For the first time in India, the Cascade Family Learning Services (CFLS), a unique educational eco-system, launched its Montessori Flexi education learning pods to empower children, self-direct their learning.
Applications for admissions would be accepted until May 15, 2021 and close by May 21, 2021. For more queries, +91 99624 07007 or visit cascadefls.org.
Families cooperate to provide the needed facilities-academic and non-academic and come together to form these pods under the guidance of the CFLS team. Keeping the current Covid situation in mind, Cascade has specially designed this programme which not only ensures safety, mental health and well-being of children, but also explores home based learning using classroom materials, yearlong parent education on stress-free parenting and supporting students at home. According to the official, this programme caters to children in the age group of 1 to 18 years.
The Toddler Community (14 – 36 months of age)
Two or more adults to facilitate their daily routine. The main focus will be on personal hygiene, independent dressing and undressing skills and introduce toileting and food prep appropriate for that age. Also, it provides opportunities to contribute on care of environment, in both indoor and outdoor areas, designed to help the child refine skills based on real-life activities.
Casa or Primary Programme (2½–6 years)
This programme encourages them to explore, discover and to collaborate with peers. It also inspires self-directed learning, promotes self-confidence, independent thought and action, critical thinking while fostering social-emotional and intellectual growth. Uninterrupted blocks of work time (typically three hours in length) allows children to work at their own pace and fully immerse themselves in an activity with undivided attention. This cycle respects individual variations in the learning process, facilitates the development of coordination, concentration, observation, peer interaction, independence and a sense of order while facilitating the child’s assimilation of information.
Elementary Programme (6–12 years)
This is an individually paced curriculum that challenges children academically and safeguards their well-being and sense of self. Engaging as contributing members of a respectful community, they learn to question, think critically and take responsibility for their own learning skills that would support them in later education and in life.
Adolescent Programme (12–18 years)
This adolescent programne at Cascade is designed to provide a number of socially and culturally relevant discussions for their growing personality that hinges on moral development, while preparing them to live as an adult in the society. Field experiences in two associated rural centres offer deep impressions and systematic understanding of human needs vs earth ethics, combined with a call for action. What’s more, admission of children is based on interviews and discussions with families, besides home visits, to recommend early head-start into screen free experiential learning at home.
Throwing more light on the Flexi Programme, Vidya Shankar, Founder, Mentor, Adolescent and certified Montessori Coach and Sports Guide said: “We are proud to be the first educational institution to introduce this unique and flexi programme with utmost importance given to the parent-children-guide relationship. We strongly believe parents and guides are the main pillars for the child to construct early impressions on education and their pleasant collaboration in early childhood setting is critically important to the overall development of the child. We have supportive evidence from our extensive research on the impact of educating the child using this unique and collaborative approach. Our research findings have aided us to polish the unique path-breaking tool we developed, a few years ago, that would measure the Child Rights Compliance in schools. The CRCI Index tool is copyrighted and is expected to take-off soon.”
Schools that are keen to certify themselves with the CRCI index on entitlement of rights for children in their school, can apply to our parent organisation Relief Foundation. This tool would also enable parents to educate themselves on the safety and well-being of children if they are admitted into a school with higher order of compliance.
Many parents are currently facing a range of concerns in this pandemic situation, especially lack of continuity in their child’s education and progress, due to the sudden shift from the traditional face-to-face learning to online learning. Furthermore, Cascade has re-calibrated its learning programme to address the core issues that have resulted from the pandemic, with counselling and support for parents and children to improve familial relationships while maximising their learning and fear-free, caution-laced gleaning of knowledge from the world happenings.
The inception of Cascade by its 23 year old parent organisation Relief Foundation was in 2010. The Institution is aiming at empowering families into collaborative learning by offering collective resources in a common space, priming up parents to do Montessori courses and enter the classrooms as guides under the leadership of Vidya Shankar. Families have stayed in as a community, helping through the Covid times and providing excellent support online for older students and offline, scheduling with the guides. It is a refreshing and enriching education place for families and children, to learn and grow together!