While children are placed in their age-related groups, classroom management and structure caters for the individual.
It is our belief that each child be allowed to develop at his own pace. Within each class group, smaller developmental groups are identified. This ensures that each child is given input appropriate to his stage and rate of development.
While some organisational structure exists, the child moves constructively from one activity to the next. Each activity is carefully planned and provided in order to achieve outcomes and develop skills.
|7h00-8h30:||Children arrive and are dropped off by parents.
A choice of indoor free play activities are on offer in each classroom. This could include construction toys, play dough, puzzles and games.
|8h30-9h00:||First morning ring.
The children learn songs, do various maths activities, participate in baking activities or science experiments.
We believe that movement is crucial in developing gross motor skills, muscle strength and coordination. During this time children participate in activities using balls, beanbags, hulahoops and balancing beams.
|9h30-10h00:||Outdoor play time.
We have a lovely big garden with superb jungle gyms and sandpits. We also offer waterplay, painting and bike riding.
Smaller groups of children play educational games. This provides the teachers with the unique opportunity to spend more individual time with the children.
Art and work time.
The children discuss a theme related idea with their teacher and then lots of painting, sculpturing, glueing and building takes place during this time. The children are always super excited about their creations! Objectives such as improving fine motor skills, motor planning skills and pencil grip are addressed in this time.
This is a unique language development opportunity for the children and is a crucial component in cognitive development and the development of problem solving skills.
Some days are extra special at our school.
A few times a year we do like to go on outings with the children as these also provides unique learning opportunities. Outings that have been very successful and fun included the zoo, botanical gardens, bug shows, a visit to the farm and visiting the dinosaur expo.
Within the pre-school year a recognised Grade R programme is followed. This would include some worksheet activities, learning the alphabet letters, phonics and all other required pre-literacy skills.