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Mixed Group Day – Unique form of teaching and learning

Mixed group is a unique form of teaching where the children are the teachers and learners themselves. Mixed group day is a day in the week when a group of children of various age group and classes come together in an environment where these children learn to help and be helped by other children and the whole process of peer learning takes place. There is a good and consistent interaction that takes place among children whose age and abilities are varied. Maria Montessori said nature and nurture work hand-in-hand where the groups should contain different ages, because it has great influence on the cultural, social and emotional development of the child.

A Grade1 student is re-telling the “Lion and Mouse” story from Nursery syllabus.

A student explaining the safety procedures of Roller Skating. The younger students are supposed to do skating in coming years.

It has been observed that within 3 -4 weeks the children get acquainted to all students and teachers in the school and develop a beautiful bonding and they keep exchanging a ‘hi-bye’ whenever they meet.

The importance of mixed group is felt more now as the upbringing of kids are now in nuclear family whereas there was a strong system of joint families in earlier days where a lot of learning would occur among brothers, sisters, cousins when they played, studied and did things together. The difference of few years creates a comfort zone for the children at both ends to help out more. The child also gets her own time and learns at her own pace which is crucial for a child’s learning. The propensity of accomplishing the task, learning how to cooperate and act sensibly in a situation doubles.

We at Gyankriti feel that mixed group is not only a medium for learning but also an opportunity to promote interaction among children of various age groups, which plays a part in enhancing their all round development.

FAQs for teachers organizing Mixed Group:

1) What are the logistics of planning a mixed group?

Organizing mixed group for the first time is bit difficult but it gets easy with time. You need to plan the classrooms settings and number of groups you will form at the school level. Then the students are evenly distributed in proportion of strength of each class. The groups may be same or different for each week.

2) How frequent should we organize mixed group activities?

Ideally it should be on daily basis but due to logistical constraints we do it once in a week. The last day of the week is left empty for regular syllabus and a significant time (1-2 hours) is spent on mixed group activities every Friday or Saturday.

3) What is role of teacher in mixed group class?

Teacher acts as a mere facilitator and tries to minimize her interference in the class. She must try to explain all the rules carefully before starting the class. One or two student leaders should be chosen to make sure all the rules are followed sincerely. However the student leaders are not supposed to scold any child, they should in fact take care of other children just like teachers.

4) What activities should be conducted?

Let the students decide what they want to share. If they don’t, you can suggest simple activities that have happened recently in any of the classes. We should never underestimate younger children, many times they are in fact better at sharing certain things.

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Montessori Resources for Parents and Teachers

We at Gyankriti believe that parents, teachers and students are the three pillars in early childhood education. We have always promised to avail best and experienced teachers, however the results depend largely on support of the parents. In our attempt to educate parents towards Early Childhood Care and Education we are sharing some good Montessori resources that I came across in my travels along the internet highway. I hope that this information will be really helpful for parents during summer vacations.

Information about Dr Maria Montessori


The Wonder Years – A Montessori home environment

Parenting for independence blogpost

Practical life in the home – a good list of undertakings that a child will appreciate

Summer vacation – a practical life approach

Summer reading ideas

Montessori at home: the senses

Montessori prepared environment at home

How to create a prepared environment


Montessori for everyone – Montessori home schooling

Moose Huntress – Montessori at home website

Adventures of a rainbow mama


The Montessori Merthod for the Infant Toddler

Baby’s Montessori room

23 month old making his own snack, montessori


Montessori videos on You Tube

Montessori videos on Vimeo

Montessori for infants and toddlers

A general Montessori website

Montessori content on Blogger

Montessori images on Flickr


Montessori on the shelf

Moveable alphabet

Montessorri: Planting the seeds of learning

PS: If you have any other good resources than please share them in comments. Thanks! 🙂

Note: The author is Founder-Director of Gyankriti. The views expressed here are personal.

कल के दीप्तिमान बच्चों के लिए पाठ्यक्रम

जब हमने ज्ञानकृति कि स्थापना की थी तब हम हमारे विद्यर्थियों का ऐसा सर्वांगीण विकास चाहते थे जिसके द्वारा वे मर्मस्पर्शी भी हो और अपने मस्तिष्क का भी प्रयोग कर सके | इसके अलावा वे शैक्षणिक योग्यता के साथ साथ भावनात्मक ,शारीरिक ,सामाजिक एवं सांस्कृतिक विकास भी कर सके |हमने चाहा कि हमारा पाठ्यक्रम हमारे सम्माननीय सलाहकारों एवं प्रिय सहयोगियों के अनुसंधान का सार हो ।इस सबको सुचारु रूप से चलाने में internet का महती योगदान हैं जिसके द्वारा हमारी सभी शाखाओं पर स्थित प्राचार्यो एवं शिक्षिकाओं का काम आसान हो गया हैं ।यह सभी लोग अपने तमाम अनुभवों के साथ इस प्री-प्राइमरी पाठ्यक्रम को आकर्षक एवं उपयुक्त बनाने में जुट गए हैं |

हम चाहते हैं कि हमारा पाठ्यक्रम जिज्ञासु प्रवृत्ति को बढ़ावा देने वाला हो | इसका संपूर्ण प्रारूप निम्नलिखित प्रश्नों पर आधारित हैं जिन्होंने मुझे मेरे प्री-प्राइमरी के आधार कार्य एवं अनुसंधान के दौरान परेशान किया

1.एक १.५ से ६ साल के छोटे से बच्चे से हम क्या क्या सीखने की अपेक्षा करते हैं?

2.उनकी पढ़ाई में हाथ बटाने का सर्वोत्तम तरीका क्या हैं?

3.एक पालक एवं शिक्षक के तौरपर हम कैसे जान पाएंगे कि उन्होंने क्या क्या सीखा ?

कोई भी शैक्षणिक कार्यक्रम अपने वांछित परिणामों से सफल विद्यार्थियो की विशेषता बताने वाला होता हैं । हमारा पाठ्यक्रम भी निम्नलिखित उद्देश्यों पर आधारित हैं

* हमारे विद्यार्थी एक प्रश्नकर्ता हो जो अपनी पढ़ाई लिखाई के प्रति प्रेम का आनंद उठाये । इसके लिए एक शिक्षक कि भूमिका,उसकी जिज्ञासा को पोषित करने वाले की हो |

* हमारे विद्यार्थी दूसरों की भावनाओं और जरूरतों कि क़द्र करें । हमें उनमे सत्यनिष्ठा ,ईमानदारी ,निष्पक्षता एवं इन्साफ के बीज बोने का प्रयत्न करना चाहिए |

* वे शारीरिक शिक्षा के साथ साथ व्यक्तिगत कल्याण का महत्व भी समझे|

*वे आत्मविश्वास से एवं व्यग्र हुए बिना,किसी भी परिस्थिति का सामना कर सके |

*वे गणितीय चिन्हों के साथ साथ एक से अधिक भाषाओँ में अपनी कल्पनाओं को ग्रहण एवं व्यक्त कर सकें |

* वे ज्ञानकृतिमें वैश्विक प्रसंगों एवं उनकी अहमियत को खोजने में अपना समय व्यतीत करें |

यह सब करते हुए एक प्रीस्कूल जाने वाले बच्चे कि हैसियत से वे ज्ञान का अकूत भण्डार प्राप्त करेंगे| इसीलिए इस कार्यक्रम का मूलभूत आधार एक जिज्ञासु वृत्ति कि संरचना करना हैं ।हमारे शिक्षक, क्लासरूम एवं अन्य स्थानो पर उनकी जिज्ञासा को आगे बढ़ाने के लिए प्रतिबद्ध हैं| अलगअलग कक्षाओं में अलगअलग विषय एवं विषय वस्तु का चयन किया गया हैं जैसे अक्षर ,वर्णमाला ,अंक ,प्रकृति ,समाज एवं त्यौहार इत्यादि ।समय पूर्व साक्षरता एवं गणितीय ज्ञान को परंपरागत तरीकों से सिखाया जा सकता हैं ।हमारे विद्यार्थी सामाजिक ,वैचारिक ,स्व प्रबंधन एवं सम्प्रेषण में प्रवीणता हासिल करने के लिए प्रयत्नशील होंगे|

हम हमेशा ही यही कहते हैं की हमारा पाठ्यक्रम एक प्रगतिशील कार्य हैं इसलिए ज्ञानकृति पाठ्यक्रमकी दृष्टी के प्रति आपके सुझावों का हम स्वागत करते हैं |

जल्द ही हमारी कुछ कल्पनाएँ और lesson-plans हम आपसे साझा करेंगे|

नोट: लेखक, योगराज पटेल, ज्ञानकृति के संस्थापक एवं निदेशक है| यहाँ व्यक्त किये गए विचार व्यक्तिगत हैं।

English Translation: http://www.gyankriti.com/blog/developing-curriculum-for-tomorrows-brightest-kids/

Developing curriculum for tomorrow’s brightest kids

When we started Gyankriti, we wanted to support the overall growth of a developing kid, affecting hearts as well as minds and addressing  emotional, physical, social and cultural needs along with academic welfare. The entire curriculum was supposed to combine the best research and practice of our honourable advisers and dearest colleagues. The internet makes it easy for our teachers and principals located at all the centres in Indore. All of them with a wealth of experience and knowledge from various schools in India and abroad are working together to create a engaging and relevant pre-primary programme.


Our programme aims to offer a comprehensive, ‘curiosity development’ approach to teaching and learning. The entire framework is primarily based on following questions that troubled me during my research and groundwork on pre-primary education:

  1. What do we expect so small, 1.5 years to 6 years old, children to learn?
  2. What is the best way to assist their learning?
  3. How will we as parents and teachers know what they have learned?

Any academic program has a set of desired outcomes to characterize a successful student. Our curriculum is based on following objectives:

  • The student can be an ‘inquirer’ enjoying his/her love of learning, the role of teachers in this case is to nurture student’s curiosity.
  • The students must show sensitivity towards feelings and needs of others. We must also try to sow the seeds of integrity, honesty and a sense of fairness and justice as this stage.
  • They should understand the importance of physical education and personal well-being.
  • They should have confidence to deal with unfamiliar situations without anxiety.
  • They receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language including the language of mathematical symbols.
  • They should spend time in Gyankriti exploring themes which have global relevance and importance.

In doing so, they will acquire tremendous amount of knowledge, well at least as a preschooler. At the heart of this programme is structured curiosity building approach. Teachers focus on facilitating inquiry in the classroom and beyond.

The topics or themes of each grade level represent a set of traditional topics like alphabets, numbers, nature, society and festivals. Some specific aspects of pre-literacy and pre-math skills that can be learned through more traditional approaches. Students will also work to develop communication, social, self-management and thinking skills.

We always say that our curriculum is a ‘work in progress’ so we are open to your suggestions on our vision of Gyankriti curriculum. Very soon we will share some of our ideas and sample lesson plans here.

Note: The author is Founder-Director of Gyankriti. The views expressed here are personal.

हिंदी अनुवाद: http://goo.gl/VBpy30