The Kindergarten in Center Field started in 1986. Parents were taking care of the children in this place, until the actual localisation was found. Initially, there were 5 buildings large enough to receive up to 30 children, but unfortunately not made for the school purpose, and something had to be done with regard to this to continue as school. A new building was built later: large and airy, shaped like a cross with four classrooms, a dining room, a library, specially designed toilets for kids, all surrounded by a large activity area.
Approach, Methods and Curricula
In the rhythm of the day, the Kindergarten alternates between rigorous activity and quiet activity, directed activity and free choice activity. The aim is to develop the whole child, to develop concentration and each of the senses, while at the same time keeping a balance between meeting the needs of each child and meeting the needs of the group. Children have opportunities for self-expression and the exploration of their own interests, but at the same time they are expected to be considerate toward others, to respect the environment, to participate and to share. The children learn in English, but all children are also taught Tamil and French plus songs in Sanskrit.
Students and teachers
The Kindergarten provides for 60 children in 4 groups. The Yellow group is composed of children from 2 ½ to 3 ½ years old, the Orange group of children from 3 ½ to 4 ½ years old, the Blue group of children from 4 ½ to 5 ½ years old and the Green group of children from 5 ½ to 6 ½ years old. For each group there is a main teacher and an assistant. When the children of the Blue group graduate and leave the school, 15 new students are accepted to form a new Yellow group, and the cycle goes on. About 9 persons are in charge, that means 2 teachers for a group, and up to 3 with the smaller pupils.
- What is special about the Kindergarten in Auroville?: A comparative study of childhood education in Montessori, Waldorf, Progressive Schools and Auroville by Heidi Watts, Ph.D., Director, Education, Antioch University
- Location: Center Field area
- Phone: 262-2374, Miriam or Odile
- E-mail: kindergarten (at) auroville.org.in