A note from each partner -
"FAIR is not everyone getting the same thing. FAIR is everyone getting what they each need to succeed"
Our school prides itself to be a very personalised one. We get to know each child, their families, their likes and dislikes. By the time your child leaves us, we know their grandparents, uncles, aunts... even their pets' names! I have never had a job as fulfilling as this job working with children.
Being the principal of a kindergarten has evolved over the years, especially with the pandemic, but many things simply will never change. Etiquette and basic old fashioned manners are important here. Children learn respect for each other’s right to their own space. They learn to be independent, to do things for themselves and to perform the same functions in their own home. They learn respect for others, even to give way to someone younger. These are wonderful values to learn for a child. These areas of the Montessori philosophy that speak volumes to me. Respect, tolerance and humility.
In your child's 4 years with us, we hope to provide your child with many important lessons in life, to be remembered and carried out throughout his/her lifetime. To be warm, giving and "colour blind" when making friends. To be an important member of society. We aim to create not only children who excel academically, but children who will grow up to become good citizens of the world.
Ever since I was first introduced to Montessori material, I have always been in awe of the amount of thought that went into the creation of such perfect learning resources. Maria Montessori was indeed a genius!
Advancement of the children's academics has always been my forte. I have always aimed to give my very best to every child, to tailor the attention and coaching received based on the different characters and backgrounds of each child. Every child is different and all children learn in different ways, at their own pace and I recognise and celebrate their differences.
I am a Montessorian through and through.
The greatest joy I feel is when I see a child's eyes light up with realisation or comprehension of a concept. Be it Mathematical, Biological, Scientific, Artistic, Literary - I thrive on the progress of every child under my care. Each child's journey in learning is my journey as well. And I take pride in all their successes. May the successes be plentiful and meaningful.
In my years of running Small Wonder Children's House, what has never failed to amaze me is how the mind of a child works. How absorbent, how creative and how flexible. They are like white pieces of cloth, just waiting for life experiences to colour and pattern them.
I am reminded of a very famous piece what was reviewed by Robert Fulghum that became a classic. I’ve summarised excerpts of this piece to share. Have a read below.
This essay breaks the standard rule that important things are supposed to be difficult to understand. The simple rules in life that we learn in Kindergarten come up again and again in our lives as long as we live. In far more complex forms to be sure - lectures, politics, courts of law, company rules and handbooks. Across our lives we will wrestle with questions of right and wrong, good or bad, truth and lies. Again and again and yet again, we come back to the place where we first learnt basics of being a citizen of the world, simple rules of life that were taught to us – in Kindergarten.
All I Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten (reviewed by Robert Fulghum)
All I need to know about what to do and how to be I learned in Kindergarten. Wisdom is not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpit at playschool.
DON’T HIT PEOPLE
PUT THINGS BACK WHERE YOU FOUND THEM
CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS
DON’T TAKE THINGS THAT AREN’T YOURS
SAY YOU’RE SORRY WHEN YOU HURT SOMEBODY
LIVE A BALANCED LIFE – LEARN SOME AND THINK SOME AND DRAW AND PAINT AND SING AND DANCE AND PLAY AND WORK EVERYDAY SOME
WHEN YOU GO OUT INTO THE WORLD, WATCH OUT FOR TRAFFIC, HOLD HANDS AND STICK TOGETHER
BE AWARE OF WONDER - Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. Goldfish and hamsters and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
AND remember the Dick and Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK
Take any one of these items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm.