What is Unique with TCS’ pre school curriculum?
Every school has students who are intelligent but would not always fit in the mold; students who are bright but don't excel in tests and students who don't have regular study habits but fare well in tests. These are some of the challenges that school administrators and teachers have struggled with before. But after Howard Gardner, a professor of Harvard University introduced the theory of multiple intelligences; educators have now a way of thinking differently about "IQ" and being "intelligent" means.
To address the uniqueness of each pre-school pupil and to develop his full potential, the TCS administration adopted the Multiple Intelligences Curriculum several years ago.This MI curriculum introduces the eight kinds of intelligences in Frames of the Mind:
• Linguistic intelligence: a sensitivity to the meaning and order of words
• Logical-mathematical intelligence: ability in mathematics and other complex logical systems
• Musical intelligence: the ability to understand and create music. Musicians, composers and dancers show a heightened musical intelligence
• Spatial intelligence: the ability to "think in pictures", to perceive the visual world accurately, and recreate (or alter) it in the mind or on paper. Spatial intelligence is highly developed in artists, architects, designers and sculptors.
• Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence: the ability to use one's body in a skilled way, for self-expression or toward a goal. Mimes, dancers, basketball players, and actors are among those who display bodily-kinesthetic intelligence
• Interpersonal intelligence: an ability to perceive and understand other individuals - their moods, desires, and motivations. Political and religious leaders, skilled parents and teachers, and therapists use this intelligence
• Intrapersonal intelligence; an understanding of one's own emotions. Some novelists and or counselors use their own experience to guide others.
• The naturalist intelligence: refers to the ability to recognize and classify plants, minerals, and animals, including rocks and grass and all variety of flora and fauna. For example, we all know kids who, at 3 or 4, are better at recognizing dinosaurs than most adults.
The bottom line of this curriculum is giving a deep interest in children and how their minds are different from one another, and in so doing help them use their minds well.
The TCS Pre-school department conducts various approaches to this curriculum through lesson design such as team teaching, student projects (every Friday preschool kids are having their club meetings such as art, math, science, dance and music clubs to further enhance their skills) and through assessments.
Pre-school kids are given activities that go in the real world. They are dramatizing, dancing, singing, cooperating, computing, and problem solving and learning in many different ways. In so doing the theory of multiple intelligences makes things a little simplier. By chunking the broad range of human abilities, the teachers have a map for making sense out of the many ways in which children learn, and a blueprint for ensuring their success in school and in life.
Reference: Multiple Intelligences: A theory for Everyone. http//:educationworld.com