To love to learn is the most precious gift
that one can make to a child, to learn always and everywhere.
Learning is the key word and not any academic subject. To constantly arouse in our children the enthusiasm for knowledge and progress is the soul aim of our endeavor.
Our School is based on Sri Aurobindo's and the Mother's Free-Progress education where the whole emphasis is on free growth and natural development.
We are organizing a program for students from the age of 7 to14 years in which they learn in progressive stages to make full use of the Free Progress approach.
We would prefer to keep the children in small groups or batches of about 5 to 8, for greater intensity.
We work with children through projects, instead of fixed classes and textbooks which make it more appealing and interesting to children. The children are presented with authentic task, project or investigation and in small groups, they carry out their research. In groups all do not do the same thing, but they work towards the same goal or task by contributing differently.
There is no importance on the pace of study nor are any marks given to them therefore no rivalry nor are competitions encouraged.
Values automatically like cooperation and coordination are created to have better organization and progress.
The classroom is alive with activities in which teacher and students create opportunities for learning. The children are encouraged to be active learners, there is a lot of interaction and interchange, as children share and help each other in the process.
In this way the basic necessary academics are made more motivating and enjoyable.
The teacher respects the differences in the learning styles, interests and talents in children thus providing a variety of materials that caters to all accordingly. The teacher provides a learning environment that helps children achieve their goals and simultaneously keeps challenging students to think further on. The teacher should find ways of assessing the children's work by reviewing with them daily so that the next class can be prepared with additional materials. The students each should be encouraged to maintain their own portfolios wherein they collect their work and evaluate their own progress.
As Sri Aurobindo puts it:
"A child of seven or eight, and that is the earliest permissible age for the commencement of any regular kind of study, is capable of a good deal of concentration if he is interested. Interest is, after all, the basis of concentration. We make his lessons supremely uninteresting and repellent to the child, a harsh compulsion the basis of teaching and then complain of his restless inattention!"
The four Auroville languages (English, French, Sanskrit, and Tamil) would be our primary tools for carrying out any research or projects. The teacher's prime attention would be to make the children realize the importance of learning the languages as only after that could they carry out much more effectively on their own. The teachers would steer them to understand the advantages of reading and writing on their own and the joy to explore on their own from books that make learning so exciting.
Sri Aurobindo says:
"The first attention of the teacher must be given to the medium and the instruments, and until these are perfected, to multiply subjects of regular instruction is to waste time and energy. When the mental instruments are sufficiently developed to acquire a language easily and swiftly, that is the time to introduce him to many languages, not when he can only partially understand what he is taught and masters it laboriously and imperfectly."
Other subjects like mathematics, sciences and history would be introduced as interestingly so that children do not see it as subjects instead they are naturally led to discover them.
Learning becomes the key word and not the subjects. To constantly arouse in children the enthusiasm for knowledge and progress would be the soul aim for our teachers.