Nurturing the good in every child
SMMIS is an intimate pre-school inspired by the principles of Reggio Emilia; child-led learning and discovery. We welcome every child regardless of cultural background or religious affiliation and appreciate and value each child’s differences. Central to our philosophy is a deep respect for the potential and development of every unique child. The curriculum is holistically woven with the timeless values, morals and themes of Judaism, coming alive through rich lessons created by teachers. Priority is placed on developing each child’s innate curiosity and thirst for knowledge. Low student-teacher ratios ensure each child receives individual and nurturing attention.
The learning environment at SMMIS means that children feel safe, secure and comfortable to explore their surroundings. Each learning area is deliberately considered and developmentally appropriate to stimulating the development of a variety of skills.
Our indoor, sensory gym is purposefully designed to create challenges that motivate learning. This safe, attractive environment aides the development of fundamental motor skills while also facilitating fun! Our Gymboree classes enhance decision making skills, perception and awareness of surroundings, and creativity in thinking and reasoning.
A Day in Preschool
Dropping food coloring into oil and water. Observing, predicting and discovering what happens and then dipping paper in the water to make process art.
Children take part in indoor gym activities. There is a large variety of equipment and a fun and exciting Gymboree programme that the children engage in.
Parachute fun encourages cooperation, reinforces turn taking, promotes communication and language.
Chinese New Year dragon role play, cultural representation and exposure.
During circle time children have the opportunity to listen to a variety of stories, play games with simple rules, sing songs and move their bodies to music.
Encouraging self-help skills, independence and taking turns. Exposing children to a variety of different fruit to try for morning snack.
Observing changes to the ingredients when making playdough together. Developing fine motor skills and turn taking skills.
The children have a chance to practice their gross motor skills as well as engaging in water, sand and messy play.
Working collaboratively, learning social skills and communication.
Lunch is a delicious hot, nutritious and Kosher meal.
Lego promotes problem solving, spatial awareness, creativity, experimentation, perseverance and communication.
Cooking activities increase language, enhance fine motor skills and teaches life skills.
Small world play allows children to enact scenarios in miniature play scenes supporting the development of social and emotional skills.
I feel happy in this school, the teachers are kind and my friends are very nice. I have friends from many countries in my class- Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Israelis and Koreans, and we all play and talk together and share some things about our homes and countries and culture.
8, Grade 3
I love the activities we do in class. I like how we learn by exploring and not reading from the textbook all the time. It is less lecture, more active learning now and I love school.
12, Grade 6
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