The Stepping Stones
Vision
To see happy and self assured pre-schoolers with positive self esteem stepping into the world of formal schooling with confidence and ready to take up new challenges .

To see happy pre-schoolers

Mission
Creating a happy, safe stimulating and sensorially rich environment in order to kindle the fire of learning and giving the little ones the freedom to explore and self discover their inherent potential and talent.

Creating a happy environment

Approach
Pedagogy and methodology followed at Blooming Tree is a balanced blend of both the tried and tested conventional Montessori system and the modern Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence theory.

Pedagogy and methodology

The Learning Approach
Salient Features of Montessori Education

Montessori Education

The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a Child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of Children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world.It is a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive.

Salient Features of Montessori Education
Salient Features of Montessori Education
  • Components necessary for a program to be considered authentically Montessori include multiage groupings that foster peer learning, uninterrupted blocks of work time, and guided choice of work activity
  • In addition, a full complement of specially designed Montessori learning materials are meticulously arranged and available for use in an aesthetically pleasing environment.
  • The teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle. The classroom is prepared by the teacher to encourage independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order. The child, through individual choice, makes use of what the environment offers to develop himself, interacting with the teacher when support and/or guidance is needed.
  • Dr. Montessori observed that children experience sensitive periods, or windows of opportunity, as they grow. As their students develop, Montessori teachers match appropriate lessons and materials to these sensitive periods when learning is most naturally absorbed and internalized.
  • In early childhood, Montessori students learn through sensory-motor activities, working with materials that develop their cognitive powers through direct experience: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, and movement.
  • In the elementary years, the child continues to organize his thinking through work with the Montessori learning materials and an interdisciplinary curriculum as he passes from the concrete to the abstract. He begins the application of his knowledge to real-world experiences.
  • This organization of information—facts and figures—prepares the child for the world of adolescence, when thought and emotion evolve into understanding more abstract, universal concepts such as equity, freedom, and justice.
Salient Features of Montessori Education
Advantages of Montessori Education

Montessori education offers our children opportunities to develop their potential as they step out into the world as engaged, competent, responsible, and respectful citizens with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life.

  • Each child is valued as a unique individual. Montessori education recognizes that children learn in different ways, and accommodates all learning styles. Students are also free to learn at their own pace, each advancing through the curriculum as he is ready, guided by the teacher and an individualized learning plan.
  • Beginning at an early age, Montessori students develop order, coordination, concentration, and independence. Classroom design, materials, and daily routines support the individual’s emerging “self-regulation” (ability to educate one’s self and to think about what one is learning), toddlers through adolescents.
  • Students are part of a close, caring community. The multi-age classroom—typically spanning 3 years—re-creates a family structure. Older students enjoy stature as mentors and role models; younger children feel supported and gain confidence about the challenges ahead. Teachers model respect, loving kindness, and a belief in peaceful conflict resolution.
  • Montessori students enjoy freedom within limits. Working within parameters set by their teachers, students are active participants in deciding what their focus of learning will be. Montessorians understand that internal satisfaction drives the child’s curiosity and interest and results in joyous learning that is sustainable over a lifetime.
  • Students are supported in becoming active seekers of knowledge. Teachers provide environments where students have the freedom and the tools to pursue answers to their own questions.
  • Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral part of the Montessori classroom approach. As they mature, students learn to look critically at their work, and become adept at recognizing, correcting, and learning from their errors.
Salient Features of Montessori Education
Montessori Classroom Approach

To grasp the essence of Montessori education, just step inside a classroom.

Beautiful, inviting, and thoughtfully arranged, the room embodies each element of Maria Montessori’s revolutionary approach.

Natural lighting, soft colours, and uncluttered spaces set the stage for activity that is focused and calm. Learning materials are displayed on accessible shelves, fostering independence as students go about their work. Everything is where it is supposed to be, conveying a sense of harmony and order that both comforts and inspires.

In this safe and empowering environment, students find joy in learning.

The design and flow of the Montessori classroom create a learning environment that accommodates choice.

There are spaces suited to group activity, and areas where a student can settle in alone. Parts of the room are open and spacious, allowing a preschooler to lay out strands of beads for counting,

You won’t find the customary rows of school desks; children work at tables or on the floor, rolling out mats on which to work and define their work space.

Above all, each classroom is warm, well-organized, and inviting, with couches, rugs, and flowers to help children and youth feel calm and at home.

Salient Features of Montessori Education
Montessori Learning Materials

A hallmark of Montessori education is its hands-on approach to learning. Students work with specially designed materials, manipulating and investigating until they master the lesson inside. Beautifully crafted and begging to be touched, Montessori’s distinctive learning materials are displayed on open, easily accessible shelves. Each material teaches a single skill or concept at a time—for example, the various “dressing frames” help toddlers learn to button, zip, and tie; 3-dimensional grammar symbols help elementary students analyze sentence structure and style.

Salient Features of Montessori Education
Montessori Teachers

It’s often hard to spot the teacher in a Montessori classroom. She may be sitting with a preschooler next to a floor mat, arranging colored rectangles from darkest to lightest, or intently observing as a handful of elementary students dissect a leaf.

She won’t be presenting information for rote learning. Rather, she’ll be demonstrating specially designed learning materials that serve as a springboard for investigation and discovery. At the heart of the Montessori Method is the concept that mastery is best achieved through exploration, imitation, repetition, and trial and error.

The teacher thoughtfully prepares a classroom environment with materials and activities that meet his students’ unique interests, academic level, and developmental needs. These he introduces to each child sequentially, laying the foundation for independent learning.

Always, the teacher is aware of each student’s progress as she works toward mastering the particular concept or skill. He knows when to step in to offer special guidance, and when to challenge a student with the next step in a learning sequence.

Salient Features of Montessori Education

Howard Gardner’s The Multiple Intelligences Theory

The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. The multiple intelligences theory (MI theory) claims that all humans have eight intelligences, to a lesser or greater extent, and that we each have a different intelligence profile. This profile is based on our genetics and our experiences, and it makes us unique from others. The intelligences are as follows:

  • Word Smart : Linguistic Intelligence – word-art
    This is the ability to use spoken and written language effectively to express yourself. Lawyers, writers, and speakers tend to have high linguistic intelligence.
  • Logic Smart : Logical-mathematical intelligence – logic-smart
    This is the ability to analyze problems logically, work effectively with mathematical operations, and investigate issues using the scientific method. Finding patterns and deductive reasoning are other capabilities associated with this intelligence. People working in the scientific and mathematical communities tend to be high in this type of intelligence.
  • Music smart : Musical intelligence  – music-smart
    This is the ability to perform, compose, and appreciate musical patterns, including changes in pitch, tone, and rhythm. Successful musicians, composers, and people involved in music production have high levels of musical intelligence.
  • Body smart : Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence  –  bodysmart
    This is the ability to use the body for expression. People high in this intelligence use their physical coordination to master problems. Professional dancers and athletes are good examples of this.
  • Creative Smart : Spatial intelligence – creative-smart
    This is the ability to recognize, use, and interpret images and patterns and to reproduce objects in three dimensions. Successful architects, sculptors and designers are likely to have high spatial intelligence.
  • People Smart : Interpersonal intelligence – people-smart
    This is the ability to understand people’s intentions, motivations, and desires. This intelligence allows individuals to work well with others. Professions like therapy, teaching, and sales attract individuals with high interpersonal intelligence.
  • Self Smart : Intrapersonal intelligence – self-smart
    This is the ability to understand yourself, and to interpret and appreciate your own feelings and motivations. Therapists, actors, caregivers, and writers are all people who can bring high levels of personal awareness to their work.
  • Nature Smart : Naturalist intelligence – nature-smart
    This is the ability to recognize and appreciate our relationship with the natural world. Astronomers, biologists, and zoologists are examples of professions with a high level of naturalist intelligence.

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Blooming Advantage

No two children are the same. They could be introvert or extrovert. Or they can be different in their interests. We believe and practise the approach of individuality with all our children which helps us hone their unique brilliance and intelligence. ...Read More

Every child is different and so should be the learning methodology followed. Each child is allowed complete freedom to be the way they are. This however does not imply that the students are not exposed to sufficient opportunities. Rather, a variety of activities are planned, which the students can participate in as per their abilities and interests The pedagogy and learning methodology followed at Blooming Tree is a blend of two of the best Early Childhood Education systems, i.e. Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory and Maria Montessori’s Montessori System. This unconventional approach promotes active learning amongst children and helps them gain their full potential at their own pace.

Methodology

Every child needs his own personal space for cognitive and physical development to happen. The students are exposed to a set of creative and learning-based activities in a conducive environment. Personalised attention, scientifically-developed modules and innovatively planned lessons are followed. This ...Read More

helps the students make their own choices, explore their interests, ask questions and communicate their ideas effectively.

Child Centered Environment

The curriculum has been thoughtfully designed to ensure flexibility in learning. This flexible curriculum allows children to learn at their own comfortable pace . This enhances the conceptual learning, making the approach more fruitful.

Flexible Curriculum

Ever seen little boys sneaking.. into their father’s shoes or little girls secretly trying their hands on their mother’s vanity? From an early age itself, children try to replicate the actions which they observe in their near surroundings, We , ...Read More

therefore , believe in inducing learning through experience. This enables students to pursue their own areas of interest and allows them to work better through problems as they arise in real-life situations.

Experiential learning

A happy child learns more. And it takes a happy environment for flowers to bloom and for children to grow. Every day in school is filled with smiles and laughter, which encourages learning and a feeling of togetherness, instead of competition. ...Read More

We truly believe that when a child is happy and comfortable in his/ her environment, learning takes place automatically.

Happy School

The facilitator not only has to be a teacher, but a hero, a role model and a friend as well. Our teachers are well-equipped and qualified to play all these roles together whilst ensuring effective learning to children at all times. ...Read More

Trained in latest methodologies of Early Childhood Care and Education, the experienced facilitators nurture the young toddlers with love and care. Moreover, they use innovative lesson plans that help the children to become lifelong learners.

Experienced & qualified facilitators

“Wow, you’re doing it so right. Bravo!” Nothing works better for a child than positive words of appreciation and praise. We consistently acknowledge and reward children on their accomplishments which helps to boost their morale and instills in them a ...Read More

positive self esteem.

Positive Reinforcement

Remember the ancient Indian culture of Gurukul, where the Gurus taught vedic and moral knowledge? Our proprietary, unique Gurukul Classes introduce children to diverse values, mythologies, faiths and India’s rich cultural heritage. Using stories, role-plays and music and art activities ...Read More

we help children become appreciative of all faiths.

Gurukul Classes

Children can perform and accomplish better than ordinary when they have the independence to explore, experiment and self-discover. Therefore specially designed areas serve as resource centres for specific activities for students. Dedicated areas like physical activity area, project rooms, creative room, ...Read More

Montessori room, library, and role play area, art and craft room and much more offer children a variety of choices to engage, innovate and learn.

Resource Centre

Will my child be safe in school and in transit? We understand that as parents there would be many such concerns running through your mind. Thus we remain extra cautious in terms of creating a safe and secure environment for our ...Read More

students. Gated and fenced premises, 24×7 security by trained guards, regular CCTV surveillance, female attendants to accompany students during transportation are some of the many steps that we take to ensure the safety and security of our students.

Safety & Security

Parents are the first teachers in a child’s life. Learning is a continuous process which not only takes place in school environment but at home too. At Blooming Tree , Parents are considered as teaching partners to ensure a 24 x 7 learning ...Read More

for children. From orientation, counselling sessions to parenting workshops, we consistently try to make the parents an integral part of their child’s first educational journey.

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