Small Wonder Children's House has taken steps to create a homely environment that will make each child feel warm, welcome and loved, at the same time providing a secure platform for effective learning through the tried and tested Montessori method.
Exploratory materials are in abundance, cleaned regularly, and kept hygienically.
A Montessori Classroom
The atmosphere is bright, warm & inviting filled with plants, animals, art, music and books. Interest centers include a library, sand pit, a small area for animals that the children are raising as well as a garden for children to cultivate plants & vegetables.
The environment in the classroom is set up to facilitate student discussion and stimulate collaborative learning. There are no rows of desks.
Classrooms are organised into several curriculum areas including; language arts (reading, literature, grammar, creative writing, spelling & handwriting); mathematics & geometry; everyday living skills(Practical Life); sensory awareness exercises (Sensorial) & puzzles; geography; history; science; art; music and movement. Each area is made up of one or more shelf units, cabinets and display tables with a wide variety of materials on open display, ready for use as the children select them.
In a typical Montessori classroom, students will be found scattered around the classroom, working alone or with one or two others. Teachers are normally found working with one or two children at a time, advising or presenting a new lesson. The focus of the class is on children's learning and not teachers' teaching.
Food & Nutrition
Serving Health on a Platter
Everything we serve is “halal”, and we also do not serve beef or seafood (except fish) in our meals. Meals are child-friendly, ensuring a good balance of all necessary nutrients required for children this age. Children learn to set the table, serve other younger children, and clean up after themselves.
The staff make meal times as enjoyable, social time for the children.
"Brain Break" - typically, the children will have brain break at 10am-10.30am. Brain Break is simply as it's name implies... a break for your brain. The parent will provide a healthy snack in the form of fruit, vegetable sticks, dried fruit, yoghurt or a healthy sandwich for their child to have during brain break. We place emphasis on the snack being HEALTHY, and not fast food or "RED FOODS" which are food that tend to come wrapped in packaging, for example - Cheezels, Oreos or sugared cereals like HoneyStars, KokoKrunch or Frosties. Examples of fast foods are nuggets, hotdogs and the like. These are not recommended foods for brain break, although it might be acceptable for your child to eat these outside school. Please stick to fruit and other healthy food and keep away from red foods or fast foods during brain break.
Absolutely prohibited: nuts (including peanut butter and nutella), any snack bar / granola bar containing nuts, broad beans (also known as kacang parang or fava beans) and anything cooked in peanut oil. We have children with nut allergies, and even if they were to TOUCH another child with traces of nuts on them, they could go into anaphylactic shock. This could be fatal.
Birthday parties often include goodie-bags for children to take home, and therefore to limit the amount of junk food consumed, we do not encourage sweets and junk food in goodie bags. Instead, we prefer if you provide each child with a healthy snack (eg: juice, an apple, raisins etc), or alternatively an interesting sticker/toy/token to take home. All goodie-bags given to children will be taken home and opened/consumed at home.
However, if you are providing a meal at school for your child’s birthday celebration, we are happy to bend the rules slightly, as the children do not have the opportunity to spend their time doing "something different" amongst friends. We therefore DO allow the birthday child to provide lunch from McD, KFC, Dominoes etc, or from a private caterer. All plans including meals, entertainment MUST be discussed with the principal beforehand. We request that the meal be halal, nut-free, beef-free and seafood free; taking into account the children’s allergies and religious taboos. Any form of entertainment (magician, puppet shows, animal petting experience etc) should be child-friendly and suited to our multicultural population of children.
Cultured drinks (eg: vitagen/nutrigen) are not allowed in party packs as they go bad without refrigeration. You may however bring these items to be consumed at school during your child's party. And don't forget, when ordering your cake, to make sure it is nut-free!