Our Daily programme
To the pre-schooler, life is a whimsical adventure full of gooey play dough, colourful drawings, stories, songs and play. Each activity holds intrigue and every escapade a new lesson. Informal learning goes hand in hand with play since everything they need to know is right under their noses. Even though your child may seem to spend the day hanging from the highest beam in the playground, his teacher will be monitoring his interests as a launching point for new learning. Most importantly, she’ll slowly start guiding him from self-directed play to more focused, formal activities, paving the way for the transition to primary school. Your child’s social world will expand as he learns to communicate with adults and children in an environment full of new sights, sounds, activities and people. Along the way he will learn to share, take turns, compromise and cooperate within a group. You’ll see him develop into an independent, confident, social being, fond of other children’s company and eager to express his ideas and feelings. We share some of the steps your child will take during what are surely some of the best years in his life.
- 08h00 – 08h30: Arrival and free play.
- 08h30 – 09h00: Morning ring.
- 09h00 – 10h15: Creative activities / free indoor play.(incl. fantasy & construction play)
- 10h15 – 10h45: Music, movement and developmental play.
- 10h45 – 11h00: Snack time.
- 11h00 – 11h30: Free outdoor play.
- 11h30 – 12h00: Educational games and micro activities.
- 12h00 – 12h30: Story time.
- 12h30 Departure.
This is a daily activity when your child’s class meets as a whole. It is designed to promote cooperation within a group situation and to build confidence, language and listening skills. We discuss weather and news, show and tell, and prepare the children for various activities available to them that day. Morning ring also includes a discussion of the weekly theme. The weekly theme is designed to expand the child’s general knowledge and to teach him more about the world and the environment through:
- Social Studies (the study of humans and their relationship to the environment),
- Environmental Science, and
- Science Discovery.
The children are exposed to three languages (English, Afrikaans & Xhosa) and this is taught through stories, song, dance, dramatization, puppet shows and play activities.
Every day there are various creative art activities from which your child may choose (this involves decision making, planning, organizing, perseverance, task completion and following instructions). You will soon see a difference in your child’s ability to draw, colour in and paint as his powers of observation, knowledge of colour and shape and his fine motor coordination improve. He’ll learn to hold and use scissors correctly when cutting and pasting, which helps to develop hand-eye coordination and dexterity. Crafts are also introduced e.g. sewing, weaving, claywork, etc. Moulding playdough, plasticine and clay will not only help develop your child’s fine motor skills but also provide scope for imagination and creativity as he experiments with shape, length, size, weight and texture. Above all, being creative will allow your child to experience a sense of achievement as he produces his own masterpiece.
This is another favourite activity, which allows children to explore the properties of solids and liquids and to experiment with maths concepts such as size, shape, measuring, volume and quantity. They are learning to follow instructions and this activity is excellent for developing the fine muscles of the hands and fingers. Naturally the children feel great pride in having baked something themselves and their creations are eaten with gusto.
(Music and Movement): This usually involves singing songs, action rhymes, movement to music, dramatization of stories and the playing of musical instruments. Music concepts are also taught at this time. Alternatively, developmental games, which develop the larger muscles and improve coordination and balance, are taught using bean bags, balls, hoops, ropes, climbing and balancing apparatus.
Free play indoors or outdoors
We have a wide range of outdoor equipment, areas and space for the children to explore. (Children can choose the area in which they wish to play.) Children spend a lot of time on the outdoor equipment where they develop coordination, muscular strength, balance, agility and control as they run, jump, climb and swing. Most importantly, however, your children are making friends and learning valuable social skills. Children also expand their imagination in the dressing-up areas, playing make-believe games where they choose a variety of different roles, including favourites such as mommies and daddies, doctors and nurses. Through fantasy play children express their feelings and explore the boundaries between fantasy and reality. “Pretend” play allows children to learn valuable lessons as they share ideas and acquire new vocabulary through conversation and interaction.
Children are given plenty of opportunity to discover the properties of sand and water, solids and liquids. These outside play areas allow them to actively explore their senses and to experiment with maths concepts such as size, shape, volume and quantity.
Building and construction toys, threading and lacing activities, and other fun educational games and puzzles will help your child develop perceptual skills and learn basic number concepts as he counts, sorts, classifies and matches objects according to their physical attributes. His powers of observation, concentration and vocabulary will increase too as he learns terminology such as big and small, tall, taller, tallest, and is introduced to spatial concepts such as on top, in the middle, in front, behind, left and right. Completing puzzles will also encourage your child to plan ahead and think things through while increasing his concentration and problem solving skills. For children who progress very quickly, games are available to extend their skills and stimulate interest.
Through books , puppets, flannel boards, story cd’s and illustrations, your child’s relationship with the wonderful world of storytelling will be encouraged and nurtured. Not only will his language, listening and concentration skills improve, but his imagination will also be stimulated. He will be given the opportunity to answer questions, anticipate what will happen next, express his ideas and listen to and value the opinions of others. Story time usually takes place at the end of the day providing a quiet time for children to unwind before going home. Your child will also be able to look at books by himself in the book corner, which helps to develop a love of reading.