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
Breakfast / Free Play
The day starts at 8 am where all of the learning centres are set up according to the theme. The children are invited to engage in table and floor activities such as process art, fine motor, construction play, sensory play, role play.
Breakfast is also offered at this time.
Tfillah / PE
The children are invited to take part in the Tfillah (JEWISH PRAYERS)
Children may take part in indoor gym activities. There is a large variety of equipment and fun and exciting Gymboree programme for the children to engage in.
Storytime / Circle Time
During Circle Time Oliver and his friends have an opportunity to listen to a variety of stories and participate in drama activities. He also learns his letters and builds his oral language skills.
Snack time. Healthy fruit is served.
Structured Learning through Play
Following the Reggio Emilia
Circle time, the children engage in teacher led activities according to the theme such as singing, dancing, story reading, felt board, games and hands on exploration.
Diaper change and toilet time
Outside play the children have a chance to practice their gross motor skills as well as engaging in water, sand and imaginary play.
Jewish Education the children enjoy songs, dramatisation, storytelling all about the Jewish festivals. They are introduced to the concepts of charity and caring about others, using words kindly. The children are also introduced to the Hebrew language.
In Nursery the children enjoy one Mandarin lesson a week in addition to the JE classes. PN has a full time assistant that speaks Mandarin to the children throughout the day.
Lunch time a delicious hot, nutritious and Kosher meal is provided for the children to enjoy.
Diaper change and toileting.
Nap Time / Quiet or Sensory Activities
Sleep and rest time. The children who do not sleep or wake earlier are given a choice of quiet activities and sensory activities to participate in.
Diaper change and toileting.
Snack / Storytime / Rhymes / Music & Movement
Snack time. A delicious nutritious snack is provided.
End of Day
Children are invited to engage in music and movement, large group activities, packing up and saying good bye.
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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