Fredrich Froebel (1782-1852) a German educator who developed the Kindergarten or children’s garden is also considered to be the inventor of the Play way Method of education as well. The aim of Froebel was to introduce the spirit of play in educational institutions. He believed and advocated that the best way to learn for a child was through the medium of guided play in a friendly natural environment. Froebel’s greatest contributions to early childhood education was realizing that play was a means by which children externalized their inner nature.

Arya Vidya Mandir follows this tenet in the pre primary classes and encourages learning and exploration through play. There are no interviews, no tests, no grades. A child is simply assessed as per the skills they display.

Information & Communication Technology (ICT) is recognized as an important catalyst for social transformation, and an important tool for education. Arya Vidya Mandir introduced KYAN (Vehicle of knowledge) classrooms to encourage children to bring the digital learning in line with their academics. The device contains a computer with inbuilt projector, content, speakers, and has wireless keyboard and mouse. It combines the computing power of a computer with an appropriate high luminosity, high resolution, and large screen projection system.

ASSET Stands for Assessment of Scholastic Skills through Educational Testing. It is a scientifically designed, skill-based assessment test. Rather than testing rote learning, it uses multiple-choice questions to focus on measuring how well SKILLS and CONCEPTS underlying the school syllabus have been understood by the student. The test provides information on the strengths and weaknesses of individual students and also entire classes.

The Need Based Learning Programme is a comprehensive programme that aims at providing guidance to students based on specific academic needs. It makes teaching more specialised and effective by focusing on areas  that students need more reinforcement in. It also helps to increase the depth of concepts already taught in the classroom. The programme uses different teaching methodologies in order to engage students with different learning styles. It also strives to arouse curiosity in students. While many curricula offer extra coaching and remedial teaching, it is available for a few students only.

NBLP provides remedial teaching as well as broadening and deepening of the course content to each and every student of the grade. The programme has been implemented successfully in the school for grades 1,2 and 3, over a period of 2 years.

Mission statement

“We will nurture learning for life, for self and others by working together efficiently, to channelise every child’s potential and to empower all involved in the wholesome development of the child.”

AVM group of schools has embraced “inclusion” in spirit and word by providing an equal opportunity to all learners to function to the best of their ability in their regular class room.

The goal of inclusion is achieved only when a child participates in regular class activities, as a contributing member with need based supports and services. Special educators and counsellors work in tandem with parents and teachers to achieve this goal.

Process:

RR support begins with referral from parent, teacher or self which is followed by observation and informal assessment. Thereafter intervention begins by planning an individualized programme in consultation with parents and teachers of the student. Implementation of this IEP is evaluated at regular intervals. Intervention is carried out either individually or in groups. In addition to this need based work shops are held with parents as well as students. The resource team also interacts with the mainstream children in various ways by conducting weekly Life skills classes.

Names of the Resource room professionals:

BANDRA WEST BANDRA EAST JUHU
Special Educators Special Educators Special Educators
Neeru Sehgal Rachana Shah Preeti Upadhyay
Pamela Dias Purvi Raj Ektaa Chainani
Geeta Sajjanshetty

(Santacruz premises)

Counsellors Counsellors Counsellors
Preeti Rane Kruti Shah Chandana Shet
Anjana Iyer Ruchita Uchil Namrata Khetan
Sakshi Joshi