories, the new vocabulary learnt was reinforced.  They have also been listening to phonic sound stories according to the alphabet learnt. 

They have been enjoying their rhyme sessions and especially because most of the rhymes were related to the topic ‘Animals.’ The rhymes done were ‘An Elephant’, ‘To Market’, ‘Eenie, meenie’, ‘Moo, Moo, the Brown Cow.’ 

They have also been practicing to develop their fine motor skills with the sand paper, tracing of alphabets, sand tray and the Montessori metal insets. They are still working with wide serpentine lines. 

In Mathematics, the children have been working with the Number Rods. Many recognize number rods till 10.  We are still working with some of the students who need more reinforcement. All students have started tracing the numbers on sand paper numbers, sand tray and the slate.

The EPL activities provide life skills and are those essential, simple, ordinary tasks that we do in our everyday life. These activities are not taken lightly in Montessori. All the different areas of practical life aim to build consciousness. This month the children practiced spooning, sorting of beads of different colours and the sweeping activity. The sweeping activity teaches them hygiene and inculcates pro active efforts to keep the environment clean.                                                                                                                                                                                          In Sensorial, they were also introduced to Colour Box 2. This is introduction to the Secondary colours.  They learnt the names of common secondary colours and also participated in the Montessori colour games. The colour for the month was Black and White. The colours were reinforced though objects and discussions. A group activity was done and the students dabbled with the colours of Black and White in paper crushing painting and cotton sticking.  Here too they had the pictures related to animals.

In Sensorial they were also introduced to the Geometric Cabinet Presentation Tray. This tray introduces them to the square, circle and triangle.

The children learnt the concepts of ‘Wet’ and ‘Dry’ and ‘Rough’ and ‘Smooth.’ The concept of rough and smooth was made clear using the Montessori Touch Boards. This month the art was also related to animals and they painted ‘D’ for dog on the Easel.

Another interesting field trip they enjoyed this month was a visit to the ‘Railway Station’ at Karmali. It was an opportunity to get a firsthand experience of seeing a train and to explore a railway station closely. They saw the Rajdhani Express in action. It was an opportunity to explain to them the difference between the normal and Rajdhani trains. They were shown the tracks and were explained about its use. They learnt a new word ‘Platform’. They were so busy observing everything at the station that they even got excited to see a cat on the platform. Since this field trip was related to the topic ‘Transport’, we also showed them the ferry at Ribandar, boats, cars, bikes etc.  It was a total enjoyable learning experience.

Goa Liberation day started with an assembly and the children were told in a very simple way about Goa’s struggle for freedom. They were shown a map of Goa and where Goa is located on the map of India.

The highlight for the month was the Christmas celebration. Festivity was ringing in the air right from the onset of December! Christmas themed crafts started the month off. They made a ‘Reindeer’ and a ‘Christmas Tree.’ 

A lot of social skills were displayed when each group decorated their class Christmas tree with a variety of colourful buntings. Their eyes were glistening with excitement when finally the fairy lights came on, on the Christmas tree. The Christmas Party was held on 21st December’12. Everyone came colourfully dressed. The day started with the cake making activity. Each child got a chance to mix the batter. They were excited when the baked cakes were taken out of the oven. 

The students witnessed the Nativity play put up by the Montessori Teacher training students. The play was brought alive with electronically projected images of Jerusalem as the backdrops. Melodious Christmas carols were enjoyed by all.  The Children listened to the Christmas story with interest and enjoyed the carols. The excitement was paramount when the much awaited Santa Claus arrived! They were excited to receive their gifts from him. 

Our Teacher Training students also put up the Christmas play for the residents of the Home for the Aged called ’Reach Out’ at Guiriz which was thoroughly enjoyed by the residents there.

We would also like to share with you that we received an Achievement Award from the All India Early Childhood Care and Education, New Delhi for being the Best Study Centre for the Teacher Training Course that we conduct i.e. ’Diploma in Child Education and Applied Psychology’

Another milestone we progressed upon was receiving the HRDF (Govt. Of Goa) registration and affiliation to our Montessori Apparatus Teacher Training short and long term courses. Thus December ended on a happy note and all the students and staff looked forward to the short break!


Dazzling fun in December- Sunflower


December had been a busy month with a lot of excitement and  lot of Christmas cheer ! 

The month started with recapitulation of the topic ‘Animals.’  They revised about the sound the animals make and their homes. The focus this month was on   ‘Plants.’

The students participated in the germination activity and took care of their plants for a fortnight before taking them home. Every day after observing and watering their plants, there was a discussion about the changes they saw daily. The stages of growth were crystal clear to them as they observed it on their own which is our Montessori philosophy. Going further, learning about the green world, they learnt about the different parts of the plant and the types of roots. They also studied how a plant makes its food and what it needs to prepare their food. There was a discussion about how plants are useful to us and what are the different processed products that we eat, actually come from plants like jams, sauces etc. They learnt about flowers changing into fruits and learnt names of flowers from which we also get oil! For them this was an amazing discovery. They also gained knowledge about the different parts of the plant that we eat as vegetables or fruits. They were shown the difference between herbs, shrubs; creepers etc. They were familiarized with oregano in class. They were excited to know that it was an herb they use in their pizza!  To make learning easier, the concepts were taught through online pictures, power points, poems and songs. They also learnt about the how plants are useful for us all and how we should take care of them. Since we believe in hands on learning and maximum exposure, a field trip was organized to a nursery for the children to see different plants. They added a new word ‘tendril’   to their vocabulary.

Some topics pertaining to the plant kingdom were discussed through the use of Montessori puzzles, flashcards and encyclopedias. 

They later attempted worksheets matching parts of the plant, fruits and seeds and stages of growth of a plant.

Recognition, Writing and Phonic sound of alphabets moved ahead and they completed A to Z in Upper case and Lowercase. Various phonic vocabulary associated with the alphabets were also done. They also attempted worksheets associated with the alphabets in their Periwinkle workbooks.  Stories they heard were ‘The Tree’ and ‘The Crow and the Snake ’. After listening to the stories, the new vocabulary learnt was reinforced.  

They have been enjoying their rhyme sessions reciting ‘Parts of the Plant’, ‘A Seed’, ‘My Garden’ and ‘Trees.’  

They have also been practicing to develop their fine motor skills with the Montessori metal insets. They have worked with Presentation 3 which involves writing with short strokes. They also revised their phonic sounds with Sand Paper alphabets.

In Mathematics, the children worked with the Bead Material to learn the decimal system. The students moved on to 14,15 and 16  using  Bead material.  They have been attempting various exercises in their Periwinkle workbooks. They have also been revising backward counting from 10 to 1. 

The EPL activities provide life skills and are those essential, simple, ordinary tasks that we do in our everyday life. These activities are not taken lightly in Montessori. All the different areas of practical life aim to build consciousness. This month the children practiced to pour liquids from jug to glasses without spilling. They also learnt how to fold napkins with a median or a guiding line.  

In Sensorial, the children still worked with various new exercises of Knobless Cylinders. They were also introduced to the Montessori Touch Boards to bring about the awareness of ‘rough’ and ‘smooth.’ The children also learnt the concepts of ‘wet and dry’ through various activities. ’ 

Another interesting field trip they enjoyed this month was a visit to the ‘Aviation Museum’ at Vasco. It was an opportunity to get a firsthand experience of seeing different types of aircrafts and to explore a cockpit closely. They also saw an aircraft carrier used at sea. A lot of equipment used by the Indian Navy was also on display which the students found interesting and were keen to know more about it. It was a total enjoyable learning experience.

Goa Liberation day started with an assembly and the children were made aware of the struggle that went in, to get the freedom that Goa enjoys now. They also learnt about the location of Goa on the map of India and its capital.

The highlight for the month was the Christmas celebration. Festivity was ringing in the air right from the onset of December! Christmas themed crafts started the month off. They made a ‘Reindeer’ and a ‘Snowman.’ They were excited to colour a Santa Claus during their art session. 

A lot of social skills were displayed when each group decorated their class Christmas tree with a variety of colourful buntings. Their eyes were glistening with excitement when finally the fairy lights came on, on the Christmas tree. The Christmas Party was held on 21st December’12. Everyone came colourfully dressed. The day started with the cake making activity. Each child got a chance to mix the batter. They were excited when the baked cakes were taken out of the oven. 

The students witnessed the Nativity play put up by the Montessori Teacher training students. The play was brought alive with electronically projected images of Jerusalem as the backdrops. Melodious Christmas carols were enjoyed by all.  The Children listened to the Christmas story with interest and enjoyed the carols. The excitement was paramount when the much awaited Santa Claus arrived! They were excited to receive their gifts from him. 

Our Teacher Training students also put up the Christmas play for the residents of the Home for the Aged called ’Reach Out’ at Guiriz which was thoroughly enjoyed by the residents there.

We would also like to share with you that we received an Achievement Award from the All India Early Childhood Care and Education, New Delhi for being the Best Study Centre for the Teacher Training Course that we conduct i.e. ’Diploma in Child Education and Applied Psychology’

Another milestone we progressed upon was receiving the HRDF (Govt. Of Goa) registration and affiliation to our Montessori Apparatus Teacher Training short and long term courses. Thus December ended on a happy note and all the students and staff looked forward to the short break!


New Experiences in November!- Daffodils

November has been a month with a lot of festivity, fun and involved learning! The focus this month was on animals. The children have not only learnt to differentiate between domestic and wild animals, but have gone much beyond this stage. They have learnt to classify the animals according to their food and physical features as well.

We introduced the concept of a life cycle. The lifecycle of a frog and a butterfly was done in detail. Concepts like hibernation, migration, habitats, and camouflage of animals and how it helps, were touched upon briefly, so as to create a foundation of knowledge in the child’s mind, which can be developed further as the child grows. The topic that interested the children the most was ‘Extinct Animals’. 

The various topics pertaining to the animal kingdom was brought alive through the use of audio-visual aids, pictures, encyclopedias, finger puppets, art, stories and rhymes.  Some seeds were soaked in water for the children to get an idea about what frog eggs look like, and to feel their texture.

Since the children have completed learning the upper case and lower case alphabets, we are in the process of reinforcing the phonic sounds of the alphabet through various written exercises and oral work in class. They also studied the life cycle of a butterfly in the form of a story called ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’. Apart from this, they also heard some other moral stories like ‘The Little Mice and the Big Elephants’ and ‘The Blue Jackal’. After listening to the stories, the students came forward and narrated the stories in their own words.

In mathematics, the children have been working with the Seguin board, and have completed numbers till 69 orally, and till 50 in written form. They have also been working with missing numbers and finding the numbers before and after. They are working with cards and counters, in order to be familiar with odd and even numbers. We reinforced the concept of the decimal system through the arrangement of the apparatus called the large number cards. What interested them the most was learning about the clock. They are learning to read time. They have learnt the different parts of a clock and to read the time at every hour and half an hour. 

There are various activities conducted to help develop practical life skills in the children through EPL. They learnt how to hang clothes on a hanger. They are now learning how to dress up independently using apparatus called ‘Dressing Frames’. They have learnt how to use a zipper dressing frame and will be working with the other frames in the months to come. 

In Sensorial, the children learnt to recognize different types of squares, triangles and rectangles using their tactile and visual sense with the geometry cabinet. 

The children learnt the concepts of inside and outside. An activity that utilized whole body movement in various locations at school was used to convey the meaning of inside and outside. They also learnt that more and less are to be used with uncountable nouns using things like water, sugar, pouring activities, viewing activities and worksheets. 

This month the art and craft was all about the animal kingdom. They made finger puppets of turkeys, bats, tigers, cows and bears. They could actually differentiate between the different animals after putting them on their finger. They also did a cutting and pasting activity on the life cycle of a butterfly, which indirectly also helps their fine motor skills. They did a colouring activity on the life cycle of a frog. They also did a string painting activity in which they made a butterfly. The children also used their creativity to colour earthen Diwali lamps, which helped them get a feel of a different medium of art. 

November was a time for festivities at Happy Hearts. The Diwali story was unfolded to the children through a multimedia presentation. They participated in rangoli making and lighting lamps. 

Since any celebration of Diwali is incomplete without sweets, the children also made their own sweet poha. They also lit a few sparklers and a few fireworks. The celebration ended with the children happily taking their diyas home.

Children’s Day celebrations began with the children arriving in school in traditional attire. The day started with a prayer. They were told about Chacha Nehru, and they cut a cake to celebrate his birthday. Games and videos were then organized for the children, which they thoroughly enjoyed.  

The children are enjoying their music and dance sessions. They are learning to sing new songs in the new term. In dance, they are learning to adapt their rhythm to new forms of music


New Experiences in November!- Daisy

November has been a month with a lot of festivity, fun and involved learning! The focus this month was on Transport and Safety. 

 Young children see the world differently than older students and adults, and learn best through direct sensory experience. 

The topic was divided into Land Transport, Waterways and Air Transport. Each group of transport was done in detail. Differences between some of the vehicles were explained and they were made aware of the correct vocabulary to be used.  Some unusual vehicles were touched upon briefly, so as to create a foundation of knowledge in the child’s mind, which can be developed further as the child grows. The model boat demonstration in a tub of water amused the children the most and created a lot of excitement. The various topics pertaining to the Transport system was brought alive through the use of audio-visual aids, pictures, encyclopedias, models, art & craft, stories, worksheets and rhymes. 

They also worked with the traffic lights while learning about safety on the road. Safety at home, school, playgrounds were also touched upon.

Recognition, Writing and Phonic sound of alphabets moved ahead till the alphabet ‘O’ in Upper case. They were acquainted with the various phonic vocabulary associated with it. They also attempted worksheets associated with the alphabet and objects learnt. Apart from this, they also heard stories emphasizing on the phonic sounds of the alphabets learnt.  Other stories they liked were ‘The Little Mice & The Big Elephant’ and ‘The Blue Jackal’. After listening to the stories, the new vocabulary learnt was reinforced.  

They have been enjoying their rhyme sessions reciting ‘Wheels of the Bus’, ‘Aeroplane’, ‘The Blue Ship’ and the various versions of ‘Row Row Row Your Boat.’ They also learnt rhymes about the train and the traffic lights.  This month the Picture Talk activity involved vocabulary about the interiors of the house.

They have also been practicing to develop their fine motor skills with the Montessori metal insets. They have worked with wide serpentine lines. 

In Mathematics, the children have been working with the Cards and Counters which help in having a concrete base for counting numbers. They also attempted worksheets on Count and Write till No 7.  Numeral 8 has also been introduced. We are still working with some of the students who need more reinforcement. 

There are various activities conducted to help develop practical life skills in the children through EPL. They learnt how to use nuts and bolts. Another activity done to hone their concentration skills and gross and fine motor skills was the pouring of grains and liquids from jug to jug and jug to glass.                                                                                                                                                                                          In Sensorial, the children worked with various exercises of Knobless Cylinders. These help to observe and compare different series with each other. It helps to arrive at clear ideas about dimensions and their interplay.

The children learnt the concepts of ‘In and Out’ and ‘Big and Small’. An activity that utilized whole body movement in various locations at school was used to convey the meaning of in and out. They also attempted worksheets to get the concepts clear about big and small. 

This month the art and craft was about ‘Transport’ and ‘Animals’. They made an Aeroplane and a Lion for craft.  The children also used their creativity to colour earthen Diwali lamps, which helped them get a feel of a different medium of art. 

November was also a time for festivities at Happy Hearts. The Diwali story was unfolded to the children through a multimedia presentation. They participated in Rangoli making and lighting lamps. Since any celebration of Diwali is incomplete without sweets, the children also made their own sweet Poha! They also lit a few sparklers and some fireworks. The celebration ended with the children happily taking their diyas home.

Children’s Day celebrations began with the children arriving in traditional attire. The day started with a prayer. They were told about Chacha Nehru, and they cut a cake to celebrate his birthday. Games and videos were then organized for the children, which they thoroughly enjoyed.  

The children are enjoying their music and dance sessions. They are learning to sing new songs in the new term. In dance, they are learning to adapt their rhythm to new forms of music


New Experiences in November!- Tulips and Rose

November has been a month with a lot of festivity, fun and involved learning! The focus this month was on Transport. 

 Young children see the world differently than older students and adults, and learn best through direct sensory experience. 

The topic was divided into Land ways, Waterways and Airways. Each group of transport was done in detail. Differences between some of the vehicles were explained and they were made aware of the correct vocabulary to be used.  Some unusual vehicles were touched upon briefly, so as to create a foundation of knowledge in the child’s mind, which can be developed further as the child grows. The model boat demonstration in a tub of water amused the children the most and created a lot of excitement.

The various topics pertaining to the Transport system was brought alive through the use of audio-visual aids, pictures, encyclopedias, models, art & craft, stories, worksheet and rhymes. 

Recognition of alphabets moved ahead till the alphabet ‘J’. They were acquainted with the various phonic vocabulary associated with it. They also attempted worksheets associated with the alphabet and objects learnt. Apart from this, they also heard stories emphasizing on the phonic sounds of the alphabets learnt.  Another story they liked was ‘Mittu and the Yellow Mango’. After listening to the stories, the new vocabulary learnt was reinforced.  

They have been enjoying their rhyme sessions with the classroom resounding with their voices reciting ‘Wheels of the Bus’,  ‘The Blue Ship’ and the various versions of Row Row Row your boat 

They have also been practicing to develop their fine motor skills with the sand paper, tracing of alphabets, sand tray and the Montessori metal insets. They have worked with wide serpentine lines. 

In Mathematics, the children have been working with the Number Rods. Most of them recognize numerals till 7.  We are still working with some of the students who need more reinforcement. All students have started tracing the numbers on sand paper numbers, sand tray and the slate.

There are various activities conducted to help develop practical life skills in the children through EPL. They learnt how to use different sizes of locks and keys, nuts and bolts. Another activity done to hone their concentration skills and gross and fine motor skills was the pouring of grains from jug to jug. They also did a lot of block building and stringing of beads for motor skill activity                 .                                                                                                                                                                                          In Sensorial, the children worked with Red Rods which helps in visual discrimination of length. It also helps to develop the sense of visual distance and develops muscular activity. Indirectly this activity helps in preparing for number work.

In Sensorial, they were also introduced to  Colour Box 1. This is introduction to the three Primary colours.  They learn visual discrimination of colour and helps development of the child to prepare for art.

The children learnt the concepts of ‘In and Out’ and ‘Big and Small.’ An activity that utilized whole body movement in various locations at school was used to convey the meaning of in and out. They also attempted worksheets to get the concepts clear about big and small. 

This month the art and craft was about ‘Transport’ and alphabet ‘H’. They made a boat and horse for craft.  The children also used their creativity to colour earthen Diwali lamps, which helped them get a feel of a different medium of art. 

The colour for the month was Blue and Yellow.  The colours were reinforced though objects and discussions. A group activity was done and the students dabbled with the colours of Blue and Yellow in sponge painting and onion printing.  

November was also a time for festivities at Happy Hearts. The Diwali story was unfolded to the children through a multimedia presentation. They participated in Rangoli making and lighting lamps. Since any celebration of Diwali is incomplete without sweets, the children also made their own coconut ladoos. They also lit a few sparklers and a few fireworks. The celebration ended with the children happily taking their diyas home.

Children’s Day celebrations began with the children arriving in traditional attire. The day started with a prayer. They were told about Chacha Nehru, and they cut a cake to celebrate his birthday. Games and videos were then organized for the children, which they thoroughly enjoyed.  

The children are enjoying their music and dance sessions. They are learning to sing new songs in the new term. In dance, they are learning to adapt their rhythm to new forms of music.


New Experiences in November!- Sunflower

November has been a month with a lot of festivity, fun and involved learning! The focus this month was on Transport and Safety. 

 Young children see the world differently than older students and adults, and learn best through direct sensory experience. 

The topic was divided into Land Transport, Waterways and Air Transport. Each group of transport was done in detail. Differences between some of the vehicles were explained and they were made aware of the correct vocabulary to be used.  Some unusual vehicles were touched upon briefly, so as to create a foundation of knowledge in the child’s mind, which can be developed further as the child grows. The model boat demonstration in a tub of water amused the children the most and created a lot of excitement. The various topics pertaining to the Transport system was brought alive through the use of audio-visual aids, pictures, encyclopedias, models, art & craft, stories, worksheets and rhymes. 

They also worked with the traffic lights while learning about safety on the road. Safety at home, school, playgrounds were also touched upon.

Recognition, Writing and Phonic sound of alphabets moved ahead till the alphabet ‘U’ in Lower and Upper case. They were acquainted with the various phonic vocabulary associated with it. They also attempted worksheets associated with the alphabet and objects learnt. Apart from this, they also heard stories emphasizing on the phonic sounds of the alphabets learnt.  Other stories they liked were ‘The Little Mice  & The  Big Elephant’ and ‘The Blue Jackal’. After listening to the stories, the new vocabulary learnt was reinforced.  

They have been enjoying their rhyme sessions reciting ‘Wheels of the Bus’, ‘Aeroplane’, ‘The Blue Ship’ and the various versions of ‘Row Row Row Your Boat.’ They also learnt rhymes about the train and the traffic lights.  This month the Picture Talk activity involved vocabulary about the interiors of the house.

They have also been practicing to develop their fine motor skills with the Montessori metal insets. They have worked with wide/thin serpentine lines. They have also been introduced to the Moveable Alphabet Box which prepares them to create words with consonants and vowels.

In Mathematics, the children have been working with the Bead Material to learn the decimal system. The students have also been introduced to 11, 12 and 13 using bead material. We have also introduced backward counting from 10 to 1. They also attempted worksheets on Count and Write.  We are still working with some of the students who need more reinforcement. 

There are various activities conducted to help develop practical life skills in the children through EPL. They learnt how to use nuts and bolts. Another activity done to hone their concentration skills and gross and fine motor skills was the pouring of grains and liquids from jug to jug and jug to glass.                                                                                                                                                                                          In Sensorial, the children worked with various exercises of Knobless Cylinders. These help to observe and compare different series with each other. It helps to arrive at clear ideas about dimensions and their interplay.

The children learnt the concepts of ‘In and Out’ and ‘Big and Small’. An activity that utilized whole body movement in various locations at school was used to convey the meaning of in and out. They also attempted worksheets to get the concepts clear about big and small. 

This month the art and craft was about ‘Transport’ and ‘Animals’. They made an Aeroplane and a lion for craft.  The children also used their creativity to colour earthen Diwali lamps, which helped them get a feel of a different medium of art. 

November was also a time for festivities at Happy Hearts. The Diwali story was unfolded to the children through a multimedia presentation. They participated in Rangoli making and lighting lamps. Since any celebration of Diwali is incomplete without sweets, the children also made their own sweet Poha! They also lit a few sparklers and some fireworks. The celebration ended with the children happily taking their diyas home.

Children’s Day celebrations began with the children arriving in traditional attire. The day started with a prayer. They were told about Chacha Nehru, and they cut a cake to celebrate his birthday. Games and videos were then organized for the children, which they thoroughly enjoyed.  

The children are enjoying their music and dance sessions. They are learning to sing new songs in the new term. In dance, they are learning to adapt their rhythm to new forms of music


Outstanding October!!

October has been another eventful month. With the subsidence of the monsoons, the children have finally been able to experience plenty of outdoor activities. With the play area being put back together, the children are participating in a lot of movement activities, which will help them develop good gross and fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination.  During the monsoons they have been doing the indoor Montessori activity called ‘walking on the line’ and a lot of stretching exercises alongside their dance steps during the dance sessions. Now, the outdoor activities are being done in conjunction with these and will help them to become more agile and active. 
As conveyed in our earlier newsletter, the students have become accustomed to the school environment. Now they are displaying pro-active interest in all the activities. The use of the Montessori Apparatus has begun in earnest.  It is a pleasure to see the children recognizing the apparatus and naming them. One of the strongest points of the Montessori system of education is that it helps children face the challenges of everyday life through various exercises. This is called EPL or Experiences of Practical Life. Apart from the EPL activities that we stated in our earlier newsletter, we have begun to move forward with several activities which help children develop their fine motor skills, and create a strong sense of independence within them. Activities like opening and closing the door with minimum noise, opening and closing bottles, and pouring grains activity. In Montessori, there are several purposeful reasons for pouring activities. First, it enhances their hand coordination. It takes a lot of patience and control to learn to pour into a container from another container, and at just the right speed so whatever they are pouring doesn't end up all over the place. Also, it prepares them for later on when they can pour their own juice for a snack. It teaches them how to clean up (inevitably there will be spills with this activity). And, it teaches them independence, the feeling they can "do it themselves". It is a great self-correcting activity 
 In order to facilitate sensorial development in the children, they have begun apparatus like the Pink Tower, Brown Stairs and the Long Rods, which help the children, develop visual perception of length, mass, volume and logical reasoning ability. We have begun to develop the chromatic (Identification of colour) sense through the use of various group activities. We have completed the reinforcement of red and green. The children enjoyed the hand and fist printing activity, and we thank you all for co-operating and sending objects to help children revise these two colours. Familiar objects make it easier for children to learn concepts as ideal learning should always progress from known to unknown. The concept of ‘Far’ and ‘Near’ was also introduced this month. 
In Arithmetic, the children have started to use the number rods, and are able to count the length of the rod up to the unit of five. In order to help the child recognize numbers, and develop motor memory they are using the Sand Tray and the Sand Paper Numerals. Similar apparatus is also used in Language which serves as preparation for writing. The leaqrning was reinforced through use of real objects, picture books, online activities, PowerPoint presentations, etc. The Children enjoy attempting worksheets about numbers and alphabets. Language has been further enhanced through the use of various rhymes and poems related to the themes of the month.
At Happy Hearts, learning is not limited to only what is within the school. We increase the overall level of general awareness in children. In the month of October we aimed to increase the child’s knowledge about the different parts of the human body. We did not limit ourselves to the commonly taught parts, but we also covered parts like ankle, elbow, wrist, waist, etc. As part of the ‘My Neighborhood’ theme, other than classroom discussions and audio-visuals, the children were given first hand experience through a field trip to the supermarket, bank and post office. In fact the bus ride itself was an experience for them, as a few students saw the interior of a bus for the first time. As community helpers are an important aspect of our neighbourhood, the children learnt about them, and also had a live demonstration by a carpenter and a plumber. They learnt about the tools that they use and how they work.
We aimed to increase the child’s knowledge about the different parts of the human body. We did not limit ourselves to the commonly taught parts, but we also covered parts like ankle, elbow, wrist, waist, chest, arm, ribs, backbone, joints, eyelashes, eyelids, nostrils etc. The children were amused while experiencing the ‘Esophagus’ in action by swallowing water. They were shown the ribs and shoulder blades in an X-ray.
As part of the ‘Professions’ theme, other than classroom discussions and audio-visuals, the children were given firsthand experience through a live demonstration by a carpenter and a plumber. They learnt about the tools that they use and how they work. They were also shown a sewing machine and how it is used by a tailor.
We visited the ‘Deep Abyss’ aquarium as part of our field trip. Many of the students visited an aquarium for the first time. To develop a good aesthetic sense and bring out creative abilities in the children, we had various art and craft activities related to themes and alphabets learnt. Values are an important aspect of our lives, and we reiterate their importance through the use of moral stories and puppet shows.
To develop a good aesthetic sense and bring out creative abilities in the children, we had various art and craft activities related to alphabets learnt. Values are an important aspect of our lives, and we reiterate their importance through the use of moral stories and puppet shows. 
The day that the children probably look forward to the most is the last Friday of the month, as we have a cooking activity on this day. This month, the students assisted the teachers in the preparation of a food salad and they learnt about the fruits using all their five senses. Indirectly, these activities also help them to develop social skills.
Our country is famous all over the world for its vibrant festivals. This month, we celebrated Gandhi Jayanti and the festival of Dussehra. The children learnt about these festivals through the use of audio-visual aids. 
All in all, October was both educative and enjoyable. Learning is a lifelong process, not only for the children, but also as teachers, we have new experiences each day!

A New Beginning.... Welcome to the Academic Year 2012-2013!

With every morning comes in a new ray of sunlight likewise with every new academic year comes in a new batch of eager, smiling, innocent little ones. The freshness and renewed energy that comes in with every new batch is something which cannot be expressed in words, but can only be experienced. The statement ‘One size does not fit all’ is so true. With every new set of children comes in a new set of challenges and a completely new approach. We look forward to a wonderful year ahead and request your co operation and support in making this academic year a success. 

The children are all well settled, barring a very few children who need a little more time to get used to the new environment 

We are amazed by the way our new children have settled down and have got into the various activities. Our older children have very quickly and effortlessly donned roles of the matured seniors. They seem to have grown up overnight!!!

The classes have been christened ‘Tulip’, ‘Rose’, ‘Sunflower’, ‘Daisy’ and ‘Daffodils’. Each child is proud of his /her classroom. They have started developing the sense of belongingness!

As technology is becoming increasingly important in our day to day life, we feel that it is necessary for children to feel as comfortable around technology as possible. Hence, we constantly expose them to technology in the form of Smartboard activities and Internet enabled Audio Visual and computer sessions which are held regularly for the children.

India is a culturally gifted country, and there is a great deal we can learn from our cultural heritage. We believe that understanding is the greatest path to peace, and hence we imbibe the idea of secularism in our children, by creating an awareness about all religions in them.

We hope that this newsletter enlightens you about all that is done with your child at Happy Hearts. Interacting with your child has been an amazing experience so far, and it is bound to improve as we go along.

Activities:

Several activities were conducted in the classes according to their groups through songs, rhymes, poems, stories, A/V presentations, art, craft, etc. according to themes that we follow every month.

Etiquette is one of the defining aspects of an individual’s personality. As soon as our children begin school, the value of good manners is reinforced. Other values like honesty, humility, co-operation etc. are taught through puppet stories and role-plays

The children learnt to name different parts of the body, their uses and how to take care of them. They learnt the importance of cleanliness and hygiene. The older groups had a slightly more in depth analysis which included understanding the functions of the sense organs. One group also learnt how to distinguish between living and non living things. While learning about living things, they also learnt the names of various animals in different contexts according to the age group.

They also learnt about the different types of food that we eat, and its importance in the nourishment of our body.

At this stage, the child’s cognitive development increases, and they become more aware of themselves and the people that surround them. The children begin to learn each other’s names and friendships begin to form. This is a part of our Montessori community building activities. The children also learn to identify the different members of their family.

Once they are familiar with their immediate environment, then we move on to their extended environment like their school and their neighborhood.

In order to make the optimum use of their environment, it is imperative that the children be made aware of several safety concepts. This is taught through various role-plays which make it easier for children to understand complex rules of safety.

Various cooking activities have been conducted to supplement learning and to improve their gross and fine motor skills. These activities also promote sensorial focused learning as they involve the usage of multiple senses at a time.

The students who have been here since the previous years were delighted to greet their dance and music teachers, and even the new students have now warmed up to them and are enjoying these classes.

In terms of language development and general awareness, the children took advantage of the internet enabled classrooms to learn phonetics and to explore the world around them.

The Montessori education is progressing. The new students are slowly getting accustomed to the Apparatus, and they are learning its names and how to handle them, along with several new concepts.

Festivals:

Festivals bring a joyful and exciting experience to our children. We celebrated our Independence day with a lot of activities. The children were made aware of the National Flag’s colours. The older student learnt the meaning of the colours too.

Raksha Bandhan is a festival unique to India. The girls made their own Rakhis and the boys made bracelets.

For Janamashtmi, the students observed a video about the life of Lord Krishna, and learnt about the special circumstances in which he was born.

The students felicitated their Teachers on Teachers’ Day. They were very excited to cut a cake with them which was specially prepared by a parent.

At present the students are gearing up for Ganesh Chaturti Celebrations, which will take place this month.

What Next?

The teachers and students are looking forward to their field trips and outdoor activities which will commence as soon as fair weather permits.

Each day is a new day at Happy Hearts. We are working hard to make learning interesting and wholesome, which will reap immense benefits in the long run.

It gives us great happiness to see a smile on a child’s face. That is what we are striving for because we believe that teaching that impacts is not from ‘Head to Head’ but from ‘Heart to Heart’. -Christine Alphonso