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Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”

– Ezekiel 47:12

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.

– James Baldwin

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

– Henry B Adams

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.

– Clay P. Bedford

For NOTHING shall be impossible with God

– Luke 1:37

A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions

– Anonymous

The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live

– Oliver Wendell Holmes

Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm

– Publilius Syrus

I may have said the same thing before... But my explanation, I am sure, will always be different

– Oscar Wilde

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

– Malcolm Forbes

Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment

– Dr. Maria Montessori

Early Years School

Early Years Community (16 months to 5 years):

Our Early Years program comprises of our 16 months to 5 years group and the children are split into 3 different age groups. These age groups are a wonderful blend of older and younger children, providing a dynamic learning experience for each child.

As your child grows and becomes more independent, they begin to make the transitions from an infant to a toddler. Children at this age are inventors, builders, problem solvers, discoverers and dreamers. They learn about the world around them as they take things apart and put them back together. We give our older and younger toddlers the necessary tools they need to aid them in accomplishing their goals; thereby, helping to lay the foundation for all intellectual and emotional development to follow. Through encouragement and support, we help each child in our care to build confidence and a positive self-image.

The curriculum in our Early Years is the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Our planning in focuses on the Early Learning Goals and on developing children’s skills via hands-on and relevant experiences as listed under the Prime and Specific learning areas.

Our school agrees in entirety with the principle that young children learn through play, and by engaging in well-planned and structured age appropriate activities. Teaching in the Primary classes builds on the experiences of the children in their pre-school learning.

During the children’s first term in the Early Years classes, their teacher makes a baseline assessment to record the skills of each child on entry to the unit. This assessment forms an important part of planning for the future learning pathway for each child.

We are well aware that all children need the support of parents and teachers to make good progress in school.

Thus, we strive to build positive links with the parents of each child by keeping them informed about the way in which the children are being taught and how well each child is progressing. We encourage all parents to come in and observe our classrooms and ask as many questions as they wish.

 

Nursery 1 unit:

Toddlers learn through play by utilizing flash cards, books, numbers, shapes, colors, the alphabet, stacking blocks, puppets, age-appropriate learning aids, and much more. By constantly listening, talking, describing objects, actions and their meanings, we help to expand your child's ever-growing vocabulary. Books are always available for the children to look at, and story-time is presented many times throughout each day, allowing the children to experience the magic and wonder of books.

Through music, song and dance, we foster self-expression and creative movement; while encouraging group interaction, cooperation, and sharing. Your child is encouraged to play and explore to promote cognitive and motor skills.

In this unit, the children practice speaking, listening, sharing, collaboration and they begin to understand group play. Our curriculum emphasizes language development supporting each child to develop friendships as they interact, verbally and non-verbally with each other. Most of the work is hands-on, giving them the chance to experience each subject area in a way that encourages exploraton while developing cognitive, sensory and motor skills.

Our N1 unit, students keep on developing independence and self-reliance as they master new skills such as self-feeding, language, scribbling and toilet-training. 

Potty-training will be emphasized in the Toddler Prep class and parents need to provide diapers, pull-ups or extra underwear, wipes and at least two seasonally appropriate change of clothing, as needed. All our toilet-trainees are on an individual program and they are encouraged to use the toilet at intervals. As your child cruises to achieve this huge milestone, the adults in the environment provide a lot of support and guidance along the way.  The children are usually dry by about 2 and half years.

The children will eat in their classroom and nap (below 3 years) on mats provided by the school.  Those who do not nap or who rise early will be given quiet activities to do. Parents need to provide a seasonally appropriate change of clothing, shoes appropriate for outdoor play, jumper/sweater/cardigans as needed and a blanket for naptime. 


Nursery 2 Unit

Our Nursery 2 classroom is a very interesting class and the childrens’ ages are between 3 years to 4 years.

The Preschoolers' world open up as they begin to improve coordination, combine ideas and engage in more complex learning activities. All of this is going on whilst they learn about themselves, their friends and their environment.  They have a lot of materials which they manipulate as they learn, thus, ensuring that they experience hands on learning.

Early Yeays in general, signifies an extremely important milestone in a young child’s life. It is a time of transition from dependency to independence—a period of learning, marked growth and amazing transformation. The children in this group are exposed to increasing levels of paper work in preparation for the reception class and onwards to the primary years.

As with the N1 children, they learn through play, utilizing flash cards, books, numbers, shapes, colors, the alphabet, stacking blocks, age-appropriate learning aids, and books. The children and the adults are constantly listening, talking, describing objects, acting things out and making connections with the world around them. We help to expand your child's ever-growing vocabulary by providing appropriate and timely stimulants, in their environment. Books are always available for the children to look at, and story-time is presented many times throughout each day, allowing the children to experience the magic and wonder of books.

Through music, song and dance we foster self-expression and creative movement; while encouraging group interaction, cooperation, and sharing. Your child is encouraged to play and explore to promote cognitive and motor skills.

In this unit, the children practice speaking, listening, sharing, collaboration and begin to understand group play. Our curriculum emphasizes language development to help the children develop friendships as they interact, mostly verbally with each other.

The children learn to read as they interact with words in writen and spoken formats, they explore numbers and begin to make meaningful, life-long connections.

The learning modules cut accross the following broad areas the 3 Prime areas and the 4 Specific Area. They all get a chance to experience each Learning area in a way that encourages your child to explore while developing cognitive, sensory and motor skills.

The adult/child ratio in our EL2 unit is 1:7.

Class groups:

Toddler Prep Class -       16 months to 2 years

Nursery 1 Class - 2 years to 3 Years

Nursery 2 Class - 3 years to 4 years 

 

Work Day

For the Early Learning classrooms, we have two or more circle times that include stories, songs, finger plays, and movement activities. Work time includes open-ended art activities and crafts, dramatic play activities, blocks, alphabets, phonics, numbers, shapes and colors, counting, games and puzzles and such other mind building activities. 

We are open from 7:00am and this class closes at 2:00pm. Extended care is billed separately.

 

Reception community:

The children in this age groups are between 4 years to 5 years. These are our pre-primary children.

Learning in this level is more structured and it flows nicely into the Elementary years. The children have work time and each child has a set of books and learning tools. The children have a very active day and they are always challenging themselves and each other. We run a rich hands-on and interactive model and each child is encouraged to take charge of their own learning.  

We encourage you to ask your child to talk to you about their day. 

The world around us is changing and we must prepare the children to adapt to a new set of challenges. Serving you, our children and our community is very important to us. To do so with clarity, vision and determination, is our goal.

Following from the above, the children will be exposed to 7 Learning areas (see below).

  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Communication and Language
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design (Creative development)
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical Development

The children spend their day transitioning between work stations; they are engaged in small groups, large groups and we have one-on-one time as necessary. There is a lot of collaboration and self - discovery going on in our Reception class.

Our Goal is LEARNING and in line with this, all assessments are Formative, encouraging growth and fostering the development of a diverse set of skills.

In preparation for the elementary years, the children in the reception class wear T-Shirts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

We are open from 7:00am and this class closes at 2:00pm. Extended care is billed separately.