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A note from each partner 

Tengku Rosna Shah - Director Small Wonder Children's House - Director Small Wonder Children's House

"FAIR is not everyone getting the same thing.  FAIR is everyone getting what they each need to succeed."

 

Our school prides itself on being very personal. We get to know each child, their families, and their likes and dislikes. By the time your child leaves us, we know their grandparents, uncles, aunts, and even their pets' names! I have never had a job as fulfilling as this one, working with children. 

 

Being the principal of a kindergarten has evolved over the years, especially with the pandemic, but many things will never change.  Etiquette and basic old-fashioned manners are essential here.  Children learn respect for each other’s right to their own space.  They learn to be independent, do things for themselves, and perform the same functions in their home.  They learn respect for others, even to give way to someone younger.  These are wonderful values for a child to learn.  These areas of the Montessori philosophy speak volumes to me.  Respect, tolerance and humility. 

In your child's four years with us, we hope to provide your child with many important life lessons to be remembered and carried out throughout his/her lifetime. We want your child to be warm, giving, and "colour-blind" when making friends. We want your child to be an important member of society. We aim to create not only children who excel academically but also children who will grow up to become good citizens of the world.

Rosna

Afiza Khadir - Director Small Wonder Children's House

Ever since I was first introduced to Montessori material, I have been in awe of the amount of thought that went into creating such perfect learning resources. Maria Montessori was indeed a genius! Advancement of children's academics has always been my forte.

 

I have always aimed to give my best to every child, tailoring the attention and coaching received based on each child's character and background. Every child is different, and all children learn in various 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 seeing a child's eyes light up with realisation or comprehension of a concept.  Be it Mathematical, Biological, Scientific, Artistic, or 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.​
 Afiza

Jelita Rubina Kayani - Director Small Wonder Children's House

In my years of running Small Wonder Children's House, what has never failed to amaze me is how a child's mind works.  How absorbent, creative and flexible.  They are like white pieces of cloth; they are just waiting for life experiences to colour and pattern them.

 

​I am reminded of a famous piece that was reviewed by Robert Fulghum, which 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 repeatedly 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, and truth and lies.  Again and again and yet again, we return to the place where we first learnt the basics of being a citizen of the world, simple rules of life taught to us – in Kindergarten.

Jelita

Rosna' Note
Afiza's note
Jelita's Note
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.
  • SHARE EVERYTHING

  • PLAY FAIR

  • 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.

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