Our BeliefCreating Happiness
In order for young children to feel confident, happy, comfortable, and at ease with themselves and others, including the teacher, they first need to feel that they belong. This happens when they perceive the classroom environment as a place where they are invited, accepted, loved, and ‘a part of the group’, not ‘apart from the group’.
Another area of focus to provide a happy growing experience to Wonder Children is through nurturing healthy relationships. For this reason, our curriculum comprises activities that foster their skills to work with others, play cooperatively, help others, have a sense of empathy, and be a part of a team. However, we realise that making friends in the classroom isn’t always as easy as it seems. Part of the reason is that young children come to the classroom with different skills and levels of play. We engage children in group learning activities that allow them to make lots of friends and truly enjoy the time they spend at school.
PhilosophyWe impart true human values, while giving wings to imagination
“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and wings of independence” – Dr. Maria Montessori
The Wonderland philosophy can be best understood by comprehending the Montessori style of teaching. Montessori is centred on establishing independence, self-esteem, and confidence while fostering learning at a child’s own pace.
This self-paced education is accomplished by changing the role of adults in the classroom from teachers into that of ‘happy guides’ for the students as individuals. According to the American Montessori Society, guides have four principle goals, which encompass what the Montessori method hopes to achieve. The guide strives to:
- awaken your child’s spirit and imagination
- encourage his/her normal desire for independence and high sense of self-esteem
- help him/her develop the kindness, courtesy, and self-discipline that will allow him/her to become a fostering member of society
- help him/her learn how to observe, question, and explore ideas independently
The classroom environment at Wonderland is carefully prepared to integrate the Montessori philosophy in day-to-day learning. For instance, the teacher may introduce a lesson to the class as a whole, but will then focus on working with Wonder Children in small groups as they investigate topics on their own. This individualised attention ensures that even children with special needs — whether they are gifted or delayed —do well in a Montessori environment.
We at Wonderland believe that children are the real facilitators of their education and our endeavour is to provide the most conducive learning environment. One that facilitates happiness, development and holistic growth for every Wonder Child.
Holistic GrowthWe foster the strengths and interests of every child
To a child, play is almost as important as life itself. Play is the beginning of all learning, most importantly learning about ourselves, our relationships with others and our confidence in handling the world around us.
Young children learn in a holistic way through play and other key experiences. Through play, children develop control of large muscle movements and fine muscle movement. At Wonderland, children are encouraged to become more observant of the five senses and also help to develop their imagination through story-telling and imaginative play. Children are exposed to a more structured school environment, right from the beginning. Children then adapt and become used to concentrating for longer periods of time, as well as sitting on a chair and table.
In addition, children are introduced to more advanced equipment, arts and crafts and a daily schedule of activities. Each child’s vocabulary increases and they are able to form simple sentences.
Wonder Children are constantly evaluated on their social, emotional, intellectual and physical progress which is recorded in each Wonder Child’s report. By planning around a theme, we ensure that children have the learning through purposeful play activities that makes it easier for them to follow and understand. These activities are focused on helping expose the Wonder Child to the following: language, music, movements, nature, hands-on creative projects, theme work and the free play that children need (both indoors and outdoors) each week.
SafetyHappiness, Health & Security
Even though learning and growth are our primary areas of focus, we know that nothing matters more than the safety, security and health of your child. For this reason, we take stringent measures to protect, as well as to keep ourselves prepared for every possibility.
At Wonderland, we experience the day-to-day reality of these issues and understand our role in combating them and promoting good emotional health. For this reason, we have placed happiness and well-being at the heart of our ethos and culture, and proactively share our approach with others. Here are some of the measures that we have taken to ensure a happy and safe environment:
- Well-planned spaces with rounded corners and soft surfaces
- Secure areas that help us keep children constantly within sight, indoors and outdoors
- Careful Transition Tracking procedure for moving children from place to place
- Computerised front-desk check-in to ensure security
- Strict hand-washing, sanitary and staying healthy policies to prevent the spread of germs
- Weekly cleaning of all surfaces including toys, child furnishings, diapering areas, and food spaces
- Curriculum components focused on fitness and nutrition to start a lifetime of healthy habits
- Healthy food menu that is meticulously planned by a professional nutritionist
We constantly strive to make Wonderland a Healthy and Safe environment by following various environmental and safety guidelines. We give personal attention to the needs of every child and emphasise meaningful happiness through kindness, forgiveness, gratitude and positivity.