Preschool


Our preschool environment consists of two phases:
Ages 2-3 and Ages 3-6
Each with their own classrooms and playgrounds

AGES 2-3

The Unconscious Absorbent Mind:
The child absorbs, but cannot always remember.

During this period, toddlers develop different functions related to movement and intellect – each at first separately and then in combination. This phase is also termed the “unconscious creator”, in which children absorb the environment around them and construct their reality.

TEACHER:
Ms Joey Keyser
Assistant:  Marlene Jantjies

CLASS:
1 x Class
Approximately 16 Children

ROUTINE:
The day starts with morning ring, followed by activities involving colours, shapes, numbers and letters. A forty minute work cycle on life skills includes each child’s choice and use of Montessori sensorial equipment. The programme continues with games, songs, rhymes, and art activities. A period is allocated to free play, story time and lunch. Children nap at school and toilet training takes place throughout the day.

PROGRAMME:

In a nurturing, caring environment children are introduced to the rules of the classroom and playground.

The development of relationship skills is very important:  getting on with self and others, learning to accept boundaries, to respect the rights of others, and to stand up for one’s own rights.

Emphasis is also placed on developing language skills and encouraging independence.

Additional activities (outsourced, at an additional cost) available to this group are:  ballet, Playball, Monkeynastics, gymnastics, and swimming (summer only).

AGES 3-6

The Absorbent Mind:
The child is able to absorb, seemingly without effort, from the environment in which he / she lives.

At this age, these youngsters are transforming into the “conscious worker”. Children become absorbed in perfecting activities they only observed during the 0-3 year old age group. 80% of the child’s brain is developed within the first six years of life – a time which forms the foundation for later living and learning.

The will of the child is developed through encouragement and praise, which in turn develops concentration. Using the sensitive period of repetition the child is encouraged to aim for perfection. Consequently, independence, self-confidence, and concentration are achieved. Early education is vital.

The 3-6 year olds need to learn to make a clear distinction between fantasy and reality and teachers and parents alike help them in making this distinction.

TEACHERS:
Ms Joy Diedericks
Ms Tatu Smurfit
Assistants:  Modie Mbonde & Hilda Jantjies

CLASSES:
2 x Classes
Approximately 22 Children per age group

ROUTINE:
The day starts with morning ring, followed by activities involving colours, shapes, numbers and letters. A forty minute work cycle on life skills includes each child’s choice and use of Montessori sensorial equipment. The programme continues with games, songs, rhymes, and art activities. A period is allocated to free play, story time and lunch. Children do not nap at school anymore in this class.

PROGRAMME:

The children work with specially designed Montessori materials, which provide a concrete base to abstract understanding. Formalised learning of writing, reading, and numeracy also begins during this stage.

The programme is balanced with outings to places of interest. Drama is encouraged and all children take part in the annual play, as well as celebrating festival days. The playground is designed to encourage balance, large muscle co-ordination, and ball skills.

Additional activities (outsourced, at an additional cost) available to this group are:  Ballet, Playball, Monkeynastics, Gymnastics, Dinky Karate and swimming (summer only).

STAFF DETAILS

Our staff members are fully
qualified to educate your children.

SCHOOL MEALS

Our school offers homely meals
during school breaks and aftercare.

AFTERCARE

Aftercare is available to all
pre- and primary school children.

We might be able to answer some of your questions here.
Otherwise, please contact us and we’ll supply you with all the information you require.