Unique aspects of SAIL Program
The program is centred on short cycles of work, each consisting of what is essentially a three part lesson; ‘introduction’ including vocabulary, ‘association’ including handling materials, and finally ‘recall’ which consists of the presentation of learned concepts. Such short work/learning cycles give a manageable time frame for the children.
The academic studies are individualized or done in small groups and are related to the real –life experiences as much as possible, rather than solely through adult directed lessons. Long term projects which involve extensive research and action are undertaken by the children. We provide challenges and presentations that students can take on enthusiastically.
The syllabus includes self-expression (music, languages, and the arts); the development of the personality (moral education and the preparation for adult life); the study of the earth and living things (Geography, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Ecology); the study of human progress (History); Mathematics (comprised of Arithmetic, Algebra, Statistics and Geometry) and life skills (gardening, computers, sewing and cooking). Curriculum and syllabi are based on NCERT and NIOS requirements.
Rather than attempting to cover all the bases and cram the children’s head full of knowledge, we make sure that they know how to learn. When they encounter educational gaps, they can resolve it by locating the information needed to fill that gap. The children are given as much time as needed on each subject to ensure they feel confident of having mastered concepts.
Eventually the children are guided to apply for the Secondary (class X) NIOS examinations as independent candidates. They are helped to prepare for these examinations.