Sunday, 24 July 2016

A Well Spent Saturday At 'The Atelier'

Erishka's weekend activity begins!!

Yes it was another weekend morning for me and my little one (who is not so little anymore).  A night before I had promised her that I will take her to an interesting place where she will love to spend more time. As always she was supper dupper excited and started asking me questions like where we will go mumma, your office party? or any birthday party?

I said a place where who will touch, feel and experience creativity with no limits, yet with no rules set. All these things I was referring her to the invite I got from 'The Atelier' to take a preview of their new school and an opportunity to interact with their steer leaders. Like always i carried a book, a pen, and few colour for Erishka to scribble while we are on the way to the destination. She happily scribble, had her snacks, and all set to explore.

Once we stepped in, what I observe is brilliance of light i.e natural light seeping in through sky ceiling , wide space sections as big that you can play Kabbadi, Kho-kho or Futsal.. . I was simply amazed as in this tech age were not only kids but even adults are getting crazy over PokemonGo , The Atelier - An educational environment inspired by Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, is a much needed in the city like Bangalore. 

The Atelier is focused to teach kids by using ideas, and theories inspired by environment, social connect, and basic things like pipes, bamboo rings, paper, colour pulp, clay, twigs, and the list is endless. The founder Rythm Aggarwal and Ashutosh Aggarwal, firmly believes that the age of 0-5 years is just like a wet clay, which carries the impressions made throughout their life. The connections, observations, and understanding children make at age of 0-5 years defines their personalities and interest for their rest of the life. 
Erishka is making something

Music Ladder, with all hands-on musicals
Bunch of explorations and more ,,,

Erishka made castle!!

What interest me the most is that 'The Atelier' integrates all ares of learning for kids via short-term explorations and long-term projects, in which kids are the protagonist, and yes they are not directed with any specific syllabus. They are set free to explore, learn and develop new things. Thus,these protagonist are further encouraged to work in collaboration of their peers and adults to co-construct new theories and ideas. 
An overview to a Classroom which opens to backyard garden

While I was interacting with Neena Aggarwal (the pioneer of The Atelier), I could easily sense her inclinations towards kids learning, like she was making my little on comfortable in every ways she could and yes my daughter loved to explore at Atelier. 
Erishka trying to make something?!
Erishka made small cute house out of those stone slabs

When we reached home with a beaming smile on my daughters face, my husband asked Erishka , What was there dear, what did you do there?
Erishka sorted the colours and made Rainbow from it>>

She promptly replied, "There were so many toys, different shapes, colour, soft and rough. I made mountain with sun. I made rainbow and small house." Immediately my hubby looked at me , and I said there were no toys toys in literal sense but creative object that inspired her to make so many things." (As a parent , are you one of those who wondered why my kid plays with everything but not toys? If yes, then this is because they love playing with real things not just mechanical objects.)

Another best part of Atelier which touched me was when Mr Ashutosh Aggarwal, showed me that each classroom has a backyard garden which brings kids more close to the nature.

There are lot many schools in Bangalore which has different ways of teaching for kids from 0-5years, but this is the only school in my knowledge that not only teaches kids in unconventional method of non-competitive or non-judgemental, but they also prepares the same kids for the higher education so that they do not feel out of place. 

As My daughter (4 year) is already in Bethany, I still wanted her to explore the Atelier learning too. So out of curiosity I asked Neena Ma'am, " Like is there any way that other kids can benefit for the same for few hours, she replied, "Yes we have something planned for kids outside Atelier. We will conduct weekend workshops and evening exploration session." I was so happy to hear that this environment inspired exploration is not limited to few but open for all. 
We met their teaching staff, who weren't professional about teaching but , passionate about it.         
 It was great meeting their teaching staff, they all belonged to successful professional career, yet they got into teaching by passion as they feel more satisfied while exploring with kids.


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