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For The Younger Kids
EC GAIT is designed to help children learn and develop valuable skills like motor coordination, spatial and rhythmic awareness, working in groups and provide a positive learning experience. The programme explores creative movement taught through movements, games, music, story and props.
EC CURRICULUM
The EC programme is a scientifically researched structured progressive pedagogy. It is age appropriate keeping in mind the developmental milestones. The EC programme is conducted with the help of Frobby, our mascot. Fun, intelligent and caring- Frobby leads the students in the classes through an energetic and joyful way.

The curriculum is divided into 3 units of inquiry in an academic year.

Unit 1: Foundation course
The children learn and explore the basic concepts of dance namely Body, Space, Rhythm and Expression. This unit introduces the basics of body awareness, body co-ordination, isolation of body parts, personal space, general space, rhythm with beats and speed along with awareness and embodiment of basic expressions.

Unit 2: Journey
The two objectives of this unit are Spatial Awareness and Concept Integration. The children creatively explore and embody different concepts like Opposites, Transportation and Water. Children learn from their own approach to each task, as well as through observing their peers. The exploration is not only limited to movements but creative thinking as well.

Unit 3: Relationship
The two objectives of this unit are Body Awareness and Concept Integration. Children creatively explore abstract concepts like Shapes, Balance and Prepositions using elements of 'Body'. They also learn body and space with respect to partners. Role play and Physical Theatre also form an integral part of this unit wherein they embody different characters and props with which they interact on a daily basis.

LESSON STRUCTURE
Each class is divided into:

GET SET: Brain Dance - Each class opens with brain dance. It is a series of movements comprising eight developmental movement patterns that healthy children in the first year of life naturally move through. Brain dance is an ideal warm up, opening the child's body and mind enhancing the child's learning. By visiting these milestones through the Brain Dance the various parts of the Brain are strengthened and stimulated.

ACT: Guided theme introduction with a focus on learning new information

INNOVATE: Creative process focussing on integrating and exploring the new theme

TIE-UP: Story time! Each lesson has a story in the tie-up session that reinforces the objective of the lesson. These movement oriented stories are beautifully illustrated and compiled into two books that are given to children to take home. The fun filled activity sheets at the end of every story ensures that the concepts taught in class are revisited by the child with the parents.

EC ASSESSMENTS
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Assessments are conducted twice during the academic year. The first assessment is done after the foundation course and the second assessment after the Relationship unit. Children are assessed on parameters like Skill and Concept understanding.

Skill : knowledge includes the fundamentals of performing arts namely body, space, rhythm & expression, making forms of dance and theatre easier to learn and master.

  • Body Awareness  Enhanced body awareness enables a deeper understanding of the interaction of mind and body leading to self-awareness. The student will be building and expanding his/her movement vocabulary with non locomotor and locomotor skills.
  • Rhythmic Comprehension  Enables the child to understand and recognize speeds and inter-relations between rhythmic speeds.
  • Emotional Awareness  Fully developed emotional expression indicates the ability to recognize and express emotions resulting in better communication and self-expression.
  • Spatial Awareness- Enhances awareness of personal boundaries, interacting with others in shared spaces and an effective use of his/her surrounding space.

Concept-The student learns various concepts through movement like Shapes, Opposites, My Home, Community helpers, Preposition. The concepts are explored using elements of dance. The student will move,explore and apply.

Each individual assessment is collated into a parent report which can be conveniently accessed via our website.

Brief about story book
My Space, My Body- Taka and Dimi are twins and love to explore. In My Space they play a game with Mama and Papa called 'The Bubble game'. Through this game the twins understand personal and general space. The winners of the game are taken to see the new born baby elephant at the Chenganoor Zoo.

My Body – Taka Dimi win the game and are taken to the zoo to see the baby elephant. With the help of the animals at the zoo, the children discover different parts of the body and different ways the body moves .

View EC Report UKG