The concept of the EB Club owes its genesis to subtle missing concerns in Education. Having been in the education sector for a considerably long span of time, we felt that the primary hindrance to learning was that kids were not proficient in Communication Skills. This in turn became a stumbling block in learning other subjects. We felt that there was a growing need for kids to be proficient in English as a Communication Skill right from a tender age of 2 years. This would help in better cognition and understanding of other subjects too. We had to come up with a platform that facilitated language learning and focused on honing the sub skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through phonemic awareness and sound acoustics.
Thus, the EB Club by its 'out of the box' and innovative pedagogy brings about an amalgam of teaching and learning. Now, are we treading on a virgin ground? No, we are not. We are just, so as to say, pushing the envelope a bit further. The entire theory hinges on the Multiple Intelligences Approach coined by Howard Gardner (Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard University) and does it so by integration of Knowledge, Skills and Attitude. The MI theory revolves around eight intelligences:
- Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence:
An individual's ability to understand and manipulate words and languages.
- Logical/Mathematical Intelligence:
An individual's ability to do things with data: collect, and organize, analyze and interpret, conclude and predict.
- Visual/Spatial Intelligence:
The ability to form and manipulate a mental model. Individuals with strength in this area depend on visual thinking and are very imaginative.
- Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence:
Refers to people who process information through the sensations they feel in their bodies.
- Naturalistic Intelligence:
Is seen in someone who recognizes and classifies plants, animals, and minerals including a mastery of taxonomies.
- Musical Intelligence:
The ability to understand, create, and interpret musical pitches, timbre, rhythm, and tones and the capability to compose music.
- Interpersonal Intelligence:
The ability to interpret and respond to the moods, emotions, motivations, and actions of others.
- Intrapersonal Intelligence:
Simply put, is the ability to know oneself.
The MI Approach crystallises the uniqueness and genius of every child.
To execute this concept of ours, we use assistive technology platform, E-Blocks that serves as a tool for making the students learn the concepts and apply them. Since the blocks are palm sized, the kids enjoy working with them thus moving in for collaborative learning. The edge that we promise to offer over other after school hours programmes is that we allow the child to move at his own pace, allowing mistakes and prompting him to try till he succeeds. Thus, the result is confidence and creativity.