Welcome to our Pre-Preparatory
Our Pre-Preparatory (commonly known as Preschool) is comprised of our Playschool, Grade 000, Grade 00 and Grade R. These fundamental years of learning:
- Provide an opportunity for growth – for many children, preschool is their first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of children. It’s an opportunity to learn to share, follow instructions, and begin the foundation for learning that will occur in primary school.
- Promote social and emotional development – high-quality preschool programs nurture warm relationships among children, teachers and parents. Young children learn social skills and emotional self-control in “real time.”
- Encourage structure – a highly structured environment helps young children learn to make friends and play well with others. This doesn’t mean there are lots of rules or that adults constantly direct children’s activities. On the contrary, the structure of a high-quality preschool classroom is largely invisible to children. Classroom space is organized to encourage social interaction, and minimize congestion and conflicts.
- Teach children to take care of themselves and others.
- Promotes langage and cognitive skills – between the ages of 3 and 5, a child’s vocabulary grows from 900 to 2500 words, and his/her sentences become longer and more complex. Teachers help children stretch their language skills by asking thought provoking questions and introducing new vocabulary during science, art, snack time, and other activities. Children have many opportunities to sing, talk about favourite read-aloud books, and act out stories. A young child’s cognitive skills are strengthened by engaging in a wide range of hands-on activities that challenge her to observe closely, ask questions, test his/her ideas or solve a problem.
- Nurture the curiosity of a child’s mind – children have active imaginations and learn extensively through play. Imagination fuels learning.
- Promote the development of pre-math and literacy skills – a wide variety of games and activities are best to help children acquire their pre-math and literacy skills. Singing an alphabet song while following along in a picture book build’s a child’s awareness of the connections between alphabet letters and word sounds. Learning rhymes and chants helps them to notice the distinct sounds within words. Engaging children in a discussion about an exciting read-aloud story encourages their listening comprehension, and expressive language skills. Matching games, sorting games, counting games and board games help build children’s understanding of number categories and sequence, which supports later math learning. Putting together puzzles encourages children to notice patterns, plan ahead and problem-solve.
- Promote the development of motor skills (gross motor and fine motor).
Our high-quality classroom and learning environments provide for all of the above.
Our Pre-Preparatory educators live by the words of Loris Malaguzzi: “Children need the freedom to appreciate the infinite resources of their hands, their eyes and their ears, the resources of forms, materials, sounds and colours.”
The Pre-Preparatory curriculum is very different from the curriculum for older children, as it is more concrete, integrated, interrelated and enriching. The Pre-Preparatory classes run according to different themes that often last for 2-3 weeks at a time. All content and important concepts are developed around the theme as the central focus and assessment is continuously conducted throughout the term.
The emphasis is on learning through play, so important concepts are always taught in a concrete way. Imagine your child learning to recognize letters of the alphabet by forming them out of playdough, or drawing letters in the sand or a rice tray. A further example is where your child learns about the mathematical concept of pattern making, by constructing a continuous pattern using smarties, instead of just drawing a pattern. Concepts are taught in such a way where we ensure your child will be rushing home to tell you about what he or she learnt about earlier that day.
Another vital way that children learn is through sensory play as children often ignite the use of five senses through this form of play. Again, picture your child manipulating jello in a way to form his or her name or other letters of the alphabet, all while smelling the flavor of the jello, tasting it and exploring the texture of it.
Each child is an individual and we believe each child should be taught in a way that suits his or her learning style and profile. Lessons are developed to accommodate the visual, auditory or the kinesthetic learner, as well as a right or left brain dominant child.
Please see the daily timetable for the Pre-Preparatory classes below, as it is a good indication of the full and enriching program offered:
- 08:00 – 08:10
- Arrive / Free Play / Toilet
- 08:10 – 08:40
- Circle Time
- 08:40 – 09:10
- 09:10 – 09:30
- 09:30 – 10:00
- Tactile and Science
- 10:00 – 10:15
- Wash hands and Lunch
- 10:15 – 10:30
- Break and Toilet
- 10:30 – 11:00
- 11:00 – 11:20
- 11:20 – 11:50
- 11:50 – 12:00
- Music and Singing
- 12:00 – 12:10
- 12:10 – 12:30
- Break and Toilet
- 12:30 – 12:45
- Story Time
- 12:45 – 13:00
- Rest and Relaxation
- 13:00 – 13:30
- Pick up and waiting class
Grade R learners follow the same timetable as shown above, whist adhering to the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS). The primary focus of the Grade R year for the educator is to ensure learners are physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally ready for formal schooling to commence in Grade 1.
The Grade R’s primarily learn through play, however, they are also already introduced to certain routines of formal schooling such as completing a small amount of daily homework, learning to recognize and read basic sight words and more, as we believe this makes the transition to Grade 1 a lot easier for them.
Meet the Pre-Preparatory Educators
“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
What I love most about my classroom is whom I get to share it with. Teaching was not originally part of the plan, but once I got the opportunity to work with the Playschool children, I realized that I have a real desire to teach.I really enjoy spending time with my class and seeing the progress they make on a daily basis. My little ones have taught me the importance of patience and to take delight in every little thing we come across. I look forward to gaining further teaching experience, to constantly refine my skills and of course have fun along the way.
GRADE 000 & 00
What do I believe in above all when it comes to learning? Play! If given the opportunity to play,
children can learn anything!
I believe I was born to teach. I come from a family of teachers. When I first graduated from high school I tried a different career, thinking I wasn’t going to go into teaching because it was “expected” of me. I wanted to create my own path. Six months later I realised that what I was doing was not the right path for me, and that teaching was really and truly “in my blood”.
Here I am, 25 years later, and I have been teaching, in one form or another, ever since then.
I have two, almost grown sons, who make me proud every day, and I am extremely happy with the path I find myself on.