The first eight years in the life of an individual is referred to as early childhood. This phase determines the future of a child not just in terms of his education but also his, abilities, personality, individuality and success. If a child lacks education in his first eight years, it can spell doom for his future. It is very important to provide a child proper early childhood education so that he can be developed properly. During this phase, a child’s mind properly develops and as they say, “wiring of the brain is laid down”. The mental, emotional, social and educational growth of a child is determined by his educational experiences and relationships received and built during his first eight years. In the same light, Hopper is a one stop smart Kindergarten for parents to address the needs of their children in a home away from home.
To create an uninhibited and creative environment in kindergarten so that the students can fully explore and discover their innate talents.
Hopper Smart Kindergarten strives to maximize the learning potential of every student, within a loving and supportive exploratory environment. We aim to encourage responsible global citizens who contribute positively to our dynamic world.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Sonal Malhotra is also the Director of Neha Playways, a leading national player in manufacturing playways. Having a huge customer base across the globe, Neha Playways is entering the foray of education by opening a new kindergarten near Kharar, Punjab. The kindergarten has been named ‘Hopper - An International Smart kindergarten’ in tune with its philosophy of letting children experience, explore and grow.
Sonal Malhotra’s viewpoint about a good playway is that, “Today a kindergarten does not have to be only about scholastic education, but about holistic development of the child, especially in their early years. With Hopper, we aim to address that need .For a kindergarten, the focus has to be the child and that’s exactly what our focus is going to be.”
This kindergarten is spread across 1.5 acres of greenery and gives the child a pollution free environment to grow. Hopper will have state of the art infrastructure, experienced and trained faculty in kindergarten teaching, international teaching aids, curriculum designed by experts, Toy train and a lot of playways within the campus. The teaching pedagogy would be activity based, imbibing the playway methodology.
ABOUT THE PRINCIPAL:
Reetika Singh did her schooling from the prestigious Lawrence School Sanawar and excelled in academics, sports and co-curricular activities, representing her school on various platforms including the Indian Public School’s Conference. She did her Honors in English from GCG - 11, Chandigarh and topped the college in Honors, her LL.B. from Panjab University, Chandigarh, Master’s in English and PGD in Guidance and Counseling. Reetika was the editor of Rotaract club of Chandigarh Midtown at the young age of 19 years, where she launched the newsletter and expanded the reader base. She also anchored a show on television, “Gallan Kuchh Teriyaan Kuchh Meriyaan” on Alpha Punjabi and acted in Jaspal Bhatti’s famous show, “Professor Money Plant”.
Reetika began her professional career as a lawyer in the Punjab & Haryana High Court, until she realized her passion was for training and people management. Multifaceted, Reetika became a National Head when just 29 years old for a Health and Wellness brand, Diet Mantra. Simultaneously she continued her passion for education and training, imparting expertise to teachers across India.
Reetika was highly instrumental in setting the first International Baccalaureate School in the tricity, Oakridge International School, Mohali where she worked as a Chief Admission Coordinator. Prior to joining Hopper Smart Kindergarten, Reetika was the Vice Principal of Ashiana Public School, Chandigarh, also imparting Life Skills training to students and counseling children and parents. She is working on her first book as an author. The motto that keeps her going is “Never Give In”
To provide a stimulating environment instilling sound moral and spiritual values.
Creating the emerging leaders of tomorrow as we envision our kids as leadership icons.
Positively impacting a synergy of skills, knowledge and values in our children.
Focusing on student centered approach and child friendly practices and beliefs.
Since every child is born with certain innate abilities, while others are acquired through the journey of life, our staff understands every child’s unique learning style and helps the children follow the best practices.
With our pedagogy and set practices, we enable our children to realize their full potential and desired learning outcomes.
To keep a constant vigil on the child’s social, emotional, linguistic and other important developmental milestones.
Thus, thus the aim of Hopper education is to place into the world, balanced children having a well groomed personality, who are socially, emotionally and intellectually well adjusted, with a great deal of understanding of themselves and their relationship with those around them and the situations in which they find themselves. We aim to provide a strong foundation where parents, grandparents and children experience the most inspired, spiritual, loving and child friendly education, having strong academic, practical and artistic curriculum, fostering the child’s natural capabilities at each developmental stage.
BELIEF & PRINCIPLES:
A mother is the first teacher of her child, teaching values, good manners and sharing beautiful thoughts right from the time that she has the seed of her baby in her womb. We are more like an extension of the lovely living being called “Ma”. Hopper is a place where thoughts don’t remain thoughts; ideas are not confined within the four walls of the school. It is a place where out of the box thinking is not shunned, rather it is nurtured. We believe that schools are not only to teach similar education, but also to unearth what is different and unique in each child. The school paves the way and guides every child to achieve their optimum potential.
The first 2000 days of a child’s existence are the most crucial, paving way for and laying foundation for a fulfilling tomorrow. The early years show rapid growth and development in the child’s life. 80% of their intellectual development takes place before 8 years of age and 20% between 8-18 years of age. Everything learnt during this span stays on forever. Our basic aim is to provide rich qualities in the child and help him develop good habits, confidence, positive attitude and inquiry based approach, thus helping them enhance their overall personality, knowledge, imagination and playfulness. Thus, the child gets ample opportunities to grow and achieve his full potential, i.e physical, intellectual, social, emotional, creative, aesthetic and spiritual development.
Teachers and teaching are the heart and soul of the educational institution. For a skilful teacher, the child remains the central figure in designing and implementation of classroom activities, and it is this skill that makes the difference in the performance of the child, duly appreciating the positives and working towards overcoming the shortcomings. Children enter school with a significant background of learning experiences with their family and friends. Every child has a strong need for being involved, loved and properly nurtured. Participating actively from the earliest years has a very positive role to play in ensuring that every child feels safe and secure, is valued and has a strong sense of belonging. Every child needs a bigger world with greater intellectual, social and physical challenges to develop as a responsible and confident lifelong learner.
HOPPER – THE SMART INTERNATIONAL KINDERGARTEN:
During their Kindergarten years at Hopper, children are encouraged to:
Interact with others, learn to share, care and cooperate.
Become more independent in routine matters.
Be more creative and imaginative.
Learn Sportsmanship by playing with other children in a friendly manner.
Learn and enhance the problem solving ability.
Become more confident and start realizing their potential.
Become good listeners, thereby giving due respect to others around them.
Learn how to read and write
Learn Numeracy and Numbers
Learn rhymes, music, dance and rhythm for poise, grace, concentration, discipline and fun.
Learn and participate in physical exercise, for a healthy mind dwells in a healthy body, gross motor skills, sportsmanship and teamwork.
Theme based learning that would equip the child with the basic knowledge of everything that he/she is required to have during the Kindergarten years.
Help children learn the most important life skills, paving way for a more rewarding and fulfilling tomorrow.
Developing sound social skills that aid in interaction, cooperation, teamwork, problem solving, decision making, being responsible and meaningful communication.
Learn art and painting, thereby enhancing creativity, fine motor skills, color recognition and differentiation, imagination and out of the box thinking.
FOCUSED LEARNING AREAS:
Aesthetics and Creative Expression
Discovery of the World
Language and Literacy
Motor Skills Development
Social and Emotional Development
We at Hopper Smart School, introduce new activities and learning material to develop abilities in the most stimulating manner, creating a balance of teacher directed and student initiated activities. Children learn through their FIVE senses and so what they see, hear, feel, taste and touch plays a pivotal role. They learn through interaction with family, friends, teachers and their surroundings.