Children respond better and learn faster through activities. Hence most of the learning in the school happens through activities. Including science lab, eco-friendly school campus, a kids’ bank, a kids’ court, every piece of the school has been utilized for teaching kids on various academic topics including like skills.
Learning is not restricted to class hours. Children enjoy contextual learning during off-school hours too. For example, whenever a rainbow is seen, the children will learn the mystery behind it, i.e. about the dispersion of light. Similarly standing in front of the rising sun, it is easier for children to grasp the concept of directions.
Kids Bank: This mock bank is a unique experiment to teach money management to the children. This innovative bank is also enhancing children’s arithmetic skills, work culture and in preparing them for real world. Each student functions as ‘Bank Manager’ on a rotational basis. Teachers assist children in running the bank. The bank accompanies a store where children can shop daily essentials like soap, shampoo, pens, books etc.., The banking process starts with a monthly cheque given to each child:
- Children are given a personalized cheque book, a passbook, a cash box and an account book
- Every month a ‘cheque’ for a certain amount depending on the needs of the children is given. The child has to write a ‘challan’ to deposit his cheque in his bank account
- For purchase in the store, children are required to write a personal cheque and submit it to the bank before buying any material
An aspect of awarding and punishing a child for his/her act is also integrated into this bank model. A Gift Cheque is given to the child when a child displays positive values (by reflex and not with the intention of getting the gift cheque) such as helping others, accepting mistakes, etc and a Fine Cheque to deduct money whenever the child displays a bad behavior.
Kids Court: ‘Parivarthane [Transformation]’ is a Kids court inaugurated to teach moral lessons to the children through actual acts rather than just books. When children quarrel their disputes are settled in this court. Children drop their petitions in a complaint box and on a fixed day the teachers call both the parties to settle the disputes.
Punishments to the guilty are generally very mild. For example, the guilty will not be allowed to play for a day while all the children are playing on the ground. Or a Fine Cheque will be given to the child to deduct money from his account for being guilty.
Children can also file public interest litigation regarding school rules and regulations. A confession box is also kept for sensitive children who would like to confess their mistakes and feel light-hearted.
Campus as a learning tool: Children subconsciously learn many things in life from the surroundings. Children measure the angle between the fixed wall and the library door because the floor is painted with a picture of a compass. The length and breadth of the blackboard at our science lab are marked so that children can easily grasp the meaning of area. Children calculate the volume of water in water tanks, as they find the formula on the outer surface of the tank. Children find out their height standing near the school’s office.
Eco-friendly campus: The entire Kaliyuva Mane campus is a practical laboratory for environmental studies and this includes a good waste disposal system. Kaliyuva Mane is a Solar School. Children become subconsciously eco-sensitive. The functioning and the importance of all eco-friendly projects are being taught to the senior kids. Children are exposed to following environment-related projects:
- Solar LED campus lighting
- Solar smart classes
- Solar projector Solar inverter for kitchen
- Rainwater harvesting
- Borewell recharging
- Dairy and Gobar gas plant
- Organic farming
- Biomass boiler