S.M.A.R.T Program is a innovative program that brings together play, interactions, media and technology to help children grow in holistic way that builds upon their natural curiosity, openness and a desire to learn. The program teaches children the value of discipline, engagement and routines with an excitement of new experiences. S.M.A.R.T Program leverages the fact that children have a natural sense of wonder and inquisitiveness. It feeds this this sense of wonder and inquisitiveness by exposing them to ideas and concepts in exciting ways that take daily natural activities and converts them into foundations for lifelong excellence in learning.
Grandparents often wonder how easy it is for children of today to learn new technology that they struggle with, and at the same time they lament about work ethic or values of current generation. Both observations highlight some of the core principles we work with. Children learn what they are exposed to, and their natural curiosity and lack of fear of failure helps them explore and adopt new concepts quickly. As we grow, we learn to be afraid of failure, and that inhibits our learning. That learned behavior, can be tempered with measured and defined success, which feeds the further desire to learn and builds inner confidence and self-esteem.
S.M.A.R.T Program pre-empts the tripping points for most young children and gets them acclimated to things that children can find challenging in ways that are playful and natural to them. Learning about density by exploring how and why things float is a lot more fun than trying to learn the formula for density. Looking at a cell under a microscope is more illuminating than reading about it. What the S.M.A.R.T program does differently is that it connects the fun experiences to underlying concept so that children begin to recognize them, and in time understand them.
Components of the S.M.A.R.T Program:
Encouraging children to read this program facilitates reading skill with a reward mechanism with reading challenges and recognition. Reading is a critical skill, and reading comprehension is a tool on which rest of the learning relies. The Rapid Reader builds comfort with reading with progressive challenges for the children to build their vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Have you ever wondered how the ancient civilizations did the calculations needed for building the wonders of the world like the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal or how the ancient astronomers calculated the distance to sun or moon thousands of years ago? Have you been impressed by people that can do complex math in their heads and do multiplication as if by magic? It turns out that a lot of techniques for math have existed for a long time but forgotten. Fortunately, they are learnable and are being built into many modern math programs. The Mathmagic(TM) program integrates the tried and true methods of building math skills with innovative techniques that builds confidence in math and a while new level of skill.
This innovative program takes the children around the world and lets them experience different places without physically leaving the SMART Center. The program leverages technology and media to take children to different places which is supplemented by a monthly theme that emphasizes the cuisine, culture, costumes and icons of the place being visited.
This program is designed to encourage creativity and artistry in all children. Children will explore a variety of art forms and build their own creative portfolios. Every child is encouraged to find their inner artist and explore a sense of color, placement and expression.
Music and performance arts have been shown to stimulate the brain function and raise the intelligence of children from an early age. SMARTStar! encourages the children to explore music and other performance arts in ways that are rewarding for the child and their family. Music, humor and drama are built into the program from early years, and children are encouraged to perform for their peers and parents.