Sir Manasseh Meyer International School (SMMIS) places a strong focus on the process of childhood by inculcating a respect for self, others and the environment in all its students.
It strives to create a “home away from home” environment where children, teachers and families learn new things together.
Specifically, the SMMIS Preschool offers an exceptional learning programme designed to nurture and support the youngest pupils in their formative years. Forming positive relationships, strengthening the processes of learning, and developing positive dispositions to learning are the three aspects that SMMIS Preschool is focused on.
These aspects provide a strong foundation for later success and accomplishment, both academically and socially. So it’s not surprising that the school was awarded the EduTrust accreditation in November 2020 for the fourth year, for its stellar achievements.
3 Fast Facts:
1. Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum
SMMIS Preschool staff is committed to implementing the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia – Belonging, Being, Becoming – combined with the Reggio Emilia approach of viewing each child as strong, capable, competent and curious. The school aims to help children develop a strong sense of identity and well-being, confidence and involvement in their learning, effective communication skills, and a sense of connectedness to their world.
This, when paired with the school’s commitment to parent partnership, has a significant effect on children’s involvement and success in learning. Parents receive in-depth feedback on both the development of their child and the events and activities that happen daily. It’s done through the SeeSaw app, which provides pictures and videos of children at school, as well as serves as a platform for parents to communicate with teachers.
2. Welcoming environment
SMMIS’ classroom environment is thoughtfully and intentionally set out with carefully chosen learning centres. These centres ensure children feel safe, secure and comfortable to make choices about what they would like to explore.
Its open-ended learning resources are set up as invitations to play – promoting thinking and hands-on discovery, and inspiring curiosity. In addition, the school has a purpose-built sensory gym that supports the development of fine and gross motor skills in a fun and relaxed environment. Outside, the children have free access to water and sand play, as well as plenty of opportunities for climbing, running, jumping, balancing and developing coordination.
3. Learning through play
Play and learning in SMMIS Preschool are inseparable. It is through play and shared learning experiences that children develop a sense of individual identity, awareness of others and the skills needed for life. When children play with other children, they create social groups, test ideas, challenge one another’s thinking and build new understandings. Play provides a supportive environment where children can ask questions, solve problems and engage in critical thinking.
Beyond that, SMMIS Preschool focuses on being responsive to each child’s interests, strengths and abilities to create meaningful experiences. Viewing children as active participants and decision makers opens up possibilities for teachers to move beyond preconceived expectations about what children can do and learn.
This naturally requires teachers to respect and work with each child’s unique qualities and abilities.
“This has been an extraordinary and transformative first term for Lalou. We are sincerely grateful! Lalou came from a drastically different environment. Embarking on your guided learning journey, she has bloomed dramatically, growing her love for arts, making friends, expressing herself more freely, and becoming a little ‘demoiselle’ (‘lady’ in French). Every day, Lalou shares her joy to go to school. Thank you for everything from the bottom of our hearts.” – Cintia and Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff, parents of Rafael, 7, and Elisa (Lalou), 4
Sir Manasseh Meyer International School
Address: 3 Jalan Ulu Sembawang, 758932
Tel: 6331 4633
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon. to Thu.), 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Fri.)
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