A. Every class in Shikshantar has a distinct identity influenced by the facilitators and the children (and in some ways by the parents). Each group has a name. The groups are named after the elements – Water, Wind, Earth, Fire and Ether – to help children of all ages build enduring connections with the philosophical, social, historical, poetic and sometimes political understanding and interpretation of the elements. The purpose is to enable children to establish deeper connections with the quintessential energies of nature. And through these connections we hope children will grow to forge deeper bonds with the environment and Mother Earth.
The green ecology of the school campus inspires children, facilitators and parents to build direct connections with nature in many different ways.
For every group, one or more themes are organized around the group name. Theme work allows children to sing songs, write poems, read historical contexts, research old and new thoughts, construct stories, explore mathematics, science and social science – in the context of their group name. A child enrolled in Playgroup or Nursery has the opportunity of visiting each group name/element every five years at least three times in their school life at Shikshantar.
Q. What are our groups called?
Playgroup: Dewdrops, Raindrops, Boond
Nursery: Pawan, Vayu, Purvayi, Anila, Avir
Kindergarten: Bhoomi, Dhara, Vasundhara, Avani, Ardhi
Class I: Ambar, Aasmaan, Neelambar, Aakaash, Anant
Class II: Agni, Pavak, Surya, Aagun, Enya
Class III: Neer, Megha, Varsha, Brishti, Aab
Class IV: Luft, Purva, Fiza, Wara, Breeze
Class V: Earth, Prithvi, Pritha, Terra, Zemya
Class VI: Space, Ether, Cosmos, Himmel
Class VII: Aapi, Afroz, Azia, Pyros
Class VIII: Aqua, Tarang, Zarya, Wasser
Class IX: Zephyr, Amun, Aeolus, Aria
Class X: Talamh, Jord, Midiri, Ceres
Class XI: Vyom, Empyrean, Ciel
Class XII: Ignis, Hadyn, Calor