Nurturing the good in every child
SMMIS is an intimate pre-school inspired by the principles of Reggio Emilia; child-led learning and discovery. We welcome every child regardless of cultural background or religious affiliation and appreciate and value each child’s differences. Central to our philosophy is a deep respect for the potential and development of every unique child. The curriculum is holistically woven with the timeless values, morals and themes of Judaism, coming alive through rich lessons created by teachers. Priority is placed on developing each child’s innate curiosity and thirst for knowledge. Low student-teacher ratios ensure each child receives individual and nurturing attention.
The learning environment at SMMIS means that children feel safe, secure and comfortable to explore their surroundings. Each learning area is deliberately considered and developmentally appropriate to stimulating the development of a variety of skills.
Our indoor, sensory gym is purposefully designed to create challenges that motivate learning. This safe, attractive environment aides the development of fundamental motor skills while also facilitating fun! Our Gymboree classes enhance decision making skills, perception and awareness of surroundings, and creativity in thinking and reasoning.
Sample Day Curriculum
Breakfast / Free Play
Oliver arrives at school and is welcomed into the classroom by his teachers. Breakfast is served. The room is set up with a variety of activities for him to choose between, with soft music playing in the background.
Tfillah / PE
After morning prayer, Oliver enjoys time in the indoor sensory gym for a Gymboree lesson, where he learns to build his gross motor skills in a fun interactive way.
Storytime / Circle Time
During Circle Time Oliver and his friends have an opportunity to listen to a variety of stories and participate in drama activities. He also learns his letters and builds his oral language skills.
Oliver is hungry and enjoys his freshly prepared snack of fruit.
Structured Learning through Play
Following the Reggio Emilia method, the children move between learning centres that have been carefully crafted by the teachers to stimulate learning and social and emotional development. Oliver loves to dress up and play in the kitchen corner.
Time to get some fresh air. Oliver and his friends run to the playground and enjoy sliding, swinging and climbing on the outdoor equipment.
Oliver joins his friends in the canteen for lunch, which is freshly prepared each day. He especially enjoys the soup and pasta with meatballs.
Nap Time / Quiet or Sensory Activities
Nap time. After an active morning it is time for Oliver to rest.
Olivers’ Jewish Education teacher is ready for the class with arts and crafts and messy play for the children to learn about the upcoming Jewish holiday. Together they paint, sing songs, dance and enjoy their learning journey.
Snack / Storytime / Rhymes / Music & Movement
Snack time and free play music and movement where Oliver and his friends continue to explore their topic of ‘My Family’ through enquiry and exploration. Today they created a family tree using their handprints and leaves they collected from the Edible Garden.
End of Day
Time to go home. Oliver has had an active day and is ready to go home and share his learning with his parents.
I feel happy in this school, the teachers are kind and my friends are very nice. I have friends from many countries in my class- Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Israelis and Koreans, and we all play and talk together and share some things about our homes and countries and culture.
8, Grade 3
I love the activities we do in class. I like how we learn by exploring and not reading from the textbook all the time. It is less lecture, more active learning now and I love school.
12, Grade 6