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Canvas International Preschool: Encouraging Creativity

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Canvas is an exemplary Preschool chain situated in multiple regions in Jaipur (Rajasthan), Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and other cities. We take special care of each and every child and create a path filled with fun and learning to help in your little ones’ transition to formal schooling. With great resources, time and effort, we wish to create an ideal childhood paved with smiles and laughter says Hema Harchandani, Founder and Managing Director, Canvas International Preschool, in an interview with Elets News Network (ENN).

“Creating a better world by molding a future generation in the right manner is the foundation of CANVAS”

How does Canvas International Preschool’s philosophy help developing strong foundation in early childhood?

Hema Harchandani, Founder and Managing Director, Canvas International Preschool

Hema Harchandani, Founder and Managing Director, Canvas International Preschool

Our educational philosophy has been influenced by the educational philosophy of three great educationists, Dr Maria Montessori, Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi. Dr Maria Montessori had revolutionized the early childhood education by establishing children’s houses. We at Canvas recreated that establishment. Our schools are like miniature doll houses, a place where everything is designed according to children specific needs, where they are free to move around.

PLAY, EXPLORE, DISCOVER, CREATE

We also believe in Rabindranath Tagore’s philosophy of education in the open and giving children enough room and space to move around – Hence, our classrooms are decluttered and free of any fixed furniture, providing the students with an appropriate environment Mahatma Gandhi as an educationist said that children need to be taught with the head, heart and hand, and we have done the same at canvas by encouraging ‘learning by doing’ practices.

What are the various programmes conducted by Canvas International Preschool for holistic development of kids?

We don’t have any classroom as at canvas we have fun rooms, where an exciting learning environment is created by implementing creative and innovative teaching concepts. We were inspired by colorful themes in the designing of our schools and up to a great extent in designing of our activities. Play is one of the most important activities for children. In our fun rooms kids will listen and discover… imagine and create…paint and paste… balance and climb…. Explore and experiment… talk and pretend…look and listen…dance and sing…!

What are the best practices adopted by the preschool in its curriculum for all-round growth of students?

We don’t have any classroom as at Canvas we have fun rooms, where an exciting learning environment is created by implementing creative and innovative teaching concepts. We were inspired by colorful themes in the designing of our schools and up to a great extent in designing of our activities. Our P.S.E.D approach improves the integration of both hemispheres.

  • Cluster sitting
  • Solving math problems in multiple ways
  • VAKOG (Visual, Kinaesthetic, Olfactory and Gustatory)
  • Rhyming Story telling
  • Stage activities
  • Positive attitude (circle time, Special days, art activity, appreciation, Positive affirmations etc)
  • Practice non- dominant hand
  • Mind mapping
  • Activities which involves primarily left brain (coloring, pasting, origami, dance, walk in the nature etc.)
  • Ocular movement
  • Visualization and hand-on activities together

What are the best practices adopted by the preschool in its curriculum for all-round growth of students?

At Canvas, we offer developmentally appropriate day-long curriculum that offers self-paced learning for every child and hence our fun rooms are designed as learning and discovery corners. Our day plan is different in many ways as kids will not be expected to sit for long period of time. The most important thing is that our curriculum focuses on multiple intelligence:

  • Linguistic intelligence
  • Kinesthetic intelligence
  • Musical intelligence
  • Naturalist intelligence
  • Logical Mathematical intelligence
  • Inter-personal & intra-personal intelligence
  • Spatial intelligence

How the school is leveraging technology to ensure effective knowledge delivery to its students?

We believe Media and digital devices are an integral part of our world today. Technology plays a positive role in children’s development and learning. at canvas, teachers use technical tools to teach kids.

  • Audio visual room
  • My school app
  • Parents and teachers’ Whatsapp groups
  • We publish quarterly newsletters that keep the parents updated with what is happening in their child’s classroom on digital platforms.

How does the school ensure active participation of parents to be aware about their wards’ performance?

At Canvas we believe in the meaning of the word ‘kindergarten’ which means ‘children’s garden’. Here, we feel that children are like flowers, and flowers need to be cultivated in an environment between school and parents. A parent needs to be as happy and excited about school as they want their child to be. Our monthly circular with development skills comprises of –

  • Fine and gross motor skills of every month and guidelines specified for parents
  • Keeping parents updated with what’s happening in their child’s classroom
  • Parents are kept informed of the monthly themes and topics, and ways in which they can participate at school and at home with these themes

At canvas we prepare parents for all developmental problems that they might face with their kids through monthly, orientation Workshops, Parenting tips Workshop, reading is Fun Workshop.

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