“Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.”

~ Loris Malaguzzi

INTRAMURALS

We don’t believe in long days filled with extra murals but rather that children should be free to play in the afternoon and have down time. As such we have intra-murals as part of our daily school programme. These include:

Sport, Little Champions & Cycling

Three times a week our children start their school day with physical activity. Physical movement and co-ordination is an important part of our development. Research has shown that cardio-vascular activity before school increases concentration and primes children to learn more effectively

Living Maths

Aims to create a love for maths. The classes allow us to introduce the idea that problems need to be solved and the children have several tools at their disposal.  Using basic addition and subtraction, learning new ways to understanding some of the essential operations is key.  Children also learn how to articulate their solutions and different methods to solve one problem. 

Mindfulness

Woven throughout the day aims to increase cognitive performance, executive functioning, emotional self-regulation, calmness, and compassion.

Drama

The benefits are physical, emotional, social, and they help to develop a healthy appreciation of culture and the arts as well as Self-Confidence, Imagination, Empathy, Cooperation, Communication Skills and an Emotional Outlet

FIELD TRIP FRIDAYS

Field trips are a key component of our school week and learning as they broaden the educational experience and make learning more relevant.

Our Field trips generally occur on Fridays and we have found how powerful they are in connecting the dots for the children by providing real experiences related to all content areas they are exploring in the classroom.   

Field trips enrich and expand the curriculum, strengthen observation skills by immersing children into sensory activities, increase children’s knowledge in a particular subject area and expand children’s awareness of their own community.

A focus on arts integration and project-based learning teaches children to explore real-world problems and challenges. Teaching in such a contextual manner promotes collaboration, critical thinking and knowledge retention.

HOME LINKS

We subscribe to a minimal homework policy. We don’t want our children to do hours of homework – it is important that children go home and play and engage in activities that interest them such as sport, cooking, music or just quiet time. Our home-links are sent home to engage the parents and children in a community of inquiry and promote curiosity, creative thinking, logical skill-building and discussion techniques. These activities emerge during the week and are inspired by the children’s line of inquiry. They are not daily links and occur in line with the children’s enthusiasm for a learning area. We do however encourage daily reading where families and the children read together. This is not homework but an underlying value at Maara House to develop a love of reading.

083 260 6489 / info@maarahouse.co.za/ 5 Upper Portswood Road, Greenpoint, Cape Town