Small Wonders School

How is Your Child Smart?

Every Child is Smart it’s a Matter of in what way is your Child Smart. 

We do not ask how SMART is your child because people who ask that question tend to think of children as smart only in 2 limited ways – word or logic smart.

We ask how is your child is SMART as according to Harvard University Professor, Howard Gardner, there are at least 8 ways a person is smart. When one step into Small Wonders, one cannot help but notice the role of the environment as the third teacher and our conviction with what Loris Malaguzzi and documentation, we understand each child’s different dominant and strong intelligence and the different ways they learn and express themselves. Instructional strategies are adapted and crafted thoughtfully and creatively to meet the different needs of each child, thereby bringing out the best in them.

The child’s confidence is built up, being given opportunities to shine and excel in his or her intelligent areas, and where there is respect and recognition of a child’s achievement, the child has no fear of exploring new grounds and the joy of learning is birthed.

The Hundred Languages of Children.

The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education has earned them the best pre-schools in the world. (Newsweek magazine, 1991) Here, we have adapted some of the best practices and features of a Reggio-Emilia inspired education which is beautifully complementary to our school vision and the use of multiple intelligences.

  • The role of the environment as the third teacher
  • The child is viewed as a competent, resourceful, curious, imaginative, inventive learner who possesses a desire to interact and communicate with others
  • Child-centred delivery of the curriculum
  • Multiple symbolic languages through print (In simple words, we do not teach writing just through trace-the-dots or art as just drawing and painting on paper)
  • Home-school partnership

Critical Thinking.

Often regarded as equivalent to higher-level thinking, critical thinking is one of the skills that we try to develop in Small Wonders children as early as possible. Children are given the opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas creatively. They are encouraged to ask questions; articulate their line of thoughts and provide a logical answer to the questions they asked. The emphasis is on observation of the environment using all their senses. Components of the KEY TO LEARNING Logic module and MATAL Early Childhood Programme from Israel form the basis for developing these critical thinking skills.

Character Beginnings.

“Sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”
The foundation years are crucial to the character formation of a child. We believe in investing time and resources in building an unshakeable foundation that will last the trial of time and challenges.
Good character beginnings are emphasised from the infant right up to the kindergarten programmes. Age-appropriate good habits are introduced and continually encouraged and supported in a positive environment.