"A school where children feel safe to learn by taking risks and making mistakes. Where children ‘learn by doing’ to become lifelong learners."

When Children Construct Knowledge

Children are empowered with an innate ability to build their own understanding. They achieve it by exploring, experimenting, observing, and by playing or interacting with other children. Introducing learning and education to children through play is a time-tested method which is traditionally followed in the playschools or preschools. But as the children move to the higher classes, the learning methodology changes where the ‘play’ factor is completely overlooked while the teacher imparts knowledge. In such teacher-centered classrooms, the students are deprived of building their own understanding.

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Importance of creativity and imagination in education

The right blend of creativity in the school’s curriculum will help the child learn new things. It will inspire them to come up with innovative ideas. Creativity also helps the students to hone their communication and improve their social and emotional skills allowing them to become expressive communicators. A creative learning environment of a classroom will change the perception of education where the students can apply the information they have built and gathered (concepts and lessons) in the real world.

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Why should children possess critical and creative thinking skills?

The Eureka moment of Archimedes may be attributed to creative critical thinking. Smart and active learners who possess critical thinking and creativity have the capability of applying these skills to real-world problem-solving. These skills along with collaboration and communication form the 4 C's of learning or the 4 C's in education. Critical thinking and Creativity are independent thinking strategies which are still interconnected for problem-solving.

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Making math interesting and fun

Mathematics has been the foundation of great inventions and explorations. Right from walking on the moon to designing medicines that fight dangerous infections, math has played an indirect role. Getting the calculations right and applying the right mathematical formulas have earned mathematics a crucial place in economics, physics, and chemistry, to name a few.

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Making mistakes is the secret to effective learning in children?

'People need to fail to succeed' is the common essence of most of the inspirational and motivational quotes and speeches we often come across in our daily lives. Though the notion is quite common in business, sports, and other areas, we fail to connect it to education. It is one of the reasons children are averse to failing and making mistakes.

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The paradigm shift of learning from teacher-centered to student-centered classrooms

During the era of the industrial revolution of the 19th century, the mainstream demanded disciplined and punctual workforce who could follow instructions with impeccable precision. To achieve this goal, schools played an important role in facilitating a teacher-centered classroom.

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What is Child-centered Education?

A child in a park is trying to make sense of a biology chapter on the animal kingdom, in preparation of his upcoming exam. His parent is right next to him speaking to a friend. He gets distracted by the chirping of birds and he begins to run after them. The annoyed parent pulls him by the sweater and sits him back on the bench plopping his notebook onto his lap. In the exam hall, the words on the paper remind the boy of the birds he had made friends with last evening. He happily writes down appropriate answers being least reminded of anything from his notebook.

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The radical skills to prepare your children for innovative jobs of the future

The youngsters during the 1950’s would have a hearty laugh if you were to explain them the workings of a mobile phone. Similarly, we might ridicule the thought of employing Artificial Intelligence in our day-to-day lives in another three or four decades. Technology is ever-evolving and so is the mainstream. We may not qualify for such futuristic jobs, but we can certainly ensure that our children are and about well-prepared to take on the innovative jobs that do not exist, yet.

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How does Mindfulness help children in schools?

Mindfulness is an innate human ability to be aware of the surrounding while not being overwhelmed or reactive towards the situation but to respond to it. Although an inherent quality, it can be developed further with the aid of certain techniques, practices, and methodologies pertaining to the everyday activities around us. Mindfulness in children is believed to help them take up the responsibility of their own education where they will certainly excel but also implement and apply these acquired skills like creativity, critical thinking in problem-solving alongside transforming into socially responsible citizens, top achievers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and more.

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Labschool the common grounds for academic excellence and all-round development of your child

Increasing number of modern parents today are very keen on finding the best Labschool for their child. Labschools offer regular academics coupled with specialized programs aimed towards the all-round development and progress of a child’s foundation in education.

Little Rahul turned three and his parents have left no stone unturned in finding the top school located in Bangalore. His parents read countless reviews and actively participate in the discussions on the many online parent forums to determine the best curriculum offered in the top day boarding school. They are not alone in their quest for the best school for their child.

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What makes a Labschool different from other schools?

Learning is a process that cannot be forced into the mind of a child. It should be freely and generously introduced to young, impressionable minds if for the knowledge to be gained. With schools getting more stringent about aspects like curriculum, academics, activities, discipline, and examination practices, there seems to be little place for an individual to grow naturally.

John Dewey, an American psychologist, philosopher, and educational reformer said, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” He believed that human beings are able to learn through natural adaptation, and should be allowed to interact with their environment, rather than telling them what to do and how to do. His notion was that children too could do the same and that they don’t just always mimic as it is mostly believed. Dewey, therefore, introduced the concept of a Labschool.

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Hands-on experience

These famous lines extend learning to more than the theoretical classes that most educational bodies endorse. Although it is a necessary method of instruction, most students have proved to have lost focus in a lecture and/or have failed to retain all of the information given to them. Even while notes are taken down, much of the learning in the classroom happens passively.

As a result, schools are slowly adapting to differed ideologies of education and learning. Hands-on experiences are now much preferred to traditional methods of learning and are broadly carried out by labschools. Here are the definitions for hands-on and hands-on experiences.

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What does experiential learning look like?

Experiential Learning is one of today’s most popular learning approaches adopted in the educational sphere. It is a dominant passage for learning in labschools. As the term suggests, Experiential Learning refers to learning which takes place through experiences. In other words, when the learner is involved in an activity, the experiences that they are subject to, help them understand various things through reflection, thereby allowing learning to take place.

The heart and soul of Experiential Learning is that each child is seen as an exceptional being capable of learning through observation and interaction and so learns through reflecting from those interactions. The inherent potential in them makes them receive experiences and learn to apply the knowledge gained through them

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