Curriclulum

We use our own program called Best Beginnings. Our curriculum has been developed, extensively tested and refined by our knowledgeable staff. The program offers maximum benefits and uses an extensive and diverse approach, taking only the best from various tried-and-proven educational strategies and teaching philosophies – some very traditional, and others decidedly more modern.

Best Beginnings provides a solid foundation so that once children are in a formal learning environment, they are equipped with all the necessary skills to thrive, achieve and excel at all the learning opportunities and challenges put before them.

We provide a stimulating but secure and relaxed atmosphere, in which a child can develop and acquire the necessary skills.

Our curriculum  is designed for different ages and developmental phases, so as to meet the needs of the child at every new, exciting stage of learning and discovery.

Wonderland students are:
• Confident
• Happy
• Well-grounded
• Well-balanced
• Independent
• Capable and competent

Our curriculum is built on the theory that children learn best through play, which is naturally instinctive in a child. Although our children are very capable of attending formal scholarly lessons in order to learn skills such as reading and writing, we do not believe it’s necessary to adhere to a stringent academic roster, play forms the basis of all learning.

We all know how fast children seem to grow up – very soon our little ones will have around thirteen years of formal schooling ahead of them, excluding tertiary education. Inevitably, our children will have less and less time for play.

The words “worksheets” and “pre-schoolers” do not belong together! There’ll be time enough for homework, exams and spreadsheets. We’d rather let a child develop a good pincer grip through activities such as using small tweezers to transfer popcorn seeds from one bowl to another, than force a child to be quiet and do formal tracing or join-the-dot activities, for which there is only one successful outcome.

Rather than show examples of colours and numbers to children from the front of a classroom, we prefer to teach colours by letting them sort buttons by colour into different bowls, and we teach numbers by having them place, for example, one bead on a space which has is one dot and two beads on the space with two dots.

The child learns through doing, experiencing and being actively involved. This allows children to learn but also to enhance social skills, improve focus and concentration and develop motor skills at the same time.

Most parents already have less time with their kids than they would like. If there’s a constant need to discipline and teach a child, very little time is left for just enjoying and nurturing. Our curriculum, and our entire approach, is aimed towards making parent-child time as rewarding as possible.

Our program covers the following:
• Gross Motor Development
• Fine Motor Development
• Auditory Perceptual Skills
• Visual Perceptual Skills
• Numeracy and Mathematical Skills
• Science
• Language and Vocabulary Development
• Literacy
• Environmental Awareness
• Social Skills
• Emotional Intelligence
• Empathy and Ubuntu
• Sharing
• Respect
• Manners
• Health and Hygiene
• Practical Life Skills and Knowledge (Road Rules, Stranger Danger)

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