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We offer innovative hands on learning programs for holistic development of children across age groups from 2 - 16 in the following fields:

  • Early Learning Using LEGO® Education Products
  • English Language
  • STEM Education & Robotics aided by the Official LEGO® Curriculum

STEM Stands for Science Technology Engineering Mathematics. STEM essentially shapes children to collaborate and discover ways and means to solve real world problems. Through hands-on projects and experimentation, children acquire knowledge more easily and are able to test cause and effect, try out new things, get a clear understanding of how things actually work in a real world, and apply their knowledge on real-life applications (robotic models, science projects).

Artificial Intelligence has disrupted almost every industry across the globe today. The skills and knowledge which will be in demand when wer kids grow up and are old enough to either takeover their own business, start a new business or get into the job market, may not even exist today. Our programs provide the impetus to look for creative solutions to real world problems which will go a long way in developing both the right and left brain. Our range of activities which involve calculation based construction will be instrumental in developing their left brain which is the nerve centre for logical thinking. Additionally, the creative usage of various tools and techniques during problem solving will be instrumental in building their right brain which is the nerve centre for creativity.

We have a comprehensive assessment mechanism wherein we assess the child’s skills and accordingly start with the level that they would be able to handle. We have programs which are grouped based on skill levels and your child will begin with children with similar skill levels. As you can see for yourself, our environment is conducive for learning with the fun aspect blended in. If you still have doubts, you may send your child for a DEMO CLASS and see for yourself.

LEGO® equipment is just a tool in our programs. It is not the end. Children start with very basic structure and gradually begin to solve complex problem statements over time. The idea is to shape their logic and creativity. Our main goal is to teach subjects like Early Math, Early Science, English, General Knowledge, STEM, Maths, Science, Physics, Robotics by constructing various structures and LEGO® models that help children to learn and explore different scientific concepts and understand how things work in real world.

Science is science. There is no school science and our science. Yes, we do teach advance concepts at times, but only through hands on projects. The same may be taught to them in later classes theoretically which will lead to them gaining a deeper insight into these concepts. We are just enablers helping your child learn through discovery and experience the concepts in real life.

Our core curriculum is in sync with LEGO® Education hence our focus is on building 21st century skills for school (school readiness) and for future life (life skills) like creative thinking, problem solving, innovation, design thinking, decision making, teamwork and analytical thinking.

A. Preschool (2-4 years):

1. BRAIN DEVELOPMENT - “HANDS ARE THE TOOLS OF OUR BRAIN”

“Many of our greatest thinkers locate their capacity for original and profound thought in their imaginative abilities, first developed through creative play in early childhood.” - Sharna Olfman Psychology Professor Point Park University.

Children’s brain develops rapidly during the first three years of life. By the age of 5, 90% of the child’s brain is developed, so it’s crucial to stimulate the brain development within first 5 years of child’s life through various hands-on, sensory activities like building with blocks, playing with play dough, water play, coloring, sand play, etc. Hands-on, sensory activities allow young children to explore their world through their five senses, especially the sense of touch. The sense of touch opens the world to children and causes them to experience their environments more fully. Tactile learning and touch is essential for a child’s growth in physical abilities, cognitive and language skills, and even social and emotional development.

As children learn through their tactile senses and movement, it becomes essential for intellectual growth. Children that are more exposed to tactile learning, tummy time, and developing their motor skills when they are young, have better learning development, which correlates with their future academic success, the workplace, and in the larger community.

How Your Child Learns Through Touch

Neurophysiological research increasingly confirms the wisdom and efficacy of what has been called “hands-on learning.” Correlations have been found between dexterity and mobility in the fine motor muscles of children’s hands and cellular development in their brain which supports their cognitive capacities.

When we feel something, we gather multiple informative cues about objects around us. Is it soft or hard? Wet or dry? Cold or hot? Stable or unstable? When we want to find out if something is smooth, we run our fingertips over the object. We instinctively use our fingertips instead of our elbow or even the palm of our hand. Why is that? Some areas on the body, such as our fingertips and lips, have a high density of specific nerve endings.

These specific nerve endings that are found on fingertips and lips adhere to specialized cells called pacinian corpuscles (responsible for feeling vibration) and Meissner corpuscles (responsible for light touch). Fingertips are endowed with a high number of these nerves and are extremely sensitive to all tactile stimuli.

In the early years of child’s development, it’s very important to expose young children to tactile activities and allow them to use their fingers to gather information about their surroundings and develop an understanding of the unity of things. When children play and build with LEGO® bricks, they continuously exercise their fingertips and hand muscles that directly leads to their brain development, as millions of new neuron connections are being built. Just like exercising a muscle makes it stronger, children need to exercise their brain to make it stronger every day.

Playing with LEGO® bricks helps children develop their intelligence by allowing them to better understand their environment and how they can manipulate and comprehend it. Learning how each piece fits together and seeing what they can make is a valuable challenge to the mind.

If we don't use our fingers, if in childhood and youth we become “finger-blind,” this rich network of nerves is impoverished—which represents a huge loss to the brain and thwarts the individual's all-around development.

2. PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT:

a. For younger children, playing with LEGO® bricks assists with fine motor skill development. They learn how to assemble and take apart the bricks, which come in varied shapes and sizes. During play, the small twists and turns of their hands, fingers, and arms build strength, coordination, and dexterity - key skills required for handwriting, crafts, and independent dressing.

b. Activities that involve "fitting things together", like jigsaw puzzle, building blocks or tower toys, are extremely important for the development of hand-eye coordination, which is itself crucial for the overall physical development of the child. Hand-eye coordination uses the eyes to direct attention and the hands to execute a task. Good hand-eye coordination is needed for playing sports, playing musical instruments, handwriting, reading, day-to-day activities, etc.

3. SCHOOL READINESS: Early Math, Early Science (STEAM), English & Literacy, General Knowledge

a. EARLY MATH - Building Blocks, Foundation for Mathematical Thinking (2 to 4 years):

Children learn concepts such as numbers, 2D & 3D shapes, colors, patterns, simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, symmetry, balance, size, position, direction, measurement, matching, sorting, classifying objects while constructing and deconstructing various LEGO® creations. Children are able to solve mathematical problems and cognitive puzzles in fun and engaging way, as they use LEGO® bricks to understand how math is constructed and relate theoretical concepts to a real life. For instance, when children learn numbers, they can easily understand the quantity of each number by representing it with LEGO® bricks (number 1 - 1 brick) or simply use LEGO® bricks to understand basic addition / subtraction concepts (for exp., how 2 plus 3 equals to 5) instead of memorizing it. In the class, children are engaged in cognitive activities like cognitive puzzles (matching shapes, objects, brick challenges, solving patterns), memory games (for improving memory & concentration skills), problem solving and math activities.

Block Play in the early years has an important effect on spatial thinking and mathematical thinking later in middle and high school. When children construct towers, vehicles or structures with bricks, they develop their thinking power as they are continuously thinking where to put the brick?, what size or color?, how to make the structure stable?, what will happen if i put this brick here? how can i make my structure taller, longer, bigger or heavier? Strong spatial abilities are associated with science and technology careers, such as chemistry, engineering and mathematics. Even if your child shows other interests, they can still benefit. Research has also found that spatial skills are important in architecture, visual arts and even medicine. Even more surprising, research has found a strong correlation between strong spatial reasoning with innovation and creativity later in life. The good news is spatial skills are not necessarily about aptitudes, or being “born with it.” It is true that spatial skills can be improved with training. Numerous studies have shown that kids show improvement on spatial reasoning tests after spending time with LEGO® Bricks and other kinds of construction play.

b. EARLY SCIENCE: S.T.E.A.M. IN EARLY LEARNING (2 to 4 years old kids)

Children naturally use their curiosity and instincts to explore, experiment, observe, and play. They are constantly exploring the world around them, testing and experimenting and thinking like small scientists - what happens with the LEGO® bricks, the paper or the leaves, will they float or sink? What happens if I roll the car down the ramp? What if I use a ball instead? How can I make a chain reaction? These types of skills lay the foundation for the development of children's Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) skills. In traditional schools, children mostly observe the activities conducted by teacher and listen to his/her instructions. But in our classes, children are actively engaged in every activity and become creators and explorers of their own world. They learn about nature, environment, animals, modes of transport, community and people through real-life learning experiences. When children are able to apply their newly acquired knowledge, it helps them to get a deeper understanding of their world and retain that information for a longer time. For instance, children build a LEGO farm that gives them an opportunity to experience how animals live on the farm, what they eat, how they behave in real life, or build a LEGO garden with different plants and trees and learn how plants grow, it’s life cycle, why plants and trees need water and sun, etc.

SCIENCE - STEM EDUCATION & ROBOTICS (4 to 5 years):

Students will learn subjects like Math, Science, and Early Engineering more effectively as they work independently or in teams to investigate scientific concepts like speed, force, motion, wind power, balance, stability, buoyancy, weight. Children will explore how things work in the world, learn about inventors and their inventions, learn how to create and invent new machines. They will be introduced to the concept of designing, invention, exploration and discovery, the idea of technological progress, understand how and why people come up with decisions to create new machines and innovate upon. build, design and experiment with machines using screwdrivers, wheels, axles, gears and investigate how they move.

1. CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT:

Children express themselves creatively and artistically while constructing the wonderful ideas from their imaginations. The wide range of bricks and elements naturally inspires the imaginations of preschoolers and awakens their desire to learn through playful experiences. When children construct various creations with LEGO® bricks, they express their own ideas, feelings, thoughts, they become the creators of their world where they are not restricted by any limits boundaries.

2. SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

Children use the bricks and figures during play to try on different roles and explore relationships. This role-play also invites children to work together to solve problems and to express and phrase themselves in relation to others. Ultimately building self-confidence and increasing awareness of the needs and feelings of others. While building their towns, communities, animal habitats, children develop their social skills and deepen their understanding of the world around them. Children try out different roles and role-play different scenarios, like community helpers rescuing people from danger, waiter-customer role play in the restaurant, etc.

You get what you pay for. If you compare the long-term benefits that our programs will generate for your child, consider the expense as a minor investment in your child’s future. Millions of jobs have been rendered obsolete over the world by Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Machine Learning. Would you not want your child to be an agent of change in such a dynamically transforming world?

Our environment excels in guided learning aided by the official  LEGO®  Education curriculum. Additionally, your child will also be working alongside other children of a similar skill level - this will go a long way in developing his collaboration and team management skills.

Our programs are mapped with curricular concepts which will him/her in relating to what he/she has already learnt in school or will do so in the future.

In a regular pre-school the child spends a major amount of time sitting and observing and looking at the teacher who is either singing rhymes or repeating alphabets and numbers over and over again. The kind of activities required to hone their creativity and fine tune their fine motor skills are virtually non-existent. This is where ArKidtects can play a major role. It has been observed that students who have been a part of our previous sessions have shown marked developments in their outlook and creative approach over a period of time.

We need to understand why children misbehave and do not sit in one place. The primary reason being boredom and do so only if they are unable to utilize their boundless energy. We have programs and activities which are mapped with the intelligence level of their age and hence your child finds our environment conducive for learning. We would like to suggest you to engage the child with activities in your physical presence at home - even if for half an hour. This would go a long way in developing a bond with your child and shape his behavior in the long term.

We commenced operations in 2015. In terms of longevity we may be relatively new but our team has a collective experience of more than 25 years across various countries and domains.

We have close to 150 students. We are proud to say that we have students from a wide spectrum of countries ranging from UK, USA, Switzerland, Emirates, Nepal, Australia who make it a point to attend our programs at every moment they are in the country.

Participating in competitions requires intense focus, regular practice, developing skills required for construction, invention and out of the box thinking. These skills need time to develop and a regular practice regime for atleast six months is required to make a student ready for competitions.

We believe that the ecosystem in Kolkata is not mature enough for a competition in this domain. We plan to conduct a few of them this year from July onwards. (in-house competitions, Science & Robotics national / International competitions).

A robot is a machine built using mechanical structures and/or electronic equipment to perform a particular task or function. It goes without saying that Robotics is merely a platform to understand and use the practical aspects of curricular concepts which your child will learn in school. Hence, it does not imply that the child is engineering something rather she is actually creating a solution to solve a real world problem like usage of technology during natural disasters, environmental pollution, space exploration, waste management, sustainable energy. In our robotics classes, students will learn subjects like Life-, Physical-, Earth-, and Space Sciences, Physics, Math, Engineering, Technology, Coding through various hands-on science projects. The LEGO® Education curricula cover real science practices, including: gathering evidence, planning and carrying out investigations, and designing prototypes to solve real-world problems. For instance, children will explore simple machines and how they work in everyday life, investigate basic mechanisms, concepts like forces & motion, speed, friction, energy, participate in various challenges like creativity challenge, invention challenge and STEM challenge. Children are encouraged to explore the world around them and develop their own ideas and theories, making science come to life through coding.

Science projects:

Natural Disasters: Earthquake - children will investigate how earthquakes occur, learn specific terminology like magnitude, seismograph, richter scale, tectonic plate; build and design a prototype of an earthquake simulator to test different types of buildings to understand what makes the buildings and structures earthquake-resistant and how to prevent a massive destruction of buildings and cities during the earthquake.

Recycling: Recycling Truck project - children will learn about waste management and environmental pollution, explore the concept of Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, build and design a prototype of a recycling truck and participate in recycling challenge.

Extreme Habitats: Animals Adaptions - students will investigate how different animals adapt to their environments (like fish in the water, polar bear in the polar region, camel in the desert), what is camouflage (lion in the savanna, chameleon changing body color), explore different strategies animals use to catch their prey and to escape from their predators; build and design a prototype of an animal (snake, shark, dinosaur, fish) that can survive in a particular environment, explain the relationship between the species and how they adapt to survive.

Frog’s Metamorphosis - students will learn about metamorphosis process, environment and body characteristics of the frog, explore the stages in the lifecycle of the frog, create and program of a tadpole, and convert it to the adult frog.

Space Exploration - children will learn about space travel, space vehicles, solar system, astronaut’s life, understand the importance of space exploration, go on a virtual mission to space in order to explore the surface of the moon and mars, create and program a space rover to perform a specific task (to find flower specimen, collect a rock sample, move in and out of crater).

Math in Robotics:

After exploring the main topic and building a model, children will carry out investigations and gather evidence from their findings. For instance, children will measure the distance of a car travelling 2 meter distance with small and big wheels, then calculate the amount of time needed to travel 4 meter distance with small and big wheels using previous data.

After attending our programs we have often found that children take up science in a more engaging manner and develop the knack for asking more questions rather than accepting the status quo. When children are actively engaged in the class activity, when they create projects with their own hands and make discoveries independently, they take the ownership of their learning process and develop interest / curiosity toward learning.

We organize events which are centered around the idea of learning through action a la Lego themed birthday parties, Parenting Workshops, Science workshops, Robotics workshops, Playdates (for children / mother & child), Camps - Spring, Summer, Winter.

We have stringent quality norms for hiring and inducting teachers in our team. We are very choosy in our approach towards selecting the right fit for our teaching team. All our classrooms are equipped with CCTV cameras and we make it a point to monitor the delivery of our teachers from time to time. We conduct monthly workshops and seminars for our teachers to ensure they improve the relevant skills necessary for teaching children and continuously update their knowledge about latest methodologies and teaching techniques.