Woodnote provides an arena where learning is fun and playing is learning. Let’s have a peek into the Learning Laboratories:
Lab 1: Action Attic: The development of psychomotor skills in childhood enables children to organise the outside world through their bodies, contributing to their intellectual, affective, and social development. Psychomotor skills and their early development help children to master their body through balance and movement, preparing them for the motor needs of the environment and daily life.
A range of activities which value the psychomotor domain through use of motor skills, physical movement and coordination. Sensory walk, Lacing beads, Indoor basketball, Balance beams, Art studio, Dance studio and many more lead to agility, flexibility, precision, endurance, speed and strength.
Lab 2: Brain Boost: Energising the cognitive domain- Creating a knowledge base, promoting critical thinking and problem solving aptitude with Language corner, BEAR corner, Puzzle it out, Weave a Story etc. lead to developing comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation skills.
Lab 3: Tinkering & Discovery Lab: A place where children are encouraged to pursue their ideas, test how materials work, experiment, and ultimately combine materials and ideas together in new, inventive ways to satisfy their curiosity and make them more curious. The WoodNote Numeracy Niche & TinkerLab is all about Science, Discovery, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. A host of Playful Barracks, Do and Learn, Magic with Numbers, Math-Manipulatives etc. leads to critical and creative thinking, innovation, design thinking, collaboration and leadership skills in the child while following the 6E methodology.
Lab 4: Heart Home: At Woodnote, the heart isn’t ignored while focusing on the mind. The ‘affective domain’, relating to the EQ of the child is given equal importance as the IQ. We have special activities such as Bucket Fill, Zones of Regulation, Thinking Chair, Let Us Talk or We Time, Yoga, Shinrin Yoku, Music Matters etc. leading to an empathetic, socially active and emotionally balanced child.
A unique pre-primary curriculum at WoodNote woven around nature, is an amalgamation of various philosophies such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, Multiple Intelligences, Co-operative Learning, Inquiry-based Learning, Thinking Classrooms and many more. The curriculum is streamlined in progressive steps to ensure that each and every child is well prepared to step into primary school at the end of the three-year pre-primary stint.
Climbing the 6 Es
With the vision to impart holistic education to students as the foremost goal, the 6Es model of teaching is adopted at WoodNote, adhering to the pyramid of Bloom’s Taxonomy. 6Es represent the six phases of learning – Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Encourage, Evaluate. Students are encouraged to learn through activities and acquire new knowledge by connecting it to previous knowledge. They are encouraged to evaluate and analyse the information and elaborate whatever they have grasped from these pursuits. This method stimulates in-depth learning and lifelong retention.
The Third I
Research on child psychology and human development attributes the three I’s – Initiative, Independence, Imagination as indispensable to the sustained and successful well-being of a child or an individual. More than Initiative, the urge or spur to facilitate action, or Independence, the freedom to think, judge and absorb without prejudice or force, WoodNote believes most in developing Imagination, the third I, the space beyond the horizon of past and present, the untrodden path of fresh exploration, in the budding minds.
Curiosity is the spark behind the spark and the Q (question) ignites the A (answer). So, at Woodnote, the Whys and Hows are the basis of the entire learning process. Once the why is kindled the how shall be revealed. The practical learning facilities keep on leading the children to ask Why, and with each such Why, they step closer and closer to find out How.