MAGIC HAPPENS IN THE ATELIER





WONDER IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM









INQUIRY BASED LEARNING WITH EXPERIMENTATION AND QUESTIONS








LEARN “THE HUNDRED LANGUAGES“













A RICH ENVIRONMENT ALIVE WITH POSSIBILITIES



WHO WE ARE

WELCOME TO OUR SMALL WORLD







Small World is an innovative, Reggio-inspired Playgroup & Preschool for 1-6yr olds

Welcome to a world for the small in which everything appeals to the awesome creativity and natural curiosity of the child: mud-pie kitchens, fairy forests, paint, treehouses, secret paths, colours, music, madhatters tea parties… just to start. We have our own Art Ateliers (art studio) as well as a Food Atelier where children can wander in and explore the languages of art and food for themselves in a joyful, unhurried way.

Welcome to a world with a close-knit group who treat each other like family. Parents feel part of something special, a growing, diverse community which has the best interests of each other and its children at heart.

It’s a small world after all!

THE WAY WE TEACH

Our Reggio Emilia-inspired Approach








Child-centred curriculum

This is an approach to the education of young children based on the belief that children themselves should be given a voice in the direction and content of their learning, in order to ensure that they find their learning meaningful and joyful.



Enticing environment

Children’s intellectual curiosity should always be rewarded with an inspiring environment pregnant with possibilities for wonder and rich in materials to explore, discover, and to theorise, and to express themselves in as many ways as possible. The school environment is seen as the ‘third teacher’ and is teaching the child even when the teachers are not.



Multiple Intelligences

The child has “a hundred languages” through which they can express themselves and their ideas including words, drawing, numbers, dance, painting, building, sculpture, shadow play, pretend play, collage, drama, music and more. Every child has the capacity and the right to learn using many different languages.



Relationship matters

At the heart of our philosophy is the belief that the relationships which are built between the child and the educator, between the child and the world, and between the child and other children, and between the parent and educator, are essential to the process of learning. There are no “anonymous moments” in our day. The child is seen, and heard, and listened to with our whole hearts.



Power of Documentation

When we tune in to a child, we are listening for their thought process. We document this learning process through photographs, transcripts, visual representations and sound recordings. We then share these Learning moments with the child’s family via our closed Facebook group or on our private Storybook App, and invite dialogue about this area of interest. The wealth of documentation we gather forms a much richer holistic picture of the child.



Our wish for your child

To facilitate and encourage self discovery; to provide an inspiring environment; to create an ethos of community and family values; to welcome diversity; to demonstrate our respect for children; to explore children’s theories through a multi-modal, inquiry-based approach that is realistic, hands-on, and full of authentic experiences; to give children time to wonder, theorise, discover and re-develop their understandings of the world; to co-create a culture of warmth and inclusion; to foster a passion for our city and our country.



OUR CLASSES

From 18months to 6 years old


Due to COVID-19, the below classes are not all operational. Please email us or give us a call to get current information on classes and teachers. Thank you for your understanding.







Bubble Guppies


Ages:
18 mnths – 2yrs

Teachers:
Seluleko Nyathi
Nasmeen Scholtz
(co-teacher)



Shongololos


Age:
2 yrs

Teachers:
Aimee Pahad
Lynette Zimunya
(co-teacher)



Rafikis


Age:
3yrs

Teachers:
Nancy Zvouma
Courtney Townshend
(co-teacher)



Elementals


Age:
4 yrs

Teachers:
Dionne Mankazana
Jarred Parenzee (co-teacher)



Proteas


Age:
4-5 yrs

Teachers:
Lindi Bell
Gilé Motshwane (co-teacher)



Umusa Class


Age:
5-6 yrs

Teachers:
Emma Povey
Samson Ncube (co-teacher)



“Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water. Through an active, reciprocal exchange, teaching can strengthen learning how to learn.”
Loris Malaguzzi

Every day…



Daily Goal

We want to have fun and make friends, to live, to love, to laugh and, through all of this, to learn with teachers who care. It`s a wonderful opportunity for young children to be able to socialize with one another, to take part in creative activities such as sand and mud play, water play, dough play, ball skills and music. To listen to stories and acquire a love of books, to learn rhymes, songs, to play dress-up and engage in the many invitations to play in our Atelier (art studio).



Inquiry-led

We have an inquiry-led project-based curriculum at Small World generated by the natural interests and curiosities of the children as we observe them in play. We then prepare the environment and plan related activities (called Provocations), to deepen learning about these interests. We respect the uniqueness of each child, listen for what makes them tick, observe what makes their eyes light up. We document these moments of quickening, and the build curriculum around these inquiries.


The Flow of the Day

07:30 – 8:30 DROP OFF: Saying Goodbye and a warm welcome (gate closes at 8:30 sharp!)

08:30 CHOICE PLAY: Morning assembly on the Stoep to introduce the play provocations we have set up, then children choose to explore the Playroom, Faraway Tree, Story Library, Stem Atelier, The Atelier, Food Lab, or garden.

09:00 IZITHELO / Fruti-Tuti: children help themselves to fresh fruit and veg if they feel peckish.

POP UP STORY: Somewhere in the garden a story pops up, which children can choose to join or not. It sometimes includes puppets or veld storyboards.

09:45 Washing hands ritual, all drink water, 5 mins Brain Gym.

10:00 CLASS RING TIMES: inquiry-led music, dance, drama, sing-song, baking, meditation, or storytelling.

10:30 SNACK TIME in the fairy forest: sit down together for a home-cooked shared meal and reflect on what we have been busy with and what’s news in our lives.

10:40 Wee and wash/nappy changing

10:45 OUTDOOR PLAY: jungle gym, sand pit, bikes, obstacle courses, treasure hunts, chasing bubbles, trampoline, gardening, water play, cooking, art-making.

11:15 CLASS ART-MAKING: focusing on one particular skill like painting, drawing, pasting, clay, wirework, collage.

11:45 CLASS STORYTIME: reading with the Story Time Parrot.

12:00 Pick-up time Playgroup

12:15 Pick-up time Preschool



Slow Food

Our mid-morning meals are included in the fees

It’s snack time down in the Fairy Forest. The children set the table and decorate it with leaves and flowers they have collected. We sit down as a family would. We hold hands and sing blessings on our meal. We chat about our news, talk about the projects we are busy with. Check in with each other. We eat the delicious food prepared for us by our wonderful chef Patience. We munch, mindfully.

We sometimes get a crate of fresh fruits and vegetables delivered each week of the growing season. We also make food together in the Food Atelier, good food like pumpkin bread, whole-wheat pizzas and apple-pear smoothies. Throughout the year, we have been pottering about in our organic veggie garden and composting projects. The children delight in taking part in their food’s preparation – from seed to table! And then… on Happy Fridays, we bake scones or muffins or cookies and all sit down to a Madhatter’s Tea Party in celebration of another week spent together.


Our Menu



Park School

Once a week, the Preschool children go across to the Botanical Gardens for Park School.  Our work in the Park extends our work at school, and draws inspiration from Reggio Emilia and Danish forest nurseries.



Diversity

We are committed to creating a warm welcoming space for all.  We love and thrive on diversity. We aim to be a slice-of-life school that serves the needs of every child, no matter what race, colour or cree.  We also aim to be a full-service school for children with disabilities.




Zulu

Our vision is to be a fully bilingual school where our whole community communicates in Zulu and English interchangeably. In true Reggio spirit we learn through the joy of play; exploring the language of IsiZulu through songs, games, stories and reading stories all in IsiZulu.

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A journey of discovery with your child

Seedlings Infant – Toddler Program



WHO: UNDER 2’s and their loved ones
WHEN:
Every Thursday 2pm – 4pm
WHERE: Small World School
COST: R1920 per term including shared meal (8 week term) / R240 per session
(Pro rata rates are applicable if sign up is during the term)


The Seedlings Infant-Toddler Program provides a dynamic and unique opportunity for parents/caregivers and their infants to embark on a mindful journey of discovery together. Children will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of expressive media for example clay, watercolours, light, shadow, music, in an environment that encourages investigation, curiousity and experimentation.

Adults can observe as their child gains confidence in socialising and forming relationships with their peers. With discussions ranging from parenting practices, to observations of children at work, participants will embark on a retrospective journey that will help to examine their care-giving techniques and will provide opportunities for both caregiver and child to have shared experiences that inspire curiosity, promote connection and support the adult-child connection.

Come share and explore a variety of materials as well as rich, thought provoking conversations. and let’s not forget the delicious, nutritious High Tea served in the Fairy Forest afterwards!


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