The 5 areas of the classroom

The Practical Life area of the classroom includes activities of everyday living and helps the children to gain confidence through independence by learning care of self, the environment, grace and courtesy. The aim is learning to prepare their own snacks, dress and clean up after themselves. It also helps develop their hand/eye co-ordination, fine and gross motor skills as well as build their focus and concentration.

A training of the senses, where the children are actively handling the equipment which combines the use of their visual, tactile, auditory, olfactory and stereognostic senses. Each sensorial activity focuses on one important quality such as size, weight, texture, colour, sound or smell and allows the child to develop their abilities of perception and discrimination of variations in pattern taking concrete material learning into an experience of abstract concepts.

Maths concepts are first explored in a concrete manner before abstract concepts are introduced. The materials can be manipulated and felt to ease the learning and to make it fun and enjoyable. Starting with the concept of quantity, moving onto the symbols and then combining them. Children progress to more advanced concepts all through concrete materials as and when they are ready to for more complex mathematical procedures.

In the preschool environment the children are prepared for early reading and writing, with many pre-writing activities such as visual discrimination aids and vocabulary building activities and listening skills. Working with phonetics, a sound literary foundation is created as the children learn the shape and sound of letters, word formation and sentence building.

Here the children are exposed to history, geography, botany, zoology, science, art and music which allows them to explore the world around them and learn how things happen and to answer the many ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions preschoolers love to ask, while further fuelling their curiosity of different and worldly ideas. The children learn to respect and appreciate cultural diversity including the importance of taking care of our planet.

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