The first eight years in the life of an individual is referred to as early childhood. This phase determines the future of a child not just in terms of his education but also his, abilities, personality, individuality and success. If a child lacks education in his first eight years, it can spell doom for his future. It is very important to provide a child proper early childhood education so that he can be developed properly. During this phase, a child’s mind properly develops and as they say, “wiring of the brain is laid down”. The mental, emotional, social and educational growth of a child is determined by his educational experiences and relationships received and built during his first eight years. In the same light, Hopper is a one stop smart school for parents to address the needs of their children in a home away from home.
Sonal Malhotra is also the Director of Neha Playways, a leading national player in manufacturing playways. Having a huge customer base across the globe, Neha Playways has entered the foray of education by opening a smart school near Kharar, Punjab. ‘Hopper International Smart School is in tune with its philosophy of letting children experience, explore and grow.
Sonal Malhotra’s viewpoint about a good school is that, “Today, an educational institution does not have to be only about scholastic education, but about holistic development of the child, especially in their early years. With Hopper, we aim to address that need .For a good school, the focus has to be the child and that’s exactly what our focus has always been.”
Spread over 2 acres, the school boasts of its lush green presence and gives the child a pollution free environment to grow. Hopper has state of the art infrastructure, experienced and trained faculty in student handling and teaching, international teaching aids, curriculum designed by experts, Toy train and a lot of educational aids within the campus. The teaching pedagogy is activity based, imbibing the ‘learning by doing’ methodology.
B.A (Hons) LL.B, M.A (English), P.G.D. (Guidance & Counseling) B.Ed., M.Ed.
Reetika Singh did her schooling from the prestigious Lawrence School Sanawar and excelled in academics, sports and co-curricular activities, representing her school on various platforms including the Indian Public School’s Conference. She did her Honors in English from GCG - 11, Chandigarh and topped the college in Honors, her LL.B. from Panjab University, Chandigarh, Master’s in English and PGD in Guidance and Counseling. Reetika was the editor of Rotaract club of Chandigarh Midtown at the young age of 19 years, where she launched the newsletter and expanded the reader base. She also anchored a show on television, “Gallan Kuchh Teriyaan Kuchh Meriyaan” on Alpha Punjabi and acted in Jaspal Bhatti’s famous show, “Professor Money Plant”.
Reetika began her professional career as a lawyer in the Punjab & Haryana High Court, until she realized her passion was for training and people management. Multifaceted, Reetika became a National Head when just 29 years old for a Health and Wellness brand, Diet Mantra. Simultaneously she continued her passion for education and training, imparting expertise to teachers across India.
An avid writer, Reetika writes for an International website, www.articlesbase.com and is a popular Life Skills trainer. Earlier, Reetika was highly instrumental in setting the first International Baccalaureate School in the tricity, Oakridge International School, Mohali where she worked as a Chief Admission Coordinator. Prior to joining Hopper Smart School, Reetika was the Vice Principal of Ashiana Public School, Chandigarh, also imparting Life Skills training to students and counseling children and parents. She is working on her first book as an author. The motto that keeps her going is “Never Give In”
During their School years at Hopper, children are encouraged to:
Interact with others, learn to share, care and cooperate.
Become more independent in routine matters.
Be more creative and imaginative.
Learn Sportsmanship by playing with other children in a friendly manner.
Learn and enhance the problem solving ability.
Become more confident and start realizing their potential.
Become good listeners, thereby giving due respect to others around them.
Learn how to read and write
Learn Numeracy and Numbers
Learn rhymes, music, dance and rhythm for poise, grace, concentration, discipline and fun.
Learn and participate in physical exercise, for a healthy mind dwells in a healthy body, gross motor skills, sportsmanship and teamwork.
Theme based learning that would equip the child with the basic knowledge of everything that he/she is required to have during the School years.
Help children learn the most important life skills, paving way for a more rewarding and fulfilling tomorrow.
Developing sound social skills that aid in interaction, cooperation, teamwork, problem solving, decision making, being responsible and meaningful communication.
Learn art and painting, thereby enhancing creativity, fine motor skills, color recognition and differentiation, imagination and out of the box thinking.
FOCUSED LEARNING AREAS:
Aesthetics and Creative Expression
Discovery of the World
Language and Literacy
Motor Skills Development
Social and Emotional Development
We at Hopper Smart School, introduce new activities and learning material to develop abilities in the most stimulating manner, creating a balance of teacher directed and student initiated activities. Children learn through their FIVE senses and so what they see, hear, feel, taste and touch plays a pivotal role. They learn through interaction with family, friends, teachers and their surroundings.