How do academics work?
Planning plays a major role in imparting academics to the children in the Synapse Learning System. The idea is to present a concept to the students or allow them to build one on their own based on certain planned observations and activities. Then they have discussions and debates to reinforce concepts they have figured out. They are also given printed handouts which have more questions and problems to solve. Values, analysis, application, knowledge, information – all these things are taken care of in one go. With this, children also automatically get into the habit of reading, which today, is a diminishing but an extremely important skill to have.
Students also have certain creative or interesting assignments such as actually performing a certain experiment; others may involve reading a book, interviewing a person, reading an article or even actually commenting on a situation. All this is planned in advance for each and every class – even before the academic year begins. The teachers are trained, educational kits are packed, worksheets are printed and everything is kept ready for the children. All the studying happens in a very systematic way in a Synapse school, since planning is our expertise.
Why do we have so much focus on sports?
We know that a sound mind can reside only in a sound body – so physical fitness is the primary necessity of an individual’s well-being. It follows, of course that some regular physical activity is necessary. That is why in our school, physical education figures as part of the daily routine.
As the children grow older, sports is also part of their education as the playground is where a child understands the dynamics of teamwork, leadership and strategy. It helps them get the concept of winning, losing, communication and improvement. Playing sports builds character and develops personality. All these things are so immensely important for an individual that we just cannot imagine not having sports and missing out on them!
Playing has its own obvious advantages too. The children learn many different games over their ten years in school. Even later, after the child leaves school, he or she can continue pursuing some game as a hobby which acts as a good stress buster for their adult life. Children attain reasonable proficiency in multiple sports to enable them to enjoy the game. Those who show special aptitude are trained to attain district, state and national level honours too.
Why do we do so many arts?
Educating children involves teaching them how to express their ideas, feelings and experiences. There is no better way to do it than through arts education. This is a really great way to work on multiple intelligence development. Arts education makes children more aware of their senses and emotions. They can channel their emotional development, intelligence and creativity in wonderful ways as their sense of art develops over years of exposure. That is why art is taken so seriously here.
Students are taught fine arts such as drawing and craft. That helps children develop perception and skills of both real and imaginary things. Aesthetic sense develops as well and that stimulates the imagination of each individual. The use of diverse media in the fine arts encourages students to demonstrate self-expression, creative growth, discovery, the realization of ideas and exposure to global cultures.
Students are also taught performing arts such as dance and music. Music encourages focused listening, concentration and attention. Children understand how to use sound – with the voice and with musical instruments. They have activities to develop their listening, performing and composing skills. Dance allows children to experiment with body movements to communicate a range of emotions as they understand different dance forms.
Our extensive experience in the working environment shows that the really successful people in life have always been associated with some art form. And that is exactly what we want – our students becoming really successful professionals or entrepreneurs, when they step out in to the real world!