Every subject has its own intrinsic pedagogy that must be employed by teachers to help students acquire the relevant knowledge. At Advaith the subjects are just not taught, they also learn the subject-specific pedagogical skills. This will develop in students, an appreciation of what different subjects have in common, and also how they are distinctive. With the appropriate subject enrichment skills, teachers will also be able to encourage students to think like historians, mathematicians or scientists. Advaith’s enrichment activities in the classroom takes numerous forms and do not necessarily always involve prescribed lessons from the curriculum. Enrichment encourages students to take a more expansive or in-depth look at a concept or topic, perhaps by further research, approaching it with a different lens or perspective, or connecting the subject to a more meaningful or rewarding facet of the real world. Whatever the activity may involve, the notion or goal is typically the same—encourage further exploration, intrinsic curiosity, and lifelong learning.
Key components of enrichment
- Advaith teachers use appropriate data and assessment information as guidelines to identify important aspects such as reading level, mathematical competency, etc. These data points allow teachers to provide materials that will truly elevate or enhance the learning without introducing a discouraging level of difficulty.
- Enrichments are individualized and match our learner’s capabilities. Assessments to gauge Lexile (reading) levels or math grade-level proficiency allow teachers to see exactly how to group students effectively for enrichment activities. Pairing or grouping students based on these data points allows students to have the option to work collaboratively among learners with similar interests and abilities.
- Enrichment activities account for student’s choice. This means that, while each option for enrichment should revolve around a similar learning goal, the method by which students arrive at that objective can be vastly different depending on their interests or selections.
- Advaith’s enrichments connect to prior knowledge and/or account for cross-curricular connections.
Early childhood education is a vital component of your child’s development. So it makes sense that when supplementing including integrating enrichment activities with academic curriculum, Advaith is able to further support said development for student success.
By valuing and prioritizing enrichment programs in elementary schools, we help promote children’s physical, social, emotional and mental health.
There are proven connections between enrichment activities and academic success. Enrichment promotes critical thinking and problem solving skills, improve student’s ability to concentrate, and make learning more meaningful, valuable, and rewarding. Enrichment activities are fun, which helps students to become more engaged in their learning and retain more information. Enrichment activities are typically interactive and project focused, and challenge students to use old concepts in new ways, while bringing new concepts to light. Exposing your child to new ideas and opportunities to explore new interests may lead to different career paths and hobbies in the future.
Enrichment activities give children opportunities to build friendships they might not otherwise have had the chance to make. When children are put into an environment with other children at a variety of levels and ages, the activities become more motivating, fun, and unique. These activities encourage children to work cooperatively with others. Children look forward to these activities because they know they will have a fun and relaxing time with peers away from school work, while staying in a familiar environment. Enrichment activities are usually made up of smaller groups, which leads to students getting more individualized attention and result in stronger relationships among peers.
Students who participate in enrichment activities, not only experience academic and social-emotional benefits, but they can also develop personal qualities they may not have previously known they had. Some personal qualities the child may develop during enrichment activities include:
- Increased self-confidence
- Increased self-esteem
- Leadership and decision-making skills
Subject Enrichment Activities as per CBSE guidelines (Assessed for 5 Marks)
The listed laboratory activities and projects as given in the prescribed publication of CBSE/NCERT are followed.
The listed practical works / activities are carried out as prescribed by the CBSE in the curriculum. It is well recognized that concepts of science are best understood by students through demonstration and lab experiments.
Map and project work are undertaken as prescribed by the CBSE in the curriculum.
Listening to small narrations, stories etc. and handling exercises such as true /false, MCQ, gap filling and Short Answer Questions.
Activities conducted for subject enrichment in languages aim at equipping the learner with effective Listening and Speaking skills. Assessment of listening and speaking skills will be done on the basis of Interaction, Pronunciation, Fluency, Coherence, Vocabulary and Grammar.
Conversations and dialogues, presentation on an unseen visual/verbal stimulus (within the prescribed syllabus), spontaneous question-answers, recitation and narration.
Music education for communication and mathematics
When we teach music education to our learners, we help develop their communication (reading, listening, speech). An enrichment program focused on music education also promotes creativity and teamwork, which can greatly influence student performance in the classroom. Advaith is inspired by music and our classroom places emphase on music education for early learners through vocal music, songs, instruments and even finds value in storytelling and movement-based music.
Movement classes for spacial development
We have several movement-based music and non-music activities when exploring education as an enrichment program. Movements effectively influence academic performance of students. Movement helps release tension and anxiety and improves concentration and motor skills – but it can also be combined with other enrichment activities for a deeper effect. Two teaching methods are also incorporated for movements. Research indicates the benefits of yoga (specifically, the asanas) can be received as early as infancy: improving flexibility, balance, and strength. Combined with musical yoga heightens physical and spacial awareness while encouraging creativity.
Yoga and Eurythmics creates a space where we can say “Yes” to kids’ ideas and focus on teamwork and collaboration. We take it a step further to promote literacy with activities like storybook yoga. The opportunities for our students are endless.
An effective enrichment class fosters an environment where children explore rhythm and beat patterns in a mindful way. Movement classes are beneficial and essential to student success.
Collaborative learning for team-building and leadership
In searching for the perfect teaching strategies and learning methods, we have the Reggio Emilia approach in place. This method works well in the classroom because it builds group activities through collaborative observations. Teachers and students work as a team, with their environments as their oyster. Project and play-based learning creates a common ground where everyone in the room feels safe and heard. It allows children to practice being leaders and encourages others to listen with an open mind. We integrate enrichment activities into their lesson planning to inspire classrooms that foster teamwork and leadership.
Mindfulness activities for social-emotional development
When we think of mindfulness, we may not immediately connect it with social-emotional development in children and early childhood education. But mindfulness has long influenced SEL (social-emotional learning) by promoting self-regulation, sensory exploration and a sense of community. Advaith offer mindfulness-focused enrichment activities serve students through breathing exercises, emotional and fact-based observation, and kid-friendly tools for gaining life skills. In turn, young students are able to gain emotional intelligence and regulation, which helps improve classroom behavior and encourage a growth mindset in children. Our favorite mindfulness benefits are not just child-focused, either. A mindfulness practice is essential to educators too and implementing mindfulness within an enrichment initiative will help teachers, administrators and students. Children learn by following, so advocating for mindfulness programming will have a significant impact on everyone’s learning journey.
Advaith is a holistic school that supports, inculcates and collaborates all programmes to make a buffet of experience and learning our students.