THE MONTESSORI SYSTEM
At GD Goenka La Petite we follow the Montessori system which is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms, children are encouraged to make creative choices in their learning, while the teachers offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process. Children work both individually and in groups, to discover and explore knowledge.
The Classrooms at GD Goenka La Petite are designed to meet the needs of children in a specific age range, and closely follow the guidelines laid down by Dr. Maria Montessori, who discovered that experiential learning in this type of classroom led to a deeper understanding of language, mathematics, science, music, social interactions and more.
All the material used in our classrooms support an aspect of child development, creating a match between the child’s natural interests and the activities available. Children can learn through their own experience, and at their own pace.
GARDNER’S MULTI INTELLIGENCE THEORY
Howard Gardner of Harvard has identified seven distinct intelligences. This theory has emerged from recent cognitive research and "documents the extent to which students possess different kinds of minds and therefore learn, remember, perform, and understand in different ways," according to Gardner (1991). According to this theory, "we are all able to know the world through language, logical-mathematical analysis, spatial representation, musical thinking, the use of the body to solve problems or to make things, an understanding of other individuals, and an understanding of ourselves. Where individuals differ is in the strength of these intelligences - the so-called profile of intelligences -and in the ways in which such intelligences are invoked and combined to carry out different tasks, solve diverse problems, and progress in various domains."
Gardner says that these differences "challenge an educational system that assumes that everyone can learn the same materials in the same way and that a uniform, universal measure suffices to test student learning. Indeed, as currently constituted, our educational system is heavily biased toward linguistic modes of instruction and assessment and, to a somewhat lesser degree, toward logical- quantitative modes as well." Gardner argues that "a contrasting set of assumptions is more likely to be educationally effective. Students learn in ways that are identifiably distinctive. The broad spectrum of students - and perhaps the society as a whole - would be better served if disciplines could be presented in a number of ways, and learning could be assessed through a variety of means."
At GD Goenka La Petite, your child will benefit from creatively designed classrooms, and teachers who care for each individual student. Our staff is specially trained and recruited only after careful assessment of their ability to bring out the best in a child. We go about our task with the care of one who plants a seed and nurtures the sapling with care, concern, and above all with a deep understanding of the fact that each child is different, and that each learns at a different pace. We do not believe in wielding authority, but rather in unleashing the freedom to grow, develop and acquire knowledge through a process of discovery.