Our programs have changed over this past year since the Pandemic and the lock-down. Our programs ensure individual attention in all our teaching. We keep our group size to 6 with two teachers to ensure a 3:1 ratio of student to teacher at all times.
Our school program follows the similar schedule to that in mainstream schools. The academic session runs from June to March, with 2 terms of 5 months each. The daily time schedule is from 9.30am to 2.30pm with a break for snack time and lunch time. The sessions in the day include 3 academic sessions of language skills, numeracy skills and Knowledge of the world around us. In a day there are sessions dedicated to play, art and music and movement. Play time is a combination of free play and structured play, allowing children to practice their social and communication skills.
An Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is created for every student to address delayed areas. A monthly assessment outcome is shared in a report to all stake-holders are kept in the loop with the student’s progress. Parents get the month’s curriculum at the start of every month so that they may also contribute to the student’s learning journey.
The students in Samatha are grouped as per their learning levels.
Group 1- Nurture Program
This program is a 3 hour program which is designed for the children in their early years (below 6 years) when there are developmental areas that need extra support. The primary focus of the Nurture Program is to build school readiness skills in young children, to make their transition and integration into mainstream education a smooth one as their delays are being addressed with therapies.
When developmental delays are addressed at this early age, the children have every opportunity to bridge the gaps, which may get compounded if left for later. The Nurture program combines academics and skill building activities, along with the therapies giving attention to all areas of development. The student learns to follow routines and become independent. The student is introduced to language and numeracy skills, and is introduced to topics where they learn about the world around them.
HANDLE and BrainGym are the therapies that are part of the daily schedule. These therapies work on the theory of Neuro-plasticity. Both, the HANDLE and Brain Gym therapies help in regulating the sensory processing systems and help with balance and coordination issues. These therapies are research based and have maximum impact when introduced in the early years.
Group 2- Early Learners
This Program, for children above 6 years, is for those who are new to the school experience and who are yet to build on their pre-learning skills in academic areas of language and numeracy. The program combines academic focus with therapeutic interventions and activities to build self help skills. Therapies, like Brain Gym and HANDLE, are incorporated into the daily schedule for the learning impact we seek. Students learn pre-language skills to prepare them for learning to read, write and comprehend at the basic level. They also learn pre-math skills that lead to learning numeracy and math concepts including number value and comparisons (big/small, tall/ short, etc). Students are taught skills to build independence, communicate effectively and socialize appropriately.
Timely intervention in the primary years gives a young child the opportunity to the possibility of a mainstream education. Writing is a skill that needs a firm grip and good eye-hand coordination and is supported by strong spacial awareness. Not all children will learn to write. Some would be taught to type on the computer, to still give them the option to express themselves in writing. Fine and gross motor activities are included in the program which supports their self help skills like eating independently, wearing shoes and opening and closing their lunch box.
Group 3: Primary Learners
In the primary years’ curriculum, the focus continues to be interventions with the aim of building and strengthening the basic skills of reading and writing and self management.
Reading is a major focus since the skills of reading fluency and reading comprehension have a global impact on all learning areas. Basic skills in math focus on strengthening the understanding of numbers that build up to the concepts of addition and subtraction; that are the foundation for all other computations. The student’s learning styles are identified to strengthen them and build confidence in performance. Writing is a skill that needs a firm grip and good eye-hand coordination and supported by strong spacial awareness. Fine and gross motor activities are included to ensure ease in writing Communication skills and socialization skills are another area of focus which also impacts written expression.
Students will be prepared to start following a structured curriculum which will be executed at their pace. Monthly assessments will be done to chart progress of learning