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.
- 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.
(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
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.